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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Infinix Unveils ZERO 30 SERIES at Venice's Italian Pavilion, Leading the Way in UHD Vlogging at Europe's Premier Film Forum


Infinix collaborates in organizing the panel session “New Image, New Lifestile | Cinema in the New Media, Capture Your Own Story” organized on September 1st at the Italian Pavilion in Venice, on the occasion of the Venice International Film Festival. The collaboration celebrates the increasing synergy between advances in smartphone technology and art of storytelling and filmmaking. Centered around the launch of the latest Infinix ZERO smartphone, the partnership is the first of its kind, uniting two brands dedicated to the creation of incredible stories that resonate across global boundaries.

Traditional Cinema Meets Next-Gen Vlogging

From classic cinema to social media posts, Infinix is proving that technology has the power to enable more engaging storytelling than ever before. By partnering with the Italian Pavilion FOR THE SESSION NEW IMAGE NEW LIFESTYLE | CINEMA IN THE NEW MEDIA TIME, CAPTURE YOUR OWN SORY on September 1st, one of the most respected institutions in global cinema, Infinix is pushing the boundaries of filmmaking to recognize the importance of storytelling through smartphone video, and the art of vlogging.

Young people today place greater emphasis on their personal lives and the ability to share experiences with others. This desire for self-expression is mirrored in the content that they create, and a new inclination to explore the art of storytelling and the creation of compelling narratives that are quickly becoming the cinema of today on new platforms including social media.

Infinix ZERO 30 SERIES Global Launch

The Infinix ZERO Series is an example of how Infinix empowers young people with first-in-class technology, creating powerful and attainably priced products that challenge convention, and break with tradition. The latest model in the Infinix ZERO smartphone series, takes front camera photography to new places, allowing users to be part of a new era of imaging and storytelling. 

During the Italian Pavilion Forum " New Image, New Lifestile. Cinema in the New Media, Capture Your Own Story", Infinix will unveil the latest edition to the Infinix ZERO smartphone series. In front of an audience of world leading tech, lifestyle and photography vloggers, Infinix CMO Lake Hu will outline the brand’s vision of smartphone development, introducing the ‘Story On’ concept.

The new Infinix ZERO series smartphone will then be unveiled on stage by Infinix India CEO, Anish Kapoor. Attendees will also be shown an exclusive documentary created by Infinix fans, demonstrating the incredible potential of smartphones for professional, cinematic-style filmmaking. 

‘Capture Our Own Story’ - Mobile Vlog Awards of Infinix

The ‘Capture Your Own Story’ Mobile Vlog Awards will also be launched on the occasion of the Venice International Film Festival. The contest encourages young creators worldwide to harness the advanced video capabilities of Infinix smartphones to capture life uniquely, crafting short film videos that reflect their individual perspectives. Infinix invites vloggers of all types, and backgrounds to contribute to the evolution of mobile imaging, creating a space for youthful creativity and inspiration to thrive.

Infinix Shines On the Occasion of the 80th Venice Film Festival

The partnership between Infinix and the Italian Pavilion Forum " New Image, New Lifestile. Cinema in the New Media, Capture Your Own Story" sets a new precedent in collaborative branding, uniting to set in motion a transition to a world where we can all become masters of cinematic creativity and self-expression. 

Infinix’s pursuit of technological innovation puts disruptive, next-generation technology in the hands of young people everywhere. Venice is the perfect stage upon which new and innovative filmmaking and vlogging can be experienced, celebrated and better understood. Infinix aims to contribute to shaping the future of filmmaking, vlogging, and the development of upcoming directors and cinematographers.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Here are some exciting and creative after-school activities you can try with your kids


 

Parents have different ways to make days more enjoyable for their kids. Once they’re done with their classes and homework, their little ones are usually free to take a break and do fun activities.

 

There are a number of quirky and creative activities that kids can do at home with their parents or siblings. They can share a pack of Lush candies as a treat while playing or creating something amazing. Here are some exciting and creative after-school activities you can try with your kids:

Design colorful bracelets

Encourage your kids’ creativity by making beaded bracelets (or other fashion accessories they like). All you need is a set of colorful beads and strings, so you and your kids can craft personalized bracelets.

 

Do energetic TikTok dances

There are various TikTok dances that are currently popular. If your kids want to film a playful TikTok video, you can join in and even practice steps with them.

 

Make slime from scratch 

Slime is essentially a squishy toy that you can make at home using store-bought kits, or by using materials at home while following a video tutorial online. The result is a soft toy with a stretchy consistency that’s satisfying to the touch, and comes in various colors.

 

Build a soft pillow fort

Pillow forts are a great way to give your kids creative freedom and teach them the value of teamwork. These soft forts can become a place to play with parents and siblings, or rest after a hectic day at school. 

 

Just like these fun activities, Lush candy can bring enjoyment to kids and even parents with its soft, chewy texture. It comes in two delicious flavors, Strawberry Milk and Chocolate, that can delight everyone’s tastebuds.

 

Whether they’re at school or at home, kids and parents alike will love chewing on Lush wherever they go. Lush is available at your nearest supermarket and sari-sari store, as well as URC’s Shopee and Lazada stores for only Php38.00 per pack of 50.

 

 

The 10th HONOR Experience Store just opened in SM Mall of Asia


Great news for HONOR fans from the South! The 10th HONOR Experience Store just opened in SM Mall of Asia on August 26, 2023 located at 2/F Cyberzone, North Wing.

 

“We are extremely happy to be opening our 10th HONOR Experience Store in the Philippines and we hope our HONOR fans are as excited as we are. They are an integral part of this success and we are doing everything to give back to them,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.

From left to right: HONOR Stars Bruce Roeland, Jeff Moses, Liezel Lopez, 

Berlein CEO Leo Bernardino with HONOR Vice President Stephen Cheng, 

Brand Marketing Manager Joepy Libo-on, and PR Manager Pao Oga


This jampacked event was officiated by HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng, Brand Marketing Manager Joepy Libo-on, PR Manager Pao Oga with HONOR stars Liezel Lopez, Jeff Moses, Bruce Roeland and Berlein CEO Leo Bernardino.

 

Just in time for the First Day Sale of HONOR 90 5G, fans flocked to line up to get a hand of the newest powerful HONOR smartphone. It was also highlighted in a Flicker Challenge which proved its less flicker claim that meant revolutionary protection for the users’ eyes.

It’s Time to Shine at 9.9

 

HONOR is gearing up for its biggest online sale to date! Get up to 50% off selected HONOR devices and FREE shipping nationwide on Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop from September 2 to 13, 2023. HONOR flagship devices HONOR 90 5G, HONOR Magic5 Pro, and HONOR X9a 5G will be on sale!

 

For more updates and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website www.hihonor.com or social media platforms: Facebook (Facebook.com/HonorPhilippines), Instagram (Instagram.com/honorph/) and TikTok: (Tiktok.com/@honorphilippines). To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to https://www.hihonor.com/ph/retailers/.

 

OPPO's Cutting-edge Mobile Graphics Unveiled at SIGGRAPH 2023


OPPO recently showcased how it continues to help empower developers in mobile graphics, computer vision, ray tracing, graphics rendering, and artificial intelligence at SIGGRAPH 2023, the premier conference for computer graphics and interactive technologies worldwide.

 

The global smartphone brand gave visitors a chance to get their hands on the demos of the latest technologies through its leading devices such as OPPO Find X6 Pro, OnePlus 11, and OPPO Pad 2. 

Refined PhysRay Engine Brings More to Mobile Ray Tracing 

OPPO has continuously worked with partners across the industry to drive forward the evolution of mobile ray tracing. 


In 2021 it took the initiative to create one of the industry’s first open ray tracing solutions for mobile devices, PhysRay Engine. Last year, OPPO made PhysRay Engine 1.0 available for modification and redistribution to its global developers, while also unveiling its next stage in PhysRay Engine 2.0, which integrates advanced ray tracing capabilities, including OPPO-exclusive ray tracing effects, a mixed rendering pipeline, and offline full path tracing.

 

For more vivid, lifelike mobile games, camera filters, and even virtual reality scenarios, OPPO has pushed the limits of performance by optimizing the PhysRay Engine at every step of the way on both the hardware and software levels. With the joint efforts of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., the latest Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 mobile platform supports powerful hardware-based mobile ray tracing. Moreover, with the introduction of optimization algorithms such as ReSTIR DI, the real-time rendering effect of ray tracing has been improved even further. 

During SIGGRAPH 2023, visitors enjoyed playing CampGuard 3.0, a shooter mobile game based on the optimized PhysRay Engine. Compared with its predecessor, game scenes on the updated version are even more lucid and realistic. The reflections of characters, skies, and clouds in mirrors and other surfaces can interact with sunlight, yielding graphics that are all the more striking.


OPPO also demonstrated the Ray Tracing Denoiser. In 3D ray tracing applications such as mobile games, which has a noise reduction algorithm that can recreate soft and detailed shadow effects even with less light. 


With the help of real-time, hardware-accelerated ray tracing powered by Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2, the propagation, reflection, and refraction optical effects of Matrix and Skyline wallpaper are more vivid. At the same time, users can also experience the stunning visual effects of the wallpapers powered by the physics engine, a joint effort by OPPO and Taichi Lang. The silk-like wallpaper flows smoothly while fireworks on the display bloom with natural, real-life brilliance. 


OPPO Mobile Deep Learning Super Sampling - A Perfect Combination of High-Res Image and Low Power Consumption 

Mobile Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) was also demonstrated, a technology which was once limited to PC games because it required a lot of computing power and high-end hardware, But OPPO found a way forward by using real-time rendering through a self-developed, lightweight, ultra-high-resolution AI model and rendering pipeline with its inference engine, ShaderNN.


The AI model samples and renders multiple lower-resolution images with fewer pixels and utilizes motion data and feedback from previous frames to create clearer, higher-resolution images, providing mobile users with a high-quality gaming experience without needing to worry about power consumption.


OPPO has also delivered more applications, including Stable Diffusion on Mobile and Style Transfer on Mobile, which are all powered by ShaderNN.


For graphics rendering, OPPO exhibited its Global Rendering Launcher. By rendering 2D layers to simulate propagation, reflection, and refraction effects, elements like icons and numbers can create an interplay of light and shadow across the screen.


"OPPO has always been committed to promoting the development of mobile graphics and computer vision. Last year, we partnered with Qualcomm Technologies to truly bring about a hardware-based mobile ray tracing experience. Through the demos of our various technologies, we’d like to share our latest progress with the SIGGRAPH audience." Chen Li, Head of Computing and Graphics Research Institute at OPPO stated, "2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the SIGGRAPH conference, and with years of innovations, the development of mobile images has fundamentally transformed. Looking forward, the ever-changing mobile hardware and advanced technologies represented by AI will once again bring about a leap in graphics fidelity. OPPO will continue to invest in this territory, bringing more innovative graphics and computer vision processing capabilities to our users while joining hands with partners to build an open and friendly mobile ecosystem."

 

Optimal Nutrient-Rich Foods for Promoting Healthy Aging and Brain Health

 

What should you eat if you want to keep a healthy brain? We’ve all heard about different kinds of brain foods, but which ones actually provide nutrients that boost memory, attention, and mood?

 

Discover the key to a healthy brain during Healthy Aging Month this September. What we eat fuels not only our brain cells but also our mood. Dr. David Heber, Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute, suggests nutrient-packed foods that enhance memory, focus, and mood, contributing to a fulfilling life.


1.              Fish Oils

 

If there is one food you can relate to brain health it’s probably this one. The main reason is that fatty fishes –such as sardines, salmon, and trout – have high levels of omega-3. Farm-fed fish including tilapia and some salmon have both omega-3 and omega-6 and are less desirable.

Always ask for ocean-caught fish. About 60 percent of the brain is made of fat, and the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) found in fish are a type of fat that is not made efficiently by your body so you have to obtain them from food. Omega-3 fatty acids also keep your heart healthy.

 

2.              Black and Green Tea

 

Black and green teas provide hydration for any time of day, which is essential for the brain while jump-starting thermogenic (metabolic) activity and boosting the feeling of energy. Caffeine is known for its natural thermogenic (metabolism-boosting) benefits and green tea for its antioxidant properties.

 

These teas also support the body’s antioxidant activity, which helps protect against free radical damage. Don’t drink your tea immediately: give it time so water can extract and concentrate the tea’s components so you get the maximum benefit.

 

3.              Lutein

 

Lutein is a yellow antioxidant phytonutrient found in spinach, kale, and avocados as well as dietary supplements for eye health. Lutein is concentrated in the back of the eye in an area called the macula which is hit with the most ultraviolet light due to the focusing of light by the eye's lens.

 

The eye is connected to the brain via the optic nerve and Lutein is transported to the brain where it is in higher concentration than in the blood (58% of carotene-like antioxidants in the brain but only 28% of this family of phytonutrients in the bloodstream). There are now studies both in young people and in the elderly demonstrating the positive effects of Lutein on brain function.

4.        Dark Chocolate

This delicious food is rich in flavonoids, but be sure to get chocolate at least 70% cocoa. The flavonoids which are strong antioxidants that may enhance memory and also help slow down age-related mental decline are found in cocoa but not in all chocolate. For example, white chocolate has no cocoa, and many candies are only 30% cocoa. The best news? Chocolate is a guilty pleasure because it also causes the brain to release dopamine, which improves mood.

 

5.              Eggs

 

Eggs and egg yolk are rich in protein and vitamins such as B, D, and E, which may help to improve memory. Choline is also found in eggs; it is a micronutrient that your body uses to create acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and memory. Egg yellow also has lutein which can help with brain health.

 

6.               Virgin Olive Oil

 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich in a polyphenol called hydroxytyrosol, which is removed in refined forms of olive oil. This powerful antioxidant may improve learning and memory, but it also has a compound that mimics a painkiller. The compound, called oleocanthal, acts in the same way as ibuprofen to stifle components of a pain pathway called the prostaglandin system.

 

Going Beyond Food and Diet

 

Ultimately, make sure to consume high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Another essential part of keeping a healthy brain is neurobic exercises, which help boost attention, memory, cognition, and mood.

 

The brain is the one organ you cannot transplant or replace, so take good care of it. You only have one.

 

Wear your best self while reaching your fitness goals with your Redmi Watch 3 Active


Workout trends are ever-changing, especially with the rise of fitness influencers and quick workout videos on social media. In 2023, many people are still on that grind to reach their fitness goals and stay healthy both physically and mentally.

There are a number of workouts out there trending among fitness buffs that you can try at home or at the gym. No matter which ones you do and where you do it, the best way to make the most of them is by keeping track of your progress with a reliable device like the all-new Redmi Watch 3 Active.

The Redmi Watch 3 Active is the ultimate smartwatch companion that will help you elevate your fitness journey. It supports 100+ modes, including 10 professional workout modes, making it a versatile fitness companion. Its full-scale fitness tracking is able to monitor your heart rate, GPS location (for those tracking their outdoor workouts), sleep duration and quality, and SpO2 levels. 

Take your fitness to the next level by trying out 2023’s trending workouts while wearing the Redmi Watch 3 Active:

  1. The 12-3-30 workout

Fitness TikTokers have been raving about the 12-3-30 workout since last year. This involves setting your treadmill to an incline of 12 with a speed of 3mph, which you will walk on for 30 minutes. It’s an effective cardio workout because of the steep incline, challenging your legs and making you exert more effort—but the relatively leisurely pace is said to be less intense on the joints compared to full-on running on pavement, making it the perfect activity for people of all ages.

  1. Strength training

Experts say that doing even a little bit of strength training every week can prolong your life. Whether you choose to do it with your own body weight or take to dumbbells, kettlebells, and barbells, any manner of resistance will be enough to increase your strength. For those looking to enhance and chisel their physique, this is also the most effective way to achieve a better look.

  1. Step aerobics

For those looking for more low-impact ways to move your body, one of the easiest exercise trends to get into is step aerobics. Originally a popular product of the ‘80s and ‘90s, step aerobics is still a big trend today, with many people getting into it and posting their workouts on social media. It’s very flexible, as it can be as light or as intense as you want and need—all you need is something to step on, like a small bench or short box.

  1. CrossFit

Forever a trendy way to stay fit, CrossFit remains as strong as ever, with thousands of fitness enthusiasts swearing by its intense and adrenaline-pumping, constant-motion lifting and bodyweight workouts. If you’re advanced in your fitness journey, this is a good way to level up and challenge yourself—you might even achieve tip-top conditions if you seriously work at it. 

  1. Pilates

Emphasizing less intense and slow strength, Pilates is a great form of exercise to build up your core, control, and endurance. Akin to yoga and a few kinds of calisthenics, it will get your heart rate up, but not in a way that leaves you constantly out of breath. If you want something different and something that will clear and ease your mind, give Pilates a try.

Once you pick one or more workout trends to try and get fit with, you can use the Redmi Watch 3 Active to steadily keep track of your progress, as well as share your results on social media for all to see. Make the most out of your next fitness journey and get your own today via Xiaomi’s Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok shops, and Authorized Xiaomi Stores for only P1,999.

For more information, visit Xiaomi's official Facebook page and Xiaomi’s official website.


 

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

David Fincher directs and Michael Fassbender stars in THE KILLER!


David Fincher directs and Michael Fassbender stars in

THE KILLER, dropping on Netflix November 10.

After a fateful near-miss, an assassin battles his employers and himself on an international manhunt he insists isn’t personal. THE KILLER premieres on Netflix November 10.




Samsung Galaxy Watch6: Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle at Your Wrist


The Galaxy Watch6 series has BP and ECG tracking to help you  monitor your heart health 


Unlock a healthier lifestyle with Samsung's latest smart watch! The Galaxy Watch6 series is taking wellness to the next level with blood pressure and ECG monitoring and other features that help you monitor your heart health.

 

With heart disease being the country’s leading cause of death in 2022, there’s no time to waste when it comes to taking care of your health. Samsung Electronics is committed to  helping Filipinos achieve better heart health through its groundbreaking Galaxy Watch6 and Watch6 Classic, which comes with a slew of new heart-friendly and fitness features designed to improve your overall wellness. Let’s check them out!  

Blood Pressure & ECG Monitoring

Lessen your worries with a heart monitoring package that allows you to have peace of mind. The Galaxy Watch6 series has a built-in PPG sensor that periodically measures your heart rate and heart rhythm while you wear it. 

 

You can also add a quick blood pressure check with no added equipment required using your Galaxy Watch6. To enable the blood pressure monitoring feature, install the Samsung Health Monitor application onto your Galaxy smartphone and connect it to your compatible Galaxy Watch then calibrate with a traditional cuff. They will then be able to tap to “measure” the blood pressure anytime, anywhere.

The Galaxy Watch6 measures blood pressure through pulse wave analysis, which is tracked with the Heart Rate Monitoring sensors. The program then records the relationship between the calibration value and the blood pressure change to determine the blood pressure. Once the calibration and set-up process are completed, users can access this information and export measurements to PDF.

The Galaxy Watch6 also includes an electrocardiogram (ECG) function that works by recording the heart’s electrical activity via a sensor on the compatible Galaxy Watch. All you need to do is open your Samsung Health Monitor app while seated comfortably, and ensure the watch is fitted firmly to your wrist. Next, rest your forearm on a flat surface and lightly place a fingertip from the opposite hand on the top button on the smartwatch for 30 seconds.

 

The app will then measure your heart rate and rhythm, which will be displayed as either a Sinus Rhythm (a normal, regular heartbeat) or AFib (when the heart beats irregularly). You can also export this data to PDF.

 

Achieve Better Heart Health through Customized Work-outs

The Galaxy Watch6 also offers a ton of exercise features to help you create your own unique fitness journey. Start things off by checking your Body Composition  - the Galaxy Watch6 can actually measure   skeletal muscle, basal metabolic rate, body water and body fat percentage, to help give you a baseline for your fitness goals and to track your progress[1]. Get more guidance from the new Personalized Heart Rate Zone, which will measure your heart rate based on your fitness capacity and define five optimal running intensity levels to help users set their own goals based on what fits you – from burning fat to high intensity workout.[2]

 

In addition to over 100 existing workout trackers, the newly added Track Run records the user’s runs on a track, while Custom Workout allows users to build and track their personalized workout routine.

 

Elevated Design 

The Galaxy Watch6 and Watch6 Classic also sports key upgrades like a bigger display, a more powerful processor and battery, and even more customizable options in watch faces and bands.

 

The Galaxy Watch6 series now offers a 20% larger display[3] to make reading and typing easier and delivers smoother and faster interactions with its new Exynos W930 Dual-Core 1.4GHz processor, resulting in 18% faster processing.  

 

You can also make your Galaxy Watch6 uniquely your own. Choose from a wide collection of bands in different styles and materials from feather, leather and even metal bands that can take you from day to night. Switching is easy - simply press the band release button to detach your watch straps then swap them out to change from workout to go-out styles with just one click. You can also customize your watch face with your favorite colors, designs - or even photos of your pet!

 

Galaxy Watch6 series comes with a larger battery and reduced battery consumption[4] to support its larger and brighter display. With just eight minutes of quick charge, users can add an additional eight hours, perfect for tracking their sleep during the night.[5]

 

Start a heart healthier lifestyle with the Galaxy Watch6 Series! The Galaxy Watch6 retails for PHP 16,990 (40mm) and PHP 18,990 (44 mm) while the Watch6 Classic is available at PHP 22,990 (43mm) and PHP 24,990 (47mm). 

 

For more information on the Galaxy Watch6, visit https://www.samsung.com.ph

 



[1] Body composition should not be used if you have an implanted pacemaker or other implanted medical devices, or if you are pregnant. Measurement results may not be accurate if you are under 20 years old. Intended for general wellness and fitness purposes only. 

[2] To update the ranges of each HR zone for running based on cardiopulmonary capabilities, it is required to run outdoors more than 10 min with constant speed of 4km/h or faster.

[3] The screen size comparison is based on Galaxy Watch6 Small (40mm) and Galaxy Watch6 Classic Small (43mm). Compared to Galaxy Watch5 Small (40mm) and Galaxy Watch4 Classic Small (42mm) respectively. Based on Galaxy Watch6 Large (44mm) and Galaxy Watch6 Classic Large (47mm), the screen size comparison is 16%.

[4] Compared to Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch4 Classic respectively.

[5] Testing conducted by Samsung using pre-released version of Galaxy Watch6 and Galaxy Watch6 Classic (BT & LTE), each paired to a Samsung phone; all devices tested with prerelease software, Galaxy Watch Magnetic Fast Charging USB C Cable (EP-OR900), and Samsung 25W USB C Power Adapter (EP-TA800). Charge time varies with region, settings, usage pattern and environmental factors; actual results may vary. Samsung 25W USB C Power Adapter (EP-TA800) sold separately.

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