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    LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style

    The ‘world’s first smartwatches with Android Wear 2.0 operating system’ title goes to LG Electronics and Google. LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style will be available for sale in the U.S. starting 10 February 2017 while the rest of the world, including Asia will have to wait a little longer till the end of the month to snag one at select retail stores.

    They are the first watches in the world with Android Wear 2.0

    So, what’s the big fuss about a new watch operating system? First off, the Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch OS is the biggest update by Google so far, and comes with its own app store. What it means is that in 2.0, there is a standalone Play Store that you can access and download apps directly onto your watch minus the smartphone. Sending messages with the watch has also been improved with options to chose from a list of quick replies that Google calls ‘smart reply’ to handwriting characters on the surface of the watch.

    “Android Wear 2.0 focuses on making smartwatch experiences better and faster – including watch faces that bring glanceable data, fast and fluid messaging, and a new fitness experience that helps you track workouts and stay motivated with music,” said David Singleton, VP of Android Engineering, Google.

    It comes with ‘complications’

    As the first smartwatches to come preloaded with the 2.0 operating system, LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style will come with the Google Assistant built-in and receive its processing power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor.

    Both LG Watch Sport and LG Watch Style watches come with round displays with a rotating side button for reading messages, scrolling through menus and browsing notifications. The round watch faces are also customisable, allowing you to add up to eight ‘complications’ (fancy name for widgets) for you to access important information at a glance.

    Main differences between the 2 smartwatches

    LG Watch Sport

    The word ‘sport’ is already a give away. The LG Watch Sport is designed for those who are loves exercise and active. Other than being the first Android Wear smartwatch to use Snapdragon Wear 2100, it is also 4G LTE capable, making it virtually independent of the phone.

    The 1.38-inch full circle P-OLED display with Gorilla Glass 3 is housed inside a stainless steel frame with a dust and water resistance rating of IP68. The LG Watch Sport features a photoplethsmogram (PPG) sensor that can track your heart rate more accurately both during rest and exercise as well as a built-in GPS. Other features include NFC support for Android Pay.

    LG Watch Sport


    LG Watch Style

    Running the same processor as the Sports version, the LG Watch Style is a sleeker, smaller and slimmer smartwatch. 3.41mm slimmer to be exact. While LG Watch Sport is available in titanum and dark blue, the LG Watch Style is available in flashier colours like silver, titanium and rose gold and watch bands that are easy to swap in and out of. LG Watch Style has a IP67 rating that protects the watch from dust and surviving a drop into a fish tank no deeper than one metre for up to 30 mins.

    LG Watch Style

    “LG and our partners at Google managed to include a tremendous number of innovative technologies into the LG Watch Sport and the LG Watch Style,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “This dynamic duo of devices offers cutting-edge functions in terms of personalisation and empowerment, freedom and convenience to meet diverse consumer tastes.”


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      Pokémon Go Valentine's Day event

      Guess what? Pokémon Go is celebrating Valentine’s Day too. This is the company’s first big event of the year and they are throwing out pink perks for die-hard fans still with the game.

      Here are the details for Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day event:

      • Players will receive double the amount of candy every time you catch, hatch, and transfer a Pokémon.
      • Buddy Pokémon will find candies faster. Distance to walk is now halved for trainers.
      • Lure Modules used to attract Pokémon will now last for 6 hours instead of 30 minutes. Watch the pink petals fall till your heart’s content.
      • There is a higher chance of catching pink Pokémon like Chansey, Porygon, and Clefairy. You will also have a higher chance of hatching pink-coloured baby Pokémon like Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Smoochum. Check out our full list of the latest Pokémon.
      • The event runs from 8 February 2017, 11am Pacific Time to 15 February 2017, 11am Pacific Time. For Singaporeans, that means 7 February 2017, 3am to 14 February 2017, 3am.

      Although these are great news for players still on the game, we are not sure if it will be welcomed by lovers on a date. After all, you are on a date and you should be talking instead of trapping monsters. Charlie Puth will agree with us.

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        Nextbit Robin
        Nextbit Robin is a cloud-first smartphone

        In the order of the very best to the best, GrateNews round up the best of the best smartphones this year. In this year’s list, we have also included some of the lesser known brands that are making a big splash designing the device you use the most everyday. So, if you already own one of these great devices, a big pat on your back, if not, you have been informed.

        1. iPhone 7 Plus

        If you can get past the fact that the latest iPhone without a 35mm headphone jack, then the iPhone 7 Plus is the best phone launched this year. iPhone 7 Plus comes with a dual-lens element that combines a wide angle camera and a telephoto camera that have a 2 times optical zoom and and up to 10 times digital zoom for photos. The dual-lens camera will be able to shoot pictures with bokeh or “depth-of-field effect”, separating the background from the foreground for portraits. It is also one of the first water-resistant phone from Apple.

        2. Google Pixel XL

        2016 is the year of the Pixel. Discontinuing the Nexus series, Google’s latest phones, Pixel and Pixel XL, takes full advantage of the Android operating system and Google Assistant to offer an incredibly smooth performance. Although the phone’s battery is smaller than the Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge, the new Pixel XL comes with a fast charging feature that can revitalise your phone for up to 7 hours of usage from a mere 15-minute charge.

        3. Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge

        Although it is hard to ignore the exploding Samsung phones, Samsung still makes some of the best smartphones in the world. The Galaxy S7 Edge is one of them and features excellent performance, fantastic dual pixel camera and brilliant curve screen display.

        4. iPhone SE

        The iPhone SE is basically a very small iPhone 6s that packs Apple’s latest A9 chip, M9 co-processor, 12-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. According to Apple, the iPhone SE two times faster than the iPhone 5s on performance, and three times faster on graphics, making it the fastest 4-inch smartphone ever.

        5. HTC 10

        We have friends that swear by phones designed by HTC. Well if you are a HTC fan, you will be glad to know that HTC 10 is created by fusing the great design elements from previous models as well as improving the not-so-good features. The result is a premium looking smartphone has a great camera, up to 2 days of battery life and sounds incredible with the HTC BoomSound and speakers.

        6. OnePlus 3T

        If you still haven’t heard of the the company OnePlus, they are known in the industry as the “flagship killer” for producing one of the most talked­-about smartphones of 2014. This year, their OnePlus 3T will probably repeat the feat. OnePlus 3T is a super sough-after smartphone that packs a ultra-fast processor, 6GB worth of RAM and a 16MP camera into a sleek metal body.

        7. LG G5

        Ditching its plastic casing for an all-metal enclosure for the LG G5 seems to have done the South Korean company some good. The new phone doesn’t feel cheap now thanks to its firm aluminium frame. The phone is also full of geeky add-ons like the LG Cam Plus, an attachment that turns the phone into a point-and-shoot camera, the LG Hi-Fi Plus, a DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) tuned by Bang & Olufsen to improved audio playback and removable battery slot. When was the last time you had a smartphone with a removable battery?

        8. Sony Z5 Premium

        The Sony Z5 Premium is the world’s first ever 4K smartphone. That means that Sony has successfully crammed 3,840×2,160-pixel onto the 5.5-inch display. Unfortunately, that’s is probably the only headlining feature for the phone. Although the phone also features a new fingerprint sensor on top of the on/off button, a 23-megapixel rear camera with 4K capabilities and waterproof design, its hefty $1,100 price tag can be a turn off.

        9. Nextbit Robin

        Calling it the “first Android phone that makes running out of space history”, Nextbit Robin integrates the cloud with your Android OS seamlessly. The project that started on Kickstarter, received over USD 1.3 million in funding and looks on its way to make their cloud-first smartphone a hit. The company’s first phone, Robin, intelligently backs up your apps, photos and other items and restores them when you need it.

        10. Huawei P9

        It is hard not to compare Huawei with OPPO. Both Chinese company are vying for the leadership position of offering value-for-money smartphones. This year, Huawei certainly made some people sit up with their collaboration with legendary optics makers, Leica. The P9 is the third dual lens smartphone on the list but it works a little differently than that of the iPhone 7 Plus and LG G5. Both rear cameras takes the shot at the same time with one capturing a colour image and the other a monochromatic shot, resulting in better contrast and details in the images. And having Superman Henry Cavill and Scarlett Johansson promoting the phone for them certainly doesn’t hurt (see video).

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          Beats x Alexander Wang Studio wireless headphone

          Beats and Alexander Wang are back together again for another collaborative edition of the signature Beats Studio over-ear wireless headphones. This comes after their ever popular partnership on a series of Beats by Dr. Dre products featuring the New York designer’s signature gold accents and matte black finishes, topped with embossed glossy stingray case. The 2013 gold and black headphones are still listed as sold out on AlexandarWang.com.

          Taking on the Beats Studio Wireless headphones solely this time, Alexander Wang worked his design magic, resulting in an uber stylish Dove Gray coloured headphones with croc-embossed Italian leather ear cups. The minimalistic look also features subtle chrome accents as well as a matte looking Beats logo on the ear cups. The flagship over-ear Bluetooth headphones from Beats also comes with matching croc-embossed leather case.

          Sound-wise, the Beats Studio Wireless will be the same, featuring the labels’s Beats Acoustic Engine, a rechargeable 12-hour battery and Adaptive Noise Canceling.

          Beats x Alexander Wang Studio wireless headphones

          Beats x Alexander Wang Studio wireless headphones leather case
          Match leather case in croc-embossed Italian leather

          Alexander Wang x Beats Studio Wireless headphones is available at Apple.com for $868 (USD 599.95). For more information on the headphones, visit Beats by Dr. Dre.

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            Pokemon GO for Apple Watch is now available on the Apple App Store

            It’s official! The Apple Watch version of Pokémon GO shown to millions at Apple’s Keynote event this year is now available on the Apple App Store. Fans of the hit mobile game can now spot Pokémon near them and spin PokéStops to collect items directly from their wrists.

            This update (1.21.2) will definitely help players or Pokémon Trainers to stare less at their phones and prevent accidents from happening to themselves and others. Other than allowing you to not miss out on a ‘catch’ opportunity, the Apple Watch version of the app also lets you track various activities by turning each play session on the watch as a Workout. For each Workout, you can easily refer to a summary screen that will display your expended calories, Buddy Pokémon ring progress for candies, nearby Pokémon as well as distances required to hatch Pokémon Eggs.

            One thing you can’t do though is to catch a Pokémon directly from your watch. You will have to dish out your phone for that.

            Check out our guide to the Christmas update, Ditto and new Pokémon.

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              Audio manufacturers have been releasing wireless earphones and headphones in recent weeks. Whether it’s taking the cue from Apple’s “jack-less” iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus or suddenly realising that it is better without wires, we certainly welcome the options of wireless audio cans. The latest and probably one of the last wireless headphone models to be release before the year is up is from Danish company Bang & Olufsen. Called Beoplay H9, these over-ear headphones are a minimalist’s dream come true.

              Design-wise, the Beoplay H9 is almost similar to its predecessors over-ear headphones, the Beoplay H6 and H7. The headband is a lightweight aluminium frame covered with stitched cowhide leather, while the ear cushion comes with adaptive memory foam enclosed with lambskin.

              The big difference here is certainly the noise cancelling function. The hybrid Active Noise Cancellation technology consists of multiple microphones placed on the outside and inside of the ear cushion to produce a reverse signal, cancelling out noise. The result is a well-rounded clean sound. We love the H9’s more powerful and bassy sound compared to previous B&O headphones that sounded more “polite”.
              But if you prefer a less bombastic sound, you can tune the sound with the Beoplay App for for Android, iPhone and Apple Watch.

              The Beoplay App also allows you to monitor the battery strength of the headphones, which in the case of the Beoplay H9, can last up to 14 hours with noise cancelling activated. A full-charge with the Lithium-Ion battery takes 3 hours.

              B&O BeoPlay H9 in Black

              B&O BeoPlay H9 in Black
              B&O BeoPlay H9 in Argilla Grey
              Argilla Grey

              The H9 features a touch interface on the right ear cup that allows you to activate the noise cancelling function, switch songs, answer calls and control the volume on the sleek anodized aluminium surface. The interface is said to work in all weather conditions, even with gloves on. Although it’s not that we can’t put on some gloves and try out whether the interface works, we prefer to fly to some winter wonderland to test out the climate with hooded hands.

              The wireless over-ear headphone BeoPlay H9 with Active Noise Cancellation is available in two colours, Black and Argilla Grey and is going for a pricey S$699. For that price, we would have prefer the battery section of the headphones to be finished with anodised aluminum as well to complete the premium look. You can try them out at Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt and Takashimaya Showroom from 30 December 2016.

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              New Pokemons on Pokemon GO 152 - 251

              For all you Pokémon Trainer wannabes, you are probably thinking that Pokémon Go is dead. Well, guess what? They are back with 100 more Pokémons to drive you crazy. In total, that will bring the catch ’em all number to 251. Although, no one knows exactly when the new Pokémons will be added, Niantic’s official site seems to suggests that they will be “catchable” on 12 December 2016. “While we cannot share all the details yet, keep an eye out on our social media channels on December 12th for details about the first addition of more Pokémon into Pokémon GO,” the statement said.

              Ditto, the shape shifter

              Also, Ditto the shape-shifter has made its debut in Pokémon Go as well. But you would be able to see it on the map. The clever pocket monster will shape shift itself into a Pidgey or a Rattata and disguise itself. We were happy we caught ours when we picked up a Rattata. So the next time you see a rat, you might want to catch it instead of saving up your Poké ball.

              Update: Version 1.19.1

              The latest app update to the popular Pokémon GO comes with a new splash screen featuring Pikachu, Snorlax, Clefairy, Eevee and Squirtle decorating for Christmas 2016. Also, from now till 29 December 2016, you will also be able to catch a Santa Pikachu. Good luck hunting!

              Santa Pikachu

              Santa Pikachu stats

              So, before you use up your entire holiday to go Pokémon hunting (not as if we can stop you), let’s find out what these 100 new Pokémons are:

              Pokémon #152 to #251

              #152 Chikorita

              Type: Grass
              It uses the leaf on its head to determine the temperature and humidity. It loves to sunbathe.

              #153 Bayleef

              Type: Grass
              Bayleef’s neck is ringed by curled-up leaves. Inside each tubular leaf is a small shoot of a tree. The fragrance of this shoot makes people peppy.

              #154 Meganium

              Type: Grass
              The fragrance of Meganium’s flower soothes and calms emotions. In battle, this Pokémon gives off more of its becalming scent to blunt the foe’s fighting spirit.

              #155 Cyndaquil

              Type: Fire
              Cyndaquil protects itself by flaring up the flames on its back. The flames are vigorous if the Pokémon is angry. However, if it is tired, the flames splutter fitfully with incomplete combustion.

              #156 Quilava

              Type: Fire
              Quilava keeps its foes at bay with the intensity of its flames and gusts of superheated air. This Pokémon applies its outstanding nimbleness to dodge attacks even while scorching the foe with flames.

              #157 Typhlosion

              Type: Fire

              Typhlosion obscures itself behind a shimmering heat haze that it creates using its intensely hot flames. This Pokémon creates blazing explosive blasts that burn everything to cinders.

              #158 Totodile

              Type: Water
              Despite the smallness of its body, Totodile’s jaws are very powerful. While the Pokémon may think it is just playfully nipping, its bite has enough power to cause serious injury.

              #159 Croconaw

              Type: Water
              Once Croconaw has clamped its jaws on its foe, it will absolutely not let go. Because the tips of its fangs are forked back like barbed fishhooks, they become impossible to remove when they have sunk in.

              #160 Feraligatr

              Type: Water
              Feraligatr intimidates its foes by opening its huge mouth. In battle, it will kick the ground hard with its thick and powerful hind legs to charge at the foe at an incredible speed.

              #161 Sentret

              Type: Normal
              When Sentret sleeps, it does so while another stands guard. The sentry wakes the others at the first sign of danger. When this Pokémon becomes separated from its pack, it becomes incapable of sleep due to fear.

              #162 Furret

              Type: Normal
              Furret has a very slim build. When under attack, it can slickly squirm through narrow spaces and get away. In spite of its short limbs, this Pokémon is very nimble and fleet.

              #163 Hoothoot

              Type: Normal, Flying
              Hoothoot has an internal organ that senses and tracks the earth’s rotation. Using this special organ, this Pokémon begins hooting at precisely the same time every day.

              #164 Noctowl

              Type: Normal, Flying
              Noctowl never fails at catching prey in darkness. This Pokémon owes its success to its superior vision that allows it to see in minimal light, and to its soft, supple wings that make no sound in flight.

              #165 Ledyba

              Type: Bug, Flying
              Ledyba secretes an aromatic fluid from where its legs join its body. This fluid is used for communicating with others. This Pokémon conveys its feelings to others by altering the fluid’s scent.

              #166 Ledian

              Type: Bug, Flying
              It is said that in lands with clean air, where the stars fill the sky, there live Ledian in countless numbers. There is a good reason for this—the Pokémon uses the light of the stars as its energy.

              #167 Spinarak

              Type: Bug, Poison
              The web spun by Spinarak can be considered its second nervous system. It is said that this Pokémon can determine what kind of prey is touching its web just by the tiny vibrations it feels through the web’s strands.

              #168 Ariados

              Type: Bug, Poison
              Ariados’s feet are tipped with tiny hooked claws that enable it to scuttle on ceilings and vertical walls. This Pokémon constricts the foe with thin and strong silk webbing.

              #169 Crobat

              Type: Poison, Flying
              Crobat sneaks up on its intended prey using wings that barely make a sound. This Pokémon rests by hanging on a tree branch with its rear legs that serve as wings.

              #170 Chinchou

              Type: Water, Electric
              Chinchou’s two antennas are filled with cells that generate strong electricity. This Pokémon’s cells create so much electrical power, it even makes itself tingle slightly.

              #171 Lanturn

              Type: Water, Electric
              Lanturn is known to emit light. If you peer down into the dark sea from a ship at night, you can sometimes see this Pokémon’s light rising from the depths where it swims. It gives the sea an appearance of a starlit night.

              #172 Pichu

              Type: Electric
              When Pichu plays with others, it may short out electricity with another Pichu, creating a shower of sparks. In that event, this Pokémon will begin crying, startled by the flash of sparks.

              #173 Cleffa

              Type: Fairy
              On nights with many shooting stars, Cleffa can be seen dancing in a ring. They dance through the night and stop only at the break of day, when these Pokémon quench their thirst with the morning dew.

              #174 Igglybuff

              Type: Fairy, Normal
              Igglybuff has a soft and plushy body that feels very much like a marshmallow. From this body wafts a gently sweet fragrance that soothes and calms the emotions of its foes.

              #175 Togepi

              Type: Fairy
              As its energy, Togepi uses the positive emotions of compassion and pleasure exuded by people and Pokémon. This Pokémon stores up feelings of happiness inside its shell, then shares them with others.

              #176 Togetic

              Type: Fairy, Flying
              Togetic is said to be a Pokémon that brings good fortune. When the Pokémon spots someone who is pure of heart, it is said to appear and share its happiness with that person.

              #177 Natu

              Type: Psychic, Flying
              Natu has a highly developed jumping ability. The Pokémon flaps and leaps onto tree branches that are taller than grown-up people to pick at the tree’s new shoots.

              #178 Xatu

              Type: Psychic, Flying
              Xatu is known to stand motionless while staring at the sun all day long. Some people revere it as a mystical Pokémon out of their belief that Xatu is in possession of the power to see into the future.

              #179 Mareep

              Type: Electric
              Mareep’s fluffy coat of wool rubs together and builds a static charge. The more static electricity is charged, the more brightly the lightbulb at the tip of its tail glows.

              #180 Flaaffy

              Type: Electric
              Flaaffy’s wool quality changes so that it can generate a high amount of static electricity with a small amount of wool. The bare and slick parts of its hide are shielded against electricity.

              #181 Ampharos

              Type: Electric
              Ampharos gives off so much light that it can be seen even from space. People in the old days used the light of this Pokémon to send signals back and forth with others far away.

              #182 Bellossom

              Type: Grass
              A Bellossom grows flowers more beautifully if it has evolved from a smelly Gloom—the more stinky the better. At night, this Pokémon closes its petals and goes to sleep.

              #183 Marill

              Type: Water, Fairy
              When fishing for food at the edge of a fast-running stream, Marill wraps its tail around the trunk of a tree. This Pokémon’s tail is flexible and configured to stretch.

              #184 Azumarill

              Type: Water, Fairy
              Azumarill can make balloons out of air. It makes these air balloons if it spots a drowning Pokémon. The air balloons enable the Pokémon in trouble to breathe.

              #185 Sudowoodo

              Type: Rock
              Sudowoodo camouflages itself as a tree to avoid being attacked by enemies. However, because its hands remain green throughout the year, the Pokémon is easily identified as a fake during the winter.

              #186 Politoed

              Type: Water
              The curled hair on Politoed’s head is proof of its status as a king. It is said that the longer and more curled the hair, the more respect this Pokémon earns from its peers.

              #187 Hoppip

              Type: Grass, Flying
              This Pokémon drifts and floats with the wind. If it senses the approach of strong winds, Hoppip links its leaves with other Hoppip to prepare against being blown away.

              #188 Skiploom

              Type: Grass, Flying
              Skiploom’s flower blossoms when the temperature rises above 64 degrees Fahrenheit. How much the flower opens depends on the temperature. For that reason, this Pokémon is sometimes used as a thermometer.

              #189 Jumpluff

              Type: Grass, Flying
              Jumpluff rides warm southern winds to cross the sea and fly to foreign lands. The Pokémon descends to the ground when it encounters cold air while it is floating.

              #190 Aipom

              Type: Normal
              Aipom’s tail ends in a hand-like appendage that can be cleverly manipulated. However, because the Pokémon uses its tail so much, its real hands have become rather clumsy.

              #191 Sunkern

              Type: Grass
              Sunkern tries to move as little as it possibly can. It does so because it tries to conserve all the nutrients it has stored in its body for its evolution. It will not eat a thing, subsisting only on morning dew.

              #192 Sunflora

              Type: Grass
              Sunflora converts solar energy into nutrition. It moves around actively in the daytime when it is warm. It stops moving as soon as the sun goes down for the night.

              #193 Yanma

              Type: Bug, Flying
              Yanma is capable of seeing 360 degrees without having to move its eyes. It is a great flier that is adept at making sudden stops and turning midair. This Pokémon uses its flying ability to quickly chase down targeted prey.

              #194 Wooper

              Type: Water, Ground
              Wooper usually lives in water. However, it occasionally comes out onto land in search of food. On land, it coats its body with a gooey, toxic film.

              #195 Quagsire

              Type: Water, Ground
              Quagsire hunts for food by leaving its mouth wide open in water and waiting for its prey to blunder in unaware. Because the Pokémon does not move, it does not get very hungry.

              #196 Espeon

              Type: Psychic
              Espeon is extremely loyal to any Trainer it considers to be worthy. It is said that this Pokémon developed its precognitive powers to protect its Trainer from harm.

              #197 Umbreon

              Type: Dark
              Umbreon evolved as a result of exposure to the moon’s waves. It hides silently in darkness and waits for its foes to make a move. The rings on its body glow when it leaps to attack.

              #198 Murkrow

              Type: Dark, Flying
              Murkrow was feared and loathed as the alleged bearer of ill fortune. This Pokémon shows strong interest in anything that sparkles or glitters. It will even try to steal rings from women.

              #199 Slowking

              Type: Water, Psychic
              Slowking undertakes research every day in an effort to solve the mysteries of the world. However, this Pokémon apparently forgets everything it has learned if the Shellder on its head comes off.

              #200 Misdreavus

              Type: Ghost
              Misdreavus frightens people with a creepy, sobbing cry. The Pokémon apparently uses its red spheres to absorb the fearful feelings of foes and turn them into nutrition.

              #201 Unown

              Type: Psychic
              This Pokémon is shaped like ancient writing. It is a mystery as to which came first, the ancient writings or the various Unown. Research into this topic is ongoing but nothing is known.”

              #202 Wobbuffet

              Type: Psychic
              Wobbuffet does nothing but endure attacks—it won’t attack on its own. However, it won’t endure an attack on its tail. When that happens, the Pokémon will try to take the foe with it using Destiny Bond.

              #203 Girafarig

              Type: Psychic, Normal
              Girafarig’s rear head contains a tiny brain that is too small for thinking. However, the rear head doesn’t need to sleep, so it can keep watch over its surroundings 24 hours a day.

              #204 Pineco

              Type: Bug
              Pineco hangs from a tree branch and patiently waits for prey to come along. If the Pokémon is disturbed while eating by someone shaking its tree, it drops down to the ground and explodes with no warning.

              #205 Forretress

              Type: Bug, Steel
              Forretress conceals itself inside its hardened steel shell. The shell is opened when the Pokémon is catching prey, but it does so at such a quick pace that the shell’s inside cannot be seen.

              #206 Dunsparce

              Type: Normal
              Dunsparce has a drill for its tail. It uses this tail to burrow into the ground backward. This Pokémon is known to make its nest in complex shapes deep under the ground.

              #207 Gligar

              Type: Ground, Flying
              Gligar glides through the air without a sound as if it were sliding. This Pokémon hangs on to the face of its foe using its clawed hind legs and the large pincers on its forelegs, then injects the prey with its poison barb.

              #208 Steelix

              Type: Steel, Ground
              Steelix lives even further underground than Onix. This Pokémon is known to dig toward the earth’s core. There are records of this Pokémon reaching a depth of over six-tenths of a mile underground.

              #209 Snubbull

              Type: Fairy
              By baring its fangs and making a scary face, Snubbull sends smaller Pokémon scurrying away in terror. However, this Pokémon seems a little sad at making its foes flee.

              #210 Granbull

              Type: Fairy
              Granbull has a particularly well-developed lower jaw. The enormous fangs are heavy, causing the Pokémon to tip its head back for balance. Unless it is startled, it will not try to bite indiscriminately.

              #211 Qwilfish

              Type: Water, Poison
              Qwilfish sucks in water, inflating itself. This Pokémon uses the pressure of the water it swallowed to shoot toxic quills all at once from all over its body. It finds swimming somewhat challenging.

              #212 Scizor

              Type: Bug, Steel
              Scizor has a body with the hardness of steel. It is not easily fazed by ordinary sorts of attacks. This Pokémon flaps its wings to regulate its body temperature.

              #213 Shuckle

              Type: Bug, Rock
              Shuckle quietly hides itself under rocks, keeping its body concealed inside its hard shell while eating berries it has stored away. The berries mix with its body fluids to become a juice.

              #214 Heracross

              Type: Bug, Fighting
              Heracross has sharp claws on its feet. These are planted firmly into the ground or the bark of a tree, giving the Pokémon a secure and solid footing to forcefully fling away foes with its proud horn.

              #215 Sneasel

              Type: Dark, Ice
              Sneasel scales trees by punching its hooked claws into the bark. This Pokémon seeks out unguarded nests and steals eggs for food while the parents are away.

              #216 Teddiursa

              Type: Normal
              This Pokémon likes to lick its palms that are sweetened by being soaked in honey. Teddiursa concocts its own honey by blending fruits and pollen collected by Beedrill.

              #217 Ursaring

              Type: Normal
              In the forests inhabited by Ursaring, it is said that there are many streams and towering trees where they gather food. This Pokémon walks through its forest gathering food every day.

              #218 Slugma

              Type: Fire
              Slugma does not have any blood in its body. Instead, intensely hot magma circulates throughout this Pokémon’s body, carrying essential nutrients and oxygen to its organs.

              #219 Magcargo

              Type: Fire, Rock
              Magcargo’s body temperature is approximately 18,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Water is vaporized on contact. If this Pokémon is caught in the rain, the raindrops instantly turn into steam, cloaking the area in a thick fog.

              #220 Swinub

              Type: Ice, Ground
              Swinub roots for food by rubbing its snout against the ground. Its favorite food is a mushroom that grows under the cover of dead grass. This Pokémon occasionally roots out hot springs.

              #221 Piloswine

              Type: Ice, Ground
              Piloswine is covered by a thick coat of long hair that enables it to endure the freezing cold. This Pokémon uses its tusks to dig up food that has been buried under ice.

              #222 Corsola

              Type: Water, Rock
              Clusters of Corsola congregate in warm seas where they serve as ideal hiding places for smaller Pokémon. When the water temperature falls, this Pokémon migrates to the southern seas.

              #223 Remoraid

              Type: Water
              Remoraid sucks in water, then expels it at high velocity using its abdominal muscles to shoot down flying prey. When evolution draws near, this Pokémon travels downstream from rivers.

              #224 Octillery

              Type: Water
              Octillery grabs onto its foe using its tentacles. This Pokémon tries to immobilize it before delivering the finishing blow. If the foe turns out to be too strong, Octillery spews ink to escape.

              #225 Delibird

              Type: Ice, Flying
              Delibird carries its food bundled up in its tail. There once was a famous explorer who managed to reach the peak of the world’s highest mountain, thanks to one of these Pokémon sharing its food.

              #226 Mantine

              Type: Water, Flying
              On sunny days, schools of Mantine can be seen elegantly leaping over the sea’s waves. This Pokémon is not bothered by the Remoraid that hitches rides.

              #227 Skarmory

              Type: Steel, Flying
              Skarmory’s steel wings become tattered and bashed in from repeated battles. Once a year, the battered wings grow back completely, restoring the cutting edges to their pristine state.

              #228 Houndour

              Type: Dark, Fire
              Houndour hunt as a coordinated pack. They communicate with each other using a variety of cries to corner their prey. This Pokémon’s remarkable teamwork is unparalleled.

              #229 Houndoom

              Type: Dark, Fire
              In a Houndoom pack, the one with its horns raked sharply toward the back serves a leadership role. These Pokémon choose their leader by fighting among themselves.

              #230 Kingdra

              Type: Water, Dragon
              Kingdra sleeps on the seafloor where it is otherwise devoid of life. When a storm arrives, the Pokémon is said to awaken and wander about in search of prey.

              #231 Phanpy

              Type: Ground
              Phanpy uses its long nose to shower itself. When others gather around, they thoroughly douse each other with water. These Pokémon can be seen drying their soaking-wet bodies at the edge of water.

              #232 Donphan

              Type: Ground
              If Donphan were to tackle with its hard body, even a house could be destroyed. Using its massive strength, the Pokémon helps clear rock and mud slides that block mountain trails.

              #233 Porygon2

              Type: Normal
              Porygon2 was created by humans using the power of science. The man-made Pokémon has been endowed with artificial intelligence that enables it to learn new gestures and emotions on its own.

              #234 Stantler

              Type: Normal
              Stantler’s magnificent antlers were traded at high prices as works of art. As a result, this Pokémon was hunted close to extinction by those who were after the priceless antlers.

              #235 Smeargle

              Type: Normal
              Smeargle marks the boundaries of its territory using a body fluid that leaks out from the tip of its tail. Over 5,000 different marks left by this Pokémon have been found.

              #236 Tyrogue

              Type: Fighting
              Tyrogue becomes stressed out if it does not get to train every day. When raising this Pokémon, the Trainer must establish and uphold various training methods.

              #237 Hitmontop

              Type: Fighting
              Hitmontop spins on its head at high speed, all the while delivering kicks. This technique is a remarkable mix of both offense and defense at the same time. The Pokémon travels faster spinning than it does walking.

              #238 Smoochum

              Type: Ice, Psychic
              Smoochum actively runs about, but also falls quite often. Whenever the chance arrives, it will look for its reflection to make sure its face hasn’t become dirty.

              #239 Elekid

              Type: Electric
              Elekid stores electricity in its body. If it touches metal and accidentally discharges all its built-up electricity, this Pokémon begins swinging its arms in circles to recharge itself.

              #240 Magby

              Type: Fire
              Magby’s state of health is determined by observing the fire it breathes. If the Pokémon is spouting yellow flames from its mouth, it is in good health. When it is fatigued, black smoke will be mixed in with the flames.

              #241 Miltank

              Type: Normal
              Miltank gives over five gallons of milk on a daily basis. Its sweet milk is enjoyed by children and grown-ups alike. People who can’t drink milk turn it into yogurt and eat it instead.

              #242 Blissey

              Type: Normal
              Blissey senses sadness with its fluffy coat of fur. If it does so, this Pokémon will rush over to a sad person, no matter how far away, to share a Lucky Egg that brings a smile to any face.

              #243 Raikou

              Type: Electric
              Raikou embodies the speed of lightning. The roars of this Pokémon send shock waves shuddering through the air and shake the ground as if lightning bolts had come crashing down.

              #244 Entei

              Type: Fire
              Entei embodies the passion of magma. This Pokémon is thought to have been born in the eruption of a volcano. It sends up massive bursts of fire that utterly consume all that they touch.

              #245 Suicune

              Type: Water
              Suicune embodies the compassion of a pure spring of water. It runs across the land with gracefulness. This Pokémon has the power to purify dirty water.

              #246 Larvitar

              Type: Rock, Ground
              Larvitar is born deep under the ground. To come up to the surface, this Pokémon must eat its way through the soil above. Until it does so, Larvitar cannot see its parents.

              #247 Pupitar

              Type: Rock, Ground
              Pupitar creates a gas inside its body that it compresses and forcefully ejects to propel itself like a jet. The body is very durable—it avoids damage even if it hits solid steel.

              #248 Tyranitar

              Type: Rock, Dark
              Tyranitar is so overwhelmingly powerful, it can bring down a whole mountain to make its nest. This Pokémon wanders about in mountains seeking new opponents to fight.

              #249 Lugia

              Type: Psychic, Flying
              Lugia’s wings pack devastating power—a light fluttering of its wings can blow apart regular houses. As a result, this Pokémon chooses to live out of sight deep under the sea.

              #250 Ho-oh

              Type: Fire, Flying
              Ho-Oh’s feathers glow in seven colors depending on the angle at which they are struck by light. These feathers are said to bring happiness to the bearers. This Pokémon is said to live at the foot of a rainbow.

              #251 Celebi

              Type: Psychic, Grass
              This Pokémon came from the future by crossing over time. It is thought that so long as Celebi appears, a bright and shining future awaits us.

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                No ones wants to wind up in a haunted home — at least not unknowingly. But unless the prospective homebuyer or tenant has some insider information about the house they are interested in, they would have no idea if a fatal crime or unnatural death had taken place in the house.

                ‘Spacious’, a property listing app developed in Hong Kong came up with a brilliant feature that allows the user to find out whether there was an unfortunate death in a particular property using augmented reality.

                All the user has to do is to point her phone camera at a property and a ghost icon will pop up on the Spacious app to indicate that an unnatural death had taken place in a particular property as well as the causes of it.

                spacious app with ghost icon
                Users can zoom into the ‘haunted’ spots to see the specific properties indicated with a ghost icon

                According to a report by Reuters, not everyone automatically rejects the idea of buying an inauspicious property.  After all, the existence of spirits or ghosts may be regarded as a superstition  In fact, some homebuyers or tenants view the unfortunate past of a property as a good bargaining chip to ask the owner for a discount.

                spacious app with death indicator
                The app also indicates the cause of death

                The company that developed the Spacious app is also known as Spacious. They also run an online platform for property buyers and tenants to look for their ideal home in Hong Kong. The company prides itself on the ability to differentiate themselves by combining a “superior user experience with powerful analytical tools and relevant content to make the property buying, renting or selling process easier than ever”.

                For now, Spacious is only designed for Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Osaka and Tokyo. Hopefully Spacious will roll out the app to other Asia cities soon. We are pretty sure the app will take off in places like Singapore and Malaysia.

                You can download the Spacious app for free on the App Store or Google Playstore.

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                  If you are a Snapchat fan in Singapore yearning for a pair of the latest Snapchat Spectacles, tough luck. For now, Snapchat or now formerly known as Snap, is only selling these glasses through their minion-looking vending machines called “Snapbots”. That means to say, you won’t be able to buy the glasses in stores, or even online. And like the Snaps, these machines’ locations will change every 24 hours, “disappearing” from their current locations.

                  Cool? Unfortunately for local fans, Spectacles will only be available in the U.S. locations and if you happened to be on Venice Beach. To check for the updated locations of the Snapbot vending machines, you can visit Snap’s website. Other than being just a glasses dispensing machines, the yellow booths also allow you to try on colours to see how they fit before purchase.

                  Here’s how the Snapbot booths work:

                  From the company’s website, the recorded videos look very cool, allowing you to rotate the videos horizontally or vertically, thanks to the wide angle glasses. The glasses record 10 seconds of video at a time and then transfer the recording to your phone.

                  If you are lucky to have friends in those Snapbot locations to get one of these, the glasses are going for S$184 (USD129.99). In its bid to raise engagement on its popular social network Snapchat, Snap seems to have found the sweet spot for pricing the glasses, and a use for it, as compared to the discontinued Google Glasses.

                  Snapchat Spectacles and its casing that charges

                  How the recorded video looks like

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                    MONOWear Apple Watch Strap

                    The Apple Watch is a good smartwatch and the Watch Series 2 with its water-resistant rating just made it sexier. But forking out a handsome sum for the watch and having to splurge again for watch straps that allows me to use it for more activities and occasions is definitely way too extravagant. Monowear, a brand launched on Kickstarter, hopes to provide the answer to that by offering affordable good quality watch straps for Apple Watches.

                    Compatible with all Apple Watch models, you can shop for yours at Antė stores islandwide. Here are the various ranges and prices:

                    Metal Range

                    Perhaps less slick then Apple’s Link Bracelet, Monowear’s Metal range still attracts a lot of buyers looking for a classic and professional looking strap for everyday work use. This strap is the company’s best seller and is available in Metal Black and Metal Chrome for S$129.

                    MONOwear Metal Range
                    Monowear Metal Range, Black
                    Monowear Mesh Range
                    Monowear Mesh Range, Black


                    Mesh Range

                    One of our favourite strap is from Apple is the Milanese Loop and Monowear calls it Mesh. Retailing at almost half the price of the original strap from Apple, this is a great strap suitable for many occasions. It is available in Black, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold for SG$119.

                    Leather and Leather Deployant Range

                    The Leather and Leather Deployant range is crafted from genuine leather in Napa finish. Colours include Black, Brown, Navy, Crème and Red. For the Leather Deployant series, the strap features a clasp for easy putting on and removing the watch. The Leather and Leather Deployant range retails for S$99 and S$119 respectively.

                    Monowear Leather and Leather Deployant Range
                    Monowear Leather and Leather Deployant Range, Crème colour

                    Nylon Range

                    The Nylon range is the most causal of the lot and comes in Black, Grey, Olive, Purple, Turquoise and red. It retails for S$69.

                    Monowear Nylon Range
                    Monowear Nylon Range, Grey

                    Antė locations:

                    Antė @Tangs Plaza, Level 3, 310 Orchard Road, Singapore 238864
                    Antė @Takashimaya, Level 3, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238873
                    Antė @Suntec City Mall, #01-457A, Tower 1, 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983
                    Antė @Vivo City, #02-K5 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585

                    MONOWear Apple Watch red strap