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GAOC trains with the world’s best

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Expert dentists of the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), one of the best dental clinics in Southeast Asia, participated in the prestigious 2018 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) in Los Angeles, California.

World-renowned international speakers, specialists, leading general practitioners, lab technicians and dental hygienists attended the conference, sharing knowledge and latest information in the expanding field of osseointegration.

Each year, GAOC makes sure that their dentists undergo extensive training here and abroad, to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in the field of dentistry.

GAOC, founded by CEO Dr. Steve Mark Gan, continuously strives to raise the standards of the dental practice in the Philippines. It cultivates a culture of excellence where patients are considered valued partners, and offers an extensive range of first class services from oral surgery and periodontics, orthodontics and pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics and general dentistry to cosmetic and laser dentistry.

For Dr. Gan, an active member of the American Society of Osseointegration and the American College of Oral Implantology; former chair and member of the Board of Dentistry, Philippine Regulation Commission, and a recognized trailblazer in dental implant surgery in the Philippines, participation in the AO annual meeting is part of GAOC’s commitment to continuous learning by keeping abreast of the latest global trends and technologies to raise the standards in local dental practice.

“At GAOC, we believe that the best way to enhance our dental services is by participating in international conferences such as the AO annual meeting”, says Dr. Gan. “By keeping up to date with current trends and international best practices and through interactions with colleagues from around the world, we aim to bring Philippine dentistry to world-class standards”.

GAOC has ten state-of-the-art clinics to date, run by a team of dental specialists and equipped with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment facilities available.

For more information and appointment, visit http://www.gaocdental.com, follow and like GAOC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @gaocdental.com.

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Huawei P20 Pro: more than a smartphone. It’s a high-tech DSLR!

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Smartphones are getting increasingly smart.

And now they’re not just smart — they’re intelligent.

Combining hardware and AI

Released from April 2018, the P20 series from Huawei — which consists of the P20 and the P20 Pro — is taking the smartphone camera to the next stage by integrating Artificial Intelligence to broaden photography capabilities.

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By combining AI with point and shoot efficiency, Huawei is effectively promising to make professional-looking photos within the reach of amateurs (read: noobs) like us.

A bold claim, but we’ll test it out by pitting it against a DSLR with a P20 Huawei camera, using Paris and Frankfurt as our backdrop.

Photos from both devices will not be filtered or edited to improve their colour.

Starting with some architecture and street scenes:

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How about food? Let’s see:

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Here are photos of the same view, with one of them using the night shot function from the P20 Pro:

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To push the P20 to its maximum capability, we also tested out some other functions, like this macro shot that’s like the Lang Leav of photography:

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Random lamp in a restaurant taken against the back light:

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While this would mean a dimly lit silhouette in most shots by other cameras, the object in question is now clearly seen and surrounded by soft lighting.

This means you can finally take that act chio back lit selfie. Yay, technology.

Some P20 shots in Frankfurt, taken in low lighting conditions:

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And this was seriously impressive, considering that it was taken in such a dark tunnel that our eyes could barely make out what was going on:

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While the DSLR affords more creative freedom, the camera and editing skills are something an amateur needs to learn first.

Release date and prices:

The P20 and P20 Pro are available for preorder from now till April 4, from the three telcos, Lazada, and major electronic stores (Best Denki, Challenger, etc.).

Otherwise, they will be on shelves from April 7 (except for the P20 Pro Twilight, which will be available from end April).

Huawei P20 (Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Black), 128GB ROM + 4GB RAM: S$898

Huawei P20 Pro (Twilight, Midnight Blue, Black), 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM: S$1,148

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The 10 Best Mirrorless Cameras in 2018

Mirrorless cameras have become hugely popular in recent years. This is thanks to the fact that they keep the big sensors and interchangeable lenses of DSLR cameras, but ditch the mirror mechanism, allowing camera manufacturers to produce smaller and lighter, and often simpler cameras.

Mirrorless cameras are also known as compact system cameras or CSCs, and there’s now never been more choice, with a model to suit everyone. From simple to use entry-level models to sophisticated full-frame monsters to rival the very best DSLRs, there’s bound to be a camera to suit your needs.

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Some mirrorless cameras have a compact, rectangular body, some are styled like DSLRs with a ‘pentaprism’ on the top – though this houses an electronic viewfinder rather than the optical viewfinder you get with a DSLR.

Be aware, too, that most cheaper mirrorless cameras don’t come with viewfinders at all – instead, you compose the photo on the rear screen, just as you do with a compact camera or a smartphone.

What is the best Mirrorless camera?

No two photographers are exactly the same – we’re all looking for slightly different things from are photography. Some us might want a better camera than the one built into our smartphone, while others will want a high-end camera that has a range of creative controls and features, so we’ve ranked the 10 best mirrorless cameras you can buy right now based not just on specs, handling and performance, but size, simplicity and value for money too.

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1. Sony Alpha A7R III

Sony’s megapixel monster gets a performance boost

Sensor size: Full-frame | Resolution: 42.2MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 1,440,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 10fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert

Pros:
10fps at 42.2MP
Fast AF performance
Cons:
Limited touchscreen control
Battery life could still be better

With the Alpha A7R III, Sony has taken one of our favorite mirrorless cameras and bolstered the performance to make it one of the most complete and versatile cameras available today. With a brilliant full-frame 42.2MP sensor that’s supported by and advanced AF system and 10fps burst shooting, you no longer have to sacrifice performance for resolution or vice versa. This is a camera that would be equally at home perched on a mountain as in a studio or on the sidelines of a football match. Sony’s also just announced the Alpha A7 III – sharing an identical body to the A7R III, it features a 24.2MP full-frame sensor and 693-point AF system.

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2. Fujifilm X-T2

A stunning camera perfect for enthusiast photographers

Sensor size: APS-C | Resolution: 24.3MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle display, 1,040,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 8fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert

Pros:
Polished handling
Fast autofocus
Cons:
No touchscreen
Not much else

Fujifilm’s update to the X-T1 may look similar at first glance, but there have been some big improvements and perhaps the biggest of all is the autofocus system. It’s a huge leap forward compared with the system found in the X-T1, with AF tracking of moving subjects now much more precise and swift, while the level of sophistication and customisation is impressive too. Add in 8 frames per second burst shooting, a clever double-hinged rear display, bright EVF, Fujifilm’s excellent 24.3MP X Trans III CMOS sensor and plenty of body mounted controls that’s all wrapped-up in a tactile body, and you’re left with a brilliant camera. If you want something a larger, especially if you want to use larger lenses, take a look at the X-H1. A very good camera, but we still think the X-T2 is the better all-round option.

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3. Sony Alpha A9

Taking the fight to Canon and Nikon

Sensor size: Full-frame | Resolution: 24.2MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 1,440,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 20fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Expert

Pros:
Blistering performance 
Highly effective AF system
Cons:
Limited touchscreen control
No XQD card slots

The Alpha A9 doesn’t fail to impress. The AF system Sony has blessed its flagship camera with is not only incredibly quick, the tracking performance needs to be seen to be believed. Partner that with incredibly fast 20fps burst shooting, and a large and bright EVF that doesn’t blackout when you’re shooting, and you’ve got a camera that can mix it with the best that Canon and Nikon have to offer when it comes to shooting action.

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4. Panasonic Lumix G9

Meet the photographer-focused Lumix GH5

Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 20.3MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle display, 1,040,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 60fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate/advanced

Pros:
6.5-stop image stabilization
Up to 60fps burst shooting
Cons:
ISO range could be broader
Battery level not as a percentage

Aimed at enthusiast and semi-professional photographers, the Lumix G9 is certainly very competitively priced; you get a lot of camera for your money. Some might view the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor as a bit of a compromise, but the pay-off is a compact and well-balanced system, and we were thoroughly impressed when we paired the G9 with the 200mm f/2.8 telephoto prime. Throw in 60fps shooting, polished handling and a wealth of advanced features and the Lumix G9 is a brilliant all-round mirrorless camera. Not to mention Panasonic’s best mirrorless camera to date.

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5. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

The brilliant E-M10 Mark III is a little powerhouse of a camera

Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 16.1MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle display, 1,037,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 8.6fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Beginner/intermediate

Pros:
Compact size, lenses too
Excellent viewfinder
Cons:
Smaller sensor than some
Focus tracking could be better

The OM-D E-M10 Mark III might not be a massive leap forward over the Mark II, with much of the camera’s specification remaining the same. However, Olympus has refined and tweaked one of our favorite mirrorless cameras to make it an even more tempting proposition for new users and enthusiasts alike. Some will criticise the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor format (roughly half the area of APS-C) but the effect on image quality is minor and it means that the lenses are as compact and lightweight as the camera itself. Sporting a 5-axis image stabilization system, decent electronic viewfinder, an impressive 8.6fps burst shooting speed and 4K video, it’s no toy – the E-M10 Mark III is a properly powerful camera.

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6. Fujifilm X-T20

All the good bits of the X-T2 in a more affordable body

Sensor size: APS-C | Resolution: 24.3MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen display, 1,040,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 8fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Beginner/intermediate

Pros:
Excellent build and design
Rich and detailed images
Cons:
Limited touchscreen control
EVF magnification

Like the look of the X-T2 at the top of our list, but don’t quite want to shell out that much for it? Fuji has the answer in the shape of the X-T20, which manages to distill many of the key features of the X-T2 including the excellent 24.3MP sensor and advanced AF system, but into a slightly more compact and affordable camera. The X-T20 feels very similar to its bigger brother in terms of build quality, while the tactile controls and polished handling make it a very satisfying camera to shoot with. The X-T20 will certainly hit the sweet spot for many photographers. If you like the look of the X-T20, but want something a little more compact, take a look at the X-E3. Sharing virtually the same specification, it has a more compact design.

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7. Panasonic Lumix G80 / G85

Big features squeezed into a small body

Sensor size: Micro Four Third | Resolution: 16MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.0-inch display, 1,040,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 9fps | Maximum video resolution: 4K | User level: Beginner/intermediate

Pros:
Excellent EVF and touchscreen
Great 4K video
Cons:
Only 16MP resolution
Interface could be better

While not quite perfect, the G80’s (G85 in the US) feature set and performance make it one of the most compelling mid-range mirrorless propositions around. Auto-focus is very good, whether you’re using it for static or moving subjects, and processing speeds are fast, while the image stabilization system is very effective whether you’re recording stills or movies. Image quality is generally very good, with the removal of the low-pass filter making a positive difference overall, and this is matched by strong 4K video quality, with plenty of video-related options. Together with a great EVF and LCD partnership, plenty of options over customization and a broad range of compatible lenses, the G80 is a smash on a number of levels.

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8. Panasonic Lumix GH5

Blurring the lines between stills and movies

Sensor size: Micro Four Third | Resolution: 20.3MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.2-inch display, 1,040,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 12fps | Maximum video resolution: 4K | User level: Intermediate/expert

Pros:
Brilliant video specification
Large and bright viewfinder
Cons:
ISO range could be broader
Image quality not class leading

The Lumix GH5 is the latest in the line of Panasonic’s top-of-the-range GH series of mirrorless cameras, which over the years have carved out a niche for themselves among videographers thanks to their breadth of movie-making features. It’s certainly one of the best 4K camera solutions out there, if not the best, before you start considering dedicated professional video cameras, and that video capability is backed up by a great set of features for the stills photographer.

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9. Sony Alpha A6500

Forget any worries about slow focusing with this little beaut

Sensor size: APS-C | Resolution: 24.2MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.0-inch tilt-angle touchscreen, 921,600 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 11fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate/expert

Pros:
Very capable autofocusing system
Excellent electronic viewfinder
Cons:
No headphone port
Tilting rather than vari-angle screen

You don’t have to go full-frame to get the benefit of Sony’s great camera technology and this APS-C format model makes a great choice for enthusiasts looking for an alternative to big, heavy DSLR. One of the challenges for CSC manufacturers has been to make their autofocus systems as good as the ones in DSLRs. The A6500’s comes very close, especially in bright light; it’s able to track moving subjects around the frame and as they move towards or away from the camera. There’s also an excellent electronic viewfinder that makes it easy to see when the subject is sharp and correctly exposed. Image quality is very high and there’s built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to allow to share images via a connected smartphone.

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10. Olympus Pen-F

Sleek retro styling partnered with a host of creative features

Sensor size: Micro Four Thirds | Resolution: 20MP | Viewfinder: EVF | Monitor: 3.0-inch vari-angle touchscreen display, 1,037,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting rate: 10fps | Movies: 1080p | User level: Intermediate/expert

Pros:
High-quality electronic viewfinder
Build quality and controls
Cons:
Expensive
Small buttons

While the design follows that of the original film Pen-F camera from the 1960s, that’s pretty much where any similarities stop, with this modern-day Pen-F featuring Olympus’s latest 20MP Micro Four Thirds sensor. Unlike previous Pen models we’ve seen which rely solely on the rear screen for composition unless you want to invest in an optional attachable electronic viewfinder, the Pen-F incorporates a high-quality OLED EVF integrated into the body with with a resolution of 2.36m dots. There’s also an advanced 5-axis image stabilisation system built in to combat camera shake, while no Olympus CSC could be complete without a selection of Art Filters – the Pen-F has 28 to choose from. Offering plenty of customisation and a host of clever features, there’s also built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to boot.

Filinvest Mimosa+ drives growth momentum in the north

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As it breathes new life to Clark, Pampanga, Filinvest Mimosa+ Leisure City has been changing and invigorating the business and leisure landscape in the north with a progressive redevelopment masterplan. Integral to this plan is its 3.6-hectare sustainable office campus—dubbed Workplus—set amidst lush greeneries that is conducive for both work and wellness.

Being at the forefront of Filinvest Mimosa+’s vision to elevate the business industry in Clark, six office buildings are set to rise in Workplus within the next six years. Currently, two office buildings—called 1 Workplus and 2 Workplus—are already complete and ready to welcome corporations that are looking to expand their business in Central Luzon. This is another proof of the dynamism that Filinvest has been injecting into the Mimosa+ estate.

“With the opening of Workplus, we aim to not only bring in more business to Clark, but to also help increase employment in Pampanga,” notes Filinvest Cyberzone’s first vice president Janette Cordero.

With a total gross floor area of over 110,000 square meters and total gross leasable area of approximately 100,000 square meters, all Workplus buildings come equipped with fibre optic facilities that are best suited for business process outsourcing (BPO), information technology (IT), and knowledge-based companies, with ample surface and podium parking areas available. Furthermore, each structure strictly follows the green building guidelines of Clark Development Corporation to promote corporate social responsibility and true green living.

Also of particular note is how the office campus is filled with full grown Acacia trees and rich flora. Cognizant of this, Filinvest Mimosa+ collaborated with renowned designer firm H1 Architecture to devise an office campus master plan that is conscious of the natural landscape, where the positioning of the buildings, for example, was carefully composed in such a way that it moves around and blends with the trees. This creates a healthy, vibrant atmosphere that seamlessly integrates the landscape with the buildings’ architectural design.

Moreover, the building design features a “glass belt”—reflecting the landscape surrounding it from the outside—that breaks the volume and creates a sense of individuality in each of the buildings.

Other factors that set Workplus apart are the leisure destinations within Filinvest Mimosa+—the Quest Hotel and Conference Center-Clark, which is currently undergoing renovations to better serve both short- and long-staying guests, and the 150-hectare Mimosa Golf Course, which is the centerpiece that draws a steady stream of guests to the estate.

Filinvest Mimosa+ takes pride in a 201-hectare expanse of lush landscaping with an abundance of mature trees. Awarded with a long-term 50-year lease, the Filinvest Group continues to fulfill its plans of redeveloping the estate as it takes into account four major components: leisure, business, residential, and nature. In addition to the office campus, its vision includes a lifestyle mall and an al fresco retail strip, which will soon be home to various boutiques and unique dining concepts. Then, there’s the Events Grounds and an Events Pavillion for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and events) and a residential phase that will offer the most beautiful countryside living spaces.

With all these dynamic developments, together with the recent uptick in BPO property demand, Workplus in Filinvest Mimosa+ is well-poised to lead the growth charge in the north, anchored on the vision set forth by the Filinvest Group: an integrated, balanced, and eco-centric masterplanned community.

 

Dive into an amazing early summer adventure with TechnoMarine

 

Summer is the best time to frolic at the beach, spend some leisure time under the sun, explore the wonders of the sea or travel to new and amazing destinations. Keep track of your wild summer exploits with a watch from the TechnoMarine’s Cruise Night Vision collection.

The perfect watch for deep and dynamic adventures, the Cruise Night Vision is skillfully crafted for any activity in both land and sea. It has a super luminous feature on its indices and hands to allow the wearer to tell the time even underwater.

Water resistant for up to 200meters, it is suitable for various underwater escapades including recreational scuba diving.

The Cruise Night Vision is stylish and easy to wear. Defined by bold and vibrant colors, thetimepiece has silicone straps, metal dial and a secure buckle clasp. It comes ina sleek 46mm stainless steelcase with silicone cover.

Surely, with TechnoMarine, you can enjoy an early summer filled with wild, fun, and exciting adventures.

For more information, visit https://www.technomarine.com/ or visit TechnoMarine stores in Greenbelt 3, Robinson’s Galleria, Robinson’s Magnolia, Shangri-La Plaza, SM City Cebu, SM Lanang Premier Davao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, TriNoma, SM North Edsa.

Celebrating World Sleep Month with an ultimate slumber party

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In celebration of World Sleep Month, society personalities and philanthropists Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga partnered with Uratex, maker of Premium mattresses, for a fun and exciting slumber party at the Prieto-Valdes residence in North Forbes Park, Makati City.

The slumber party was attended by the hostesses’ closest friends, successful people in search of exceptional comfort in mattresses for superior sleep.

Uratex CEO and president and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awardee for the Philippines Natividad “Naty” Cheng and daughters Pinky Rosagas, Uratex finance director, and Peachy Medina, managing director, graced the event. Also present were Uratex executive vice president Eddie Gallor, corporate sales director Dindo Medina and marketing director Cherry Tan.

Guests included Agile Zamora, Ana de Ocampo, Ann Ong, Audrey Tan-Zubiri, Dette Aquino-Tan, Fe Rodriguez, Ian Galliguez, May Rojas, Michelle Tiangco, Rajo Laurel, Sheryl Songsong, Tessa Alindogan and Tina Cuevas.

Joining the fun were well-known media personalities Pepper Teehankee, Ces Drilon, Mia Borromeo, Yvette Fernandez and Ailene Co.

 

Guests were able to try for themselves Uratex’s luxurious line of mattresses like Premium Touch, Senso Memory and Orthocare that are made of premium materials using the latest sleep-science technology that makes Uratex Premium Mattresses exceptional. Also on display were pillows that matched the mattresses.

 

Filled with fun and exciting activities, the slumber party aimed to stress the importance of sleep for a person’s health and well-being.

 

For more information, visit https://www.uratex.com.ph/.

Plotaverse Mobile App Review

Have you heard about still motion pictures?

Yes! You heard it right. It’s a still photo with some parts having a motion in it.

There are certain professional photography apps which can do it but now they’re introducing a simple way to how to do it with just a few clicks away.

I am an android phone user and since I heard the news about this new app I gave it a try.

It’s called ‘Plotaverse’. It is available on googlr play store and on apple store as well. And it’s for free as of the moment.

There are still few bugs when I first download it such as it took forever to load your video.

First, I selected a photo which I think, cool to have motions in it such as a photo with running water. Then, I load it to its work area which I’ve mention earlier took too long to load. Afterwards, you select directions on where you want the motion in your photo be. It’s in the animate tab. Then you might wanna mask the area/s you dont want the motion to be in.

There is a play button so you can see if you masked it correctly, it’s kinda hard to do that actually and the play button is lagging most of the times. When you’re finished you will just export it and voila you have a still motion photo which you can upload in social media sites such as instagram. But they are also developing this platform in a social media manner as you can also post your work here in this plotaverse app.

Your creativity and eye for beauty will surely shine in this mobile app. And I guess this will be the future of photos. Maybe!

Here’s how I did on my first try: