Xiaomi announces Mi5c

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  • 5.15 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, , 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 resolution @428ppi, 550-nit brightness
  • MIUI 8
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat)
  • Xiaomi Surge S1, octa-core 64-bit processor (2.2GHz quad-core A53 + 1.4GHz quad-core A53)
  • Mali-T860MP4 GPU
  • 64GB storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • Rear camera: 12 MP, f/2.2, 27mm, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30fps video
  • Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 27mm, 1080p
  • Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.1 A2DP
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Dimensions: 144.4mm x 69.7mm x 7.1 mm
  • Weight: 132 g
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2860 mAh Li-Ion charging battery
  • Colors: Black, Gold, Rose Gold

The phone is based on the company’s old Mi5 smartphone that they announced last year. The phone will be sold China with a price tag of RMB 1,499.

Xiaomi announces Surge1

@Xiaomiglobal;

Today Xiaomi just unveiled Surge S1, our first-ever SoC chipset designed in-house by Xiaomi that delivers performance and power efficiency. Xiaomi is only one of 4 leading smartphone companies to create a chipset designed and developed in-house. The Surge S1 is an octa-core 64-bit processor that runs up to 2.2GHz at max frequency. The Mali-T860 quad-core GPU has a 40% improved power efficiency (compared to the previous-gen Mali-T760) when running graphic intensive apps. We’ve also packed in a 32-bit high performance DSP for better voice processing for calls, and also dual microphones for noise reduction so your voice can be clearly heard. The 14-bit dual ISP enhances image processing capabilities and our Surge ISP algorithm improves camera light sensitivity by up to 150% and the dual noise reduction algorithm also preserves detail in low light. Having an upgradable base band means having VoLTE definition voice call and more secure against fraudulent base stations.

Check it out:
– Octa-core 64-bit chipset (4xA53 cores 2.2GHz + 4xA53 cores 1.4GHz)
– 28nm High Performance Computing (HPC) process
– Mali-T860 quad-core GPU
– AFBC + ASTC image compression technology
– 32-bit high performance DSP for voice processing
– 14-bit dual ISP; enhanced image processing capabilities
– Surge ISP algorithm improves camera light sensitivity by 150%
– Dual noise reduction algorithm reduces noise and preserves image detail in low light
– Upgradable baseband; programmable modem, OTA upgradable
– VoLTE high quality call and video support
– Chip-level security; TEE architecture, strict compliance with safety regulations
– Antutu score 64,817

Another page from Apple’s playbook.

Internet-connected teddy bears leak over 2M voice messages

Victor Barreiro Jr., reporting for Rappler;

MANILA, Philippines – Spiral Toys, the maker of an internet-connected line of stuffed animals called CloudPets, sprung a massive leak of customer data, including more than two million voice messages from kids and their parents.

Aside from the voice messages, the email addresses and password information of more than 800,000 users were also made available because of the leak.

Be careful on the connected (IoT) toys that you’re buying your children.

Mozilla pockets Pocket in first acquisition

Devin Coldewey, reporting for TechCrunch;

Mozilla bought content time-shifting app Pocket for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced simultaneously on their blogs. What started as a handy Firefox plug-in for saving articles you didn’t have time for became more and more closely integrated with the browser, and today they’re making it official.

Pocket officially announcing the acquisition.

Samsung Electronics Announces Availability of New Facebook Video App for TV

Samsung;

Samsung Electronics announced today that the new Facebook video app for TV is available on Samsung Smart TVs, including its 2017 QLED TV lineup and the app will be available on all of its 2015, 2016, 2017 Smart TV models. Further solidifying its role as the global leader in TV, Samsung is the only TV manufacturer that will support the app at its launch.

To use the Facebook Video app on your Samsung TV, just go to Samsung Smart Hub and download the app then login to your Facebook account.

Delivereat

Delivereat, a Malaysian food delivery service founded in 2012 by Penangites who wants to bring conviences to customers while also providing varierty. Our mission is to provide reliable food delivery to our customers and at the same time assist restaurants in managing delivery manpower management in an affordable and convenient way.

Carousell launches used motor vehicles classifieds app Carousell Motors

Yon Heong Tung, reporting for E27;

Major Singapore-based p2p marketplace Carousell has launched a used motor vehicles classifieds app called Carousell Motors. The marketplace will feature used cars and used bikes listed by individual sellers as well as verified dealerships.

Do they plan to spin off the the service or just a separate way to experience the used motor vehicles market within Carousell?

Samsung Pay Launches in Malaysia

Samsung;

Samsung Malaysia Electronics today announced its partnership with several leaders in the banking industry as part of its strategic move to launch and expand its Samsung Pay ecosystem in Malaysia. CIMB, Citibank and Standard Chartered have joined as partners for Samsung’s mobile payment service Samsung Pay, with Hong Leong Bank coming on board soon. The result is a wide platform for the partners’ respective customers with eligible payment cards1 to enjoy a more seamless digital mobile payment experience. These partnerships enhance Samsung’s existing collaboration with Maybank and are an expansion of its current affiliation with major payment networks, Mastercard and Visa, as well as loyalty card partners, B Infinite, Bonuslink and Sunway Pals.

Manufacturing giant Foxconn is taking over SoftBank’s investment fund in Asia

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Foxconn is taking over SoftBank’s Asia-based tech investment fund. The manufacturing giant, which is responsible for producing Apple’s iPhone among many other tech products, has agreed to buy a majority 54.5 percent stake in SoftBank Asia Capital in exchange for $600 million, according to a filing.

The deal is scheduled to go through March 1, after which time SoftBank Asia Capital will no longer be a SoftBank affiliate. A SoftBank representative confirmed that the agreement will see Foxconn become “the decision maker on investments” for the fund.

A new era for Nokia smartphones

HMD Global;

The new Nokia range of Android smartphones unveiled today ahead of Mobile World Congress includes:

Nokia 6 is going global – combining superior craftsmanship and distinctive design with immersive audio and an impressive bright and colourful 5.5” full HD screen, the Nokia 6 delivers a truly premium smartphone experience. The unibody of the Nokia 6 is crafted from a single block of 6000 series aluminium. The smart audio amplifier with dual speakers allow consumers to experience a deeper bass and unmatched clarity, whilst Dolby Atmos® sound delivers a powerfully moving entertainment experience. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – the Nokia 6 will retail at an average global retail price of €229.

Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition – celebrating the worldwide Nokia 6 portfolio is the Nokia 6 Arte Black Limited Edition. With 64GB storage and 4GB RAM, this special edition combines the best features of the Nokia 6 family in a stunning black high gloss package and will retail at an average global retail price of €299.

Nokia 5 – a sleek and compact smartphone that nestles in your hand. The Nokia 5 has been precision engineered out of a single block of 6000 series aluminium to create a perfect pillowed body that flows seamlessly into the sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5.2” IPS HD display. Powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 mobile platform and the Qualcomm® Adreno™ 505 graphics processor, the Nokia 5 brings robust structural integrity, attention to detail and the quality of a high-end flagship to everyone. Available in four colours – Matte Black, Silver, Tempered Blue and Copper – the Nokia 5 will retail at an average global retail price of €189.

Nokia 3 – a stunning new smartphone designed to deliver an outstanding experience with unprecedented value. With a precision machined aluminium frame forged out of a single piece of aluminium, a sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated 5” display and seamlessly integrated 8MP wide aperture cameras (front and back), the Nokia 3 packs a truly premium quality smartphone experience into its compact and elegant form. Available in four distinctive colours – Silver White, Matte Black, Tempered Blue and Copper White – the Nokia 3 will retail at an average global retail price of €139.

Also announced today were:

Nokia 3310 – a modern classic reborn. Thin, light and incredibly durable, the Nokia 3310 is a head turning modern twist on one of the best-selling feature phones of all time. Boasting an incredible 22-hour talk-time and month long stand-by, the Nokia 3310’s fresh, colourful, modern design brings it bang up to date. The Nokia 3310 is available in four distinctive colours – Warm Red and Yellow, both with a gloss finish, and Dark Blue and Grey both with a matte finish. The Nokia 3310 will retail at an average global retail price of €49.

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Nokia 3310

Nokia 3

Nokia 5

LG G6 Now Official

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You can checkout the full specs of the LG G6 below;

  • 5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, 564ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Android 7 Nougat with LGUX 6.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Processor
  • 32-bit Quad-DAC audio
  • Dual 13 MP rear camera, f/1.8 (100°) wide-angle lens
  • 5 MP front camera, f/2.2 (100°) wide-angle lens
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 32GB/64 GB storage expandable up to 2 TB via microSD
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, NFC
  • IP68 Dust and Water resistance
  • Dolby Vision
  • USB Type-C 3.1
  • Dimenion: 148.9mm x 71.9mm x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Color: Platinum, Black, White
  • 3300mAh Li-On battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0

LG will announce the pricing and availability locally.

Blackberry and TCL officially unveil KeyOne, the phone formerly known as Blackberry Mercury

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BB KeyOne Specs;

  • 4.5 inch scratch-resistant display 1620 x 1080 screen resolution at 433 ppi and 3:2 aspect ratio
  • Android OS – 7.1 Nougat
  • Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core 2.0 GHz
  • 64-bit Adreno 506, 650MHz GPU
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 32 GB Flash expandable up to 2 TB via microSD
  • USB Type-C
  • Smart Keyboard
  • 12MP rear camera with dual tone LED flash, 4K video recording at 30 fps
  • 8MP front camera 1.125um pixel size,1080p HD video recording at 30 fps
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • LTE, HSPA+, Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • FM Radio receiver
  • Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (LE) and EDR
  • NFC, GPS-GLONASS
  • Sensor: Magnetometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient light, Hall Effect
  • Dimension: 149.3 mm x 72.5 mm x 9.4 mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • 3,505 mAh (non-removable) Lithium Ion battery

The Blackberry KeyOne will initially be available in North America (US and Canada) this April for $549.

Ola gets $330m from SoftBank, but valuation plummets to $3.5b

DurbaDurba Ghosh, writing for Tech in Asia;

India’s Uber arch-rival Ola has once again won backing from Japan’s SoftBank, with fresh funding of US$330 million, a person familiar with the details of the deal told Tech in Asia.

However, the fresh funding comes at a cost. Ola’s valuation has dropped by more than 30 percent to US$3.5 billion, Business Standard reported today. Ola’s valuation drop is indicative of declining investor confidence in India.

It’s high time for Ola to expand to other markets and not just their home country.

UP to continue Project NOAH

UP;

At its 1325th meeting on February 23, 2017, the University of the Philippines Board of Regents approved the adoption of Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) by UP upon the termination of its administration by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on February 28.

This is some sort of homecoming for Project NOAH, since it was developed with the help of UP professors;

Project NOAH began as a research program under the DOST in 2012 following the Typhoon Sendong tragedy in 2011. Having delivered its research results and after two extensions, the project was scheduled to end when UP stepped in to continue it.

Media Advisory on Fake Globe Website

Globe;

We wish to inform our valued customers that http://globetelecom.ph/ is NOT an official Globe online property and is NOT connected with the company. Globe Telecom is working with concerned authorities on fraud and trademark infringement to permanently remove this site. We strongly advise our customers against providing any crowdsourcing information on the fraudulent site. We also appeal to our customers to report any similar attempts of fraud.

For any information on our products and services, please visit us online at http://globe.com.ph. Customers may also relay any concerns through our customer hotline and through Twitter channels @enjoyGLOBE and @Talk2GLOBE; Facebook page Globe Telecom; or through Enjoy Globe on Viber. – Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto.

Please don’t even try to attempt to access the said website.

Checking at the whois information of the domain. If looks like it was registered by a certain Frederik Havemann from Hong Kong.

Ayala buys 49% of Zalora PH

Doris Dumlao-Abadilla, reporting for the Philippine Daily Inquirer;

The Ayala group has entered the e-commerce business with a deal to acquire a 49 percent stake in BF Jade E-Service Philippines, which owns and operates Zalora Philippines.

Zalora Philippines is currently the country’s largest online fashion platform offering a wide range of fashion and lifestyle products.

51% of Zalora Ph is still owned by German startup factory Rocket Internet.

Disney creates wireless power source, able to charge a mobile phone anywhere in a room

Ricky Brigante, writing for Inside The Magic;

With a properly designed room containing “purpose-built structures” made of aluminum along with a copper pipe in the center of the room circled by capacitors, around 1900 watts of free-flowing power can be disseminated into the air without risk of harming people within – as long as you keep a distance of at least 46cm away from that center pole. These restrictions are temporary, as the future of this technology may simply require “conductive paint” or “modular panels,” the research suggests.

This is what you call “real” non-contact wireless charging. Checkout the video below to know more about the technology.

Samsung reportedly plans refurbished Galaxy Note7 with smaller battery

Evan Blass, writing for Venture Beat;

In a surprising report out of South Korea today (via XDA), Han Kyung claims that Samsung has plans to re-release recalled units of the ill-fated Galaxy Note7 as refurbished handsets, complete with lower-capacity batteries. After utilizing a reported 200,000 returned phones for testing, Samsung apparently still has over 2.5 million left in inventory.

Instead of the stock 3500mAh battery, which was determined to be the primary cause of the malfunctioning devices, Samsung will reportedly equip the handsets with packs in the 3000mAh to 3200mAh range.

The keyword here is Emerging Markets, here’s hoping that the refurbished Note 7 will not have the same problem.