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Airbnb is banning house parties globally due to Coronavirus

Better be safe than sorry!

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Airbnb has banned house parties globally as part of its efforts to reduce public gatherings in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, maximum occupancy is now capped at 16 people.

“This party ban applies to all future bookings on Airbnb and it will remain in effect indefinitely until further notice,” Airbnb spokesperson Ben Breit said.

Due to Coronavirus, traveling has reduced radically and many countries have blocked their border. The travel and tourism industry is among the worst hit as restrictions are meant to discourage outdoor exposure.

To reduce the spread of the virus, many countries went into a complete lockdown. These lockdowns have lasted weeks, if not months, forcing everyone to work-from-home and avoid outdoor gatherings. The extended lockdown and change in lifestyle have prompted people to look for alternatives where they can experience the old-normal.

Parties have been a problem for the short-term rental company since all the usual places to hang out like a bar, cafe, or hotel are closed. Recently, a party in New Jersey attracted more than 700 people.

Due to the virus outbreak, Airbnb removed “event-friendly” from its search and required users to adhere to local restrictions on gatherings in light of social distancing protocols.

Airbnb banned large parties or gathering via its platform in 2019 but smaller gatherings like a birthday were allowed. A global policy that restricts parties shall go a long way in establishing Airbnb’s credibility as well as improve the experience for users.

The company added that hosts and guests who break its rules will face steep consequences, including a ban from the community and possible legal action.

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Samsung spoils what it’s launching in August

Including a foldable-only S Pen

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Samsung is hosting its usual Galaxy Unpacked event on August 11. As made apparent through the invite, the company plans to launch the next generation of foldables for the event. Naturally, it won’t just be about foldables. Everyone is wondering what else the company has up its sleeve for August. Well, wonder no more.

Samsung president TM Roh has published a new blog post detailing what exactly is coming for the event. As expected, the president is excited for the third generation of foldables, promising “amazing new multitasking capabilities and enhanced durability.” Since the form factor’s initial announcement, durability has always been a problem owing to issues caused by the foldable hinge.

Additionally, Samsung has announced more partnerships with developers for foldable-friendly apps. Because of the form factor’s expandable screen, users can take advantage of more surface area for their device’s features.

In the same vein, Roh confirms that an exclusive S Pen is coming for their foldables. However, the post does not describe what an S Pen for foldables will look like. Given how delicate the foldable’s screen is, a custom S Pen is likely beneficial towards the device’s durability.

Finally, Roh closes off his post by confirming some dreaded news for some Samsung fans. As rumored in the past, Samsung is not releasing a new Galaxy Note this August. Instead, the company “will further broaden beloved Note features to more Samsung Galaxy devices.” Is the Note dead? We’ll find out on August 11.

SEE ALSO: Samsung might launch next Galaxy Fold soon

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iPhone 14 series might use titanium chassis

Stronger and lighter

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A stronger iPhone is coming. An investor’s report recently released hints at a new chassis material coming for the iPhone 14 series next year. The company’s current flagship models, the iPhone 12 series, are made out of aluminum and stainless steel. If the latest rumor is true, Apple is going for something different for next year.

According to JP Morgan Chase’s China office (via Apple Insider), Apple is reportedly adding titanium as an option for next year’s iPhone 14 series. The lighter metal also has the added benefit of being stronger than the usual metals used for smartphones today. The iPhone 14 series might have a model positioned for durability.

The report, however, doesn’t indicate how the titanium will be used. Besides using it for the chassis, Apple can also use the metal for the phone’s insides. They can also mix it with other metals to make a hybrid alloy.

Of course, because of its premium offering, titanium might end up landing only for the flagship series’ Pro models. Additionally, since the report explicitly mentions Pro models, the upcoming series can potentially still have the same four-model structure that Apple has today. However, as previous reports indicate, the four models likely won’t include an iPhone 14 mini owing to the iPhone 12 mini’s poor performance.

Of note, Apple already uses titanium for the Apple Watch. If anything, the metal isn’t anything new to the company.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone rumor roundup: portless iPhone 13, foldables, bigger SE

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BlackBerry resurrection teased once again

It’s coming this time

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BlackBerry’s rumored comeback might finally happen soon. OnwardMobility, the current owner of BlackBerry’s licenses, has teased the upcoming smartphones once again. Since their last “departure” from the smartphone industry, BlackBerry has been passed on to new owners in hopes of a future resurrection.

Last year, BlackBerry’s previous owner TCL backed out from making BlackBerry devices. The departure signaled another end for BlackBerry. However, soon after the announcement, a few companies announced the purchase of BlackBerry’s licenses, potentially hinting at a return. Notably, Huawei supposedly bought 90 patents from the company. Nothing came of the announcement yet, though.

Besides Huawei, another tech company OnwardMobility announced the most substantial news surrounding BlackBerry’s potential return. Announcing a licensing deal with BlackBerry, the company also promised an upcoming device for the next generation of smartphones. Despite the promise, we still don’t have a new BlackBerry smartphone.

However, OnwardMobility wants to keep the hype train rolling. Recently, the company launched a new “pre-commitment program” wherein subscribers can get information about upcoming products, the actual products themselves, and updates first before non-subscribers. The program specifically lists a BlackBerry device as part of the program. A new smartphone is likely coming soon.

Once upon a time, BlackBerry was one of the most popular handsets for consumers, along with Nokia. However, as slab phones became the norm, the phones of yesteryear either died out or adopted the new norm. Whereas Nokia found its place in the current industry, BlackBerry is still struggling to find its niche.

SEE ALSO: A BlackBerry phone with a physical keyboard is coming in 2021

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