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Apple’s Phil Schiller says Face ID competitors ‘all stink’

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Facial recognition software is the hottest feature in smartphone security today. As with every new feature, phone makers are finger-pointing who did it first or better. Apple’s Phil Schiller, however, has some strong words for the competition.

“They all stink.”

Schiller is Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. He has been a member of the Apple executive team for the past 15 years. Thus, he has been instrumental in creating Apple’s decade-long iPhone legacy.

When one of Apple’s head honchos talks about their phone’s features, you stand up and listen. (In fact, most have, as Schiller is a constant presence in Apple’s iconic keynote events.)

In an interview with Bright.nl, Schiller talks about one of the iPhone X’s best feature: Face ID. The new tech brings the phone’s security to the next level. Further, it’s even a huge component of the phone’s quirky Animoji feature.

“[Our competitors’ facial scans] don’t work in all the ways we need Face ID to work,” he says. It’s no secret that Android phone makers have worked and are working on their Face ID competitors. For example, Samsung has the iris scanner.

Besides its benefits on convenience, Schiller stresses that Face ID is oodles more secure than its Android counterparts. “I think we’ve worked really hard to maintain the trust we have with users about how this information technology is and isn’t used… no Face ID data goes to third parties,” he adds.

Apple users have complete control over how their facial data is used. iPhones will always prompt its users whenever a third-party app even attempts to access the data. Apple also implements stringent review processes on all their supported apps to prevent any untoward breaches of security.

If that doesn’t work, expect Apple to make the necessary changes. “If it isn’t enough, we will apply stricter guidelines and policies. We try to be vigilant on this stuff,” Schiller concludes.

The assurance comes at an opportune time as other phones are announcing their version of facial recognition.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone X: Most fragile iPhone yet?

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vivo X50 series, TWS earphones Neo coming to the Philippines

Yes, the one with the Gimbal Camera System

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vivo emerged from the second quarter of 2020 as the top-selling smartphone brand in that period in the Philippines. Now, they’re giving you more reasons to buy vivo devices as they bring over to the country the vivo X50 series and the TWS Earphone Neo.

The vivo X50 series consists of three phones globally but in the Philippines, initially at least, the company is only launching the vivo X50 and the vivo X50 Pro. The series’ highlight is its new Gimbal Camera System — another innovation by vivo.

Watch our vivo X50 Pro review to find out more.

Meanwhile the, TWS Earphone Neo is the company’s attempt to capture the growing TWS earphone market. The Neo runs Qualcomm’s 4th-generation TWS platform named QCC3046, offering low latency, high precision, and stable listening experience. Moreover, it’s equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology, reaching a maximum of 10-meter range.

This pair of wireless earphones carries a design-centric compact body. It has a 14.2mm ultra-large driver unit and a bio-fiber composite diaphragm, promising to deliver enhanced audio and powerful sound.

There’s no word yet on when these devices are exactly coming but with vivo teasing the devices, we can expect t[ebhese to hit the market really soon.

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ROG Phone 3, ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition price in the Philippines

Get your game on!

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ASUS ROG hasn’t been quiet about this at all and now it’s finally official. The ROG Phone 3 and ROG Phone 3 Strix edition are in the Philippines!

You all know how it is, right? ROG has done quite a fantastic job in the mobile gaming phone category and has lorded over the “Best Gaming Smartphone” award for the past two years. They’ve shown no signs of relinquishing that crown this year with the ROG Phone 3.

Watch our ROG Phone 3 review to see exactly what I’m talking about.

 

Pricing and availability

The ROG Phone 3 will be available starting August 22 and will come in three variants. Here’s a quick guide:

MODEL SPECIFICATIONS SRP HARD BUNDLE ITEMS
ROG Phone 3 Classic Edition S865+/16G RAM/512GB Storage PhP 54,995 Aero Case/AeroActive Cooler 3/ Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle
ROG Phone 3 Classic Edition S865+/12G RAM/512G Storage PhP 49,995 Aero Case/ AeroActive Cooler 3/ Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle
ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition S865/8G RAM/256G Storage PhP 39,995 Aero Case/ AeroActive Cooler 3/ Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle

 

All models come with the 144hz AMOLED HDR display, the AirTrigger 3, Stereo Speakers with GameFX, Three camera layout, and 6,000 mAH battery. All will also be 5G compatible with local networks.

Early purchases come bundled with an exclusive ROG Special Hoodie as well as the ROG Phone Bag, from participating ASUS and ROG accredited stores only. You may check out this link for more information. This special set will be on top of the already-bundled Aero Case, AeroActive Cooler 3, and Type C to 3.5mm Audio Jack dongle.

ROG Phone 3 Accessories

As for the accessories, stay tuned to the ROG website and social media pages to keep updated on its local availability. However, for those looking for the ROG Phone 2 Champion’s Super Pack, the full set will be available via ROG Concept Stores in Gilmore, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and the ROG Official Shopee Store for PhP 29,995.00 – near 50% off from the original PHP 59,965 SRP. The ROG Phone 2 Champions’ Super Pack will still be complete with the following items:

ACCESSORY STORE SRP
Lighting Armor Case PhP 2,495.00
ROG Kunai Gamepad PhP 6,995.00
Twinview Dock II PhP 14,995.00
Mobile Desktop Dock Revised PhP 10,995.00
ROG Phone Bag PhP 2,495.00
ASUS WiGig Display Dock PhP 13,995.00
ROG Suitcase PhP 7,995.00

If you’re curious about the backwards compatibility, ROG was kind enough to share this chart for your reference.

SEE ALSO: ROG Phone 3 has a super-secret 160Hz mode

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Razer is reviving its left-handed gaming mouse

Boasting 20,000dpi

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For such a thriving industry, the gaming peripherals industry still has no easily manufacturable solution for left-handed gaming. Years ago, Razer spent resources to develop an ergonomic solution for the problem. However, because of a lack in demand, the company pulled the product out. Now, Razer is reviving its left-handed gaming mouse.

Initially launched in 2014, the Razer Naga Left-handed Edition combines a thumb-optimized 12-button gaming grid with left-handed ergonomics. All in all, the mouse has 19+1 programmable buttons. Inside, the mouse’s new sensor sports 20,000dpi with 99.6 percent resolution accuracy. As a result, the Left-handed Edition is optimized for MMO gaming.

Further, the mouse boasts a durability of up to 50,000 clicks. It boasts slick movement across any surface with PTFE coating. It also a super flexible cable for minimal drag. The mouse’s memory can also store up to five profiles.

Razer now claims that it is the only company that sells true left-handed gaming mice. True enough, most left-handed gaming mice today are just symmetrically designed. Basically, the mice’s developers did not design ergonomically for another market. Instead, they made a mouse applicable for both markets. Razer says that it expended a lot of resources by developing a truly left-handed mouse, often causing a loss more than a profit.

According to Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan, the newly designed mouse will likely still cause a loss. However, “the more [they] sell, the less of a loss [they] will take on it and the more likely [Razer] can continue to produce it,” he said.

Besides the new Naga, Razer also sells the DeathAdder Left-handed Edition, a more minimal gaming mouse for any use. The Naga Left-handed Edition is still an upgrade over the DeathAdder. The new mouse is now available for US$ 99.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer launched a heat-resistant, antibacterial Note 20 case

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