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iOS 13 goes official with Dark Mode, newer apps, and faster performance

Coming to your iPhones soon

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As expected, Apple introduced iOS 13 during the keynote of this year’s WWDC. The exciting preview of the new iOS version included a dramatic new look thanks to Dark Mode and redesigned apps. Plus, Apple promises its new mobile operating system to be faster and more responsive.

Probably the biggest feature of iOS 13 is Dark Mode. With a system-wide dark color scheme, newer iPhones with OLED displays look better and easier on the eyes, especially in low-light environments. For now, Dark Mode works great in native apps, but it’ll come to third-party apps before iOS 13’s final release later this year.

Another major feature of iOS 13 is Sign In with Apple. With growing concerns regarding privacy, Apple is banking on its customers’ trust with a new login option. Using a user’s Apple ID, Sign In with Apple is a more private way to quickly sign into apps and websites. What sets this apart from Facebook and Google’s method is the unique random email address sent to apps to keep the user’s personal email safe from spam and abuse.

Apple Maps continues to become better in iOS 13. The new Maps experience has broader road coverage, better pedestrian data, more precise addresses, and more detailed land cover in select cities and states. It’ll roll out across the US by the end of 2019 and to other countries next year.

Additionally, photo browsing and editing are more comprehensive and intuitive in iOS 13. The updated Photos app uses on-device machine learning to curate the entire library and hide clutter like duplicate images and bad shots. Also, Portrait Lighting can now be manually adjusted to virtually move the light closer or farther, just like when you’re in a real studio.

Enhancements are also done in the Reminders app. It has a new look and intelligent ways to create and edit reminders. It also now has deeper integration with Messages to easily remind you while you’re messaging with a tagged person.

Speaking of Messages, it can now automatically share a user’s name and photo to avoid missing contacts in your phone. Users can use Memoji to keep things fun with new hairstyles, headwear, makeup, piercings, and accessories.

Under-the-hood improvements in iOS 13 promise faster Face ID unlock, reduced package iPhone apps on the App Store, and two times faster launch times. Apple’s new iOS also has fresh features for Siri, CarPlay, HomePod, AirPods, Voice Control, Health, Location Services, CarPlay, and many more. If you wish to learn more about iOS 13, Apple’s has listed all the new features here.

The developer preview of iOS 13 is now available, while a public beta program will be open for users later this month. Expect to get the final iOS 13 software this fall for the iPhone 6S and newer models. The features of iOS 13 are also coming to the new iPadOS for the iPad Air 2 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad fifth-gen and later, and iPad mini 4 and later.

SEE ALSO: iPadOS replaces iOS on Apple’s iPads

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Nokia embraces the banana-on-the-wall meme

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Even as the year winds down, the memes just don’t stop coming. Most recently, a gallery visitor ate one of the artworks at Art Basel Miami Beach. The US$ 120,000 artwork was a single banana taped on a wall. The eater was David Datuna, a literal and metaphorical hungry artist. Datuna consumed the display as a form of performance art.

Regardless of intent, Datuna’s hunger spawned a whole trend of memes and similar incidents all over the world. The meme has also found its way to the tech realm, including this one from renowned Korean artist Sam Sung.

However, there is only one true tech representative for the banana meme: Nokia’s own banana phone, the Nokia 8810 4G. True enough, the smartphone maker embraced the meme wholeheartedly. On Twitter, at least.

A few days ago, Nokia’s official Twitter account posted a photo of the Nokia 8810 4G taped to a white wall. Naturally, the phone’s yellow color emphasizes the banana similarities.

Unfortunately, the banana phone is inedible. There is no chance that a performance artist can come in and eat the Nokia 8810 4G.

Of course, the cheeky tweet is just goofing around on Nokia’s part. On a more serious note, Nokia is holding massive discounts for the Nokia 2.2, 2.1, and 1 this Christmas. The company has also announced development for Nokia-branded TVs in the future.

SEE ALSO: Nokia Philippines Smartphone Price List

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Twitter is cracking down on sexual and violent content

No more NSFW

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Times have changed ever since social media platforms started cracking down on adult content. Tumblr banned porn on its platform, and now Twitter is joining the squad. The micro-blogging platform silently updated its Terms of Service recently.

Starting January 1, 2020, content containing graphic violence will be removed — violent crimes, physical fights, serious physical harm, and bodily fluids. Yes, blood and semen are out of the equation. Additionally, adult content showing full (or partial) nudity, any form of sexual acts, and even hentai will be taken down.

Twitter is also enforcing its policies strictly when it comes to gratuitous gore and violent sexual conduct. The American company believes banning these content will prevent the normalization of rape and sexual assaults.

This recent move has alarmed sex workers and people with different fetishes. To them, Twitter is the only safe haven for their personal expressions.

However, Twitter isn’t as authoritarian as Facebook since the platform still allows NSFW content in two conditions.

First, your content shouldn’t promote hate, terrorism, or target an individual. Secondly, you can still share produced adult-content as long as it’s consensual and your tweets are marked sensitive. If it isn’t marked sensitive, Twitter may take it down manually.

To prevent this, navigate your safety settings and select the “Mark media you Tweet as containing material that may be sensitive” option. Violating the policy can get you punished by having your account temporarily locked or permanently suspended. To know more about the updated policy, read it here.

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Pornhub: Filipinos love ‘romantic’ porn

Also spends second-longest time on site

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Move over, Top 10 Gadgets of 2019! The most important annual review is here!

For the seventh year in a row, Pornhub has released its analytics for 2019. As always, the review is a treasure trove of insights on the world’s thirstiest habits. The analytics go through literally everything under the sun. (Including the battle royale game that porn viewers searched for: Apex Legends vs. Fortnite. Spoiler: Fortnite claimed more consistent viewers, but Apex Legends peaked higher at 357,701 searches on February 18.)

Of course, the more interesting question is: how did the Philippines fair this time around?

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Depending on how you look at it, the Philippines performed a lot better! On the global rankings, the country ranked up two spots from yesteryear, nabbing the no. 8 spot ahead of Australia and Mexico.

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However, Filipinos are spending slightly less time on the platform compared to previous years. Per visit, researchers dive into the watery depths for an average of 11 minutes and 19 seconds — 22 seconds less than last year. Still not a bad dive! Only Thailand gets wet longer, spending 11 minutes and 21 seconds on average.

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Another point of Pinoy pride: the Philippines practices more open-minded equality with porn viewing. The country has the highest proportion of women mastering the art of self-love. Of all Filipino Pornhub users, 39 percent of which are female, contrasted to 61 percent male.

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Also, 91 percent of Filipinos view Pornhub on their phones. Helpful tip: disconnect your phones from your house’s Bluetooth speakers first! You wouldn’t want to broadcast your New Year’s fireworks to everyone, right?

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Now, for the meaty bits! Filipinos love Asians! In 2019, the country’s top five search terms are Pinay, hentai, Japanese, Pinoy, and Korean. Additionally, the top five trending searches are reverse missionary, locker room, perfect body, Korean uncensored, and romantic love making.

Surprise! Despite the country’s dominance in the porn rankings, Filipinos love getting more intimate before doing the dirty. Well, the Philippines takes the second-most time on the site. Maybe, Filipinos spend a huge chunk of the time getting to know the performers first. We don’t judge!

SEE ALSO: Pornhub’s “Dirtiest Porn Ever” campaign tackles ocean pollution

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