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iOS 14’s Screen Time bans users from Googling ‘Asian’

Even if search has nothing to do with porn

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If you have a kid, a child filter can help protect them from the more unsavory elements of the internet. Traditionally, such a filter will ban common words like “porn” or “sex.” However, since the porn industry is a lot more… varied now, the feature has to get creative with its filtered words. Unfortunately, one new filter word is causing a controversial issue. iOS 14’s new Screen Time is preventing users from Googling “Asian.”

In the new iOS 14, Apple’s Screen Time can allow users to prevent other users, especially younger ones, from accessing adult websites. As reported by The Independent, the filter bans the word “Asian” and any other phrase containing “Asian.” Meaning, users cannot search for “Asian cuisine,” “Asian culture,” or even “Asian countries.”

In porn, Asian is a fairly popular niche, according to Pornhub’s own statistics. On its own, the anti-Asian filter should only pose a moderate amount of controversy. However, Screen Time doesn’t apparently filter other racial terms including “black,” “white,” or “Korean.” Either way, the anti-Asian filter is an unfair classification especially for those who genuinely want to learn about Asian culture.

According to iOS developer Steven Shen, the bug was initially discovered in 2019. However, Apple has neither responded nor resolved the issue on their own. Though the silence is strange in itself, Shen believes that the kerfuffle is AI-driven, rather than specifically coded by a human developer. It still doesn’t absolve Apple of the responsibility to solve the issue, though.

SEE ALSO: iOS 14.5 will make Face ID compatible with face masks

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vivo V23 5G Unboxing and Review: Color Changer!

With a revolutionary color-changing back!

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While the X-series is vivo’s line of flagship smartphones with the best in class rear cameras, the V-series is for those who want a great midranger option with star-studded selfie cameras.

Apart from the color-changing back due to Fluorite AG glass, the vivo V23 5G offers more than meets the eye. It’s packed with well-rounded hardware if you may ask.

But should you get the vivo V23 5G? Head over to our vivo V23 5G unboxing and review now to help yourself out.

 

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Huawei launches P50 Pro, foldable P50 Pocket in Singapore

Can the P50 series make noise?

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Huawei P50 Pro

Huawei was mum about the global release of the P50 series in 2021 but the silence has been broken in 2022. The Huawei P50 Pro and foldable P50 Pocket are both coming to Singapore.

Huawei P50 Pro

The Huawei P50 Pro is your standard P-series flagship who’s headliner are its cameras. The phone has this set of lenses: 50MP main camera, 64MP telephoto lens (up to 3.5x optical zoom), 40MP monochrome lens, 13MP ultra-wide lens, 13MP selfie camera.

It has a 6.6-inch display with up to 120Hz of refresh rate. You also get either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB internal storage, 4,360mAh battery. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G.

Huawei P50 Pocket

Also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G, the P50 Pocket is Huawei’s answer to the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, and Moto Razr. It’s a foldable in the clamshell form factor but Huawei put a little something extra in the design to make it standout.

While there’s a classic black version, there one in white and the Premium Edition have unique, engraved, patterns giving it a truly distinct look.

The Premium Edition in particular was made with prominent haute couture designer, Iris Van Herpen to give that high fashion look and feel.

Also immediately noticeable is the circular camera module of the phone and the Cover Screen.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 4G mobile platform and packs a 4,000mAh battery with support for 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge for fast charging.

The P50 Pocket has an ‘Ultra Spectrum Camera Matrix.’ Included in this camera array are:

  • 40MP True-Chroma Camera
  • 13MP Ultra Wide Angle Camera
  • 32MP Ultra Spectrum Camera
  • 10-Channel Multi-Spectrum Sensor
  • Ultra Spectrum illuminator

Pricing and availability

The Huawei P50 Pro will be available in Singapore starting January 22, 2022 in two finishes: Cocoa Gold and Golden Black. It retails for SG$ 1,548.

Customers can get their hands on the Huawei P50 Pro at all Huawei Authorised Stores, major telecommunication operators M1, Singtel, Starhub, authorised retailers* and Huawei official online stores in Lazada and Shopee.

The Huawei P50 Pocket Premium Edition will be available staring February 14, 2022 in Premium Gold. Local pricing to be advised closer to launch date.

Bonuses and freebies

Customers who purchase the HUAWEI P50 Pro or P50 Pocket will be entitled to a complimentary Huawei Watch 3 Active Edition worth SG$ 448, while stocks last.

What’s more, those who purchase the HUAWEI P50 Pro will be entitled to a two-year warranty and enjoy extra care for their device with a dedicated after sales service which include:

  • One year door-to-door repair pickup and delivery service
  • VIP hotline for technical assistance
  • One-time screen replacement within first 3-months of purchase

Customers can enjoy a first look of the both the Huawei P50 Pro and P50 Pocket at the new Huawei Authorized Store at [email protected] starting January 14. The store is open from Monday – Sunday from 11am to 9pm.

From January 14-21, customers will also receive a voucher during their visit at any Huawei Authorized Store to redeem a free HUAWEI SuperCharge Wireless Car Charger worth $98 valid with every purchase of the HUAWEI P50 Pro, terms and conditions apply.

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Exynos 2200 will launch alongside Galaxy S22

Currently no issues reported with chipset

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Yesterday, Samsung inexplicably delayed the launch of the Exynos 2200 chipset. Despite promising the reveal of their latest processors, the company no-showed and postponed the debut without hint of a new date. Now, after some silence, Samsung has confirmed that business with proceed as normal. The Exynos 2200 will instead launch alongside the Galaxy S22 series on February 8.

According to an official statement issued to Business Korea, Samsung has confirmed that nothing is wrong with the Exynos 2200 chipset. Instead, the company just wanted to coincide the processor’s launch with that of its hotly anticipated flagship.

Further, the official who confirmed the new launch date also says that the upcoming processor will solve a few problems that the Exynos 2100 has. Particularly, the current processor reportedly has problems with the ARM Mali-G78 MP14 as a cause of problems. As was advertised previously, Samsung is focusing more on gaming for this chipset. That said, the upcoming Galaxy S22 series does have a lot to prove especially after the decently reviewed Galaxy S21 series.

Recently, a report hinted that the Galaxy S22 series will come on February 8. Samsung has not confirmed the launch date yet, but the timing does sound correct for the new flagship series.

SEE ALSO: Massive leak spoils major Galaxy S22 series details

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