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Apple’s iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus are new base model iPhones

Plus new Photonic Engine for cameras

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Size matters and Apple is going big with its new pair of base models of the iPhone 14. Instead of a mini, we’re getting an iPhone 14 and an iPhone 14 Plus.

(Some) of the rumors were true

We expected the Mini biting the dust and, going by its sales, it might not be missed as much. But one rumor confirmed is that the base iPhone 14 models will use the A15 chip. It’s the same one found on last year’s models. Well, Apple is saying it’s slightly more powerful than last year’s, but they do share the same name.

It’s by no means a terrible chip, but if you want the latest and greatest, you have to go Pro.

Design-wise, it mostly also retains the look of the iPhone 13. You still get a notch, and at the back, your two cameras.

What’s new?

For starters, the Plus version. Instead of a tiny base model, we’re getting a supersized one. The iPhone 14 has a 6.1″ display while the iPhone 14 Plus comes in at 6.7″ inches. The larger display lends itself nicely to better media consumption. This is especially useful too if you like gaming whether that’s regular mobile games or ones available on Apple Arcade.

The dual-camera system has been revamped too. Yes, you’re still getting a 12MP main sensor but now you have a larger sensor and larger pixels. But most importantly is the Photonic Engine. It’s a feature that deeply integrates software and hardware to improve mid to lowlight performance. And this applies on the main camera, the ultra-wide camera, and even the TrueDepth (selfie) camera.

For video shooters, the iPhone 14 models are also getting Action Mode. This is enhanced stabilization for shooting high-octane shots.

Crash Detection isn’t just on the Apple Watch Series 8. It’s also coming to the iPhone 14. As an addition, there’s an Emergency SOS via Satellite feature that will contact emergency services should you, god forbid, figure in a vehicular accident.

One new thing that not many people may be happy with is the removal of the physical SIM tray, at least for the US models. Yes, the iPhone 14 will force you to move to an eSIM. Apple argues it’s more secure.

Pricing and Availability

The iPhone 14 will be available on September 14 while the iPhone 14 Plus is coming on October 7. Both models are available in Starlight, Midnight, a new shade of Blue, Purple, and the Product (RED) colorway.

Pricing are as follows:

iPhone 14

  • 128GB – US$ 799 / SG$ 1299 / ₱56,990
  • 256GB – US$ 899 / SG$ 1469 / ₱63,990
  • 512GB – US$ 1099 / SG$ 1799 / ₱75,990

iPhone 14 Plus

  • 128GB – US$ 899 / SG$ 1499 / ₱63,990
  • 256GB – US$ 999 / SG$ 1669 / ₱72,990
  • 512GB – US$ 1199 / SG$ 1999 / ₱80,990

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Password-less logins: OPPO joins FIDO Alliance

Advancing authentication standards

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OPPO announced that is has joined the FIDO Alliance, an open industry association that develops authentication standards to reduce reliance on passwords worldwide.

As a part of the alliance, OPPO will support the development and implementation of the latest FIDO standards for password-less logins by utilizing cryptography and the protocols defined by the association itself.

The smartphone brand will actively use FIDO standards on its smart devices. They will work with FIDO’s other affiliates to provide users a faster but more secure sign-in experience across their devices. 

Launched publicly in 2013, the Alliance was founded by renowned global companies such as PayPal, Lenovo, NokNok Labs, Validity Sensors, Infineon, and Agnitio.

The first deployment of FIDO authentication happened in 2014, involving the Samsung Galaxy S5. Users were allowed to login and shop online with just a swipe of a finger wherever PayPal is accepted.

The Alliance’s latest authentication specification, FIDO2, provides a secure and convenient technical framework supported by companies including Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

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Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G now in the Philippines

Peak performance, smooth gameplay

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Infinix is combining the mobile gaming experience with 5G connectivity and a powerful camera with the official release of the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G in the Philippines.

It will be available in two colors: Force Black and Snow Fall starting on September 27 in outlets nationwide, as well as Infinix’s online stores in Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok for PhP 12,499.

From September 27 to 29, the device will also get a discount at PhP 10,299 exclusively on Lazada and PhP 11,499 from September 30 in the three online stores.

Peak mobile gaming performance

Powered by an octa-core Dimensity 810 5G processor, the mid-range gaming smartphone boasts of a 13GB Super RAM (8GB RAM + 5GB extended) and a 128GB storage.

The phone has a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charge, while the brand’s Monster Gaming Kit software further elevates the experience.

Impressive visuals

The Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G has a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED (2400 x 1080) display with a 60Hz refresh rate.

The phone’s camera setup likewise stunning, with a 108MP main shooter making up the triple camera package at the back. In front is a 16MP selfie camera with dual flash.

Both front and rear cameras are capable of recording 1440p videos at 30fps. Other features include a side fingerprint sensor and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

To avail of the Lazada 10 percent discount, simply follow these steps:

  • Go to LazMall
  • Click on LazMall Voucher
  • Collect the 10 percent voucher
  • Go to Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G and click Buy Now. The voucher will automatically apply.
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Spider-Man: Miles Morales is getting a PC port

Coming later this fall

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After the first one got a much-awaited port, it was only a matter of time before a second webslinger pops up on PC. Enjoying a much shorter lead time than the first game, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is officially getting a PC port later this year.

Earlier this year, Sony released the official port for the first game, Marvel’s Spider-Man, featuring Peter Parker as the titular superhero. At the time, Insomniac and Nixxes Software (the studio behind the port) only had perfunctory plans to bring Miles Morales along for the PC ride.

In practically no time at all, Sony has announced the official coming of the second game through its own teaser trailer. Though the trailer does not end with a release date, it will launch sometime in the fall of this year.

In terms of ports, Sony has found massive success in bringing its formerly exclusive games to more markets. Now, PC players can finally get access to critically acclaimed title from consoles. In Spider-Man’s case, various modders have already created a thriving community for the first game. One such segment involves replacing Peter’s model with other characters like Stan Lee.

Will Miles Morales get the same hype and fanfare? Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales continues the story started by Peter Parker. After being bitten by a radioactive spider, Miles sets off on his own adventure with electrifying powers.

If you can’t wait for the PC port, the game is still available for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.

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