Apple makes the yellow iPhone 14 official

Preorders starting soon



Well, that didn’t take long. Only a few days ago, a rumor told a tale of an upcoming yellow option coming to the current iPhone lineup. Rumors often take some time to marinate before becoming real. However, in this case, Apple waited no time at all in confirming the yellow iPhone 14.

Today, Apple has officially announced the new yellow color option for the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus. Starting March 10, both variants will start preorders. The units will then ship out only a few days later on March 14.

The new color itself is a stark contrast to the already available gold option in the Pro series. In this case, the yellow is much more vibrant, which makes it a perfect option for those who want to express themselves.

Except for the fresh coat of paint, the new color option is identical to the regular models already out today. The regular series sports the A15 Bionic chipset — a processor which, though released some time ago, still offers a lot of power for a smartphone.

Besides the 12-megapixel main camera, the smartphone series also has a new Ultra Wider shooter and a front-facing TrueDepth camera. A new Photonic Engine also bolsters the series’ hardware.

Finally, for accessibility and convenience, the series introduces Crash Detection (to call authorities in the event of a car crash) and the satellite-based Emergency SOS (to connect to the authorities whilst in far-flung locations).

The regular iPhone 14 retails for US$ 799. Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Plus retails for US$ 899.

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ShopeePay now available for Apple services

Additional payment method



ShopeePay, the integrated mobile wallet of the e-commerce giant, is now available as a payment method for Apple services.

That means in the Philippines, one’s ShopeePay account may be used to pay for App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV app, and iTunes Store purchases, iCloud storage and more.

Using ShopeePay as an Apple ID payment method eliminates the need for a credit card while still having a secure and easy way for one-tap purchases from iPhones, iPads, Macs, and more.

Customers can manage their Apple ID payment information in Settings on iPhone and iPad, or on their Mac or PC.

On the Shopee app itself, ShopeePay has been a convenient payment option for users to buy products, as well as to pay bills, top-up load, and more.

SEE ALSO: ShopeePay: 6 reasons why you need to switch now

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Google spots major vulnerability in Galaxy S22 series

And the Pixel 6 and 7 series



A lot of smartphones are currently at the mercy of hackers. Project Zero, a team of cybersecurity analysts from Google, has just announced a major vulnerability still present in a number of devices rocking Exynos modems including the Galaxy S22 series.

According to a recent report from the team, some Exynos modems created by Samsung carry eighteen vulnerabilities. Even more concerningly, four of these vulnerabilities are dangerous enough to allow internet-to-baseband attacks. Malicious parties need only a user’s phone number to gain access to a smartphone.

The list of affected devices is lengthy. Project Zero lists the following devices with the affected Exynos modem:

  • Mobile devices from Samsung, including those in the Galaxy S22, M33, M13, M12, A71, A53, A33, A21s, A13, A12 and A04 series
  • Mobile devices from Vivo, including those in the S16, S15, S6, X70, X60 and X30 series
  • The Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series of devices from Google
  • any vehicles that use the Exynos Auto T5123 chipset

Naturally, Samsung’s devices are most affected by its own modem. However, other brands have also purchased the vulnerable modem for their own handsets including Google’s own devices. According to Google, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series are already rolling out patches for the vulnerability. (However, at the time of this writing, the Pixel 6 series has not received the update yet.)

Other brands have yet to release their own updates. Interestingly, these reports usually come out after an update has already been released. This is one of the rare times that a report has come before an update, leaving a host of users vulnerable. The reported vulnerabilities have already lapsed their 90-day deadline, meaning it’s up to the brand to roll out the update as soon as possible.

In the meantime, Google suggests turning off Wi-Fi calling and Voice-over-LTE while an update is in the works. Of course, doing so will drastically reduce the performance of the device, but it will come with the benefit of more security.

SEE ALSO: Samsung creates new development team for Exynos

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vivo Y16 is now more affordable

Is now PhP 1,000 off



vivo Y16

The budget vivo Y16 has just received a PhP 1,000 price cut for its 4GB+64GB variant, making it an even more affordable smartphone at just PhP 6,999.

The entry-level device has an ultra-slim body, a 5,000mAh battery for long usage, and a 13MP main camera for basic captures. The phone also sports a 6.51-inch Halo FullView display.

Performance-wise, the phone has a Multi-Turbo 5.5 feature which allows it to be more dependable for gaming and heavy usage. It also supports 4GB of RAM expansion.

The vivo Y16 is available in the Drizzling Gold and Stellar Black colorways via the brand’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok stores, and physical kiosks and shops nationwide.

The variant with a larger 128GB storage capacity, on the other hand, retails for just PhP 8,999.

SEE ALSO: vivo Y16 review: The basics turned classy

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