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Apple confesses iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have broken mics

Includes an offer to fix the phone

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Apple just can’t catch a break. Another set of glitches is rocking the iPhone world off its axis. Thankfully, the company has admitted its faults this time around. Well… kind of.

Taken by MacRumors, an internal memo leaks the existence of an audio issue currently affecting iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models with iOS 11.3 and later.

The flaw mutes out the mic during voice and FaceTime calls. Additionally, it disables the speaker button during a call. In general, the issue wreaks havoc on the device’s microphone functions, preventing users from broadcasting their audio over the air.

Apple released the corresponding memo exclusively for its authorized service providers. Besides details on the flaw, the memo also explains how service providers can troubleshoot the problem before initiating a full-blown repair.

Apple’s first line of defense involves disconnecting all the phone’s Bluetooth or wireless audio devices. This step ensures that the flaw does not originate from outside sources.

If the flaw remains even after a diagnostic test, service providers can submit the phone for repairs. This also applies to phones with an expired warranty. Apple is lifting its usual repair ban for non-warrantied phones only for this specific issue.

However, the memo does not indicate if the repair is free, warranty or not. Also, despite the memo, Apple has not released an official statement to the public yet. Technically, Apple’s “confession” exists only in internal circles.

Affected users can book an appointment through authorized Apple repair centers or online through Apple’s website.

SEE ALSO: Apple recalls some iPhone 7 smartphones

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Huawei files patent for fullscreen fingerprint scanner

The future is fullscreen fingerprint

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For eThe tech industry hopes to take under-display fingerprint scanners to the next level with impressive innovations.

Huawei recently filed a patent for an under-display fingerprint scanner that covers the entire screen. The filing shows multiple sensors will allow you to unlock your phone by pressing anywhere on the display.

Last last year, Qualcomm showed off its 3D Sonic Max tech featuring a larger area for the sensor but it’s nothing like what Huawei is developing.

Users can assign sensors to lock or unlock certain points on a screen. For example, setting a lock on the Image Gallery will require a fingerprint to access it. This should help keep personal information and data more secure.

To save on battery life, users will get the option to turn off sensors they don’t intend on using.

There’s currently no word on when the technology will roll out to devices in the future.

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Hyper Scape is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Another exciting and unique battle royale game in the market

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Ubisoft wants to join in the fray with their own battle royale game. Much like already successful titles, this new battle royale is free-to-play and available across multiple devices. The combat formula is roughly the same, but this time anarchy is the name of the game. Time to enter the world of Hyper Scape!

Hyper Scape is a 100-person battle royale that adds a more modern twist. Instead of mountains, hills, small towns, and battered scenery, you will compete inside a technologically-advanced setting. With a vareity of weapons, Hacks, and Fusion techniques, you will outlast everyone in Neo Arcadia. The entire game will also feature innovate gameplay mechanics that will surely spice up all the fights.

Along with the new game, Ubisoft also announced its first Battle Pass with a ton of rewards to offer. It includes an unlockable new weapon in the Dragonfly, and a new Hack called Magnet. Apart from these, there will also be limited time modes for players to grind out the Battle Pass along with standard modes.

What the team is truly proud of is its integration to the streaming platform, Twitch. This is possible through the game’s Twitch extension called Kudos — an extension purchased through Twitch bits. Essentially, Kudos will allow players to support their favorite streamers and react to exciting gameplay. Furthermore, this feature even contributes to Battle Pass progression by watching Twitch streams.

Hyper Scape is available for the PC through UPlay, the PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Canon EOS R5 and R6 price in the Philippines

Comes in attractive packages

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The Canon EOS R5 and R6 have officially arrived in the Philippines.

Both cameras are aimed at both amateur and professional videographers, photographers, creators, and everything else in between.

The EOS R5 has a 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Ideal for large format commercial printing, capturing intricate details in landscape photography, and even intensive cropping frequently required in wildlife photography. Its native ISO can go up to 51,200, with the option to expand to 102,400.

The EOS R6 is equipped with a 20-megapixel full-frame sensor, inherited from the flagship EOS-1DX Mark III. It shares the same image sensor and image processor as the EOS-1DX Mark III. It’s capable of achieving a native ISO of up to 102,400 (expandable to 204,800)

Both incorporate a 5-axis camera-shake blur correction In-Body Image Stabilizer (In-Body IS) function. Both cameras use a new algorithm, through the new imaging engine DIGIC X, to process gyro signal data and achieve higher image stabilization effects.

The cameras also have two card slots that can accommodate one CFexpress card and one SD memory card. The CFexpress card supports high-speed transfer for faster transmission of hi-res images as well as internal recording of 8K raw videos. Yes, 8K.

Pricing and availability

The Canon EOS R5 pre-selling package comes with a total of PhP 101, 530.00 worth of products and services such as:

  • PhP 10, 000.worth of CF Express Discount
  • Canon Care Pack Gold
  • Exclusive and in-depth workshops with Canon Brand Ambassadors (Hand-over Training and 3 workshops)
  • Three (3) Exclusive Lens Loan Coupons
  • Two (2) CF Express Loan Coupon
  • Three (3) One-year Unlimited Cleaning Coupons
  • Be Unstoppable Premium Jacket

The Canon EOS R5 body is valued at PhP 254,498 while the EOS R5 with RF24-105mm L IS USM lens is valued at PhP 321,498 inclusive of a standard 1-year warranty plus 2 years warranty when registered in the Canon Red Application.  An instalment option for 6 months with 0% interest is also available.

The Canon EOS R6 pre-selling package comes with a total of PhP 54,220 worth of products and services such as:

  • Canon Care Pack Silver
  • Exclusive and in-depth workshops with Canon Brand Ambassadors (Hand-over Training and 1 workshop)
  • Two (2) Exclusive Lens Loan Coupons
  • Two (2) One-year Unlimited Cleaning Coupons
  • Be Unstoppable Premium Jacket

The Canon EOS R6 body is valued at PhP 165, 998 while the EOS R6 with RF24-105mm L IS USM lens is valued at PhP 232, 998, and the EOS R6 with RF24-105mm IS STM lens is valued at PhP 191,498 inclusive of standard 1-year warranty plus 2 years warranty when registered in the Canon Red Application. An instalment option for 6 months with 0% interest is also available.

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