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FaceTime bug lets users eavesdrop while a call is still ringing

This is not good

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Apple‘s FaceTime service on iOS is a godsend among iPhone and iPad users. It lets you do video calls with ease — even with MacBooks. It’s a big feature you should use when invested in Apple’s ecosystem. Although, you might want to consider deactivating it for now because there’s a bug going around that’s causing major privacy issues.

The significant bug, which was pointed out by 9to5Mac, lets users call anyone with FaceTime and immediately hear their microphone before they even accept or reject the call. The bug seems to be affecting the new Group FaceTime feature. It sounds unsettling because anyone can exploit the bug and eavesdrop on any FaceTime users.

Here’s a sample clip of the FaceTime bug in action:

Not only that, but the receiver of the call is also susceptible to a bigger privacy issue.

As tested by BuzzFeed News, the caller will also be able to see the receiver through the front-facing camera if the recipient will press the volume-down button. Even if the call recipient doesn’t want to answer, the video feed goes through to the call unknowingly.

The affected iPhones are running the latest iOS 12.1 version. The iPhone models used to test the bug are the iPhone XR, X, and 8. It is believed, though, that it affects any pair of iOS devices running iOS 12.1 and macOS Mojave 10.14.1 or later.

Apple has already issued a statement to BuzzFeed News that they are “aware of this issue” and “have identified a fix that will be released in a software update later this week.”

To combat the exploitation, Apple is already in the process of disabling Group FaceTime features as well. To be extra safe, it’s best to disable FaceTime altogether in your phones until Apple rolls out an update.

SEE ALSO: Apple is reportedly working on a gaming subscription service

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Sony Xperia 1 II coming to Singapore

Monster of a smartphone camera hitting us later in the year

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The world’s first smartphone with up to 20FPS AF/AE tracking burst — the Sony Xperia 1 II — is coming to Singapore.

Some of the more notable improvements from its predecessor are as follows: new Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip, support for 5G, and a single storage option of 256GB.

However, the headlining features are its camera capabilities. Specifically the following:

  • 20FPS burst shooting with 60 times per second AF/AE3 calculations from Sony’s Alpha interchangeable lens cameras.
  • Creator mode and cinema recording function Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” from Sony’s professional solutions business division
  • X1 for mobile based on technology from BRAVIA TV

The camera system is still a triple 12-megapixel setup but it now has larger sensors and ZEISS optics. The cameras are also calibrated by ZEISS and the lens have a special ZEISS T anti-reflective coating on them. Optical zoom is one-step further with three times magnification instead of two.

It has a 6.5-inch 4K OLED Display with a cinematic 21:9 Aspect Ratio and is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Availablity in Singapore

The Xperia 1 II in Black, Purple and White will be available in Singapore in Q4 of 2020 at Sony Stores, Sony Store Online, and the Sony flagship store on Lazada. Price information will be available at a later date while a registration of interest can be done at this link.

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OPPO Enco W31 now official

With ‘Environment Noise Cancellation’

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OPPO just announced the pricing and availability of one more TWS headphones option — the OPPO Enco W31.

It has dual microphones that enables the Environment Noise Cancellation feature. OPPO says it shuts out the noise enough so you can focus on whatever you need to focus on, free from any noise distractions.

For sound quality, it has a bass and balance mode for what they say is “high-definition sound quality and rhythmic bass for lifelike audio.” It has tap and touch controls and supports a voice assistant.

It promises up to 15 hours of music playback and up to 12 hours of call time with the charging case. Fully charging the earphones will take only 2.5 hours. It also has an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance.

The OPPO Enco W31 retails for PhP 2990 (US$ 61) and is available for purchase on all open OPPO concept and online stores, official dealers, as well as Shopee and Lazada.

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HP P22H rotating monitor now official in the Philippines

It can rotate to 90-degrees

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HP is bringing its P22H monitor to the Philippines. It’s targeted towards business professionals and has features some noteworthy specs that are worth looking at, especially for those buying a secondary monitor for their remote work setup.

The HP P22H monitor has a 21.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution. Colors and details pop out more, allowing for a comfortable viewing experience. Plus, it has a three-sided micro-edge bezel to ensure that documents and contents stand out.

There’s also a plethora of ports available on the monitor. It comes with the standard HDMI and DisplayPort connector. Professionals who need to connect older devices may also do so with a VGA connector.

The stand out feature for this monitor though is its viewing configuration. HP P22H allows up to 100mm of adjustable height for optimal viewing. It can also swivel and tilt up to various degrees. Finally, professionals can pivot the whole monitor to 90 degrees — perfect for viewing long documents and spreadsheets.

HP’s newest business monitor is now available on Lazada for PhP 8,440 (US$ 170). All monitor purchases come with a standard three-year warranty for the buyers’ peace of mind.

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