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ASUS promises to bring Android O to ZenFone 3 and 4 series

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During the launch of the new ZenFone 4, ASUS had an interesting announcement that users are concerned about: software updates.

ASUS has promised that the entire ZenFone 3 and 4 lineups would get the upcoming Android O. That is, of course, with the latest ZenUI 4.0 on top, which is already present on the ZenFone 4 models. The fourth version of ASUS’ take on the Android system addressed the concerns of users with the number of pre-installed apps. From 35 on ZenUI 3.5, it now has only 13. Yay, right?

It’s unclear, though, if the ZenFone AR will also receive the update, since it doesn’t fall under any of the ZenFone generations.

The company isn’t always the best with this; remember the ZenFone 3 Zoom with Marshmallow and the delayed Android Wear 2.0 update to the ZenWatch 2 and 3?

The Android O update is expected to complete its full rollout to all ZenFone 3 and 4 devices by the second half of 2018. While it’s not exactly up to speed, we hope ASUS fulfills its promise before the next Android version in 2018 arrives.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone 4 launches with Pro, Selfie, and Max models

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Facebook blames Apple for harming small businesses

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Today, Facebook launched a new service wherein small businesses can now effectively host paid livestreaming events right on the platform. Of course, while individual users might not find much use for the service, small businesses will benefit from centralizing their operations in fewer platforms. However, in the same launch, Facebook blames Apple for harming small businesses.

You might ask why Facebook took the time to attack Apple during their own launch event. Well, for two reasons.

The first reason concerns the new service’s payment structure. The new service includes a host of possible events like fitness classes, meet-and-greets, and pay-per-view events. Naturally, paid online events will help recoup losses from a still-ailing live events industry. To help these small business, Facebook chose to forego any revenue from hosting any events on their page. Small businesses will essentially earn 100 percent of their ticket sales from the event.

Now, Apple currently has a 30 percent cut on all transactions made through their devices. Hence, small businesses will earn only 70 percent of the revenue made from Apple users. Facebook asked Apple to either reduce the revenue cut or allow Facebook to shoulder the burden. Apple declined.

The second reason is, strangely, because of Fortnite. Lately, the still-popular battle royale game launched a crusade against the App Store’s monopolistic 30 percent cut. Epic Games migrated Fortnite’s transaction system away from Apple or Google and into Epic Games directly, earning them 100 percent of the revenue. As a result, Apple and Google kicked Fortnite from their respective stores. Now, Epic Games is suing Apple for the monopolistic practice.

Facebook’s dig against Apple is timely. In exposing Apple’s decision, Facebook can hope to change the practice in the future.

SEE ALSO: Facebook wants to acquire Dubsmash to fight TikTok

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OPPO Reno4 price and availability in the Philippines

Launched with Careless Music Manila

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The OPPO Reno4 is now official in the Philippines.

Touted as a content creating smartphone, the Reno4 is treading the same path that the Reno line has been taking since the Reno2. On its back is a quad-camera setup: 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide angle lens, 2MP macro lens, 2MP mono camera. Up front, it has a 32MP selfie camera.

Night photography enthusiasts will enjoy the Night Flair Mode, which allows users to apply neon effects against the backdrop.

Moreover, its camera also comes with 960fps Smart Slow Motion for impressive slo-mo shots. There’s also an upgraded Ultra Steady Video 3.0 that now works in both front and rear cameras.

Inside, it’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. It also has 8GB of RAM with 128GB storage. It has a 6.4-inch display in a very thin and light body at just 7.7mm and 165g.

It also comes pre-installed with OPPO’s own SoLoop video editor for editing all your social media videos.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Reno4 in the Philippines will come in Galactic Blue or Space Black and will retail for PhP 18,990.

The pre-order will start from August 15-21. Pre-orders come with a free Rock Space EB100 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds worth PhP2,899.

Starting August 22, the latest handset will be available in all OPPO concept stores nationwide, dealer partners, and e-commerce partners Shopee and Lazada.

The new OPPO Reno4 will also be available via Globe Postpaid, free at ThePlan 1499 with free Rock Space EB100 Stereo Earbuds starting August 22.

To maximize your mobile experience, ThePLAN 1499 comes with 11 GB Mobile Data, Unli All-Net Text, Unli calls to Globe/TM, 50 mins All-Net calls and 1GB data allocation for Facebook. You’ll also get a free subscription to Amazon Prime Video (for 6 months) and iflix VIP (for 3 months).

You can also get 0% interest for up to 12 months with OPPO’s official credit card bank partners Metrobank, PNB, and Citibank. Additionally, you can also purchase OPPO Reno4 at 0% interest installment with Home Credit, with a 20% down payment requirement for any of the 9-month, 12-month, 15- month, and 18-month installment plans.

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Snapdragon chips have over 400 new vulnerabilities

Qualcomm is already patching them out

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Undoubtedly, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series are dominating the smartphone industry. Even amidst the pandemic, the blockbuster series are still developing several new variants throughout the past few months. That said, a single vulnerability can cripple a huge chunk of the industry at once. Catastrophically, Snapdragon chips have over 400 new vulnerabilities, as discovered by a security report.

In a research called Achilles, Check Point, a security firm, discovered the numerous vulnerabilities inside Qualcomm’s Digital Signal Processor (DSP) chips. Embedded inside a processor, a DSP system regulates a device’s charging abilities, multimedia capabilities, and audio features. The system uses a “Black Box” feature, which centralizes the system and prevents intrusion except from the manufacturer… and determined malicious parties.

That said, the DSP carries more than 400 vulnerable pieces of code. With the flaws, malicious parties can turn the device into a spying tool, controlling every aspect of the device. They can also freeze the entire phone and block users from accessing every piece of information on the phone. Moreover, the same malicious parties can perfectly hide their activities from both the user and security software.

Naturally, Check Point has deliberately refused to name the vulnerabilities or the affected models. At Since the Black Box feature blocks phone makers from altering the code, a lot of responsibility falls on Qualcomm. Thankfully, the firm has already alerted Qualcomm to the vulnerabilities. For their part, Qualcomm has started developing patches and will eventually roll them out to phone makers soon.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm reportedly urged US to reverse the Huawei ban

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