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Samsung reveals a Special BLACKPINK Edition of the Galaxy A80

BLINKs definitely NEED this

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Remember when Samsung launched the BLACKPINK Edition of the Galaxy A70 during the A event in Bangkok last April? Well, Samsung Thailand has launched another Special BLACKPINK Edition phone, this time with the Galaxy A80.

If you are still unaware, Galaxy A80 is Samsung’s top-of-the-line smartphone from the A-series with a rotating camera mechanism. As a result, the phone has the 6.7″ New Infinity Super AMOLED Display, a step-up from the Galaxy S10 series‘ punch-hole displays which BLACKPINK has also featured in their ‘Kill This Love’ music video.

Internals are still the same as the regular one though: A set of triple cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3700 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support. It also runs Android 9.0 out of the box.

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The Special BLACKPINK Edition comes with a special box that resembles pretty much like a BLACKPINK album cover.

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The charging stand comes first: When you plug your Galaxy A80 on it, it automatically changes into BLACKPINK wallpapers.

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Putting the phone case changes the UI, something the fancy LED cover case from the S10 series can’t do. It even features a strap with text engravings, plus the signature of your bias at the back.

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Just like any other K-Pop album, it also features a random photo card — something BLINKs would keep forever (young 🎵).

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The base price of the Galaxy A80 starts at THB 21,990 (US$ 719). Meanwhile, the Special BLACKPINK Edition box would cost you an additional THB 3,990 (US$ 130). Pre-orders for the Galaxy A80 and the BLACKPINK kit will start from the 5th of July until the 14th.

 

Other than the special kit, Samsung will also place pre-orders for a Limited Edition BLACKPINK Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch Active from July 12 to 14, same as BLACKPINK’s comeback tour in Bangkok.

It wasn’t mentioned if this will be released in countries other than Thailand, but we’re hoping Samsung will hear us BLINKs from other parts of the world.

Editor’s Note: We have received confirmation that the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition will indeed hit other markets in Southeast Asia. The Philippines included.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake final trailer

Get hyped!

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From the time it made a huge splash in E3 2015, we’ve been glued and have been waiting anxiously for this game to come out. And now, it’s finally upon us. The Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming and this is the final trailer with just days away from the April 10, 2020 release.

If you pre-ordered the game, you already pre-load it now so you can play right away on April 10. Square Enix also shipped the game early to some areas earlier than scheduled considering the Coronavirus situation that has everyone on lockdown.

With the game coming, it’s highly likely PlayStation gamers will now have more incentive to stay home.

Watch the final trailer.

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Zoom’s security is tied to China

Opening access to Chinese authorities

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Days ago, Zoom’s status as an indisputable teleconferencing solution today blew out of proportion. Though its userbase is still on the rise, Zoom is constantly finding more and more flaws in its infrastructure. For example, a report has recently revealed the platform’s lack of true end-to-end encryption.

Today, The Citizen Lab, a research laboratory in Toronto, revealed another concerning flaw with the popular app. Apparently, the mostly American company employs “at least 700 employees in China. Though the company is still primarily American, Zoom’s Chinese presence can open it up to “pressure from Chinese authorities.” Even if a meeting’s participants are in the US, for example, Chinese parties can still access the meeting.

As we already know, Zoom’s encryption is lackluster, allowing Zoom employees to access private information if they need to. Of course, despite the revelation, Zoom has still claimed its respect over its users’ information.

However, with potential Chinese interference, who can really tell? In the report’s conclusion, The Citizen Lab does not recommend the platform for secrecy. Though a good chunk of users come from university settings, government officials, like UK’s Boris Johnson, have also started using the platform for official state meetings.

Additionally, the report goes into a potential flaw with Zoom’s “waiting room” feature. Before a meeting starts, a host can keep participants in a virtual waiting room before starting. Apparently, the feature can allow malicious parties to infiltrate the call. However, The Citizen Lab chose not to disclose the flaw to the public. Instead, they forwarded the flaw to Zoom; the company quickly turned the feature off for now.

Regardless, even without the feature, Zoom-bombing is quickly turning into a trend. All over the world, students have found ways to access meetings from other classes even without official access. Though disruptive, Zoom-bombing is still within the realm of jokes and pranks. Of course, the infiltrative method is easily exploitable by more malicious entities.

Despite its ease of access, Zoom is quickly losing its potential as a secure online platform for the quarantine era.

SEE ALSO: Zoom, Skype now used for virtual drinking parties

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OnePlus 8 Pro breaks 13 records in display tests

Display “visually indistinguishable from perfect,” according to DisplayMate

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To be clear, the OnePlus 8 series hasn’t officially launched yet. Currently, the company has the online launch event set on April 14th. However, some organizations have already received early review units of the anticipated flagship series. As you might have surmised from the title, a prominent display testing company has received one of these early units, granting its top prizes to the OnePlus 8 series.

Confirmed by DisplayMate through a tweet, the OnePlus 8 series has earned an A+ display rating, the highest possible score for the test. Further, the series has broken “10+ display performance records.” Apparently, the series’ color accuracy is “visually indistinguishable from perfect.”

Complementing this report, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau retweeted the accomplishment with his own clarifying comment. “Actually, the OnePlus 8 Pro hasn’t broken a single record. It’s broken 13,” he said.

Lau’s clarification confirms something we already know: that the OnePlus 8 Pro is way better than its lesser sibling, the OnePlus 8. Ironically, the CEO took down a more PR-friendly post about his company’s upcoming flagship series. DisplayMate likely referred to the more general “OnePlus 8 series” to draw attention to both phones. In contrast, Lau clearly attributes most of the accolades to just one phone of the two.

Regardless, we should also note that this isn’t the first groundbreaking phone for the display test. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 similarly broke 13 records as well. It’s easy enough to assume that the OnePlus 8 Pro has successfully grabbed the crown from Samsung’s premium model from yesteryear.

According to previous leaks, the OnePlus 8 Pro will sport a 6.78-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, among other specs.

SEE ALSO: New OnePlus 8 leak reveals purple-orange gradient

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