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Cherry Mobile maintains its lead in the Philippines

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International Data Corporation (IDC) has finally released its Asia/Pacific Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report for the Philippines. According to it, four million smartphones were shipped to the country during the second quarter of 2017, but with a year-on-year decline of 10 percent.

The decline is due weakening presence of local brands, except for the two major vendors that were able to stand up against the competition from Chinese makers. However, the standing of local brands is still influential compared to neighboring countries.

Still on top, Cherry Mobile continued to make waves with their affordable devices. Even with strong marketing competition against Chinese brands, the Filipino phone maker was still able to maintain its lead with the help of airtime on popular local shows.

Samsung came in second in the Philippines, unlike in other countries where they always lead. The majority of shipments for Samsung is their budget Galaxy J series. According to the report, Samsung laid its focus on marketing and incentives for promoters to compete with the rise of Chinese brands.

OPPO took the third spot, and if you haven’t been to malls, you’re missing out on their aggressive approach in marketing. Their partnership with Home Credit allowed Filipinos to afford devices with zero percent interest installment.

Cloudfone landed in fourth place in the Philippine smartphone scene. Like OPPO, Cloudfone has partnered with sports events like the NBA to promote their devices to the masses and fans. Cheap phones were their selling points for the quarter.

And in fifth place was Vivo with their 66 percent quarter-to-quarter growth. The Chinese sister of OPPO has focused its efforts in marketing with NBA superstar Stephen Curry as its endorser, plenty of roadshows, and overwhelming ads in major malls.

The forecast for the third quarter is restrained due to a number of factors including component prices, Peso exchange rates, and imminent exits of some smartphone brands in the local market. But, as the Christmas season comes, numbers will surely rise up as Filipinos spend more during this quarter.

SEE ALSO: Samsung, Xiaomi remain on top of smartphone race in India

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LG Eclair QP5: Most compact soundbar yet rolls out in Singapore

Great fit for contemporary homes

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LG Eclair QP5

LG Electronics announced the rollout of the LG Eclair QP5 soundbar, its most compact model to date in Singapore.

The award-winning product is a great fit for contemporary homes with its compact design suited for limited spaces, all while delivering immersive sound.

Superior, immersive audio quality

LG Eclair delivers powerful performance with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support coupled with low vibration and a power bass subwoofer, which employs Meridian Audio’s tuning and technology.

The Horizon technology up-mixes two channel stereo content into multi-channel audio, delivering a wider soundstage.

LG Eclair also offers an enhanced viewing experience with its 4K-pass through support that allows viewers to enjoy 4K and HDR content on their favorite streaming devices.

Additionally, LG AI Sound Pro analyzes content being played, automatically applying the best sound settings for whichever genre – like news, music, or cinema.

Sophisticated design

Only a third the size of LG’s previously smallest soundbar (SP8YA), the LG Eclair features an oval design and jersey fabric in classic black or white.

Its minimalist design also makes it blend seamlessly with any decor or LG TV.

LG also designed the Eclair with the environment in mind, as it uses polyester jersey fabric made from Global Recycled Standard-certified plastic bottles.

Its outer mesh is also comprised of recycled fabric made from plastic bottles while the internal packaging, previously EPS foam, is now recycled molded pulp.

Full specifications

LG Eclair QP5

To check the full specifications of the LG Eclair (model QP5), visit its product page on the LG official website.

Pricing and availability

The LG Eclair QP5 retails at SG$ 999 and is available from mid-January at official LG KrisShop, LG Lazada, LG Shopee, and all authorized dealers including Audio House, Best Denki, COURTS, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Mega Discount Store, and Parisilk

 

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Facebook faces British privacy lawsuit worth billions

For allegedly selling its users’ data

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The hits just don’t stop coming. Since being called out for alleged manipulation during the 2016 elections (and arguably before that), Facebook has endured hit after hit from privacy pundits, security firms, and global courts. Now, after much deliberation, criticisms and lawsuits against the platform are finally coming to roost. In Britain, for example, Facebook stands to lose billions in a privacy lawsuit from Britain.

As reported by Reuters, Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority senior adviser Liza Lovdahl Gormsen filed the huge lawsuit to represent British citizens who used the platform between 2015 and 2019 — which approximates 44 million people. The suit alleges that Facebook used unfair terms and conditions to force users to give up their rights to their own information. The entire lawsuit is worth GBP 2.3 billion (or approximately US$ 3.15 billion). Though Facebook is worth over US$ 100 billion now, such a lawsuit likely isn’t insignificant to the company.

But, of course, it doesn’t come without precedent. Last year, the company was scrutinized extensively because of whistleblower Frances Haugen’s revelations. According to the former Facebook employee, the platform knowingly creates ruptures in societies everywhere in the world. Besides its effect on mental health and geopolitics, Facebook was also criticized for selling personal data and treating its users as marketable products.

While Britain’s claim is already extensive, it is far from the only country looking to break the company up. The platform is also facing issues in its own home turf for the same charges. The year is just starting, and this likely won’t be Facebook’s last trip to the legal battlefield.

SEE ALSO: Facebook will force at-risk users to use two-factor authentication

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All iPhone 14 models will have 120Hz screens, 6GB RAM

Pro will have a better camera, though

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Since the introduction of the four-model iPhone lineup, Apple has thrived under a simple and easy-to-read system. There are two premium Pro variants and two capable-but-not-as-premium non-Pro variants. It’s a tried and tested formula at this point. However, if a new rumor rings true, the upcoming iPhone 14 series might cause more confusion for discerning users.

According to a research note from Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu (via MacRumors), the unannounced flagship series will launch with four models with each sporting the same specs. All four will have a screen with 120Hz refresh rate and 6GB of RAM.

Compared to the rest of the industry, both a 120Hz screen and 6GB of RAM aren’t specs to immediately blow a budget over. However, unifying the entire iPhone 14 lineup with identical specs does create a new zeitgeist for Apple.

The current iPhone 13 lineup maintains a steady delineation between Pro and non-Pro variants. Only the two Pro variants have Apple’s ProMotion (or a 120Hz display), for example. Likewise, only those two have 6GB of RAM. Unifying them might cause some confusion for users — at least in those particular areas.

Though the lineup might lose differentiation in those two aspects, the analyst does say that the Pro variants will get a few more features compared to their non-Pro buddies. Both Pro versions will come with an upgraded 48-megapixel rear camera and will start at 256GB of internal storage.

Right now, it’s still too early to approach the rumor with a substantial amount of credibility. The next iPhone series is still some ways away. Either way, it’s interesting to speculate on what Apple has in store next.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 14 will have a punch-hole camera, rumor says

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