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Facebook’s iOS app is accessing your iPhone camera without permission

Just a glitch?

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Facebook’s persistent misuse of user data is no surprise to people already. The social media giant has found itself on the forefront of numerous privacy cases as of late. Naturally, every subsequent article digs an inch further down into Facebook’s grave. Surprisingly enough, Facebook is back at it again.

Corroborated by several users, Facebook’s iOS app is reportedly accessing your iPhone’s camera behind your back. For example, one user reports the sudden launch of the app’s Story feature. Like Instagram’s own Stories, Facebook’s Story feature accesses the camera to shoot photos. On its own, the error is just a nasty bug, easily fixable with a patch.

However, another user has spotted a more alarming error. Caught on tape, the iOS app accesses your camera literally behind your News Feed. This glitch is a lot less obvious than the previous one. Most people won’t spot the bug immediately. According to the same user, the bug is present only on iOS 13.2.2.

In Facebook’s defense, both instances are apparently just bugs introduced by a recent update. Facebook is already working on a decisive patch to address these issues. The patch should roll out soon.

Regardless, Facebook’s latest blunder is a bottomless pit of controversial speculation. Is it really a glitch? Is it Facebook’s exploitation accidentally revealing itself? No one knows. Still, it’s not a good look. Bad luck, Facebook.

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Samsung could launch an affordable folding phone

2020 is all about foldable phones and 5G

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold was one of the most intriguing and novel smartphones of 2019, but it was also one of the priciest. Despite its exorbitant US$ 2,000 price tag, Samsung has sold nearly half a million Galaxy Folds already. The company’s next foldable smartphone, however, will reportedly be a lot more affordable.

The South Korean electronics giant is rumored to be working on another foldable smartphone that is expected to launch in 2020. The new foldable phone will have a clamshell design, similar to the recently launched Motorola Razr, and a price tag of about KRW 1M or US$ 845.

According to a report by the Korea Herald, citing industry sources, it’s due to be launched early next year, perhaps in February, alongside the company’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S11.

Samsung compatriot LG is also tipped to enter the foldable phone market in 2020. With more competition coming in, Samsung will have to find ways to make the offering more affordable. With its proprietary display technology, it can ensure that the foldable segment is dominated.

The report offers no details on this device’s specs. The moderate price indicates Samsung might follow Motorola’s strategy of positioning the clamshell foldable as a mid-range device.

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Spotify releases the 2019 wrapped, here’s how you can see it

Find out your guilty music pleasures

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Every December, Spotify releases the much-awaited “Spotify Wrapped,” where users find out their top songs of the year. Since this year and this decade is ending, Spotify added a different twist in this year’s wrap-up.

The 2019 Wrapped will include songs, albums, artists, and podcasts you listened to throughout the year, and the artists you listened to the most throughout the decade. When I saw my wrap-up, I found it funny how I listen to the same songs every year. Spotify knows what songs we obsess over.

Furthermore, Spotify highlights the places where your top artists hail from through a world map. Additionally, podcasts are added to the “Wrapped” experience.

Spotify Wrapped 2019 showcasing your top artist of the year.

Spotify users, particularly those who were subscribed to a premium subscription, get a personalized recap, too. Some insights include a user’s top artist every year and the number of minutes they streamed music throughout the decade. Premium users also get info on the artist they vibed most with this year.

Luckily, your personalized info can be shared through Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, or Facebook. To access your “Spotify Wrapped,” make sure to update your Spotify app and open it or head to Spotify.com/wrapped. Enjoy looking back!

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Google has a real time medal tally of the 30th SEA Games

See the games at a glance

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The 30th Southeast Asian Games is in full swing. While most of us have no time to watch all of the games, Google gave us a very helpful feature to keep track of it all.

By searching “sea games 2019 medal tally” on Google, you will see a real time medal tally of each participating countries. No more fussing on the net for medal tallies, as Google tracks it for you. You will also see current tournaments, relevant news, and other trending topics related to the games. Plus, other queries like “2019 southeast asian games” work too. It works on Google’s website and all its mobile apps.

Meanwhile, searching for “philippines 2019 southeast Asian games” lets you see the current tournaments being held. Relevant information like past and future matches, news, and standings are on display as well. Plus, you can see the players and click on them for more information.

The Philippines take the lead

As of posting, the Philippines still takes the lead in terms of total medal won in the games. With a 127 lead over Vietnam’s 96, this year’s performance of the country is nothing short but spectacular.

So for the Filipinos out there, you know have an authentic reason to lash out #PinoyPride on social media.

SEE ALSO: Mastercard is the 30th SEA Games app payment provider

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