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Facebook might be forced to sell Instagram and WhatsApp

End of an era?

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Did you know that Facebook owns other platforms besides Facebook itself? Though security-conscious users are staying away from Facebook, getting away from the company is harder than just deleting your Facebook account. Unsurprisingly, Facebook’s growing empire is coming to a head. Forty-eight states are suing Facebook for antitrust reasons, potentially forcing the platform to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

For months, the platform has gone under fire for similar reasons including violations against privacy. Foremost among those reasons, Facebook is allegedly taking out rival companies a little more aggressively than normal. For example, the company reportedly threatened rivals if the latter didn’t sell their businesses to Facebook.

In today’s blockbuster announcement, New York Attorney General Letitia James explains that Facebook’s monopoly heavily shrinks a consumer’s options of social media platforms. As a result, Letitia’s state, along with 47 other states, will pursue legal action to separate Instagram and WhatsApp away from Facebook.

Facebook, as expected, is defending against its actions, calling the legal action unfair, “sending a chilling warning to American business that no sale is ever final,” says Facebook Vice President Jennifer Newstead.

Similarly, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg states that the multiple acquisitions are merely to compete against other rivals including Google and Apple. The defense isn’t holding a lot of water in American courts, though. If the courts are getting their way, Big Tech, which includes other companies, will slowly lose its grip on American business.

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realme shows off the realme 8’s 108MP camera

It has a lot of “firsts”

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The race for megapixels is on and realme in no mood of missing out. The phone maker has showed-off its 108-megapixel camera setup, which will be found on the upcoming realme 8 Pro.

The massive sensor not only produces a sharper image, but also brings the world’s first tilt-shift time-lapse video, starry time-lapse video, and new portrait filters. realme is confident the camera will be able to outmatch the competition. Currently, Xiaomi’s Mi 10i and Mi 10T series have a 108-megapixel camera, but the two sensors are different.

realme has opted for Samsung’s HM2 sensor for the primary camera and it features a larger sensor with a size of 1/1.52″. The larger pixel size ensures better image quality and it supports 9-in-1 pixel binning technology. The brand has shown off a few images that were clicked with the sensor.

For zooming, it supports 3x in-sensor zoom, which processes a 12-megapixel image in the end. Essentially, the sensor will compress the image but retain details that are necessary for the picture. In turn, the algorithm improves accuracy, colors, as well as contrast.

A Starry Mode is also showed-off and it can shoot a video timelapse, using a time-lapse video algorithm based on starry photos. The camera clicks 30 pictures in 480 seconds and compiles that into a one-second video.

There’s also a tilt-shift mode that’ll let you adjust the shape, angle, position, and size of the bokeh effect. Along with this, there are three portrait filters — Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, and AI Color Portrait.

The company hasn’t announced the launch date of the realme 8 series. But we know it’ll be coming first to India in March 2021. Finally, realme has reiterated that its “realme number series” naming format for smartphones shall continue focusing on camera-centric innovations.

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realme Watch S Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pro experience at an affordable price tag

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Smartphone maker realme has just launched the realme Watch S Pro in the Philippines. Dubbed as the partner for your everyday lifestyle, the “pro” smartwatch packed more than just the essential features.

Currently, it’s the company’s most premium watch. It sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED round display with high resolution and brightness and uses a powerful dual-process supporting a faster refresh rate while consuming less power.

Also, it’s equipped with a 450mAh battery that lasts up to 14 days on a single charge. It also tracks up to 15 different workout modes, thanks to its advanced dual-satellite GPS sensors.

Additionally, the smartwatch measures steps, heart rate, sleep, and even blood oxygen levels. Moreover, the smartwatch comes with a premium build where you can pair over 100+ watch faces to suit your mood and style — all while only retailing for PhP 8,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Watch S Pro will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Get PhP 1,300 off for the realme Watch S Pro this 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale. From PhP 8,990, the smartwatch will be available for only PhP 7,690. Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out.

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realme Smart TV: Price and availability in the Philippines

Real picture, real sound

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Homes are indeed getting smarter, and realme joins in the fray, bringing the Smart TV to the Philippines.

The realme Smart TV comes in two sizes: a 32-inch with HD resolution and a 43-inch model with Full HD resolution. Both models have LED panels for their display, equipped with a MediaTek processor, 24W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio support, and Android TV out of the box, bringing along support for Google Assistant and other bundled apps.

Popular media streaming platforms like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, and more are also available with its remote control having a dedicated button for the first three platforms mentioned.

The Smart TV boasts its Chroma Boost technology, which optimizes the brightness, color, contrast, and clarity for a top-notch viewing experience. Moreover, it sports several port options such as a couple of USB ports, HDMI, AV, and digital audio port. Wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi.

The 32-inch realme Smart TV retails for PhP 11,990 while the 43-inch model is available for PhP 18,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Smart TV will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Both models will get PhP 3,000 off; the 32-inch model with an SRP of PhP 11,990 will be available for PhP 8,990 while the 43-inch model with an SRP of PhP 18,990 will be available for PhP 15,990.

Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out. On another note, ten lucky buyers of the realme Smart TV will get a free realme Soundbar. Meanwhile, first-batch buyers of the TV will get free 12 months extended warranty worth PhP 3,990.

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