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Foldable smartphones will dominate next year

Three more brands will launch their own next year

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With two months left in 2018, next year’s smartphones are already gearing up for their respective launches. With a multitude of options, no one knows what tomorrow’s smartphones will look like. From truly bezel-less phones to fully integrated screens, the possibilities are endless. However, a new report is tipping the odds towards one specific form factor — the foldable phone.

For one, Samsung has already committed considerable assets towards its own take on the unique design. The South Korean company has leaked patents and software corresponding to the upcoming smartphone. Even now, the phone is rumored to debut next month. Afterwards, it will launch next year.

Besides Samsung, other companies are also preparing their own foldable phones. According to trusted leaker Ice Universe, at least three more brands will launch foldable models between CES and MWC in 2019.

Unfortunately, the leaker refuses to name which brands are involved in foldable screen development. Right now, it’s anyone’s guess.

However, Evan Blass, another renowned leaker, has confirmed LG’s plans to launch a foldable phone at CES next year. Given Blass’ reputation, this report is as good as gold.

Also, of note, a smaller Chinese company, Rouyu Technology, has unveiled the world’s first foldable smartphone. The 7.8-inch phone touts a Snapdragon 855, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. Further, the phone will feature a 20-megapixel plus 16-megapixel rear camera combination. Launched in its home turf, the Rouyu FlexiPai will retail for CNY 8,999.

However, Ice Universe asserts that the earlier releases “are not necessarily the best.” Of course, the leaker has notoriously focused on Samsung’s leaks more than any other brand’s reports. Take the account’s assertions of quality with a grain of salt.

At most, Ice Universe’s report offers a preview of the smartphone industry’s looks next year. However, the form factor’s performance is still up in the air. At the very least, we only have a little more than two months to wait.

SEE ALSO: Huawei will launch a foldable, 5G-ready smartphone

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Twitter is cracking down on sexual and violent content

No more NSFW

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Times have changed ever since social media platforms started cracking down on adult content. Tumblr banned porn on its platform, and now Twitter is joining the squad. The micro-blogging platform silently updated its Terms of Service recently.

Starting January 1, 2020, content containing graphic violence will be removed — violent crimes, physical fights, serious physical harm, and bodily fluids. Yes, blood and semen are out of the equation. Additionally, adult content showing full (or partial) nudity, any form of sexual acts, and even hentai will be taken down.

Twitter is also enforcing its policies strictly when it comes to gratuitous gore and violent sexual conduct. The American company believes banning these content will prevent the normalization of rape and sexual assaults.

This recent move has alarmed sex workers and people with different fetishes. To them, Twitter is the only safe haven for their personal expressions.

However, Twitter isn’t as authoritarian as Facebook since the platform still allows NSFW content in two conditions.

First, your content shouldn’t promote hate, terrorism, or target an individual. Secondly, you can still share produced adult-content as long as it’s consensual and your tweets are marked sensitive. If it isn’t marked sensitive, Twitter may take it down manually.

To prevent this, navigate your safety settings and select the “Mark media you Tweet as containing material that may be sensitive” option. Violating the policy can get you punished by having your account temporarily locked or permanently suspended. To know more about the updated policy, read it here.

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Pornhub: Filipinos love ‘romantic’ porn

Also spends second-longest time on site

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Move over, Top 10 Gadgets of 2019! The most important annual review is here!

For the seventh year in a row, Pornhub has released its analytics for 2019. As always, the review is a treasure trove of insights on the world’s thirstiest habits. The analytics go through literally everything under the sun. (Including the battle royale game that porn viewers searched for: Apex Legends vs. Fortnite. Spoiler: Fortnite claimed more consistent viewers, but Apex Legends peaked higher at 357,701 searches on February 18.)

Of course, the more interesting question is: how did the Philippines fair this time around?

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Depending on how you look at it, the Philippines performed a lot better! On the global rankings, the country ranked up two spots from yesteryear, nabbing the no. 8 spot ahead of Australia and Mexico.

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However, Filipinos are spending slightly less time on the platform compared to previous years. Per visit, researchers dive into the watery depths for an average of 11 minutes and 19 seconds — 22 seconds less than last year. Still not a bad dive! Only Thailand gets wet longer, spending 11 minutes and 21 seconds on average.

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Another point of Pinoy pride: the Philippines practices more open-minded equality with porn viewing. The country has the highest proportion of women mastering the art of self-love. Of all Filipino Pornhub users, 39 percent of which are female, contrasted to 61 percent male.

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Also, 91 percent of Filipinos view Pornhub on their phones. Helpful tip: disconnect your phones from your house’s Bluetooth speakers first! You wouldn’t want to broadcast your New Year’s fireworks to everyone, right?

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Now, for the meaty bits! Filipinos love Asians! In 2019, the country’s top five search terms are Pinay, hentai, Japanese, Pinoy, and Korean. Additionally, the top five trending searches are reverse missionary, locker room, perfect body, Korean uncensored, and romantic love making.

Surprise! Despite the country’s dominance in the porn rankings, Filipinos love getting more intimate before doing the dirty. Well, the Philippines takes the second-most time on the site. Maybe, Filipinos spend a huge chunk of the time getting to know the performers first. We don’t judge!

SEE ALSO: Pornhub’s “Dirtiest Porn Ever” campaign tackles ocean pollution

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Microsoft unveils new logos for Windows

It’s called Fluent Design

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It’s been a while since Microsoft updated its designs. The current flat logo has existed since 2012 when the company launched Windows 8. After seven years, the dated design needs an update.

Right on cue, Microsoft has officially announced a hundred new logos for both its operating system and its apps. The redesign — officially titled Fluent Design — introduces richer colors and dynamic motion.

In contrast, the incumbent logo design spins off from yesteryear’s flat design. At the time of its launch, the minimalist design philosophy incorporated a pleasing consistency across the entire Microsoft ecosystem. After years of colorful, three-dimensional, and dysfunctional designs, the world needed a more uniform design to latch on to.

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Now, the cycle begins anew. After years of uniformity, the world is ready to take dynamism back. According to Microsoft’s new Medium post, the redesign is a fluid combination of both consistency and innovation. It combines the familiar with something new. Unlike the static tenets of flat design, Fluent Design brings gradients back into the fold. The new logos are bolder, sexier, and more attractive to the eye.

Though still officially in development, the redesign has already launched silently through Microsoft Edge’s new logo. As reported before, the new logo burst forth from the browser’s unfortunate association with the dated Internet Explorer. The other logos range from essential icons to more optional software; from Documents to Microsoft Office.

The unveiling also hints at a new look for Windows’s own logo (pictured in the ribbon above). Whereas the current one has only a single shade of blue, the new logo has three shades. Though only a slight change, it reflects the redesign’s overall theme: incorporate the old with the new.

The redesign’s official launch is still forthcoming. Regardless, it’s a good look for the software.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Surface Duo is a foldable Android phone

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