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Pixel 3a is now officially the budget-friendly Google phone

Google’s first midrange phone

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News about a cheaper Pixel 3 phone started to surface late last year, but it’s only going official today. After the long wait, Google‘s new midrange phone is here: the Pixel 3a.

Like before, the new Pixel 3a will come in two display sizes: 5.6 and 6.0 inches. As expected, the upsized sibling will be called the Pixel 3a XL.

Since the new Pixel 3a phones are positioned lower than the main Pixel 3 duo, Google has to make adjustments — and that includes the price. The Pixel 3a will start at US$ 399, which is half of the Pixel 3’s launch price. On the other hand, the bigger Pixel 3a XL will hit stores for US$ 479.

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What mainly sets the Pixel 3a apart from the Pixel 3 is its polycarbonate body. Despite the different material though, the design is similar and it still has pressure-sensitive sides.

The Pixel 3a sports a notch-less OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution, Snapdragon 670 chip, 4GB of memory, 64GB of storage, and 3000mAh battery. The Pixel 3a XL has the same specs but it has a larger 3700mAh battery to sustain its bigger display. Additionally, both support 18W fast charging via USB-C.

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In true Pixel fashion, both versions of the Pixel 3a feature a single main camera. It has a 12-megapixel f/1.8 Dual Pixel sensor from Sony with optical image stabilization. As for selfies, it has an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens.

Google’s Pixel 3a phones come with the well-received Night Sight, along with familiar Pixel camera features like Top Shot, Portrait Mode, and HDR+.

The latest version of Android 9 Pie comes out of the box with promised updates for at least three years. Essentially, the Pixel 3a will still get whatever Android version is available until 2022.

The phones will be available in Just Black, Clearly White, and Purple-ish.

SEE ALSO: Google’s laptop and tablet divisions are being cut down

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Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

Safety first!

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Tinder is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’re going to get: the girl next door, the workroom hottie, or (worse) the creepy stalker. Unfortunately, the popular dating app can lead to a lot of terrible nights. Bad dates are, of course, not the end of the world. Ending up with a psycho partner, however, can quickly lead to dangerous situations.

In a long-overdue move, Tinder is finally implemented a panic button for dates that go horribly wrong. The emergency feature will alert authorities and safety personnel if things go sideways. Additionally, it can keep trusted friends updated on where you are.

The panic button will come in partnership with a third-party safety platform called Noonlight. Once installed, the feature will coordinate with both apps. When connected, Noonlight will share updates through the Tinder Timeline.

The actual panic button is located inside Noonlight. When pressed, the button will alert authorities. Afterwards, connected authorities will start texting the individual. If unanswered, they will start calling. If it comes up unanswered again, authorities will go to the individual’s location.

Starting next week, the feature will roll out through a new Tinder tab called Safety Center. The launch will start initially in the US. After the initial launch, the panic button will come to Tinder’s sister services including OkCupid and Match.com.

Besides the panic button, Tinder will also add verification methods to ensure truthful accounts. Users can get verification by recreating their account’s various photos. If the photos match, they get verified.

SEE ALSO: 3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

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Apple shot a film entitled ‘The Daughter’ using an iPhone 11 Pro

So raw, emotional, and honest

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When tech giants create ads and films, you can expect it to be heartwarming. For instance, Apple released a Chinese New Year special, guaranteed to make you tearful and warm.

Entitled “The Daughter,” the short film tackled hope, love, and reconciliation featuring three generations of Chinese women.

It has the elements you need for a good cry — a realistic depiction of disagreement between a mother and daughter, a single parent’s determination to provide a good life, and a child’s curiosity, optimism, and innocence.

Apple Singapore brought together three talented individuals to create this emotional film. Oscar-nominated folks — director Theodore Melfi and cinematographer Lawrence Sher — worked with China’s top actress Zhou Xun in producing the film through an iPhone 11 Pro.

Once again, Apple proves iPhone’s prowess in the video department. There’s a reason why we held iPhone 11 Pro as the best smartphone for photography and videography — there’s nothing like it! Watch the video here.

SEE ALSO: Selena Gomez’s new music video was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro

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QuickShare will be Samsung’s alternative to AirDrop

It has cloud powers too

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Samsung is developing an alternative to AirDrop. It has a rather straightforward name of “Quick Share” and appears to carry all the functions of Apple’s offering.

Spotted by XDA-Developers, the feature lets Samsung users quickly share files, photos, and videos to other Samsung users. They can set to receive from their trusted contacts by selecting “Contacts Only”. Alternatively, they can receive files from any nearby user by choosing “Everyone”.

To differentiate it from Apple’s seamless file-sharing feature, Samsung will let users upload files to Samsung Cloud. Nearby SmartThings appliances will download the files and stream it to the user’s Galaxy device. However, there is a size limit of 2GB per day with this feature.

This feature will probably debut on Galaxy S20 when it launches on February 11th. It will likely remain exclusive to newer Samsung devices sporting OneUI 2.0. However, it is possible that this feature will roll out to other devices through over-the-air updates.

Samsung is not the only company developing its own nearby file sharing tool. Last August, rivals OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi announced an unprecedented partnership to develop an AirDrop-like feature for their devices. These are a welcome development for Android users longing for a decent AirDrop alternative.

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