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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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Huawei secretly worked with North Korea on spying tech

Here we go again

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In the 2014 film The Interview, director Seth Rogen depicted North Korea as a backwards country incapable of basic human rights. The Hollywood depiction echoed the political sentiments of the present age — that North Korea falls behind most nations on several levels. Prejudices can, of course, be deceiving. According to a new report, North Korea isn’t the backwards country that everyone thinks it is.

Apparently, North Korea received invaluable help from outside technology — Huawei. As reported by The Washington Post, Huawei has secretly worked with the North Korean government for the latter’s wireless communications technology. Partnered with China-based Panda International, Huawei has engaged in North Korean business deals for at least eight years.


In 2008, then-leader Kim Jong Il discretely struck a deal with Huawei. The latter would help establish the North Korean telecommunications provider, Koryolink. Huawei became the country’s main provider for technology. The company even shipped employees to North Korea, establishing an inconspicuous office at a local hotel.

According to a telling internal document, Huawei’s assistance went beyond mere technology providing services. In 2008, North Korea asked Huawei for a spying algorithm; to which, the latter agreed. Huawei created an encrypted algorithm that allowed the government to intercept and monitor all calls made using Koryolink.

Huawei’s involvement went through all the protocols of secrecy. Internally, they struck all mentions of North Korea, hiding behind codes. (For example, “Country A9” would refer to North Korea.) Naturally, when America cracked down on North Korea in 2016, Huawei withdrew from all its North Korean offices, leaving current business deals hanging.

Huawei’s current troubles stem from its alleged involvements with blacklisted countries. Before its recent obsession with cybersecurity, the American government sought sanctions against Huawei for dealing with Iran and North Korea. The government, however, could never pin anything conclusive against the company. The recent ban stems from a different concern.

Of course, this latest report is a huge monkey wrench in the geopolitical machine. Both China-US and North Korea-US relations are already tense. Huawei’s North Korean involvement can potentially cause ripples throughout both fronts. For one, Trump already relinquished his iron grasp on Huawei recently. Will his tone change after today’s report? Will we see Huawei banned again? The Huawei saga continues.

SEE ALSO: Huawei is firing hundreds of workers

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Xiaomi makes the Fortune Global 500 list for the first time

It is the youngest company on the list

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How do you define a company’s success? For most people, success is landing the top spot: in being the best among competitors. Of course, there can only be one top dog. In chasing the number one spot, sometimes the journey is the success story in itself.

Backed up with years of experience, Xiaomi is making the necessary steps towards its own success story. For the first time in its nine-year existence, the Chinese company has made the Fortune Global 500 list of companies.


Currently, Xiaomi ranks as the 468th largest company, raking in a revenue of US$ 26,443.50 million and a net profit of US$ 2,049.10 million. In specific categories, Xiaomi is also the seventh-best company in the Internet and Retailing category.

At only nine years old, Xiaomi is the youngest company in the 2019 batch. It joins long-standing companies like Samsung (US$ 36,575.40 in net profit) and Apple (US$ 48,351.00 in net profit).

Additionally, Xiaomi is no stranger to Fortune’s lists. Back in June, the company also made the Fortune China 500 list, ranking 53rd overall. Needless to say, 2018 was a big year for the Chinese company.

Outside of Fortune, Xiaomi has made its mark elsewhere. Currently, the company is a huge player in international shipment and sales rankings. Xiaomi is on the rise. With a little luck, they should climb higher by the next fiscal year.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi starts teasing Android One powered Mi A3

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Nissan Navara VL gets an updated infotainment display

For easier access and better viewing

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Nissan Philippines, Inc. has just updated its best-selling pickup truck with a brand new infotainment display and maximizes its features for safety.

The company calls it Advanced Display Audio but is basically a bigger version of its previous touchscreen system with added features. Spanning eight inches across, Nissan says operating it is now easier and it now enjoys better range when it comes to features like its Around View Monitor. This is the same technology we previously enjoyed as it gives the driver a bird’s eye view of the truck, helpful in tight spaces.


Not only that, the new update now allows smartphone mirroring using Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This way, drivers can extend the use of their smartphones to the vehicle and listen to messages and voice calls without needing to take your eyes off the road.

This also allows access to apps like Waze for navigation and Spotify to listen to your favorite tunes while driving.

The Advanced Display Audio is only available for the 4×4 VL model of Navara. For more information, you may visit any Nissan dealership in the Philippines or head straight to their website.

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