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Google Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL still great for photos, now with 90Hz panel

All leaks mostly confirmed

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The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL are now official confirming most of the leaks that came out leading up to its launch. So what’s different, what improved, and what stayed the same? We’ll go through all of that right now.

No fancy waterfall displays, just thoughtful design

Google appears to be taking plenty of cues from Apple in the design department in the sense that not much has changed. Looking at the device up front, you might mistake it for the Pixel 2XL. That’s because Google is doing away with the notch but it’s keeping the thick bezel for a reason that we’ll get to later on.

On the back, the most notable difference is the square holding its dual camera setup. Yes, just two. One main shooter and another one that’s “roughly 2x telephoto.” Google says, “While wide angle can be fun, telephoto is more important.”

The back is also moving away from the two-toned design we’ve grown to associate with the Pixel. In its place is a solid glass back with only a single color and a frosted matte coating.

The power button is still a different color from the rest of the phone depending on the variant you choose.

Still the best camera on a smartphone?

Plenty of people are eagerly waiting for the Pixel just to see well they will fair in the camera department. Based on the latest numbers by DxOMark, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro currently holds the crown but that might be quickly taken away soon.

The hardware on the Pixel 4 are as follows: 12.2MP main camera with f/1.7 aperture, plus a 16MP f/2.4 telephoto zoom lens that supports hybrid zoom. But the Pixel has always been more than just hardware.

The true crowning glory of the Pixel cameras is Google’s computational photography. And that applies even on the telephoto lens. It combines both the 2x telephoto lens along with Super-Res Zoom to produce high quality, zoomed in images.

There’s now also what Google is calling Live HDR+. It basically means the HDR application happens real-time. Basically, whatever you see right before you take a shot is the photo that you should expect to come it.

That same feature allows Double Exposure — separate slides for highlights and shadows on Pixel 4 before you take your shot.

Computational photography also lends a huge hand in white balancing along with a wider range for portrait mode, and improved night sight.

That front-camera setup

Again, just like on the iPhone, there’s now a lot going on in that thick forehead bezel.

It’s not home to a bunch of new sensors that work together towards a more secure face recognition suite. There’s the selfie camera, a pair of IR cameras, flood illuminators, and DOT projectors.

Google says it’s the first smartphone equipped with a radar. It enables Motion Sense which Google claims is the fastest and most secure face unlock feature on a smartphone. It also allows you to control the Pixel 4 without touching it — similar to the Air Gestures that Samsung first tried a few years back.

Overall equipped with better hardware

Displays with high refresh rate might be a growing trend and the Pixel doesn’t want to be left behind. The phone is equipped with a 90Hz panel, similar to the one on the most recent OnePlus smartphones.

The rest of the device also gets a spec bump. Powering the Pixel 4 is Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC along with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of storage. Nothing to write home about as the numbers pale in comparison to other flagships in 2019. But, again like the iPhone, the Pixel isn’t exactly about the numbers.

You might also be happy to know that both the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have an IP68 rating.

Pricing and availability 

The Google Pixel 4 starts at US$ 799 and will start shipping on October 24. It will come in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. It will be available through all major US carriers.

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All MediaTek processors found with vulnerabilities

Thankfully patched now

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Technology is imperfect. Though the tech world has a plethora of revolutionary features, it also has a handful of vulnerabilities that malicious parties can exploit with gusto. And, as long as that world keeps advancing, weaknesses will always be found. In a new report, a whopping 37 percent of all smartphones was found with a critical vulnerability.

Reported by Check Point Research, MediaTek’s processors apparently have a vulnerability embedded into their AI and audio components. Currently, MediaTek is one of the most popular processor brands in the world. The company’s lineup, including the Dimensity series, is found in around 37 percent of smartphones and devices around the world.

In their report, Check Point Research tried to reverse-engineer the processor’s audio components. Because of its architecture, a hacker can create a custom message that can access the feature remotely. As such, victimized devices can eavesdrop on their users without them knowing.

By the time that Check Point Research published the report, MediaTek already patched the vulnerability out from its current lineup. It was fixed in October and will be officially reported in the company’s December newsletter.

Of course, it all depends on whether users will keep their devices updated with the latest software releases. If you want to prevent your phones from getting victimized, always keep them updated with security updates pushed by your respective brand.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek Pentonic 2000 will power flagship 8K 120Hz TVs

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Huawei unveils largest Health Lab facility

Customer health monitoring a key focus

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Huawei’s Consumer Business Group unveiled through a virtual tour its new Huawei Health Lab facility based in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, China.

The lab is a SG$ 42.5 million research and development investment that supports more than 80 types of simulation tests targeted to improve Huawei’s smart wearable products in years to come.

These tests support and provide data for the R&D department that covers extensive research on human health and fitness, incubation and testing of Huawei’s smart wearable products.

Huawei currently runs multiple Health Labs to study health-related technology, including its lab in Xi’an, China which focuses on innovative applications for health and fitness.

The latest HUAWEI Health Lab in Dongguan, China aims to become a world class health and fitness technology institute dedicated to product R&D, standards R&D, certification, exhibitions, and industry incubation activities.

Customer health monitoring a key focus

Huawei’s smart wearable and health business has brought many innovative, science-based health and fitness products and services to consumers in recent years.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes a SG$ 638,000 plateau blood oxygen simulation laboratory which replicates high-altitude environments up to 6,000 meters above sea level to test how oxygen saturation affects the human body.

Health Lab

The lab contains the facilities necessary for researchers to measure the changes in the human body under different altitudes and climate conditions and obtain more accurate data for analysis.

The lab also has a professional optical motion capture system which records a wide range of subjects including moving bullets with millimetre-level accuracy.

By studying the movement of the human body along with attitude data, Huawei hopes to develop new and innovative features it can add to its smart wearable products.

 Exercise lab for accuracy

The exercise physiology research area of the lab also comes equipped with cardiopulmonary function and metabolism meters, heart rate belts, and high-performance treadmills that researchers can use to monitor as VO2 max, calorie consumption, and workout heart rate.

Health Lab

This will be ideal in coming up with features for customers who use Huawei’s wearables primarily for fitness functions.

Thanks in large part to these labs, Huawei’s smart wearable products support more than 100 workout modes which include even rock-climbing, swimming, golf, and more.

Scenario-based health experiences 

Health Lab

The new HUAWEI Health Lab also serves as an incubator for scenario-based experiences and service packages that consumers can directly enjoy, including micro-physical examination, home fitness, and digital sports.

In the lab’s micro-physical examination area, users can use Huawei wearable products to measure physical indicators such as blood pressure and SpO2 monitoring.

In the indoor fitness area, users can start tracking their exercise by connecting a Huawei smartwatch, a HUAWEI Vision TV, and other third-party equipment.

Meanwhile, the digital sports area enables users to compete with friends while using rowing machines and spinning bikes.

The HUAWEI Health App now also offers 11 types of training courses including running, cycling, yoga, fitness, skipping, and more.

Huawei Watch GT 3

Huawei Watch GT 3

The new Huawei Watch GT 3 will offer higher accuracy in monitoring their health and fitness performance backed by scientific data.

Customers in Singapore can look forward to experience the smartwatch in December 2021.

In the Philippines, the Huawei Watch GT Series is already available for pre-order now until December 9, 2021.

  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm – PHP 12,999 with freebies worth PhP 3,998
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 42mm – Starts at PhP 8999 online exclusive with freebies worth PhP 2,490 during pre-order phase. The normal price starts at PhP 11,999.
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner – PhP 13,999 with freebies worth PhP 4,388
  • HUAWEI FreeBuds Lipstick – PhP 9,999 from its original price of PhP 11,999
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Lenovo’s classroom management software now in PH

It’s called LanSchool Air

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Lenovo’s LanSchool recently announced that its cloud-based classroom management software, LanSchool Air, is now available for schools in the Philippines.

LanSchool Air has provided a leading classroom management software in the education technology platform for over 30 years, serving over 12 million customers in 75 markets.

It includes features to help monitor and protect student devices, enabling communication and screen sharing, and providing device management to help guide learning, promote collaboration, and maximize teaching time.

Top features include screen monitoring, limit web, blank screen, messaging, and push website.

Best for teachers and schools

LanSchool Air will benefit teachers most specially, allowing them to connect with students within a digital space to create a more meaningful online experience both in the classroom setting and remotely.

With LanSchool Air, educators can help improve student engagement, teach digital citizenship, and provide an immersive learning environment.

Schools across The Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific have already adopted the self-hosted version of the software, LanSchool Classic, which is available in over 15 languages.

The addition of the new cloud-based LanSchool Air, which is fully hosted and managed by LanSchool, gives schools a quick and easy path to classroom management software adoption, fit for distance learning in the Philippines.

Additionally, the cloud-based software provides flexibility for schools to accelerate the adoption of new technology and continue to incorporate online schooling into their teaching models.

The solution is compatible with Windows, Chromebook, and Mac devices and can be cloud or locally hosted. A free, 30-day trial of LanSchool Air is available for schools that may be interested in learning more.

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