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Honor 9X series with pop-up camera launches

Coming to global markets soon

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We’ve been seeing a pop-up sliding camera module on phones for quite some time now. Vivo was the first one to equip it and OPPO, OnePlus, and Xiaomi were quick to follow. With this mechanism, brands are able to skip the display notch and offer a better screen-to-body ratio.

Today, the Honor 9X series was announced in China and it’ll be the first phone from Honor to sport a sliding camera module. Two models were launched: the Honor 9X and 9X Pro. The only difference between them is a dual versus a triple rear camera setup.

The two sport a 6.6-inch Full HD+ display on the front. The back has an X-shaped 3D gradient glass along with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Powering the phone is an octa-core Kirin 810 chipset with 4GB RAM in the starting option of Honor 9X and 8GB RAM in the Honor 9X Pro. Built-in storage is at 64GB and 128GB respectively and they are expandable via a microSD card.

The phones ship with Android Pie based on EMUI 9.1.1 and incorporate GPU Turbo 3.0 technology for better image processing and energy efficiency. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery which the brand claims can provide video-playback for 10 hours on a single charge.

The Honor 9X gets a dual-camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary depth sensor. On the other hand, the Honor 9X Pro gets a triple camera setup including the same two sensors of the Honor 9X and an additional 8-megapixel wide-angle camera. Both have a 16-megapixel selfie shooter and the software includes auto scene detection, portrait mode, and a beauty mode.

Pricing and availability

Honor 9X comes with a starting price of CNY 1,399 (US$ 203) for 4GB+64GB configuration. The 6GB+64GB option costs CNY 1,599 (US$ 230), followed by the 6GB+128GB variant at CNY 1,899 (US$ 275). It’ll be available in Midnight Black, Midnight Blue, and Red color option from July 30.

The Honor 9X has a starting price of CNY 2,199 (US$ 320) for 8GB+128GB, followed by 2,399 (US$ 350) for 8GB+256GB offering. It’ll be available in Midnight Black and Midnight Blue options from August 9.

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Nokia embraces the banana-on-the-wall meme

#ArtBasel

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Even as the year winds down, the memes just don’t stop coming. Most recently, a gallery visitor ate one of the artworks at Art Basel Miami Beach. The US$ 120,000 artwork was a single banana taped on a wall. The eater was David Datuna, a literal and metaphorical hungry artist. Datuna consumed the display as a form of performance art.

Regardless of intent, Datuna’s hunger spawned a whole trend of memes and similar incidents all over the world. The meme has also found its way to the tech realm, including this one from renowned Korean artist Sam Sung.

However, there is only one true tech representative for the banana meme: Nokia’s own banana phone, the Nokia 8810 4G. True enough, the smartphone maker embraced the meme wholeheartedly. On Twitter, at least.

A few days ago, Nokia’s official Twitter account posted a photo of the Nokia 8810 4G taped to a white wall. Naturally, the phone’s yellow color emphasizes the banana similarities.

Unfortunately, the banana phone is inedible. There is no chance that a performance artist can come in and eat the Nokia 8810 4G.

Of course, the cheeky tweet is just goofing around on Nokia’s part. On a more serious note, Nokia is holding massive discounts for the Nokia 2.2, 2.1, and 1 this Christmas. The company has also announced development for Nokia-branded TVs in the future.

SEE ALSO: Nokia Philippines Smartphone Price List

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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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