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Honor 9X: Price and availability in the Philippines

Late entry to the midrange segment

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The Honor 9X is officially in the Philippines. And yes, it has Google Mobile Services.

This phone is the international variant which means its sporting a 48MP main sensor — a staple in most flagships today. The other two lenses are an 8MP ultra wide angle camera and a 2MP depth sensor. Up front, there’s a 16MP selfie shooter.

Powering the device is the Kirin 710 chip with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. You’re also getting a 4000mAh battery.

Pricing and availability

The Honor 9X will come in both Sapphire Blue and Midnight Black. It will retail for PhP 12,490 and will be available starting December 7, 2019. Pre-order period is from November 29 to December 6. Those who pre-order the phone from Lazada will get a JBL Go+ as a freebie while those who get them from Honor Stores nationwide will get the JBL Go 2.

Also announced during the event is the Honor Flypods Lite — Honor’s very own wireless earbuds. It will retail for PhP 2990 and will be available starting December 12, 2019.

Honor also teased that the Honor MagicBook will come to the Philippines. Both the 14-inch and 16-inch variants will be available with more details coming soon.

 

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Canon Philippines holds digital masterclass on Facebook

Improve your photography skills while at home

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Are you looking for things-to-do to pass the time while at home? Then, take a peek at Canon Philippines’ Facebook page. From March 31 until April 28, you can participate in the digital masterclass series by Canon. It’s an online class of sorts that brings together Canon ambassadors and professionals as they share tips and tricks on how to improve photography skills.

The digital masterclass will also cover a lot of topics ranging from food photography to architecture and wedding photography. The basics of vlogging are also included. So, don’t miss out on those especially if you’re trying to level up your photos and videos.

Check out the schedule of Canon’s digital masterclass below:

To participate or know more, head over to Canon Philippines’ Facebook page.

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WhatsApp could soon let you use the same account on multiple phones

No need to maintain different numbers soon

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WhatsApp is working on a feature that has been in-demand for ages. The ability to use the same account (phone number) across multiple phones. So far, WhatsApp does not permit a single account on multiple devices. The only exception being the WhatsApp Web feature which can only be accessed on browsers.

However, companies including Samsung, Vivo, OPPO, and Huawei offer Dual Apps mode, allowing users to switch between two different accounts of the same chat app. This doesn’t exactly serve the purpose because you still end up having two different accounts.

With multiple device support, the chats will be synchronized across all logged-in devices. Similar to how it works on other instant messaging apps like Messenger and Telegram.

The feature was spotted by WABetaInfo in November 2019. However, it was a very limited release and didn’t exactly shed light on how multiple devices shall be leveraged. The new WhatsApp beta v 2.20.110 release was spotted by WABetaInfo recently and the team was successfully able to test the feature.

For now, a few questions remain unanswered because the company hasn’t officially released the feature. Will the first phone you logged in from become primary and the rest of the devices will rely on it to send messages, just like WhatsApp Web? Or can the feature make even the second phone run independently?

Moreover, this is exciting news for anyone who relies on more than one phone daily. Currently, you’ll have to enable two different numbers to use WhatsApp on both the phones. Considering the competition, the feature is pretty standard and we’re glad WhatsApp is finally taking cognizance of it.

Lastly, keep in mind the feature is still in beta. It could take months to reach the normal Joe and maybe never even come. That’s the point of releasing it via the beta channel. To test whether the feature or product is successful and doesn’t hinder regular usage.

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Apple acquires the popular weather app, Dark Sky

Will iOS users see improvement in the Weather app?

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Aside from pushing its hardware front and center, Apple is also busy expanding its ecosystem. Over the years, Apple has acquired smaller companies to improve its software offerings. Today, the company acquires Dark Sky, a popular weather app with millions of users.

In a blog post by Dark Sky, the company announced its acquisition by Apple. There will be no changes to the iOS app after Apple takes over. However, Android users are not so lucky, since the app won’t be available to download on Play Store starting today. The app won’t function beyond July 21, and premium users will receive a refund for any existing subscriptions.

Meanwhile, Dark Sky’s website will close by July 21. App developers are also affected by the acquisition as APIs will only work until 2021.

Apple’s acquisition of Dark Sky will further expand its growing portfolio of services. It is also a sign that the company is doing something new to its aging Weather app. Perhaps, Apple might introduce new powerful features in the app and give it a fresh coat of paint. A subscription plan for weather forecasts may also be in the cards, considering the company’s push for subscription-based services.

SEE ALSO: Apple is no longer a trillion-dollar company

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