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HTC is still alive, announces budget-friendly Desire 12s

Only available in Taiwan for now

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You might think HTC is already backing out, but the company just unveiled a new smartphone in their home turf. The new Desire 12s follows the same design language of the U12 Life, but they’re not completely identical to keep the cost down.

With a 5.7-inch display, HTC’s new budget phone is within the size range of current smartphones. Although, it only has an HD+ resolution. Good thing it doesn’t sport a notch and the bezels are decent for an entry-level phone.


The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 435 processor, so don’t expect it to have the best performance in its class. It can have up to 4GB of memory, which will be good for multitasking, and up to 64GB of expandable storage.

As for its cameras, it has a single 13-megapixel rear shooter and another 13-megapixel sensor in front for taking selfies. Both cameras are paired with their own LED flash.

A 3075mAh battery makes sure the Desire 12s will be able to last a whole day, but it doesn’t have fast charging features.

HTC’s very own Sense UI is present here and it’s based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It also supports contactless payment via NFC.

The Desire 12s is already available in Taiwan in black, silver, or red. It has a starting price of NT$ 5,990 (US$ 195) for the 3GB/32GB version, while the 4GB/64GB model goes for NT$ 6,990 or roughly US$ 225.

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SEE ALSO: HTC U12 Life arrives with Dual Finish design, midrange specs

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OPPO Reno and Reno 10x Zoom: Price and availability in the Philippines

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OPPO has just launched its most premium series in the Philippines. Following the Find X from last year is the new OPPO Reno. The Reno series comes in two variants: an upper-midrange offering and a flagship model with an advanced camera system.

The OPPO Reno went official two months ago and it’s already making waves in Europe as the region’s first 5G phone. The model that’s going to be available in the Philippines won’t support 5G yet, but it’s got all the goodies the Reno phones have.


The standard Reno is powered by a Snapdragon 710, while the 10x Zoom variant has Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855.

The OPPO Reno will be available for PhP 26,990 starting June 20 through OPPO stores. Meanwhile, the higher-end OPPO Reno 10x Zoom will be sold at PhP 45,990 and its pre-order period will start on June 21. The more premium Reno model will be available in select OPPO stores starting July 1.

Aside from OPPO stores, the new Reno series will also be available through Globe and Smart telcos, and online via OPPO’s official store on Lazada.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno 10x Zoom unboxing and hands-on: An emerald looker

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Facebook will launch a cryptocurrency called Libra in 2020

In partnership with Mastercard, Visa, Uber, and many others

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Facebook is more than just social networking. They’re also a hardware company and a software developer. Soon, the social media giant will also serve financial services using their own cryptocurrency called Libra. With the creation of Libra is a new Facebook subsidiary named Calibra, which will handle the company’s global currency powered by blockchain technology.

According to Facebook, Libra is aimed to help people save, send, or spend money even if they don’t have a bank account. Basically, Calibra will be a financial service app that uses Libra for its transactions. It’ll allow users to use Libra on mobile and send to almost anyone.


It’s worth noting that Libra isn’t like Bitcoin. Libra will be a form of digital money backed by a reserve of assets. Moreover, Facebook is not alone in this venture.

While Facebook is building Libra, it’ll be supported by venture capital firms, crypto firms, nonprofit organizations, and massive corporate financial, technology, and telecommunications service providers. The list includes Mastercard, Visa, Coinbase, eBay, PayPal, Stripe, Spotify, Uber, Lyft, and Vodafone.

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The end goal is to create a truly mainstream cryptocurrency. Libra is envisioned to be a decentralized global form of payment. It’ll be used to buy almost anything. It’s also planned to be used for loans and credit.

Any financial transactions will require personal information and privacy isn’t Facebook’s strongest suit. Although, the company says Calibra will not share account information or financial data with its servers or any third party without the customer’s consent.

By 2020, Calibra will introduce a digital wallet for Libra which will be available in Facebook’s Messenger, WhatsApp, and as a standalone app. Calibra is still in its early stages and Facebook will have to take an extra step to overcome the hurdles this new cryptocurrency has to face, especially when it comes to privacy.

Facebook promises to give updates about Calibra in the near future. For now, those interested to be first in line can sign up here. Additionally, more information regarding Libra is available here.

SEE ALSO: Basics of cryptocurrency: Risks and benefits

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Dr. Mario World is coming to Android and iOS in a few weeks

A classic coming back to life!

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After a week from E3 2019, Nintendo has announced the release of its latest mobile game. The Japanese game company has been reviving its classic titles lately and the newest one coming to our phones is Dr. Mario World.

The new Nintendo game for mobile will be available for iOS and Android on July 10 for free. Pre-registration is already open on the App Store and Play Store.


A new trailer for Dr. Mario World gives us our first look at the game. From the looks of it, it’s going to be pretty different yet familiar. Instead of a Tetris-style gameplay where the capsules fall down the screen, Dr. Mario World will require players to drag the capsules on the playing field. Since the game will be played on phones with touchscreens, this approach makes better sense than left-right buttons.

Like most free-to-play titles, the game will have in-app purchases that’ll help players progress in the game. The game also has countdown timers and character customizations.

The original Dr. Mario game came out in 1990 and it instantly became one of the best Nintendo titles. It was originally developed for the NES. It was ported and remade for multiple platforms after.

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SEE ALSO: Nintendo reveals new Pokémon games for the Switch

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