HTC ain’t done yet, announces U19e and Desire U19+ midrangers

Only in Taiwan for now



HTC U19e | Image credit: HTC

As expected, HTC unveiled new smartphones. While the company’s releases aren’t exactly as popular as before, HTC still believes that they have a grip on their home market in Taiwan.

HTC is not venturing into the flagship market, for now, so they created two midrangers to keep their presence alive. The first one is the HTC U19e and it’s a 6-inch phone with a fair amount of bezels, but it doesn’t sport a notch.

The phone has an OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 710 processor paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. It’s sustained by a 3930mAh battery and runs Android 9 Pie with HTC Sense out of the box.

HTC U19e | Image credit: HTC

As for the cameras, it has a dual rear setup including a main 12-megapixel f/1.8 shooter and a 20-megapixel telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom. In the front, it has a 24-megapixel selfie snapper and an IR camera for iris recognition.

The HTC U19e comes in either green or purple with translucent effect color options. It goes on sale in Taiwan starting today for NT$ 14,900 or roughly US$ 475.

Additionally, there’s the HTC Desire 19+ which is the company’s first phone with triple rear cameras. It also sports their biggest display at 6.2 inches with a dewdrop-style notch for the 16-megapixel front camera.

HTC Desire 19+ | Image credit: HTC

The Desire U19+ is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 processor with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage. The phone also runs Android 9 Pie out of the box and has a sizeable 3850mAh battery.

The cameras on its back are a combination of a main 13-megapixel shooter, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The phone’s back also has a capacitive fingerprint reader.

HTC’s new big phone will go on sale in Taiwan as well for NT$ 9,990 (US$ 320) or NT$ 10,990 (US$ 350) depending on the configuration. It’ll be available in early July.

Source: HTC, ePrice

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Canon Philippines holds digital masterclass on Facebook

Improve your photography skills while at home



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



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?



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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