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

Only in Taiwan for now

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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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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO

Successors named

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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey has been as much of a staple for the social media network as Mark Zuckerberg has for Facebook. However, as followers of Apple and Microsoft can attest to, long-standing figureheads of tech can change in an instant. Twitter is suddenly undergoing just that sort of shakeup. In a surprise announcement, Dorsey has announced that he is stepping down as Twitter CEO.

On-brand for his eccentric personality, Dorsey tweeted out the internal email detailing his resignation from his post. According to the email, Dorsey now feels that it is time to transition the company from a “founder-led” system to something potentially greater. He, along with other members of the board, has already appointed successors for his position.

First, now-former Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal will serve as the company’s CEO effective immediately. Agarwal was formerly an engineer with Twitter but has since led the company through several key decisions beside Dorsey.

Secondly, Bret Taylor, a member of Twitter’s board, will eventually serve as the new chairman. Dorsey will still serve the rest of this term until around May. Between now and the end of his term, Dorsey will help both new leaders transition into their new positions.

Though Dorsey’s announcement has a sense of intensity, this isn’t the first time that the Twitter founder exited his position. Back in 2008, he left his post for a time before returning to helm the company again in 2015. Only time will tell whether this current resignation will stick and what role he will transition into now. Regardless, it’s a new era for Twitter.

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Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double its predecessor

Same with Snapdragon, reportedly

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The end of the year often means the latest generation of smartphone chipsets. Qualcomm and MediaTek, two of the world’s top chipset makers, launch the latest flagship series that will power the following year’s slate of smartphones. Qualcomm already teased a rebranding with their upcoming launch. Now, we have a few more details about MediaTek’s recently launched Dimensity 9000.

Recently, MediaTek launched its next flagship chipset series. The Dimensity 9000 promises impressive performance that can allegedly topple its predecessor’s performance, the Dimensity 1200. However, a promise like that can come with its drawbacks.

Via GizChina, the Dimensity 9000 will reportedly cost double of its predecessor. Though the report does not give actual specifics, it is likely that a more expensive price tag for the processor also comes with an increase in price for the flagship smartphones that it will come with. Next year’s smartphones might come a lot costlier because of the chipset.

If anything, the report also states that the upcoming Snapdragon flagship chipset will also have a higher price tag when it launches soon. As such, most flagships might indeed have higher price tags next year.

Both chipsets have not made their ways to an actual smartphone yet. However, the Snapdragon and Dimensity series do have the most ubiquitous brands for a chipset. If the report does come to pass, we might have to bid our wallets adieu next year.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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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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