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Huawei Mate 9 Unboxing

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If BIG phones are your thing, one of the best phones you can buy today is the Mate 9 from Huawei.

Apart from a fantastic camera and battery that lasts two days on a single charge, the Mate 9 uses machine learning technology so it stays fast and optimized based on how you use it.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves… this, after all, is our unboxing video.

In a follow-up video, we will verify Huawei’s claims, but for now, if the phone is anything like the Mate 9’s unboxing experience, then we’ve already got a winner.

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Singapore will make Coronavirus tracking app technology freely available

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind – Neil Armstrong

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Singapore will soon open-source (open up) a smartphone technology that helps track citizens’ encounters with Coronavirus carriers. Called TraceTogether, it’s developed by the government to prevent community-spread of the fatal virus that has killed thousands worldwide.

The government is urging citizens to run so that if they encounter a Coronavirus carrier, it’s easier to trace who else may have been exposed to the virus. Why run? Because that plunges your chances of contracting the virus since the encounter will barely be a second. Not to forget, it’s an excellent way to exercise. This way, health authorities are in a better position to detect, treat, and quarantine affected patients.

To reserve a user’s privacy, Singapore’s app is opt-in and doesn’t track users through space, instead, it records who you have encountered. If you come across someone who was exposed, the app will exchange four essential bits of information — a timestamp, Bluetooth signal strength, the phone’s model, and a temporary identifier or device nickname.

On the other end, If a user has diagnosed positive, they enable the health authorities to access their app data to identify people who had close contact with the infected individual.

Addressing privacy concerns, the government has assured that the user’s data is never accessed and all their personal details remain safe. If you’re still paranoid, you can simply check the app settings to confirm whether the app has access to your files, contacts, and other essential hardware.

Now, Singapore is ready to share their app and its back-end technology with the whole world.

From Israel to South Korea to China, governments around the world are using technology to track the Coronavirus outbreak as they race to stem its spread. In China, government-installed CCTV cameras pointed towards the apartment door of those under a 14-day quarantine to ensure they don’t leave.

Germany hopes to launch a similar smartphone app within weeks to help trace Coronavirus infections. Even they’ve shown interest in replicating the Singaporean model. And now that the technology is freely available, it’ll be easier for countries to adopt and adapt than to start from zero.

The Indian government has also launched an app called Corona Kavach (literally meaning Corona Shield) to track individuals by their smartphone locations and curb the community spread of Coronavirus. It’s built on the same concept that Singapore’s government has worked on. But, it’s still in beta. With a population of 1.3 billion and one of the worst healthcare systems, the country is highly vulnerable to the virus. Again, the government promises data privacy.

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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OnePlus is also launching a midrange version of OnePlus 8

Called the OnePlus Z

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Because of the recent leaks, all eyes are on the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. Given what we already know or suspect, the dynamic duo looks like a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone world. However, for all the hype the duo has enjoyed, OnePlus is also readying another device under our noses.

According to multiple sources, the company will launch a third device in the series shortly after the first launch event. As you might expect, the mysterious device will round out the series, opening a midrange option for non-power users.

Previously, we saw leaked renders depicting this midrange smartphone, carrying the OnePlus 8 Lite moniker. However, according to the latest sources, the Lite version will come under a special name outside of the OnePlus 8 series. Instead of the OnePlus 8 Lite, OnePlus is calling it the OnePlus Z.

Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the upcoming midranger. If anything, its midrange status likely points to a chipset below the reported Snapdragon 865 of the original series. Besides that, it’s anyone’s guess.

In any case, the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro will officially launch on April 14. Previously, the series was thought to launch on April 10. However, an official trailer confirms the actual release date.

SEE ALSO: New OnePlus 8 leak reveals purple-orange gradient

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Mi 10 Lite 5G is a midrange phone with quad-cameras

Sales limited to Europe for now

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The Mi 10 has been a sensational phone since launch and Xiaomi has now announced its younger sibling — the Mi 10 Lite. Just like the flagship, it also gets 5G support, but via a midrange chipset. This will offer consumers an option to buy a 5G phone, without the cost attached to a flagship phone.

As the name suggests, the phone is a slightly watered-down version of the flagship Mi 10. However, it’s still a strong contender in a segment that has just one competitor, the Nokia 8.3 5G. 5G roll-out is limited to a few regions, but hardware availability might prompt telecom carriers in developed markets to speed-up their enhancement efforts.

Coming to the phone, the front has a 6.6-inch AMOLED TrueColor display with a waterdrop-style notch. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been added along with the standard face unlock option.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 765G chipset, paired with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1. Backing these internals is a 4160mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. On the side, it also has Quick Charge 3.5 compatibility.

On the rear is quad-camera support consisting of a 48-megapixel primary lens. Unfortunately, Xiaomi hasn’t revealed the details of the other three cameras. However, considering all their previous phones with a similar setup, it’s safe to assume one of them will be a wide-angle lens along with a depth sensor for portrait photography. For selfies, a 16-megapixel sensor has been added on the front.

Mysteriously, Xiaomi also hasn’t revealed details about onboard RAM. Though, we know it’ll be available in two storage options — 64GB and 128GB. It’ll be available in white, grey, and a bluish-green gradient, with a starting price of €349 (US$ 385) from the first and second week of April in a few European markets.

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