Huawei MatePad launches in Singapore

Comes with a freebie bundle and more!



File Photo: Huawei MatePad Pro

Huawei will soon launch its best-in-class MatePad tablet in Singapore this May 22. Featuring high-end specs, the tablet is a perfect companion for those looking to upgrade their entertainment and productivity experience.

The perfect companion for work and play

With a large 2K display, everyone can enjoy leveled-up entertainment on the go with Huawei’s MatePad tablet. The high-res display features 100 percent sRGB coverage for lifelike images and 225 PPI for crisper details. Complementing the high-quality display is the powerful, in-built Harman Kardon quad-speaker system for a truly immersive viewing experience all around.

Behind that display is the capable Huawei Kirin 820 chipset with Mali-G57 GPU for smoother performance in day-to-day tasks. Huawei doubles down on productivity with a bevy of features for the users too. That includes a faster Wi-Fi 6 for faster downloads and streaming. EMUI 10.1 — the OS powering the tablet — comes with multi-window feature for faster multitasking. Indeed, multitasking is a breeze thanks to the included 128 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM.

Huawei is backing these great features on its MatePad tablet with a large 7,250 mAh battery. The tablet also supports fast charging, so users can go from 0 to 100 percent in less than three hours.

With freebies to go too

Huawei MatePad will retail at SG$ 498 for the sole Midnight Gray configuration. Buyers who will purchase from May 22 to June 6 will also get a freebie bundle worth up to SG$ 180. The freebie bundle includes a Huawei Smart Keyboard and 50 GB of Huawei Cloud for the first 3 months for new subscribers. Combined with a special discount of SG$ 78 on Huawei WiFi AX3, buyers can really enjoy a fast and worthy companion for their work and play.

The giveaways don’t stop there, though. Huawei is also offering an SG$ 30 off on any meWATCH subscription plan for every purchase of the tablet at all Huawei Experience Stores.

Interested buyers may hit up any Huawei Experience Stores, Best Denki, Challenger &, COURTS, Harvey Norman, Sprint Cass, and official online stores in Lazada and Shopee to purchase the MatePad tablet


A new iMessage feature alerts you of any government spies

Anyone can use it



Do you have an irrational fear of government hackers spying on your text messages? If you do, Apple has a new feature to help alleviate your phobia. Starting today, users can opt into the new iMessage Contact Key Verification feature, a security measure designed to prevent any unwanted snooping on your messages.

If it sounds too specific, it’s because Apple designed the feature for those who face “extraordinary digital threats,” like journalists and politicians. Naturally, this subset of the population can benefit from keeping their conversations away from snoopers (which includes, according to Apple, state-sponsored attackers). However, there’s no denying that the feature is also a boon to users who want an extra layer of protection for their messaging needs.

To use the feature, both the sender and the receiver need to have the option turned on while using their device. On a more basic level, the device will alert both users if an unexpected party suddenly crashes and enters the encrypted conversation. A more advanced level even allows iMessage users to compare verification codes, ensuring that both parties are indeed talking to whomever they intend to talk to.

While most users might not find a lot of use for an exorbitant amount of protection against hackers, it’s a step in the right direction for total message encryption. Despite some significant hiccups, Apple remains focused on bringing encryption to its users.

SEE ALSO: Apple is tracking users even with settings turned off

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Microsoft is being prevented from buying Activision Blizzard

Sued by the FTC



The year started off with a bang. Microsoft, already a respectable name in the gaming industry by itself, announced the impending acquisition of Activision Blizzard for US$ 68.7 billion. Perhaps it’s fitting that the year will end right back where it started. The FTC is officially suing Microsoft to block the monumental purchase from going through.

Announced today, the United States’ FTC (or Federal Trade Commission) has filed a legal claim against Microsoft, stating that the acquisition will allow the company to suppress competition between its rivals in the gaming industry. The commission believes that it has enough to effectively block the purchase. Allowing Microsoft to go through with the purchase will supposedly enable the company to prevent Activision Blizzard’s titles — including the Call of Duty franchise — from coming out easily on other platforms.

Since the announcement of the acquisition, Activision Blizzard has gone through a rocky year. The company had its dirty laundry aired out: a plethora of disagreeable practices from within the company. Exacerbated by the rocky launches of Diablo Immortal and Overwatch 2, it’s not exactly a stellar year for the company.

In fact, it’s not a good year for monopolistic practices either. Recently, Ticketmaster found itself under the microscope after a massive kerfuffle preventing Taylor Swift fans from purchasing tickets to the star’s upcoming concert.

While the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is still up in the air, it seems company acquisitions aren’t as easy as this year has made them out to be.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft announces a modular Adaptive Mouse

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Google is merging Waze with Google Maps

Apps will remain separate



It’s not a secret. Google owns both Google Maps and Waze. Though both certainly come with their own pros and cons, using either app can boil down to a matter of preference, especially in driving cities. Starting soon, the two might even look more alike. Google is merging the teams of Google Maps and Waze together.

Since acquiring Waze in 2013, Google has kept the app’s development separate from Google Maps. Even knowing this face, it’s hard to draw comparisons between the two. They felt like separate products, and they were.

Now, as announced today (via Wall Street Journal), Google will merge Waze’s team (which consists of over 500 employees) with the larger team that oversees Maps, Earth, and Street View. While there are no plans to lay off any employees, incumbent Waze CEO Neha Parikh is expected to leave the company after the merger.

Though a merger might spell the end for Waze, Google remains committed to keeping its own services separate from each other. However, by merging the teams, the company can reduce a lot of redundant work that the two teams have in common.

From a more generalized standpoint, Google Maps and Waze are incredibly distinct apps. While the latter focuses more of directions for drivers, Google Maps offers a grander sweep of directions for all travelers including those who prefer to walk or take public transportation.

SEE ALSO: Google Maps introduces a new way to be a tourist

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