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Huawei is now accepting registrations for the P30 series in Singapore

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Shortly after the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy S10 phones, Huawei is now trying to own the spotlight. We already know that the Chinese manufacturer is set to unveil their new batch of flagship phones, but did you know you can register your interest for one as early as now?

The Singapore arm of Huawei’s mobile business announced today that Singaporeans can now register or sign up for updates and early information regarding the soon-to-be-unveiled Huawei P30 series.

Information regarding the Huawei P30 is still scarce, but the series is the brand’s main lineup of high-quality mobile phone cameras in collaboration with Leica. According to Huawei, they aim to take “AI photography capabilities of smartphones to the next level with never before seen features to boot.”

Huawei will have their grand announcement of the P30 series on March 26 in Paris, France. The launch is happening exactly one year after the Huawei P20’s unveiling in the same city.

Early leaks about the Huawei P30 show that it might have four rear cameras, an upgrade from its predecessor’s three shooters at the back. Rumors also suggest that the P30 lineup will sport a curved display like on the Mate 20 Pro.

If you live in Singapore and are interested to be first in line for the Huawei P30, you may register here.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10+ ties with Huawei’s flagships atop DxOMark ranking

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OPPO wants to build its own chipsets, hires talent from MediaTek

Also trying to tap Qualcomm and Huawei talent

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In the last few years, the US war against Huawei has ramped up considerably with no end in sight. However, though the crackdown was against only a few Chinese companies, other seemingly innocent companies have found themselves just as affected as Huawei. For one, American companies, like Google and Qualcomm, have to deal with the loss of a valued client. On the other side of the Pacific, other Chinese companies are also feeling the heat from Huawei’s troubles.

For example, OPPO has started developing its own processors in the wake of Huawei’s chip problem. Last year, the Chinese company filed a new trademark — named the OPPO M1 — through the European Union Intellectual Property Office, according to LetsGoDigital. Presumably, the new property corresponded to an upcoming in-house processor. However, the M1 has since faded into oblivion.

Today, according to Nikkei Asian Review, OPPO has not abandoned its processor project. In fact, the company has started ramping up its efforts for an in-house chip. “OPPO has been aggressively recruiting chip talent since last year as they realized that owning the chip design capability will give it more control over its supply chain,” Nikkei’s source said.

OPPO has reportedly acquired high-ranking executives from MediaTek including a former executive for Xiaomi. Further, the company has tried tapping developers from Qualcomm and Huawei’s HiSilicon.

Much like Huawei’s efforts, OPPO’s aggressive hiring aims to build a team for in-house development. Currently, OPPO still relies on third-party suppliers to build its phones like Qualcomm and MediaTek. With Huawei being attacked on all fronts, OPPO is in as much risk if the US implements a wider ban against Chinese companies. Recently, the US wants to take away Huawei’s ability to make its own in-house chips.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno4, Reno4 Pro specs and official renders leaked

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Zuckerberg: social media ‘shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth’

Reacting to Twitter fact-checking Trump

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A few days ago, Twitter acted out against misinformation in US President Donald Trump’s recent tweets about mail-in ballot voting. The monumental policing is the first time that the social media platform moderated the president’s tweets, especially since Trump favors the platform for his public communication. However, it was not unprecedented. As of late, Twitter has implemented more stringent fact-checking protocols to ensure absolute accuracy.

Naturally, the Trump administration retaliated against what they perceived as censorship. Since the moderation, the president has started pondering on measure to regulate social media in general. Though Twitter is the main target, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg had his own words to say about the raging debate.

In an interview with Fox News, Zuckerberg went against Twitter’s new moderation policies. “I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” he said. “Private companies shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”

True enough, Facebook does not have the same fact-checking protocols as Twitter. Zuckerberg believes that every politician should have the same platform as everyone else. At the very least, the platform moderates content in a reactionary fashion using its own terms of service.

Regardless, Trump’s rage against Twitter has lumped all of social media together including Facebook. In this sense, Zuckerberg is also going against Trump’s war. “In general, a government choosing to censor a platform doesn’t strike me as the right reflex,” he said. Further, he defends Facebook as a robust platform against oppressive and harmful content.

Since the rise of cybersecurity in public awareness, Facebook has always found itself in a diminished position owing to massive controversies surrounding its data policies. Given the aggressiveness of the latest Trump-Twitter debate, Zuckerberg is taking a more cautious approach to draw the flak away from Facebook.

In Twitter’s defense, Jack Dorsey has drawn all of the debate’s rage on himself. In a recent tweet, Dorsey calls Trump’s supporters to stop blaming Twitter’s employees; instead, they should get mad at him for implementing the new policy.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is adding a new care reaction to the Like button

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Samsung Galaxy M31: Price, availability in the Philippines

What a monster budget phone!

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Samsung’s monster budget phone is finding its way to the Southeast Asian archipelago. Placed in the affordable segment, the Samsung Galaxy M31 will rival Redmi and realme’s budget offerings.

This new midrange headliner has a 6,000mAh mega battery that supports 15W fast charging via USB-C. It’s also equipped with a quad camera setup: 64-megapixel primary lens, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 5-megapixel portrait camera. There’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera housed in a punch-hole cutout, too.

The Galaxy M31 sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U display with Full HD+ resolution, built with a polycarbonate plastic body. It’s powered by an Exynos 9611 chipset, with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage — expandable up to 512GB via MicroSD. Lastly, the phone runs on OneUI 2.0 and Android 10 out of the box.

The Galaxy M31 costs PhP 13,990 (US$ 276). It will be available in two colors: Blue and Black.

Grab this exclusive, one-day offer!

You can get lots of freebies when you avail Samsung’s exclusive one-day offer for the Galaxy M31. On May 29, 2020, customers can get a free JBL Clip 3 speakers worth PhP 3,499 when they purchase the Galaxy M31 on Samsung’s Online Store. If the customers opt to buy from online partner stores like Lazada, Shopee, and MXMemoxpress Online, they’ll get a free JBL Go 2 speakers worth PhP 2,299.

To shop, simply go to www.samsung.com/ph/.

SEE ALSO: Samsung launches online Store in the Philippines

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