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Huawei P40 Pro+ arrives in Singapore

More premium build plus better cameras

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The creme of the crop of Huawei’s P40 series — Huawei P40 Pro+ — is now in Singapore.

It carries the same profile as the Huawei P40 Pro. It has a 6.58-inch OLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Also, it’s powered by Kirin 990 5G, 8GB RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. This handset still runs on Android 10 with EMUI 10 on top but without Google Mobile Services

However, it has an even better camera system than its siblings and Huawei topped the P40 Pro+ with higher-end features.

For starters, it prides itself with its Penta-rear camera setup: a 50-megapixel F/1.9 Ultra Vision main camera, 40-megapixel F/1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens, 8-megapixel SuperZoom  F/4.4 periscope telephoto lens, another 8-megapixel F/2.4 telephoto lens, and TOF 3D depth sensor. On the front, it houses a 32-megapixel F/2.2 selfie camera.

Moreover, Huawei opted for a ceramic build in lieu of the glass and aluminum combination. Other notable features include 4,200mAh battery capable of 40W fast charging, 40W fast wireless SuperCharge, and 27W fast wireless reverse charging.

Price and availability

The Huawei P40 Pro+ will come in White Ceramic and will retail for SG$ 1898. Pre-order period is from June 20-26 with some freebies as usual.

Premium Bundle Freebies (Worth SG$ 646)

  • Huawei Sound X — SG$ 498
  • Huawei SuperCharge Wireless Stand (Max 40W) — SG$ 148

If you miss the pre-order period, there will also be a limited time offer of freebies while stocks last. The bundle is worth SG$ 196

  • Huawei SuperCharge Wireless Stand (Max 40W) — SG$ 148
  • Huawei P40 Pro+ Monogram Series case — SG$ 48

P40 Pro+ buyers will also enjoy exclusive offers and services:

  • Huawei Mobile Cloud — Free 50GB Huawei Mobile Cloud storage for 12 months
  • Huawei Video — Six (6) months free access to TVB channel, three months free of dimsum entertainment, one month free of MangoTV
  • Huawei VIP Prestige Service — Two-year warranty, One year door-to-door repair pick-up and delivery service, One-time complimentary screen replacement within first three months of purchase

We also caught wind that the P40 Pro+ will retail for PhP 69,990 in the Philippines (US$ 1397, EUR 1243). Huawei Philippines will likely announce pricing and availability soon.

Petal Search Widget

Huawei has also released a new Petal Search widget that offers an alternative app search for users to conveniently access and download a wider variety of apps. Petal Search is now available for download on the AppGallery and can be added as a home-screen in the latest EMUI update (v 10.1.0.131).

It works in tandem with Huawei’s own AppGallery as well as third party apps like APKPure. You simply look for the App you want and Petal Search will return results on where you can download that app. If you already have APKPure installed, it will simply launch the app to install the app you were looking for.

Watch our Huawei P40 Pro+ Review.

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Instagram actively testing Reels to take on TikTok

Short 15-second videos

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Short videos under 15 seconds have gained massive popularity thanks to platforms like TikTok. Facebook-owned Instagram has been eyeing this space for a while and has reportedly expanded testing its Reels feature in India.

According to Business Insider, the Reels feature is being actively tested in India. This only after just a few days after TikTok was banned in the country.

The app will let the user record 15-second videos, add background soundtrack, as well as include a range of effects.

TikTok has come under immense pressure globally due to its poor data collection policies. The app was recently caught snooping around the user’s clipboard after Apple updated iOS’s privacy features. US lawmakers are worried about user data being collected.

However, Facebook itself is no saint when it comes to handling private user data. The company has a history of mishaps and the platform hasn’t learned anything from its mistakes.

The feature is currently active in Brazil and acts as an extension to Stories. You can find it in Instagram’s camera section, just beside the Boomerang and Super Zoom option.

The company had previously launched a separate app called Lasso. However, it was phased out and Reels was integrated into the Instagram app.

The sudden ban of TikTok has created a vacuum in India and it’s obvious Facebook wants to quickly bridge the gap by providing an alternate service.

Facebook and Instagram recently partnered with Saregama music label in India to provide access to a music library. The Indian government has also launched an app challenge that aims to encourage domestic developers and companies to take advantage of the recent ban.

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India launches app innovation challenge after Chinese apps ban

Encouraging local developers and building an ecosystem

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India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has announced a new program to encourage local developers and bridge the gap left behind by banned services like TikTok. It’s officially called “Aatma Nirbhar App Innovation Challenge” and was unveiled by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

Atma Nitrbhar means “to be independent” or “self-sufficient” in one of India’s widely used languages, Hindi. A few days ago, the Indian government announced a blanket ban on a few listed Chinese apps. Within no time, they were off the Play Store and many services like TikTok and Mobile Legends voluntarily stopped service after the ban was announced.

The App Innovation Challenge includes the promotion of existing apps as well as the development of new apps. The program is split into two tracks. The first one includes already released apps that have the potential to scale and become world-class in their segment. The second track aims to identify companies as well as individuals who can build next-generation apps for the country.

Tthe government is looking for alternative apps of the ones that remain banned. Companies will have to submit their entries by July 18 and a jury for each of the tracks shall evaluate the entries.

The challenge is available in eight categories, ranging from office productivity or work from home solutions to news and games.

The government has allocated INR 20,00,000 (US$ 26,780), INR 15,00,000 (US$ 20,085), and INR 10,00,000 (US$ 13,390) for the first three winners, respectively. Adding to this, Each sub-category winner will also be rewarded.

India has suffered high casualties amid an ongoing border dispute with China. The Coronavirus pandemic has further fueled the anti-China sentiment and the Indian government is exploring options to reduce its trade deficit with the neighboring country.

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Facebook shared user data with at least 5000 developers

When will Facebook understand privacy?

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After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has become synonymous with privacy invasion. You’d ideally expect the social networking company to learn something and change how it operates to protect personal user data. However, the company is back to square one.

A blog post confirms that Facebook shared user data to thousands of developers and continued to receive updates to users’ non-public information.

According to internal policy, if you don’t use the service within a gap of 90 days, it’ll stop having access to your data and no updates will be sent forward. However, this wasn’t practically enforced and developers continued to have unprecedented access.

This is an extremely sensitive flaw since a similar modus operandi was leveraged to funnel data of 50 million users to Cambridge Analytica. Going by Facebook’s announcement, data here includes the user’s email addresses, birthdays, language, gender, and more.

VP of Platform Partnerships Konstantinos Papamiltiadis said that Facebook estimates 5,000 developers continued to receive user information after 90 days of inactivity.

The company hasn’t revealed the number of users affected. Facebook says the issue was fixed after it was discovered but did not state when it was found and how it went undetected for such a long time.

It’s common for people to use Facebook as a sign-in option on third-party apps or websites. These services fetch your details directly from Facebook after your consent. But, if you don’t use the third-party service actively, your data also shouldn’t be shared with it. However, the issue does not plague all Facebook Login apps.

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