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Huawei is spying on you, says US government

Officials express concern over China

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Hate for the “Made in China” label continues. In a recent hearing, heads of American national security testified against China-bred smartphone brand, Huawei.

The US government’s distrust comes from an alleged disparity between American values and those upheld by the Chinese company. Officials argued that such a company shouldn’t hold a favorable position in their national telco industry.


At the hearing, officials also pleaded for American consumers to boycott Huawei phones. The officials claimed that using them will invite data theft and espionage.

Distrust against the Chinese company is already part and parcel of the US telco industry. Just last month, lawmakers filed a bill to prohibit US officials from using Huawei and ZTE phones.

Prior to the bill, Huawei also suffered a huge blow against its market share in the US when a partnership with US telco AT&T suddenly fell apart. Rumors sparked that government pressure urged AT&T to pull away from the deal.

The recent moves against Huawei are just the latest in a saga that dates as early as 2010.

In their defense, Huawei issued a statement assuring users that their phones pose no risk against cybersecurity. The China-made brand hangs out at the top with Samsung and Apple as one of the world’s biggest smartphone makers.

While Huawei has been relatively safe from spyware scandals, Lenovo, another China-made tech maker, has been heavily reprimanded recently for installing malicious software on their phones.

On the other hand, officials praised American companies for preventing Chinese smartphones from dominating the market. The American telco industry is currently led by Korean company, Samsung.

Regardless of the feud, cybersecurity is a concern that rose to the top in light of recent controversies against both tech brands and governments. Regardless of who’s right, both sides share the responsibility in keeping consumers safe.

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ASUS ZenFone 6’s Flip Camera survives abuse, phone passes durability test

ASUS’ new phone is built like a tank

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To achieve a true bezel-less display with no notch or any cutouts, manufacturers have been really creative. Most have resorted to the use of motors for a pop-up mechanism. ASUS, on the other hand, crafted something different with the new ZenFone 6 and its Flip Camera. It’s impressive, but is it durable?

When we first saw the Flip Camera of ASUS’ new flagship phone, we knew that it poses more concerns than pop-up cameras. However, ASUS has already thought about this and the durability tests of the JerryRigEverything channel on YouTube proves it.


Like many other phones that passed by the table of Zack from JerryRigEverything, the ZenFone 6 underwent abuse. Of course, the Flip Camera of the phone is the main focus. Check it for yourself:

After Zack pushed and pulled the flipping camera, tied random stuff to it, twisted its hinge, and banged it against the table, the ZenFone 6 camera module still worked like a charm. It’s worth noting that the motor of the Flip Camera drives into high gear when it senses a drop. That should keep the camera’s neck from breaking due to a strong impact.

As per ASUS, the ZenFone 6’s camera is rated to last for 100 flips a day in three years. If you don’t take a selfie often, then the Flip Camera will last longer in your care.

Additionally, the whole phone is built to last. It has a relatively standard scratch-resistant glass on both the front and back, an all-metal design that can take a beating, and the phone’s body will not bend in your pocket.

SEE ALSO: ASUS Zenfone 6 Unboxing and Hands-on

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ASUS is reported to announce the ROG Phone 2 in July

Just in time for a successor

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ASUS ROG Phone | GadgetMatch

It’s been a year since we had what probably was the most astounding gaming smartphone along with its accessories. Thankfully, the one-year-old ROG Phone from ASUS is getting a successor. The Taiwanese company is reported to announce the ROG Phone 2 next month.

According to DigiTimes Taiwan, ASUS’ next gaming smartphone will make an appearance in Beijing on July 23. The phone is said to come in two variants and it’ll have a starting price of CNY 4,399 or roughly US$ 635 when converted.


Shortly after, ASUS will bring the ROG Phone 2 in Shanghai for the ChinaJoy 2019 expo happening in the first week of August. The gaming phone will be showcased to a massive crowd of esports players.

In terms of specs, the new ROG Phone model is rumored to have a faster 120Hz display. ASUS has been secretive about the details of its next device, but it’s safe to assume that’ll have a Snapdragon 855 processor, an upgraded cooling system, and an RGB logo.

If you haven’t met the original ROG Phone, check out our hands-on:

More info about the successor of the ROG Phone will be available soon, we’ll keep you guys updated.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ROG Phone vs Razer Phone 2 comparison

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After the long wait, Xiaomi is finally giving MIUI an app drawer

This is long overdue!

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Xiaomi Mi 9 SE | Image credit: GadgetMatch

One of the notable features of the Android operating system is the app drawer. Since Google introduced the Android OS to the world, the app drawer has always been present. However, phone manufacturers customize the OS according to their liking.

Chinese brands are known culprits of omitting the app drawer to make their interface similar to Apple’s iOS. Some have already embraced the app drawer (thankfully!) and Xiaomi is just about to join the gang.


The app drawer is not exactly a major feature, but it’s something that people want. Which is why Xiaomi is finally adding an app drawer to MIUI. Better late than never, right?

Image credit: XDA Developers

With the latest alpha build of the MIUI launcher version number 4.10.6.1025-06141703, Xiaomi phones will finally get an app drawer. Based on the screenshots obtained by XDA Developers, it appears that the app drawer is accessible by tapping on the middle button. So far, there’s no swipe up gesture option.

Apart from the app drawer, MIUI will also soon have app shortcuts. These feature has been around since Android 7.1 Nougat and it’s accessed by long pressing an app icon.

Since this new version of MIUI is still in the alpha stage of development, nothing is final and stable. Also, it might take a few weeks or months before it rolls out to Xiaomi phones.

It’s quite surprising how long it took for Xiaomi to make this happen. Xiaomi’s bang-for-the-buck Pocophone F1 launched with an app drawer thanks to its special Poco Launcher. The launcher is based on MIUI; moreover, you can easily download the Poco Launcher from the Play Store.

If you have a Xiaomi phone and want to have an app drawer immediately, I strongly suggest downloading the Poco Launcher while you wait for the official MIUI version to come as an update. Those who feel adventurous can try out the MIUI Launcher alpha here, but it could be really buggy.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils Mi Band 4 with a colored display and 20-day battery life

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