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Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera

Accessed a camera without permission

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The world of social media is rapidly sinking into a period of reckoning. Earlier today, the Trump administration has announced a definitive takedown of TikTok and WeChat starting this Sunday. Apparently, American social media platforms can’t catch a break as well. In the United States, Instagram is being sued for spying on a user’s camera.

Reported by Bloomberg, a New Jersey Instagram user, Brittany Conditi, filed the complaint against the company in a San Francisco court. According to the lawsuit, Instagram accesses an iPhone’s camera even when the app isn’t currently active.

Conditi argues that the practice is deliberate and “lucrative” for the company. Instagram allegedly uses the obtained data for “valuable insights and market research.”

According to Facebook (who owns Instagram), the issue is a bug and does not indicate any deliberate attempts to spy on users. The company has also said that the bug is now patched in the latest version.

Regardless, Facebook and Apple have butted heads in the past. Since the introduction of iOS 14, Apple has upped its efforts to curb any untoward privacy violations from apps. Even without the current allegations, Facebook’s concern (or lack thereof) for privacy is well documented.

Currently, Facebook and Instagram are in a race to catch up with TikTok in the short-form video-sharing trend. Instagram, for one, recently launched Instagram Reels, its own take on TikTok.

SEE ALSO: Facebook is paying users to delete their accounts

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in Malaysia

Pricing right around what you expected?

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They took their time, but Lenovo has bravely jumped into the mobile gaming market with the Legion Phone Duel. The phone is now making its way to Malaysia.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue (16GB+512GB) — MYR 3,999
  • Vengeance Red (12GB+256GB) — MYR 3,399

h/t: IGN SEA

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Globe launches KonekTayo School Bus WiFi campaign

Currently operating in the city of Manila

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Philippine Telco Globe is helping address the need for connectivity with the launch of the KonekTayo School Bus WiFi in the country’s capital — Manila.

The company deployed school buses equipped with special antennas that will broadcast WiFi signal from 7AM to 7PM (GMT+8) from Monday to Sunday in covered areas:

  • Pasaje del Carmen St.
  • Remigio St.
  • 853 Gonzalo Gil Puyat St.
  • 924 Bilibid Viejo St.
  • Tomas Mapua St.
  • Alfonso Mendoza St.
  • Dalupan St.
  • Oroqueta St.
  • Basco St. in Manila.

The KonekTayo WiFI service is free for the first hour for public school students and teachers in Manila. Globe provided the aforementioned with 289,000 SIM cards. However, use of the service is not limited to Globe users. It’s open to all mobile networks for PhP 15 per day.

The service is formerly called KapitWifi. It’s a community WiFi service that aims to provide households with affordable internet. The School Bus WiFi campaign not only extends connectivity to users, it also extends support to school bus operators whose main source of livelihood was put at stake by the pandemic.

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Huawei launches GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear II

With updated smart functions

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Last year, Huawei showcased a one-of-a-kind smart eyeglasses designed for fashion-conscious consumers, the GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear. Now, the company is back at it again with a second-gen version of the eyeglasses, now featuring a much-streamlined design and smarter functions.

A more comfortable and immersive wearing experience

The temples of GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear II is made of plastic titanium for lower density and lighter weight. This should guarantee a more comfortable wearing experience for the user. Meanwhile, Huawei constructed the temple hinges out of titanium elastic to increase the eyewear’s holding strength.

The eyewear also comes with a 20-degree curved earpiece angle, which is a huge improvement from its predecessor’s 12-degree angle.

Users will also feel a noticeable difference in the sound quality of the eyewear. The large-amplitude loudspeaker inside is bigger and slimmer.  Such improvements translate to a much-wider soundstage, allowing for an immersive experience than ever before.

Like before, the smart eyewear still includes a unique acoustic design that adapts to the user and their environment. Two semi-open speakers on both sides of the temples transmit sound directly through a directional chamber, reducing leakage and providing a stereo-like listening experience. To further reduce sound leakage, the temple features a leakage hole design that offset sound waves.

The eyewear also has an adaptive volume technology that can lower or raise the speaker volume accordingly depending on the surrounding noise.

Smarter eyewear features

The Gentle Monster Eyewear II also features updated gesture controls. Pairing the eyewear is much simpler now, with users only needing to pinch the left temple to start the process. Meanwhile, double-tapping on the left temple activates the eyewear’s voice assistant.

Swipe gestures are also included in the eyewear. A few swipes on the temples either play the next/previous song or raises/lower the eyewear’s volume.

The eyewear also intelligently detects its wear status. For instance, it automatically pauses any playing music when a user takes it off. It also displays a battery status window on the companion smartphone if a user puts it on after a long period of inactivity. Tapping on the window opens the eyewear’s settings so users can check and tweak it further. Furthermore, the eyewear also greets the user when they put it on the first time each day.

Huawei rates the GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear II for five hours of continuous music playback. The eyewear improved upon its predecessor by bundling a new NFC wireless charging technology allowing quick and hassle-free charging anytime, anywhere.

Pricing and availability

The eyewear now retails in Singapore for SG$ 638 in select Huawei concept stores. This price applies to both the Myma and Havana model. Buyers can also purchase the eyewear at authorized resellers like Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, COURTS, Harvey Norman, as well as online stores such as Lazada and Shopee.

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