New iPad Pro: Price and availability in Singapore

With pricing for the new Apple Pencil and keyboard cover



Apple’s two new iPad Pro models may have been launched in New York, but they’re coming to Singapore as early as next week, November 7th, and can be pre-ordered starting today.

It comes in two sizes: 11- and 12.9-inch Liquid Retina displays that go edge-to-edge. Face ID also comes to the iPad Pro, albeit without the infamous notch people love to hate. It runs on iOS 12 and is powered by the A12X Bionic chip with a next-generation Neural Engine that Apple claims outperforms most PC laptops today.

One thing Apple does best is making sure apps are optimized for the technology they put in their products. Adobe Photoshop CC is one of those apps, taking advantage of the larger multi-touch panel on the iPad Pro. It will be available on the App Store some time in 2019.

There’s also a redesigned Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard Folio that work seamlessly with the new iPad Pro — the former now magnetically attaches to the side, and charges wirelessly at the same time.

The new 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be available in silver and space grey finishes in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage configurations, as well as a new 1TB option. The 11-inch iPad Pro starts at SG$ 1,199 for the Wi-Fi model and SG$ 1,419 for the Wi-Fi+Cellular model; the 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at SG$ 1,499 for the Wi-Fi model and SG$ 1,719 for the Wi-Fi+Cellular model.

The new magnetic Apple Pencil will retail for SG$ 189. The Smart Keyboard Folio will only be available in space grey at SG$ 269 for the 11-inch iPad Pro and SG$ 299 for the 12.9-inch model with layouts for over 30 languages, including simplified Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Smart Folio covers for the iPad Pro will be available in different colors: SG$ 119 for the 11-inch model, and SG$ 149 for the bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The new iPad Pro marks the biggest change to any of Apple’s mobile computing devices. Gone is Apple’s proprietary lightning port, and in comes USB-C, so Apple is now selling more USB-C-compatible accessories including a new USB-C to SD card reader, and USB-C to 3.5mm adapter at and Apple Stores.


Samsung Galaxy M51 price and availability in the Philippines

Another monster battery phone!



Samsung’s new beast — the Galaxy M51 — is finally making its way to the Philippines. With an official listed page on the Samsung Philippines website, the arrival of this monster battery phone is imminent.

The Galaxy M51 prides itself with a massive 7000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging. This new midrange phone sports a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED+ Infinity-O display. On its front, you can find an in-display fingerprint scanner and a punch-hole camera housing a 32-megapixel shooter.

It’s powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 730G processor, equipped with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. For extra storage, it comes with a MicroSD slot up to 512GB.

Meanwhile, its rear features a quad-camera setup: a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and a 5-megapixel macro camera.

Regarding its ports, the Galaxy M51 uses a USB Type-C port and the well-loved 3.5mm audio jack. In line with all other Galaxy-branded phones, it’ll ship with OneUI out-of-the-box and Samsung Knox, Samsung’s multi-layered security feature.

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy M51 will retail for PhP 19,990 and will come in two colors: Black and White. It will be exclusively available online starting September 25, 2020, at Samsung’s official online store, eCommerce partners such as Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, and MemoXpress, and telecom companies like Globe and Smart. Early birds can score up to PhP 2,098 worth of freebies from September 25-28, 2020.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy M31: How long does a 6000mAh battery last?

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

Accessed a camera without permission



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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TikTok and WeChat will be banned from app stores in the US

So, did the Oracle deal go through?



After months of escalating, the US Commerce Department has announced it’ll ban business transactions with TikTok and WeChat. The two apps are owned by Chinese giants ByteDance and Tencent, respectively.

Practically, you won’t be able to directly download the app via stores like Play Store and App Store. Furthermore, companies are also barred from hosting these apps in the US. Essentially, the user won’t be able to download the app from third-party websites that are hosted in the US.

It also blocks US companies from providing services through WeChat “for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.”

However, it remains unclear whether the announcement means the Oracle-TikTok deal won’t be going through. The Trump administration wanted ByteDance to sell its local TikTok operations to an American company.

In the last few months, multiple American giants like Walmart, Twitter, and Microsoft were interested in getting their piece of TikTok. But things haven’t moved smoothly and the Chinese government isn’t keen on handing over TikTok’s algorithm to an American company.

While Oracle has been chosen for a deal with ByteDance, the latter continues to maintain that the ongoing process isn’t an acquisition and Oracle shall be a technology partner. This is in stark contrast to what President Trump envisions as a business takeover.

The app ban could be a tactic to pressure the Chinese, but we can’t be certain of that right now. Going by the latest statements, it’s clear that the administration wants to completely block user’s access to these apps and is willing to go the extra mile.

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