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iPhone 11 Pro: The first iPhone with ‘Pro’

There’s also the iPhone 11 Pro Max

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The first thing that will jump at you about the new iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max is the triple camera module. While people will talk about whether its design and layout is attractive or otherwise, what’s not debatable is how it will perform.

Triple cameras make iPhone a pro

It’s these cameras and what they can do that put a lot of the Pro in the iPhone 11 Pro. Apple’s calling it the (hold your breath) Cutting-Edge Pro Camera System. The three cameras will give you three different views: Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto.

Naturally, with the three new perspectives come improved overall image quality. It promises to produce better portraits and better low-light shots with Night Mode. The next-generation Smart HDR will help a lot in improving lighting. Apple says it will intelligently relight a scene to produce a more natural-looking image with greater detail.

However, perhaps the biggest developments are in video. Apple has typically always led the way in mobile phone videography and the iPhone 11 Pro is no different. Video mode will let you seamlessly switch between all three cameras. Coupled with improved dynamic range and stabilization, this adds versatility to the shots you can take.

You can even take it to another level and use Filmic Pro when shooting. The app will allow you to use all of the iPhone 11 Pro’s cameras at the same time. Giving you even more different approaches you can take when filming a scene.

Taking things a step further, refining and putting together all your shots all on the iPhone is also just flat out better. All the editing tools — including color correction — previously only available for photos will now also work in videos. Mind. Blown. 🤯

A13 Bionic — the pro chip

All of the above mentioned are possible because of the (very android sounding) new chip — the A13 Bionic. The new processor is built for machine learning, with a faster Neural Engine for real-time photo and video analysis.

Apple is calling it their fastest ever chip performing 20 percent faster than its predecessor. The chip is supposed to outperform Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 and Huawei’s Kirin 990.

The chip not only boosts performance but also helps lengthen battery life. Apple is promising up to five hours more screen time with the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max compared to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

Superior Display

Completing the trifecta of the Pro billing is the display. The iPhone 11 Pro is equipped with the new Super Retina XDR display It’s a custom-designed OLED screen that provides users an immersive HDR viewing experience for movies and other high-definition video.

It also has the rumored new taptic engine called Haptic Touch. Deeply integrated in iOS 13, the new engine provides shortcuts for things like the home screen, checking your calendar, previewing email, and taking selfies. Speaking of selfies, it also has something new.

Slofies and other features

Yes. Slofies. The same company that brought us the Animoji and Memoji is now making slofies a thing. What’s a slofie, you ask?

Apple has equipped the front-facing camera of the iPhone 11 with slow motion video. They promoted the feature in a very tongue-in-cheek manner showing a girl being assisted by a younger sibling as she takes a slofie complete with wind effect.

We’re not sure exactly how useful it will be but I’m sure people will come up with different ways to use it.

Other features include a faster and safer FaceID, a U1 chip that gives the iPhone better spatial awareness which will aid AirDrop, better audio, and a Gigabit-class LTE.

Pricing and availability

The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max will be available in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB models starting at US$999 and US$ 1,099, respectively. The phones will come in four colors: midnight green, space gray, silver and gold.

Customers can also get the iPhone 11 Pro for US$ 24.95 a month or US$ 599 with trade-in and the iPhone 11 Pro Max for US$ 29.12 a month or US$ 699 with trade-in from apple.com, in the Apple Store app and Apple Stores. iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are also available through Apple Authorized Resellers and select carriers.

It will be available in the US, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and more than 30 other countries and regions. Pre-orders begin at 5AM PDT (12MP GMT) on Friday, September 13 with availability beginning Friday, September 20.

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Black Shark 2 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

It’s finally here!

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It’s finally here! The much anticipated Black Shark 2 and Black Shark 2 Pro are finally in the Philippines.

First announced back in July, the Black Shark 2 is a much anticipated gaming smartphone. Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.

The device also comes with an AMOLED display with a 240Hz touch report rate. However, is that the display still retains a 60Hz refresh rate that lags behind its major competitor — the ASUS ROG Phone 2 — which has a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display’s response speed was reduced to 34.7 ms, promising faster response times during high pressure gameplay.

Price and availability

The Black Shark 2 comes in three variants: 6GB/128GB (PhP 22,990), 8GB/128GB (23,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 28,990).

Meanwhile, the Black Shark 2 Pro comes in two variants: 8GB/128GB (PhP 27,990), and 12GB/256GB (PhP 33,490).

The phones will be available in select Mi Stores: SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, and SM Mall of Asia starting December 13.

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Resident Evil 3 gets its remake, available Q2 2020

Remade into horror and glory

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PlayStation saved the best announcement as its second to the last for its final State of Play. One of the most popular survival horror franchises gets another remake since its release 20 years ago. Capcom wants to take everyone back to Raccoon City in its full, high definition glory in Resident Evil 3.

Revisit the story of Jill Valentine as you venture through the virus-infected city in this modern remake. Avid followers of the multitude of Resident Evil games will enjoy the improved visuals while enjoying the same style of shoulder-perspective gameplay. Capcom programmed the entire remake on their own RE Engine, the engine responsible for Devil May Cry 5.

Apart from that, Capcom also announced Resident Evil: Project Resistance – a 4v1 multiplayer mode within Resident Evil 3. It features similar gameplay to that of Resident Evil 2, as players turn into survivors at the mercy of a Mastermind. Early talks suggested that it would be a separate title, but will now be part of the Resident Evil 3 remake.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC on April 3, 2020. PlayStation is already taking in pre-orders for the game as early as now.

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China is banning all American technology

Over 30 million devices to be replaced

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For most of the year, we’ve heard of the American government banning Chinese products on their soil. It has always been the US making its moves against China. For its part, China has found itself on the defensive for most of the time. However, the tides are finally turning.

According to a new report, China is planning to ban all American technology from its government offices. The new ban mirrors the US government’s ban on Chinese technology. The Chinese government has issued a three-year deadline for offices to comply.

Based on estimates, Chinese government offices must replace up to 30 million items in three years. Even if it is an estimate, the figure is no joke, especially with the tense relationship between two of the world’s biggest technology manufacturers. China depends on American technology, as much as American depends on China.

Given both sides’ bans on the other, China must find a way to rely on its own technology or on other sponsors. If anything, China’s increased reliance on its own products will intensify its local companies, especially Huawei.

Besides finding better alternatives to its products, the government’s loss is a company’s gain. Chinese companies — like Huawei, Lenovo, and OPPO — can fill in the void for the government.

What does this mean for the world? Similar to the government’s predicament now, Huawei is trying to find permanent alternatives to its American components. If successful, Chinese products will be entirely made in China, rather than being a balanced blend of differently sourced components.

SEE ALSO: Mobile users in China have to undergo mandatory face scan

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