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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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TikTok owner accuses Facebook of stealing and smearing

Could it be about Instagram Reels?

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Just when you thought you’ve heard enough about TikTok for the day, the company attacks an entirely separate issue happening in the States. Recently, TikTok’s owner, ByteDance issued a few inflammatory comments against a social media rival. In a post on one of its other properties, the TikTok owner accuses Facebook of stealing and smearing.

Reported by Reuters, ByteDance issued the comments on Jinri Toutiao, a Beijing-based news aggregator that it also owns.

“ByteDance has always been committed to becoming a global company. During this process, we have faced all kinds of complex and unimaginable difficulties, including the tense international political environment, collision and conflict of different cultures and plagiarism and smears from competitor Facebook,” the company said. [Emphasis ours.]

Though the company is currently deliberating on an acquisition deal with Microsoft, ByteDance’s recent comments are attacking another issue entirely. Last week, Facebook and a few other big tech companies entered a hearing against alleged antitrust practices in the industry. Among other things, Facebook apparently lied about copying rivals in a threat to acquire them.

ByteDance did not name any specific feature or property that Facebook owns. However, the company is likely talking about the upcoming Instagram Reels, a similar video-editing app to take on TikTok. Currently, Instagram is still testing the new app in preparation for a wider release.

The timing of the comments is, of course, interesting. Trump has currently issued a 45-day limit for TikTok to reach a deal with Microsoft’s acquisition plans.

SEE ALSO: US wants to buy TikTok from China

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Microsoft confirms TikTok acquisition plans

In four countries

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Last Friday, Trump announced a decisive TikTok ban coming within the next few days. At the same time, Microsoft proposed an acquisition, taking the popular platform away from China. However, as the weekend finally wound down, neither a ban nor a deal has surfaced. If anything, Microsoft has further committed to achieving a deal for TikTok. Through a few recent comments, Microsoft confirms TikTok acquisition plans, covering at least four countries.

In an official Microsoft blog, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella finally engaged in discussions with Trump for the buyout plan. Microsoft expects a conclusion “in a matter of weeks” with a closeout happening no later than September 15. In the meantime, Trump confirms the plans as well, giving TikTok only up to 45 days to accept.

Further, the deal is apparently larger than previously reported. Besides TikTok’s US operations, Microsoft plans to acquire the platform’s operations in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Perhaps as a response to the ongoing big tech antitrust scandal, the company is also considering letting other investors in on a minority stake for TikTok.

Naturally, a Microsoft acquisition will snag the platform’s Chinese servers and place them safe and sound in their respective markets. It addresses a major concern surrounding TikTok’s current state in the US — cybersecurity. Since TikTok’s owner ByteDance was a Chinese company, the US government feared for potential attacks against American data. Further, TikTok’s massive global popularity will bolster Microsoft’s presence in the social media industry. Potentially, the buyout is a win-win decision for both parties. All that’s left is to wait for TikTok’s reply to the whole situation.

SEE ALSO: US looking to ban Chinese apps like TikTok

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Google Doodle honors the first Fil-Am woman to win Olympic gold

On August 3, 1948, she won two gold medals for diving

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Google Doodle featuring the first Fil-Am woman to win Olympic gold
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Though subtle, Google’s regular Doodles are special ways to celebrate important figures in history. The Google Doodles often debut on important milestones in their lives. As of late, Google increased several Filipino-themed Doodles in quick succession starting with Dolphy on his 92nd birthday last July 25. Following the recent influx, today’s Google Doodle honors the first Fil-Am woman to win Olympic gold, Vicki Draves.

On August 2, 1948, Vicki Draves, a Filipino American diver, won two gold medals in the women’s 3-meter springboard event and the 10-meter platform event at the London Summer Olympics. Two days later, in the men’s competition, Sammy Lee, an Asian American diver of Korean descent, won a bronze and a gold medal. Draves and Lee became the first Asian Americans to capture gold at the Olympics.

Born in 1924, Draves faced a lot of antagonism from the US. At the time of her diving career, the Second World War still raged on. Because of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Americans feared and oppressed Japanese Americans in a fit of unparalleled racism, going so far as setting up internment camps in the US itself. Despite her Filipino ethnicity, Draves fell under the same toxic category in the eyes of Americans. As such, she faced a hard time practicing for the Olympics before winning the gold regardless.

Besides the nod to Filipino pride, Draves’ Google Doodle is a powerful statement against the ongoing anti-Asian racism in the States as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A few days earlier, Google also honored Pacita Abad, a Filipino artist who used her artwork to inspire activism around the world.

SEE ALSO: Google lists 2019’s most-searched women in the Philippines

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