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Apple recalls some iPhone 7 smartphones

Find out if your phone is affected

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iPhone 7 devices sold between September 2015 to February 2018 in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, and the US are being recalled for repair by Apple. The free repair program impacts only a “small percentage” of phones and it’s the fourth such repair program since 2015.

According to Apple, the impacted phones show “No Service” in the status bar even with cellular coverage being available. The issue impacts only iPhone 7 phones and is based on a failure in the main logic board.

Should you have paid for a repair related to such an issue in the past, Apple will reach out to you via email to reimburse you for the cost you previously paid.

iPhones with the Model Number A1660 (sold in China, Hong Kong, Macao, and the US), A1780 (sold in China), and A1779 (sold in Japan) are eligible. You can simply turn your phone around to check for the model number on the back to determine if you are affected.

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OPPO launches 125W flash charge, new VOOC, flash charge lineup

New fast charging tech lineup!

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OPPO and VOOC charging has been synonymous since as far back as the brand first started. This year, the company’s innovation in charging is launching in different forms. These are the 125W flash charge, 65W AirVOOC wireless flash charge, 50W mini SuperVOOC charger, and 110W mini flash charger.

OPPO believes the next generation of devices will be more demanding and it needs a charging technology to go along with it. The company says their VOOC charging technology is built with an advanced encryption algorithm and strict temperature control regulators for safe and efficient use.

OPPO 125W flash charge

Headlining the new lineup is the 125W flash charge. OPPO says it can charge a 4000mAh battery up to 41% in 5 minutes and fully charge it in 20 minutes at the fastest rate. It’s the most advanced flash charge tech at the moment.

It’s also compatible with previous SuperVOOC and VOOC flash charge protocols and supports mainstream protocols including 65W PD and 125W PPS.

If you’re worried about possible overheating, it naturally has been taken into account. It has 10 additional temperature sensors which monitor the charging status to ensure maximum safety during charging.

It also uses uses fuse overvoltage protection measures, Type-C to Type-C wire as well as 128-bit high-strength encryption algorithm to enhance safety.

OPPO 65W AirVOOC

Wireless charging also gets a massive speed boost. If you’re foreign to the experience of wireless charging, just know that it’s absolutely convenient placing your phone on a panel for it to automatically charge.

Typically, wireless charging is slower than most wired charging. Although we’ve seen the likes 30W and 40W wireless fast chargers, OPPO takes it to another level with the 65W AirVOOC. It promises to fully charge a 4000mAh battery in 30 minutes at the fastest rate.

It also has five-fold safety protection measures in addition to a foreign object detection function. It’s also compatible with the Qi standard for a cable-free and super-fast charging experience.

OPPO also showcased a conceptual wireless charger for the 65W AirVOOC wireless flash charge. Not only is it an advanced tech, it’s also a beautiful piece to add to your home.

The charger features a beautifully-sculpted glass which is made of moldless rapid prototyping technology. It is the first application of this type of technology in the consumer electronics market.

OPPO 50W mini SuperVOOC charger

The first of two in OPPO’s mini charger series is the 50W mini SuperVOOC charger. OPPO says it was developed to be the size of a business card holder, or as the photo below suggests — the size of a cookie.

It was made to fit into tiny spaces while still providing the user a fast-charging tool. This includes your pants 😏, shirt pockets, and coat pockets.

The 50W mini SuperVOOC charger is compatible with VOOC protocols, supports mainstream protocols like 27W PD and 50W PPS, and can charge a variety of devices including mobile phones and laptops. Yes. Laptops.

OPPO 110W mini flash charger

Rounding up the mini-series as well as the entire lineup is the 110W mini flash charger. It is built upon the combination of laminate and compact structures which minimizes its size to just 35.76 cm³ — similar to the size of a normal 18W charger.

It’s a familiar form-factor but certainly a lot faster.

OPPO’s VOOC charging tech has come a long way and the company says it has serviced over 157 million users globally. That number is bound to rise with new and upgraded charging tech

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How wearables are helping fight the Coronavirus pandemic

Does your fitness tracker support SpO2 monitoring?

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The Coronavirus pandemic has shut down massive economies for weeks, if not months. Unemployment is radically on the rise since many industries like tourism, hospitality, transportation, and more are worse hit.

The virus is extremely fatal because of its ability to spread undetected for decades. Many may have contracted the virus but are asymptomatic, making it harder to trace the spread.

Technology has again proved to be a life-saver amid the chaos. Many wearables have a SpO2 sensor that can measure the blood’s oxygen saturation levels. Along with the heart rate sensor, it can detect color as well as the movement of blood cells. The measurement is done in percentage and a healthy adult has 95-100 percent cells with sufficient oxygen.

If the flow of oxygen is on the lower end, it indicates the presence of a respiratory problem. According to doctors, SpO2 levels below 92-93 percent are a sign of worry and further medical help should be sought as soon as possible.

Coronavirus affects the respiratory system directly and constant SpO2 monitoring can provide faster detection. Many consumer-grade wearables sport a SpO2 sensor and wearing one can potentially help you diagnose Coronavirus faster.

Fitbit has rolled out SpO2 monitoring on the Versa, Versa 2, Versa Lite, Ionic, and Charge 3. In the affordable segment, the realme Watch also has a SpO2 sensor. The Honor Watch Magic also has this feature. If you’re in the market for a wearable, the Sp02 monitoring has just become a key feature.

On the enterprise level, the NBA offered players a ring by Oura that can track a user’s health data and might even predict if users are about to show symptoms of Coronavirus infection. The US$ 299 Oura smart ring is designed to monitor sleep, pulse, movement, heart activity, and temperature.

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realme C11 is a budget phone with MediaTek G35, 5000mAh battery

MediaTek’s latest processor

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realme hasn’t launched a budget phone for quite some time and it’s finally ready with a new offering that houses a very up to date processor. Dubbed the realme C11, the phone aims to offer everything, without burning a hole through your pocket.

Powering the phone is the recently announced MediaTek G35 processor and its fined tuned for balanced performance. The phone also gets a fresh design with a camera setup that looks similar to the Pixel series. The design is fresh and definitely doesn’t look mundane.

On the front is a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a tiny water-drop notch. The octa-core processor is paired with 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. It is backed by a 5000mAh battery that supports reverse charging via a USB-C port.

The rear sports a dual-camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel portrait lens. For selfies, a 5-megapixel selfie shooter is located on the front.

The phone is available in Rich Green and Rich Grey color options. The phone is priced at INR 7,499 (US$ 100) and shall go on sale from July 22 via Realme’s website and Flipkart. Sales are limited to India at the moment, but other markets are expected to get the phone soon.

realme also announced a new power bank along with the Realme C11. Officially called realme 30W Dart Charge 10000mAh Power Bank, it has a capacity of 10ooomAh and supports 30W fast charging.

In simple terms, it takes just a little more than 1 hour 30 minutes to fully charge it. Supporting multiple standards like Dart, VOOC, Quick Charge, PD, and more, it’s perfect for everyone on the go. It’s priced at INR 1,999 (US$ 27) and goes on sale from July 21.

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