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Is LG’s G8X the G8 ThinQ’s successor?

The G8X is expected to be revealed at IFA 2019

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Months after unveiling the LG G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019, LG is expected to release another flagship phone in the form of the LG G8X. New leaks detail many changes to expect from this new flagship over its predecessor.

The front of G8X, depicting the smaller notch. | Photo by Pricebaba.com

Leaks and renders of the G8X point to a refined design over the G8 ThinQ. In front, the notch is much smaller. Unfortunately, this also means that one of the headline features of the G8 ThinQ could be gone: vein recognition and touchless controls. This unique feature is made possible through the sensors on the phone’s notch. With the notch’s size reduced to a waterdrop, the G8X might not include it anymore.

Another feature from the G8 ThinQ that is hitting the chopping block with the G8X’s release is the Crystal Sound OLED display. Basically, the display vibrates to produce sounds normally made by speakers during phone calls. The G8X, on the other hand, is set to feature a regular earpiece.

On the bright side, the G8X is expected to gain an in-display fingerprint sensor which was absent from the G8 ThinQ. Also, the processor would get a hefty upgrade in the form of the new Snapdragon 855 or the beefier Snapdragon 855+.

The G8X is also expected to feature a 6.2 inch display with a QHD resolution, a single camera on the front, dual rear cameras featuring standard and wide-angle lens, and a Google Assistant button on the side. The device will also have a headphone jack which is increasingly vanishing in most smartphones.

There is a headphone jack in the bottom. | Photo by Pricebaba.com

All of G8X’s specs is expected to be revealed at the upcoming IFA 2019 which will held in Berlin, Germany.

LG’s move to release another flagship is likely its strategy to boost its profits. The company is having a hard time selling its smartphones against the likes of Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo. It remains to be seen if the G8X would up the ante for LG and would prove to be a compelling flagship after all.

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Google Chrome will add ‘slow’ badges to shame slow websites

In an effort to optimize the internet

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Don’t you just hate slow websites? Unfortunately, despite the advance of technology, some sites are still stuck in the early 2000s. As if our data caps weren’t bad enough, some sites want to keep us waiting for ages.

To combat this inconvenience, Google is trying out a few new features for its browser, Google Chrome. One of these suggestions is a badge affixed to websites that load way too slowly.

Ideally, Google’s algorithm will aggregate a website’s loading times. If the said site doesn’t pass Google’s standards, Chrome will affix a “slow” badge displayed whenever users access the site. On the other hand, the browser might also stick “fast” badges to highly optimized sites. (Though, chances are, you probably won’t even see them before the site loads.)

Alternatively, Google might also change other indicators like the loading status bar. Regardless, the browser is toying with highly visual experiments to do the trick. Soon, it will be easier to finally see which websites will slow your device down by a few seconds.

Besides alerting users, Google’s new initiative is also meant for web developers. With a badge, development teams can see if their site is too slow for users. And, as is evident with Google’s blog post, Google is advertising their own developer tools for slow sites.

Regardless of who it’s actually for, Google’s initiative is helping optimize the internet for today’s time.

SEE ALSO: Google just launched a ‘phone’ made out of paper

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Level Up Joy: Jollibee Katipunan provides a glimpse of the future

Modern tech innovations + cool vibe

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Want to catch a glimpse of how Jollibee stores will look like in the future? Jollibee Katipunan reopened its doors this November 5 featuring a fresh and modern concept that will entice both the young and the old. Plus, it features never before seen tech innovations that really screams future.

Kiosks, charging stations, and more

Jollibee Katipunan is the first “Level Up Joy” store that combines modern technology and innovation with the alagang Joy experience. “We’re happy to know with the Level Up Joy, we’re ushering a new era of total and modern customer joy experience with our patrons,” said Jollibee Philippines assistant VP and head of brand communications Arline Adeva.

Jollibee is surely ushering a new era with their first Level Up Joy store. Customers don’t have to wait in line anymore with self-order kiosks which was first introduced to Jollibee stores last 2018. With the kiosks, customers can order at their own pace and customize their orders according to their preferences.

For on-the-go customers, Jollibee Katipunan has wireless charging stations so they can just put down their phone and charge while eating their favorite langhap-sarap meals. With these stations, comfort and convenience is surely guaranteed as customers stay connected while enjoying their meals.

Also, Jollibee Katipunan now has a contemporary and fresh cool vibe that is surely Instagram-worthy. It features brightly colored digital menu boards, sleek lighting and fixtures, vibrant murals. All the while keeping the yellow and red hues that define a Jollibee store. Stepping inside makes one feel the modern vibe while basking in the nostalgic feeling.

Delivery also levels up in Jollibee Katipunan with new electric bikes rolling out. Jollibee hopes to replace all of its delivery fleet with an e-bike in the future, and it’s roll out in Katipunan is a sure start. The company is committed to bringing joy not only to people but also to the environment.

“Trust that Jollibee will really be among the forefront of tech innovations. Because we owe it to our customers to delight them and offer more convenience when they go to our restaurant,” said Adeva.

Looking ahead

The future is exciting for Jollibee. With the unveiling of its first Level Up Joy store, the company is embracing the future with technology and innovations. But it doesn’t want to stop at Katipunan. Other Jollibee branches will also be upgraded to Level Up Joy stores.

With Jollibee opening its 1000th store, it is gearing towards a vision of dominating locally and growing globally. Recently, it acquired The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf as part of its expansion. However, even if the company is now a bigger brand than it was 40 years ago, it keeps its joy experience which the company came to be known for.

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Huawei Mate 30 series pricing and availability in Singapore

Comes in a bundle gift for a day!

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The Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are coming to Singapore.

First announced in September 2019, the Mate 30 series faced a unique challenge as it launched right after the whole US ban. While it still runs on Android, it will instead run on Huawei Mobile Services out of the box.

That said, the Mate 30 Pro is still the hardware powerhouse it has always been. It’s equipped with the best cameras on an Android smartphone: A 40MP SuperSensing Camera, 16MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera and an 8MP Telephoto Camera. It’s also powered by Huawei’s latest chip the Kirin 990.

The Huawei Mate 30 sports a 4200mAh battery while the Mate 30 Pro has an even bigger battery capacity with 4500mAh.

Pricing and availability

The Mate 30 Pro (8GB/256GB) and Mate 30 (8GB/128GB) will be sold in Singapore from November 16 at SG$ 1,298 and SG$ 948 respectively with a one-day launch event at [email protected], Level 1 Atrium from 10AM to 10PM. The phones will come in both Black and Space Silver.

Customers who purchase a Huawei Mate 30 Pro or Mate 30 at the [email protected] roadshow will receive a gift bundle while stocks last. Only a limited quantity of 500 HUAWEI Mate 30 Series will be available for sale. Due to limited quantities available, each customer will only be entitled to purchase one handset at the roadshow.

The Mate 30 Pro bundle include: DJI Mobile Osmo 3 Combo, Huawei Super Charge Wireless Car Charger, Huawei Mate 30 Pro PU Case, Huawei Super Charge 12,000 40W Power Bank. That’s a total value of SG$ 463.

Meanwhile the Mate 30 bundle include: Huawei Super Charge Wireless Car Charger, Huawei Mate Pro PU Case, Huawei Super Charge 12,000 40W Power Bank. That’s a total value of SG$ 274.

For those who are unable to purchase at the roadshow, the Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 will also be available at selected M1 and StarHub shops, consumer electronic stores, official online store with Lazada and at all Huawei Concept Stores.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 30 Pro review: The best Android smartphone in an ideal world

 

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