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Lenovo to announce Moto G4, modular Moto Z in Philippines soon?

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Will Lenovo soon release its current selection of Moto phones to the Philippines — a market it has so far shown very little, if any, enthusiasm for until recently? If the company’s social media posts this week are any indication, the answer is pretty obvious.

Moto PH posted this teaser on Facebook Tuesday, hinting at the arrival of at least two sort-of-new smartphones, the Moto G4 or G4 Plus and the modular Moto Z.

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Moto PH recently posted this teaser on Facebook

We are yet to hear back from a Lenovo/Moto spokesperson, so we can’t confirm how many and which devices the company intends to announce locally. It would make sense to bring in the $150 G4 Play as well since it’s one of the most affordable of the latest Moto bunch. We wouldn’t rule out the Moto E3 and E3 Power either for the same reason.

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Between the G4, G4 Plus, and Z phones, however, we are most excited to hear about the latter’s local availability. And we’re not saying that because of its unique ability to magnetically — or should we say magically? — attach itself to a real camera with zoom lens, or a battery case, among other accessories.

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Moto Z

We think Lenovo’s modular approach to accessorizing is the way to go, and the add-ons on offer at launch don’t sound gimmicky like those of another popular modular handset. We’re not looking at you, Project Ara. You are dead to us. It helps (a lot) that the Moto Z is among the thinnest smartphones around, coming in at just 5.2mm thick, and that it’s using the same powerful processor inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (U.S. version), LG G5, and OnePlus 3.

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The Moto G4 has a midrange Snapdragon chip, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera, while the G4 Plus steps up to more RAM and more megapixels on the rear-facing shooter. Android Marshmallow is the software of choice on the Moto G4, G4 Plus, and Z. The phones all sport a 5.5-inch display at full resolution.

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Moto G4

Off-contract prices in the U.S. start at $200 for the Moto G4, $250 for the Moto G4 Play, $700 for the flagship Moto Z. The phones are now available stateside through various retailers. One can only hope the prices in the Philippines aren’t much higher than in the U.S.

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Final Fantasy VII Remake final trailer

Get hyped!

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From the time it made a huge splash in E3 2015, we’ve been glued and have been waiting anxiously for this game to come out. And now, it’s finally upon us. The Final Fantasy VII Remake is coming and this is the final trailer with just days away from the April 10, 2020 release.

If you pre-ordered the game, you already pre-load it now so you can play right away on April 10. Square Enix also shipped the game early to some areas earlier than scheduled considering the Coronavirus situation that has everyone on lockdown.

With the game coming, it’s highly likely PlayStation gamers will now have more incentive to stay home.

Watch the final trailer.

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Zoom’s security is tied to China

Opening access to Chinese authorities

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Days ago, Zoom’s status as an indisputable teleconferencing solution today blew out of proportion. Though its userbase is still on the rise, Zoom is constantly finding more and more flaws in its infrastructure. For example, a report has recently revealed the platform’s lack of true end-to-end encryption.

Today, The Citizen Lab, a research laboratory in Toronto, revealed another concerning flaw with the popular app. Apparently, the mostly American company employs “at least 700 employees in China. Though the company is still primarily American, Zoom’s Chinese presence can open it up to “pressure from Chinese authorities.” Even if a meeting’s participants are in the US, for example, Chinese parties can still access the meeting.

As we already know, Zoom’s encryption is lackluster, allowing Zoom employees to access private information if they need to. Of course, despite the revelation, Zoom has still claimed its respect over its users’ information.

However, with potential Chinese interference, who can really tell? In the report’s conclusion, The Citizen Lab does not recommend the platform for secrecy. Though a good chunk of users come from university settings, government officials, like UK’s Boris Johnson, have also started using the platform for official state meetings.

Additionally, the report goes into a potential flaw with Zoom’s “waiting room” feature. Before a meeting starts, a host can keep participants in a virtual waiting room before starting. Apparently, the feature can allow malicious parties to infiltrate the call. However, The Citizen Lab chose not to disclose the flaw to the public. Instead, they forwarded the flaw to Zoom; the company quickly turned the feature off for now.

Regardless, even without the feature, Zoom-bombing is quickly turning into a trend. All over the world, students have found ways to access meetings from other classes even without official access. Though disruptive, Zoom-bombing is still within the realm of jokes and pranks. Of course, the infiltrative method is easily exploitable by more malicious entities.

Despite its ease of access, Zoom is quickly losing its potential as a secure online platform for the quarantine era.

SEE ALSO: Zoom, Skype now used for virtual drinking parties

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OnePlus 8 Pro breaks 13 records in display tests

Display “visually indistinguishable from perfect,” according to DisplayMate

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To be clear, the OnePlus 8 series hasn’t officially launched yet. Currently, the company has the online launch event set on April 14th. However, some organizations have already received early review units of the anticipated flagship series. As you might have surmised from the title, a prominent display testing company has received one of these early units, granting its top prizes to the OnePlus 8 series.

Confirmed by DisplayMate through a tweet, the OnePlus 8 series has earned an A+ display rating, the highest possible score for the test. Further, the series has broken “10+ display performance records.” Apparently, the series’ color accuracy is “visually indistinguishable from perfect.”

Complementing this report, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau retweeted the accomplishment with his own clarifying comment. “Actually, the OnePlus 8 Pro hasn’t broken a single record. It’s broken 13,” he said.

Lau’s clarification confirms something we already know: that the OnePlus 8 Pro is way better than its lesser sibling, the OnePlus 8. Ironically, the CEO took down a more PR-friendly post about his company’s upcoming flagship series. DisplayMate likely referred to the more general “OnePlus 8 series” to draw attention to both phones. In contrast, Lau clearly attributes most of the accolades to just one phone of the two.

Regardless, we should also note that this isn’t the first groundbreaking phone for the display test. Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 similarly broke 13 records as well. It’s easy enough to assume that the OnePlus 8 Pro has successfully grabbed the crown from Samsung’s premium model from yesteryear.

According to previous leaks, the OnePlus 8 Pro will sport a 6.78-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, among other specs.

SEE ALSO: New OnePlus 8 leak reveals purple-orange gradient

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