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LG launches the first 8K OLED TV in Singapore

Massive display at a massive price

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Remember when LG launched their first 8K OLED TV at IFA 2018? Fast forward to November 2019, they finally made it available in Singapore — a first in Southeast Asia.

Just a refresher, the LG 88Z9 boasts a vibrant 88-inch OLED bezel-less display with a massive resolution of 8K Ultra HD (7680 x 4320). It’s composed of 33 million self-emitting pixels that make it stand out from the competition. The additional Cinema HDR, Dolby Vision support, Advanced HDR by Technicolor (up to 4K), Hybrid Log Gamma, and HDR10 (up to 8K) all make up for a perfect viewing experience.

The α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 8K processor is responsible for upscaling native 4K (or Full HD) clips to 8K content, all while reducing noise. It also processes ambient lighting conditions to achieve the perfect level of brightness. There’s also an integrated 80W speaker system, which is clear and rich. The 5.1 Virtual Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos make it more immersive when watching flicks.

Other TV-inclusive features are the built-in Google Assistant and support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. These provide easier controls over the TV even with just a voice command.

LG’s skilled engineers manually assembled each unit. The sophisticated Art Furniture Stand features a top-of-the-line aluminum and is carefully crafted by hand. There are only a limited number of units being produced to ensure quality in the long run.

To prove its durability, LG runs a series of TV tests. There’s an Aging Test which makes it run for 168 hours. It’s also placed inside a room above 40 degrees Celsius for 48 hours to ensure perfect performance in harsh conditions. At last, there’s an additional quality test where the TV is simulated in various viewing scenarios.

The LG 88Z9 Signature OLED TV currently retails at SG$ 59,999.

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Even Samsung calls them Beans, according to teardown

They also have an easily replaceable battery

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Marketing will always clash with engineering. Whereas the latter will use quirky names for a product, the former will always prefer a more marketing-friendly name. Take the Android 11 versus Android Red Velvet Cake debate, for example. Now, another weirdly named product is falling into the same marketing versus engineering clash: the Galaxy Buds Live. If you’ve seen the product, you already know what it should be called. Apparently, Samsung does, too. According to a tear-down video, even Samsung calls them Beans.

In iFixit’s latest teardown video, the infamous dissector of tech revealed the inner workings of the small Galaxy Buds Live. Composed of many minuscule components, each earbud contains a flexible strip that holds the entire thing together. Each cable has a perfectly readable label called “bean left” or “bean right.” Without a doubt, Samsung — at least, their engineering department — calls them beans as well.

In other news, iFixit also comments on the relative ease of taking the earbuds apart, making them much easier to fix. They even found it easy to replace the battery (provided you even have a spare battery in the first place). Overall, the YouTuber gave it a repairability score of 8.

Regardless of what you call the Galaxy Buds Live or Galaxy Beans, the new wireless earbuds are a marvel of product design. The bean-shaped design makes for a more comfortable fit than more elongated earbuds out there. It fits snugly rather than protrudes invasively. Right now, the Galaxy Buds Live are available for US$ 169.99.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series: Staying the course

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Facebook blames Apple for harming small businesses

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Today, Facebook launched a new service wherein small businesses can now effectively host paid livestreaming events right on the platform. Of course, while individual users might not find much use for the service, small businesses will benefit from centralizing their operations in fewer platforms. However, in the same launch, Facebook blames Apple for harming small businesses.

You might ask why Facebook took the time to attack Apple during their own launch event. Well, for two reasons.

The first reason concerns the new service’s payment structure. The new service includes a host of possible events like fitness classes, meet-and-greets, and pay-per-view events. Naturally, paid online events will help recoup losses from a still-ailing live events industry. To help these small business, Facebook chose to forego any revenue from hosting any events on their page. Small businesses will essentially earn 100 percent of their ticket sales from the event.

Now, Apple currently has a 30 percent cut on all transactions made through their devices. Hence, small businesses will earn only 70 percent of the revenue made from Apple users. Facebook asked Apple to either reduce the revenue cut or allow Facebook to shoulder the burden. Apple declined.

The second reason is, strangely, because of Fortnite. Lately, the still-popular battle royale game launched a crusade against the App Store’s monopolistic 30 percent cut. Epic Games migrated Fortnite’s transaction system away from Apple or Google and into Epic Games directly, earning them 100 percent of the revenue. As a result, Apple and Google kicked Fortnite from their respective stores. Now, Epic Games is suing Apple for the monopolistic practice.

Facebook’s dig against Apple is timely. In exposing Apple’s decision, Facebook can hope to change the practice in the future.

SEE ALSO: Facebook wants to acquire Dubsmash to fight TikTok

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OPPO Reno4 price and availability in the Philippines

Launched with Careless Music Manila

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The OPPO Reno4 is now official in the Philippines.

Touted as a content creating smartphone, the Reno4 is treading the same path that the Reno line has been taking since the Reno2. On its back is a quad-camera setup: 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide angle lens, 2MP macro lens, 2MP mono camera. Up front, it has a 32MP selfie camera.

Night photography enthusiasts will enjoy the Night Flair Mode, which allows users to apply neon effects against the backdrop.

Moreover, its camera also comes with 960fps Smart Slow Motion for impressive slo-mo shots. There’s also an upgraded Ultra Steady Video 3.0 that now works in both front and rear cameras.

Inside, it’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC. It also has 8GB of RAM with 128GB storage. It has a 6.4-inch display in a very thin and light body at just 7.7mm and 165g.

It also comes pre-installed with OPPO’s own SoLoop video editor for editing all your social media videos.

Pricing and availability

The OPPO Reno4 in the Philippines will come in Galactic Blue or Space Black and will retail for PhP 18,990.

The pre-order will start from August 15-21. Pre-orders come with a free Rock Space EB100 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds worth PhP2,899.

Starting August 22, the latest handset will be available in all OPPO concept stores nationwide, dealer partners, and e-commerce partners Shopee and Lazada.

The new OPPO Reno4 will also be available via Globe Postpaid, free at ThePlan 1499 with free Rock Space EB100 Stereo Earbuds starting August 22.

To maximize your mobile experience, ThePLAN 1499 comes with 11 GB Mobile Data, Unli All-Net Text, Unli calls to Globe/TM, 50 mins All-Net calls and 1GB data allocation for Facebook. You’ll also get a free subscription to Amazon Prime Video (for 6 months) and iflix VIP (for 3 months).

You can also get 0% interest for up to 12 months with OPPO’s official credit card bank partners Metrobank, PNB, and Citibank. Additionally, you can also purchase OPPO Reno4 at 0% interest installment with Home Credit, with a 20% down payment requirement for any of the 9-month, 12-month, 15- month, and 18-month installment plans.

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