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LG V20 could be modular like the G5

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We already know the LG V20 will debut in San Francisco on September 6th. LG has also revealed some of the V10 successor’s features, like an always-on, ticker-tape display, a digital-to-analog converter chip that may give the phone impressive audio capabilities, and software based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

What remains elusive, however, is its appearance. Thankfully, we won’t have to imagine what it might look like as we await its arrival. Alleged renders of the next LG flagship have made their way to the internet courtesy of reliable tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) and Android Authority.

And depending on whom you ask, this next bit of information may or may not be upsetting: The V20 could be similar to the G5, in that both phones are modular. Its bottom lip appears to be removable, and there’s a module release button on the side of the phone closely resembling that of LG’s current flagship. Equally notable are the pair of cameras on the rear panel and the absence of a dual-camera array up front.

LG v20 render

Is LG working on another modular smartphone?

Nothing about modularity has been confirmed at this point, and neither Hemmerstoffer or the publication has said the V20 is indeed following in the footsteps of its little brother. But if it is, then hopefully the execution is better than what we’ve seen so far.

After the G5 got a lukewarm reaction from critics and consumers alike, there’s a lot riding on the V20; LG needs a winner — now. With the phone launching in a few weeks, we won’t have to wait long to find out if the company struck gold this time.

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Source: Android Authority

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Apple isn’t encrypting iCloud backups because of the FBI

Public security is their concern

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One of Apple’s selling points for its products is encryption by default. For a long time, the Cupertino company advertised device encryption for its iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.

For users, it means better security and privacy against malicious hackers wanting to steal sensitive information. All device data is securely stored and encrypted so only the users can access them.

However, there is one thing missing from Apple’s encryption clause. By default, iCloud backups are unencrypted — Apple can see any data users store in the cloud service.

Privacy no more

While the company remained mum on the issue, a report by Reuters revealed why Apple didn’t encrypt iCloud backups for many years.

It turns out, the company planned on encrypting all iCloud backups last 2016. During that year, the company successfully fought a court battle against the FBI for unlocking the iPhone of a school shooter. The encrypted iCloud plan has the code name “Plesio” and “KeyDrop”.

Apple discussed the encryption plans with the FBI but the agency complained about its implications. Pressured by FBI and several US agencies, Apple later caved in and dropped plans to encrypt iCloud backups.

Sources gathered by Reuters also suggest one reason for dropping encryption: more users will find it hard to retrieve their data once they lost their password.

Implications and repercussions

With iCloud backups remaining unecrypted, FBI can easily request a court order for Apple to turn over precious data to the agency. As such, iCloud data became one of the preferred evidence for the agency, with more than 1,568 cases involving its use.

Apple has not yet commented on the issue. However, expect the fallout from this relevation to be swift and widespread, as more tech companies face the dilemma of balancing users’ privacy against the need for upholding public security.

Source: Reuters

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Fujifilm launches the X-T200 as a companion for creative pursuits

Definitely an investment

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Fujifilm’s newest camera is here! A step up from X-T100, the X-T200 is shaping up to be a reliable companion for aspiring creators.

The X-T200 aims to help you hone your skills in photography and videography. It’s a lightweight mirrorless camera, ensuring you don’t strain your hands as you practice. It also features an improved face and eye-detection AF, and the ability to capture stills at 8 FPS. Additionally, it’s capable of recording a stabilized Full-HD 120p video and a 4K UHD video, thanks to its “electronic stabilization.”

It prides itself with professional-level features, a high-speed APS-C 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, a new processor, and a large widescreen LCD vari-angle touchscreen. It also has Fujifilm’s signature creative filters, Film Simulations.

Fujifilm’s new camera is promising for people pursuing creative professions and hobbies. If you’re looking for a camera to jumpstart your creative pursuits, the X-T200 might be the one you’re looking for.

The X-T200 will be available in three colors: Silver, Dark Silver, and Champagne Gold. It will be paired with the XC15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens and sold as a kit, which will retail for PhP 45,990 (US$ 902) starting February 2020.

SEE MORE: Fujifilm X-T30 is a lightweight 4K mirrorless camera

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WhatsApp is finally getting a dark mode for Android

Currently available only in beta

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Android’s dark revolution is finally in full swing. Following the launch of Android 10, the operating system has slowly updated its supported apps to accommodate the much-awaited dark mode. Android apps are getting darker, potentially saving millions of eyes at night. The revolution has already swept the heavy hitters like Twitter and Instagram.

Now, the popular messaging service, WhatsApp, is getting the same treatment. More specifically, WhatsApp has rolled out the feature for its Google Play Beta Program.

On the updated app, users can access four types of display modes. The first two are the basic Light and Dark modes: dark text on a white background and white text on a black background. The third automatically switches between the two modes, depending on the time of day. The fourth, dubbed as Set by Battery Saver, switches depending on your current battery.

Unfortunately, the Beta Program is not accepting new members at this time. Only current members of the program can access the new mode. Currently, if you want a makeshift dark mode, you can change your chat wallpaper to a dark image.

Given the timeliness of the beta update, a public release will likely roll out in the near future.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp may soon get disappearing messages

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