Mate 50 Pro, MatePad SE set for Nov 26 release in Singapore



Mate 50 Pro Singapore

Huawei’s latest flagship photography phone, the Huawei Mate 50 Pro, has been announced for a late November release in Singapore.

The cutting-edge smartphone will be the first Huawei phone to be equipped with EMUI 13. It puts premium on one-touch controls for everyday interactions. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and an Adreno GPU.

The display is a 6.74-inch OLED (2616 x 1212) screen with up to 120Hz refresh rate and up to 300Hz touch sampling rate.

The Mate 50 Pro comes with a SuperEnergy Boosting feature. It activates when the battery level falls to 1%, extending the device’s standby time by up to three hours.

Next-level mobile photography

The Mate 50 Pro is set to usher a new era in smartphone photography with its 50MP Ultra Aperture XMAGE camera (F1.4, RYYB sensor) that has a 10-size adjustable physical aperture.

There’s a 64MP periscope telephoto lens capable of up to a 200x zoom, while completing the phone’s game-changing camera setup is the 13MP ultra-wide-angle macro camera.

In front is a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera as well, coupled with a 3D depth sensing camera.

Complementing all these is the phone’s IP68 water-resistance rating to ensure users can take photos in just about any condition.

MatePad SE also announced

Joining the Mate 50 Pro for its release later this month is the all-around MatePad SE tablet.

The 440-gram device has as 10.4-inch display that is certified for eye care. It has two speakers on the left and right for an immersive listening experience.

The MatePad SE supports the new Multi-Window feature and an improved App Multiplier which can handle up to four concurrent tasks.

It also comes with Harmony OS 3 for users to be able to manage connections across other devices.

Pricing, availability

The Huawei Mate 50 Pro and MatePad SE will be available starting at SG$ 1,548 and SG$ 298, respectively, from November 26 at the following online and physical channels:

  • Huawei Experience Stores ([email protected], Westgate)
  • Huawei Authorized Stores (NEX, Sim Lim Square)
  • M1, StarHub, Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Gain City, MetaPod, SprintCass
  • Huawei official Lazada and Shopee stores

Ahead of its release, customers can register for the Mate 50 Pro here from November 12 to 25 to get exclusive free gifts depending on which store they avail from.

Freebies include a Huawei umbrella, WATCH 3 Active, in-car wireless charger, and more.

Meanwhile, customers can also get a free Bluetooth speaker with every purchase of the MatePad SE until December 31.


A new iMessage feature alerts you of any government spies

Anyone can use it



Do you have an irrational fear of government hackers spying on your text messages? If you do, Apple has a new feature to help alleviate your phobia. Starting today, users can opt into the new iMessage Contact Key Verification feature, a security measure designed to prevent any unwanted snooping on your messages.

If it sounds too specific, it’s because Apple designed the feature for those who face “extraordinary digital threats,” like journalists and politicians. Naturally, this subset of the population can benefit from keeping their conversations away from snoopers (which includes, according to Apple, state-sponsored attackers). However, there’s no denying that the feature is also a boon to users who want an extra layer of protection for their messaging needs.

To use the feature, both the sender and the receiver need to have the option turned on while using their device. On a more basic level, the device will alert both users if an unexpected party suddenly crashes and enters the encrypted conversation. A more advanced level even allows iMessage users to compare verification codes, ensuring that both parties are indeed talking to whomever they intend to talk to.

While most users might not find a lot of use for an exorbitant amount of protection against hackers, it’s a step in the right direction for total message encryption. Despite some significant hiccups, Apple remains focused on bringing encryption to its users.

SEE ALSO: Apple is tracking users even with settings turned off

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Microsoft is being prevented from buying Activision Blizzard

Sued by the FTC



The year started off with a bang. Microsoft, already a respectable name in the gaming industry by itself, announced the impending acquisition of Activision Blizzard for US$ 68.7 billion. Perhaps it’s fitting that the year will end right back where it started. The FTC is officially suing Microsoft to block the monumental purchase from going through.

Announced today, the United States’ FTC (or Federal Trade Commission) has filed a legal claim against Microsoft, stating that the acquisition will allow the company to suppress competition between its rivals in the gaming industry. The commission believes that it has enough to effectively block the purchase. Allowing Microsoft to go through with the purchase will supposedly enable the company to prevent Activision Blizzard’s titles — including the Call of Duty franchise — from coming out easily on other platforms.

Since the announcement of the acquisition, Activision Blizzard has gone through a rocky year. The company had its dirty laundry aired out: a plethora of disagreeable practices from within the company. Exacerbated by the rocky launches of Diablo Immortal and Overwatch 2, it’s not exactly a stellar year for the company.

In fact, it’s not a good year for monopolistic practices either. Recently, Ticketmaster found itself under the microscope after a massive kerfuffle preventing Taylor Swift fans from purchasing tickets to the star’s upcoming concert.

While the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is still up in the air, it seems company acquisitions aren’t as easy as this year has made them out to be.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft announces a modular Adaptive Mouse

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Google is merging Waze with Google Maps

Apps will remain separate



It’s not a secret. Google owns both Google Maps and Waze. Though both certainly come with their own pros and cons, using either app can boil down to a matter of preference, especially in driving cities. Starting soon, the two might even look more alike. Google is merging the teams of Google Maps and Waze together.

Since acquiring Waze in 2013, Google has kept the app’s development separate from Google Maps. Even knowing this face, it’s hard to draw comparisons between the two. They felt like separate products, and they were.

Now, as announced today (via Wall Street Journal), Google will merge Waze’s team (which consists of over 500 employees) with the larger team that oversees Maps, Earth, and Street View. While there are no plans to lay off any employees, incumbent Waze CEO Neha Parikh is expected to leave the company after the merger.

Though a merger might spell the end for Waze, Google remains committed to keeping its own services separate from each other. However, by merging the teams, the company can reduce a lot of redundant work that the two teams have in common.

From a more generalized standpoint, Google Maps and Waze are incredibly distinct apps. While the latter focuses more of directions for drivers, Google Maps offers a grander sweep of directions for all travelers including those who prefer to walk or take public transportation.

SEE ALSO: Google Maps introduces a new way to be a tourist

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