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MediaTek launches the Dimensity 8000 series

New power for premium phones

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The processor industry is thriving. Once dominated by only a few players, the industry has seen new players pop up from in-house production by smartphone makers. That said, the competition is on. The bigger players now have more to do. Based on their new release, MediaTek is up for the challenge. The processor company has launched the Dimensity 8000 5G series.

As you might surmise from the name, the Dimensity 8000 series is a step below the Dimensity 9000 series. According to MediaTek, the series will still cater to the premium smartphone market but those outside the flagship space. Borrowing from the Dimensity 9000, the new processors will pack the former’s technology into a 5nm architecture and an octa-core CPU.

The regular Dimensity 8000 will have four Cortex-A78 cores topping at 2.75GHz. Meanwhile, the slightly more powerful Dimensity 8100 will top at 2.85GHz. Both will come with an Arm Mali-G610 MC6 GPU, optimizing both performance and battery efficiency. The Dimensity 8000 can support up to 140fps, while the Dimensity 8100 will go up to 170fps.

With a 3GPP R16-ready 5G modem, the series can connect to sub-6GHz 5G networks. Besides 5G, it comes with MediaTek’s 5th-generation APU 580 for AI capabilities. It’s a balance between power and connectivity.

Armed with a five gigapixel-per-second ISP, the Dimensity 8000 series can support up to 200-megapixel cameras and take videos at up to 4K60 HDR10+.

Rounding out the two, MediaTek has also launched the Dimensity 1300, a 6nm chip with eight cores: an ultra-core Arm Cortex-A78 going up to 3GHz, three Cortex-A78 super cores, and four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores. It also comes with the Arm Mali-G77 GPU and the MediaTek APU 3.0.

All three chips will launch in smartphones coming out within the quarter.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek announces new Dimensity 9000 chipset

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Apple might make a ring you can wear on other parts of your body

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Earlier this year, Samsung reportedly started development on a smart ring, a fitness tracker shaped like a ring you were on your finger. Now, based on a new patent, Apple is doing the same. However, the company’s iteration goes beyond just a ring meant for your finger.

As first reported by Apple Insider, the American government has recently granted Apple a patent for an “electronic system with ring device.” Though the depicted device repeatedly shows a ring worn on a finger, the patent description also describes other uses, such as on a “wrist, arm, leg, neck, head, and/or other body part.”

The patent was written vaguely enough to accommodate a lot of uses. One example that the patent describes is NFC technology activating when in range of certain devices and objects. For example, a user can use a wearable bracelet or anklet to enter a gated area. A user can also receive information through the wearable when near a book or another device.

Naturally, the described device will also have tracking capabilities. It’s possible that the wearable is meant to pair with Apple’s other devices in its ecosystem such as an iPhone or an Apple Watch.

That said, a patent rarely corresponds to a finalized product. While the possibilities of such a device are numerous, it’s also possible that Apple won’t move forward with an actual product. Currently, smart rings are still a relatively niche segment.

SEE ALSO: Samsung is working on a smart ring

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WhatsApp will let you hide all your secret chats with a password

Passwords can even have an emoji

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Secret chats is a boon to the online community. However, while the feature can protect your conversations from online snoopers, nothing can stop anyone who grabs your phone and goes through all your apps. Now, WhatsApp is finally adding an extra layer of protections for those who use secret chats on the platform — a secret code.

For anyone engaged in secret conversations, a password seems like a no-brainer. While the feature has been a long time coming, its launch is still welcome today. With the new version, users can hide all their secret chats with a passcode.

Plus, the passcodes are more unique than most. Rather than just a short PIN or a traditional password, users can use emojis too. Allowing emojis can add an even more secure lock to those private conversations.

Once secured, the locked chats will no longer pop up by default on WhatsApp’s main feed. While users can still toggle their visibility on and off, users will have to input their secret passcodes into the app’s search bar to see their list of secret chats.

While the feature is still rolling out now, users already have existing options to lock individual chats away from prying eyes. These measures include fingerprint scanning, face recognition, and good ol’ passwords. The new feature is more meant to hide all of them at the same time, especially when a shoulder snooper can just spot locked chats right from the list.

SEE ALSO: WhatsApp might soon let you chat with Telegram, other apps

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Google Messages adds new features similar to iMessage

Photomoji sounds familiar

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It’s been a great month for RCS. Recently, Apple, the messaging standard’s longstanding rival, finally announced support for RCS coming in 2024. Now, it has reached another huge milestone: 1 billion active users, according to Google. To celebrate, Google has announced new features coming to Messages.

RCS has been the standard for Google’s Messages for a while now. However, despite reaching a significant number of users over the years, Messages has often trailed Apple’s iMessage in terms of features. Today, Messages is finally getting a healthy infusion of the latter’s newer developments.

For one, the new Photomoji feature can turn your photos into message reactions. Using the onboard AI, Google can automatically turn the subject of any photo for use in the app. Messages will also save these for future use. Now, while this might sound familiar for iOS users, Google will not require users to turn photos into stickers before using them in iMessage.

Users can also change the color of their bubbles, digging at the ongoing green versus blue debate between iOS and Android.

Additionally, Voice Moods will allow users to add an emoji to sent voice messages. Even before playing them, recipients will already have an idea what the tone of the message will be. And speaking of the format, Google also improved the audio quality for voice messages.

Finally, Messages will have Screen Effects going forward. Like other messaging platforms (like Messenger and Viber), typing certain phrases such as “I love you” will cause the screen to react appropriately. In Viber, for example, typing “happy birthday” will cause balloons to fly up from the bottom.

These updates are slowly rolling out through a beta version coming to select countries and devices.

SEE ALSO: Apple is finally solving its green bubble problem

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