OPPO might release the strangest selfie camera yet, according to leak

Is this what you want?



Image source: Slashleaks

Last year, OPPO and Vivo developed the most innovative alternative to the controversial camera notch. Today, the pop-up camera is still a viable form factor for the current generation of smartphones. Despite the alternative, the industry is still trying out new ways to create a truly bezel-less smartphone. Unfortunately, OPPO’s latest efforts might either be the strangest step forward or the worst step back.

In a recent leak, a user unveiled OPPO’s upcoming smartphone — the OPPO Reno. The released video showed the smartphone’s rear panel and front-facing camera. The rear did not show anything special. However, the front-facing camera showed an incrediblely unique form factor. Instead of an embedded or a pop-up camera, the smartphone features a peekaboo camera, rising from only one side.

The weird selfie camera does not have a potentially breakable component. However, the peekaboo camera is still a strange form factor. At the very least, the response time is incredibly fast, popping out in virtually no time at all.

Likewise, Slashleaks recently released new renders of the potential OPPO Reno. Like the video, the renders show the smartphone’s peekaboo camera. However, other notable features include the dual rear cameras, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port.

Image source: Slashleaks

Coming from two separate sources, the recent leak holds some clout. Previously, the OPPO Reno made an appearance at MWC 2019. At the time, the Reno showcased the 10x lossless zoom. However, it was just a prototype.

Strangely, the leak features a potentially lower-quality dual rear camera. This points to multiple variants in the future. Of course, the leak is still just a leak. Anything can happen when OPPO finally makes things official. Regardless, this is probably one of the strangest designs we’ve had in recent memory.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F11 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines


Apple isn’t encrypting iCloud backups because of the FBI

Public security is their concern



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



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



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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