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OPPO Reno5: Price and availability in the Philippines

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The latest additions to OPPO’s Reno series are now in the Philippines — the OPPO Reno5 4G and OPPO Reno5 5G.

The OPPO Reno5 5G has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Under the hood is a Snapdragon 765G processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

The rear is a 64-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. For selfies, a 32-megapixel camera is located within the punch-hole cut-out. OPPO has also bundled in many video-oriented features such as Ultra Night Video and Dual View video.

The Reno5 4G is pretty much the same phone except it’s not 5G capable and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720.

Reno5 Series comes with the latest android-based operating system, ColorOS 11.1, highlighting the beloved stock Android 11 features while also providing rich UI customization, greater efficiency, unparalleled smoothness, and strengthened privacy sought by OPPO users.

Price and availability

The Reno5 5G retails for PhP 23,999 whle the Reno5 4G is available for PhP 18,999. There’s a variety of ways to get your hands on these phones.

Pre-order period — February 10-19

During the pre-order period, customers may visit any of the authorized dealers for the reservation. A non-refundable down payment of PhP1,000 is required to complete the reservation process. A pre-order card will be issued upon completion of the reservation that will be presented upon claiming your order at the store where you reserved your unit.

Customers may start claiming the reserved unit plus the free Kuyou Smart Watch starting February 20. For each Reno5 Series unit you purchase, you are entitled to one free Kuyou Smart Watch.

Flash Sale

OPPO is also having a special flash sale on Shopee and Lazada on February 10, 8PM. Limited stocks of Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G are up for grabs and same-day purchases will be shipped out within 24 hours.

During this period, you are entitled to get freebies worth PhP6,600 consisting of an OPPO Enco W11, GrabFood voucher, Viu Premium Subscription, and a Kuyou Smart Watch. Additionally, score more freebies if you leave your best 5-star rating with photos of the Reno5 to be one of 10 lucky customers who can win a Converse sling bag, a Parkland 30L BackPack, and an OPPO M31.

Globe ThePlan

With Globe Telecom, you can grab the latest OPPO Reno5 device exclusively at shop.globe.com.ph with ThePLAN 1499 with zero cash-out and get a free Rock Space EB51 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds worth PhP3,199. ThePLAN 1499 comes with 11GB of data, Unli All-Net Texts and Unli All-Net Calls; while OPPO Reno5 5G will be available in both shop.globe.com.ph and select Globe stores through ThePLAN 1799 with only PHP1,200 one-time cash-out and comes with a free Kuyou Smart Watch worth PhP3,999. ThePLAN 1799 with 16GB of data, Unli All-Net Texts, Unli All-Net Calls.

As part of ThePLAN perks, Globe subscribers will also be able to access Konsulta MD (monthly auto-recurring subscription, no data included), Amazon Prime Video (6 months subscription; no data included), iflixVIP (3 months subscription; no data included), Facebook with 1GB allocation per month during the 24-month subscription upon purchasing both OPPO Reno5 and OPPO Reno5 5G. Both devices will be delivered at free-of-charge.

Smart Signature

The Signature 5G Plan is specially designed with two times more data than the regular Signature Plans so users can make the most of Smart 5G’s superfast speeds, ultra-low latency, and higher efficiency. The plans also now come with Unli All-Net Calls and Texts so subscribers can stay in touch with friends and loved ones worry-free.

Home Credit

It is also available via Home Credit with zero percent interest. Reno5 4G is available under 6-month, 9-month, 12-month, 15-month, and 18-month installment plans. While the Reno5 5G is available under 9-month, 12-month, 15-month, and 18-month installment plans. You may also purchase the latest handsets via major credit card bank partners.

Reno5 4G comes in Fantasy Silver and Starry Black, while Reno5 5G comes in Galactic Silver and Starry Black. Both handsets will be officially available in the Philippines starting February 20.

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A new iMessage feature alerts you of any government spies

Anyone can use it

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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

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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

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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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