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OPPO Reno5 Z powered by MediaTek now official

Reno5 line adds another member

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OPPO Reno5 Z

The Z variants on the OPPO Reno line have traditionally been more modest versions of the main phones and the OPPO Reno5 Z is no different.

It’s rocking a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with just a 60Hz refresh rate. It’s powered by the MediaTek 5G Dimensity 800U so it won’t feel underpowered and you also get access to 5G networks. It has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage that’s expandable up to 256GB via a MicroSD card slot.

Supporting those features is a 4310mAh battery with 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. It also has an In-Display Fingerprint scanner for security.

As for cameras, on the back it has four: 48MP f/1.7 main, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 depth, and 2MP f/2.4 Macro. Up front is a 16MP selfie shooter. You also still get the usual AI-ladden camera features found in other Reno phones like AI Night Flare Portrait, AI Color Portrait, and AI Beautification.

For video takers, the Reno5 Z has plenty of features you can enjoy. These include Dual Video where you can simultaneously shoot using the front and rear cameras, HDR Video, Focus Lock for fast movement, Ultra Night Video, and many more.

The phone is still running Android 11 with Colors OS 11.1 on top.

Price and availability

The OPPO Reno5 Z will be officially on sale this week and will come in two colorways — Fluid Black and Cosmo Blue. It will retail for SG$ 529 and will be available at OPPO concept store, OPPO online Lazada and Shopee Flagship stores, authorised resellers and telcos including M1, Singtel and StarHub, islandwide.

With every purchase of the phone, customers are entitled to receive a pair of Wireless Earbuds (worth SG$ 69) – while stocks last.

Laptops

Janet Jackson can cause some old laptops to crash

Windows XP is affected

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Especially for a certain age group, Janet Jackson’s music is fire. However, if you’re an old, old laptop, you might not appreciate how fiery Janet Jackson is. In a recently discovered quirk, engineers have discovered that the artist’s 1989 hit, “Rhythm Nation,” causes certain laptops to crash.

Yes, it sounds made up. How can one song cause a laptop to crash? Apparently, the classic hit uses the same “natural resonant frequencies” as some hard drives made before. Even then, it still doesn’t sound real.

Unfortunately, there is no way to replicate the phenomenon, besides a report from The Old New Thing author Raymond Chen. He swears that the problem existed way back when. The issue affected laptops released around 2005 during the Windows XP era, particularly with 5400rpm drives. Most devices from that time period have already died.

Additionally, the issue was likely patched already. Chen states that affected hard drives eventually installed an audio filter that prevented the problem from occurring.

On the bright side, it also means that everyone’s laptops are safe from exploding because of Janet Jackson. Still, it’s a strange tale that confirms some audio files can wreak havoc on technology. Likewise, if you happen to have a functioning device from that era, you might want to keep it away from Janet Jackson.

SEE ALSO: Windows 12 might come out in 2024

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TikTok can detect what you type on screen

Through its in-app browser

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No one ever really thinks about in-app browsers. Though it’s one of the most unseen features of an app, the in-app browser allows for a moment of convenience when you need to open a link. However, a new cautionary tale is sharing the risks of using the feature. Particularly, TikTok and its in-app browser are reportedly capable of logging your keystrokes.

TikTok just can’t get out of its privacy-infused hole of controversy. For years, the platform has faced an unending barrage of controversies linked to whether the app leaks information to China. As a change, the latest issue isn’t exactly geopolitically charged. However, it won’t do the company any favors, either.

Recently, security researcher Felix Krause created a tool to analyze whether an app’s browser can potentially scrape data and change information for the user. The researcher also tested the tool with the world’s top apps. And, unfortunately for the platform, TikTok found itself on the top of the risky list.

According to the tool, TikTok can inject JavaScript, modify a page, and fetch metadata. It’s essentially a keylogger. To its credit, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook all have the same capabilities.

However, the video-sharing platform has one key element that puts it above the rest: It doesn’t allow users to open links using the device’s default browser. You’re forced to use TikTok’s own browser when you open a link on the app.

Of course, there are a few caveats. For one, apps can bypass the tool, blocking users from seeing what in-app browsers are capable of. Secondly, the tool’s findings don’t necessarily mean that the app itself is malicious; it only indicates what it’s capable of. To reflect that, TikTok has said that it has not used the data for any malicious purposes.

SEE ALSO: TikTok might launch TikTok Music, its own music service

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India

India might force Apple to adopt USB-C soon

Exploratory talks have started

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It’s the world versus Apple. After years and years of proprietary hardware, Apple is finally facing a deluge of pressure to abandon the Lightning cable. The entire European Union have already decided to force device markers, particularly Apple, to adopt the universal standard, USB-C. Now, another country is joining in: India.

As reported by Mint, the Indian government has started holding exploratory talks with manufacturers to discuss the possibility of a common charging standard. While the talks aren’t decisive yet, it’s the first step towards legislation moving in favor of a standard.

Though the wording remains vague, a lot of pressure is on Apple. The iPhone maker is still one of the biggest opponents against adopting USB-C worldwide. Amid the company’s growing gallery of USB-C devices, the Lightning cable is still alive and well. A lot of other manufacturers have already moved on to the standard for its their ports.

Soon, the company might not have a choice. If a decisive law is passed, India will join the European Union and Brazil in potentially forcing Apple into the standard. It’s not an insignificant ally for the pro-USB-C camp, either. India is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world.

Apple is unlikely to launch a USB-C iPhone series this year. The company is already expected to launch the next series in a few weeks’ time. If such a phone is coming, it might debut as soon as next year.

SEE ALSO: Another country wants to force Apple to go USB-C

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