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OPPO patents its own rotating camera phone

Is OPPO copying the ASUS ZenFone 6?

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Yesterday, ASUS unveiled one of the more innovative solutions for bezel-less beauty. In the latest ZenFone 6, the brand is cashing in on a rotating Flip Camera. The unique solution uses a 180-degree hinge, transforming the dual rear camera into a front-facing workhorse.

Of course, innovation will always breed imitation. Filed only yesterday, OPPO is working on an almost-identical rotating camera themselves. Spotted by the Dutch LetsGoDigital, the Chinese smartphone maker filed the patent at the World Intellectual Property Office.

Notably, OPPO’s variant is more complex, using more hinges than ASUS’ original. The patent images depict a pop-up mechanism along with the rotating camera. Additionally, the patent also includes a single camera setup, besides the more advanced dual camera installation. OPPO is likely considering the form factor for both flagship and budget offerings.

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Regardless, OPPO filed the patent only yesterday. The patent’s coincidence with ASUS’ launch is stark. However, OPPO will take a lot more time to develop the phone. Even then, the company might not decide on development altogether.

Is this blatant imitation? The coincidence argues in the affirmative. However, OPPO’s history paints a more accurate picture. Back in the company’s infancy days, OPPO released the world’s first rotating camera phones. The OPPO N1 — and its successor, the N3 — featured a similar rotating hinge. Back then, smartphone manufacturers didn’t have bezel-less screens as a goal. The rotating camera was just a quirky feature, improving selfie capabilities. Technically, the OPPO N1 is the brand’s first “selfie expert.”

That said, ASUS’ newer flagship is still a tremendous innovation on the old form factor. Regardless of who copied whom, the rotating camera creatively takes on the ever-present problem of bezels and notches.

SEE ALSO: OPPO releases a new F11 model that’s cheaper and exclusive online

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God of War Ragnarok is Sony’s best-selling exclusive

Based only on its first week

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November is a great month for gamers. Because of a few major titles coming out, there are a lot of ways to scratch that gaming itch. A lot of players are happy. None more so than Sony right now. Only a few weeks since its release, God of War Ragnarok has broken Sony’s record for fastest-selling first-party title launch.

Officially confirmed by Sony through its Twitter account, God of War Ragnarok has sold 5.1 million copies only through its first week. With such an impressive showing, the title rushes past Sony’s acclaimed gallery of heavy hitters like Marvel’s Spider-Man, The Last of Us Part II, and even the title’s 2018 predecessor. That’s not a list of who’s who to shrug off.

Additionally, the sequel is now the best-selling title in its franchise. The series has come a long way since its roots in Greek mythology. Mere weeks since the release, it is already in the conversation for several Game of the Year awards alongside other heavy hitters like Elden Ring.

Not without reason, of course. From our review of the title, the sequel to 2018’s classic is a narrative masterpiece in its own right, deserving of its spot in the oeuvre of Sony’s greatest hits.

SEE ALSO: God of War Ragnarok Review

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Netflix is working on its first PC game

It’s a AAA title

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Though off to a relatively slow start, Netflix is now a gaming company as well. As of late, the platform included a variety of mobile games in its catalog of content. Every Netflix subscriber can play any of the games. Now, Netflix is working on something else entirely: a game for the PC.

Spotted by Mobilegamer.biz, Netflix has recently posted new job openings for a game director, an art director, and a technical director. All three listings describe a “brand-new AAA PC game” as a project. One listing even describes “one of Netflix’s first generation of internally developed original games.”

Currently, Netflix taps into other game studios to produce titles for them. Aside from a few independent developers, the platform even partnered with Ubisoft for mobile titles. (One of which will be based on the Assassin’s Creed franchise.)

With the listings in place, the company is expanding its efforts to developing its own titles. Right now, the unnamed project doesn’t feature a lot of details. While the project is still looking for a creative director, it’s likely that the plot isn’t finalized either.

Throughout the past year, the company has bled for subscribers. Since then, they have tried various strategies, including potential punishments for account sharing and cheaper subscription tiers.

SEE ALSO: Netflix will now let you kick people from your account

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TikTok is now under investigation by the European Union

For transferring data to China

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TikTok has now found its way under the microscope of the European Union. The collective is now investigating the platform for allegedly shipping off its citizens’ data to Chinese servers.

In a letter shared by FCC commissioner Brendan Carr (via Engadget), the current president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has confirmed ongoing investigations concerning TikTok in several countries in the European Union.

For one, Ireland is currently investigating how the platform transfers data to China and how it processes the data of minors. The Netherlands is also investigating the same data transfers and TikTok’s advertising towards minors.

For a while now, the European Union has persistently investigated various tech companies to review their compliance with the continent’s General Data Protection Regulation, which presents a stricter view on data privacy. Various companies have already found themselves on the receiving end of penalties brought down by EU courts.

An investigation on TikTok has been a long time coming. For years, the United States has doggedly hounded TikTok for the same violation of shipping user data to Chinese servers. The company continues to face threats of a ban on foreign soil.

Though an investigation in Europe is just another fight the company must face, it’s nothing to shrug off. Lately, the European Union’s ruling on charging standards is forcing Apple to finally ship their devices with USB-C, instead of the proprietary Lightning cable. The Union, especially when completely united across all the included countries, can very well make an impact on the tech industry.

SEE ALSO: TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

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