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People set 5G cell towers on fire believing it spread Coronavirus

Misinformation as dangerous as the pandemic itself

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Along with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation related to the disease also saw a dramatic increase. One that’s particularly worrying is the absolutely false claim that 5G is helping spread the virus. Let us reiterate — this absolutely false.

An indicator of the gravity of this misinformation is the recent developments that happened in the UK over the past few days. A report by BBC says three 5G cell towers were set on fire in various parts of the country. Police are still investigating the incident, but arson is the likely culprit for the towers’ fire.

Some are speculating that the burning of the towers were prompted by the false information spreading that 5G is helping spread COVID-19. The series of accidents prompted one cabinet minister to declare the whole conspiracy over 5G and COVID-19 as nonsense and dangerous.

The incident also has a very real downside as frontliners rely on mobile data to communicate with one another and their loved ones.

The rise of  5G conspiracy theories

Most conspiracy theories about 5G and its role in the COVID-19 pandemic are available online on Facebook groups. These theories seem to warn about the 5G’s possible danger to the public. One crazy theory stated that Wuhan is the origin of the pandemic since it was one of the first cities to roll out 5G.

However, scientists have not established a clear connection between 5G and the pandemic. Any of these conspiracy theories also failed to account for the rise of COVID-19 cases in countries without 5G yet. Anyone who encounters news and posts about 5G and its danger to the public must be skeptical of the claims.

Serious fact-checking is important during these times when there’s not only a rise in COVID-19 cases, but also a rise in misinformation and deceiving posts.

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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OPPO launches TV S1 and TV R1 series

As part of their “One More Step” to IoT campaign

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OPPO TV S1

OPPO started to seriously venture outside of phones in 2019 and now they’re taking a big leap as they launch two TVs as part of their “One More Step” into a robust IoT ecosystem. They also announced new noise cancelling TWS earphones and a new smartwatch.

The aforementioned additions are the OPPO TV S1, TV R1 Series, Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earphones, and Watch RX.

OPPO TV S1

The 65-inch OPPO TV S1 features a 4K QLED resolution Quantum Dot wide color gamut display. It also has NTSC 120% ultra-wide color gamut. This helps deliver a purer, more vibrant graphics as well as softer, smoother color transition.

The TV also supports 120Hz refresh rate and variable refresh rate (VRR) making it ideal for next gen gaming.

OPPO collaborated with HiFI audio brand Dynaudio to deliver an immersive cinematic sound quality. The TV S1 is also equipped with eighteen stereo surround speakers with total power of up to 85W. It supports 5.1.2 channels and  Dolby Atmos.

OPPO TV R1 series

The OPPO TV R1 is available in 55-inch and 65-inch models. The TVs are equipped with a quad-core processor and high-speed Wi-Fi 6. These offer users a new living room experience with the  “instant-on” feature.

OPPO Enco X

Taking aim at the likes of the Apple AirPods Pro, Sony WH-1000XM3, and Huawei Freebuds 3 Pro, OPPO launches the Enco X True Wireless Noise Cancelling earphones. OPPO collaborated again with Dynaudio to craft this product. The earphones were tuned by Daniel Emonts, Chief  Acoustic Specialist of Dynaudio A/S. He is the acoustic designer of several award-winning Dynaudio speakers.

The Enco X is capable of reproducing rich, precise texture of music with HiFi quality with a balanced and natural sound. These are all possible thanks to the DBEE 3.0 acoustic system that features an innovative acoustic structural design.

Meanwhile, the noise cancelling feature functions in all kinds of scenarios. It has dual active noise cancellation, multi-level noise reduction management, and natural communication when in transparency mode. The Enco X also supports triple microphone call noise cancellation and wireless charging.

OPPO Watch RX

The OPPO Watch RX is the company’s first round dial smartwatch that features the updated ColorOS Watch 1.5. It’s part of three custom products launched in China: he OPPO Watch League of Legends Limited Edition, OPPO Watch RX League of Legends Limited Edition, and OPPO Find X2 League of Legends.

Availability

The OPPO TV S1, OPPO TV R1, and OPPO Watch RX are now available in China. No word yet on the availability of the OPPO Enco X.

OPPO formally announced their forray into an IoT ecosystem during OPPO INNO DAY 2019. In taking “One More Step” towards a more connected system of devices, the company will focus on these areas:

  • Personal Entertainment
  • Home appliance & Furnishing
  • Sports & Health

We can expect more products that fall into these categories in the future.

 

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel price and availability in Malaysia

Pricing right around what you expected?

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Legion Phone Duel

They took their time, but Lenovo has bravely jumped into the mobile gaming market with the Legion Phone Duel. The phone is now making its way to Malaysia.

It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragong 865 Plus SoC — the best in the business at the moment. It also comes with up to 16GB LPDRR5 RAM and a 512GB UFS 3.1 internal storage. It has a 6.65-inch AMOLED display with 144Hz refresh rate with a 240Hz sampling rate that should bode well for all your mobile gaming needs.

The Legion Phone Duel supports 90W Turbo Power Charging. This can take you from 0 to 50 percent in just 10 minutes and straight up to 100 percent in only half an hour. You can charge the phone on either USB-C ports. Yes, there are two. One in the usual bottom of the phone, the other on its side — a perfect spot for charging while you’re gaming.

Read our Lenovo Legion Phone Duel review for a more comprehensive look at the phone.

Pricing and availability

The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel comes in only two variants. Color, configuration, and pricing are as follows:

  • Blazing Blue (16GB+512GB) — MYR 3,999
  • Vengeance Red (12GB+256GB) — MYR 3,399

h/t: IGN SEA

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Globe launches KonekTayo School Bus WiFi campaign

Currently operating in the city of Manila

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Philippine Telco Globe is helping address the need for connectivity with the launch of the KonekTayo School Bus WiFi in the country’s capital — Manila.

The company deployed school buses equipped with special antennas that will broadcast WiFi signal from 7AM to 7PM (GMT+8) from Monday to Sunday in covered areas:

  • Pasaje del Carmen St.
  • Remigio St.
  • 853 Gonzalo Gil Puyat St.
  • 924 Bilibid Viejo St.
  • Tomas Mapua St.
  • Alfonso Mendoza St.
  • Dalupan St.
  • Oroqueta St.
  • Basco St. in Manila.

The KonekTayo WiFI service is free for the first hour for public school students and teachers in Manila. Globe provided the aforementioned with 289,000 SIM cards. However, use of the service is not limited to Globe users. It’s open to all mobile networks for PhP 15 per day.

The service is formerly called KapitWifi. It’s a community WiFi service that aims to provide households with affordable internet. The School Bus WiFi campaign not only extends connectivity to users, it also extends support to school bus operators whose main source of livelihood was put at stake by the pandemic.

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