Control the Google Pixel 4 by just waving your hand

A phone from the future



Google has already given us a sneap-peek of the soon to launch Pixel 4. Now, the company has confirmed the flagship will sport radar-based gesture controls and Apple’s FaceID type facial recognition system. The brand is already teasing us even though the phone is a couple of months away.

As Google explains, the Pixel 4 will be the first device to come with Soli, Google’s new Motion Sense feature uses radar system, to let you control the device just by waving your hand. It recognizes gestures and proximity for seamless interaction.

The company posted a short video on Twitter showing how users will be able to control the phone without touching, and depending only on hand gestures. Secondly, face unlock will be a lot more secure now because images used are never saved or shared with other Google services.

The video also shows a user skipping songs in an app without touching the phone, again suggesting the front-facing camera is more advanced than usual.

When the two are combined, the phone will be able to “proactively turn on the face unlock sensors” as you reach for the Pixel 4. It’ll also work in all orientations so that you never have to wait for the system to detect and process.

Obviously, the authentication system will also be extended for payments and logging into apps. Samsung has incorporated these gestures into their phones for years now, but the functionality is quite limited and doesn’t work smoothly.

Google is being open about the Pixel 4 after the previous flagship leaked almost every other day before launch. It’s better to control the narrative than let leaks and rumors hamper the launch.


HP P22H rotating monitor now official in the Philippines

It can rotate to 90-degrees



HP is bringing its P22H monitor to the Philippines. It’s targeted towards business professionals and has features some noteworthy specs that are worth looking at, especially for those buying a secondary monitor for their remote work setup.

The HP P22H monitor has a 21.5-inch display with 1920×1080 resolution. Colors and details pop out more, allowing for a comfortable viewing experience. Plus, it has a three-sided micro-edge bezel to ensure that documents and contents stand out.

There’s also a plethora of ports available on the monitor. It comes with the standard HDMI and DisplayPort connector. Professionals who need to connect older devices may also do so with a VGA connector.

The stand out feature for this monitor though is its viewing configuration. HP P22H allows up to 100mm of adjustable height for optimal viewing. It can also swivel and tilt up to various degrees. Finally, professionals can pivot the whole monitor to 90 degrees — perfect for viewing long documents and spreadsheets.

HP’s newest business monitor is now available on Lazada for PhP 8,440 (US$ 170). All monitor purchases come with a standard three-year warranty for the buyers’ peace of mind.

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These Huawei and Honor phones will get EMUI 11

Is your phone listed?



Huawei’s Android skin is called EMUI and its next iteration is coming later this year. Officially called EMUI 11, an image posted by Piunikaweb lists all the phones that’ll support the update. It also includes Huawei’s sub-brand, Honor.

Keep in mind, we’re going with the assumption that this list of devices includes phones from the first wave of the update. More devices could join the list soon in a phased manner.

  • Huawei Mate 30 Pro, Mate 30, Mate 30 RS Porsche Design.
  • Huawei Mate 20X & 20 Pro, Mate 20 RS Porsche Design.
  • Huawei Mate X.
  • Huawei P40 Pro & P40.
  • Huawei P30 Pro & P30.
  • Huawei Nova 6 5G.
  • Huawei Nova5T Pro & Nova 5T, Nova5z, Nova 5i Pro.
  • Huawei Mediapad M6.
  • Honor V30 Pro.
  • Honor V20.
  • Honor 20 Pro, Honor 20s, Honor 20 Youth Edition.
  • Honor 9X Pro.

The list covers pretty much all the phones launched by the two brands in the last year. However, we expect the second EMUI 11 wave to have more phones from the midrange and affordable segments.

Xiaomi’s MIUI directly competes against EMUI and it has a reputation of supporting as many devices as possible. With every brand having its own skin, these updates play a lucrative role in attracting buyers.

Huawei Philippines smartphone price list
Huawei Singapore products price list

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4K streaming could be cheaper soon

Thanks to the H.266 format



Watching 4K videos on YouTube or Netflix is taxing on mobile data, consuming about a gigabyte or more. But a new compression method could change 4K streaming soon.

Developed by Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, the H.266 / Versatile Video Coding format aims to bring a more efficient way of compressing and streaming videos digitally. This new standard is meant to replace two existing standards — the H.264/AVC and H.265 HEVC.

Compared to the two, H.266 can transmit 4K videos at a much lower file size. The institute says H.266 can transmit a 10-minute UHD video at only 5GB of data.

This is almost 50 percent more efficient than the most advanced video format in the market, H.265 HEVC. Right now, HEVC requires 10GB of data to transmit the same 10-minute UHD video. As such, consumers can expect cheaper 4K streams with the H.266 format.

For example, a 25-minute 4K video that clocks in at 4GB can be streamed at a much lower 2GB with the new format. This will drastically reduce data and bandwidth consumption for consumers and companies.

The new video format also tries to solve the patent royalty system that has long plagued H.264 and H.265. Right now, companies have to deal with the messy system of paying licenses and royalties just to include these formats to their apps and websites. H.266 does away with these licenses, promising a better deal than the old formats.

Support and availability

As of right now, support for H.266 is being worked on both the software and hardware level. According to the institute that developed the format, Media Coding Industry Format is working on chip designs that support the new format on a hardware level.

Meanwhile, the institute is working on an encoder and decoder software which will be released this autumn.

It is worth noting, however, that H.266/VVC is not the only format that promises to improve 4K streaming on devices. Most tech companies today are adopting AV1 alongside VP9. These two formats are developed by separate organizations.

Right now, these formats — along with the H.266 — promise a better way of streaming 4K that will ultimately benefit everyone.

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