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Have a Pixel? Google may owe you up to $500

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Do you have a first-generation Pixel or Pixel XL? If yes, you’re in luck. Google has settled a class-action lawsuit and is liable to pay US$ 7.5 million. Before you get all excited, there are a few things you need to know before claiming your remuneration.

Back when the Pixel series was launched, a few users noticed their brand new phones had a faulty microphone or speaker. Further inspection found hairline cracks in the microphone’s solder. Too bad for Google, even the replacements it provided turned out to be faulty.

A class-action lawsuit was formed against the search giant and plaintiff’s alleged that units manufactured before January 4, 2017, suffered from these faults. Final approves are in place and if you bought a Pixel before the above-mentioned date, Google will compensate you.

This is restricted to the U.S. market only and eligible users need to join the settlement before July 9, 2019. Users will also have to provide proof of purchase and damage. A repair receipt (job card) or RMA (Return Merchandise Authorization) will work.

A compensation of US$ 500 will be given if you experienced the defect in more than one device (original unit + replacement unit). US$ 350 will be given if you experienced a defect in one phone. Lastly, US$ 20 will be given if you joined the lawsuit, but never faced any issues.

A detailed webpage has been created that lists all the frequently asked questions. Google will also compensate users in case they opted to redeem their insurance. A claim can be submitted before October 7, 2019.

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New leak reveals Motorola phone with a stylus

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All eyes are on the Motorola razr. After more than a decade in oblivion, the iconic flip phone has returned with a vengeance. Besides courting nostalgia, the new Motorola razr has jumped onto the foldable bandwagon. With that in the books, what’s next for Motorola?

According to a new leak from Evan Blass, Motorola is chasing after the stylus market. The render portrays a slab phone with a detachable stylus.

Image source: Evan Blass

On the surface, the slab phone carries only a few notable aspects: a top-left peephole camera, no home button, and a sizable chin bezel. However, the stylus obviously slots into one of the phone’s four corners. Two small features on the stylus’ handle also point to button functionalities.

Regardless, the phone remains a mystery. When will this phone come out? No one knows.

At the moment, Motorola is still working on the Motorola Edge+, the company’s first flagship in a while. Even with the timeliness, the leaked phone is unlikely to be the Edge+.

Compared to other companies, Motorola is only starting to get back into the groove of things. However, with a plan slowly developing (even through rumors), Motorola’s future is shaping up to be a good one.

SEE ALSO: Motorola One Hyper is a midranger with pop-up cameras

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Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

Safety first!

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Tinder is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’re going to get: the girl next door, the workroom hottie, or (worse) the creepy stalker. Unfortunately, the popular dating app can lead to a lot of terrible nights. Bad dates are, of course, not the end of the world. Ending up with a psycho partner, however, can quickly lead to dangerous situations.

In a long-overdue move, Tinder is finally implemented a panic button for dates that go horribly wrong. The emergency feature will alert authorities and safety personnel if things go sideways. Additionally, it can keep trusted friends updated on where you are.

The panic button will come in partnership with a third-party safety platform called Noonlight. Once installed, the feature will coordinate with both apps. When connected, Noonlight will share updates through the Tinder Timeline.

The actual panic button is located inside Noonlight. When pressed, the button will alert authorities. Afterwards, connected authorities will start texting the individual. If unanswered, they will start calling. If it comes up unanswered again, authorities will go to the individual’s location.

Starting next week, the feature will roll out through a new Tinder tab called Safety Center. The launch will start initially in the US. After the initial launch, the panic button will come to Tinder’s sister services including OkCupid and Match.com.

Besides the panic button, Tinder will also add verification methods to ensure truthful accounts. Users can get verification by recreating their account’s various photos. If the photos match, they get verified.

SEE ALSO: 3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

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Apple shot a film entitled ‘The Daughter’ using an iPhone 11 Pro

So raw, emotional, and honest

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When tech giants create ads and films, you can expect it to be heartwarming. For instance, Apple released a Chinese New Year special, guaranteed to make you tearful and warm.

Entitled “The Daughter,” the short film tackled hope, love, and reconciliation featuring three generations of Chinese women.

It has the elements you need for a good cry — a realistic depiction of disagreement between a mother and daughter, a single parent’s determination to provide a good life, and a child’s curiosity, optimism, and innocence.

Apple Singapore brought together three talented individuals to create this emotional film. Oscar-nominated folks — director Theodore Melfi and cinematographer Lawrence Sher — worked with China’s top actress Zhou Xun in producing the film through an iPhone 11 Pro.

Once again, Apple proves iPhone’s prowess in the video department. There’s a reason why we held iPhone 11 Pro as the best smartphone for photography and videography — there’s nothing like it! Watch the video here.

SEE ALSO: Selena Gomez’s new music video was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro

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