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Porn sites are once again being blocked in the Philippines

Here are some ways to access them

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The Philippine government isn’t a fan of its citizens accessing pornography on the internet, and has made it a point to block these sites on their soil.

While this isn’t fresh news — regulators have blocked popular sites in the past — the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has gotten stricter with its policy in the past weeks.

Multiple users on Reddit have reported that they’re having a more difficult time entering their favorite naughty websites, citing instances wherein an NTC logo denying access occasionally appears.

According to different Reddit users, not all porn sites are blocked, and accessibility depends on which ISP (internet service provider) and DNS (domain name system) server you use.

By switching to another ISP, you could access certain sites without much trouble. If that’s out of the question, you may also change the DNS settings on your smartphone or computer to get in.

Reddit users claim that setting up OpenDNS, Cloudflare, or Google’s DNS server could give you another avenue. It’s as easy as tweaking the internet settings on your device or router and surfing away.

For those willing to pay (or deal with the limitations of a free account), a VPN (virtual private network) could mask your location and virtually place you in another country in order to bypass the Philippine barrier.

The NTC has yet to publish a statement about their latest porn-blocking moves, but the random downtimes of late probably indicate experimenting from the commission’s part.

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Huawei’s foldable Mate X is finally on sale

Chinese exclusive for now

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In the span of just a few weeks, the world’s first foldable smartphones finally received their much-awaited public release. Headlining the pack, Samsung launched the second iteration of the Galaxy Fold. The revolutionary foldable phone is now available worldwide.

Similarly, Motorola launched its own interpretation of the latest trend, a reimagined resurrection of the iconic Motorola Razr. The new Motorola razr is a brilliant combination of nostalgia and modern technology.

Joining this already distinguished duo, Huawei has finally released its own foldable device, the Mate X. Like its contemporaries, the Mate X was first announced earlier this year. Since then, Huawei’s foldable smartphone has been a victim of numerous rumors and delayed launched.

Prior to this weekend, the Mate X’s most conclusive launch date is “late 2019.” Well, we’re finally in late 2019. As promised, the Mate X is out in the market.

In China, that is. Before a more international launch, the Mate X is exclusive to the Chinese market for now.

Unlike other foldable phones, the Mate X folds outwardly. With its form factor, the phone doesn’t need a second screen. Unfolded, it has an 8.0-inch screen. Folded, it has a front-facing 6.6-inch screen and a 6.38-inch rear screen.

Inside, the Mate X comes with Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of internal storage. It also comes with a triple rear camera setup: a 40-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens. For power, the Mate X carries a sizable 4500mAh battery.

The Mate X retails for CNY 16,999 (or around US$ 2,425.50). However, the device is available only in China for now.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate X first look: Answering the burning questions

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Lazada’s 11.11 concludes with record-breaking sales

E-commerce is growing in the Philippines

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Lazada just had a blast with its 11.11 sale. This year’s sale sets new records for the online store company, with over 11 million deals from local and international brands sold to customers in the Philippines.

Lazada tallied one million sold items within the first hour of the 11.11 sale. One million users also shopped for various items on the website. By the end of the sale event, Lazada shoppers spent a total of 205 million minutes shopping on Lazada. That’s equivalent to watching a marathon of harry Potter for 187,000 times. Filipinos also proved to be shopping-savvy, collecting up to PhP 170 million worth of vouchers during the sale. One person’s shopping cart even amounted to a whopping PhP 1.2 million.

Bigger league of millionaire sellers

Dealers and sellers also set a record for increasing the membership of Lazada’s millionaire-seller league. The league, where sellers past a million peso sale mark earn membership, gained 1,140 new sellers because of the 11.11 sale.

Top brands in the 11.11 sale include Xiaomi for mobile category; CooCaa for home appliance; Pampers for mother’s care; Hydro Flask for general merchandise; Maybelline for health and beauty; and American Tourister for fashion.

This year’s 11.11 sale proves that e-commerce is booming the country. Globally, e-commerce is growing steadily, with China’s Singles’ Day event this year crossing the US$ 38 billion mark for total sales.

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Huawei might get a third extension in the US

Despite US promises to stop extensions

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When will Trump’s obsession with Huawei end? For more than two years, the US government has wandered into an on-and-off relationship with Chinese companies, especially Huawei and ZTE. Currently, the Chinese corporate world is suffering a massive ban on American soil.

Huawei, the ban’s main target, operates purely through a temporary extension granted by the US government. Unfortunately, the license runs out in a few days on November 18, US time. Even then, the current one is already the second extension since May’s definitive ban. In fact, the government already talked about ceasing the extensions altogether.

However, if their previous “promises” are anything to go by, even this particular promise was made on shaky ground. First reported by Politico, the government is expected to extend Huawei’s extension a third time. Unlike the previous 90-day extensions, however, the upcoming one will extend the company’s license by six months.

Though surprising, a third extension likely stems from the government’s recent headway with a more permanent deal. As such, the Trump administration will gain much more by keeping Huawei as a bargaining chip during the deal’s negotiations.

Still, this is getting tedious. For months, both the US and China have been in a relentless tug-of-war for Huawei’s right to operate. However, despite all the news, the issue hasn’t seen a definitive conclusion. Huawei is still in the same mire that it’s been in since May. Who knows when it will end?

SEE ALSO: Taiwan suspends sale of three Huawei phones

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