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Qualcomm launches a phone for Snapdragon Insiders, costs $1500

It’s literally called Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders

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In the world of Android, Qualcomm is infamous for its Snapdragon-branded processors. Instead of launching a new chip, the American giant has surprised us with a phone called Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders.

Snapdragon Insiders is a community of Qualcomm enthusiasts who get a closer look at the workings of the chipset giant. It currently comprises 1.6 million members, and the company wanted to provide cutting-edge performance to its inner circle.

Obviously, it sports a Snapdragon 888 processor that can be clocked up to 2.84 GHz and consists of eight cores. It also includes Adreno 660 GPU, 5G support, and WiFi 6. It’s quite disappointing that it doesn’t get the Snapdragon 888+ because it takes away the fad of being on the cutting-edge of technology.

Although it makes up for the slightly mature processor by providing 16GB RAM and 512GB internal storage. On the front is a 6.78-inch AMOLED screen that’s made by Samsung and supports a 144Hz refresh rate. Qualcomm claims 800 nits of brightness with HDR10+ certification and Gorilla Glass Victus protection.

Coming to the cameras, the Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders has a triple-camera array with a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor with 3x magnification.

There’s a 4000mAh battery inside with support for 65W Quick Charge 5 charging speeds. But you only get a 35W power adapter inside the box. It’ll run on stock Android 11 out-of-the-box, with 4 years of guaranteed security updates and OS upgrades.

The phone has been made in partnership with ASUS, who’ll also be responsible for pushing out four years of guaranteed security and software updates.

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It may look like an exclusive offering for the Snapdragon Insiders community, but sales shall be open-ended. Meaning, anyone can buy it if they want to. It’ll only be available in Midnight Blue color and carries a price tag of US$ 1,499 (PHP 75,000). For that heavy price, you’ll get the phone, a Quick Charge 5 charger and cable, a bumper case, and a pair of TWS earbuds from Master & Dynamic (MW0851).

Keep in mind, it isn’t a gaming phone. Much of the specs are already available on the ROG Phone 5, which also supports airtags for seamless gaming. The phone will initially go on sale in China, Germany, Japan, Korea, the US, and the UK. Release in other markets like India will be done in the second wave.

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Oceanic+ turns the Apple Watch Ultra into a dive computer

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The Apple Watch has come a long way. From its humble beginnings in a sweaty gym, Apple’s iconic wearable can now go deep underwater. Released earlier this year, the rugged Apple Watch Ultra promised unparalleled durability designed to withstand extreme conditions. Adding to this durability, the Apple Watch Ultra now has the new Oceanic+, a new app that turns the smartwatch into an operational diving computer.

Built through a partnership between Apple and Huish Outdoors, Oceanic+ melds the ease of use of an Apple Watch and the technical complexity of a diving computer. “People who know how to use an Apple Watch already know how to use this dive computer,” said Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors.

The app will display much-needed information for divers in a timely fashion. Before a dive, users can set surface time, depth, and gas. The app can then calculate their No Deco time, an essential feature for planning a dive. Divers can see this information even when they are underwater.

Further, after a dive, the app automatically collates and summarizes information to give users feedback regarding their dive including GPS entry and exit locations.

Users can easily operate the app even underwater using the Action button and the crown. Plus, the watch’s strong haptic feedback provides users with vibrations that can be felt even underwater. With limited sound underwater, haptic feedback becomes a necessary tool to alert divers of any important information as they come.

The Oceanic+ app is now available through the App Store. Most of the common functionalities are available through the free basic plan. However, more premium features — like decompression tracking, tissue loading, and a location planner — are locked behind a US$ 9.99 per month subscription.

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review (Part 1)

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Over 5.4 million Twitter accounts have just been exposed

Beware of any fishy emails

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According to new owner Elon Musk, Twitter is enjoying record-breaking numbers as of late. If the billionaire’s claim is true, it’s time to beef up your Twitter account’s security. A leak stemming from earlier this year has exposed and exploited over 5 million accounts.

Back in July, the platform confirmed the leak but claimed that none were exploited. An API vulnerability reportedly caused the leak. Now, according to BleepingComputer, Twitter isn’t out of the woods yet.

Though the vulnerability has already been patched, the 5.4 million users affected by the leak have just had their private information leaked on a hacker forum. These details include both phone numbers and email addresses — information that isn’t usually readily available on the platform. The list of affected users even include celebrities and companies.

Thankfully, the leak doesn’t give outright access to an affected user’s account. However, it gives malicious parties some information to work with. Needless to say, if you receive any suspicious emails, take a gander before clicking any links, especially those that ask for your password or any other sensitive information. Also, it might be a good idea to beef up your security with two-factor authentication, just in case.

That said, 5.4 million users is just a drop in the bucket for a massive platform like Twitter. Though it’s not impossible, it’s more likely that your individual account is safe from any of the current chaos. Still, keep your accounts safe.

SEE ALSO: Twitter is working on encrypted DMs and video calling

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Galaxy S23 leaks in FCC filing

Battery revealed

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Though it seems like a long time from now, January and February are just around the corner. As always, the beginning months of 2023 will start off the releases for next year’s smartphones. As such, it’s time to take a look at what’s coming for 2023. Right on time, the Galaxy S23 series has recently popped up in an FCC listing, spoiling a few details about the upcoming flagship.

Via MySmartPrice, the Galaxy S23 5G and Galaxy S23 Plus have made their way to America’s Federal Communications Commission. Naturally, the official listing reveals a few details ahead of the flagship’s official launch early next year.

Specifically, the Galaxy S23 will sport a 3900mAh battery. Meanwhile, the S23 Plus will have a larger 4700mAh battery. The transition from the regular variant to the middle tier is a big one, pushing the latter by almost 1000mAh. Unfortunately, the third model — supposedly the Ultra — has not made an appearance, leaving the most premium one in the dark.

Ahead of the launch, the upcoming flagship has already had some of its spec list spoiled. For example, Qualcomm has confirmed that the series will exclusively use Snapdragon chips, instead of a balance with Exynos chips.

Thankfully, the wait isn’t long for more details. Samsung is reportedly scheduled to launch the series in early February.

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm: Galaxy S23 series will not use Exynos at all

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