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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855, promises 5G phones in 2019

Moving to 5G will be more seamless than 4G

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“5G is here.”

Chipmaker Qualcomm is making bold promises about the future of connectivity and computing on the first day of its Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui. But unlike previous discussions on 5G, these claims are backed up by actual hardware.

Today the tech giant is showing off a 5G smartphone (reference device) running its new Snapdragon 855 system on a chip (SoC).

AT&T and Verizon have also set up actual 5G networks on the island, giving us our closest 5G hands-on experience to date.

The three-day summit brings together global mobile operators, infrastructure providers, and device makers, all of which have been working on expediting the rollout of 5G devices and services. Qualcomm says that unlike the transition to 4G, the switch to 5G will be faster and more seamless, “5G is so important that the whole industry is moving at the same pace.”

Qualcomm is also promising 5G smartphones in the first half of 2019. Sharing the stage with Qualcomm is Samsung, who is also showing off a 5G prototype at the event. Earlier this week, Samsung and Verizon announced plans to release a 5G phone in the US in the first half of next year.

Of course, this chip comes with a helping of advanced features. The most prominent one may be the fourth-generation multi-core AI Engine, which offers three times the AI performance compared to Qualcomm’s older SoCs.

Qualcomm also touts its use of the first-ever Computer Vision (CV) ISP to improve computational photography and video capture features. The gamer aspect isn’t left out either, thanks to Snapdragon Elite Gaming to boost performance on premium devices.

Most interestingly, Qualcomm’s 3D Sonic Sensor is part of the package. It’s the world’s first commercial ultrasonic fingerprint system that can be placed under the display. The company claims it’s more accurate and secure than anything else currently in the market.

The Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui is still underway, so stay tuned for more details in the coming days.

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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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The instax Mini 9 comes with a retro craft bundle for the holiday season

For all your scrapbooking dreams

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The holiday season is here!

If you’re still struggling in coming up with a gift idea, Team Instax might have just curated one for you. Fujifilm partnered with Craft Easy to create the instax Mini 9 Craft Kit.

The craft kit comes with a unique, retro tin box that comes in five colors — each with an accompanying message and particular design. Inside you get a Mini 9 camera, a pack of film, as well as crafting materials including wooden clips, washi tapes, and a set of fun stickers. This special bundle could be a great gift for only PhP 4,499 (US$ 89).

instax Mini 9

The instax Mini 9 is an instant camera that lets you take better selfies that you can print thanks to the built-in selfie mirror placed next to its lens. There’s also a close-up lens attachment if you want to photograph your subjects closer. Lighting can easily be adjusted, too, with its brightness adjustment dial. To operate the camera, you only need two AA size alkaline batteries. Happiness is just one click away!

The Mini 9 is available in Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue, and Smoky White. The camera retails for PhP 3,999. It’s available at Fujifilm authorized dealers nationwide.

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