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realme Narzo 50A Unboxing: a budget gaming buddy!

Budget play option

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These are confusing times, as the Hulk said. With a flurry of devices being released near the end of 2021, we’re going to unbox the realme Narzo 50A.

The box provided with the phone has an eye-catching color. The word “Narzo” is very prominent. Perhaps realme really wanted to scream their Narzo line. You won’t mistake this for anything else.

Opening the box was quite a challenge, it feels as if the cover has separation anxiety with the main box. Once successfully opened, the document container will greet you with “feel the power”!

Also included in the document holder are the phone case and the SIM tray ejector tool.

For the main attraction, the phone itself is resting snugly on the box. The unit has the “Oxygen Blue” colorway.

Greeting us at the front is the 6.5-inch mini-drop fullscreen, with a 720×1600 HD+ resolution. The screen-to-body ratio is 88.7 percent with a peak brightness of 570 nits in sunlight mode. To top it off, we also have an 8MP in-screen selfie camera.

Along with all of that beauty lies the charging chord and the power adaptor, USB Type-C and an 18W charging brick.

Heading onto the back, an interesting design awaits. The Oxygen Blue colorway pops, truly an eye-catcher. As needed by every mobile device, we have a triple camera setup: 50MP for the main camera, 2MP macro lens, and 2MP portrait.

That back looks… wow?

The design of the realme Narzo 50A is intriguing, streaking below the camera, we have a patterned design and the other half is smooth and simple. Maybe realme couldn’t decide on what design they should go for, so maybe they went for both. Other than that, the design is pretty solid and it gives the Narzo 50A a unique and striking look. The huge camera at the back is noticeable, but realme also placed a fingerprint sensor with the cameras.

The sides of the phone are familiar territory. On the left side, we have the sim and memory card slot, on the right we have the volume rocker and the power button.

On the bottom, past and present collide as the Narzo 50A has a USB Type-C and a 3.5MM headphone jack. People would love this especially if you’re still with the wired earphones gang.

But for those considering buying the phone, earphones will be bought separately as they do not have them inside the box.

Quick specs

The realme narzo 50A is equipped with the Helio G85 Gaming Processor, with 4GB of ram, and a whopping 6,000mAh battery. That’s about it for this article as we are going to dive deeper into the device as a performance review is coming up next.

Price and availability

The narzo 50A will be available in the 4GB+6GB variant during the brand’s 11.11 mega sale on Lazada. As an exclusive early-bird offer, the narzo 50A will be available at PhP 6,990. That’s PhpP1,000 off for the Narzo 50A!

If you’re reading this too late or you don’t mind the sale, then the actual retail price of the device is Php 7,990. 

The colors offered by the narzo 50A will be Oxygen Green and Oxygen Blue. Be sure to check out their official store in Lazada to learn more about the early-bird discount and more.

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All MediaTek processors found with vulnerabilities

Thankfully patched now

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Technology is imperfect. Though the tech world has a plethora of revolutionary features, it also has a handful of vulnerabilities that malicious parties can exploit with gusto. And, as long as that world keeps advancing, weaknesses will always be found. In a new report, a whopping 37 percent of all smartphones was found with a critical vulnerability.

Reported by Check Point Research, MediaTek’s processors apparently have a vulnerability embedded into their AI and audio components. Currently, MediaTek is one of the most popular processor brands in the world. The company’s lineup, including the Dimensity series, is found in around 37 percent of smartphones and devices around the world.

In their report, Check Point Research tried to reverse-engineer the processor’s audio components. Because of its architecture, a hacker can create a custom message that can access the feature remotely. As such, victimized devices can eavesdrop on their users without them knowing.

By the time that Check Point Research published the report, MediaTek already patched the vulnerability out from its current lineup. It was fixed in October and will be officially reported in the company’s December newsletter.

Of course, it all depends on whether users will keep their devices updated with the latest software releases. If you want to prevent your phones from getting victimized, always keep them updated with security updates pushed by your respective brand.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek Pentonic 2000 will power flagship 8K 120Hz TVs

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Huawei unveils largest Health Lab facility

Customer health monitoring a key focus

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Health Lab

Huawei’s Consumer Business Group unveiled through a virtual tour its new Huawei Health Lab facility based in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, China.

The lab is a SG$ 42.5 million research and development investment that supports more than 80 types of simulation tests targeted to improve Huawei’s smart wearable products in years to come.

These tests support and provide data for the R&D department that covers extensive research on human health and fitness, incubation and testing of Huawei’s smart wearable products.

Huawei currently runs multiple Health Labs to study health-related technology, including its lab in Xi’an, China which focuses on innovative applications for health and fitness.

The latest HUAWEI Health Lab in Dongguan, China aims to become a world class health and fitness technology institute dedicated to product R&D, standards R&D, certification, exhibitions, and industry incubation activities.

Customer health monitoring a key focus

Huawei’s smart wearable and health business has brought many innovative, science-based health and fitness products and services to consumers in recent years.

The new state-of-the-art facility includes a SG$ 638,000 plateau blood oxygen simulation laboratory which replicates high-altitude environments up to 6,000 meters above sea level to test how oxygen saturation affects the human body.

Health Lab

The lab contains the facilities necessary for researchers to measure the changes in the human body under different altitudes and climate conditions and obtain more accurate data for analysis.

The lab also has a professional optical motion capture system which records a wide range of subjects including moving bullets with millimetre-level accuracy.

By studying the movement of the human body along with attitude data, Huawei hopes to develop new and innovative features it can add to its smart wearable products.

 Exercise lab for accuracy

The exercise physiology research area of the lab also comes equipped with cardiopulmonary function and metabolism meters, heart rate belts, and high-performance treadmills that researchers can use to monitor as VO2 max, calorie consumption, and workout heart rate.

Health Lab

This will be ideal in coming up with features for customers who use Huawei’s wearables primarily for fitness functions.

Thanks in large part to these labs, Huawei’s smart wearable products support more than 100 workout modes which include even rock-climbing, swimming, golf, and more.

Scenario-based health experiences 

Health Lab

The new HUAWEI Health Lab also serves as an incubator for scenario-based experiences and service packages that consumers can directly enjoy, including micro-physical examination, home fitness, and digital sports.

In the lab’s micro-physical examination area, users can use Huawei wearable products to measure physical indicators such as blood pressure and SpO2 monitoring.

In the indoor fitness area, users can start tracking their exercise by connecting a Huawei smartwatch, a HUAWEI Vision TV, and other third-party equipment.

Meanwhile, the digital sports area enables users to compete with friends while using rowing machines and spinning bikes.

The HUAWEI Health App now also offers 11 types of training courses including running, cycling, yoga, fitness, skipping, and more.

Huawei Watch GT 3

Huawei Watch GT 3

The new Huawei Watch GT 3 will offer higher accuracy in monitoring their health and fitness performance backed by scientific data.

Customers in Singapore can look forward to experience the smartwatch in December 2021.

In the Philippines, the Huawei Watch GT Series is already available for pre-order now until December 9, 2021.

  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 46mm – PHP 12,999 with freebies worth PhP 3,998
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT 3 42mm – Starts at PhP 8999 online exclusive with freebies worth PhP 2,490 during pre-order phase. The normal price starts at PhP 11,999.
  • HUAWEI WATCH GT Runner – PhP 13,999 with freebies worth PhP 4,388
  • HUAWEI FreeBuds Lipstick – PhP 9,999 from its original price of PhP 11,999
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Lenovo’s classroom management software now in PH

It’s called LanSchool Air

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Lenovo’s LanSchool recently announced that its cloud-based classroom management software, LanSchool Air, is now available for schools in the Philippines.

LanSchool Air has provided a leading classroom management software in the education technology platform for over 30 years, serving over 12 million customers in 75 markets.

It includes features to help monitor and protect student devices, enabling communication and screen sharing, and providing device management to help guide learning, promote collaboration, and maximize teaching time.

Top features include screen monitoring, limit web, blank screen, messaging, and push website.

Best for teachers and schools

LanSchool Air will benefit teachers most specially, allowing them to connect with students within a digital space to create a more meaningful online experience both in the classroom setting and remotely.

With LanSchool Air, educators can help improve student engagement, teach digital citizenship, and provide an immersive learning environment.

Schools across The Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific have already adopted the self-hosted version of the software, LanSchool Classic, which is available in over 15 languages.

The addition of the new cloud-based LanSchool Air, which is fully hosted and managed by LanSchool, gives schools a quick and easy path to classroom management software adoption, fit for distance learning in the Philippines.

Additionally, the cloud-based software provides flexibility for schools to accelerate the adoption of new technology and continue to incorporate online schooling into their teaching models.

The solution is compatible with Windows, Chromebook, and Mac devices and can be cloud or locally hosted. A free, 30-day trial of LanSchool Air is available for schools that may be interested in learning more.

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