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Samsung Galaxy A52, A52 5G, and A72: Price and availability in the Philippines

A new batch of Awesome

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Samsung’s best-selling A-Series smartphones are getting an expected refresh. Announced in a global Unpacked event are the Samsung Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, and Galaxy A72.

The Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 were the darlings of the midrange and upper midrange segment. Their successors are aiming to replicate their success by doubling down on all their awesome offerings.

Awesome screen

This new set of A-Series smartphones all sport FHD+ Super AMOLED displays. It’s a staple that fans of the brandhave come to expect from Samsung smartphones.

Elevating the experience further is support for either a 120Hz or 90Hz refresh rate. This along with Super AMOLED promises and immersive and tantalizing visuals.

Awesome camera

Each display has a hole-punch that houses a 32MP f/2.2 selfie camera. Flip it over and you’ll get the 64MP f/1.8 cameras.

But the awesomeness in producing static and dynamic images doesn’t stop at the hardware.

This new generation of Galaxy A-Series phones have camera features like Scene Optimizer, 4K video recording and snap, OIS Camera, and Night Mode.

There’s also Filters and AR Emoji to really up the run when you’re feeling bored.

Long-lasting battery life

Carrying 4500mAh and 5000mAh battery capacities, the Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A72 promise to be workhorses that can keep up with throughout the grind of a long day.

Of course, long-lasting usage doesn’t just depend on the battery capacity. The SoC along with One UI 3 optimizations help keep the phones going all day.

Here are specs and pricing details

Galaxy A52

  • 6.5″ FHD+ Display, 90Hz
  • Octacore (Dual 2.3Ghz + Hexa 1.8Ghz) SoC
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Storage, expandable up to 1TB
  • LTE Connectivity
  • 4500mAh
  • 32MP f/2.2 Selfie Camera
  • Rear Cameras: 64MP f/1.8 Main, 12MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide, 5MP f/2.4 Depth, 5MP f/2.4 Macro
  • IP67
  • On-screen fingerprint sensor
  • Colors: Black, White, Blue, Violet
  • PhP 18,990

Galaxy A52 5G

  • 6.5″ FHD+ Display, 120Hz
  • Octacore (Dual 2.2Ghz + Hexa 1.8Ghz) SoC
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Storage, expandable up to 1TB
  • 5G Connectivity
  • 4500mAh
  • 32MP f/2.2 Selfie Camera
  • 64MP f/1.8 Main
  • 12MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide
  • 5MP f/2.4 Depth
  • 5MP f/2.4 Macro
  • IP67
  • On-screen fingerprint sensor
  • Colors: Black, White, Blue, Violet
  • PhP 23,990

Galaxy A72

  • 6.7″ FHD+ Display, 90Hz
  • Octacore (Dual 2.3Ghz + Hexa 1.8Ghz) SoC
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB Storage, expandable up to 1TB
  • LTE Connectivity
  • 5000mAh
  • 32MP f/2.2 Selfie Camera
  • 64MP f/1.8 Main
  • 12MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide
  • 8MP f/2.4 Telephoto
  • 5MP f/2.4 Macro
  • IP67
  • On-screen fingerprint sensor
  • Colors: Black, White, Blue, Violet
  • PhP 23,990

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A52 First look: Awesome and affordable? | Samsung Galaxy A72 First look: Stepping up

Laptops

Janet Jackson can cause some old laptops to crash

Windows XP is affected

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Especially for a certain age group, Janet Jackson’s music is fire. However, if you’re an old, old laptop, you might not appreciate how fiery Janet Jackson is. In a recently discovered quirk, engineers have discovered that the artist’s 1989 hit, “Rhythm Nation,” causes certain laptops to crash.

Yes, it sounds made up. How can one song cause a laptop to crash? Apparently, the classic hit uses the same “natural resonant frequencies” as some hard drives made before. Even then, it still doesn’t sound real.

Unfortunately, there is no way to replicate the phenomenon, besides a report from The Old New Thing author Raymond Chen. He swears that the problem existed way back when. The issue affected laptops released around 2005 during the Windows XP era, particularly with 5400rpm drives. Most devices from that time period have already died.

Additionally, the issue was likely patched already. Chen states that affected hard drives eventually installed an audio filter that prevented the problem from occurring.

On the bright side, it also means that everyone’s laptops are safe from exploding because of Janet Jackson. Still, it’s a strange tale that confirms some audio files can wreak havoc on technology. Likewise, if you happen to have a functioning device from that era, you might want to keep it away from Janet Jackson.

SEE ALSO: Windows 12 might come out in 2024

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Apps

TikTok can detect what you type on screen

Through its in-app browser

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No one ever really thinks about in-app browsers. Though it’s one of the most unseen features of an app, the in-app browser allows for a moment of convenience when you need to open a link. However, a new cautionary tale is sharing the risks of using the feature. Particularly, TikTok and its in-app browser are reportedly capable of logging your keystrokes.

TikTok just can’t get out of its privacy-infused hole of controversy. For years, the platform has faced an unending barrage of controversies linked to whether the app leaks information to China. As a change, the latest issue isn’t exactly geopolitically charged. However, it won’t do the company any favors, either.

Recently, security researcher Felix Krause created a tool to analyze whether an app’s browser can potentially scrape data and change information for the user. The researcher also tested the tool with the world’s top apps. And, unfortunately for the platform, TikTok found itself on the top of the risky list.

According to the tool, TikTok can inject JavaScript, modify a page, and fetch metadata. It’s essentially a keylogger. To its credit, Instagram, Messenger, and Facebook all have the same capabilities.

However, the video-sharing platform has one key element that puts it above the rest: It doesn’t allow users to open links using the device’s default browser. You’re forced to use TikTok’s own browser when you open a link on the app.

Of course, there are a few caveats. For one, apps can bypass the tool, blocking users from seeing what in-app browsers are capable of. Secondly, the tool’s findings don’t necessarily mean that the app itself is malicious; it only indicates what it’s capable of. To reflect that, TikTok has said that it has not used the data for any malicious purposes.

SEE ALSO: TikTok might launch TikTok Music, its own music service

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India

India might force Apple to adopt USB-C soon

Exploratory talks have started

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It’s the world versus Apple. After years and years of proprietary hardware, Apple is finally facing a deluge of pressure to abandon the Lightning cable. The entire European Union have already decided to force device markers, particularly Apple, to adopt the universal standard, USB-C. Now, another country is joining in: India.

As reported by Mint, the Indian government has started holding exploratory talks with manufacturers to discuss the possibility of a common charging standard. While the talks aren’t decisive yet, it’s the first step towards legislation moving in favor of a standard.

Though the wording remains vague, a lot of pressure is on Apple. The iPhone maker is still one of the biggest opponents against adopting USB-C worldwide. Amid the company’s growing gallery of USB-C devices, the Lightning cable is still alive and well. A lot of other manufacturers have already moved on to the standard for its their ports.

Soon, the company might not have a choice. If a decisive law is passed, India will join the European Union and Brazil in potentially forcing Apple into the standard. It’s not an insignificant ally for the pro-USB-C camp, either. India is one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world.

Apple is unlikely to launch a USB-C iPhone series this year. The company is already expected to launch the next series in a few weeks’ time. If such a phone is coming, it might debut as soon as next year.

SEE ALSO: Another country wants to force Apple to go USB-C

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