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Samsung unveils the new Galaxy A7 with triple rear cameras

The first Samsung phone to have three rear shooters

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Samsung announced a new smartphone today and it’s pretty interesting. Remember the Huawei P20 Pro which has three amazing cameras on its back? Samsung is taking some cues from its Chinese competitor’s main flagship phone and the result is the new Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018).

This year’s Galaxy A7 takes a leap ahead of any Samsung phone using triple rear cameras. The phone’s rear setup is equipped with a main AI-enabled 24-megapixel f/1.7 sensor accompanied by a 5-megapixel depth sensor. This allows the phone to have the Live Focus feature by adjusting the bokeh effect. Then there’s also an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra-wide lens for taking extremely wide shots.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) in pink, black, and gold

As for selfies, it’s got another 24-megapixel front camera with adjustable LED flash. Despite not having a secondary sensor in the front, the new Galaxy A7 can still mimic bokeh and studio lighting effects. Also, AR Emoji finally comes to midrange Samsung devices.

The rest of the Galaxy A7 is a pretty standard midrange affair. It sports a 6-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and it’s powered by an octa-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz. While Samsung didn’t specify the processor in their spec sheet, it’s most likely the Exynos 7885 we first saw on the Galaxy A8 (2018) phones. Depending on your region, it can have up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of storage.

The battery capacity of the phone is pretty okay at 3300mAh and it runs Android 8.0 Oreo skinned with Samsung Experience out of the box.

The phone comes with a premium sandwiched glass design like its Galaxy A8 cousins, but its fingerprint sensor is embedded to the metal side frame. Additionally, it comes with Bixby, Samsung Pay, and Samsung Health.

The Galaxy A7 will be available in select European and Asian markets first, but pricing is not yet disclosed in the press release. Samsung is also having a “Samsung A Galaxy Event” on October 11 to announce a new member of the Galaxy family.

SEE ALSO: Samsung might kill the Galaxy J series soon

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Huawei pledges $2 billion to secure cybersecurity of hardware

It starts in Britain for now

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Throughout the past few weeks, Sinophobia has reached an all-time high. Various countries have started banning Chinese telecommunications companies from taking over their technology market. Huawei and ZTE have faced tremendous adversity while expanding their 5G operations. Of note, the US, the UK, and Australia have stopped Huawei’s 5G plans before they could start.

It was only a matter of time before Huawei responds. Now, the company has finally promised to solve these crucial cybersecurity issues. In Britain, Huawei has met with government officials regarding their ban. Like the rest of the Western world, Britain criticized Huawei’s technology as potential backdoors for Chinese espionage.

Both parties have agreed to a compromise. To alleviate Britain’s fears, Huawei will pledge US$ 2 billion for cybersecurity. The company will then attempt to solve whatever Britain found in cybersecurity investigations.

While the United Kingdom is more forgiving, other countries are still very wary. After the initial lineup of banning countries, Japan has joined the conversation. The country is working to ban both Huawei and ZTE from 5G development as well. With that, Japan will be the first Asian country to ban both companies. Western fears are now invading the East.

At the other end of the world, Huawei is also facing another crisis. The company’s chief finance officer, Meng Wanzhou, was recently arrested for allegedly violating embargo regulations. According to Huawei, their retaliation plans in Britain were made before the arrest. Thus, the arrest is another separate battle that awaits the company after issues of cybersecurity.

Huawei is in a world of pain. Despite offering amazing products, the company can’t find any traction in hardware development. Geopolitical fears have and will continue to bog down the company throughout the rise of 5G networking.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 Pro: When beauty meets technology

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Crash Team Racing remaster announced for multiple consoles

Move over, Mario Kart. There’s a new racing game in town!

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Yes, you read that right! PlayStation’s lovable bandicoot returns to the race track for another hard-hitting, kart-smashing racing game! Announced earlier during The Game Awards 2018, Sony Interactive and Activision will release a remaster of Crash Team Racing (CTR) for major consoles next year.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will feature the same elements and gameplay from the 1999 original, worked from the ground up. Beenox, the studio behind Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 spearheaded the HD remaster, retaining the core game modes the original CTR provided. The game will feature the main cast of Crash and Coco Bandicoot, Dr. Neo Cortex, Tiny Tiger, N. Gin, Dingodile, Polar, and Pura. Not only that, but the remastered CTR will also feature both offline and online play, something that deviates from the original.

The announcement came from a segment during The Game Awards 2018 in Los Angeles. A Crash Bandicoot mascot unveiled the trailer by presenting a crate that contained a trophy inside that you can find in the original CTR. This confirmed rumors from earlier this week.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled will come out on June 21, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Next year marks Crash Team Racing‘s 20th anniversary, and what a way to celebrate it through the remaster.

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Apple now sells 18W USB-C fast charger and clear iPhone XR case

More expensive than the ordinary, of course

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Apple has a couple of interesting new items available for iPhone owners out there.

After the month-long delay, the iPhone XR finally gets an official case. For the first time ever, Apple now offers a clear protective case. Instead of leather or silicone, you can protect your colorful iPhone XR with an optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU case.

It’ll be probably one of the most expensive TPU cases you’ll ever purchase for US$ 39. With its expensive price tag, hopefully, it won’t turn yellow over time like other cheap third-party clear cases.

18W USB-C Power Adapter | Image credit: Apple

Those who have been wanting a fast charger for their iPhones can finally get one without spending too much. The early solution wasn’t specifically designed for iPhones and it’s not cheap either.

Thankfully, Apple is now selling an 18W USB-C Power Adapter. Although, you’ll still have to purchase a USB-C to Lightning cable separately. The new iPhone fast charger is priced at US$ 29, while the USB-C cable is an additional US$ 19.

It’ll cost you US$ 48 to charge an iPhone faster, which should come out of the box like with flagship Android phones. Keep in mind that you should be using an iPhone 8 or later model.

The new 18W fast charger and clear case for the iPhone XR are now listed on Apple’s online store.

SEE ALSO: Apple gives away iPhone XR to everyone on The Ellen Show

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