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Samsung Galaxy A9 Star looks like the Huawei P20

Launches in China first

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Some call it a bright star in an endless sea of black and rose gold; others call it a well-placed oil slick. Regardless of where you stand, Huawei’s Twilight gradient has turned more heads today than any other color in smartphone history.

The gradient got its start through the popular Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. Even now, the variant continues to sell out in authorized retailers. In fact, the P20 series popularized the trend so much that various other phones are adopting gradients for variants. Some have even gone so far as to copy Huawei entirely.

Despite the abundance of copycats, another brand is adding its own gradient phone — Samsung. The Korean phone maker has launched a new upper-midrange phone, the Galaxy A9 Star.

Surprisingly, instead of creating an original take on the trend, the A9 Star significantly copies from Huawei’s own design.

Like Huawei’s Twilight, the A9 Star equally dips from blue to purple. To add a bit of originality, the phone adds in curved accents underneath the surface.

Additionally, the phone curiously shifts the dual rear cameras to the top-left corner. Traditionally, Samsung prefers a central camera position. The new top-left position exactly mimics Huawei’s.

As for other hardware, the phone sports a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED display. It also boasts a midrange Snapdragon 660, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. It touts a huge 3700mAh battery.

At the moment, the Samsung Galaxy A9 Star exclusively sells in China for US$ 470. Recently, the similar A8 Star launched in the region.

SEE ALSO: Samsung will soon introduce midrange Galaxy A8 Star with dual rear cameras

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Tinder adds a panic button for dates that go wrong

Safety first!

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Tinder is like a box of chocolates. You never know who you’re going to get: the girl next door, the workroom hottie, or (worse) the creepy stalker. Unfortunately, the popular dating app can lead to a lot of terrible nights. Bad dates are, of course, not the end of the world. Ending up with a psycho partner, however, can quickly lead to dangerous situations.

In a long-overdue move, Tinder is finally implemented a panic button for dates that go horribly wrong. The emergency feature will alert authorities and safety personnel if things go sideways. Additionally, it can keep trusted friends updated on where you are.

The panic button will come in partnership with a third-party safety platform called Noonlight. Once installed, the feature will coordinate with both apps. When connected, Noonlight will share updates through the Tinder Timeline.

The actual panic button is located inside Noonlight. When pressed, the button will alert authorities. Afterwards, connected authorities will start texting the individual. If unanswered, they will start calling. If it comes up unanswered again, authorities will go to the individual’s location.

Starting next week, the feature will roll out through a new Tinder tab called Safety Center. The launch will start initially in the US. After the initial launch, the panic button will come to Tinder’s sister services including OkCupid and Match.com.

Besides the panic button, Tinder will also add verification methods to ensure truthful accounts. Users can get verification by recreating their account’s various photos. If the photos match, they get verified.

SEE ALSO: 3 reasons why Tinder is the best travel app

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Apple shot a film entitled ‘The Daughter’ using an iPhone 11 Pro

So raw, emotional, and honest

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When tech giants create ads and films, you can expect it to be heartwarming. For instance, Apple released a Chinese New Year special, guaranteed to make you tearful and warm.

Entitled “The Daughter,” the short film tackled hope, love, and reconciliation featuring three generations of Chinese women.

It has the elements you need for a good cry — a realistic depiction of disagreement between a mother and daughter, a single parent’s determination to provide a good life, and a child’s curiosity, optimism, and innocence.

Apple Singapore brought together three talented individuals to create this emotional film. Oscar-nominated folks — director Theodore Melfi and cinematographer Lawrence Sher — worked with China’s top actress Zhou Xun in producing the film through an iPhone 11 Pro.

Once again, Apple proves iPhone’s prowess in the video department. There’s a reason why we held iPhone 11 Pro as the best smartphone for photography and videography — there’s nothing like it! Watch the video here.

SEE ALSO: Selena Gomez’s new music video was shot on an iPhone 11 Pro

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QuickShare will be Samsung’s alternative to AirDrop

It has cloud powers too

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Samsung is developing an alternative to AirDrop. It has a rather straightforward name of “Quick Share” and appears to carry all the functions of Apple’s offering.

Spotted by XDA-Developers, the feature lets Samsung users quickly share files, photos, and videos to other Samsung users. They can set to receive from their trusted contacts by selecting “Contacts Only”. Alternatively, they can receive files from any nearby user by choosing “Everyone”.

To differentiate it from Apple’s seamless file-sharing feature, Samsung will let users upload files to Samsung Cloud. Nearby SmartThings appliances will download the files and stream it to the user’s Galaxy device. However, there is a size limit of 2GB per day with this feature.

This feature will probably debut on Galaxy S20 when it launches on February 11th. It will likely remain exclusive to newer Samsung devices sporting OneUI 2.0. However, it is possible that this feature will roll out to other devices through over-the-air updates.

Samsung is not the only company developing its own nearby file sharing tool. Last August, rivals OPPO, Vivo, and Xiaomi announced an unprecedented partnership to develop an AirDrop-like feature for their devices. These are a welcome development for Android users longing for a decent AirDrop alternative.

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