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Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Pricing and availability in the US

Available through AT&T and Verizon

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Samsung has kicked off 2021 with a bang! The Galaxy S21 series is now official and available for preorders.

As Samsung’s first flagship series this year, the Galaxy S21 series boasts superior performance with the recently launched Exynos 2100 processor. Every smartphone in the series will come with 5G support.

Besides the powerful processor, the Galaxy S21 has a creative new design called the Contour Cut Camera, a camera island flowing from the top-left corner. Performance-wise, the Galaxy S21’s camera shoots amazing images with a 108-megapixel camera and 100x Space Zoom.

Also, it sports a new edge-to-edge Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O 120Hz display. Adding to that, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will come compatible with the S Pen, the first Galaxy S smartphone to launch with stylus support.

Additionally, you can pair your Galaxy S21 smartphone with the new Galaxy Buds Pro (US$ 199.99).

Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G will retail for US$ 799.99. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S21+ 5G will sell for US$ 999.99. Finally, the Galaxy S21 Ultra retails for US$ 1,199.99.

  • Current and new AT&T customers can get up to US$ 800 off from any smartphone in the series by trading in an eligible smartphone with an AT&T unlimited plan. Additionally, customers can get 50 percent off the Galaxy Buds Pro when buying through att.com.
  • New Verizon customers can get a 128GB Galaxy S21+ 5G for free (or US$ 1,000 off any Galaxy S21 phone in the series) after trading in an eligible smartphone and buying select Unlimited plans. Meanwhile, current customers can get up to US$ 600 off when trading in an eligible phone.

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Apple got cute pet portraits on their billboards!

Get your pet to model!

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Have you spotted cute pet babies hitting it on the street billboards lately? Well, Apple launched an ad campaign where everyone’s pets take over billboards around Singapore.

Hoping to turn heads and make pet portraits into high art, it’s arguably the most adorable addition to their Shot On iPhone campaign. If you’ve tried to take get your pet to pose to no avail, they’ve got photographer Jason Nocito to help.

The campaign hopes to aptly demonstrate how photographic features often reserved for professionals are now accessible to Apple users. The charming and adorable billboard pet portraits were all shot with an iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max–utilizing High-Key Light Mono Portrait.

Tips from Jason for pet portraits!

  1. To help get your pet’s attention and eye contact, hold a squeaker or keys above the lens.
  2. If you are shooting outdoors, place your subject under indirect light in front of a simple wall or background.
  3. Place your pet in the center of the frame.
  4. If you’re having a hard time getting your pet-posed High-Key Light Mono mode try shooting ina few regular shots in Portrait mode. From there you can apply the High-Key Light Mono mode in the edit function after the shoot.
  5. Lastly, shoot a lot of different frames!

Up your pet photo game

The campaign will run globally–including an @apple Instagram takeover and WeChat component! There, you’ll get to play around the iPhone’s camera features while learning how to take billboard-worthy shots wherever you are. You can even check out the behind-the-scenes of the shoot with Jason and his furry friends!

The OOH billboards at Knightsbridge, Keppel, and Bugis in Singapore have gone live. But, be on the lookout for the coming weeks; a cute fur baby might be featured on a billboard near you!

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Number portability is here, how will it work?

Easily switch among 3 telco providers!

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Number portability or the ability to move your mobile number under any carrier you want seemed like a pipe dream. Not anymore thanks to the combined efforts of the Avengers. No, just kidding. They’re called the Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. made up of DITO Telecommunity, Globe Inc., and Smart Communications. So, kind of like the Avengers, but of Telecom companies in the Philippines.

This was made possible thanks to teh passing of the Mobile Number Portability Act. Republic Act No. 11202, also known as the Mobile Number Portability Act, ensures that mobile phone users can keep their numbers even when they transfer to another service provider, or when they switch their subscription from postpaid to prepaid, or vice-versa.

How to avail Number Portability

  • How to port within networks, you need to meet the following requirements:
  • An active SIM and the requestor is the assignee of the mobile number to be ported
  • Zero remaining balance from your previous bill (for postpaid)
  • Non-existent court prohibitions
  • No pending transfer of ownership

Number porting makes it possible to also keep your number when switching from prepaid to postpaid plans. Syniverse will be the provider of number portability services in the Philippines.

“Mobile Number Portability is a complex process not only do we need to adopt it into our system but we need to integrate it with the networks of our competitors,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo who sits as the Chairman of the Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. General Counsel, Globe Group of Companies.

“It took us 22 months to build MNP, upgrade the system, integrate with the MNP service provider, and do testing with the other telcos,” he added.

Price and availability

As discussed earlier, number porting is free of charge. You can try out number porting on September 30, 2021.

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OPPO has more improvements for the under-screen camera

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It’s been a while since the first under-screen camera. At the time, the technology launched as another way to hide the then-controversial camera notch. As with most new technology, the under-screen camera still had its flaws. For one, the surface area had some slight imperfections that can show up with enough scrutiny. To take the technology to the next step, OPPO is launching a new generation of the technology.

Announced today, OPPO’s new under-screen camera blends a good balance between display and camera quality. To solve the aforementioned display quality issue, the new screen shrinks the size of each pixel but without reducing the number of pixels. The screen will still display 400ppi even above the under-screen camera.

Going outside of the usual issues, the new screen will improve color accuracy and brightness across the board. Naturally, a prototype would show the improvements working in real life. However, given the technical improvements described in launch, the screen does sound impressive.

Unfortunately, OPPO has not revealed when the technology is coming to an actual phone. However, the company does promise that it is continuously working on better and better technology to improve its growing list of features.

Besides OPPO, other smartphone makers have developed their own takes on the camera including Xiaomi, vivo, and Samsung.

SEE ALSO: OPPO A74 5G review: Did OPPO balance its midranger properly?

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