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Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 lands in Singapore

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Rugged phones are built tough, but what about a larger and more productive device on the road? The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is ready to take the beating as it officially arrives in Singapore.

The Galaxy Tab Active 2 is MIL-STD-810G compliant to survive excessive pressure, temperatures, environments, vibration, and drops without the added bulk of a rugged casing. It’s also IP68-certified against dust and liquid.

But don’t take the tablet as just another slate with a thick shell. The tablet comes equipped with an S Pen to meet demands in the workplace. It also has a fingerprint reader for added security and convenience.

It has an 8-inch HD display with a 16:10 aspect ratio which is ideal for reading and working on documents. A home-baked Exynos 7870 Octa processor is at the heart of the slate with 3GB of memory and 16GB of expandable storage. It even has a removable 4450mAh battery for easier maintenance and quick swapping.

The tablet comes with basic shooters like an 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front snapper. A modern USB-C port acts as its connector and charging port, as well. Lastly, the tablet comes with optional LTE connectivity and keyboard accessories.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 2 is only available in black starting December 22 for enterprise purchase in Singapore. Pricing starts at S$ 648 for the WiFi-only version while the variant with LTE cellular connectivity is priced at S$ 748.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) go official with dual front cameras and Infinity Display

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New Ford Ranger FX4 is an updated workhorse truck

Ford’s truck lineup offers a Ranger for everyone

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Ford Philippines has just introduced a new model for its already successful lineup of pickup trucks. Called the Ranger FX4, it exudes toughness with its bold design, work-ready performance, and smart technologies.

It also adds to the company’s Ranger portfolio making it the automotive company with the widest lineup of pickup trucks in the country with 13 available variants.

Ford Ranger FX4

The new FX4 still maintains the Ranger’s general appeal but it comes with unique 18-inch black alloy wheels, door handles, front and rear bumpers, and fresh fender features.

Decals along the lower doors and a 3D badge on its tailgate make sure that onlookers will know this is the updated model.

Stepping inside, you’ll be welcomed by Fx4-embossed leather seats, FX4-branded floor mats, and sporty dark environment highlighted by race red stitchings on the soft top instrument panel, center console, gear shifter, and door trims.

In terms of features, we know that Ford doesn’t skimp on the essentials. The new FX4 carries an infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on its 8-inch touchscreen display.

Powering the Ranger FX4 is the company’s 2.2-liter Duratorq diesel engine mated with a six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, producing 160PS of power and 385Nm of torque.

The new Ranger models are now available in Ford dealerships nationwide. Pricing is at PhP 1,256,000 for the 4×2 MT model and PhP 1,316,000 for the 4×2 AT variant.

They’re available in five colors — Absolute Black, Aluminum Metallic, Arctic White, Meteor Grey, and True Red.

An updated lineup of trucks

  • Aside from the new Ranger FX4, Ford Philippines is also introducing a series of enhancements and upgrades to its entire Ranger lineup.
  • Ranger XLS variants now come with a new 8-inch LCD touchscreen radio with Apple Carplay and Android Auto Capability. A new Ranger XLS Sport 4×2 A/T variant is added to the Ranger XLS products available to customers.
  • Ranger XLT variants also come with a new 8-inch LCD touchscreen radio with Apple Carplay and Android Auto Capability.
  • Ranger Wildtrak 4×2 variants now have a new wheel design and LED headlamps. The Wildtrak 4×4 also has a new wheel design, LED headlamps, camera-based Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection and high-mount USB feature to support various dashcam models.
  • Ranger Raptor now comes with a camera-based Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, high-mount USB, and LED headlamps.

Test drive Ford’s trucks for yourself

The launch of the Ranger FX4 also marks the official kick-off of the Ford Island Conquest event this year. The first leg of the experiential test drive will happen on January 24-26, 2020 from 9AM to 9PM at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City.

During the three-day event, customers have the chance to test drive the Ranger FX4 and other Ford vehicles on a specialized driving course that will showcase the vehicles’ best-in-class features and capabilities.

Customers also have the chance to avail of exclusive offers and deals when they purchase a Ford vehicle. This includes a PhP 10,000 outright cash discount and pick-a-prize cash discount of up to PhP 100,000 on top of existing promotions for the month. Over Ph 1.3 million worth of cash discounts and prizes are up for grabs during the Ford Island Conquest kick-off.

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Leak reveals a mint green Huawei P40

Coming from Evan Blass

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Image source: Evan Blass / Twitter

Since the P20 series, Huawei has led the market in iconic colors. Who can forget the P20’s Twilight version? Or the P30’s Breathing Crystal version? Say what you will about Huawei as a company; at least their colors are on point.

As you can expect, Huawei will likely up the ante again in the upcoming P40 series. With all eyes on the next flagships, what colors can expect this time around?

In a recent tweet, infamous leaker Evan Blass has revealed one of the colors for this year’s new offerings. The leak reveals a mint green smartphone armed with a larger multi-lens rear camera setup. Besides the camera, the rear doesn’t reveal anything much. On the sides, you’ll find the traditional power button and volume rocker combination.

More interestingly, Blass did not reveal the phone’s model. However, the leak’s timeliness suggests the P40 series. Further, he also leaked an all-new variant for the series this year — a new ceramic version.

With the grapevine slowly churning, Huawei is set to unleash a new flagship in the next few months. For now, we should expect the P40 series sometime around March.

SEE ALSO: Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Huawei on Lazada

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Apple isn’t encrypting iCloud backups because of the FBI

Public security is their concern

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One of Apple’s selling points for its products is encryption by default. For a long time, the Cupertino company advertised device encryption for its iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks.

For users, it means better security and privacy against malicious hackers wanting to steal sensitive information. All device data is securely stored and encrypted so only the users can access them.

However, there is one thing missing from Apple’s encryption clause. By default, iCloud backups are unencrypted — Apple can see any data users store in the cloud service.

Privacy no more

While the company remained mum on the issue, a report by Reuters revealed why Apple didn’t encrypt iCloud backups for many years.

It turns out, the company planned on encrypting all iCloud backups last 2016. During that year, the company successfully fought a court battle against the FBI for unlocking the iPhone of a school shooter. The encrypted iCloud plan has the code name “Plesio” and “KeyDrop”.

Apple discussed the encryption plans with the FBI but the agency complained about its implications. Pressured by FBI and several US agencies, Apple later caved in and dropped plans to encrypt iCloud backups.

Sources gathered by Reuters also suggest one reason for dropping encryption: more users will find it hard to retrieve their data once they lost their password.

Implications and repercussions

With iCloud backups remaining unecrypted, FBI can easily request a court order for Apple to turn over precious data to the agency. As such, iCloud data became one of the preferred evidence for the agency, with more than 1,568 cases involving its use.

Apple has not yet commented on the issue. However, expect the fallout from this relevation to be swift and widespread, as more tech companies face the dilemma of balancing users’ privacy against the need for upholding public security.

Source: Reuters

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