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Samsung and Qualcomm refuse to sell 5G modems to Apple

5G iPhone pushed back to 2021

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The rise of 5G technology is on the horizon. Behind the scenes, certain parties are developing substantial infrastructure to support the technology. Meanwhile, smartphones have begun installing 5G modems recently. The upcoming 5G ecosystem is almost here.

However, amidst the industry’s chase for 5G, Apple has lagged far behind. Based on previous reports, the company will not release a 5G-compatible iPhone until 2020. Unfortunately, a more recent report makes this estimate quite optimistic. Another substantial delay has pushed the estimated launch to 2021.

According to a Mandarin source, Apple has reached out to Samsung and Qualcomm for potential 5G modems. Both Samsung and Qualcomm have rejected these offers.

Of course, Qualcomm’s current beef with Apple makes a deal impossible. The chip maker has tormented the iPhone maker for every chance it got. Safe to say, Qualcomm does not want to do any business with Apple.

However, Samsung is another story. In the past, Samsung has gladly sold Apple a few components for their hardware. According to the same source, Samsung’s supply is insufficient this time. As a result, the company cannot meet Apple’s demand.

For Apple, there are other sources, such as Intel, MediaTek, and Huawei. However, the well is starting to dry up. For example, Apple has refused Intel’s 5G chips, cutting off that bridge. Likewise, an analyst has speculated that MediaTek’s chips do not fit Apple’s standards. On the other hand, Huawei won’t likely sell its devices to a competitor.

Because of the component difficulty, Apple’s 5G-capable iPhone will likely come out in 2021, way behind the rest of the industry.

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Huawei Mate Xs price, availability in the Philippines

The Falcon Wing has landed in the Philippines

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Huawei’s latest foldable is now in the Philippines.

First unveiled at a live stream event in Barcelona, Spain, the Huawei Mate Xs is the direct successor of the Huawei Mate X.

It’s powered by Huawei’s latest chipset — the Kirin 990 that has 5G support. The Mate Xs also has a 4500 mAh battery with Ultra Fast 55W SuperCharge that can reach 85% in 30 mins. It also has 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage.

It has a quad-camera setup: 40MP f/1.8 SuperSensing Wide, 8MP f/2.4 Telephoto, 16MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide and a ToF depth sensing camera. Some of the features are: ISO 204800, 45x zooming range, 2.5cm macro photography, and OIS and AIS image stabilization.

It has a foldable FullView Display with new and improved hinge design. Other new features include an enhanced user experience, such as the Multi-Window display, powerful 5G connectivity, and SuperSensing Leica Quad Camera.

Pricing and availability

The Huawei Mate Xs will be available in InterStellar Blue and will retail for PhP 139,990. It comes with a one year maintenance support, screen insurance with half price exchange and a free 50GB Huawei Cloud Storage space good for three months. Interested buyers may now check and visit the online channels of the following: Aerophone, Intogadgets, MemoXpress and Silicon Valley.

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Pulse app by Pru Life UK offers free COVID-19 protection

It’s a personal accident insurance

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Life Insurance company Pru Life UK is offering a free COVID-19 protection for Filipinos through its health app Pulse.

The program offers free accident and death benefit for 500,000 Filipinos, in the unfortunate event that the individual passes away, including as a result of COVID-19. Health workers are entitled to twice the death coverage at no cost.

Terms of the insurance

The free COVID-19 protection and PA coverage is a one-time, 45-day insurance, available to the first 500,000 persons who register their profiles on the Pulse app, effective from the date of registration.

It’s important to note that those who have been diagnosed with, have symptoms of, have been under quarantine for COVID-19, or have been living with a COVID-19 patient at the time of registration are not eligible for this offer. Other excluded conditions are listed in the terms and conditions of the product.

Registration starts on April 11, 2020 and is available to all Filipinos aged 18 to 64. This includes a death benefit or lump sum amount of PhP 100,000 for the bereaved family if the insured passes away due to accident, or as a result of COVID-19, subject to terms and conditions.

Eligible health workers will receive a double COVID-19 death benefit worth PhP 200,000. No purchase of any insurance product is required.

Registration process

The offer can be found on the Pulse app that’s available on Android and iOS. Some important things to take note of:

  • New Pulse app registrants are required to create an account and complete their profiles.
  • Existing Pulse registrants will receive an in-app notification directing them to complete their profiles in order to register for the free COVID-19 protection.
  • Applicants will also be requested to complete the profiles of their beneficiaries through Pulse.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the policy owners and their beneficiaries upon successful registration.

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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WhatsApp limits forwarding to one contact at a time to fight misinformation

A welcome move that should help ease panic

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With the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the spread of misinformation has been faster than ever. To curb this, one of the world’s most widely-used instant messenger, WhatsApp, has taken a radical step. It’ll limit the forwarding of messages to only one contact or person at a time.

Previously, you could send the message to up to five people in one go. However, there have been numerous reports of users abusing this feature to spread unverified information. This has lead to a sudden rise in panic amid the pandemic and authorities across the world have failed to curb this nuisance.

WhatsApp in a blog post said, “We’ve seen a significant increase in the amount of forwarding which users have told us can feel overwhelming and can contribute to the spread of misinformation. We believe it’s important to slow the spread of these messages down to keep WhatsApp a place for a personal conversation.”

This will go a long way in curbing the spread of misinformation as users will not be able to spread it as quickly as they could earlier. This isn’t the first time the Facebook-owned company has curbed the limit. A few years ago, it limited the feature to five contacts and noticed a drop of 25 percent in forwards globally. Additionally, it also started marking forwarded messages with “double arrow” labels to notify readers that it’s not an original message.

The app is widely used in developing countries in Asia. India is one of its prime markets due to the high population and affordable availability of mobile data.

WhatsApp has also affirmed that it’s constantly working with health authorities around the globe to ease the Coronavirus spread. In association with the WHO, it has already launched a chatbot that can quickly address concerns as well as answer questions about the virus.

SEE ALSO: How to disinfect your tech from the coronavirus | Coronavirus porn is trending on Pornhub | Here’s where you can donate to the COVID-19 outbreak efforts | 4 ways you can use TikTok to help during the COVID-19 crisis


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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