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Samsung might launch the Galaxy S9 in February

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It’s that time of the year again: Everyone’s guessing what next year will bring to the world of flagships.

Reports predict that you might not have to wait long for news from one of the world’s biggest phone makers, Samsung.

Usually, the Korean brand reveals their flagship phones for the year during an exclusive event in March. They then release them for retail in April.

Previous rumors said that next year’s Galaxy S9 might officially appear at the CES event in January. However, new reports push this back to late February with a release date in March. Despite moving the rumored launch forward, the new date is still earlier than the usual March timeline.

This also hints that Samsung is pushing for an iPhone X contender as soon as possible. Despite being the most expensive Apple phone to date, the iPhone X has been getting positive reviews, much to Samsung’s dismay. Given the reception, it’s natural that Samsung wants to compete as early as possible.

The Galaxy S9 is expected to offer minor updates to the S8, rather than overhauling its entire design. This follows Samsung’s usual pattern of launching unique designs with every even-numbered S phone and updating them with odd-numbered ones.

Regardless, the Galaxy S9 may use the latest Snapdragon 845 processor chip, which launched only earlier this month. The expected upgrade will, at the very least, put the S9 on 2018 phone wish lists.

Samsung has also recently patented some tech they’ve been developing behind the scenes including an under-screen fingerprint sensor and fully-curved display. Only time will tell if these features will have a cameo in the coming months.

SEE ALSO: Alleged Samsung Galaxy S9 case render shows up online

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WT:Social is a social network without ads and fake news

It’s created by the co-founder of Wikipedia

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In this digital age, fake news and ads have proliferated on the internet. Their proliferation has a big impact on society. That’s why Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales launched WT:Social, an alternative social networking platform to Facebook and Twitter.

WT:Social is an abbreviation of Wikitribune Social. It aims to provide users with quality headlines by eliminating fake news. It does this by providing a news feed gathered from different “subwikis”. These “subwikis” act as communities where users can join and post news articles. Users can also report misleading headlines and fake news. In the future, the platform will also implement an “upvote” button.

The whole platform seems inspired by Reddit. Unlike Reddit though, a private company doesn’t own WT:Social. It operates through donations, which is also how Wikipedia operates. Through donations, the company promises to sell no personal data — a clear dig at major tech companies like Google and Facebook.

“We will never sell your data. Our platform survives on the generosity of individual donors to ensure privacy is protected and your social space is ad-free,” the platform states on its website.

Privacy-conscious users looking for an alternative to Facebook and Twitter may find WT:Social useful. They can now sign-up through this link, but there is currently a waitlist for new members.

With 80,000 members and counting, Jimmy Wales expect more users in the future. A privacy-focused social networking site focused on eliminating fake news is what the world needs right now, considering that fake news has the power to influence an election, and even generate a scandal.

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Huawei’s foldable Mate X is finally on sale

Chinese exclusive for now

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In the span of just a few weeks, the world’s first foldable smartphones finally received their much-awaited public release. Headlining the pack, Samsung launched the second iteration of the Galaxy Fold. The revolutionary foldable phone is now available worldwide.

Similarly, Motorola launched its own interpretation of the latest trend, a reimagined resurrection of the iconic Motorola Razr. The new Motorola razr is a brilliant combination of nostalgia and modern technology.

Joining this already distinguished duo, Huawei has finally released its own foldable device, the Mate X. Like its contemporaries, the Mate X was first announced earlier this year. Since then, Huawei’s foldable smartphone has been a victim of numerous rumors and delayed launched.

Prior to this weekend, the Mate X’s most conclusive launch date is “late 2019.” Well, we’re finally in late 2019. As promised, the Mate X is out in the market.

In China, that is. Before a more international launch, the Mate X is exclusive to the Chinese market for now.

Unlike other foldable phones, the Mate X folds outwardly. With its form factor, the phone doesn’t need a second screen. Unfolded, it has an 8.0-inch screen. Folded, it has a front-facing 6.6-inch screen and a 6.38-inch rear screen.

Inside, the Mate X comes with Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of internal storage. It also comes with a triple rear camera setup: a 40-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens. For power, the Mate X carries a sizable 4500mAh battery.

The Mate X retails for CNY 16,999 (or around US$ 2,425.50). However, the device is available only in China for now.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate X first look: Answering the burning questions

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Lazada’s 11.11 concludes with record-breaking sales

E-commerce is growing in the Philippines

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Lazada just had a blast with its 11.11 sale. This year’s sale sets new records for the online store company, with over 11 million deals from local and international brands sold to customers in the Philippines.

Lazada tallied one million sold items within the first hour of the 11.11 sale. One million users also shopped for various items on the website. By the end of the sale event, Lazada shoppers spent a total of 205 million minutes shopping on Lazada. That’s equivalent to watching a marathon of harry Potter for 187,000 times. Filipinos also proved to be shopping-savvy, collecting up to PhP 170 million worth of vouchers during the sale. One person’s shopping cart even amounted to a whopping PhP 1.2 million.

Bigger league of millionaire sellers

Dealers and sellers also set a record for increasing the membership of Lazada’s millionaire-seller league. The league, where sellers past a million peso sale mark earn membership, gained 1,140 new sellers because of the 11.11 sale.

Top brands in the 11.11 sale include Xiaomi for mobile category; CooCaa for home appliance; Pampers for mother’s care; Hydro Flask for general merchandise; Maybelline for health and beauty; and American Tourister for fashion.

This year’s 11.11 sale proves that e-commerce is booming the country. Globally, e-commerce is growing steadily, with China’s Singles’ Day event this year crossing the US$ 38 billion mark for total sales.

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