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Samsung, Xiaomi dominate Q1 2020 Android sales

And these are midrange phones!

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The latest research from Strategy Analytics is a sign that things are shaking up in the Android smartphone market. According to the research, midrange phones from Samsung and Xiaomi dominated the Q1 2020 sales for Android smartphones. Furthermore, only one flagship made it to the list, suggesting that more and more people are buying midrange phones.

Midrange phones dominate the market

Global smartphone shipment for Q1 2020 stands at 275 million units. The Android smartphone that sold the most during the Q1 2020 is Samsung’s Galaxy A51. It is a midrange device with a 6.5-inch display and a quad-camera setup. It was released last year and has become a popular device across Europe and Asia. Strategy Analytics estimated that the device sold 6 million units worldwide, accounting for 2.3 percent of the global market share.

Meanwhile, Xiaomi’s Redmi 8 managed to grab the second spot. The device grabbed 1.9 percent of the total market share in the first quarter. Strategy Analytics noted that the device is popular among Indian and Chinese consumers. And with Xiaomi making a splash in Europe, it is also becoming increasingly popular among Europeans.

The rest of the top six best-selling smartphones are dominated by other Samsung and Xiaomi midrange devices. Taking up the fourth and sixth spots are the Samsung Galaxy A10s and A20s. Meanwhile, Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 grabbed the fifth spot.

Only one flagship made it to the top

Among the top six best-selling smartphones, only one is an Android flagship. Samsung’s Galaxy S20+ grabbed the third spot, accounting for 1.7% of the total smartphone market sales worldwide. It is also the lone super-premium device on the list, which is commendable on Samsung’s part since there are numerous flagships released from 2019 up to Q1 2020.

Midrange phones are more popular than ever

Midrange phones will only become more popular in the future due to the post-virus economic situation. More and more people will look for smartphones that offer more features for a much lesser asking price. As such, manufacturers may have to pivot once again on offering devices with decent specs at competitive price points. A recent example of this strategy is the iPhone SE (2020), which retails at USD 399 but offers flagship-class performance and camera.

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Google will automatically start enrolling users for two-fact authentication

More safety for everyone!

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Google has announced that it will automatically start enrolling accounts to two-factor authentication (2FA). The safety mechanism is highly dependable and adds an additional layer of security, in case your password is compromised.

It will ask users already enrolled to confirm they are who they say they are. And soon, the company will automatically get all users to have two-factor enabled. So, if you see 2FA activated on any of your Google accounts, this does not necessarily mean that your password was weak.

“We’re starting with the users for whom it’ll be the least disruptive change and plan to expand from there based on results,” Mark Risher, Google’s Director of Product Management, Identity, and User Security told Motherboard in an email. “Our ultimate goal is to get everyone into a more protected and secure state by default.” 

According to Google, searches for “how strong is my password” shot up by 300% in 2020. But even long or complex passwords cannot be trusted. Google has explained in the blog that 2FA is one of the best ways users can protect their accounts and save them from password breaches. The step is welcomed by cybersecurity experts as cybercrime is consistently on the rise and our digital accounts are extremely sensitive.

What is 2FA?

Usually, you log in with just your username and password. With 2FA, a six-digit code is required to successfully login, despite having the password. The six-digit code can be sent to your registered mobile number, alternate email, or a 2FA app like Google Authenticator. The system also generates a few backup codes, which can be used if you lose access to all three available channels mentioned above.

Along with the 2FA, Google also said that it has introduced a new feature in Chrome called Password Import. As the name suggests, it’ll allow users to import passwords from third-party sites or password managers.

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Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, Legion 7 launches in the Philippines

Unleash gaming savagery

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Lenovo Legion has a lineup of three new gaming machines that definitely deserve your attention. These are the Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, and Legion 7.

The new arsenal embraces innovation by providing better resolution displays, AI-bolstered thermal cooling, and framerate customization, and the power to completely immerse gamers or face difficult tasks at ease with the AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series Mobile Processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series GPUs. Users can work hard during the day and play harder at night with the savage performances

AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series Mobile Processors

The new Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, and Legion 7 are among the first notebooks equipped with the AMD Ryzen 5000 H series Mobile Processors. These are the only processors in the world to have 8 high-performance cores suited for ultrathin gaming notebooks. Powered by AMD’s new Zen 3 Core Architecture and the world’s most advanced x86 chip technology, the processors combine incredible efficiency, elite performance, and long-lasting battery life that will keep gamers playing more for years to come.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series GPUs

Accompanying the AMD Ryzen 5000 H-series Mobile Processors are the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3000 Series GPUs developed to bring the ultimate gaming performance. These graphics cards are jam-packed with new internals such as the award-winning NVIDIA Ampere architecture, 3rd Generation Ray Tracing Cores, 2nd Generation Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors to give gamers and content creators the most realistic graphics ever along with cutting-edge AI to fine-tune art to the smallest detail. They also feature NVIDIA DLSS 2.0 Technology that also uses AI to accelerate the laptop’s performance when playing games. Booting up Cyberpunk 2077 with DLSS Technology, for example, boosts performance by up to 60 percent.

Smarter Technology by Lenovo

The Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, and Legion 7 come with the Lenovo Legion AI Engine that currently supports the top-16 AAA games and enables them to be played as smoothly as ever. The engine combines the best-in-class hardware, software, and machine learning to overclock PC performance. Upon booting up a game, the Legion AI Engine automatically detects and routs the most-ideal Thermal Design Power (TDP) settings to the CPU and GPU to achieve the maximum frames per second (FPS) in games. It also uses machine learning in other games to continuously tune gaming performance for maximum results.

The new Legion lineup also utilizes AI in the Coldfront 3.0 thermal management system to keep the temperature inside cooler as gaming action heats up. Coldfront 3.0 packs an intelligent intake system that allows for an increased airflow of up to 18 percent as compared to the last generation by using turbo-charged dual-fans and quad-channel exhausts with vapor chamber technology. Together with the help of efficient thermal conduction materials, Coldfront 3.0 moves huge volumes of air through components to dissipate heat rapidly and allows for optimized performance and all-day mobility with long-lasting battery life.

The world’s first 16” QHD gaming notebooks

Both the Legion 5 Pro and Legion 7 are the first gaming laptops in the world to come out with 16” Quad High Definition (QHD) displays, allowing them to have a taller and clearer (2560 x 1600 resolution) 16:10 aspect ratio. Combined with up to a 165Hz refresh rate, 100 percent sRGB, and 500 nits of brightness, gamers are treated to a cinematic-like experience that also assists in competitive games. The larger display raises a gamer’s sightlines and provides a better field of view, so they’ll detect enemies faster. Moreover, both displays of the Legion 5 Pro and Legion 7 have 3ms response times and can come out VESA DisplayHDR 400 Certified and with Dolby Vision  and NVIDIA G-SYNC support.

Nahimic Audio

The new Legion lineup’s Harman speakers are now optimized with Nahimic Audio. Designed for gamers, Nahimic gives a competitive edge with 360-degree audio and features such as Night Mode with smart volume reduction, and Sound Tracker that visually points out a sound’s source and direction in a game. Nahimic Audio also enables crystal-clear video calls with its background noise suppression feature, and it also comes with Sound Sharing that allows the streaming of audio from a PC to two different headsets without the need for audio adapters.

Reinforced Support

Lenovo’s upgraded Vantage software is also bringing the speed in the Legion 5, Legion 5 Pro, and Legion 7. They now come with the Vantage Smart Performance Services solution that reduces PC downtime by scanning, detecting, and removing traces of spyware, malware, and adware. Gamers can also use the new solution to significantly reduce lag and latency issues while playing online multiplayer games through its ability to fix network and access issues.

Aiding the Lenovo Vantage in enabling seamless play among the new devices is their 3-Year Premium Care warranty service that’s bundled together with the notebooks upon purchase. The service consists of solutions that provide an advanced and tailored level of care that reduces downtime, increases efficiency, and keeps customers moving. Included among the offerings that users of Premium Care can enjoy are a 24/7 direct hotline to Specialized Senior Technicians, comprehensive hardware and software support, and an Annual PC Health Check.

Pricing, availability, and promo

From the week of April 30 and onwards, gamers can get their hands on the Legion 5 Pro that has a starting price of PHP 84,995. The notebook is available in Storm Grey and comes bundled with a free Legion Recon Gaming backpack (PHP 2,995) upon purchase.

The Stingray White and Phantom Blue Legion 5, on the other hand, will be available within the quarter with a starting price of PHP 74,995, while the Legion 7 in Storm Grey is expected to hit local stores in the early first half of 2021 and will start at PHP 139,995. Both notebooks will also be bundled with a free Legion Recon Gaming backpack.

To celebrate the arrival of its new gaming lineup, Lenovo is holding its Legion Ultimate Upgrade Promo. From May 7 to May 31, 2021, customers who purchase participating products are entitled to a Legion Upgrade Pass that can have up to PHP 66,995 worth of gaming freebies.

Every purchase is eligible for one Upgrade Pass and to claim, customers must visit legion.lenovo.com/promotions and provide purchase details.

Customers will then receive a promo code equivalent to their Upgrade Pass, and this will randomly select the Upgrade Pass color that they’ll get. The colors and their corresponding freebies are as follows:

  • White Upgrade Pass – Legion Pilipinas Jacket
  • Bronze Upgrade Pass – One of the following: Legion H300 Headset, Legion M600 Gaming Mouse, Legion K300 Gaming Keyboard, or Legion H600 Headset
  • Silver Pass – One of the following: Lenovo G25-10 Gaming Monitor, Legion Y25-25 Gaming Monitor, or Lenovo Q27q-10 Monitor
  • Gold Pass – Either Legion 5 or Legion Phone Duel 1

For the full mechanics of the Legion Ultimate Upgrade Promo and the complete list of participating products, visit legionphpromos.com. Customers can also submit their promo codes to Lenovo through the same link.

Lenovo Legion’s new lineup of gaming notebooks are available at official Lenovo Legion stores and Lenovo Authorized Resellers nationwide. Visit lenovo.com/ph/en/where-to-buyto get in touch with the nearest store. The devices are also available online through the Lenovo Legion Flagship Store at Lazada.


This is a press release from Lenovo Legion Philippines

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realme India’s official Twitter was compromised, ran a crypto scam

Elon Musk is the new Nigerian Prince

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Crypto Scam

realme India’s official Twitter account was compromised for a short period on May 6, 2021. Scammers were able to control the verified brand account and change its name to Tesla, trying to mislead gullible users via a crypto scam.

After the Twitter account was taken over, the scammers replied to Elon Musk’s tweets and said they’re organizing an “airdrop” of 5000 bitcoins. The tweets pretended to be an official Tesla undertaking and suggested users sign up on obscure websites.

The account’s handle remained unchanged, but the Tesla name manipulated users to believe it’s true. The vulnerability was short-lived as realme India’s team soon took back control of the account, but they haven’t issued any clarifications or apology.

 

The modus operandi of these scams is quite simple — take over a verified account and rename it, share malicious or misleading links that claim to be a cryptocurrency giveaway, ask users to enter a raffle, or contribute a small token sum, and vanish with the monies.

Unsurprisingly, one of the mention domains contains a message from the Nigerian Prince-like Elon Musk, saying, “Our marketing department here at Tesla HQ came up with an idea: to hold a special giveaway event for all crypto fans out there.”

The scam asks users to contribute 1 BTC (bitcoin) to win back 10 BTC. It’s not supposed to make logical sense because it’s an outright scam. Twitter is filled to the brim with verified accounts that are compromised and used to cheat unsuspecting users. It isn’t known yet whether anyone fell for the crypto scam.

The boom in cryptocurrency as a decentralized and unregulated system is controversial. Lack of regulation and law enforcement makes it impossible to trace transactions, creating a haven for scam artists and the black market. While the growth of cryptocurrency is consistent, many experts still question its reliability and redressal mechanism in the real-world scenario.

Read Also: Basics of cryptocurrency: Risks and benefits

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