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Sony announces the Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III

Xperia’s compact flagship and midranger for less

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For those who want the best of Sony’s Xperia without sacrificing too much, they’ve also unveiled two more models alongside the Xperia 1 III in the new 2021 Xperia lineup — the Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III.

Xperia 5 III

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The Xperia 5 III still packs the good stuff from the Xperia 1 III. While having a smaller 6.1-inch display, it still has that crisp 120Hz HDR OLED with BRAVIA X1 Mobile engine albeit only at 1080p.

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The exemplary flagship camera features from the Xperia 1 III weren’t left behind. The triple 12-megapixel camera setup including the 70-105mm variable telephoto lens are still there, as well as 20fps AF/AE burst shot, Dual PD (Phase-Detection), Real-time Eye AF, and a non-textured dedicated camera shutter button.

While the Xperia 5 III lacks the Real-time Tracking feature, it still has Object tracking for tracking inanimate objects. There’s also Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye technology for picture-perfect memories.

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Other than that, it’s also powered by the latest Snapdragon 888 processor with a modest 8GB of RAM and comes in either 128GB or 256GB of internal storage. It also packs the similar 4,500mAh battery for enough power and performance wherever you go.

Finally, there’s 3.5mm audio jack, 360 Spatial Sound, and support for DSEE Ultimate for Hi-Res Audio input and LDAC technology as well.

Xperia 10 III

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The Xperia 10 III is the first midrange smartphone from Sony that supports 5G out of the box. This midranger is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 5G processor which is also found in the OnePlus Nord N10 5G. Such chipset is capable of delivering an optimal balance between performance and power efficiency.

There’s a stunning 6-inch OLED with 21:9 aspect ratio. While it’s not 4K and doesn’t support 120Hz refresh rate, it still has a nifty Full HD+ resolution and HDR out of the box.

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Supporting the features is a the large 4,500mAh battery. This makes battery life even longer compared to its more premium cousins with power-hungry chipsets.

While it may not have the best cameras out of the bunch, the Xperia 10 III still has a nifty triple camera setup with a 12MP f/1.8 main sensor (27mm equivalent). There’s also two 8-megapixel cameras for the ultra-wide (f/2.2, 16mm equivalent) and telephoto lenses (f/2.4, 54mm equivalent).

Pricing and Availability

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The Xperia 5 III comes in three shades of colors: Black, Green, Pink. Meanwhile, the Xperia 10 III comes in four colorways: namely Black, Blue, White, and Pink. Singapore will only get the green option for the Xperia 5 III, while black and blue for the Xperia 10 III.

Just like the Xperia 1 III, pricing wasn’t revealed by Sony but it will be available in early summer in countries where they are selling the Xperia line.

Stay tuned for a pricing update.

SEE ALSO: Sony unveils the Xperia 1 III, their latest flagship smartphone

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TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

Ads continue to run on platform

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Facebook has an ad problem. After spending years on the platform, you might have noticed a plethora of misplaced ads occasionally peppered on your feed. Though most users cringe at how the algorithm can uncannily show appropriate ads right after talking about a certain topic, a series of more off-putting, offensive, and disturbing ads is making the rounds on the social media platform. Now, following a deep dive, a report has found that ByteDance and Tencent are affiliated with the phenomenon.

What are these Facebook ads? In a report from Forbes’s Emily Baker-White, several web novel companies are advertising erotic content on the platform. However, more than just erotica, these ads promote sexual, violence, rape, and self-harm. Some are even using images of popular personalities without their permission.

A particularly egregious example involves a photo of a crying woman in the shower with the caption: “his personal cum bucket.” A few others are more up front about harming women to get sex.

Others depict scenes from Twilight and Star Wars, despite not being affiliated at all with the titles. Several companies and personalities contacted by Forbes confirmed that they did not give these novel apps any permission to use their likeness.

As for the deep dive, a good number of these companies were previously backed by either ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, or Tencent, one of the biggest Chinese companies in the world. While ByteDance has claimed that the apps don’t reflect their values, these ads continue to proliferate around the platform. Tencent has likewise denied any involvement with the campaigns.

It’s also worth nothing that the apps aren’t limited to just China. One app, called Pinky Novel, operates from the Philippines and is spreading similarly troubling ads everywhere, including one that says, “Raped by Mr. CEO.”

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Apple has been raided in South Korea

For alleged anti-market practices

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The troubles for Apple will continue. After spending a length of time fighting investigations all over the world for alleged anti-competition practices, the company’s offices in South Korea have been raided by authorities to further the investigation in the country.

Covered by Foss Patents (via MacRumors), the Korea Fair Trade Commission conducted a raid on the offices at the break of dawn. Authorities reportedly staged the raid after a developer complained of an unfair commission rate. According to the complaint, developers are paying more than 30 percent commission for having their apps on the App Store.

For a rougher breakdown, Apple still charges 30 percent. However, the commission includes VAT, which spikes the total fees paid above 30 percent. In contrast, Google’s 30 percent commission policy does not include VAT, which makes for a lower fee for developers.

With the number of apps on the App Store, Apple is making significant bank by skimming a bit more on commissions. That is, if the allegations prove true, of course. Right now, the company is still under investigation. But, if anything, a dawn raid isn’t a good sign for the iPhone maker.

Apple isn’t the only one in hot water, though. Google is also facing a similar controversy in South Korea. However, instead of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Kora Communications Commission is pushing for more parity between Google and Apple.

SEE ALSO: South Korea investigating Apple and Google for app payments

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Android users can react to SMS messages from iPhones soon

While simultaneously annoying iPhone users

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One of the most unexpected small developments this year is the war of the green bubble. For a while now, Apple has kept Android users inside a green text bubble. If an Android user texts an iOS user, an iPhone conveniently lets its user know that someone is texting them from — gasp — an Android phone. Now, Google, in the next step of its crusade against the green bubble, is running a similar experiment of its own.

Recently, as spotted by Reddit user u/Jabjab345 (via GSMArena), Google is testing a new feature for Android users. In a beta version, users can start reacting to SMS messages from an iPhone. Of course, much like how it is from the other way around, there is a little hiccup.

In most web-based messaging services, reactions are often tiny bubbles attached to one corner of the message. However, since iOS and Android use different systems, it doesn’t work that way between the two platforms. Instead, if an iOS user reacts to an Android user’s message, users get a separate message with the emoji reaction. Now (or after the beta, at least), Android will treat iOS in the same way, sending iOS users a separate message for reactions.

Right now, the feature is still in beta. However, an implementation is par for the course. Previously, Google threw some shade at Apple for not adopting the system that the former uses. In retaliation, Tim Cook recently told a user to just buy their mom an iPhone if texting was such an issue.

SEE ALSO: Apple on adopting Android’s features: Just ‘buy your mom an iPhone’

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