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Sony Xperia Pro is the smartphone for professional videographers

It’s still under development

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The cancellation of MWC 2020 didn’t stop Sony from teasing their upcoming professional smartphone. The tech giant is taking it to another level with the Xperia Pro. It’s particularly meant for professionals who shoot cinematic videos and broadcast-grade footage.

Xperia 1 II on (some) steroids

Just like the recently announced Xperia 1 II, it features the latest Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G support. Although the latter has a sub-6GHz spectrum, the Pro model uses 5G mmWave for faster upload and download speeds in a specific coverage area.

8GB RAM is still inside, with a bumped up internal storage of 512GB. It also supports microSD cards of up to 1TB. There are no increase in battery capacity as it relies on the same 4000mAh battery.

The display will still be the 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED 90Hz display with 21:9 aspect ratio, all protected by Gorilla Glass 6. IP rating is neither changed. IP65/68 will help protect the phone from unprecedented water spills and dust storms.

Other than that, the camera system is the same triple-lens setup found on the Xperia 1 II. It features three 12-megapixel cameras capable of shooting wide, super-wide, and zoomed shots. ZEISS optics, calibration, and coating are intact as well.

If you think Sony lets this smartphone shoot 8K videos, you’re wrong. It still shoots 4K 30p max. Selfie shooter is limited to just 8 megapixels.

So, what’s different?

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You might just call it “Xperia 1 II Plus” because of all the similar specs — but its stealthy form factor proves otherwise. Completely ditching the Gorilla Glass 6 back, it features a “low dielectric constant material” that’s supposed to strengthen 5G connections.

There’s also a 360-degree antenna design with 16 antennas that’s mostly helpful in connecting to 5G for TV broadcasting. With all these powerful 5G internals, it’s cooled by a graphite sheet, vapor chamber, and air gap to further maximize the use of 5G even in long periods of time.

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Not that it’s a special feature, but there’s an extra button (not a Google Assistant button) which lets you assign other apps whenever you press it. Other than that, there’s also an HDMI port which lets you connect through professional cameras as a secondary monitor. With the help of 5G, it enables the user to livestream TV-grade video content even in a limited area.

We still have to wait for Sony’s official announcement regarding its price and availability.

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CES 2021 will still push through with an in-person event

Will implement a lot of safety measures

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So far, CES 2020 is the only massive tech trade show to escape the ongoing coronavirus pandemic unscathed. Soon after the first show of the year, other similar events — like MWC 2020 — started dropping out for fear of spreading the virus further. Some migrated to online avenues. Some are still pushing through but with severely limited attendance.

With more than half a year to go before the next event, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has announced that CES 2021 will continue its years-long tradition of holding an in-person event for the trade showcase. Besides the in-person event, CES 2021 will also branch out into more digital spaces, allowing more livestreaming to broadcast the latest technologies for a wider reach. Though the announcement is only making the rounds now (via The Verge), the CTA has already made and publicized the decision on May 7 through the convention’s website.

This is, of course, a huge deal for the public events industry all over the world. All eyes are on CES 2021 as a safety barometer for the future of public spaces. Though some events are still continuing as normal this year, CES 2021 will likely usher in a new era with new health tools, the “new normal,” and, hopefully, a cure. Who knows what will happen at that point in time?

CES 2021 will still implement public health measure to limit the spread of disease during the show. The CTA is already pondering on various methods like social distancing, temperature scans, mask wearing, contactless payments, and sanitization stations.

Amidst all the potential safety measures in place, we’re seeing the “new normal” in action. For sure, CES 2021 will showcase huge breakthroughs in the tech industry, as it did this year. The annual event will take place from January 6 to 9 next year.

SEE ALSO: IFA 2020 to adopt an ‘innovative’ form of conferencing

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PLDT Home extends Speedboost and Double Data offers

Until June 30

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When people were forced to stay at and work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PLDT stepped in to make sure Internet access was sufficient (debatable, we know). The speedboost they promised for the duration of the lockdown has now been extended.

The nationwide speedboost supposedly gave everyone a minimum of 25 Mbps. If you felt this boost, congratulations! You get to experience it for a little while longer.

If you’d rather go prepaid that options is on offer as well. You can get the PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid at just PhP 995 which comes with free 10GB worth of data valid for seven days and enjoy twice more data for all sites and apps.

If that doesn’t quite cut it for you there are other PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid options:

  • FamLoad package: FamLoad 199 now has 24GB of data for seven days
  • FamLoad 599 comes with 80GB of data for 15 days
  • FamLoad 999 has 130GB of data for 30 days
  • FamLoad 1499 gives you a whopping 200GB of data for 30 days.

To find out more, you can always visit the PLDT Website. Just cross your fingers that it never gets hacked like their Twitter account.

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Nickelodeon Pixel Town: Another game to play while on lockdown

They’ve got adorable pixel art!

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Nickelodeon is serving up a new mobile game for us: Nickelodeon Pixel Town. A mobile game we can all sink our teeth into as we try to cope with everything that 2020 has been throwing at us so far.
So, what is it exactly? Nickelodeon Pixel Town is a city building game. The name of the game is building your own Nickelodeon city where you can collect characters, costumes, iconic buildings, and items from different Nickelodeon series. The most charming bit? It’s all drawn in highly stylistic retro pixel art.

For your city inhabitants, you get to collect characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Invader Zim, CatDog, The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, Rugrats, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Avatar: The Legend of Korra, Rocko’s Modern Life, Hey Arnold! and The Wild Thornberrys.

Honestly, if you don’t have a Switch and have been gritting your teeth through the lockdown while people have been playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this is a decent mobile game to bring back some nostalgia. Because with all the hellish news lately, don’t we all just want to curl up into a ball and go back to a time when times seemed so much simpler? Not any better of a place and time perse, sure. But, just a time when we were too young to know any better.

Want to give this game a go?

Nickelodeon has an official launch celebration for the Pixel Town.  You can use the code PIXELTOWNHL to redeem 500 Gems for free! To redeem it, you can go to their website, click redemption, and fill up the necessary info.

If you want to build up a reason to disconnect and play like me, you can. The freebies are valid until 30 June 2020, 11:59PM (GMT+8). That’s a pretty good amount of time to be rally up enough pent up emotions to need some time away to hop back fiercer. Nickelodeon Pixel Town is available in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia on Google Play and Apple App Store.

SEE ALSO: 10 offline free-to-play mobile games

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