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Star Wars phones are coming to Japan

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Ah, Japan. Land of super-adorable stuff, wondrously weird styles, humanoid robots, micro homes, and, most recently, Star Wars-themed smartphones that will make even the most basic fan giddy.

Built by Sharp, this pair of Star Wars mobile phones owes its existence to SoftBank, one of Japan’s leading carriers, and the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is hitting movie theaters soon. And in true Star Wars tradition, they come in Dark and Light side versions. The former has a black front with red accents and back finish, whereas the latter swaps the Sith colorway for the white and blue of the good guys.

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Both phones use a heavily customized Android Marshmallow interface, and include live wallpapers inspired by the cockpits of the X-Wing and TIE fighter ships; a Star Wars video player app that lets you watch The Force Awakens until 2020 (just in case you haven’t watched it); a special alarm clock app; and Star Wars emoji and ringtones. SoftBank is also throwing in five exclusive metal figurines from Rogue One.

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Choose between Dark and Light side (of the phones)

As for the handsets themselves, they share the same high-end innards: Snapdragon 820 under the hood, alongside 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The battery is rated at 3,000mAh, which isn’t bad for a couple of 7.6-inch-thick devices. There’s a 22-megapixel camera around the back for shooting people’s reactions when they see the Star Wars ware you’re rocking.

Pre-orders start today, and the handsets officially go on sale on December 2nd. But will we see them outside of Japan? We doubt it. A shame, really, because these are the droids we’ve been looking for.

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Apple patches out the latest way to jailbreak your iPhone

iOS 13.5.1 rolls out today

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Last week, Apple experienced a sudden blast from the past. The Unc0ver team, a renowned hacking team, successfully jailbroke the latest iOS version, marking the first time in years that a jailbreaking tool caught up to the operating system in such a short time. Though skirting the fine edge of cybersecurity, the latest hack celebrated the former glory days of jailbreaking.

As you might expect, Apple has diligently worked on a fix to patch out the vulnerability. Today, the company has released a minor update to the current iOS version. Rolling out today, iOS 13.5.1 carries a small but ambiguous changelog. “iOS 13.5.1 provides important security updates and is recommended for all users,” the update said.

However, Apple’s website contains more revelatory details. The update specifically names the unc0ver vulnerability as “an application [that] may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” It will roll out to the iPhone 6s and later models (as well as several iPad and iPod models).

Naturally, the update will roll out to users that signed up for automatic updates. If you haven’t received the update yet, it is available through Software Update in your device’s settings. If you still want to participate in the recent unc0ver vulnerability, you can opt to steer clear from the iOS 13.5.1 update. Still, jailbreaking remains a security risk regardless of how anyone views the hacking tool.

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Sony postpones PlayStation 5 event amidst US protests

Letting more important voices be heard

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Last week, we finally heard some news about the upcoming but strangely silent PlayStation 5. Since the pandemic, the next generation of gaming kept out of the limelight, allowing the current generation to flourish amongst the locked-in gamers. Breaking the silence, Sony was scheduled to hold a showcase of PlayStation 5 launch titles this week for the upcoming console. Unfortunately, because of current events, the company has decidedly shelved the digital event.

Through their official Twitter account, PlayStation announced the postponement, allowing other issues to resolve in the meantime. “We have the decided to postpone the PlayStation 5 event scheduled for June 4,” the company said.

“While we understand gamers worldwide are excited to see PS5 games, we do not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard,” the post continues.

Naturally, the announcement is timed perfectly for the currently ongoing protests happening across America. Recently, George Floyd, an African American man, was murdered under the custody of a white police officer. The incident, followed by the subsequent lack of justice, sparked a wave of outrage throughout the country.

Since then, other companies and personalities have shown their support towards the cause. Notably, Google postponed Android 11’s launch previously, starting a wave of similar postponements. Though none of the postponing companies have named the George Floyd case specifically, one can easily assume the announcement’s relevance to the current political climate in America.

In any case, it looks like gamers will have to wait a little bit longer before more details about the PlayStation 5 will inevitably surface.

SEE ALSO: Nintendo and Sony are in a heated battle during lockdown

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vivo introduces TWS Earphone Neo

Joining the TWS party!

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Another one has joined the TWS party!

vivo is launching its TWS Earphone Neo — a companion to the upcoming X50 series. It’s built to provide a stellar audio experience for everyday music lovers. It also features voice-activated smart controls and AI noise cancelling for clearer phone calls.

Neo runs Qualcomm’s 4th-generation TWS platform named QCC3046, offering low latency, high precision, and stable listening experience. Moreover, it’s equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology, reaching a maximum of 10-meter range.

This pair of wireless earphones carries a design-centric compact body. It has a 14.2mm ultra-large driver unit and a bio-fiber composite diaphragm, promising to deliver enhanced audio and powerful sound.

In 2012, vivo pioneered the Hi-Fi chip technology, being the first smartphone to incorporate the chip to deliver unparalleled audio experience. Together with the X50 series, the TWS Earphone Neo is the realization of vivo’s decade-long investments and commitment to improving consumers’ lives with their devices.

Pricing and availability of the TWS Earphone are yet to be announced.

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