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Unregistered drone owners risk jail time

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An estimated 1.6 million drones were sold in 2015, half of which landed as Christmas gifts, in socks over the fireplace, and under Christmas trees. If you were lucky enough to unwrap one of these high-tech quadcopters, some action may be required to avoid some unplanned jail time.

With drones believed to be the next big thing in tech, the U.S. Federal government through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is making it mandatory for all US citizens and permanent residents over the age of 13 to register their “small unmanned aircrafts.”

Failure to register comes with severe consequences, including civil penalties of up to $27,500 and criminal penalties of up to $250,000 and/or up to three years in prison.  

You have until February 19, 2016 to complete the online registration process to avoid any kind of penalty for the drones you already own. If you are planning on buying a drone in the future you will need to register your new toy before you are allowed to operate it.

Nearly 300,000 US drone owners have registered with the FAA’s online database since the registration process went live on December 21, 2015. But with the deadline looming, and millions of drones sold, the requirement to register all existing drones may just be a lofty goal.

The online process costs $5.00 and is currently only open to hobbyists with drones that weigh more than 250g (0.55lbs) and less than 25kg (55lbs). If you own a nano drone like the OnagoFly which we reviewed during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, you’re exempt from the process altogether.

Commercial users and owners of unmanned aircrafts that are on the heavy side (above 25 kg or 55 lbs.) are still bound to a paper registration process. Although the FAA promised to change this to an online registration as well by March 21, 2016.

Once registered each owner receives a number and a certificate. The number then has to be noted on every unmanned aircraft you plan to operate. There isn’t an actual license plate or sticker. Instead, we recommend using a waterproof pen to write the number directly on your drone to ensure your registration number will be visible even after a flight through the rain.

Good news is that registration process is based on individual users and doesn’t have to be repeated for each drone you plan on buying.

The FAA says that the registration number will help them to quickly identify drone operators in case of accidents and will provide a way to inform you about safety requirements and future regulations. 

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Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: the first Snapdragon 712-powered smartphone

The new Xiaomi midrange star

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Alongside the launch of the Mi 9, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi 9 SE. Like its predecessor, the Mi 9 SE is a step below the main flagship offering, but it’s a star on its own. It borrows the looks of the Mi 9 with some changes to meet its price point.

The Mi 9 SE is the first phone in the world to sport the new Snapdragon 712 chipset, the slightly faster version of the Snapdragon 710. The new processor is paired with 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of internal storage.

Much like the Mi 8 SE from last year, Xiaomi has a strong midrange contender here. It’s also just a bit smaller than Mi 9 with its 5.97-inch AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch.

You might forget that the Mi 9 SE is below than the Mi 9 because Xiaomi still gave it triple rear cameras. It has a main 48-megapixel sensor, a 13-megapixel super wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto shooter.

To top the camera department, it even has a 20-megapixel front camera for taking selfies. Of course, the cameras are powered by AI and has beauty filters to boot.

A 3070mAh battery powers up the Mi 9 SE and it quickly charges through the phone’s USB-C port using an 18W fast charger. The phone has an in-display fingerprint reader as well, just like the expensive phones out there.

The phone will come in shades of blue, violet, and black starting at CNY 1,999 (US$ 300) and will go as high as CNY 2,299 (US$ 340) in China.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9 beats iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9 on DxOMark

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Samsung Galaxy S10: Price and availability in Singapore

Pre-order now for freebies!

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It won’t be long before Samsung’s newest flagship devices hit the market, and Singapore is one of the first countries to get them.

A few hours after their global launch in San Francisco, the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e have been unveiled in the country today. All three models run on the same high-end 8nm chipset, and a new design that Samsung likes to call Infinity-O Display.

The S10e is the smallest and most affordable of the bunch. It looks a bit different from the usual Samsung flagship as it doesn’t have a curved display. Instead, you get rounded corners and flat but symmetrical bezels all around.

On the back, you only get two cameras: a 12MP wide-angle lens, and a secondary 16MP ultra-wide-angle shooter. The power button of the S10e also doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

The S10 and S10+ share a squarish body similar to the Note series as well as Samsung’s signature curved displays.

For the first time on Samsung phones, there’s an in-display fingerprint reader on both models. Samsung uses ultrasonic, instead of optical, making this the fastest and most accurate under-display fingerprint scanner we’ve used to date.

Both the S10 and S10+ also have three rear cameras; they get an extra 12MP telephoto lens. On the S10+, you also get dual front-facing cameras — one of which is an ultra wide-angle camera — which enables Live Focus for selfies.

All three models also get an upgrade in the battery department: S10e, 3100mAh; S10, 3400mAh; S10+, 4100mAh.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy S10 and S10+ start 12pm of February 22. Users may register with local carriers M1, Singtel, and StarHub, as well as Samsung Store Online, Samsung Experience Stores, Galaxy Studio, Lazada Singapore, and other select stores.

Pre-ordered S10 and S10+ units will come bundled with the Wireless Charger Duo Pad (SG$ 148) in white, and the Galaxy Buds (SG$ 238) in white as well.

The Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ will be available in the country starting March 8 and will retail as follows: Galaxy S10e (6GB+ 128GB), SG$ 1,078; Galaxy S10 (8GB + 128GB), SG$ 1,298; Galaxy S10+ (8GB + 128GB), SG$ 1,398; Galaxy S10+ (8GB + 512GB), SG$ 1,798; Galaxy S10+ (12GB + 1TB), SG$ 2,198.

All 128GB configurations will be available in Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green. The 512GB and 1TB models will come in Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.

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Samsung Galaxy S10: Price and availability in the Philippines

10th generation of the Galaxy S flagship

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Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S10 family earlier today and we now have three new flagship phones to choose from.

The new Galaxy S10 series is composed of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the latest addition, the Galaxy S10E. The three phones feature the new Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. They are also powered by Samsung’s very own 8nm processor: the Exynos 9820.

The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature 6.1- and 6.4-inch displays, respectively. Both also have 8GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage. Camera-wise, the two models come with triple rear cameras, while the Galaxy S10+ has dual front cameras. Samsung is also releasing a limited edition Galaxy S10+ with 1TB of storage and 12GB of memory.

The Galaxy S10E, on the other hand, is pretty pocketable with its 5.8-inch display, 6GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. It only has two rear cameras, but it essentially shares a lot of features with its bigger siblings.

Samsung Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10+

The Galaxy S10E is the cheapest among the three at PhP 39,990 and it’ll come in Prism White. If you want something more premium, the Galaxy S10 will retail for PhP 49,990 and it’ll be available in Prism White and Prism Black. The bigger Galaxy S10+ will go for PhP 55,990 and it’ll come in both black and white, plus the new Prism Green.

The top-dog limited edition Galaxy S10+ with 1TB storage and 12GB of memory will only be available via pre-order for PhP 89,990. All pre-orders come with their respective freebies worth up to PhP 28,500.

The whole Galaxy S10 family will be available in stores starting March 8. While we wait for the orders to be delivered, check out our hands-on below:

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-on: A refinement of everything

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