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Chinese brand Vivo gears up to sell smartphones in PH

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Not too many people in the Philippines have heard about Vivo, a Chinese OEM that, like Huawei and OPPO, is aggressively expanding to markets outside of its native China, where it ranks among the country’s top-selling smartphone brands. However, that might soon change now that the company is apparently gearing up to sell its phones locally.

Vivo has shown increased activity on its local Facebook page lately, and in its latest post, it announced the arrival of the Vivo Y51 with the caption “experience speed like no other,” which is interesting because on paper, the Y51 isn’t particularly speedy. It does offer fast mobile data across 4G LTE networks — but then again, support for the fastest wireless data standard available is common among today’s smartphones.

Vivo Y51

The Y51 isn’t new either, as the phone has been widely available in select markets since January for 12,000 Indian rupees, or roughly Php8,000.

Vivo’s current lineup of affordable devices aside, what it has in store in the future, however, may be of interest to local consumers; the Chinese brand is slated to unveil the V3 and V3 Max smartphones in India on April 5.

The latter has been spotted at China’s TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC) carrying a 5.5-inch, full-resolution display, an octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM. Considering the modest specifications, it wouldn’t be surprising to see it come with an equally modest price. We’ll be in India next week to cover the Vivo launch event, so expect to hear more about the V3 and V3 Max then.

Vivo operates in seven countries, including China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Philippines, and is known for pioneering the Quad HD era of mobile devices, having introduced the first smartphone with a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels in 2013. Its current flagship, the Vivo Xplay5, boasts 6GB of RAM — another industry first — plus an AMOLED screen that’s curved on both sides, similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

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The Sims 4 now has customizable pronouns for Sims

Available in English now

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Still the most popular simulation game today, The Sims 4 thrives on allowing players full freedom to customize their experience in the virtual world. Sims can ideally become whatever the player wants them to be. However, amid the game’s inherent freedom, it lacks an arguably important feature in today’s inclusive climate: customizable pronouns. Well, it did. In a new update, users can now do so.

Starting today, players can fully customize their Sim’s pronouns on the Create a Sim interface. They can choose between he/him, she/her, they/them, and fully customized ones. The interface is accessible at any time through the Create a Sim menu with any Sim– not just while creating a new Sim.

Besides the three multiple choice options, players can also create their own mixes of pronouns on the interface. They can customize the subjective, objective, possessive dependent, possessive independent, and reflexive forms of the pronouns they wish to use. (If this sounds too complicated without an English teacher, the game offers a guide and some examples to help players along the way.)

Adding customizable pronouns is a big step in the right direction for inclusivity in an immersive simulation game. However, the update is only available for those playing The Sims 4 in English for now. Naturally, other non-English languages approach pronouns in different ways. Developers at EA and Maxis want to get the system perfect before rolling it out to other users.

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Waze now supports Apple Music

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Music always goes well with driving. However, because driving demands both hands on the wheel, controlling music playback isn’t always the most seamless experiences. Thankfully, a lot of navigation apps are expanding their support towards the most popular music streaming platforms right now. Today, Waze has announced that the app now supports dual functionality with Apple Music.

Of course, Apple Music isn’t the most popular platform today. Still, expanding support is always a win. With the new update, Waze users can now control their Apple Music content straight from the navigation app.

It does need a bit of setup, of course. Users will have to link their Waze account to their Apple Music account through the Audio Player setting on the app. Besides Apple Music, Waze also supports Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.

Though the streaming platform is already a staple especially for Apple users, Apple Music is doing more to create a viable plan against other streaming giants today, including a cheaper Siri-only plan that rids the need for an app interface. The service also increased the price of its student plan in several countries recently.

Both Apple Music and Waze are available for download on the App Store and on the Play Store.

SEE ALSO: Apple Music increases subscription price for students

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Apple releases two new Apple Watch Pride Edition bands

For Pride Month 2022

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Show off your colors. June is once again Pride Month. To celebrate the occasion, Apple is releasing two new Pride Edition bands for the Apple Watch. It comes in two amazing flavors, giving users some options on how to express their identity. Starting today, Apple Watch users can customize their bands with the Pride Edition Sport Loop and the Pride Edition Nike Sports Loop.

First off, the Pride Edition Sport Loop is a white nylon band brandishing the combined power of several pride flags including transgender and gender-nonconforming identities. It also has colors for the Black and the Latinx community. Crossing each color in the rainbow, a stylized “pride” shines across the band, similar to the style of the classic Macintosh “hello.”

Further, with the new App Clip functionality, the band comes with its own dedicated watch face to match hardware with software.

Secondly, the Pride Edition Nike Sport Loop is a simpler black band with pride colors across its length. The main headline is the accompanying watch face, though. As part of Nike’s Be True collection, the watch face is a gradient depicting pride colors and representing the identity in sports.

Both bands are now available for order online for US$ 49. It will also come to Apple Store branches starting May 26.

Besides the two bands, Apple is also releasing a Shot on iPhone campaign during Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community.

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