vivo X60 series comes with Exynos 1080 chipset and ZEISS lenses

Improving upon the vivo X50 in a big way



Just months after the launch of the vivo X50 series, the brand has already introduced its successor: X60 and X60 Pro. Both devices use Samsung’s Exynos 1080 chipset instead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, making them one of the first non-Galaxy phones to do so.

It could provide a big leap in performance for both compared to the X50 series. After all, that chipset touts higher scores in leaked benchmarks than the comparable Snapdragon 865+ and Kirin 9000. The Exynos chipset also supports 5G, thanks to the built-in modem.

Both phones also come with the same display specifications. Located upfront is a 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED display that supports 120Hz of refresh rate and has HDR10 certification. A centered punch hole houses the 32-megapixel selfie camera, allowing for a 92.7% screen-to-body ratio.

One major difference between the Pro and non-Pro variant is the rear cameras. The vivo X60 Pro takes advantage of its recent partnership with Zeiss.

It comes with Zeiss optic lenses and a quad-camera setup consisting of the following: a 48-megapixel wide-angle camera with the signature gimbal OIS + 13-megapixel 120-degree ultra-wide-camera + 13-megapixel 50mm telephoto camera + 8-megapixel 125mm periscope camera.

The vivo X60 has the same setup but misses on the periscope camera.

Other differences lie in the battery and configuration. The vivo X60 Pro has a 4,200 mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. Meanwhile, the X60 has a bigger 4,300 mAh, though it is unclear if it also supports fast charging.

Currently, vivo is pre-selling both phones in China with an arrival date slated for January 8. The X60 Pro comes at lone 12GB / 256GB variant (US$ 688) with two color options. The X60 offers more colors for a total of two variants: 8GB / 128GB (US$ 581) and 8GB / 256GB (US$ 612). These phones come with Android 11 out of the box.

vivo is yet to confirm the international availability of these phones.

Source: GSMArena


TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

Ads continue to run on platform



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



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



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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