Woman fails to smuggle 102 iPhones inside her clothes



We’re getting used to wacky iPhone-related news — from hundreds of iPhones used to power click farms to a man smashing Apple products using a steel ball — but this one takes the cake.

A woman of unspecified nationality was caught by customs officials in Shenzhen, China for strapping on 44 pounds of expensive items around her waist, most of which were iPhones.

According to Chinese news outlet XMNN, it was when the officials noticed excessive bulges under the woman’s clothing that their inner alarms rang.

She allegedly attempted to smuggle 102 iPhones and 15 Tissot watches from Hong Kong into mainland China. That’s supposedly a record, because based on the same source, these officials have yet to see more than 80 iPhones carried at a time through security.

As of writing, there’s no word on the suspect’s background or what sort of punishment she’ll receive.

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Huawei P20 Lite leaks in full unboxing video

More than a week before the actual launch!



With more than a week to go before the big Huawei launch in Paris, rumors and speculations circulate on what handsets the Chinese phone brand could be announcing.

At least for one of the three devices allegedly being released, we need not speculate any further. A full unboxing of the Huawei P20 Lite has been posted by an Italian tech blog and it leaves little to the imagination. Watch below:

From the looks of it, Huawei’s release, or at least one of them, will indeed have a notch. Also according to, the Huawei P20 Lite is powered by a Kirin 659 with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It has a dual-camera setup on the back with 16- and 20-megapixel shooters, plus a 16-megapixel shooter up front.

Of course, nothing is for certain at this point, although the video above can be pretty convincing. As for the two other rumored Huawei handsets, we’d have to wait until March 27.

 ALSO: Huawei P20 series will come in multiple fascinating colors with gradient

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Vivo V9 will launch on March 22 in the Philippines

Sooner than expected



The Vivo V9 has been subjected to multiple leaks — from both independent outlets and the company itself. But as fun as early previews are, there’s nothing like watching an actual launch. For the Philippines, it’s happening sooner than expected.

Vivo Philippines has sent out invites for the March 22 unveiling of the upcoming V9. This is several days earlier than what was previously rumored.

The V9 is the successor to the V7 series that came out last year. Different this time is the higher screen-to-body ratio with a noticeable notch on top, as well as an impressive 24-megapixel selfie shooter and a pair of cameras on the back.

While this isn’t an innovative as the concept phone we saw at MWC 2018, it does ride on the full-screen trend we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. How the V9 will take advantage of the larger real estate is the question we want answered during the official unveiling.

With OPPO getting ready to release the F7 and Huawei prepping for a grand launch, Vivo will have some tough competition ahead.

Here’s an advertisement from Vivo Indonesia to get you excited:

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Cebu billboard hints that Amazon is coming to the Philippines

Hello, Amazon



The online marketplace in the Philippines thrives with popular companies like Lazada, Zalora, OLX, and Shopee steering the ship. However, an elusive website might soon crash the waves of the populated market — Amazon.

For years, rumor mills have already speculated on the shopping giant’s entrance into the Philippine market. Sadly, no such talk materialized into an actual opening.

Today, a confirmed billboard in Cebu points to the possibility that Amazon hasn’t closed its doors to a Philippine launch.

Taken and posted by Redditor u/Jones_tm in the subreddit r/Philippines, the billboard advertises that Amazon is hiring in the region.

Image source: Reddit

Further delving into their job listing site, Amazon is specifically looking for Customer Service Associates who have experience in the call center industry. While not alluding directly to a country launch, the listings indicate that Amazon is still interested in expansion in some capacity.

Previously, the global company set up shop in the Philippines for its Amazon Web Services branch. AWS is the company’s subsidiary for cloud computing services. Without any confirmation, the current job listing could very well be for AWS, rather than the marketplace itself.

With the popularity of Lazada in the country, an Amazon Philippines office remains a tempting (and welcome) opportunity for business partners and shoppers alike. However, Lazada’s popularity is a double-edged sword. It will take a while for Amazon to chip away at the ASEAN giant’s market share.

Currently, Amazon busies itself with Echo launches, launching of cashless brick-and-mortar stores, and developing their own debit cards. For the Philippines, Amazon still ships directly (albeit after weeks of waiting) or through third-party courier services like Shipping Cart.

SEE ALSO: Amazon introduces Echo Spot: Your next bedside smart clock

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