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Xiaomi 12 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

A solid deal?

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Xiaomi 12 Lite

We’ve unboxed it for you. And now, we’ll tell you how much it’ll set you back if you decide to get it. Here’s the pricing and availability details in the Philippines of the Xiaomi 12 Lite.

Price and availability

The Xiaomi 12 Lite comes into configurations. Pricing are as follows:

6GB+128GB — PhP 20,999
8GB+128GB — PhP 21,999

Pre-order period is from August 19 to 26 via Xiaomi authorized online channels. Pre-orders get free, limited edition premium gifts worth PhP 3,500. These include the following: Xiaomi Tyvek bag, Xiaomi Pinoy Bunny, Xiaomi Nightlight, Xiaomi Ceramic Mug, Xiaomi shirt, notebook, and pen.

The Xiaomi 12 Lite is available at Xiaomi Authorized Stores and official e-commerce shop. For more information, visit this website.

Other AIoT devices announced

Xiaomi also added to their already expansive portfolio of smart devices. Also announced are the following:

Smart Air Purifier 4 Compact — PhP 4,799 with free Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 Compact filte
Doorbell 3 –PhP 5,199 with free Mi Motion-Activated Night Light 2
Pet Feeder — PhP 5,199 with free Mi 360° Camera (1080P)
Pet Fountain — PhP 3,299

Customers can get freebies when they purchase the new AIoT products from August 20 to 21, until supplies last.

Xiaomi 12 Lite

The Xiaomi 12 Lite is a solid midranger packing a 108MP f/1.9 main camera and a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 778G chipset with support for 5G.

It can be a handy daily driver for anyone who wants a nice-looking phone with a main camera that takes ‘gram-ready photos.

Here are some quick samples for you.

Xiaomi 12 Lite

 

Xiaomi 12 Lite

Take a look at the full specs below:

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TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

Ads continue to run on platform

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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

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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

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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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