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Xiaomi could be working on a Wear OS smartwatch

It could be called the “Mi Watch”

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Google’s Android operating system is widely used by all phone makers and Apple’s iOS is the only prime competitor at the moment. While the Cupertino-based giant has a good hold of the smartphone market, it has been struggling with wearables.

Earlier called Android Wear, Wear OS was supposed to dominate the smartwatch space. But, the lack of close integration between the software giant and OEMs has pushed out lukewarm products. Every major brand including Moto, Lenovo, Samsung, LG, and more have tried their luck and failed to garner a positive response.

According to 9to5Google, the latest Wear OS 2.28 APK shows evidence of a possible Xiaomi smartwatch. Within this application, a new string called “xiaomi_companion_name” with the value “Mi Wear” appeared. Further digging has revealed “Mi Watch” could be a possible name for the smartwatch.

This is encouraging news for everyone because Xiaomi has the capability to push pocket-friendly smartwatches. Previously, we’ve seen the Chinese brand collaborate with Google’s Android One project and giving it a new lifeline. The A-series received positive response and revived the almost dead project.

Similarly, if Xiaomi is indeed working on a “Mi Watch” running Wear OS, it’ll push out a large number of units in the market. Better sales will also encourage developers to make third-party apps for the system, further enriching the ecosystem.

Xiaomi already leads the smart band market with the Mi Band. A direct product under the Xiaomi banner could be beneficial for everyone. Currently, the Mi Band is built by Huami, a partner company of Xiaomi. There are chances Xiaomi could rely on its partners to ship it.

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OPPO Reno2, Reno2 Z launch in Singapore

Challenges people to #CreateYourWorld

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The OPPO Reno2 series launches in Singapore featuring the OPPO Reno2 and OPPO Reno2 Z. The series has a focus on content creation, specifically video.

The series builds on the foundation of the OPPO Reno with fantastic cameras and a premium design.

The Reno2 features a quad-camera setup that applies the same 5x Hybrid Zoom from the OPPO Reno Series’ photography features to video shooting, enabling users to not only get closer to their video subjects, but to also uncover different perspectives that may otherwise seem ordinary from further away.

Meanwhile, the OPPO Reno2’s Ultra Steady Video brings users closer to an exceptionally clear and smooth video shooting experience and reduces the need for additional stabilisation equipment.

#CreateYourWorld and be a #BeAStorygrapher

The content creation is even more evident with the #BeAStorygrapher short film competition.

The challenge is for aspiring filmmakers to use the new OPPO Reno2 to create a short film that represents their own perspective of Singapore. Up for grabs are cash prizes totaling SG$ 6,000, OPPO Reno2 smartphones and an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai.

Call for competition entries will be open through December 2019. For more information, visit OPPO Singapore’s official Instagram and Facebook pages.

Price and availability

The OPPO Reno2 comes in Luminous Black and Sunset Pink with 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM starting at SG$ 899. And the OPPO Reno2 Z in Luminous Black and Sky White with 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM, starting at SG$ 599. Both will be available island wide from October 26, 2019.

Customers who pre-order the phone will receive a free pair of OPPO Enco Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones worth SG$ 179 at the NEX OPPO Roadshow from October 21 to 25 2019.

Collection of pre-ordered phones will take place at the NEX OPPO roadshow from October 26 to 27  and the first 100 customers to collect their phones will walk away with an OPPO 10,000mAh Power Bank worth SG$ 69.

The OPPO Enco Q1 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones in Midnight Black and Sunny Orange will be available from October 26 2019 at OPPO concept store and OPPO official online store on Lazada, Qoo10 and Shopee, starting at SG$ 179.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno 2 review | OPPO Reno2 series in the Philippines

 

 

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Man builds a guitar using 107 iPhones

Introducing the iCaster

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What could be wackier than a guitar built from iPhones? A man from Russia did that exactly — a guitar built from 107 iPhones.

Art Mayer, known for building wackier guitars in the past, is back to build the iCaster. To be exact, the iCaster is a Tele-style guitar built from 107 iPhones. Yes, 107 iPhones.

He started first by disassembling the iPhones and gutting our their electronics. He glued these iPhones together to form a body which is roughly four inches thick. A mahogany block held everything together.

After gluing everything together, Mayer proceeded to carving out the body to form the guitar. He smoothens the edges, attaches the neck and strings into the body, and viola! The iCaster is ready to play some music.

Mayer noted that the iPhone-made guitar gives a high frequency. Watch the whole process of building the iCaster:

This is not Mayer’s first time to build wacky guitars. He also made a guitar out of 36 ramen packs. Apparently, ramen are not only delicious, they are also musical.

Now, one might wonder if Mayer would price the iCaster at US$ 999 to compensate for the 107 iPhones destroyed.

Source: Guitarworld

 

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Samsung Galaxy S10 can be unlocked by any fingerprint

Here’s how you can stay safe

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Even before Android, phones could be locked using a PIN, slowly newer options came in that include a pattern or puzzle. Today, there are a plethora of options ranging from a simple password to advanced facial recognition technology.

However, the most widely used method is via a fingerprint. Taking a step forward, physical scanners are being replaced by in-display sensors without compromising security. Though, the same cannot be said about the Samsung Galaxy S10. A user discovered that using a screen protector could let any fingerprint unlock the phone.

When the S10 was launched, Samsung described the ultrasonic fingerprint authentication system as “revolutionary”. The issue is widespread and South Korean bank KaKaobank has advised owners to switch off fingerprint recognition until it’s resolved.

According to Reuters, Samsung has acknowledged the problem and promised to patch it soon. Some screen protectors can confuse the fingerprint reader, the South Korean phone maker said in a notice.

Reports suggest some screen protectors leave behind air bubbles that interfere with scanning. If you’re worried about privacy, we recommend you stop relying on the sensor until a fix has been sent out by Samsung.

This isn’t the first time S10’s fingerprint scanner has been in the news. When the phone was newly launched, users reported it could be unlocked with a 3D-printed fingerprint as well.

It’s also worth noting that Android’s face unlock feature may not be as secure as an actual fingerprint scanner. The system relies on a picture from your front camera and unlike Apple’s Face ID, does not come equipped with infrared sensors.

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