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The Xiaomi Mi 8 will have an in-screen fingerprint sensor

Will launch on May 31

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The phone industry is always on the move. Immediately after one new feature, it moves on to the next. Following a host of past rumors, it looks like we’re ready to accept the next big thing in the smartphone world — in-screen fingerprint sensors.

Previously, reports suggested that Chinese phone company Xiaomi will launch their next flagship — the Mi 7 — this May. However, new rumors hint that Xiaomi will skip the number 7 entirely. The Xiaomi Mi 8 appropriately coincides with the brand’s eighth birthday.

Days after the rumor surfaced, a video posted on Chinese social network Weibo boasts that the smartphone will carry an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The three-second video simply shows a thumb tap on the screen unlocking the phone. Additionally, it shows a new version of Xiaomi’s custom MIUI ROM.

If implemented, the feature follows the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS and the Vivo X20 Plus UD. Past reports also indicate that both Samsung and Apple have plans on having the feature as well.

Regardless, the Xiaomi Mi 8 is an entirely different beast. Past leaks foretell that the Mi 8 will sport the Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 6GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of internal storage. Besides the new fingerprint sensor, it will have 3D facial recognition, not unlike Apple’s Face ID. Additionally, the phone will run on a sizable 4000mAh battery.

Previously pegged for May 23, new reports announce that Xiaomi will instead launch the Mi 8 on May 31 in Shenzhen, China.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi vows to keep its profits low for its customers

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Xiaomi’s 100W fast charging will reported debut next month

According to Weibo report

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Yesterday, OPPO and vivo (specifically, iQOO) announced a new battle in the charging wars. Each brand resurrected their prototypes for fast charging technologies. On the one hand, OPPO teased an official event for 125W fast charging on Wednesday. On the other, vivo’s iQOO promised an August launch date for a 100W fast charging gaming smartphone.

Of course, when these two brands make their respective moves on a new technology, Xiaomi isn’t lagging far behind. Today, Xiaomi’s name was thrown into the ring, albeit without an official announcement.

According to a reputable source on Weibo, Xiaomi has already submitted its 100W fast charging technology to Foxconn’s mass production last June. With devices already in the works, Xiaomi’s fast charging smartphones should reportedly launch in August as well.

Xiaomi’s tech had already debuted before. Last year, the brand threw some shade at OPPO’s fast charging at the time. Whereas OPPO’s device charged at just 50W, Xiaomi’s 100W device charged an empty 4000mAh device in just 17 minutes. Unfortunately, the technology never made it past the trash talking in that year.

With the charging war (possibly literally) heating up, it won’t be long before Xiaomi, OPPO, and vivo all make good on their promises for superior charging technology. We can only hope that they come with appropriate cooling technology to handle all that heat.

SEE ALSO: Snapdragon 875 will support 100W fast charging, report says

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Globe hosts its first-ever CONNECT, an online business-matching event

Happening this July 15

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The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every sector of society as it continues to spread worldwide. In the Philippines, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are particularly affected by the pandemic, with more appealing to the government for help. As a way of helping these MSMEs, Globe Telecom is conducting an online business-matching event, CONNECT.

CONNECT is Globe’s initiative to help MSMEs recover and prepare for the world after the pandemic. The event aims to digitize, pivot, and future-proof business in these trying times.  It will connect businesses with renowned investors, suppliers, and potential customers. Participating businesses can gain a lot on the insights that will be shared during the event.

The first CONNECT event will happen this Wednesday, July 15. Interested participants shall watch out for the event on Globe’s myBusiness Facebook page at exactly 3:30pm. Globe has prepared an interesting line-up of activities for its first CONNECT event:

Time Activity
3:30 – 3:45pm Opening Suite:

  • Welcome Remarks (DTI)
3:45 – 4:00pm Keynote Speaker 1:

  • Post-COVID-19 Business Strategies: What Consumer Trends To Expect in Order to Adapt (Patrick Cua, Nielsen Philippines)

4:00 – 4:05pm Q&A
4:05 – 4:20pm

Keynote Speaker 2:

  • Digitization Strategies: What Does “Pivoting to Digital” Really Mean and How Can I Do It? (Geia Lopez, Google Philippines)
4:20 – 4:25pm Q&A
4:25 – 5:30pm Business Matching, Culmination, Raffle

Breakout sessions

For the business matching segment, there will be three breakout sessions where businesses can participate according to their preferences. These sessions will discuss the tools and must-haves that will be useful in helping businesses adapt and transform their supply chain, logistics, and management to a new normal.

Time Sessions
4:35 – 4:50pm Innovations in Retail and e-Commerce with Lazada Philippines Cashless Transactions with GCash Innovations in Digital Marketing with AdSpark
4:50 – 5:05pm Cashless Transactions with GCash Innovations in Logistics with Mober Cashless Transactions with GCash
5:05 – 5:25pm Q&A
5:25 – 5:30pm

Closing

  • Raffle

  • Pitch Event Invitation

  • Press Kit Distribution

Globe will hold these breakout sessions via private Zoom meetings.

Interested participants may register at this link. For more updates on future CONNECT events, follow Globe’s myBusiness Facebook page.

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Google to invest US$10 billion in India over 5-7 years

Tech companies are bullish about India

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alAt its annual Google for India event, Google announced it will be investing INR 75,000 crore (US$ 10 billion) within the next five to seven years. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the investment will be via multiple channels. This includes direct investments, partnerships, and infrastructure.

“Investments will focus on four areas important to India’s digitization,” he said emphasizing on infrastructure.

He added that the recent pandemic has shown the need for technology and the adoption of new digital tools. Google will focus on improving internet access and offer more information in regional languages like Hindi, Tamil, Punjabi, and more.

Secondly, it will focus on building new products and services that will empower India’s businesses. Leveraging AI in the fields of health, education, and agriculture is a priority.

Google added that its Internet Saathi has already helped more than 30 million women across India. It’s an initiative that strives to spread internet awareness.

The tech giant has also increased its focus on India in the last few years since the market is hugely untapped. One of its most successful launches has been Google Pay. It leverages the country’s UPI (Unified Payments Interface) to transfer money instantaneously to friends, businesses, and even online services.

Pichai lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India stating that India has made huge progress.

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