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Xiaomi announces the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite

More Xiaomi phones are coming out!

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Xiaomi had a quick event today in China to announce a few things to add to their lineup. Among the announcements are the new Mi 8 variants, namely the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Lite. Each device is an iteration of the company’s main flagship smartphone.

The Mi 8 Pro is similar to the standard Mi 8 with the same Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of memory, and 128GB of expandable storage. Although, this model comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

Not only that, it also comes with a transparent back similar to the Explorer Edition. If that’s not your cup of tea, you can also opt for the Twilight Gold gradient option.

It still has a notched OLED display, dual-frequency GPS, same dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, and IR-enabled face unlock.

Then there’s the Mi 8 Lite, which is a toned-down Mi 8. Instead of a flagship processor, it sports a midrange Snapdragon 660 chipset. It still has dual rear cameras but with just a 12- and 5-megapixel combo. Don’t worry, it comes with a 24-megapixel selfie shooter to compensate for that.

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

To keep pricing down, it comes with an LCD but still sizeable at 6.26 inches, a 3350mAh battery, and a standard rear fingerprint reader. The gradient color schemes are available for the Lite model as well.

Pricing starts at CNY 3,199 (US$ 470) for the Mi 8 Pro with 6GB of memory, while the higher-end variant with 8GB of memory is priced at CNY 3,599 (US$ 525).

As for the cheaper Mi 8 Lite, it’s coming in at just CNY 1,399 (US$ 205) for the 4GB+64GB model. The 6GB+64GB variant is priced at CNY 1,699 (US$ 250), while the top 6GB+128GB version will cost you CNY 1,999 (US$ 290).

Both phones are initially available in China. International availability is yet to be announced.

Source: MIUI Forum

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Pornhub: Filipinos love ‘romantic’ porn

Also spends second-longest time on site

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Move over, Top 10 Gadgets of 2019! The most important annual review is here!

For the seventh year in a row, Pornhub has released its analytics for 2019. As always, the review is a treasure trove of insights on the world’s thirstiest habits. The analytics go through literally everything under the sun. (Including the battle royale game that porn viewers searched for: Apex Legends vs. Fortnite. Spoiler: Fortnite claimed more consistent viewers, but Apex Legends peaked higher at 357,701 searches on February 18.)

Of course, the more interesting question is: how did the Philippines fair this time around?

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Depending on how you look at it, the Philippines performed a lot better! On the global rankings, the country ranked up two spots from yesteryear, nabbing the no. 8 spot ahead of Australia and Mexico.

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However, Filipinos are spending slightly less time on the platform compared to previous years. Per visit, researchers dive into the watery depths for an average of 11 minutes and 19 seconds — 22 seconds less than last year. Still not a bad dive! Only Thailand gets wet longer, spending 11 minutes and 21 seconds on average.

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Another point of Pinoy pride: the Philippines practices more open-minded equality with porn viewing. The country has the highest proportion of women mastering the art of self-love. Of all Filipino Pornhub users, 39 percent of which are female, contrasted to 61 percent male.

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Also, 91 percent of Filipinos view Pornhub on their phones. Helpful tip: disconnect your phones from your house’s Bluetooth speakers first! You wouldn’t want to broadcast your New Year’s fireworks to everyone, right?

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Now, for the meaty bits! Filipinos love Asians! In 2019, the country’s top five search terms are Pinay, hentai, Japanese, Pinoy, and Korean. Additionally, the top five trending searches are reverse missionary, locker room, perfect body, Korean uncensored, and romantic love making.

Surprise! Despite the country’s dominance in the porn rankings, Filipinos love getting more intimate before doing the dirty. Well, the Philippines takes the second-most time on the site. Maybe, Filipinos spend a huge chunk of the time getting to know the performers first. We don’t judge!

SEE ALSO: Pornhub’s “Dirtiest Porn Ever” campaign tackles ocean pollution

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Microsoft unveils new logos for Windows

It’s called Fluent Design

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It’s been a while since Microsoft updated its designs. The current flat logo has existed since 2012 when the company launched Windows 8. After seven years, the dated design needs an update.

Right on cue, Microsoft has officially announced a hundred new logos for both its operating system and its apps. The redesign — officially titled Fluent Design — introduces richer colors and dynamic motion.

In contrast, the incumbent logo design spins off from yesteryear’s flat design. At the time of its launch, the minimalist design philosophy incorporated a pleasing consistency across the entire Microsoft ecosystem. After years of colorful, three-dimensional, and dysfunctional designs, the world needed a more uniform design to latch on to.

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Now, the cycle begins anew. After years of uniformity, the world is ready to take dynamism back. According to Microsoft’s new Medium post, the redesign is a fluid combination of both consistency and innovation. It combines the familiar with something new. Unlike the static tenets of flat design, Fluent Design brings gradients back into the fold. The new logos are bolder, sexier, and more attractive to the eye.

Though still officially in development, the redesign has already launched silently through Microsoft Edge’s new logo. As reported before, the new logo burst forth from the browser’s unfortunate association with the dated Internet Explorer. The other logos range from essential icons to more optional software; from Documents to Microsoft Office.

The unveiling also hints at a new look for Windows’s own logo (pictured in the ribbon above). Whereas the current one has only a single shade of blue, the new logo has three shades. Though only a slight change, it reflects the redesign’s overall theme: incorporate the old with the new.

The redesign’s official launch is still forthcoming. Regardless, it’s a good look for the software.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Surface Duo is a foldable Android phone

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Xbox Series X is Microsoft’s new console

Formerly known as Project Scarlett

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With millions of eyes glued to the Game Awards, Microsoft took the opportunity to unveil their latest console. Formerly known as Project Scarlett, the gaming console now has an official name — Xbox Series X.

The Xbox Series X has a custom-designed CPU that’s based on AMD’s Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA Architecture. Speaking of CPU, that’s exactly what the console looks like. Despite it looking like most CPU Towers, the console can be positioned both vertically and horizontally.

Microsoft Xbox chief Phil Spencer claims the new console it will “deliver four times the processing power of Xbox One X in the most quiet and efficient way.” It’s also using an SSD which should boost load times. It’s also capable of 8K gaming with frame rates of up to 120 FPS as well as ray tracing.

Spencer confirmed with GameSpot that it the Xbox Series X is backwards compatible. It will support games you can play on the Xbox One and will also have support for accessories sold for earlier versions of the console.

There’s no word yet on exact pricing and availabilty but they did say it will come just ahead of the holiday shopping season in 2020. This puts it squarely around the time of the PlayStation 5’s release date. Exciting times ahead for console gamers!

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