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Xiaomi Mi A2 global pricing and availability

It’s a stellar Android One smartphone!

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Xiaomi just launched in Madrid, Spain what could be the best all-around Android One phone right now: the Mi A2.

The Mi A2 will come in three variants: the 4GB/32GB model is priced at EUR 249, the 4GB/64GB model will set you back EUR 279, and the highest-end model with 6GB of memory and 128GB storage will cost EUR 349.

Availability begins in Spain on August 10, in France on July 27, and in Italy on August 8.

If you think you’ve seen the Mi A2 before, that’s because it’s essentially the Mi 6X but instead of having Xiaomi’s MIUI 10 interface, this phone will have pure Android goodness.

It has a 5.99-inch display, Snapdragon 660 processor, 3000mAh battery, and dual 20- and 12-megapixel rear shooters.

Those are solid midrange specs for near-budget pricing!

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Facebook shared user data with at least 5000 developers

When will Facebook understand privacy?

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After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has become synonymous with privacy invasion. You’d ideally expect the social networking company to learn something and change how it operates to protect personal user data. However, the company is back to square one.

A blog post confirms that Facebook shared user data to thousands of developers and continued to receive updates to users’ non-public information.

According to internal policy, if you don’t use the service within a gap of 90 days, it’ll stop having access to your data and no updates will be sent forward. However, this wasn’t practically enforced and developers continued to have unprecedented access.

This is an extremely sensitive flaw since a similar modus operandi was leveraged to funnel data of 50 million users to Cambridge Analytica. Going by Facebook’s announcement, data here includes the user’s email addresses, birthdays, language, gender, and more.

VP of Platform Partnerships Konstantinos Papamiltiadis said that Facebook estimates 5,000 developers continued to receive user information after 90 days of inactivity.

The company hasn’t revealed the number of users affected. Facebook says the issue was fixed after it was discovered but did not state when it was found and how it went undetected for such a long time.

It’s common for people to use Facebook as a sign-in option on third-party apps or websites. These services fetch your details directly from Facebook after your consent. But, if you don’t use the third-party service actively, your data also shouldn’t be shared with it. However, the issue does not plague all Facebook Login apps.

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Spotify launches Premium Duo plan for couples

Premium Duo starts at US$ 12.99

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Spotify offers multiple plans for its premium music streaming service. For a long time, the company offers a premium plan designed for one person. In recent years, it also started offering a family plan for up to 4 family members. Now, the company is expanding its portfolio once again by offering a plan for couples.

The new Premium Duo plan is Spotify’s answer to couples who want a cheaper premium plan. As the name implies, the plan is targeted towards two people. All features of Spotify Premium is here too. Couples can enjoy ad-free listening, unlimited skips, and offline songs along with new features unique to this plan.

Spotify included a Duo Mix playlist, which is unique to this plan. It works just like the Family Mix playlist on the premium family plan. Through this playlist, couples can enjoy the best songs they listen to on repeat. The playlist updates once in a while too.

The plan starts at US$ 12.99 per month, which is US$ 6.99 less than two individual plans. Like all other premium plans, there’s a free trial so couples can try out the plan first before shelling out cash.

With the new Premium Duo, there’s no need to share a single account between two people. Couples can keep listening to their own music, and it won’t affect each other’s accounts.

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Upcoming Galaxy M41 will have a 6800mAh battery

Battery officially certified

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Earlier this year, Samsung launched the Galaxy M31, a capable midrange phone sporting a huge 6000mAh. Naturally, the only thing to do with a sizable battery is to test it to the breaking point. In our hands, the smartphone lasts an impressive 28 hours with some change to spare. With such a fierce device, what else can Samsung do in the battery department?

Apparently, quite a bit. Spotted recently on a battery certification site by Rootmygalaxy, Samsung is already working on a sequel to this device, what is presumably the Galaxy M41. If the filing comes to fruition, the next device will come with an even larger 6800mAh battery.

The filing was issued on June 28, only a few days ago. It also comes with a photo of the Li-ion battery. Though bigger in power, the battery doesn’t seem to cause the phone itself to bloat in size. Of course, a photo of the battery is nothing without the actual device. No one but Samsung knows how the device will ultimately look at this point.

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Another thing to note is the naming of the next device. Previous rumors have speculated that the company has ditched the M41, heading straight to the M51 instead. Either way, the device almost certainly belongs to the battery-centered series.

Though it is already in the works, the sequel might take a while before it comes out to the public.

The current generation, the Galaxy M31, is already available today in Black and Blue. It’s an online exclusive, retailing for PhP 13,990 (US$ 283).

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 rumor roundup: Snapdragon 865+, 120Hz, new S Pen

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