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Xiaomi Philippines will hold a Mobile Legends tournament

Participants will use the newly-released Mi 9T Pro

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Mobile Legends (ML) is one of the most popular Android games today. Chances are, you already heard about it and seen the game being played almost everywhere. It’s a game as ubiquitous as Defense of the Ancients (DOTA) — the popular game that made the Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre famous.

Seeing the popularity of ML in the country, Xiaomi Philippines is holding its first ever ML tournament happening this September 28 at SM Megamall.

During the day of the tournament, the Xiaomi store will become a gaming arena. Eight ML teams will compete using the Mi 9T Pro. The participants of the winning team will each receive a Mi 9T Pro. During the tournament, Xiaomi will also provide an exclusive sneak peek on its own game, Speed Legend.

Xiaomi announced the participants in the tournament last September 25, so it’s too late to form a team and join. However, it will give away a Mi 9T Pro at the tournament to one lucky spectator. To win a Mi 9T Pro, the spectator must snap a photo of the event, upload it on social media, and use the hashtags #TakeMiOn, #Mi9TPro, and #PerformanceInFull. Xiaomi will announce the winner at the end of the event.

To know more about the tournament, head to Xiaomi Philippines’ Facebook page.

Take Mi On promo poster

The Mi 9T Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. It has a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. On the front is a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera while the rear has a triple camera setup consisting of 48 MP, 13 MP wide-angle, and 8 MP telephoto lens.

With the Mi 9T Pro, playing Mobile Legends will be a breeze.

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Google discontinues Datally, its mobile data saving app

It’s gone from the Play store

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Using the Datally app from Google? It’s time to move one and find another as Google officially discontinues its mobile data saving app.

In the official support page of Datally, Google notes that the app is not available on the Play store. True enough, visiting the link to Datally throws the app not found error.

Users of the mobile data saving app can continue using it, but the app will not receive future updates. To speed up its discontinuation, the app is giving a warning that it is incompatible with Android 10. So, users who upgraded to the latest OS can’t use the app anymore.

Datally launched last 2017 to help users control their mobile data usage. The app shows the data usage of every app as well as overall data usage metrics. It also let users block background data.

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Google Maps will now show you speed traps

You can also report road closures and accidents

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Google Maps is borrowing several features from the company’s other popular navigation app, Waze. Google today announced a series of new features that will allow drivers using the Maps app on iOS to report accidents, speed traps and traffic jams.

Hazard reporting was introduced on Android earlier this year, but this is the first time that iPhone users can also help crowdsource traffic snarls. Google has also expanded the types of road hazards that can be reported through its incident feature to encompass ‘construction, lane closures, disabled vehicles, and objects on the road.

These features have been unique to Waze and many users preferred to use it over Google Maps. It was long-speculated that when Google purchased Waze for US$ 1.1 billion five years ago that the features would be swiftly migrated to Google Maps. The transition has been extremely slow, but it’s finally happening.

To report an incident, open Maps and start navigating to your destination. You’ll see a small location pin with a + sign button on the left side, tap it. Now, you’ll have multiple options that include speed traps, construction, lane closure, and more. Simply select one and you’re done.

Google’s algorithm constantly looks out for these reports and helps in rerouting other riders. These crowdsourced features made Waze a perfect alternative to Google Maps and many users claim they’ve reached faster.

A few months back, Google also added augmented reality support for pedestrian navigation. The feature has been highly appreciated since GPS accuracy may not always be very on-point.

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Hong Kong protests: Apple succumbs to pressure from China

Trying to please both the sides

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Every international company, whether based in China or the US, is now stuck in the middle of the Hong Kong protests. While the people want pro-Democracy ideals to govern their city, China refuses to back down and continues its passive-aggressive push.

Apple has reportedly removed the Quartz app from the App Store at the request of the Chinese government. Quartz’s Investigations editor John Keefe confirmed the app has been removed from the App Store and even the website has been blocked in Mainland China.

The publication has been covering the Hong Kong protests in detail and this hasn’t gone down well with the government in Beijing. China has a long history of suppressing free speech and it’s not surprising to see them block off content that doesn’t suit their narrative.

Though, users are furious at Apple for not taking a stand and bowing down to pressure. A few days back, the Cupertino-based giant removed the Taiwanese flag from its keyboard for some users to please the Chinese officials.

Apple was also in the news this week due to its initial rejection of an app that kept a tab on police movement in Hong Kong. Back in 2017, Apple removed the New York Times app from App Store after the Chinese government requested its removal because it was “in violation of local regulations.”

It is necessary for Apple to stay on good terms with China because of its business interests. Almost every other product designed by Apple will find its roots back in China, where everything is built — components as well as finished iPhones.

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