The Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku Special Edition has — you guessed it — Japanese humanoid persona Hatsune Miku plastered all over it. It’s a sweet treat for fans of the popular singing synthesizer app, and comes with a bunch of goodies inside the package.
You get a limited edition Mi Power Bank and compatible phone case with Hatsune Miku graphics on them, as well as the character’s signature engraved on the back of the phone. The Redmi Note 4X itself comes in two new colors to match the styling: green and pink.
Other than that, the Redmi Note 4X is nearly identical to the Redmi Note 4 before it. Everything is still there, including the full-metal body, 5.5-inch Full HD display, and large 4100mAh battery to make the phone last for days. The only difference is in the processor, choosing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 over the MediaTek Helio X20 from before.
While nothing has been said about pricing yet, it could be a good deal if the cost isn’t jacked up too much from the original variant’s $135 starting price. The matching power bank and soft case already save you from finding and buying compatible accessories; all you have to figure out is if you’re a big enough fan of Hatsune Miku to warrant the purchase.
It’ll go on sale in China on — you probably guessed it right again — February 14. That’s perfect for those without a date on Valentine’s Day!
Update: Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku Special Edition will retail for CNY 1,299 or roughly $190. That includes the power bank and protective case — what a steal!
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Why Blackout Tuesday matters and how you can help
What happened last Tuesday?
I thought Instagram was glitching at first. At midnight on Tuesday, my Instagram feed started flooding with nondescript black squares. At first, none of the posts had any caption or any explanation whatsoever. I was confused. However, as the hour grew longer, the hashtag finally made its long-awaited debut: #BlackoutTuesday.
On every social media possible, everyone participated in the growing online trend. Celebrities. Personalities. Streamers. Creators. Organizations. Companies. African Americans. Asians. Caucasians. Everyone participated in Blackout Tuesday.
What is it? What did it mean? Was it a true way to support the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement? Or was it a PR move designed for those who don’t want to participate in demonstrations?
The black square
By now, the black square (or circle for Facebook) is no stranger to the online world. During tense political upheavals, the iconic image makes an appearance, heralding everyone’s support or opposition towards a specific political stance or event.
Remember the controversial Marcos burial a few years ago? Opposers posted black profile photos with the caption: Marcos is not a hero. It was also used to protest the cybercrime law years ago. Regardless of what it specifically protested, the black image is always a political statement.
In this case, the black square is a symbol of protest against the wrongful murder of George Floyd, an African American man, under the custody of a white police officer in Minnesota, sparking a new #BlackLivesMatter movement. Since the incident, peaceful protests and violent riots have erupted all over the US. In the online world, famous personalities with a platform have used their audiences to spread awareness on the issue. For days, social media was dominated by the #BlackLivesMatter conversation.
On Tuesday, social media took a different direction. Rather than spreading more awareness and furthering the conversation, everyone posted the black square, marking the return of the iconic image. However, this time, the image wasn’t just a political statement. Rather, the online activity had a deeper function.
After flooding social media with the nondescript black squares, the posters ceased all activity on social media for the day. The #BlackoutTuesday movement intended to allow more important voices to be heard. By silencing their voices, they allowed black people more control over the conversation for the day.
In similar fashion, some companies have postponed their long-awaited events to allow the protest to dominate social media. Music streaming services have also reduced their services in a similar #TheShowMustBePaused movement.
On Tuesday, June 2nd, Apple Music will observe Black Out Tuesday. We will use this day to reflect and plan actions to support Black artists, Black creators, and Black communities. #TheShowMustBePaused #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/xkvn31DpYc
— Apple Music (@AppleMusic) June 2, 2020
It was more than a political statement. It was a call for others to keep quiet and listen to those who had a stronger authority to speak on trauma, racism, and discrimination.
#BlackoutTuesday versus #BlackLivesMatter
Unfortunately, the movement had its drawbacks. At first, participants conjoined both #BlackoutTuesday and #BlackLivesMatter into the same post, creating a strange problem for the protest.
Now, hashtags aren’t just a clever way to add a quirky subtitle for a social media post. They can also help users follow a certain trend. When they search #BlackLivesMatter on Twitter, for example, they can see other posts with the same hashtag.
Naturally, when people searched for #BlackLivesMatter posts on Tuesday, they ran into a strange sight: an overwhelming wall of black. Ironically, in Blackout Tuesday’s attempt to silence all unimportant voices, it flooded social media in a downpour of posts without a voice. Others have also called it a desperate attempt at virtue signaling, a PR move.
It has come to my attention that many allies are using #BlackLivesMatter hashtag w black image on insta. We know that’s it no intent to harm but to be frank, this essentially does harm the message. We use hashtag to keep ppl updated. PLS stop using the hashtag for black images!! pic.twitter.com/eG2fPaybNW
— Kenidra4Humanity ~ BLACK LIVES MATTER ~ (@KenidraRWoods_) June 2, 2020
Halfway through the day, #BlackLivesMatter protestors urged #BlackoutTuesday posters to stop incorporating both hashtags into the same post. However, it wasn’t to dissociate the movement from Blackout Tuesday, Rather, the guidance was to steer the movement in the right direction.
For all the good intentions that the black squares had, it was truly just a good-natured post. Besides telling posters to stop using both hashtags, Black Lives Matter supporters shared different ways to help the movement beyond the black square or the hashtag.
Beyond the hashtag
Blackout Tuesday is just one part of the ongoing #BlackLivesMatter protests. As the black squares end their one-day effectivity, the call for further action rises to the fore. How can we help the protests from miles away?
First of all, the easiest way is to keep the conversation alive. Blackout Tuesday (or even Black Lives Matter) is not just a one-day event. Neither is it just a purely American concern. The conversation will always be as relevant as it is today and as it is in the US. It is not just a racial war. Wherever discrimination is present, whether it’s race or class, the spirit of Black Lives Matter should always prevail.
Secondly, if you have means to do so, you can always donate to relevant, anti-discrimination foundations or funds. Naturally, donating to a cause in another continent might be too much to ask. However, discrimination happens everywhere. You can still donate or help various causes in your own backyard.
If you don’t have the money or would rather stay at home, YouTube creators have found a revolutionary way to help the cause from afar. Posted first by YouTuber Zoe Amira, these hour-long videos contain art and performances from black artists. However, rather than just an awareness tool, these videos are jampacked with ads. The creators will donate all of the ad revenue to Black Lives Matter funds and foundations. Of course, you’ll have to turn off ad blocker for the duration of the entire video. At the very least, you can mute the browser tab; however, be careful not to mute the YouTube player itself as it nullifies ad revenue.
If you can’t do any of these, the least you can do is to just listen. Everyone has a responsibility to hear out and understand different voices in the racial debate. At this point, either from miles away or right on your backyard, listening is our only way to understand the plights of other people suffering worse things than us.
Facebook adds new tool to help you delete your cringey posts easily
Bye bye, emo teenage years!
As we fight to make our Facebook accounts professional enough for work, we are all, in fact, harboring a dark secret. Back in the early days of Facebook, we’ve all had that phase. You know, that cringey, emo, random, pretending-to-be-deep, hugot-loving teenage phase. If you search deep enough into Facebook, you’ll see an endless string of meaningless quotes aimed at “the world” or that cute crush you had back in grade school whom you’ve never even talked to. Don’t you just wish you can magic them away in one swing?
Today, Facebook is rolling out a helpful tool to finally deal with our social media posts en masse. The new Manage Posts feature will allow users to filter through every item on their timeline including personal uploads and tagged posts. Further, users can select multiple posts in one go. After which, they can do a trio of options: hide the posts from their timeline, remove their tags on tagged posts, or delete the posts entirely (if they were the ones who posted them originally).
Additionally, users can also customize filters to find posts of a certain time period, those posted on your timeline by other people, or other tagged posts.
Facebook is now in an unprecedented era in its life cycle. Almost fifteen years after going public in 2006, the social media platform has enjoyed massive unrivaled growth around the world. With everyone gathering years and years of Facebook data, we all need a new tool to manage every aspect of our online presence.
On the enterprise front, the company is also facing a huge upheaval in the wake of the George Floyd protests happening all over America. Dissatisfied by Mark Zuckerberg’s response to President Donald Trump’s inflammatory tweets, Facebook employees are virtually walking out from work and threatening resignation in a sign of protest.
Huawei patent shows off phone with under-display camera
It definitely looks promising
Huawei may be barred from using Google Mobile Services, but it isn’t stopping the brand from thinking big. A recent patent filing uncovered by LetsGoDigital shows a futuristic Huawei smartphone with an under-display camera.
The patent was filed by Huawei on October 28, 2019, and features a curved display on the sides. We’ve already seen this on Huawei Mate 30 Pro. The side physical buttons are replaced in favor of touch or gestures.
With no visible bezels on the front and the lack of a sliding module, it’s safe to assume the presence of an under-display camera. Last month, we came across a report that confirmed Xiaomi also has a similar patent. OPPO has gone a step ahead and showed off a prototype as well.
Huawei patents a new smartphone design with an under-display selfie camera, ultra curved edge display, no physical buttons on sides
— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) June 2, 2020
The implementation is often talked about and brands have pitched concept phones with a similar setup. With an under-display camera, the need for a top-bezel, pop-up module, or a notch is completely eliminated. Ultimately, providing a high screen-to-body ratio and unparalleled design.
On the rear, we can see a circular camera module that houses multiples sensors. It’s again safe to assume that two different models are shown in the filing since one has a triple-camera setup while one has a quad-camera.
These early patents give us a hint of what we can expect from the company in the future. They aren’t leaks or confirmed reports about a product’s existence.
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