Oppo warns first under-screen cameras won't have the best image quality

Oppo is expected to introduce its under-screen camera solution tomorrow at MWC Shanghai. According to earlier teasers, the shooter is hidden behind a screen when off, omitting the need for notches or moving mechanisms.

However, less than 24 hours before the launch, the company Vice President Brian Shen said expectations about image quality should not be high – the new technology is still in development.

For those seeking the perfect, notchless smartphone screen experience – prepare to be amazed. 📲

You are taking a very first look at our under-display selfie camera technology. RT! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/FrqB6RiJaY

— OPPO (@oppo) June 3, 2019

The post came as an answer to another user that expressed concerns about the quality of the photos. The first gen technology will behave as if the front element isn’t perfectly clean, raising questions whether the first gen under-screen tech will even make it to an actual product or we’ll have to wait for another iteration.

Oppo Find X vs. Oppo Reno – Unique camera mechanisms all around

Introducing the under-screen camera would be another milestone for the Dongguan-based company. Back in 2013, we saw the Oppo N1 with a rotating shooter. It was also among the first companies to implement the waterdrop notch with the Oppo F9 and how can anyone forget the Oppo Find X and Oppo Reno with their unusual elevating mechanisms.

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The Kingston DC500 Series Enterprise SATA SSDs Review: Making a Name In a Commodity Market

Kingston may not be a name that rolls off the tip of the tongue when you’re talking about datacenter hardware vendors, but the company has come to have a major presence in datacenters through their DRAM modules. A lucrative and high-volume market on its own, the company has unspririsngly been attempting to pivot off of their success with datacenter DRAM into other datacenter products, but they’ve only met limited success thus far. Their other product lines – in particular enterprise/datacenter SSDs – have been servicable, but haven’t been able to crack the market as a whole.

Still intent on slicing out a larger portion of the datacenter SSD market, Kingston has decided to raise their profile by introducing SSDs that are based around the needs of their existing DRAM customers. That means that the company’s new DC500 family of SSDs is intended for second-tier cloud service providers and system integrators, rather than the top hyperscalers like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, etc. This also means that the new drives are SATA SSDs, because in this market segment – which relies more heavily on commodity components and platforms than Open Compute Project-style thorough customization – there is still significant demand for SATA SSDs.

Using NVMe SSDs adds to platform costs in the form of expensive PCIe switches and backplanes, the drives themselves are each more expensive than a SATA drive of the same capacity, and power efficiency is often better for SATA than NVMe. PCIe SSDs make it possible to cram a lot of storage performance into a smaller number of drives and servers, but where the emphasis is more on capacity and cost effectiveness, SATA still has a place.

The SATA interface itself is stuck at 6Gbps, but the technology that goes into SATA SSDs continues to evolve with new generations of NAND flash memory and new SSD controllers. Kingston’s new DC500 family of enterprise SATA SSDs are our first look at Phison’s new S12 SSD controller (specifically, the S12DC variant), the replacement for the S10 that has been on the market for over five years. (S11 is Phison’s current DRAMless SATA controller.) While consumer SATA SSD controllers have mostly dropped down to just four NAND channels, the S12DC still has eight channels, but more for the sake of supporting high capacities than for improving performance. The S12DC officially supports 8TB, but Kingston isn’t pushing things that far yet. The S12DC controller is fabbed on a 28nm process and brings major improvements to the error correction capabilities including Phison’s third-generation LDPC engine.

The DC500 family uses Intel’s 64-layer TLC NAND flash memory, a break from Kingston’s usual preference for Toshiba NAND. 96/92-layer TLC has started to show up in the client/consumer SSD market, but it’s still a bit early to be seeing it in this part of the enterprise storage market.

The DC500 family includes two tiers: the DC500R for read-heavy workloads (endurance rating of 0.5 DWPD) and the DC500M for more mixed read/write workloads (endurance rating of 1.3 DWPD). Kingston

The $100 smartwatch with insane 30-day battery life is now down to $64!

Last week, we told you about a terrific sale that slashed the price of the Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami from $100 to $80. That’s an incredible price for a sleek smartwatch with killer features like compatibility with iPhones and Android phones, GPS, all-day heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and ridiculous battery life of up to 30 days per charge. If you weren’t among the 1,000+ BGR Deals readers who got in on the action last week, we actually have some spectacular news for you: the price just dropped even further! Hurry and you can snag one for just $63.99, which is the lowest price of 2019 on this excellent smartwatch. Even with Prime Day 2019 right around the corner, you’re not going to find a better price than this on a better smartwatch!

Here’s more info from the product page:

Look as Good as You Feel: With a range of colors and options, the Bip is designed to be worn as an extension of your personal style. Weighing only 1.1oz (32g), and with a bright, transflective always-on 1.28″ display, the Bip can be worn all day Go the Distance: Use the Amazfit Bip for up to 30 days on a single 2.5-hour charge. Don’t Miss a Beat: Optical heart rate monitoring and built-in GPS allow you to accurately track in real-time your steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, and quality of sleep. Special sport modes (running, treadmill, cycling and walking) give you even more detailed insights into your most frequent activities. Be in the Know: The perfect companion to keep you organized and productive all day long. Receive one-way notifications for emails, SMS messages, and incoming phone calls (prompting you to take action on your smartphone), as well as alerts for Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Snap, Slack, weather forecasts, and other mobile apps Satisfaction Guaranteed: Buy with confidence. Amazfit offers a 30-day refund policy, and 12-month new replacement warranty. 190mAh Li-Polymer Battery

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Egyptian operator deploys AI for unbanked subscribers

June 25, 2019 • Artificial Intelligence, East Africa, Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

Egyptian operator deploys AI for unbanked subscribers.

Egyptian operator deploys AI for unbanked subscribers.

Fernando Núñez Mendoza, CEO of fonYou.

fonYou has announced that it reached an agreement with a mobile operator in Egypt to deploy its iCarrier Data platform for the distribution of hyper-personalized airtime, data bundles and other carrier products.

iCarrier Data is a platform that enables mobile carriers to predict and optimize their real-time responses to customer needs, even when they run out of credit.

fonYou’s premium technology intercepts low-balance events and applies deep customer analytics, advanced scoring and machine learning techniques – all in real-time. It allows the operator to determine the most appropriate product offers to keep customers connected, ranging from airtime credit, digital top-ups or bundle sales, and automate their digital distribution via the subscriber’s preferred channels.

The deployment of iCarrier Data is expected to give the Egyptian operator a 360-degree view of each subscriber, which in combination with fonYou’s AI module, allows them to activate the right product at the right time, according to the user’s ability to pay.

With a population of 100 million people, 84 per cent of Egyptians is unbanked.

“The operator will deploy our new-generation iCarrier Data platform to monetize low-balance data events and take its commercial operations to the next level,” said Fernando Núñez Mendoza, CEO of fonYou. “This commercial project will illustrate that the iCarrier platform is a win-win for both subscribers and the operator. Subscribers will receive hyper-personalized offers that keep them online at all times. The operator will be able to proactively offer new services, driving up quality of experience (QoE) and, in doing so, taking a significant step forward in the digital transformation of its business.”

fonYou’s iCarrier platform has been nominated and shortlisted for several fintech awards based on its ability to help carriers distribute short-term financing products in real time.

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Prime Day 2019 starts on July 15th and lasts for 48 hours

Amazon’s Black Friday in July event is back for another year, and Prime Day 2019 will be bigger than ever. The retailer will offer Amazon Prime subscribers more than a million deals over two whole days, so you’ll have an extra 12 hours to shop compared to last year’s event, which also kicked off in mid-July.

Amazon revealed that Prime Day 2019 will begin at midnight PT on Monday, July 15th, and end two full days later.

Prime members in several markets will be able to shop Prime Day deals, including the United States, UK, Spain, Singapore, Netherlands, Mexico, Luxembourg, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Australia and United Arab Emirates, with that last country being a new addition to Prime Day sales.

You’ll have to grab yourself an Amazon Prime membership if you don’t have one in order to take advantage of the deals, so this is the perfect time to start a 30-day free trial.

Amazon says it’ll host featured Lightning Deals that will include “jaw-dropping prices on top-tier brands” during Prime Day, but these deals will be spread out over the 48 hours so you’ll have to keep checking the site. We’ll cover the best Prime Day 2019 deals over in our BGR Deals portal, so keep it bookmarked to quick access to the best sales.

The first Prime Day deal is already available right now, a 43-inch Toshiba Fire TV Edition Smart TV priced at $179.99 ($120.01 in savings) — a Prime Day sales preview is available at this link. Also starting today, you can rent Jordan Peele’s Us on Prime Video for $2.99.

Finally, Amazon announced that Prime subscribers will get Free One-Day Delivery in the US with no minimum purchase on more than 10 million products. Users also have the option of bundling up all their Prime Day purchases into a single shipment scheduled for an Amazon Day of their choice.

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vivo announces iQOO 5G ahead of Q3 launch, talks AR and 120W charging

The vivo iQOO 5G will be the company’s first commercial 5G phone (after testing a vivo NEX 5G prototype). The company plans to release the phone some time in the next three months and while it didn’t reveal much in the way of specs, it did talk at length about the challenges of 5G.

But first, check out this promo video that shows life with a 5G phone that can charge at 120W:

The vivo iQOO 5G uses a Snapdragon 855 chipset connected to an external X50 modem, as do most current 5G phones. 5G requires four antennas, up from two for 4G. Combined with the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi that’s a total of eight – and it was quite a challenge to find room for them and prevent interference.

That’s not all, having an external modem makes the motherboard larger. And since 5G requires more power, vivo couldn’t just reduce the battery to compensate and had to design a complicated 3D layout. All in all, the phone was connected to a 5G network for a day and its battery was at 70%.

Qin Fei, the director of vivo’s 5G R&D center, says that 5G networks will reduce latency, allow more devices to connect to a network and allow carriers to increase data caps.

The latency on the next-gen networks can be reduced by 10ms, which will be a boon for game streaming services and AR applications, as seen in the video. The AR glasses in the video were actually part of the announcement – they use two 720p screens and offer 6 degrees of freedom. They can display AR games, 3D video and can be used in a professional setting too. And they connect straight to the phone, no computer needed.

As for data caps, Qin Fei believes carriers will significantly increase the users’ data allowance – from 20GB to 1TB for the biggest data plans. Data speeds can be 5-10 times higher on 5G than 4G. And since a 5G cell could support more simultaneously-conneced devices, future Internet of Things devices can connect directly to the network instead of needing a bridge.

The 120W charging was demoed before, it promises to charge a 4,000mAh battery to 50% in 5 minutes. A complete charge takes 13 minutes. We have a bit more details now – vivo Super FlashCharge works at 20V and 6A.

It’s not clear if the vivo iQOO 5G will support the 120W fast charging. We expect concrete details about the phone to be revealed as it gets closer to launch.

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Sipho Maseko sells Telkom shares worth R10.8-million

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Telkom Group CEO Sipho Maseko has sold more than 112 000 shares in the telecommunications operator, bagging R10.8-million in the process.

The share options, which vested on 3 June, were sold at an average price of R96.12.

The sale comes on the back of a strong performance in Telkom’s share price, which has handily beaten other listed telecoms stocks on the JSE in the past year.

Over the last 12 months, Telkom’s share price has rallied by 97.7% thanks in large part to a strong performance by the group’s mobile division, where subscriber growth has far outpaced rivals Vodacom, MTN and Cell C.

Over the same period, MTN Group has risen by just 2.7%, while Vodacom has inched higher by 0.4% and Blue Label Telecoms, the largest shareholder in Cell C, has plunged by 53%.  — (c) 2019 NewsCentral Media

Amazon Prime Day 2019 Promises 48 Hours of Deals

Next month’s Amazon Prime Day 2019 will be a two-day parade of deals.

The annual sale kicks off at midnight PT on Monday, July 15, and—for the first time ever—runs for a full 48 hours.

Subscribers have two days to shop more than 1 million deals, including limited-time offers and exclusive launches. (I am most looking forward to stocking up on discounted Alexa-enabled devices.)

“Get ready, as we pull back the curtain to reveal exclusive products, special performances, and two full days of phenomenal deals this Prime Day,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of worldwide consumer at Amazon, said in a statement.

Mark-downs apply to Prime members the world over: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, the United Arab Emirates (new this year), the UK, and the US.

To participate, sign up online to join Prime or start a 30-day free trial.

“Our vision is that Prime Day should be the absolute best time to be a member,” Wilke said. “When you can enjoy shopping, savings, entertainment, and some of the best deals Prime members have ever seen.”

Whether you brazenly browse on the office computer, hide your habits in a bathroom stall, or take a “sick day” to stay home and spend money, Amazon encourages buyers to remain alert.

You don’t have to wait three weeks for the deals roll in, though.

Starting today, Prime members can save $120 on a Toshiba HD 43-inch Fire TV Edition Smart TV—now only $179.99 (through June 30, or while supplies last).

Also available now: Alexa-compatible Jabra Elite85h wireless headphones with SmartSound and the iOttie Easy One Touch Connect smartphone car mount.

Plus, members can gear up for Prime Day in-home deliveries with 40 percent off the Key for Garage myQ Smart Garage Hub + Amazon Cloud Cam (Key Edition) kit, on sale for the reasonable price of $99.98.

As part of the company’s 20th anniversary, Amazon launched Prime Day in 2015, hoping to entice buyers with discount prices on a scale you’d expect to see only on Black Friday.

The inaugural event—a mix of “Deals of the Day” and “Lightning Deals”—lasted 24 hours. Prime Day 2017 boasted 30 hours of deals for techies, beauty fans, gamers, kids, home chefs, bookworms, fitness buffs, DIYers, sports enthusiasts, and other stereotypes.

Last year, Prime members had a record 36 hours to shop.

At this rate, the 2024 affair will last all week.

“Stay tuned as we reveal exclusive savings at Whole Foods Market, thousands of new product launches, as well as world-class entertainment and more, leading up to Prime Day,” Wilke said.

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The Best Features of iOS 13: Maps, Photos, Privacy, Health

On Monday of this week, Apple released the iOS 13 public beta, which, as its name suggests, is prerelease software that the general public can now download and test on their iPhones. The new software should do all of the things that an upgrade typically does for phones: It should make your iPhone, even an aging one, faster and more efficient. It will also add privacy and security enhancements.

But iOS 13 is also supposed to be transformative in a lot of ways. It will make your Photos app a pleasant destination, not a slog through a camera roll. It will let you use your Apple ID to sign into more apps and websites. And thanks to Dark Mode, it will make iOS look different.

We’re still a couple months away from seeing a version of iOS 13 that’s fully stable and ready for every iPhone out there, so this download isn’t something you should install if you’re not comfortable with some technical hiccups. Also, Apple strongly recommends (and we agree!) that you don’t install an iOS beta release on your daily iPhone. It’s always best to use a secondary iPhone or iPad if you’re keen on experimenting with the iOS 13 earlier than everyone else. And no matter what you do, you should first back up your phone or tablet to the cloud.

There’s also a cutoff point for iOS 13 in terms of your old gadgets. It will only run on iPhone 6S or later, including the fan favorite iPhone SE; all iPad Pros; the iPad Air 2 or a later version; and the iPad mini 4 (from 2015) or later.

Here’s what you can expect from iOS 13.

Dark Mode

Come to the dark side, friend. Apple’s iOS 13 brings Dark Mode to the iPhone and iPad, putting the mobile devices on par with the Dark Mode introduced in macOS Mojave last year. iOS 13 Dark Mode is initially available in Apple’s own apps; once developers have time to implement it, you can expect Dark Mode to show up in more third-party apps as well.

Right now, apps like Messages, Mail, Calendar, Photos, Notes, and even Settings will have a gloriously dark background if you opt into the new color scheme. You can activate Dark Mode within iOS’s Display & Brightness settings. iPhones with OLED displays may experience a small battery boost from this, but otherwise Dark Mode is mostly an aesthetic choice—and a wonderful choice it is.

‘Quick Path’ Keyboard

Hellooooo, 2008! Apple is rolling out its own version of a swipe keyboard in iOS 13. It’s called Quick Path. Drag your finger along your iPhone’s virtual keyboard, leaving a wisp of a translucent tail in your wake, and form words without furiously finger-pecking at the keys. It’s fast. It’s fun. It’s long overdue.

Redesigned Photos

Get ready to dive into the warm waters of the new Apple Photos app. Seriously, it’s my favorite update

How to install iOS 13 public beta 1 on your iPhone and iPad right now

It’s not July yet, but it sure feels like it, as Apple released iOS 13 public beta 1, which is now available to download for supported iPhones, iPod touch, and iPads (as iPadOS). The public beta is the equivalent of the iOS 13 beta 2 that Apple released last week, which means you’re on the same footing as developers. Also, it means the beta should be even more stable than the first developers beta. So how do you install it? It’s quite simple, following the same recipe of previous iOS public betas.

Before you go ahead and try iOS 13 for the first time, you should make sure your device can handle the upgrade. For example, the iPhone 5s is left out of this release cycle. On the iPadOS side of things, you’ll need an iPad 5th generation or newer, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, or any iPad Pro to run the public beta. Finally, only the iPod touch 7th generation that Apple released earlier this year supports iOS 13.

The second thing you should do before upgrading to the new software is back up your data, either to iCloud, or locally with the help of a Windows or Mac. The latter is a better option, as you get to encrypt your backup, which will retain all the logins for the apps you have installed on your phone. It makes a huge difference when restoring from a backup — but then again, with password apps integration in iOS, authenticating shouldn’t be too much of a chore.

What you have to do next is go to the Apple Beta Software Program from iTunes on your iPhone and iPad, and sign in with your Apple ID to sign up for the beta.

Once you’ve enrolled your device, you’ll need to download the appropriate profile for iOS 13 public beta 1, so look for the download button.

The download only takes a second, at which point you’ll have to go to the Settings app and look for a notification that tells you that you have a new profile to be installed. Install the profile, and let the iPhone perform its restart.

If you’re already part of the iOS 12 beta, you should know the iOS 13 profile installs over the old one, so you don’t have to make any changes to your device.

Now that the profile setup is complete, just go to the Software Update section, and you’ll receive a prompt that the iOS 13 profile beta 1 update is ready to be installed. Yes, it looks exactly like a regular software update for iOS. From here on you can upgrade to every public beta that Apple releases without doing anything else. Updates will present themselves when they’re ready.

I will note that the download is quite hefty, at over 2GB, so you’ll need a good connection for it. Also, make sure you have enough battery charge left to perform the upgrade or plug the phone or

Xiaomi Mi CC9 will come with a 48MP rear camera

The Xiaomi Mi CC9 which will be unveiled on July 2 will sport a triple camera setup at the back and the company has now confirmed that the primary camera in this setup will have a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor.

Xiaomi earlier teased a 32MP selfie shooter, so it will likely reveal more details about the smartphone as time pases.

Rumors would have us belive the Mi CC9 will have a Snapdragon 730 SoC and a 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. It will likely run Android Pie-based MIUI 10 out-of-the-box and pack a 4,000 mAh battery drawing power from a USB-C port.


Trend Micro launches new channel programme in Sub-Saharan Africa

June 25, 2019 • Cloud Computing, Digital Transformation, Southern Africa

Trend Micro launches new channel programme in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Trend Micro launches new channel programme in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Indi Siriniwasa, Vice President of Trend Micro Sub-Saharan Africa.

On Monday, 24 June 2019, Trend Micro Incorporated unveiled its new channel partner programme for the Sub-Saharan Africa region. With this programme, reseller partners will be able to access a host of benefits to fast track channel enablement and provide the basis for improved customer service delivery.

“Our resellers in the region are maturing exponentially. Their knowledge of the cloud and customer demand for cloud solutions has accelerated, and as a result, so has their desire to better secure the cloud – from the data centre to the edge and everywhere in between,” states Indi Siriniwasa, Vice President of Trend Micro Sub-Saharan Africa.

“The launch of our new channel programme aims to incentivise partners with even greater rewards for their sales efforts, and gives them access to the technical expertise, certifications, and tools they need to boost their project delivery.”

According to Siriniwasa, the programme is designed to assist existing partners to grow their business and pave the way for new partners to get on board. Following a tiered approach, the programme is made up of bronze, silver, gold and platinum partners with varying benefits based on the sales and technical competencies of partners.

Partners can access their benefits and register new deals through the online partner portal. Financial benefits extend deal registration and renewal discounts as well as incentive programmes to name a few. With access to sales and marketing resources, resellers will benefit from dedicated sales resources, sales leads, marketing collateral and campaigns.

“As a channel first business, we are deeply committed to our partners throughout the Sub-Sahara African region and have seen a host of opportunities for growth in the market for our channel. We believe that with our re-energised channel programme we can fast track the development of our partners and ensure they meet the ever-changing security demands of an industry bombarded by disruptive technologies,” ended Siriniwasa.

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Proposed Law Would Force Big Tech to Reveal Value of Consumer Data

By John P. Mello Jr.
Jun 25, 2019 3:15 AM PT

A Democrat and a Republican on Monday filed a U.S. Senate bill to require companies to report to financial regulators and to the public what consumer data they collect and how they leverage it for profit.

“When a big tech company says its product is free, consumers are the ones being sold,” said Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Hawley and Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., introduced the Designing Accounting Safeguards to Help Broaden Oversight And Regulations on Data (DASHBOARD) Act.

“These ‘free’ products track everything we do so tech companies can sell our information to the highest bidder and use it to target us with creepy ads. Even worse, tech companies do their best to hide how much consumer data is worth and to whom it is sold,” Hawley said. “This bipartisan legislation gives consumers control of their data and will show them how much these ‘free’ services actually cost.”

Consumers are paying for free products with their data instead of with their wallets, Warner noted.

“The overall lack of transparency and disclosure in this market have made it impossible for users to know what they’re giving up, who else their

Walmart Mexico begins delivering grocery orders sent via WhatsApp

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You may not give WhatsApp a second glance in the App Store, but in other countries, it’s the messaging app of choice. It’s so big in Mexico, for instance, that Walmart Mexico is now accepting grocery delivery orders for its Superama supermarkets sent via the messaging service. According to Reuters, customers can send their orders through WhatsApp to a number owned by Walmart — they don’t even have to type their list out. The publication tested it by sending the number a photo of a handwritten list and got a response from a representative immediately.

Superama is charging $2.55 for delivery within 90 minutes or $2.03 for orders with longer turnaround times. It also accepts payment in cash or card on delivery. The Walmart-owned grocery chain, which makes up 92 of the retail giant’s 2,459 stores in Mexico, already takes orders through its website and app. Clearly, though, it’s hoping that WhatsApp’s ubiquitous presence in the country will encourage more