Lenovo’s ‘all-screen’ phone isn’t that all-screen after all
THE TECH CIRCUIT - Yasunari Ramon Suarez Taguchi (The Freeman) - June 13, 2018 - 12:00am

For weeks, Lenovo had been hinting that it is developing an “all-screen” smartphone, posting sketches and mockups of the smartdevice on its official social media accounts.

Last week, the said smartphone was finally unveiled in Beijing – the Lenovo “Z5.”

Topped by an HD display measuring 6.2-inches (with a screen aspect ratio rated at 19:9), the unveiling was met with mixed sentiments as the product wasn’t exactly as “all-screen” as purported by its teasers.

The device has a notch and chin at its top and on its bottom, making it look a lot like Apple’s “iPhone X.” Lenovo asserts though that the bezels of the “Z5” are thinner than flagship units like the “iPhone X” and Xiaomi’s “Mi 8,” and that it has a screen-to-body ratio rated at 90 percent.

Running on an octa-core processor and backed by features like a 16-megapixel dual camera system, the “Z5,” comes with impressive hardware components, regardless if it is an all-screen phone or not.

Its price also stands to be more reasonable than other devices of its caliber – a point which tech pundits are marking off as a win for the device. More information on the “Z5” is hosted on Lenovo’s official online channels.

Facebook partners with news outfits for original news programs

In what can be called another move against the proliferation of fake news in the net, Facebook announced last week that it has partnered with various news outfits to produce original news programs.

The move stems from the social media giant’s decision to nix its “Trending” section, allowing news reported by established news organizations to gain better traction within the Facebook ecosystem.

The firm has partnered with organizations like ABC, CNN, Fox, Univision and Mic to produce Facebook-original news programs that can be viewed through its “Watch” video section.

It did not disclose how the outline of the programs would go, only that they will be “original” and will be exclusive to Facebook. More information on the matter is hosted on Facebook’s official online channels.

Firefox’s side-by-side screen view and custom color add-ons

Firefox, one of the world’s popular web browsers, beefed up its game in rolling out test features that allow for side-by-side page tab viewing and customizable web page viewing through its “Test Pilot” program.

The side-by-side viewing feature, dubbed “Side View,” is basically aimed for the perusal of multi-taskers who tend to view multiple webpages in one go. It is complemented with another featured named “Color,” which allows users to tweak and customize a tab’s color and texture scheme.

Though it remains to be seen if weather or not the features will be bundled in the next Firefox update, reception on the test pilot features have largely been positive, much so that a number of techies are hailing it as Firefox’s comeback to the web browser game which has largely been dominated by Google’s Chrome. More information on the features and Firefox’s “Test Pilot” program is hosted on Firefox’s official online channels.

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