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10 Reasons You Should Buy The $1,000 iPhone XS Instead Of The More Affordable iPhone XR

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  • Apple’s current iPhone lineup includes the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.
  • The iPhone XR is more affordable than the iPhone XS, but there are several good reasons to consider the more expensive phone.

Apple’s iPhone X changed the smartphone landscape. It’s tough to find a new Android phone that doesn’t have a “notch,” for example.

To follow up the iPhone X, Apple announced not one, but two new smartphone designs in 2018.

The iPhone XS and XS Max continued the tradition of the iPhone X, while the iPhone XR shared similar qualities as the iPhone X, but featured an LCD screen. The LCD would be less costly for Apple to build, and less expensive for customers to buy. Win-win, right?

While the iPhone XR is an appealing option for anyone looking to have an iPhone X-esque experience for less than $1,000, there are several reasons to consider the more expensive iPhone XS, if you’re on the fence.

1. The iPhone XR is only available in one size. The iPhone XS is available in two sizes.

If you like the look and feel of the iPhone XR, you can only get it in one size, with its 6.1-inch display.

If you like the iPhone XS, however, you have two size options to choose from: You can get the 5.8-inch model, or the 6.5-inch “Max” size, which costs $100 more than the standard iPhone XS.

2. The iPhone XS display is significantly better-looking than the iPhone XR.

Your phone screen is important. It’s the main window for all of your content: your files, documents, photos, videos, and more. You’ll be looking at it all day, every day.

The iPhone XS features a “Super Retina” OLED screen, while the iPhone XR features a “Liquid Crystal” LCD screen.

OLED screens, in general, are brighter, show more accurate colors, and can achieve far better contrast than LCD screens. The iPhone XR has one of the best LCDs in a smartphone, but it still doesn’t come close to the iPhone XS display, which is the best way to view high-definition photos and videos.

3. The iPhone XR has thicker bezels, or borders around the display, compared to the iPhone XS.

The iPhone XR’s less-great display is made worse by a slightly thicker bezel, or border around the display.

People make a big deal out of bezels in 2019. People want to feel like their content pops out of the screen. If this is something you care about, the iPhone XS is a noticeable step up.

4. The iPhone XR is available in six beautiful colors, but if you want silver or gold, those are only available on the iPhone XS.

The iPhone XR is available in red, blue, yellow, black, white, and coral, which is kind of like orange-meets-pink.

The iPhone XS is also available in black, along with “silver” instead of white, and a gold option.

5. The iPhone XR is a heavier phone than the iPhone XS.

You might not consider weight when buying a smartphone, but when you’re lifting your phone dozens of times a day, and carrying it around all day, the weight adds up.

The iPhone XR weighs 194 grams, while the iPhone XS weighs 177 grams.

To be fair, the iPhone XR is still lighter than the larger version of the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, which weighs 208 grams.

6. The iPhone XR doesn’t have the dual-camera system of the iPhone XS, so it doesn’t zoom as well.

While the iPhone XR and iPhone XS have near-identical camera infrastructures on both the front and backs of the phone, the iPhone XR cannot perform optical zooming — only digital zooming — because it lacks the second telephoto lens that is exclusive to the iPhone XS.

What’s more, digital zooming is also better on the iPhone XS: The iPhone XR can only achieve 5X digital zoom for photos and 3X digital zoom for videos, while the iPhone XS can achieve 10X digital zoom for photos, 6X digital zoom for videos, plus that desirable 2X optical zoom for whatever you’re shooting.

7. The most storage you can get in the iPhone XR is 256 GB. You can get way more storage in the iPhone XS, which maxes out at 512 GB.

That’s more room for more photos, videos, files, apps, documents, games, and more.

8. The iPhone XR isn’t as water-resistant as the iPhone XS.

The iPhone XS has a water-resistance rating of IP68, meaning it can survive two meters of water for up to 30 minutes, while the iPhone XR only has a water-resistance rating of IP67, meaning it can survive just one meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

9. The iPhone XR doesn’t support 3D Touch like the iPhone XS does.

It’s a small thing, but the ability to press into the phone’s display — to activate new menu options within an app, for example — only works on the iPhone XS.

Apple made a version of 3D Touch for the iPhone XR, where you basically just touch and hold your finger to the screen to perform an action, but it doesn’t provide the same haptic feedback, or vibration, that you get when you perform 3D Touch on an iPhone XS.

10. The iPhone XR does not support gigabit-class LTE like the iPhone XS does.

According to Apple, the iPhone XR can support up to “LTE Advanced,” which is designed to deliver 4G speeds, or around 100 megabits per second.

The iPhone XS, meanwhile, is capable of “Gigabit-class LTE,” which can theoretically deliver 1 gigabit per second — roughly 10 times the speed of LTE Advanced.

Of course, most regions don’t support these kinds of speeds, and terms like “LTE Advanced” and “Gigabit LTE” describe the “theoretical,” not actual, limit — most of the time, you’ll experience speeds much slower than what’s advertised — but it’s still helpful to know what your phone is capable of.

Of course, you have to pick the right iPhone for you.

While the iPhone XS is better than the iPhone XR in a handful of important areas, the iPhone XR also beats the iPhone XS in several key ways. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and which features you find particularly important in a smartphone.

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GMB 2020: Greater Accra’s Naa Dedei Wins TV3 Ghana’s Most Beautiful Season 14

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A consistent performer, Naa had been winning plaudits with her performances throughout the 14 weeks the show has been running. She won the star performer three-time.

For her prize, Naa took home a brand new car, cash of GHC10,000, a trip to Dubai, and a high-end smartphone with free data package for a year.

She also received a sponsorship package from GTP for the supply of cloth for the next one-year among other prizes.

The 2020 grand finale saw musical performances from evergreen Hiplife group Praye, Highlife sensation KiDi, Adina, Camidoh, and Mentor Reloaded winner Optional King. The five artistes thrilled the audience with fine performances on the night.

The crowning brings an end to the reign of Ekua Bannerman Mends who won the competition in 2019.

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TAIVOS™ Lab Brings CAMON 16 Premier An Unparalleled Night Shot Experience

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TECNO, the global premium smartphone brand, successfully hosted the first augmented reality (AR) online product launch that integrated technology and photography. TECNO launched its latest CAMON 16 Premier at the event, which boasts an industry-first rear 64MP quad camera and a front 48MP configuration. One of the main attractions is the trademarked TAIVOS™ technology, which is one of the key outputs of TAIVOS™ lab – providing users an excellent and unprecedented visual experience, especially at night and low-light environments.

TAIVOS™, which stands for TECNO AI Vision Optimization Solution, is an advanced signal processing technology that interprets raw data through an AI multi-framed, portrait segmentation based on tens of millions of data points. This capability means that TAIVOS™ can filter image noise better and optimize image clarity, thereby enhancing night photography effects. Not long ago, TAIVOS™ technology won the CVPR 2020 LIP global competition, the first place in the dark complexion segmentation track, which also validates the prowess of the CAMON 16 Premier.

TECNO is always committed to bring products with the latest technology to consumers, with the goal to push the performance of mobile phone photography further. For this reason, TECNO has carried out a number of researches and tests on the core technologies of photography on the lab platform, in order to seek more refined technological breakthroughs. TECNO’s research centers train deep learning algorithms through tens of millions of deep skin data that are supported by multiple visual algorithms, enabling users to record and take more sophisticated photos. When compared to other smartphones, the TECNO CAMON 16 Premier can better filter image noise and optimize image clarity. Combined with the ultra-clear 48MP front camera and 64MP rear camera to enhance night-time photography, TECNO’s night shooting mode becomes a big selling point of the smartphone.

In addition, most of the mobile phones usually only sports 1080 pixels resolution for video recording and playing, while the TECNO CAMON 16 Premier makes use of its TAIVOS™ technology in tandem with the equipped 2.9 μm super-large lens pixels to be able to film better in dark environments than normal camera. This configuration delivers twice as effective results as that of ordinary mobile phones. TECNO CAMON 16 Premier can also use AI to intelligently identify super night scenes, dark environment and portrait, and divide and protect the portrait, so that the portrait can be captured but not exposed, and the night scene is more transparent, bright and dark environment is clearer, so as to take the most perfect photos. It can not only ensure the stable output of 1080P clear quality video but also enables filming in dark environments by allowing users to get brighter exposures, which other mobile phones cannot do.

At the same time, TECNO CAMON 16 Premier can also perform intelligent recognition through AI, distinguish super night scenes, dark environments, and portraits with professional-level quality. The integrated software can segment and identify portrait-style photos, so that users can manipulate and edit videos to meet their creative vision, in both night and day. TECNO has painstakingly considered these details in the pursuit of empowering users to create the most perfect images, be it in video or photo form.

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Facebook Partners With The National Blood Service Zimbabwe To Increase Blood Donations In The Country

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Facebook in partnership with the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) announces a new feature to encourage people to donate blood. Starting today, Zimbabweans who are between 18-65 years old, will have the option to sign up as blood donors on Facebook, be notified when blood donor centers near them have an urgent need for donations, and invite friends to donate.

With Zimbabwe being the eighth country in Africa where Facebook has launched this feature, this initiative comes at a crucial time as the pandemic is now widespread, resulting in the country starting to see a significant drop in blood donations due to people staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, despite the World Health Organization says it is still safe to donate blood.

Since its launch in 2017, Facebook has partnered with blood donation centers around the world, with more than 70 million people have signed up to be blood donors on Facebook. The feature is available in the following countries in Africa: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Niger, and South Africa, with 45 000 people signing up as donors in South Africa within the first month of the launch.

Commenting on the partnership, Kojo Boakye, Public Policy Director Facebook Africa said: “We are committed to building safe and supportive communities on Facebook during these challenging times. It is crucial to make it easy to connect people that want to donate with the opportunity to give, whilst learning about the blood donation centers around them and hopefully inspiring action within their communities. This is an important partnership with the National Blood Service Zimbabwe (NBSZ) and a necessary step that we believe will make a positive difference to the blood donation ecosystem in Zimbabwe.”

NBSZ Spokesperson and Public Affairs Manager Ms. Esther Massundah said “The challenges brought by COVID-19 have necessitated the need for NBSZ to embrace new ways of blood donor mobilization. The partnership with Facebook Africa is also in line with the organization’s efforts of collaborating with value-added partners. Facebook is very popular with our blood donors and through this new platform, they will also be able to assist in the recruitment of new donors by inviting their family and friends through this new application to scheduled blood drives in the different communities.”

How It Works

People between the ages of 18 – 65 in Zimbabwe can sign up to be a blood donor on Facebook by going to Blood Donations in the About section of your profile, or access the link: www.Facebook.com/donateblood. People will be able to see requests and opportunities to donate on Blood Donations on Facebook on their mobile devices from nearby donation sites.

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