Oppo A54 5G With Snapdragon 480 SoC, 90Hz Display, 5,000mAh Battery Launched: Price, Specifications

Oppo A54 5G has launched in the European market, joining the other recently introduced A-series phones in the company's lineup — the Oppo A75 5G and the Oppo A94 5G. The new phone is a budget friendly offering that makes 5G connectivity more accessible. Oppo A54 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G SoC and comes with a quad rear camera setup. On the front, the phone houses its selfie camera in a hole-punch cutout.

Oppo A54 5G price

Oppo A54 5G is priced at EUR 219 for the sole 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant that is offered in Fantastic Purple and Fluid Black colour options. The phone is available for purchase in the European market and Oppo has not shared any information about its international availability as of now.

Last month, the 4G variant of the Oppo A54 with the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC was launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 13,490. The 5G variant seems to have slimmer bezels on the side and a different design for the rear cameras.

Oppo A54 5G specifications

The dual-SIM (Nano) Oppo A54 5G runs on ColorOS 11.1 based on Android 11. The phone features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1,080x2,400 pixels) display with a 90Hz refresh rate, up to 180Hz touch sampling rate, a 90.5 percent screen to body ratio, and a 405ppi pixel density. Oppo A54 5G is powered by a Snapdragon 480 SoC and an Adreno 619 GPU, paired with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM as well as 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage with room for expansion via a microSD card.

In terms of optics, the phone packs a quad rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.7 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide-angle f/2.2 lens, a 2-megapixel macro shooter with an f/2.4 lens, and a 2-megapixel mono camera with an f/2.4 aperture. On the front, the Oppo A54 5G has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter with an f/2.0 aperture.

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Apple Brings iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, macOS Big Sur 11.3.1, watchOS 7.4.1 With Security Fixes for WebKit

Apple has released iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 for compatible iPhone and iPad models to patch two zero-day security flaws in WebKit that allowed attackers to execute a malicious code on the recently updated devices. The same security flaws existed for Mac computers and Apple Watch models that have also received macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 and watchOS 7.4.1 updates, respectively. The Cupertino company has also released iOS 12.5.3 for its older iPhone and iPad models to fix a total of four WebKit-related security issues, including the two zero-day flaws.

According to the details provided via a security post by Apple, iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 carry fixes for the two vulnerabilities that exist in the WebKit browser engine, which is meant for rendering Web content in Safari, App Store, Mail, and other apps. The vulnerabilities are listed as CVE-2021-30663 and CVE-2021-30665.

While the CVE-2021-30663 is described as an integer overflow problem, the CVE-2021-30665 is a memory corruption issue. Both vulnerabilities allowed attackers to execute a malicious code through specially crafted Web content.

Apple said that it was aware of reports that both security issues might have been actively exploited. Users are, therefore, highly recommended to download and install the iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 updates on their devices.

The new updates also include a fix for the App Tracking Transparency prompts.

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Eternals to Release in India Before the US. Here’s the First Look at New Marvel Movie

The Eternals are here — and they are coming to India at least a week before the US. The first teaser trailer for Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao's new superhero squad is led by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley), and Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians). The Eternals first look shows us the characters played by the aforementioned actors alongside Jolie wielding a magic sword and Hayek on a horse. Eternals is slated to release November 5 in the US, and the India-specific Eternals teaser reveals that the Marvel movie will release in October here. No specific date, but it's likely to be a week before that, on October 29.

A 12-second look at Eternals (starting at 2:19 below) came on Monday as part of a Marvel montage titled “Marvel Studios Celebrates the Movies”, no doubt a reference to the push that Hollywood is making for the return of the big screen as life returns to a state of normalcy in the US following COVID-19 vaccinations. As such, the three-minute video only features upcoming movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase Four, including Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Marvels, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Fantastic Four.

For Marvel, Eternals is the first major new superhero team that it will introduce since Guardians of the Galaxy back in 2014. Jolie is playing warrior Thena who can form weapons out of cosmic energy, Hayek is their leader Ajak who has healing abilities, Madden is tactical leader Ikaris who can fly and project cosmic energy out of his eyes, Nanjiani is Kingo who can shoot out cosmic energy from his hands, and Chan is Sersi who can manipulate matter. All the Eternals have been living in disguise for thousands of years, with Nanjiani's Kingo turning into the biggest Bollywood star. Yes, Eternals has a Bollywood dance sequence featuring Nanjiani.

There's also Lauren Ridloff as MCU's first deaf superhero Makkari who can scout planets with super-speed, Brian Tyree Henry as cosmic-powered inventor Phastos, Lia McHugh as Sprite who can project lifelike illusions, Don Lee as Gilgamesh who can create an exoskeleton out of cosmic energy, Barry Keoghan as Druig who can control minds with cosmic energy, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman who wields a mystical sword. The Eternals story spans thousands of years, but is chiefly set after the events of Avengers: Endgame as the titular group, having gone their separate ways, reunites to protect mankind from their evil counterparts, the Deviants.

Eternals is out in late October in India and November 5 in the US. In India, Eternals will likely release in six languages — English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada — given Marvel is doing so for both Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Announce Divorce on Twitter, After 27 Years

Bill and Melinda Gates have announced their divorce via a tweet. Microsoft co-founder and former CEO Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, the former General Manager of Microsoft, on Monday said that they had decided to part ways after 27 years of marriage. The two will however continue to work together in the area of philanthropy through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In a joint statement shared on Twitter, the couple said that they had decided to end the marriage “after a great deal of thought and a lot of work” on their relationship.

“Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives. We continue to share a belief in that mission and will continue our work together at the foundation, but we no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives,” they tweeted. The couple further asked for "space and privacy" for their family as they begin to navigate a new life.

Fifty-six-year-old Melinda Gates had joined Microsoft in 1987 as a product manager. She and Bill Gates got married in 1994 on the Hawaiian island of Lanai.

The couple jointly ran the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which over the past several years, has donated funds in the fight against COVID-19, climate change, and to advocate women rights.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson of the foundation said the couple will remain the co-chairs and trustees of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Apple, Fortnite Maker Epic Games in US Court Clash Over App Store Fee

Fortnite maker Epic Games and Apple clashed in court Monday at the opening of a blockbuster trial on the iPhone maker's App Store with big implications for the world of mobile tech, trading barbs over alleged monopolistic actions and what is best for consumers.

Epic attorney Katherine Forrest began the case, accusing Apple of turning its online marketplace into a monopoly "walled garden" that lures in developers and users and then squeezes money out of them.

Apple essentially planted a "flower in the walled garden (that) was turned into a Venus fly trap," the lawyer said during opening statements in California federal court, claiming the technology titan gets profits of as much as 78 percent from apps.

"The evidence will show unambiguously that Apple is a monopoly," she claimed.

Apple lawyer Karen Dunn fired back, telling the judge that Epic's suit is part of a "self-proclaimed war against mobile platform fees" that defies the law and the facts.

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Sony Plans to Integrate Discord in PlayStation Consoles Starting Next Year

A unit of Sony has made a minority investment in Discord as part of a deal to tie in the messaging platform with the consumer electronics company's PlayStation gaming division.

The deal, announced on Monday by Sony Interactive Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Jim Ryan, comes after Reuters reported last month that Discord had ended sale talks with Microsoft to focus on expanding its business as a standalone company.

Discord allows public and private groups to gather and chat by text, audio, and video. It initially became popular among gamers and streamers, but is now used by communities ranging from sports fans and music groups to cryptocurrency investors.

"Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year," Ryan said in a blog post.

Sony and Discord did not disclose the value of the investment.

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Ten rules for thriving in a Swedish 'styrelse' board meeting

Ten rules for thriving in a Swedish 'styrelse' board meeting
When you move to Sweden, the chances are that sooner or later you will be asked to join a 'styrelse' or 'board', whether it's in your apartment block, children's school, or sports club. Here are ten rules to help you survive the next annual meeting.
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Which Swedish regions have started the final phase of Covid-19 vaccinations?

Which Swedish regions have started the final phase of Covid-19 vaccinations?
Sweden's 21 regions are at different stages in their vaccine programmes, but as of early May, four have begun the final phase of the rollout while others expect to open booking to the 18-59 age group within weeks.
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Apple to Launch HiFi Streaming Support for Apple Music, New AirPods Soon: Report

Apple Music could soon get a HiFi music streaming tier that will include support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio, and ‘lossless' audio, according to a new report. The report says that the new update to Apple Music will debut with iOS 14.6, which is currently under beta testing. A separate report claims that Apple Music HiFi support will be announced in the "coming weeks", along with the third-generation AirPods. It is also being speculated that the new announcements could take place at WWDC 2021, which is scheduled for June.

A report by 9to5Mac claims that Apple is working on introducing a HiFi plan for Apple Music that could be introduced to subscribers with the release of iOS 14.6. The publication says that it has found a new code added to the Apple Music app in the first build of iOS 14.6 that specifically mentions “Dolby Atmos,” “Dolby Audio,” and “Lossless”. Up until now, Apple didn't feature support for Dolby but only supported its internal HiFi audio codec ALAC.

HiFi files have less audio compression and thereby are capable of a better sound quality output. Spotify recently announced that it is also venturing into high-quality audio streaming with Spotify HiFi. It is speculated that Spotify will price the Spotify HiFi plan higher than its existing subscriptions.

A music site Hits Daily Double has cited sources to claim that Apple will introduce the HiFi streaming support for Apple Music along with third-generation AirPods in the coming weeks. But this contradicts analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's claim that the new AirPods are likely to launch in Q3 2021.

The report also claims that Apple may offer the HiFi audio streaming support on Apple Music without increasing its subscription cost that starts at $9.99 per month for the individual tier in the US and Rs. 99 in India.

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Vi Expands Wi-Fi Calling Service to Apple iPhones, on Handsets Running iOS 14.5

Vi (Vodafone Idea) has expanded its voice over Wi-Fi calling service to Apple iPhones. The telco was already offering Wi-Fi calling for select Android smartphones, and now it's rolling out the feature to iPhones too. Vi announced that iPhones running iOS14.5 will be able to use Wi-Fi calling service in order to make and receive voice calls on a Wi-Fi network instead of using their existing cellular network. This feature comes in handy in areas that have bad cellular reception. If the users in such areas have a reliable Wi-Fi connection, they will get better voice quality without any extra cost.

As per Vi, all iPhone users who have updated their handsets to iOS14.5, that was rolled out last week, can use their smartphone to make calls using Wi-Fi if they are in an area that has patchy cellular reception, to get a great voice quality. The feature is only available in select regions. As per Vi website, the service is currently being offered in Maharashtra and Goa, Kolkata, Gujarat, Delhi as well as Mumbai circles.

The update also brings a number of privacy features and support for Face Unlock while wearing a mask (if you have an Apple Watch) and App Tracking Transparency that lets users control which apps should be allowed to track their activity across other apps and websites for offering personalised ads and sharing data with third parties.

Here's how to enable Vi WiFi Calling on your iPhone (iPhone 6s or above):

In order to get the feature working, the users should have a working Wi-Fi, supported handset, and an active 4G SIM card

Upgrade your iPhone OS to the latest version

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Oppo A53 2020 Price in India Cut, Now Starts at Rs. 10,990

Oppo A53 2020 price in India has been slashed permanently. The smartphone was launched in two variants in India, and both the variants have received a revised price. They are listed on Flipkart with their new price tags. The Oppo A53 2020 comes with a hole-punch display design and features a gradient back design. The handset sports a triple rear camera setup apart from a 90Hz refresh rate display. It competes against the likes of the Realme 6, Samsung Galaxy M31, and Redmi Note 9 Pro.

As per the listings on Flipkart, the base 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model, which was launched for Rs. 12,990, is now available at a price of Rs. 10,990 with an effective price cut of Rs. 2,000. Similarly, the top-end model of with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage can now be purchased for Rs. 12,990 after getting an effective price cut of Rs. 2,500 on its launch price of Rs. 15,490. The Oppo A53 comes in Electric Black, Fairy White, and Fancy Blue colour options.

Gadgets 360 reached out to Oppo and the Chinese technology company confirmed that the price drop is permanent. It also said that the Oppo A53 may also have additional offers during sale events which may vary event to event. It is to be noteworthy that Flipkart is currently hosting Flipkart Big Saving Days Sale in which it is offering discounts and offers on phones, smart TVs, and other electronics.

The dual-SIM (Nano) Oppo A53 2020 sports a 6.5-inch HD+ (720x1,600 pixels) display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 20:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC, paired with up to 6GB RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage options that are expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB). The handset packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.

The Oppo A53 2020 offers a triple rear camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel primary sensor. It is complemented by a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 lens and a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 macro lens. For selfies and video calls, there is a 16-megapixel camera sensor at the front, with an f/2.0 lens. There is also the fingerprint sensor at the back of the handset. The phone also comes with stereo speakers.

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Verizon to Sell Yahoo, AOL Business to Apollo for $5 Billion

Verizon Communications said on Monday it has agreed to sell its media unit, that includes Yahoo and AOL, to Apollo Global Management Inc for $5 billion (roughly Rs. 36,930 crores), as it looks to offload its digital media business.

Verizon has struggled to grow its media business, declaring them nearly worthless with a $4.6 billion (roughly Rs. 33,970 crores) write-down in 2018. Bigger players such as Facebook and Google have sweeped the digital advertising market.

Verizon will get $4.25 billion (roughly Rs. 31,390 crores) in cash, preferred interests of $750 million (roughly Rs. 5,540 crores) and retain a 10 percent stake in Verizon Media, as part of the deal terms.

The business will be called Yahoo when the deal closes, which is expected in the second half of 2021, the company said.

Verizon Media's portfolio includes online brands such as TechCrunch, Makers, Ryot, and Flurry, according to its website.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE Spotted on Official Mexico Website: Report

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE was reportedly spotted on Samsung Mexico's official website. This suggests that the phone may launch soon. The reported listing, however, does not give away any specifications of the phone and Samsung seems to have taken it down since. A recent leak had suggested the design of the smartphone and another report had claimed that the Galaxy S21 FE will come bundled with a 4,500mAh battery, bigger than the one on the vanilla Galaxy S21. But there has been no official confirmation from Samsung regarding the Galaxy S21 FE.

A report by GalaxyClub claims that Samsung Mexico's official website had listed the Galaxy S21 FE, which has since been taken down. It can be speculated that Samsung took down the listing soon after it was reported. The report says that the link to the Galaxy S21 FE on the website was redirecting users to the Galaxy S21 series page. A screenshot of the listing shared with the report shows a small preview of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, but without any further details.

An earlier report claimed that Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will feature a 4,500mAh battery, bigger than the 4,000mAh battery available on the vanilla Galaxy S21 smartphone but smaller than the 4,800mAh battery available on the Galaxy S21+ smartphone.

Tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (OnLeaks) had earlier shared a render of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE. The phone's design is expected to be fairly similar to other phones in the Samsung Galaxy S21 series. The tipster said that the Galaxy S21 FE will sport a flat 6.4-inch hole-punch display, which is slightly bigger than the 6.2-inch display on the vanilla Galaxy S21. The rumoured phone is also said to be slightly smaller than the Galaxy S21 at 155.7x74.5x7.9mm.

Is Samsung Galaxy S21+ the perfect flagship for most Indians? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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EU plans to open borders to vaccinated tourists from outside bloc

EU plans to open borders to vaccinated tourists from outside bloc
The European Union should open its external borders to vaccinated travellers from non-EU countries, the EU Commission has proposed, but entry should be restricted if there are outbreaks of dangerous Covid variants.
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Five things to know about the joint migration policy proposal from Sweden's opposition

Five things to know about the joint migration policy proposal from Sweden's opposition
Four of Sweden's opposition parties have put forward a joint migration policy proposal, taking a harder line than the government's own proposed bill.
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Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Monday

Today in Sweden: A round-up of the latest news on Monday
Find out what's going on in Sweden today with The Local's short round-up of the news in less than five minutes.
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KEY POINTS: How Sweden's new migration bill affects you

KEY POINTS: How Sweden's new migration bill affects you
The Local takes a look at the key proposals in the government's planned overhaul of Swedish migration law and what they mean for you.
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COMPARE: Which countries are leading the race to vaccinate in Europe?

COMPARE: Which countries are leading the race to vaccinate in Europe?
Germany and France both set new daily vaccination records this week. Here's how different countries in Europe compare.
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How do rules for exchanging UK driving licences compare for Brits around Europe?

How do rules for exchanging UK driving licences compare for Brits around Europe?
Brexit is forcing Britons living throughout the EU to exchange their UK licences for an EU one in their country of residence. But the rules they face in each country are quite different and many may need to take a new test.
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Police take two hours to disperse Stockholm anti-lockdown protest

Police take two hours to disperse Stockholm anti-lockdown protest
Police in Stockholm took more than two hours to disperse a 600-strong protest against coronavirus restrictions in Stockholm, forcibly removing about 30 people from the scene.
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