Galaxy A80: World’s First rotating triple camera phone

Samsung has revitalized Galaxy A series for the generation that prefers to stay ‘Live’ all the time. Samsung Mobile Bangladesh has launched its first rotating triple camera, Galaxy A80 on July 25, 2019.

The Galaxy A80 uses a rotating camera setup, powered by a motorized mechanism which allows people to take selfies with the rear camera. The phone features a triple camera with 48MP as the primary lens, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor for a wider view than what the human eye can see, and a 3D depth sensor for accurate bokeh effect as well as AR-based measurement applications.


This powerhouse performer packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 Processor along with 8 GM of RAM and 128 GB of ROM.

The Galaxy A80 also features Samsung’s first new Infinity Display, an expansive, edge-to-edge, 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen. This new display allows people to immerse themselves in a cinematic multimedia experience. The phone also packs in a 3,700mAh battery, backed by an ‘intelligent’ algorithm that will identify the user’s usage patterns to reduce any wastage of power and will offer the most engaging performance.

The Galaxy A80 is available in three colours – Ghost White, Phantom Black, and Angel Gold.

Special offers and promotions

To heighten the excitement of the customers, Samsung will be running a launch promotional campaign from 25th July to August 31, 2019, when customers will be able to purchase the phone at a discounted price – BDT 74,490, instead of BDT 77,490.

During the campaign, customers will also receive a discount voucher of up to BDT 60,000, which can be used when buying selected Samsung refrigerators.

Moreover, if the customers purchase Galaxy A80 with a credit card of either BRAC Bank or LankaBangla Finance, they will enjoy 0% interest EMI up to 12 months. BRAC Bank account holders will get an option of choosing the EMI option or receiving a cashback of BDT 1,000. Additionally, there is also 0% interest in EMI for 6 months for other selected leading banks. Furthermore, customers will enjoy 50% off on the ‘Never Mind’ offer upon purchasing the 2nd year extended warranty. And finally, in this limited time offer, customers will also get a premium back cover in the box.

With Handymama, the Uber of Handymen, revolutionizing household services

If one was to name 10 most prominent start-ups in the country in the recent years, Handymama would undoubtedly hold one of the top positions. With its on-demand cleaning, repair and pack and shift services, Handymama has quickly and conveniently become a trustworthy name in the industry of household services.

Recently, HiFi Public met with its CEO Shah Paran and CSO Rezaur R. Robin over a cup of coffee discussing the story of Handymama, what makes them unique, their ambitious plan to go global in the future and the ups and downs in the start-up scenario in Bangladesh.

HiFi: To start with, could you tell us a bit about Handymama?

Shah Paran (CEO): To get the idea behind Handymama, Handymama is basically an on-demand platform for maintenance and handyman services. It’s like Uber for handyman services. Like Uber, Handymama connects users or customers with verified service professionals like painters, carpenters, plumbers, etc. Basically handymen. We launched in April 2015, so this is our third year in the industry. Our services are available all over Dhaka and so far, we have over 1200 verified service professionals on our platform who work actively and at the same time we have had over 30,000 users in thee 3 years. Besides from that, over 1500 business have also taken services form us, using our platform, that is. This is where most people make a mistake however. They mistake Handymama itself for a service provider. But we are only a platform where we connect the customers with the professionals and ensure fair pricing, safety and security and quality maintenance of course. This is what Handymama is.

HF: So, what’s your USP (Unique Selling Proposition)?

SP: Our USP, firstly, the convenience, of course. Then there’s a matter of safety and security. It’s a one stop solution, you get everything in one place. You don’t need to have separate contacts of plumbers, repairmen etc. You can get everything on this platform and it is easily accessible any time. So, the convenience and easy accessibility is our USP, basically.

HF: How do you source your partners?

SP: A very common question and an important one. You see, the blue-collar people in are Bangladesh are mostly uneducated and not even institutionally trained enough. What they do is learn by practice, or by non-institutionalised mentorship. They don’t have a certification, they don’t follow any particular standard. So, working with them gets quite difficult actually. Our supply development team are the key people here. We have a few steps to source them. Initially our team goes to them in person, they talk to them, make them understand what Handymama is and how it works, how working on this platform is beneficial to them etc. Some of them understand and agree, some of them do not. Those who agree go through several screening processes and trainings. We supply them with standard tools and instructions. There are a few steps like these and after completing them, we make them our service partners.

Handymama, the story of a startup revolutionizing household services in Bangladesh

HF: Why do you think it’s profitable for them to partner up with Handymama?

SP: Let me give you an example, we have finished some B2B projects in mid-2017 where more than 3000 painters have worked whose income has grown by 47% by working with us. And continuously they’re getting jobs! And this is what basically happens when they partner up with us. Maybe in a particular area there are a few workers, and people know them because they’ve worked in that area for a long time. But what about those who have started out recently? They have no marketing or exposure. Handymama gives them a platform. They get more call for works now, and they’re getting works on a regular basis. We do not only fish out work for them, we also train them in skills like how to use an app, how to follow basic safety measures, instruct them on effective communication. These skills are as important as the work themselves!

What’s the best part you ask, that is when they work on they’re own, and almost in all the cases they are not aware or simply do not care enough about safety measures. So, they are not liable to anyone for any unfortunate accidents. Here in Handymama we bring in insurance for them once we finish training period.

Then there’s the matter of payment. In many jobs on their own, they face haggling customers, and the payment is usually on the basis of a verbal negotiation. Someone might dupe them or pay them less than what they were promised and there’s virtually nothing they can do about it. At Handymama we maintain a payment card for them, Handymama Secure Payment System, as we call it. We give them separate bank accounts, and after every job, the payment is transferred to them securely. So, there’s the convenience of payment of course.

You see, the shared economy is a revolution. If you look at Uber, when Uber arrived in Dhaka, people slowly stopped using rent-a-car services and the rent-a-car drivers migrated to the Uber platform. Consumers found Uber to be cheaper and convenient and rent-a-car drivers started losing jobs and shifted to being Uber drivers and started earning more. The same goes for the household sector. In the future, people will start using platforms like Handymama more, thanks to their convenience and workers will find it more profitable to use platforms like these instead of going solo.

HF: Indeed. So, you’re obviously aware of your competitors. Why shouldn’t I use instead of Handymama?

SP: If you talk about competitors, the local service professionals are also our competitors! You may as well ask why one shouldn’t directly go to them instead of using the platform of Handyamama. Anyway, so we don’t think that we are at the competition stage yet. The industry is huge, you know. I think you could still fit 10-15 players in this industry.

Where we differ with Sheba is, you see, Sheba is like a marketplace. It accommodates vendors and lets you choose your services and vendors. The payment, the services, the quality all of these are based on the negotiation between you and the vendor you choose. The decision making is entirely up to you. What Handymama does is that it lets you of the hook, we connect you with the best vendor considering the prices, ratings and services. You do not need to go through the entire decision-making process, the pricing, the negotiation etc. We connect you with the best one in the market. And in terms if quality, we have more control. We can impose the quality and pricing. And not to mention the safety security. These are not up to the vendors when they’re working with us. We control the pricing and quality, minding of course the welfare of both consumers and service providers. So, considering all these and from the user perspective as well, I think Handymama is more convenient and user friendly.

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HF: Great. So, as the founder of Handymama, could you tell us a bit about your journey? Obviously, there must have been a few bumps you hit on the road.

SP: Of course! I started out in the late 2014s, and at that time, there was nothing like Handymama! There were a few websites, yellow pages where you can get numbers of plumbers and service people. But there was nothing organised! I’ve hit a few bumps when I started.

I was responsible for the entire office setup when I was setting up my first office. This was before Handymama. So, I needed plumbers, electricians, carpenters and I had to go out and walk on the streets and personally get the workers to help me set up my first office. It took an entire month for me to set up my first office. It was then the idea of Handymama occurred to me. When talking about challenges with Handymama, the biggest challenge was reaching out to the blue-collar people at first. Because at that time, there was nothing like Handymama. So, there was a big trust-gap between us and them. There was the matter of security, payment, convincing them to work for us and making them understand how this is better for them. It was very difficult to make them understand the appeal of the idea.

And of course, since we were a new start up back then and the concept was entirely new, we had a hard time getting people on our team. But times are changing and more people are open to the concept of working with a start-up. We’re getting quite a number of CVs these days. It takes time, you know.

Also, starting out as a start-up in Bangladesh was never easy. The ecosystem isn’t quite ready yet. There were a lot of issues, mentorship, investments etc. We didn’t use to get that many users in the beginning. There were of course trust issues and the introduction of a new concept, it’s never easy. We do get a lot of customers now. Repetitive customers even. We’re growing.

Running a legal business gets pretty expensive too! But times are changing now! They surely are.

HF: Can you tell us a bit about your users? What is the target group like?

SP: You see, the product we’re trying to sell is not tangible. We have users from two perspectives, the blue-collar people who use our platform to get to customers and the customers who pay them to get the services using our platform. And the customers, they don’t take these services for themselves, they take the services for their households, offices etc. so, technically our users are the households, offices and establishments. People just pay for that. In Dhaka there are about 2.2-2.3 million households and this is a very big, a very opportunistic market for us.

Now if you talk about Target group, it’s mainly the middle affluent class to upper class families in the city.

HF: How to you reach out to customers, who are, say not our generation. Older generation. Typically, they are the household heads in our society, so there must be a certain trust gap here. How are you reaching out to them?

SP: Well, you can’t change these common perspectives over night actually. Obviously, there is a trust gap, it’s a new concept for them. The convenience of technology was a new concept for them a few years back and it’s slowly growing. It’s only obvious that they’ll be reluctant at first but once the reap the benefits of the convenience of this platform, I’m sure they’ll come back for more.

We’re reaching out to them through different outreach programs and campaigns. It’ll take time. It cannot change overnight. We have customers aged from 20 to 60 or more years old. I think that’s a phenomenal feat!

HF: Do you have any strict payment policy, say, to deal with haggling customers? You must face cases like that.

SP: Of course! We do face situations like that actually. Not too often, but we do. In some jobs, people have to pay upfront, you know. There’s the case of buying materials and things like that. But in most cases, generally they have to pay afterwards. And we are working on a secure payment system to ensure that it gets down smoothly.

We have a specified time period of course. You have to pay within 72 hours of availing a service. Anyway, yes, we are working on a secure, specified method to ensure payment for services. It’ll take some time I’m afraid.

HF: Great. So, what are your plans for the future? Short term and long term.

SP: We’ll be expanding our service in a few other cities in the third quarter of this year. And Dhaka is a huge market for us, you know. We want to fully capitalise on it. We want Handymama to be synonymous for household services. May be in 5 to 7 years down the line. You could term this as a long-term plan. And hopefully by 2020, we’re planning to go global and expand in a maybe 3 to 5 countries. We’re working on it.

So, by 2019 hopefully we’ll expand to the major cities and by 2020, we’ll hopefully go global.

It was always our vision to take Handymama to a global stage and make it big enough.

Rezaur Robin (CSO): It was also our vision to work on employment and create at least 20,000 jobs within the next 7 years, specially focusing on women employment. We want service to be productized. We want people to buy services like they buy products.

Also, if we want to talk about impact, you see, people are losing jobs due to automation. Look at the RMG sector. So, the people in these sectors, what happens is that they have a very vertical skill set. They lose jobs if the industry adopts new mechanisms of productions that cuts off their need. We want to empower them with a diversified skill set. We’d like to train them and empower them with jobs, incorporating them into this shared economy. This is one of our core goals actually. To create employment.

HF: Do you think Handymama is leaving an impact?

SP: Definitely! As I’ve already told you, in one project we have employed around 3000 painters and their income has increased 47%. Also, what happens generally is we certify these workers. Since they do not have an academic or institutionalised validation, these certificated work as a validation for them. You get to know how skilled your serviceman is. You don’t have to rely on word of mouth. We even do police verification of these workers in many cases. Specially if they are going to work for our premium customers. And yeah, if we think about the user impact, as a user you don’t have to go around looking for a plumber if you want to get your plumbing fixed, just give us a call and we’ll take care of everything. You’re leading a very smart life that way.

RR: I can give you a breakdown. We have around 578 taskers who are getting works regularly, one in every 3 days period. Their income has increased about 200 times working with us. We have over 300 taskers who are earning an income of more than 1 lakh taka per month by using our platform. This is phenomenal isn’t it?

So, a cleaner who used to work small jobs here and there are now getting continuous jobs almost every day and earning beyond what they would’ve earned if they’d have worked solo. As you already know, we’re training them, providing them with tools, smartphones in many cases. We’re empowering the supply side and we hope that they pass these skills and trainings on others on their own. We’d want to create a chain like this. Create more trained and skilled workers. Transform the service sector.

HF: Can you elaborate on the premium customers that you spoke about? How does one avail the premium services?

RR: Our premium customers are specially the ones who are with us from the very beginning.  Handymama has been always a data driven and feedback driven service and the feedbacks of our early users has helped us a lot. So, we try to reward them with a premium service. Besides that, we have several CIPs and VIPs taking services from us, they get the premium services. These services include police verified workers, more skilled workers, early accesses to new services and the choice of requesting the same handyman for the next job.

SP: We’re planning to get the premium services under a more formal structure called Handymama elite. This is still in the works.

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HF: Great. Looking forward to it! So, that was a very insightful conversation about Handymama. Now, here’s a question for both of you. What do you think about the start-up ecosystem in Bangladesh? Honest opinion.

SP: I think the ecosystem is a lot more mature than it was in our time. Now with the accelerator programs and such, people are more educated about start ups and more welcoming. This is an indicator in the right direction, I’d say. But I think, as a very mentor-driven person myself, there is still a gap in the mentorship level. People who are experienced, who are expats, who work in HR, in marketing, in operations, they should come forward in helping out the young start-ups, because launching a start-up successfully is not an easy job. You need all the help you can get. We need to work on this. We need to nurture the young start-ups.

RR: I can vouch for that. Handymama had a huge backing from the Founders Institute and we have grown grammatically and the start-ups like us who has grown like these, they have collected money from very good sources and not just money, they have gained valuable mentorship, experience and guidance as well. We think this is important. Those who are entering this ecosystem needs to grow grammatically, taking all the help they can get. You need to seek outlet and knowledge on your own. Luck actuates effort you know. So, reach out for help.

SP: So, that’s it. The ecosystem is growing steadily, we think. And with a little goodwill and effort, this ecosystem will not buzz down anytime soon.

HF: Right. It was great knowing you both. Thank you so much for this very insightful conversation and the lovely cup of coffee. We wish Handymama a great success!

Everything you need to know about Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra

We’re all familiar with the term cryptocurrency, and perhaps with its nature too. Cryptocurrency itself didn’t work out as well as expected in the long term. But the concept might be put to good use by none other than Facebook.

How did the crypto hype start?

Cryptocurrency at its peak looked nothing more than a “make money quick” scheme or an electricity bill hazard. But the possibilities such a concept could bring about were left unexplored. A form of currency separate from cash or cards promises added convenience and liquidity and would be the kind of thing we see in sci-fi films. Which is probably why Facebook has decided to adopt a form of cryptocurrency.

How does Libra work?

The Libra cryptocurrency, named after the Roman unit of coin measurement is set to launch in the first half of next year. This is certainly the best-supported effort to bring cryptocurrency technology into the mainstream. As the project is backed by 27 prominent companies, the likes of MasterCard, Uber and Spotify chief among them. The currency sets itself apart from other cryptocurrencies like bitcoin by having a group of major currencies like the US Dollar and the British Pound backing it.  This is sure to bring stability to its value. The major reason for the failure of Bitcoin and others in establishing themselves is the fluctuating values they experience in a short time.

Libra promises to facilitate instantaneous money transfers all over the world and fulfilling the potential the cryptocurrency concept originally had. Facebook will also launch a wallet app named Calibra for use in payments over Messenger and WhatsApp.

The Libra promise

Libra has an association of its backers dubbed the Libra association. Each member exercises equal rights over the product, so Facebook doesn’t necessarily own Libra. Different backers have also implied that they will use their expertise to help the cause in different ways. In addition to a strong group of overseers, Libra also has its value regulated by established currencies. Thus, expectations of its success are very valid. Let’s see how it goes.

Google Maps adds new features for Bangladeshi roads including a biker mode, safety feature and more

Google has launched several new features to Google Maps for the convenience of the people of Bangladesh at a launching event today at Lakeshore Hotel, Gulshan.

From now on, riders will get better journey time estimates and suggested routes best suited to bikes. The people will now have the option of getting their navigation cues in Bangla.

As the popularity of ride-sharing services increases, everyone now will have the option of double-checking their commute and sharing the trip with friends and family. This safety feature triggers an audible alert if there is greater than a 0.5km deviation from the suggested route.

“We want to provide the most local and relevant experience to meet people’s needs so we hope that by providing a customized experience for motorcycles, adding Bangla voice navigation, and providing an extra option for commuter safety makes getting around Bangladesh easier and more helpful.”

Krish Vitaldevara, Director Product Management, Google Maps commented regarding this

Extra help for motorcycle riders 

Google Maps now features a new navigation mode for motorcycle riders. Motorcycles also have specific needs. They can take routes that cars can’t take such as narrow roads and alleys. There are also some roads (e.g. highways) where two-wheelers aren’t allowed. Motorcycles often move at different speeds than cars. 

This definitely comes as good news with more than half the country’s households owning a motorcycle as a common way to get about and cut-through traffic. In Dhaka alone, Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) data show that the number of registered motorcycles has doubled over the last eight years.

Previously, riders would need to do a mental calculation to estimate their arrival times. It was based on a combination of walking and driving routes. But this new feature delivers more accurate travel times based on machine learning models that reflect motorbike speeds. Not only turn-by-turn navigation but the direction results also include Google Street View image references, to help people with pre-trip planning and remember their routes.

Turn-by-turn voice directions in Bangla

Another update rolling out is turn-by-turn voice navigation in the local language. Now you can expect Google Maps to effortlessly tell you to “In 100 meters, turn right onto Bir Uttam Rafiqul Islam Avenue” in Bangla.

The Google Maps voice navigation language is independent of your device’s language setting. You could have voice-guided navigation in Bangla while continuing to use the Google Maps app in English.

You can also change your phone language settings to “Bangla (Bangladesh)” and Maps voice navigation will automatically give you directions in Bangla.

Safer trips

Now, after searching for your destination and getting directions, you can enable this experience by selecting the “Stay safer” and “Set off-route alerts” option. 

If your cab, rickshaw or ride-sharing driver deviates more than 0.5km from the Google Maps suggested a route, your phone will buzz with a prominent notification and you can tap it to see where you are compared to the original route.

You can also choose to share your live trip with friends and family directly from that screen so they know you are off route and can keep track of your journey, and take appropriate action if required.

Improving the map in Bangladesh

Since January 2018, Google has added more than 50,000km of roads, more than 8 million buildings, and more than 600,000 points of interests on Google Maps across Bangladesh and continue to update it.

Ready to give all these new features a try? They are now all available to Android users in Bangladesh using the latest version of Google Maps. 

Top 5 gaming headsets for an immersive gaming experience

Researching for a good gaming headset can become a difficult task. With the upcoming varieties of gaming headphones in the market, it might be difficult to choose “the one” for yourself. If you take gaming seriously, you know that a gaming PC, a good graphics card and a mouse isn’t the only thing that is important. A good budget gaming headsets not only affects the way you play, but it’s also important to block external noises, and give your long-lasting comfort while you play for hours for a musing gaming experience.
Here are the top 5 gaming headsets on an affordable budget for you to save up for!

Corsair HS50 Stereo

Corsair HS50 Stereo is the most available and worth your budget gaming headset of 2019 so far. Both the earcups and headbands are heavily padded and you can easily use it, as it comfortably adjusts with your ears and head. The headset has a strong bass response and has an impressive noise cancelling feature. The microphone offers a clean clear sound with no vibration or distortion.

Fantech HG11 Captain 7.1

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With an inline volume control and chrome lighting, the Fantech HG11 Captain 7.1 brings you comfort and a driver software that allows user to adjust base, treble and the environment how they want it to be on. The ear cups are quite large and sturdy. The headband is of steel which makes it pretty sustainable and not too heavy on the ears. One of the advantages of this headset is, being a USB headset it rarely changes the sound source. There will always be a computer where you can install a driver.

Razer Kraken 7.1 V2

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Although a bit more on the pricier scale, however, Razer itself has never failed to disappoint its users. The over sized earcup does not weigh down on your ears and are known to be downright soft and comfortable. You can also use the Razer Synapse 2.0 software to determine which programs will use the surround sound and which one will use regular stereo sound. Other than gaming experience, the 7.1 V2 also serves an excellent purpose on audio and music performance. You can set the headset with any genre to excel your music experience. All in all it is one of the headsets you can treat yourself with.

Logitech Prodigy G231

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At first glance you might as well confuse the G231 with G230. However with the neon orange design, the G231 stands out with their accessible ear cups, moving left to right giving enough space for all head shapes and sizes. The microphone is longer than most other Logitech headsets, however the mic boom is adjustable according to your needs. However, it doesn’t offer much build in quality or software support. That being said, if you are a starter this headphone might be affordable and something you can start of your gaming experience

HyperX Cloud Stinger

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One of the most desired feature on gaming headsets is comfort and audio. the HyperX Cloud Stinger can offer you both with gaming and music experiences. It handles low frequencies better and can offer you the bass response you expect. Even through, the headset is heavier than most other headsets but is comfortable to the ears as the memory foams inside the ear cups offer much more sustainability.

Where to shop for your head gears:

If you opt for an online option, Amazon is the perfect option for you to look through their products. You can order through different online stores on Facebook who can bring you these products, for instance, shopup, backpackers etc. However, if you are looking to buy a headset in person Motaleb Plaza, Multiplan Centre and IDB Bhaban can be your go to shopping centres for you to unleash the shopaholic in you!

BioTime: ZKTeco’s best in class web-based multi-location centralised time management solution here in Bangladesh

BioTime 8.0 is a powerful web-based time and attendance management software that provides a stable connection to ZKTeco’s standalone push communication devices by Ethernet/Wi-Fi/GPRS/3G and working as a private cloud to other employee self-service by means of a mobile application.

Multiple administrators can access BioTime 8.0 from anywhere using a web browser. It can easily handle hundreds of devices and thousands of employees and their daily inputs. With BioTime 8.0, users can also set up various attendance rules which are applicable for the whole company or individual departments. Users can set various attendance parameter like check-in, check out, and overtime rules. It can also automatically synchronise the data between devices and servers among the same “Area” to ensure the information are updated in real-time.

BioTime 8.0 comes with a friendly user interface that is able to manage timetable, shift and schedule and can easily generate attendance report. Moreover, it can be directly integrated with ERP and HR software to do synchronisation using API in these fields (Employee, Department, Area, Job).

For details about the product, visit:

OPPO unveils world’s first Under Screen Camera

OPPO unveils its groundbreaking technology Under-Screen Camera (USC) at MWC Shanghai 2019, which offers “real full screen” user experience. OPPO also debuted its innovation in 5G, IoT and Smart Home Zone technologies.

Mobile World Congress is an event where all the mobile technology manufacturers showcase their latest innovations. This year MWC 2019 is happening in Shanghai and global smartphone brand OPPO has seized the opportunity to stun the world with their latest innovation in under-screen camera technology, long-range device-to-device connectivity, 5G and IoT. 

The Under-Screen Camera

USC is OPPO’s latest innovation in new-generation smartphone form factor. By integrating the front camera and the screen, USC provides users with a complete view, an immersive screen and an integrated body. It also enables users to see and capture the entire screen, take photos, use face unlock and make video calls.

OPPO unveils world's first Under Screen Camera

As OPPO’s latest under-screen display solution, USC features a customized camera module that captures more light; zoning control is employed on the screen, together with “highly-transparent” material that enhances transmittance of light through the screen.

OPPO unveils world's first Under Screen Camera

Besides, through OPPO’s customized algorithm, haze removal algorithm and white balance algorithm, USC can enable complete photography experience and support features like smart beauty mode and photo filers in the future. Combined with the new algorithm, pictures taken are more colourful and vivid.

Innovation in 5G and IOT

In addition to debuting its under screen camera innovative technologies, OPPO also exhibited its latest achievements in 5G and IoT – OPPO Reno 5G can load large-scale mobile games in the cloud via a 5G network, enabling users to enjoy 5G cloud gaming. In the IoT Smart Home Zone, OPPO featured its IoT open platform, which is compatible with products across more than 20 categories, including more than 260 devices from a variety of brands.

OPPO unveils world's first Under Screen Camera

“As smartphone offers more functionalities nowadays, users have a higher demand for immersive and broad screen view. From the water-drop screen to pivot structure, to USC technology announced today, OPPO has been exploring the best balance between ‘thin and light’ and ‘full screen’. OPPO hopes to provide users with the ultimate ‘true full screen’ through the USC technology.”

said Qiao Jiadong, Product manager at OPPO

Pathao fires at least 300 employees in a surprise move

As of 25th June 2019, approximately three hundred of Pathao employees have been dismissed without any warning or notice. Among those three hundred who were dismissed, were top-level employees as well.

Although, there has been no official word on this from the Pathao authorities. The mass dismissal was confirmed from multiple employees that were dismissed.

An internal source from Pathao confirmed that approximately three hundred employees were fired. They were dismissed Tuesday morning, today, unnoticed. Among the dismissed, there was an executive assistant manager and several department heads. Many of them were stationed in different departments of Pathao.

Read more: Pathao and the quest for customer reassurance

The source was only able to give an approximate number. An exact amount is yet to be known.

Read more: How far would a Bangladeshi food joint go to hide the truth?

When contacted the Marketing lead of Pathao, Sayeda Nabila Mahabub, to know about the situation, she was reluctant to discuss this matter over the phone.

Read more: Pathao, Uber and the need for greater scrutiny about data gathering activities

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YouTube’s crusade against hateful content backfires

Last Wednesday, YouTube announced its adoption of stronger measures to fight hateful content on the site. But these new policies seem to have stirred up controversy in a different way instead.

These new policies aimed to more assertively confront supremacist content on the site have some unwanted effects. Many creators have claimed that their videos and in some cases entire channels have been improperly removed. The leading argument is the new algorithm can’t differentiate between actual hate content and educational or journalistic content that documents these. It is claimed that videos that contain appearances from noted supremacists are also being removed. Independent journalist Ford Fischer’s entire channel was demonetized without notice or further instruction to appeal against it within minutes.

YouTube's crusade against hateful content backfires

YouTube has refused to comment so far regarding the issue. Though it should be noted that videos are only flagged by the algorithm of YouTube for unsavoury content. The decision to demonetize or remove content lies in the hands of review teams employed by YouTube.

It is important to take measures to battle the increasing presence of hateful content on online platforms. But it is equally important to discern bigotry from documentation of bigotry. Battling hate begins with knowing about it and being aware of its facets. If sources of information regarding bigotry are swept under the rug in some vain attempt to deny its existence, it will simply persist in our ignorance. As it has for many centuries. YouTube must be held accountable for this event and must act swiftly to better its systems. Until then, watch your content.

Digital Art 101: Everything you need to know

Lately, many artists are diving into the imaginative world of digital art because of the comprehensive opportunities that it holds. Trying to switch to a digital medium is not an easy task. For an aspiring beginner, becoming a digital artist from scratch may seem a like a daunting endeavor. But with some practice and skill, the pen tablet can turn into your wand in no time.

Learning the basics

Even if you’ve been exploring art as early as childhood, you will need to become familiar with the techniques of painting digitally.

Because it is significantly different from traditional art.

Firstly, you need to get an overview of the different tools and brushes that exist and how to go about using them. From personal experience, I would suggest experimenting freely with all of the brushes until you start to understand how things work. And of course, there are millions of tutorials online that can help you get a head start.

Debunking the age-old myth

I hate to break it to you, but no. Drawing digitally is not “easier” than drawing on paper. No matter how convenient it may seem, it does come with a lot of complications, so don’t go into digital art thinking it’s going to be a walk in the park.

You don’t have to stick with Photoshop

When people hear the words “digital art”, they automatically associate it with Photoshop. Many assume that it is the only program available to draw with. While learning Photoshop can be great for you in the long run as an artist, it is not the most user-friendly software for beginners. You can explore a variety of other programs like Clip Studio Paint, Krita, Autodesk Sketchbook (did I mention this is free?), MyPaint (also free), Corel Painter Essentials, etc. All these new programs have truly made digital art a lot more approachable, so try a bunch of them and see which one works for you the best.

Use photo references

Let’s be real, it is unrealistic to expect that you’ll know how to draw everything and anything in this world, and that’s why photo references exist. Using hand drawn sketches or photographs as a photo reference can really ease up your creative process. Additionally, there are plenty of stock websites that solely exist to help you with this, so go on and scour the Internet for whatever you need. But remember, the idea isn’t to completely recreate these images; it is only there to help you start off so you can add your own intricate details to it and eventually be able to draw without the help of references.

Pro tip: When you’re struggling to find the accurate photo reference of a figure, just make your friend pose accordingly and use that instead!

Using layers

I cannot stress how important it is to understand how layers work when it comes to digital painting. It is a magical feature that will make your creative process ten times easier. Knowing how to use layers according to your own advantage will give you a lot of power as a digital artist. Because then, you’ll be able to edit your art without any restrictions. Even though layers might seem confusing at first, it is really is a no-brainer once you start using it.

Investing in a tablet

One of the cardinal tools for digital art is a graphic tablet. Using a mouse will hinder the quality of your work immensely while also making your fingers numb (I kid you not). The number of options out there can make it seem like an impossible task to choose the right tablet. The truth is that there is no one right tablet, and it all comes down to your own requirements and affordability. Some of the most popular manufacturers right now are Wacom, Huion, XP-Pen, Ugee, etc.

The important part is to spend some time researching. Maybe watch some videos on YouTube, and figure out how much you’re willing to invest in this. Some important things that you want to keep in mind are the size, pressure sensitivity, pen, accuracy and of-course, the price. Not all of us can afford the really fancy, expensive tablets, especially beginners, so you can consider going for a modest one to help you get started.

Tip: Wacom Intuos is one of the most recommended graphic tablets of all time at an affordable price and is great for entry-level artists. It also comes with three 3 free drawing software.

Try again and again and again

Most importantly, DON’T GIVE UP.  One of the biggest eradicators of creativity is our own self-doubt. But as a creative individual, you have to push through it and start believing in your own work. Keep striving to improve every day and don’t be disheartened by comparing your progress to other artists who have had years of experience. Remember that they also started off somewhere, clueless, just like you.