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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

An ode to deshi winters

Other countries get snow and all the wonders that come along with the soft white stuff, but having a mild, temperate winter means we Bangladeshis get a very different kind of experience. We have our own ways of celebrating and staying warm; our own culture and heritage define a lot of what we do in these months.

The fashion

Dust off the kombol suitcases and bring down the woolen sweaters tucked away in the back of the closet. You can spend away on faux leather jackets and Kashmiri shawls, how more often than not, winter clothing is strictly a fashion statement rather than being absolute necessities. It just doesn’t get that cold. Bangladesh’s mild winters mean the thermal underwear that you’d typically need to not die in the barren, frozen wastes of Canada is not needed. There is plenty of room to mix and match your winter style. Winter—the best season in Bangladesh 4 Anything goes—from the traditional shawl wrapped over a suitably ethnic Panjabi, to hoodies emblazoned with the logos of your favorite English Premier League football team. Winter is a chance for already expressive Bangladeshis to show more of their style with each additional layer of clothing. The cold can still get to you (2018 saw the lowest temperatures in nearly 50 years), especially at night. It’s a good idea to cover up and take extra protection in the form of mufflers. 

The weddings

Summer weddings in Bangladesh are a terrible idea. Who wants to see the typical local aunty’s face-paint melting in the sweltering heat? How do you get around that? You shift the wedding plans to the end of the year and minimize the heat. Everyone has the same idea, and as a result, come December, you’re flooded with wedding invites and calls for holud dance rehearsals. It can get chaotic, but the serial wedding invites make winter a festive, happening time. Winter—the best season in Bangladesh 2 It’s also prime relationship forging time. The single and ready to mingle crowd emerges. Winter weddings are a fortuitously romantic time to pine after well-dressed people you’ll never meet again.  We almost relish the hundreds of hours of ridicule from friends and family as you repeatedly claim that that the good-looking boy/girl totally smiled at you when you looked at them.

The winter sports

The Bangladeshi version of the Winter Olympics consists of hundreds of hours of badminton and some more badminton. People all over Bangladesh take to the streets and the fields, draw up badminton courts and pull out tattered nets, racquets and corks to jump, run and keep their bodies warm. Winter—the best season in Bangladesh 3 Like everything else we Bengalis do, access to the court is determined through seniority and how well connected you are with the local boro bhais. If you’re just a young thug trying to make it big in the world of badassminton politics, you’ll probably be banished to a side court with no net and no lights. You’ll be lucky to get your hands on a racquet. Count your stars that you actually get to play some form of badminton each winter. Nonetheless, badminton is more of a community sport than anything else, and the strong sense of Bengali togetherness comes out in full force in winter.

The food

Does anything attain a special corner in Bengali hearts without some mention of food? Winter is no different. Winter means weddings. Weddings mean steaming plates of kacchi biriyani with a mouth-watering aloo on top. Winter—the best season in Bangladesh 1 If that doesn’t make your mouth water, how about the plethora of different kinds of pitha? Cooked in oil, dipped in pungent shutki or wrapped in a sickly sweet coating of heaven, these diverse delicacies are something to look forward to all year. The melting mouthful of gur conjures up images of a simpler time and fill you with an incredible warmth in the winter chill. 

The empathy

Winters in Bangladesh may be mild compared to much of the rest of the world, but it does induce a lot of suffering in the less fortunate. While charity is far from the best method of alleviating that, it does play its part in bringing together people. Winter—the best season in Bangladesh 5 Every blanket and donated clothing counts. It might just be the line between someone staying warm or suffering needlessly. So stack up and donate as much as you can, because that’s what we try to do—look out for one another.

Your ultimate guide to navigating Bangladeshi haat-bazaars

In the age of e-commerce sites that let you shop for essentials through your electronic devices and air-conditioned, neatly arranged supermarkets with helpful attendants armed with barcode scanners, shopping at an old school bazaar sounds like a daunting, unnecessarily stressful task. For the deal hunters and the dreamy socialist poets, however, these age old hubs of commerce hold an insurmountable amount of charm and heritage that is undeniable to anyone who isn’t afraid of slumming it like the majority of the country.

While there aren’t too many reasons why someone would want to put themselves through the ordeal of navigating the perilously slippery alleyways of Karwan Bazaar or New Market’s grocery sections, there is one that stands out above the rest – it’s a big part of being a Bengali. Akin to going along with the family elders to pick out a sacrificial cow from a gorur haat on the eve of Eid ul Adha, going grocery shopping to an old school bazaar is one of those things you really do have to experience, even if it’s just once.

It’s not as easy as strolling into a nearby Agora or Swapno store and piling your essentials into a basket, so here are our pointers to make sure your bazaar experience goes smoothly.

Dress appropriately

Your ultimate guide to navigating old school bazaars 1
This one is from ZARA btw, smh.

Skinny jeans and chinos might not make the same kind of fashion statement as lungis and sleeveless undershirts, but in the chaotic guts of Dhaka’s bazaars they’re not really appropriate attire. Wear disposable clothing, so that even if you get doused in fish flavoured water or kick up a hundred year old dirt and mud, you won’t care.

Footwear

Leave your expensive sneakers home. Sandals and old jogging shoes help you find grip on ground that has been rendered slippery through days old leaves, mud and dirt working in unison. That way your footwear stay out of the way of being caked in god knows what.

Get your haggle on

One of the biggest advantages of not shopping at a barcode filled superstore is finding ways to flex your bargaining muscles. Driving the price down to a reasonable level is something only a few excel at, but it’s a skill you can pick up with frequent attempts.

Use tactics like your inner knowledge of the product to bargain – if that guava looks too ripe to be true, point out that the supplier should have used a lesser amount of formalin.

There’s no standard price to pay – browse through multiple sellers and find the lowest price, then bargain from there. Haggling is an art, something you have to pick up intuitively and reflexively. Ask your elders – they’ve been bargaining for decades so they’ll have useful specific pointers.

Ditch the wheels

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Parking inside Karwan Bazaar can be one of the biggest pains you’ll face this side of stepping on Lego bricks. Forget the car, even if it’s chauffeur driven, and start walking. If necessary, walk a certain distance and hail a rickshaw, but under no circumstances should you expect that taking a car will help in any way.

Keep your stuff safe

Cell-phones, wallets, keys – keep them within easy reach and keep checking periodically to make sure they haven’t been nicked by some unscrupulous character who doesn’t care enough about groceries to be hanging around.

Quality control

Buying fish or meat? Sellers will try to give you the worst of the stock even though they’ll show you the best stuff. If you hand pick something, make sure it ends up in your bag without being switched out. Be careful of buying beef – the shopkeepers will try to increase the measured weight by including lots and lots of bony bits. Check what you’re buying before you head home, otherwise prepare to be disappointed.

Seems like a lot of hassle? It actually isn’t. Once you’re accustomed to it, it can actually save you a lot of money and in the process make you a tougher cookie. A couple of hours spent inside Dhaka’s bazaars will give you a solid perspective of how to be street smart nearly anywhere in Bangladesh.