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Sony’s new Xperia X phones focus on better photos and battery life

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The sad reality is Sony’s Xperia smartphones just aren’t selling, despite having desirable features like a 4K display, long battery life and clean, minimalist designs.

At Mobile World Congress, Sony announced three new Android smartphones under the Xperia moniker: the Xperia X Performance, X and XA.

Even though its struggling, Sony’s not giving up on mobile

All three smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow and will launch this summer. For the new Xperia X series, Sony decided to move away from packing in more features that users won’t use very often.

Instead, it’s focusing on features users care greatly about: the cameras and battery life.

Both the X Performance and the X have new hybrid autofocus camera technology that locks onto moving subjects and takes pictures quickly to reduce motion blur.

Sony says the new phones have up two days of battery life (not quite as good as the three days the Z series is known for, but still pretty darn good).

Not only is battery life longer than other smartphones, they also incorporate new technology to prolong the battery health over its lifetime.

Sony Xperia X
Sony Xperia X

The Xperia X Performance is the most powerful of the three devices. It’s also the slimmest at 7.6mm thick. It comes with a five-inch full HD display with a glass front that curves at the edges, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, 23-megapixel back camera, 13-megapixel front camera, 32GB of internal storage…
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Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand

Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.

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By Karen Lee

Following the February 1 coup, Myanmar’s netizens became the latest to join the #MilkTeaAlliance, an online collective of pro-democracy youth across Asia.

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

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How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?

– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability

A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.

The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.

Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.

In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.

While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.

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