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If you haven’t already marked your calendar for Sept. 12, go do it now because that’s when Apple will announce the completely redesigned iPhone 8 with edge-to-edge display and likely updates for the two existing iPhones.

For months, we’ve been lapping up every single leak and rumor that has spilled onto the internet. Whether they were from Foxconn, the Chinese factories that manufacture iPhones, or from Apple’s own HomePod firmware, we’ve seen a lot of credible evidence that paints a good picture of what to expect.

But if you haven’t kept up or need a refresher, here’s the top 10 things we feel really confident Apple will introduce for the iPhone 8 at the Steve Jobs Theater on Tuesday.

1. Edge-to-edge OLED display

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The most noticeable new feature for the iPhone 8 will be its display. Apple’s reportedly switching to OLED technology (the same kind used in Samsung’s phones) from LCD. The change will mean you’ll get more vibrant colors with greater dynamic range and deeper blacks, but also increased brightness and greater power efficiency since each pixel only lights up when it’s turned on (not black).

The screen is expected to measure 5.8-inches, corner-to-corner with rounded corners. Data extracted from the leaked HomePod firmware suggests it’ll have a 2,436 x 1,125 resolution,

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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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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

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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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How the Rural-Urban Divide Plays Out on Digital Platforms

It is one thing for entrepreneurs, whether urban or rural, to create and operate an online store, as some digital platforms have made it relatively easy to manage an e-store – even by using just a smartphone.

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In the West, villages are emptying out due to the lack of economic opportunities. Consider Italy where, in a bid to attract newcomers, a handful of municipalities have turned to selling houses for €1.

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