Smartphone brand realme has opened its first flagship centre in Bangladesh where customers will get both sales and service facilities.
The centre was launched at Jamuna Future Park on Thursday.
Actor and “Face of realme Bangladesh” Arifin Shuvoo inaugurated the sales and service centre along with realme Bangladesh Manager Tim Shao, and Jamuna Group Director Dr Mohammed Alamgir Alam.
The sales and service centre will stay open from 11:00am to 8:00pm every day except for Wednesday.
Realme is offering one-hour service for specific problems, no service charge for a lifetime, free washing, cleaning, free software update and live handset repair support at its exclusive service centre.
Arifin Shuvoo said, “A survey from Counterpoint Research suggests that realme has become one of the top four mobile brands of Bangladesh in less than one year. We hope to become the top in the industry soon.”
As a youth-centric brand, realme is committed to introducing innovative devices. Recently, the brand created its designer toy realmeow – co-designed by Mark A Walsh, a world-famous animator, and realme.
Gone are the days when we had to spend money and/or wait long to communicate with persons living in other places. Now we can send free messages and calls to several persons at a time within minutes. The advancement of technology has simplified our lives in many ways. But sometimes this technology is breaching the boundary of our privacy. Recently, many users are leaving the prominent messenger platform WhatsApp, as it is sharing users’ data with Facebook. Let’s talk about some of the best WhatsApp Alternatives for Free Calling and Group Messaging.
Here we are going to highlight the two other renowned messenger platforms that you can use to communicate with your family members, friends, business partners, and colleagues without experiencing significant information infringement issues.
The cloud-based messaging platform Telegram offers an end-to-end message encryption system for both messaging and voice calling. This app is compatible with various operating systems such as Windows, Android, iOS, Linux, macOS, Windows NT, etc. Let’s see Telegram’s merits and demerits over Whatsapp.
Communication via Public UserName
On the Whatapp platform, you can’t send a message or call a person without knowing his/her phone number. But, Telegram protects the privacy of users’ contact numbers. In this platform, you can communicate with other people through a public username. Therefore, you can send calls or messages to people; even if you do not have the contact numbers of those people.
Secret Chat Feature with Self Destruct Option
Another exciting feature of Telegram is that you will get notifications if someone takes screenshots of your Secret Chats. And the system also prevents the forwarding of ‘secret chats’ to another user. However, if someone takes a screenshot using another device, that’s a different story.
Do you want to delete your messages after a specified time? Telegram’s ‘Secret Chat’ feature has a clever end-to-end encryption system. This feature allows you to set a ‘Timer’ on the chats or messages to self-destruct after a specified period of time.
Media Compression Feature
Telegram has a cloud storage facility that allows users to save text messages, documents, images, and media files on its cloud storage. Here the allowable file size limit is 1.5GB. Its media compression feature allows the users to compress images/videos before sending them. This feature is not available on Whatsapp.
Also read: WhatsApp flaw 'puts words in your mouth'
On Telegram, the Group member limit is 200000. In a Telegram channel, the creator serves as an ‘administrator’ who decides which members can post and who can only view the posts.
Like Whatsapp, Telegram allows you to mute the chat notifications for specific contacts or groups for an hour, eight hours, two days, or forever.
Works on Desktop Independantly
Telegram has launched independent apps for different platforms. Unlike WhatsApp, you don’t need your phone to run the app simultaneously; while using a desktop or laptop. Certainly, it is a big advantage when your mobile is out of battery or left somewhere else and you need to use the Telegram app on your PC.
What if you need to change your phone number (attached to your account) or add a second number instead of migrating? Transferring all of the existing contacts and information to the new number can be a massive work in Whatsapp. But thanks to Telegram, as it allows you to change the phone number easily without losing any of your existing contacts, chats, or information. Here you can use multiple accounts at a time.
Message Editing Options
In Telegram, you can edit your message within 48 hours of sending it. This feature saves you from embarrassment if a wrong message this sent or a typing mistake is done. You can also utilize the 'schedule message' feature by picking a definite time and date.
Limitations of Telegram App
However, Telegram stays behind Whatsapp in some features. Those are:
- Whatsapp uses end-to-end encryption for every chat whereas Telegram applied it only for secret chats.
- Whatsapp supports a video calling feature which is a great advantage for arranging virtual video meetings during the pandemic situation.
- In the Whatsapp platform, a sender is allowed to know both the delivery status and read the status of the message by the other users.
Are you looking for a free secured messenger as an alternative to Whatsapp? Try Signal! Holding the tagline "Say hello to privacy", Signal appeared as a secured messaging application. It is compatible with Apple devices, Mac, Linux, and Android devices. Is Signal better than Whatsapp? Let’s check out the key features of Signal.
Secured Messenger Platform
Like WhatsApp, the Signal users enjoy essential features such as voice calls, and video calls secure messaging with end-to-end encryption.
Signal allows Voice and video calls on all platforms including iOS, Android, and Desktop. Here the voice and video calls are private and end-to-end encrypted. The system will ask for your permission regarding the Camera and Microphone connection when you send or get a Signal call for the first time.
Currently, the Signal Group calling feature is in beta testing. But up to eight people are allowed in Group calling.
Message Deletion via Timer
Like the aforementioned Telegram app, Signal offers a Timer feature for disappearing messages. The time duration ranges from 5 seconds to 7 days.
No Preservation of Group Records
Unlike Whatsapp, the Signal service has applied private group system technology. Under this facility, people can create a ‘New Group’, where the limit of members is 1000. Regarding both the ‘New’ and ‘Legacy’ groups, Signal won’t preserve any record of group attributes, group memberships, group titles, or group avatars.
Here the users are allowed to create ‘New’ and ‘Legacy’ groups on all platforms (iOS, Android, Desktop, etc); whereas insecure MMS groups are only compatible with android devices.
No Direct Adding to Groups
In this platform, not everybody gets added to a group automatically. Here each person gets an invitation to join a group’; whereas in WhatsApp people who know your phone number can add you to a group directly, without asking for your permission. The creator of Group (Admin) can invite people via QR-code, direct mention, a group link, etc.
Groups Monitoring Options
The Admin holds the authority to remove people from the ' New Group' and decide who is allowed to edit the group information and set the ‘Timer’ for message disappearance. Signal allows the approval of ‘Optional Admin’ via a group link.
On the other hand, the ‘Legacy Group’ has no features like Admin and mentions. Here the members can’t be removed from the group unless they are convinced or forced to leave.
Whatsapp doesn’t have any option to send messages to you. Thanks to Signal for its "note to self" (end-to-end encrypted) feature that allows each user to write or send notes to him/herself. Utilizing this feature, you can quickly write notes or send files to yourself while chatting on another group. You can review or share those messages/files later as per your convenience. What is more? You can apply a Timer for disappearing messages which you have sent to yourself.
Less Data Sharing
Compared to WhatsApp, the Signal app collects much less amount of user information. The WhatsApp platform collects a massive quantity of user-information such as phone number, payment information, user ID, email address, contacts, device ID, and advertising data; whereas, the Signal app collects the users' phone numbers only.
Twitter says it has suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with the far right QAnon conspiracy theory following last week’s U.S. Capitol riot.
The social media company said Tuesday that given the events last week in Washington, D.C., where a mob of pro-Trump loyalists tried to violently storm the Capitol building, it was taking action against online behavior “that has the potential to lead to offline harm.”
In many cases, a single individual operated numerous accounts, driving up the total number of affected accounts, the company said in a blog post.
“These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service,” the company said.
Twitter’s sweeping purge of QAnon accounts, which began Friday, is part of a wider crackdown that also includes its decision to ban President Donald Trump from the service over worries about further incitement to violence.
The suspensions mean some Twitter users will lose followers, in some cases by the thousands, the company said.
The QAnon conspiracy theory is centered on the baseless belief that Trump is waging a secret campaign against “deep state” enemies and a child sex trafficking ring run by satanic pedophiles and cannibals. Twitter has previously tried to crack down on QAnon, removing more than 7,000 accounts in July.
Twitter said it’s also stepping up enforcement measures and starting Tuesday it will limit the spread of posts that violate its civic integrity policy by preventing anyone from replying to, liking or retweeting them. The policy prohibits attempts to manipulate elections and spread misleading info about their results, with repeated violations resulting in permanent suspension.
Since 2019, Oppo produces premium smartphones under the Reno series. The Reno phones are highly admired for their stylish looks and excellent camera features. In this legacy, Oppo has launched its new invention Oppo Reno5 on January 9 in Bangladesh. If you are looking for the best Camera Phone under Tk 40,000, then don’t miss the Oppo Reno 5 full review with Price in Bangladesh.
At the first sight, you will be enthralled by Oppo Reno5’s elegant look. When you hold the smartphone, you would get a premium feel. In the box, you will get the Oppo Reno5 Smartphone, Charger, Earphones, USB Data cable, SIM Ejector Tool, Protector Case, and essential papers. Reno 5 comes in two colors: Fantastic Silver and Starry Black.
Though Reno5’s rear-panel is made of polycarbonate, it looks like glass. In this price range, customers usually expect a glass-built back panel. However, the gorgeous slick design (159.1 x 73.3 x 7.8 mm) of Reno5 won’t let you complain about its build quality. Thankfully, its glossy back-panel won’t catch many fingerprints. But still, you need to use the protector case, to preserve the sheen of its smooth surface.
Reno5 features excellent weight-balance ratios that make this phone very lightweight (171g). Like its ancestor Reno4, the latest 5 version bears a 6.4-inch display. It can be a drawback when you prefer large-screen phones.
The power button is on the right side. On the left side, you will find the volume rocker and SIM card tray. On the upper edge, it has a secondary noise cancelation microphone. The 3.5mm headphone jack, bottom-firing speaker grill, primary microphone, and USB-type C port lie on the bottom edge. The provision of stereo speakers would have been better.
On the left side of its front screen, there is a single punch-hole camera. In this phone, you get an in-display fingerprint scanner. It works fast and accurately. On the rear pane, it has camera housing. The camera bump is low.
Reno5 sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel. Its amazing 91.7 percent screen-to-body ratio offers a premium feel. Here you get a Full HD+ display at 2400 by 1080p resolution. Reno5 offers two options for refresh rate: 60Hz and 90Hz. For the first time, Oppo is combining a high refresh rate with an AMOLED display. It is certainly good news for the Oppo fans!
Oppo claims that Reno5 has a Default touch-sampling rate of 120Hz (for five fingers) with an utmost rate of 180Hz (for two fingers). The mind-blowing touch-response performance offers a great user experience.
Reno5 features about 430 nits of typical brightness. Interestingly, when you use this phone in direct sunlight, the brightness can reach up to 600 nits. It is a very handy option for people who stay outdoor for long hours. What is more? Oppo Reno5 out wins many competitors with an amazing pixel density of 410PPI.
The superb color contrast ratio and mesmerizing color punches of its AMOLED display would make your movie/video watching experience much more exciting. The display is protected by Corning Glass 3+. However, a higher version was expected in this price range.
Oppo always tries to present some exclusive features in the camera segment of its Reno series Phones. Reno5 is not an exception. Oppo Reno5 has quad-camera housing on the back that includes a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle shooter, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP mono sensor.
Built with the Sony IMX 686 sensor, its 64MP main camera features an f/1.7 aperture, 26mmwidth, and 79.5° Field-of-View (FOV). This camera offers a closed-loop focus motor. In proper daylight, you can capture some mind-blowing photos exhibiting proper details, sharpness, and dynamic range. The color punches are marvelous and close-to-natural. Though the image processing system may boost the colors sometimes, the pictures look attractive.
In low light situations, you can capture eye-catching photos enabling the provided Night Mode feature. We have seen that in many other phones when the light is increased, noises become visible. Then, images are softened to reduce the noises. Thanks to Oppo for providing superb Night Mode technology in Reno5 that enhances the lights to capture clear photos with enough sharpness and details. However, in low light situations, the sensor may delay capturing the perfect photo. So, hold the phone in a steady mode to get the expected result.
The 8MP Ultra Wide-angle Camera has an f/2.2 aperture with FOV 119°. It can capture photos at a fixed focus. In ample sunlight, this sensor shoots marvelous photos holding great dynamic range, sharpness, and details. In low-light situations, the performance is not like the prime camera. But still, the Night Mode offers amazing photos. If you are fond of landscape photography, Reno 5 can be your best buddy!
Reno5’s 2MP Mono Camera has an f/2.4 aperture with FOV 89°. It works with fixed focus. With this depth sensor or macro shooter, can take compelling portraits with correct edge detection, and nice details. Keeping the subject a focus, this sensor can blur the background efficiently.
Its 2MP Macro Camera comes with f/2.4 and FOV 89°. This shooter captures the beauty of the tiny world using a fixed focus. If you have a passion for Macro Photography, Reno5 won’t dissatisfy you.
The rear camera series offers a bunch of features such as expert, night mode, macro, sticker, time-lapse, video, portrait, slo-mo, AI mixed portrait, extra HD, pano, text scanner, photo, soloop templates, dual-view video, and Google Lens.
The 64MP prime camera can shoot a maximum of 6936 by 9248 pixels photos. In, the normal mode, you can take 3468 by 4624 pixels photo at 4:3 ratios, 2608 by 4624 pixels photo at 16:9 ratios, and 3468 by 3468 pixels photo at a 1:1 ratio. At full screen, the size of photos would be about 2080 by 4624 pixels. Read OnePlus Nord N10 5G Price in Bangladesh with Full Review.
Oppo Reno5 is blessed with a 44MP Selfie Camera featuring f/2.4 aperture and FOV 85°. In presence of sufficient sunlight, the front camera can capture astonishing photos with good dynamic range and details. You can take splendid selfies enabling the provided ‘ AI beautification’ mode. Besides enhancing the glow, it will soften the skin tone
to process pretty selfies. However, by turning off the ‘beauty’ mode you can get the natural color tone with proper sharpness.
Furthermore, with the front camera, Oppo offers a bunch of image processing features such as AI mixed portrait, portrait, night mode, photo, dual-view video, slo-mo, sticker, time-lapse, pano, and video. With the 44MP front camera, the maximum image size is about 7680 by 5760 pixels. In normal mode, photos would be 4112 by 7296 at 16:9 ratios, 5472 by 7296 pixels at 4:3 ratios; and 5472 by 5472 pixels at 1:1 ratios. The full-screen photos would be about 3280 by 7296 pixels.
With the 64MP prime rear camera, you can shoot about 4K videos at 30fps. It also offers options for filming 1080P footage at 60fps or 30fps and 720P videos at 60fps or 30fps. Furthermore, this sensor can capture 1080P slo-mo videos at 480fps or 120fps, 720P slo-mo at 960fps or 240fps. Reno5’s versatile camera is capable of video zooming. The options are 720P footage at 60fps or 30fps, 1080P at 60fps or 30fps, and 4K 30fps.
The overall quality of the videos is average. Thanks to Oppo for adding some innovative video features to this phone. In the rear camera, you get ‘Bokeh’ Mode that blurs the background focusing the subject. The ‘AI Color’ mode allows you to make the background black-and-white, solely preserving the color of the main subject. It also has color filtering options along with ‘Monochrome’. What is more? The outstanding ‘Dual Video’ mode can capture footage with both the front camera and the rear camera at a time. It is certainly a blessing for the Vloggers.
Reno 5’s 44MP front camera can shoot a maximum of 1080P footage at 30fps. At the default setting, it takes 720P video at 30fps. With this camera, you can capture 1080P Slo-mo videos at 120fps or 720P videos at 240fps. The front camera has two video stabilization options: 1080P at 30fps, 720P at 30fps. The video quality of the front camera is satisfactory. It softens the skin tone besides adding some glow.
Oppo Reno5 is built with an Octa-core processor with the utmost 2.3 GHz clock speed. It is disappointing that Reno5 inherits the same processor configuration as the predecessor Reno4. Here Oppo provides Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8 nm) chipset combined with the Adreno 618 (750 MHz) GPU.
Snapdragon 720G is a time tested chipset that is suitable for low to medium level gaming. In this
Smartphone PUBG can be played at ‘HD’ graphics level with ‘High’ frame rates. This game would also run at ‘Medium’ graphics level with ‘Ultra’ Frame rates. You can try the Call of Duty (COD) game under ‘Medium’ graphics at ‘Max’ frame rate. While playing games you won’t experience significant
stuttering or heating issues.
In the software segment, Oppo Reno5 surpasses its ancestor Reno4 by its latest operating system. In Reno5, Oppo offers ColorOS 11 OS based on Android 11. This phone comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. By virtue of powerful RAM and plenty of internal storage, Reno5 promises a smoother and faster navigating experience.
Reno5 shows great performance in networking, Wi-Fi, and data connection. The sound quality of the speakers and earpieces are good.
Oppo Reno5 carries about 4310mAh battery. The number seems a bit low, but do not worry! Utilizing the 50W VOOC 4.0 fast charging technology, you can fully charge this device within 40 minutes. On a full charge, Reno5 offers around 8 hours of SOT. On moderate use, you can get about one-day battery back-up.
Oppo Reno 5 (8GB/128GB) is officially available at BDT 35,990 in Bangladesh.
Overall Oppo Reno5 offers a great package with stylish design, magnificent display quality, advanced OS and outstanding camera & video features. On the downside, Reno5 is not recommended for heavy-duty gamers. Though the Reno series mainly focuses on superior camera features, the consumers can rationally expect an advanced processor, powerful battery, glass built back panel, and stereo speaker in this price range.
With WhatsApp literally forcing users to agree to sharing information with its parent company Facebook, more and more people around the world are migrating to other instant messaging apps like Signal and Telegram. India is no exception, where WhatsApp users are increasingly shunning WhatsApp for Signal and Telegram.
Both Signal and Telegram claim to have “state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption” as part of their services and are free to download. Ironically, Signal is headed by Brian Acton, one of the co-founders of WhatsApp. Signal has features like voice calling, video calling, stickers support and the person-to-person chat interface, similar to that of Apple’s iMessage.
Signal witnessed some 7.5 million installs globally through the Apple App and Google Play stores from January 6-10, according to California-based mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower. Similarly, Telegram saw over 5.6 million downloads globally in the same period. In India, a million have downloaded Signal and Telegram in the past week, according to estimates.
"Though WhatsApp is a household name in India, people have started migrating to other more privacy-focused messaging apps, particularly Signal. The figure, as per our estimates, is at least a million. The figure represents those shunning WhatsApp as well as new users," technology expert Rahul Gaba told UNB.
"So, it's privacy over convenience, for Indians, particularly the urban class. Moreover, the trend clearly shows that Signal is going to gain more ground in India," Gaba added.
WhatsApp recently rolled out notifications informing users about an update in its Terms of Service that would pave the way for the app to share data with Facebook. WhatsApp made it clear that users will have to agree to the new terms and policy by February 8 this year, in order to continue using the instant messaging service.
WhatsApp's move to collect user information has already prompted electric carmaker Tesla founder Elon Musk to urge social media users globally to switch to Signal. Musk, in fact, recommended Signal on January 7, following which the shares of the app zoomed more than six-fold on the US bourses in a single day.
Soon after the announcement, Signal app had said in a tweet: "We continue to shatter traffic records and add capacity as more and more people come to terms with how much they dislike Facebook's new terms. If you weren't able to create a new group recently, please try again. New servers are ready to serve you."
That day only, Signal tweeted to inform WhatsApp users how to move their groups to the app using a group link. "A lot of people have been asking how to move their group chats from other apps to Signal, and Signal group links are a great way to get started. Drop a group link into your former chat app of choice like you're dropping the mic on the way out."
Musk, also the founder of SpaceX, has now pledged to invest more in Signal. In response to a tweet by the CEO of an e-commerce business on January 11, Musk said that he will invest again in Signal. “Already donated to Signal a year ago. Will donate more," he tweeted.
WhatsApp users in India say they are more than happy to migrate to Signal and Telegram. "Initially, I had a mental block using Signal, having used WhatsApp for the past 2-3 years. Gradually, I am getting over the mental block. I am also encouraging a number of my friends to switch to Signal at the earliest," said Manasi Roy, a software professional based in Delhi.
In fact, Gaba said he became apprehensive of WhatsApp's security features since the surfacing of private exchanges between Bollywood celebrities in the media amid the probe into the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. "It clearly indicated that WhatsApp had been sharing data with Indian probe agencies," the expert added.