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Whatsapp Will Stop Working On These Phones From November 2021 (Full List)

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Popular social media messaging app, Whatsapp will no longer work on some phones as from November 1, 2021, due to compatibility issues.

The phones that will be affected include 52 android and iPhone devices owned by millions of users worldwide.

Naija News 247 understands the inability of the application to function on these devices is because owners of the platform will cease to provide support for the operating system running on such old model devices.

To be able to continue enjoying Whatsapp services, owners of affected devices have two options – upgrade their device software (if possible) or get a brand new phone.

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According to a report published by Sun UK, the phones that will be affected by this technology upgrade include:

  1. Galaxy Trend Lite
  2. Galaxy Trend II
  3. Galaxy SII
  4. Galaxy S3 mini
  5. Galaxy Xcover 2
  6. Galaxy Core
  7. Galaxy Ace 2
  8. Lucid 2
  9. Optimus F7
  10. Optimus F5
  11. Optimus L3 II Dual
  12. Optimus F5
  13. Optimus L5
  14. Best L5 II
  15. Optimus L5 Dual
  16. Best L3 II
  17. Optimus L7
  18. Optimus L7 II Dual
  19. Best L7 II
  20. Optimus F6, Enact
  21. Optimus L4 II Dual
  22. Optimus F3
  23. Best L4 II
  24. Best L2 II
  25. Optimus Nitro HD
  26. Optimus 4X HD
  27. Optimus F3Q
  28. ZTE V956
  29. Grand X Quad V987
  30. Grand Memo
  31. Xperia Miro
  32. Xperia Neo L
  33. Xperia Arc S
  34. Alcatel
  35. Ascend G740
  36. Ascend Mate
  37. Ascend D Quad XL
  38. Ascend D1 Quad XL
  39. Ascend P1 S
  40. Ascend D2
  41. Archos 53 Platinum
  42. HTC Desire 500
  43. Caterpillar Cat B15
  44. Wiko Cink Five
  45. Wiko Darknight
  46. Lenovo A820
  47. UMi X2
  48. Run F1
  49. THL W8
  50. iPhone SE
  51. iPhone 6S
  52. iPhone 6S Plus
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Meanwhile, henceforth, Nigerian citizens below the age of 18 would not be allowed to own a Subscriber Identity/Identification Module (SIM) card.

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC revealed this in a recent publication on its official website, Naija News reports.

According to the draft copy of the modified registration of Telephone Subscribers Regulations, only subscribers above the age of 18 are entitled to SIMs. The commission said the new regulation was in line with the powers conferred upon the commission by section 70 of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.

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Sony Updates PS5 with the New “6nm” Oberon Chips

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Mid-generation update for video game consoles is an old story, one that can be traced back to the PS2 days, when Sony launched a “slim” version of their console back in 2006. It is something that has been repeated for every console generation since then. So, now that we’re two years into the current console generation, fans are eagerly waiting for what Sony has in store for us this time. But according to many reports, it seems like we are not going to get a mid-gen refresh in the classical sense.

Sony PS5 Gets an Updated Version

Instead, what we are getting is subtle improvements in chip design and the thermal interface, while keeping the larger form factor the same. Teardowns from Youtuber Austin Evans and Angstronomics show us that with the latest model of the PS5 (CFI-1202), Sony has completely redesigned the internals and moved towards a smaller heatsink, different SSD mounting area, and a full redesign of the original motherboard.

PS5 Oberon chip variant
Image credits: Austin Evans

But the differences don’t end here, as Angtronimics shows us in their teardown. The new Playstation 5 CFI-1202 is also revealed to have a slightly different APU that is rumored to be the 6nm equivalent of the AMD Zen 2 CPU codenamed “Oberon Plus.”

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6nm Oberon Plus VS. 7nm Oberon/Image: Angstronomics

This move from a 7nm to a 6nm chip has led to a situation where the new PS5 variant has 18.8% more transistor density than the previous iteration and a die size that has shrunk from 300 sq millimeter to just 270 sq millimeters. These improvements when combined, are supposed to increase efficiency and reduce power consumption. We can say that this seems to be largely true, as Evans showed in his video, where the new PS5 consumed 11 watts less than the original “1000” Model.

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This is a rather interesting story coming at the heels of a major price bump that Sony has announced for all major regions – with the exception being the United States. Manufacturing advancements usually lead to a decrease in price as the number of raw materials needed for manufacturing decreases with increasing efficiency.

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It is further suggested that the new PS5 will cost Sony 12% less to make overall. So is this new update just a way for Sony to increase its profit margins? It seems so, and maybe that is why Sony has been relatively mum about these efficiency improvements. What are your thoughts on the new “Oberon” that the new PS5 ships with? Let us know in the comments below.

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Vivo X Fold+ with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Introduced in China

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Vivo has introduced its second foldable smartphone, the Vivo X Fold+ in China, months after launching its first one. The new foldable phone resembles the Vivo X Fold but comes with a few tweaks like the upgraded Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, 80W fast charging, and more. Read on to know the details.

Vivo X Fold+: Specs and Features

The Vivo X Fold+ gets an 8.03-inch 2K Samsung E5 AMOLED curved display on the inside with support for a 120Hz refresh rate. The secondary display spans 6.53-inch and is AMOLED in nature and gets a 120Hz refresh rate. Much like its predecessor, the Vivo X Fold+ also folds like a book.

Vivo X Fold+

The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC is paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. As for the cameras, there are four at the back; a 50MP main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide lens, a 12MP portrait lens, and an 8MP periscope camera. There’s support for the night mode, portrait mode, up to 60x super zoom, dual-view video, and more. The front snapper stands at 16MP. To recall, the X Fold gets a 32MP selfie shooter.

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The Vivo X Fold+ has a bigger 4,730mAh battery with support for 80W fast charging and 50W wireless charging. The X Fold supports a 4,600mAh battery with 66W fast charging. It runs OriginOS Ocean based on Android 12.

Other details include facial recognition, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and more. The Vivo X Fold+ comes in Sunny Mountain, Sycamore Ash, and Huaxia Red colors.

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Price and Availability

The Vivo X Fold+ retails at CNY 9,999 (~ Rs 1,13,000) for the 12GB+256GB variant and CNY 10,999 (~ Rs 1,25,000) for the 12GB+512GB model. It is currently available for pre-order in China.

There’s no word on its availability in other regions yet.

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E3 2023 Is Confirmed to Begin on June 13

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Back in April, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) officially canceled the famous E3 2022 event. Although, it was revealed that the event will return next year. Now, we have official dates for E3 2023, which will kick off in the second week of June.

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E3 2023 Dates Revealed

It is revealed that E3 2023 will start on June 13 and go on until June 16 and will be an in-person event. It will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

This time, ESA has collaborated with ReedPop to host E3 2023. For those who don’t know, ReedPop has organized other popular events like PAX, New York Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, and more in the past.

E3 2023 will invite developers, journalists, publishers, content creators, and more for its first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic hit us. It was expected to take place as a physical event this year too but was eventually canceled.

While the reason for cancellation remains unknown, it was probably for ESA to properly prepare for an in-person event instead of going digital.

Registrations for E3 2023 will begin later this year. As for the schedule, there will be digital gaming events on June 11 ahead of the event. The first two days will be mainly for business, the third day will be for business and consumers, and the last day will be consumer-centric.

Details on the gaming event still remain unknown but we expect major companies and developers to participate as E3 makes a return to an in-person setup. So, are you excited about E3 2023? Let us know in the comments section below.

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