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OnePlus TV name and logo officially confirmed

Latest Tech News - Wed, 08/14/2019 - 03:23

OnePlus is finally ready to expand beyond smartphones and will be playing in the TV segment next. The company just confirmed that it would be called the OnePlus TV and also unveiled the logo.

Earlier this year, OnePlus announced its intentions of entering the smart TV game by bringing its twist to it. According to company executives, televisions hadn’t innovated in the last few years, and they thought they could bring something new to the table.

The official OnePlus TV logo

In a forum post, the company shared a few updates around the TV. For starters, it will be called the ‘OnePlus TV.’ A contest was held where community members could suggest names for this new product, and the name was then finalised. They even went on to reveal the logo, which was equally minimal. The name may seem a little underwhelming, but OnePlus is known for favoring minimalism when it comes to its designs and names. Or it probably did not want to create a new product name and keep things simple, just as it does with its smartphones.

The OnePlus TV will encompass around the “Never Settle” philosophy and sport a “burdenless” design. It’s going to be interesting how OnePlus will design the TV, as there’s not much differentiation imaginable.

OnePlus TV specifications

There’s not much information available on the TVs itself, but MySmartPrice was able to retrieve some information. It will come in various screen sizes, starting at 43-inches and going all the way up to 75-inches. These will vary with regions and India is expected to get the 43, 55, 65 and 75-inch variants. These are expected to be 4K OLED panels, manufactured by TPV Display Technologies Pvt Ltd.

The OnePlus TV will bring lots of smart connected features, which the competition does not offer. It will have wifi, Bluetooth 5.0 and an AI voice assistant. It will be powered by Android TV, but OnePlus is sure to add its twist to it. 

It shouldn’t take long for more information to surface, as the OnePlus TV is slated to be announced in the last week of September, and will be targeted at markets such as India and Canada.

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Behind the Internet: The History of Domain Names

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:58

We all use domain names to navigate the Internet, but did you ever think about where the idea of domain names actually came from? Why do we use them and rely on them to bounce from website to website across the vast sea of information the internet provides? 

For all our usage, and even ownership of domains, most people don’t know why they began or why we continue to use them. Domain names are part of the Domain Name System of the internet’s infrastructure. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind that $12 purchase for your personal website or why it exists in the first, then you’re in the right place.

“Domain names are used in various networking contexts and for application-specific naming and addressing purposes. In general, a domain name identifies a network domain, or it represents an Internet Protocol (IP) resource, such as a personal computer used to access the Internet, a server computer hosting a web site, or the web site itself or any other service communicated via the Internet. In 2017, 330.6 million domain names had been registered.” via Wikipedia.

Early days: ARPANET

To simplify, a domain name allows you to access whatever it is you need to access that exists within the Internet. Domain names first came to use in through the Domain Name System in 1983, with general public registration not being available until February 24, 1986. 

Before the Domain Name System, you would access different addresses on computer networks through a host’s numerical address. Each computer on the network could access files from the host by using these numerical addresses. 

The Domain Name System process had to be introduced due to the complexity of how the Internet was operating prior to. Remembering numerical addresses would certainly have made scaling and public access difficult! The Domain Name System was introduced on ARPANET, a project under the U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency.

ARPANET was originally published in 1967 and introduced a concept for the network that was essentially the foundation for the Internet. In 1969, the idea was put into practice with the interconnection of four computers. Much later, the Domain Name System was introduced on the ARPANET. It was published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

TLD's: Top Level Domains

To better understand domain names, it’s important to note that they are broken up into parts. The domain name extensions you’re familiar with, such as .COM and .ORG, are referred to as “Top-Level Domains” (TLDs). They apply to any word that is to the right of the dot. The part that you choose for your brand, company, or personal name is the “Second Level Domain” and before that, you’ll find the “Subdomain,” the most familiar being “www.”

There were seven Top-Level Domains that were introduced in 1984:

  • .com: .com is meant to short form the word “commercial” and its original intended use was for commercial organizations. There are nearly 150 million .com domain names registered and it remains the most recognizable Top-Level Domain. 
  • .org: .org is a domain extension that was meant for non-profit or charitable organizations and is still commonly associated with organizations that serve a public good. 
  • .net: .net was created with networks in mind. The term net derives from “network” and was originally associated with networking companies and infrastructure technology. 
  • .int: .int is short for “international” and was intended for international organizations, such as those entered into and endorsed by a treaty between two or more nations. 
  • .edu: .edu uses a shortened word for “education.” It was originally open to all types of educational institutions, but later had a restriction to accredited schools which are often associated with the United States. 
  • .gov: .gov represents “government” and is strictly used by United States government agencies or entities associated with the state or at a municipal level. 
  • .mil: .mil is for the United States military only. 

Fun fact! The first domain name ever registered was They have an online museum dedicated to the history of the Internet. 

Without these Top-Level Domains, and their availability to the public, you would not be able to register a domain name. 

Nowadays, there are hundreds of TLDs that you can choose between and many are open for anyone to register without restriction of use. If your domain extension is more than two letters, it’s a Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD). If your domain extension is two letters long, it’s a Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD). Countries are designated their ccTLD based on their International Organization for Standardization (ISO) code.

Domain names began their adventure into Internet infrastructure many decades ago, and it’s always interesting to learn just how long ago the Internet was a mere concept or idea. As something we rely on constantly nowadays (you’re probably reading this article while connected!), there’s always an opportunity to remember how it began and better understand why it functions as it does today. There are many intricacies to explore.

Think this was interesting? Then you’re in for a real treat as we continue to take you behind the scenes of the domain name industry. It’s a fascinating part of the Internet that everyone relies on, but not much of the general public knows about. In the next article, we will take you through the process of the governing body, ICANN, and how they impact the infrastructure of the Internet.


Samantha Lloyd is a marketing consultant at Tucows.

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Marvel TV shows are bringing 'street-level heroes' to Disney Plus

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:46

Marvel's head of television, Jeph Loeb, has finally spoken out about the cancellation of Netflix's Marvel shows, while reassuring fans that more unannounced Marvel TV shows are definitely in the works for Disney Plus.

Many were devastated by the cancellation of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and of course the team-up show The Defenders, all of which have ceased being renewed and will at some point be removed from the Netflix platform entirely.

According to Loeb, the decision also came as a bit of a surprise to Marvel.

“We were blindsided and the things that were to come weren’t finished yet,” says Loeb, who added that the television arm wasn't sure what the future would hold for it. "It did look like maybe we were going to go out. Then suddenly, we were arising again like the Phoenix” (via Deadline).

With Disney launching its own streaming platform, Disney Plus, which will be a home for all sorts of Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Fox, and even LucasFilm titles, you can be certain Marvel fans will be provided for – while the TV format offers avenues for smaller stories that wouldn't be told on the big screen.

Loeb wouldn't be drawn on details of what other Marvel TV shows were on their way, but made a clear distinction between the TV spinoffs of MCU characters coming to Disney Plus – like Hawkeye, Loki, and WandaVision – and Marvel Television's own projects.

"Well, first of all, I have to make something very clear, which is those are shows that are created and run and the responsibility of the motion picture studio. Secondly, Marvel Television will be doing shows with Disney Plus, we just haven’t announced what we’re going to do there."

He also hinted at more "Street-Level heroes" in the vein of the Defenders, who are generally trying "just to save themselves, to save the neighborhood" rather than "save the universe".

What could these new Marvel TV shows be?

There's no shortage of characters to draw from in Marvel Comics' long history of publishing – starting back in 1939, under the banner of Timely Comics – and it's hard to tell who we might see.

We could well get some more supernatural heroes, given the plans for the vampire-hunter Blade, Ghost Rider, and Jared Leto's upcoming turn as Morbius the Living Vampire. On the lighter side, we could also see someone like Squirrel Girl – a young superhero able to, yes, communicate with squirrels – and is a character that the former editor-in-chief at Marvel, Joe Quesada has said he'd "always wanted" to do more with.

With Iron Man now removed from the MCU, too, it may be time to introduce a successor. As of 2015, the character of Riri Williams (published as Ironheart) is an African-American MIT student who makes a suit of armor in the style of Iron Man, who is recruited by Tony Stark to become a superhero – and could be an exciting introduction to either the MCU or a more college-focused TV series.

The recent acquisition of 21st-Century Fox also opens up plenty of avenues for The Fantastic Four or X-Men characters. It's likely we'll get reboots of both franchises in some form, though whether they'd be introduced into an already-bloated cinematic universe (where will mutants fit into things?), or given the Disney Plus treatment, is anyone's guess.

Via GamesRadar

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The best cheap MacBook Pro deal prices and sales in August 2019

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:35

The cheapest MacBook Pro deals can be tough to track down on Apple's most premium line of laptops. We've got our eyes on the latest discounts every day though, so you're in the right place to save some cash.

With MacBook Pro prices starting so high, it leaves retailers plenty of scope for discounting in the sales throughout the year. So check out our guide below where we've listed the cheapest MacBook Pro deals for all the latest models, along with our picks of older Apple laptops still worth checking out. 

The MacBook Pro has become the go to laptop range for professionals and enthusiasts alike, absolutely powering through tasks regular laptops fear. Apple's staggering lineup of Retina screens lead the way for crisp visuals and an increasingly excellent physical design of the laptops themselves. You want the best there is, but there's no reason to pay more than you should for it. If you want to save some money you could check out the other non-Pro MacBook deals or maybe even a standard cheap laptop deal.

If you've got an older MacBook Pro and want to sell it on, first visit our tutorial on how to reset a MacBook Pro

If you were somehow left wanting power with the older MacBook Pro, then the 2019 edition should answer your prayers for technical domination of anything you can throw at it.

If you've got the cash, the new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2019 can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM with a 8-core 9th-gen i9 processor. Even the entry model on the Apple store comes packing a 6-core i7, 256GB SSD and 16GB of RAM.

As you'd expect with such great power comes great responsibility for Apple to charge you huge amounts. But this is the most powerful MacBook Pro ever made and if you're involved in the creative arts, digital design or engineering, then you might find Apple's latest is more than up to the task of the increasingly demanding apps and programs. Still not sure? Well all the rumors point towards a bigger 16-inch MacBook Pro coming later this year, which may feature additional new features.

The 2018 version of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro is the best yet, comes with the Touch Bar as standard and features a range of improvements over the older models. The screen resolution may be the same with the excellent Retina display, but now there's True Tone technology inside that senses ambient lighting in the room or outdoors to adjust the brightness of the screen for the best possible picture. 

The keyboard is quieter and less 'clicky' too. You're getting the brand new 8th-gen Coffee Lake core processor and the quad-core CPUs have doubled the performance of the 2017 models. With more options for larger RAM too, options really open up for creatives and professionals with the MacBook Pro 2018.

The larger 15-inch version of the 2018 MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar is generally going to cost a fair bit more than the 13-inch model, but that's not just because of the larger screen. This model packs a lot more under the hood too, with Apple providing multiple options with increased RAM, extra processing power with a six core Coffee Lake processor and larger SSD storage options. 

Naturally, you're getting the same improvements over the 2017 version too like the True Tone screen technology and quieter keyboard. This really is a powerhouse laptop for designers and industry creatives. If you don't need all the power though, we'd consider the cheaper 13-inch model, or maybe even the older 13-inch version found below if the prices are right for you.

Stock of the 2017 versions with a Touch Bar seemed to dry up pretty fast and most remaining stock actually costs more than the new 2018 upgrades, so we can't really recommend them.

This version doesn't come with the Touch Bar though, which helps keeps the cost down as it turned out to be an expensive extra feature. And unlike versions that featured the illuminated touch-keyboard element, prices have dropped nicely on the 2017 MacBook Pro, meaning you can save some serious cash and still get a powerful laptop. 

The screen and overall shape of this MacBook Pro didn't change on the previous year's iteration, but this MacBook Pro was bolstered by the Kaby Lake 7th-gen processor's speed boost. Throw in a gorgeous Retina display and a minimum of 8GB of RAM and you're looking a multitasking device suitable for everything from day-to-day activities, intensive media editing and creative design work.

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Xbox Project Scarlett to focus on high frame rates and 'playability'

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:32

We have a while to wait before we can finally get our hands on Xbox Project Scarlett, and Microsoft is remaining pretty tight-lipped on details about its next-generation hardware. Is it more than one console? What will it (or they) look like? Will there be some new Xbox IPs to accompany it?

While Microsoft may not be answering these questions quite yet, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spilled some details on the company's main aims for Xbox Project Scarlett during an interview with Gamespot.

"I think the area that we really want to focus on next generation is frame rate and playability of the games," Spencer explained. "Ensuring that the games load incredibly fast, ensuring that the game is running at the highest frame rate possible."

In addition Spencer went on to explain that Microsoft is aiming to get Project Scarlett games to run at 60 FPS in 4K, calling the challenge a "design goal".

"This generation, we've really focused on 4K visuals and how we bring both movies through 4K Blu-ray and video streaming," Spencer explained. "And with Xbox One X allowing games to run at 4K visuals will make really strong visual enhancements next generation." 

But Microsoft isn't just focusing on high frame rates and visuals. According to Spencer, playability is also a huge focus for the company when it comes to next generation hardware - that includes faster loading times as well as improving how games actually look and feel to play.

A powerful successor

Microsoft seems to be aiming high when it comes to Project Scarlett, suggesting the next-generation hardware will need have specs capable of meeting these goals. 

We already know that Xbox Project Scarlett will boast a custom-designed processor from AMD making use of Zen 2 CPU and Navi GPU architectures, and will be capable of running games at 120Hz frame rates, at potential 8K resolutions – while also showcasing fancy real-time ray tracing tech. So, aiming to have all games run at 60 FPS isn't out of the question.

Meanwhile, having an SSD as standard gives the console (or consoles) the option of using its storage system as virtual RAM, as well as lifting load time performance by a factor of 40x. So playability improvements are almost guaranteed.

Whether Microsoft has a few more spec details hidden up its sleeve though is yet to be seen.

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The best smartphones from Chinese companies in India

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:27

The competition for dominance in the Indian smartphone market is over and Chinese companies have successfully established themselves in the Indian market. The previous market leader, Samsung has been lagging behind Xiaomi for more than two years now. 

Aside from the two giants going head-to-head,  Oppo and Vivo are also among the top five brands in India. OnePlus, too, has a cult following in India, with its smartphones leading the race in the premium smartphone category, defeating the likes of iPhone and the Galaxy flagships.

In this list, we comb through all the options in the market so that you have choices across all price points with varied features. Some phones are meant for selfie lovers while others are for fans of Stock Android. Either which way, you'll find a phone that will make sense for you.

Xiaomi promised its new Redmi K series would be “Flagship Killer 2.0” and that seems to be fairly accurate, given the kind of specs that the Redmi K20 Pro offers at a starting price of Rs 27,999. Xiaomi is clearly taking the battle to OnePlus, which has developed a cult-like following amongst people looking for premium specs at affordable prices.

OnePlus constantly increasing the prices of its smartphones has also helped in popularizing the Redmi K20 Pro.

Not forgetting its budget segment roots, Xiaomi has also launched a slightly more affordable version of the Redmi K20 Pro, retaining as many design elements and hardware specs as possible, while still offering a premium smartphone at an affordable price.

If you don’t need a highly powerful smartphone, you can instead opt for the Redmi K20.

With the launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Chinese smartphone maker has propelled itself to the next level. The 7 Pro is supposed to take the fight to the high-end premium offerings like the Galaxy S10 series and the iPhone XS.

Sporting a Quad HD+ panel for the first time, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the most premium smartphone till date. This reflects in its performance, design as well as the price.

The standard OnePlus 7, on the other hand, is aimed at people who still want a OnePlus smartphone that is affordable. Keeping this in mind, the company launched the OnePlus 7 at the same price as the OnePlus 6T, while still offering important upgrades in terms of the chipset, cameras and the storage performance.

It’s not just the mid-range and the premium smartphone segment that is dominated by Chinese smartphone makers. Coming back to the mid-range, we have the likes of the Realme X that aims to take on the budget king Redmi Note 7 Pro while also luring prospective Redmi K20 buyers.

If you are looking a smartphone that is somewhere between the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi K20 both in terms of price as well as specs, this is it.

Not the one to be left behind, Vivo too has been launching several affordable and value for money smartphones of late. The Vivo S1 is the latest in this list. It features a premium Super AMOLED panel and sports a triple camera setup on the back.

Design-wise, the Vivo S1 has a gradient back that reflects light off to give a distinct look at different angles. However, the one area where Vivo could have done better is the camera bump that looks out of place with its golden borders.

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a smartphone the recipe of which Xiaomi has perfected over the last few years, asserting its dominance in the Indian market. Bringing together factors like value for money, a great blend of specs and a surprise factor in the form of the 48-megapixel camera that is found in far more premium smartphones, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a great smartphone at a starting price of Rs 13,999.

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OnePlus 7T: what we want to see

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:24

The OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro haven’t been out long, but OnePlus typically refreshes the range with a ‘T’ model later in the year and we’re expecting the same to happen this year.

That might surprise you – after all, the Pro model is a new part of the range so could easily have replaced the T update, but rumors of a OnePlus 7T are starting to roll in, so it seems there’s no real change in the company’s release strategy.

Coming so soon after the OnePlus 7 we wouldn’t expect many massive changes, but there are a number of things we’re hoping to see, which you’ll find listed below. We’ve also highlighted all the key news and leaks surrounding the OnePlus 7T, so read on for those too.

Cut to the chase
  • What is it? The next OnePlus phone
  • When is it out? Likely October or November
  • What will it cost? A lot - but less than most flagships
OnePlus 7T release date and price

The only release date rumor so far for the OnePlus 7T pointed to October 15, but TechRadar has since received confirmation from a source close to the matter that this date is wrong.

Unfortunately, the source didn’t provide an alternate date, so for now all we can do is look at when previous OnePlus handsets launched.

The OnePlus 6T was announced in October 2018 then hit stores in November, while the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 3T were both announced and went on sale in November of their respective years, so an October or November announcement looks very likely.

The OnePlus 7 undercuts most comparable phones

As for what it will cost, it’s first worth noting that we might get two new phones – a OnePlus 7T and a OnePlus 7T Pro. But in any case, based on past form we wouldn’t expect prices to be much different to the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, though they may rise a bit.

That would mean a likely starting price of at least £499 (around $600/AU$890) for the OnePlus 7T and at least $669 / £649 (around AU$990) for the OnePlus 7T Pro, assuming both phones launch. However, it’s worth noting that the standard OnePlus 7 isn’t officially available in the US and neither model came to Australia.

The first of those points suggests that it might make sense for OnePlus to only launch one 7T model, since not all regions got both of the 7’s anyway.

OnePlus 7T news and rumors

There isn’t much in the way of leaks surrounding the standard OnePlus 7T (if such a phone even exists), but two separate leaks have now possibly shown the OnePlus 7T Pro.

One set of images was shared on Weibo (a Chinese social network) and shows the alleged OnePlus 7T Pro from both the front and back. However, it’s in a case, so many details are obscured, and what we can see looks basically identical to the OnePlus 7 Pro.

That includes a curved bezel-free screen, and three rear cameras in the same arrangement. The only possible difference is that the speaker grille above the screen looks as though it might be more prominent, which could suggest an audio upgrade.

The same design can also be seen in the leak below, albeit only the front of the phone this time. That said, IBTimes India claims to have received confirmation from OnePlus that this second set of images actually just shows the OnePlus 7 Pro.

That’s interesting because the speaker again seems to stand out more here than on the 7 Pro, but it could just be the design of the case emphasizing it. In any case, it seems these images are likely fake, which also makes us seriously question the images further up in this article, since the design is the same.

It would make sense for the design to stay much the same though, since ‘T’ models tend to look similar, just with a few spec upgrades.

Speaking of specs, we can only speculate there, but one obvious potential improvement is the chipset. Not that the OnePlus 7 is lacking in that area, but with the Snapdragon 855 Plus having arrived the 7T could be a prime candidate for it.

What we want to see

The OnePlus 7 and especially the OnePlus 7 Pro were impressive phones, but they could be even better with these upgrades.

1. A class-leading camera

The OnePlus 7 Pro has lots of lenses but they could use work

While the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro both have decent cameras, they’re not among the best around, and given that the OnePlus 7 Pro is essentially a flagship, it’s not unrealistic to ask for it to have a truly top camera.

So we hope that the OnePlus 7T and/or OnePlus 7T Pro does. We’d particularly like to see low-light photo quality improved, along with the ability to zoom in further.

2. An IP rating

While OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 7 range does have some water resistance, there’s no official IP rating, meaning no certainty as to how water resistant the phones are.

The lack of an IP rating was apparently to save money – since it costs money to get the phones certified, and since even with such a certification most brands don’t cover water damage as part of the warranty.

It’s a reasonable argument, but for the OnePlus 7T we’d still like the reassurance that an IP rating provides, and ideally improved water resistance too, since various third-party tests suggest the OnePlus 7 range isn’t quite as water resistant as most flagships.

3. An in-screen camera

The OnePlus 7 Pro's pop-up camera is cool, but not without problems

The standard OnePlus 7 has a teardrop notch for its front-facing camera, which almost feels dated in 2019. The OnePlus 7 Pro meanwhile has a pop-up camera, which is more modern and allows for an all-screen design, but also makes the camera feel more vulnerable.

Not only that, it also makes facial recognition less appealing, since you have to wait for the camera to pop up, and since doing that dozens of times a day to unlock your phone could wear the mechanism out.

So for the OnePlus 7T we’d love to see an in-screen camera. That would allow the phone to retain the OnePlus 7 Pro’s all-screen design, without any of the problems that come with a pop-up camera.

We should note that this is unlikely to happen. While the tech exists, it’s not yet available on any handsets, and with the T model likely to be a minor upgrade we wouldn’t particularly expect it, but you never know.

4. Wireless charging

One small feature that OnePlus hasn’t yet embraced is wireless charging. This probably isn’t a huge deal for most people, but it is a standard flagship feature, so it’s something we’d like to see, especially with the OnePlus 7 Pro being more of a real flagship, rather than the usual more affordable alternatives that OnePlus offers.

5. A slimmer, lighter, smaller build

The OnePlus 7 Pro is a substantial handset

The OnePlus 7 Pro in particular is a big, heavy and fairly thick thing, so we’d love to see the OnePlus 7T get shrunk down slightly, and be a bit lighter.

There will be limits to what can be done here while still offering a big screen and battery, but we reckon that refinements are possible. And the screen doesn’t really need to be quite as big as the OnePlus 7 Pro’s mammoth 6.67-inch one anyway.

6. A bigger battery with better life

The OnePlus 7 has a 3,700mAh battery and the OnePlus 7 Pro has a 4,000mAh one. Those are both respectable sizes, but not the biggest around, and neither phone delivers particularly brilliant life.

So we’d like to see a bigger battery in the OnePlus 7T, and beyond that possibly some software or hardware optimizations to help it last longer. Though in the case of software optimizations, we don’t want the company to take the sort of approach that could interfere with the functionality of apps.

7. Fast charging from third-party chargers

The OnePlus 7 range charges very fast, but only if you use an official OnePlus charger. That’s not a huge problem as one comes in the box, but if you ever need a replacement or a spare, they’re expensive.

This also means that if you borrow someone else’s charger you won’t get fast speeds (unless they happen to have a OnePlus one) and nor will you get fast charging from portable chargers/power banks. So we’d like to see this addressed for the OnePlus 7T.

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DJI strikes back against its smartphone-steadying rivals with the clever Osmo Mobile 3

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 10:16

DJI has been promising that we would shortly be able to "Transform Our World", and now it's revealed just how we can do so – with the third iteration of its Osmo Mobile device.

The DJI Osmo Mobile 3 is a smartphone stabilizer that packs a handful of new tricks over the existing – and very capable – Osmo Mobile 2. This includes a revamped, foldable design, which, in the company's words, allows it to be the most travel-friendly option yet.

Key features include new locking mechanisms incorporated into the design, along with a 15-hour battery, although the highlight is a Quick Roll feature that allows the bracket to spin between portrait and landscape orientations with a double tap of the Mode button – much like on the Benro 3XS Lite that was announced earlier this month. 

Something else shared with that rival is the design of the bracket, more specifically the fact that it doesn't get in the way of charging and audio ports. Through the handle, the user is also able to quickly recenter the device through a double press of a button, and also zoom and switch between their phone's front and rear cameras.

Working over Bluetooth 5.0 with DJI's Mimo app, users can also use Active Tracking 3.0 to harness the power of image recognition and deep learning algorithms, to keep a lock on a subject as the user and/or subject move around, and also create timelapses and panoramas. And if the people in DJI's promotional images are anything to go by, it all looks like heaps of fun.

Orientation can be switched at the double-press of a button

Hyperlapses are also possible, with support for both electronic image stabilization and the aforementioned Active Tracking technology, while slow-motion capture by a factor of 4x or 8x is also on hand. Gesture recognition also makes the cut, whereby making a peace sign with your fingers, or putting up your hand, will trigger a countdown timer to capture a selfie.

DJI might be getting heat from Benro, but with this latest version it's at least showing itself to be competitive on price. DJI is asking $119 / £99 / $AU159 for the standard version of the Osmo Mobile 3, which includes a wrist strap, storage pouch and anti-slip pads, or $139 / £119 / $AU189 for the more premium combo, which sees the Osmo Grip Tripod and the Osmo Carrying Case thrown in, in addition to the above. Best of all, it's available to order right now from DJI's online store.

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Wordpress owner buys Tumblr from Verizon

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:37

Verizon has revealed it is selling social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc, the owner of Wordpress.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports say Tumblr has been bought for far less from the $1.1 billion Yahoo paid for it back in 2013.

Tumblr later became part of the Verizon stable after its acquisition of Yahoo in 2017, with today's sale marks a major drop in value, with some reports putting the deal at as little as $3 million.

Tumblr sale

Automattic will doubtlessly see Tumblr as a key part in its bid to strengthen its online operations. Although the site is unlikely to be profitable in the short term, Tumblr still hosts over 450 million blogs, meaning it remains one of the web's largest such sites.

“Tumblr is a marquee brand that has started movements, allowed for true identities to blossom and become home to many creative communities and fandoms,” Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan said. 

“We are proud of what the team has accomplished and are happy to have found the perfect partner in Automattic, whose expertise and track record will unlock new and exciting possibilities for Tumblr and its users.”

Verizon had been keen to sell on Tumblr for some time, but adult site Pornhub had been the only declared bidder until Automattic showed its interest. Ironically, Tumblr suffered a major backlash last year after Verizon announced it would be banning adult content from the site, leading many users to boycott the site.

Automattic says it has no plans to reverse this ban, and that Tumblr will act as a "complementary" site to WordPress.

Automattic will take on Tumblr's 200-odd employee workforce under the deal. The company say it currently employs 940 staff across 71 countries, with WooCommerce, Jetpack, Simplenote and Longreads among its other entities.


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100GB of data and affordable pricing - good luck beating this iPhone XS deal

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:25

Who said a big data iPhone deal has to cost you a small bank loan and remortgaging your family home - we've tracked down an iPhone XS contract offering a crazy amount of data at an affordable price tag.

Okay, we said affordable but that needs clarification - affordable for an iPhone XS. Coming in at £52 a month, this falls on the pricier side of phone contracts. But when it comes to iPhone XS deals, this is actually one of the cheapest offers we've seen.

And, as if affordable pricing wasn't enough, this offer from Three then also throws in a massive 100GB of data each month for all of your streaming, social media and general internet needs. That's on top of the network's usual Advanced Plan perks like roaming in 71 destinations worldwide and access to Three's Wuntu app for weekly offers and the odd free coffee. 

We've listed this stellar iPhone XS deal down below so you can see it in full for yourself. Or, if it doesn't quite match what you need from a phone, consult our mobile phone deals guide for everything else.

This big data iPhone XS deal in full: So what's so good about the iPhone XS?

There is a good reason for the iPhone XS's lofty price. Extremely powerful and full of features, it's clearly one of the best phones on the market right now, even with competition from the far newer Galaxy S10 deals and Huawei P30 Pro deals

Across the device, everything feels premium. Apple's near infinity OLED display with smart HDR looks stunning and its 2658mAh battery is a vast improvement on previous options. Although it hasn't been hugely improved on from the previous model it's about as high-end a phone as you can get right now and especially for this price. 

Read our full iPhone XS review.

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Snapchat Spectacles 3 let you film first-person 3D videos

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 09:00

The newly announced Snapchat Spectacles 3 now feature two cameras for the first time, and it’s all designed to allow you to create 3D video that can interpret the depth of your environment.

Two HD cameras sit on either side of the front of the glasses, and these are designed to capture depth in the images and video you’re filming directly from your face.

You can then upload the video to your Snapchat and apply a variety of 3D effects directly from your phone within the app. It works in a similar way to existing Snapchat Filters that you apply using the app, but these allow you to create 3D effects in your video.

Examples we've seen include an effect that allows confetti to fall in real time around you, or for a bird to appear in the environment and follow you around as you’re filming. 

An example of one of the exclusive Snapchat Spectacles 3 filters.

You can also make 3D photos using the cameras too allowing you to create short GIFs that simulate depth. As with previous versions of Spectacles, if you don’t want to share it on Snapchat you can export the file and then upload it to other social media services.

A spokesperson for Snap, the company behind Spectacles 3, told TechRadar, "Similar to the lens carousel that you currently see within Snapchat where you can scroll through different lenses, we’ll be rolling out new creative on a regular cadence that will interact with spectacles content with that depth. 

"We’ll also have a suite of content tools that we’ll be regularly updating enabling and empowering people to create their own."

None of this is visible through the lenses of the glasses though. Those are standard tinted lenses that are ANSI Z80.3 rated, so they’ll protect your eyes from the sun's rays, but they won’t display augmented reality content like you may expect on something like Google Glass.

A twist on AR

The glasses are designed to be a fashionable device that you can wear day-to-day as well as suited to those who want technology on their face. When you’re recording, one of the cameras will have a white circle of lights blink around it to notify those around you that they’re being filmed.

There are four microphones to pick up audio when you’re filming video, and the glasses comes with 4GB of storage on board. According to Snap, that’ll allow for around 100 videos or 1200 photos onboard before it'll have to connect to your phone.

Both photos and video from the glasses are circular, and the cameras supply a resolution of 1642 x 1642 for photographs. Videos are filmed at 60 frames per second with a resolution of 1216 x 1216.

In terms of battery, the glasses will be able to record around 70 videos before needing a recharge. Snap has thought of that though and it comes with a charging case that allows you to pump it up with more battery quickly and easily.

Snap says the charging case will recharge the device four times over. One thing to note is that Snap is only offering a leather charging case, so this isn’t set to be the most vegan friendly option for everyone out there.

The glasses come in two different variants called Carbon (that’s black) and Mineral (that’s a pale pink color) but the design is the same for both.

A Snap spokesperson told TechRadar, "This is a limited edition, exclusive product. It’s targeted toward people who are fashion-forward, technology focused and interested in innovation. 

"It’s for people who want to be creative and celebrate self expression. We see these (3D) effects as powerful, and it allows us to create content that no-one else can really do."

The glasses are set to launch later this year, although we don't currently know when you'll be able to buy them.

You’re able to pre-order them now in the UK and US, but these are significantly more expensive than previous versions of Snap’s glasses at $380 / £330 (about AU$590). We've yet to learn if the glasses will be coming to Australia, and we'll update this piece with more information once we have it.

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How Supermassive Games' Man of Medan is harnessing the power of social gaming

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 08:52

Multiplayer modes have become a prerequisite for many game developers. In an increasingly saturated market, co-op and online components can boost a title’s longevity and retain gamers’ interest long after release.

Supermassive Games’ Man of Medan, the first entry in the studio’s ambitious Dark Pictures Anthology series, isn't any different in that respect. The inspiration behind the British studio’s decision to introduce multiplayer to Man of Medan and its fellow anthology games, however, is.

“It rose out of how we saw people playing Until Dawn,” creative director Tom Heaton tells TechRadar. “People played it in a highly social way, and we saw people on Twitch and Youtube playing it together, talking about it – what they’d do in specific situations – and arguing about choices that had to be made.”

Developed as a single-player game, Until Dawn’s social gaming success took Supermassive by surprise. The survival horror title became an online hit as interactive watch parties - where the audiences of YouTubers and Twitch streamers voted on what decisions should be made - became increasingly common in the weeks after its release. 

Pass-the-controller type gatherings also emerged and added a pseudo-competitive edge to the game that Supermassive hadn’t envisaged. These couch co-op affairs saw people control one character each, make their choices without input from their friends or family, and live or die by those actions.

Embracing multiplayer

Man of Medan is out on August 30.

With Until Dawn proving that there was an untapped market for interactive horror titles, especially from a social perspective, multiplayer became a key cornerstone of Man of Medan’s development from the get go.

“Multiplayer has always been part of the design of The Dark Pictures, and Man of Medan, so it’s been there right from the start,” Heaton explains. “We realized – and what we developed – was a very social experience, so multiplayer was a development of that. It was ‘how can we expand this social experience?’ and we came up with two ways.”

Shared Story and Movie Night, Man of Medan’s multiplayer modes, offer different gameplay experiences. Movie Night is a carbon copy of the pass-the-controller parties that Until Dawn spawned, and allows up to five players - Man of Medan’s cast acts as the limit on this - to play through the story together.

“We wanted to do what players were always doing in getting together on the sofa, playing co-op and each taking control of one character and kind of making a party out of it,” Heaton reveals. “That’s Movie Night mode, and it’s an enhancement of that where you can put in your player name and assign players. The game will prompt you when to change controller and it’ll give out awards for how well everyone is doing.”

“We wanted to do what players were always doing in getting together on the sofa, playing co-op and each taking control of one character and kind of making a party out of it.”

Tom Heaton - Creative Director

If Movie Night contains the hallmarks of offline co-op, Shared Story is your typical online co-op option. Shared Story sees you and a friend control separate characters, either in the same or different scenarios, that occur simultaneously. Allowing two players to impact the story with their choices, particularly with Man of Medan’s branching narrative being much bigger than Until Dawn’s, initially posed problems for Supermassive and forced them to rework their developmental process.

“We weren’t even sure if it was possible actually,” Heaton reveals. “We put a small team on building a prototype of a two player game – in the style we make – and it simply meant you could wander around a room and then have a conversation between the two of you. But, even that tiny experience, was so compelling – even sceptical people were playing and going ‘okay, I get this’ – that we decided to go for it and that’s when we decided to make it a key part of The Dark Pictures Anthology.”

Introducing two new modes might have some gamers fearing, like other multiplayer titles, that Man of Medan’s achievements and trophies are divided up to force them to play every game type. As Heaton explains, though, every award and unlockable piece of content will be obtainable no matter which mode you choose.

“We think the replayability is very big and it’s the most branching game that we’ve ever done,” Heaton says. “It’s up to players which mode they want to play in. Some people are very passionate about single-player, and they can get the whole experience playing on their own. 

"Some people will want to play co-op and that’s a perfectly valid way of playing it first time out. Some will want to host a party – also great – so it’s the same core story and characters, but it will be different every time because of the branching. Every time you do something the game branches and you’ll get a different experience.”

Entry to entertainment

Until Dawn didn't have multiplayer mode - but that didn't stop players from playing together. 

As interactive fiction becomes more mainstream, due to the popularity of productions like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Supermassive are well placed to lead this genre’s gaming charge. Man of Medan’s combination of intriguing narrative, cinematic feel, and social gaming mechanics is pushing the boundaries about how games are made, and Heaton believes that universal human experiences are behind the growth of this genre.

“We’ve always been about delivering really great quality but also innovation – that’s one of our key words,” Heaton states. “We’re constantly pushing it to see what can be done and seeing how far we can take things. 

"We’ve reached a level in the tech where we can get almost cinematic quality – if you’ve got the knowledge about how to do that – so it’s accessible to an audience who are familiar with horror movies or who have watched horror on TV. 

"And I think that streaming and social media help. You can talk about it, and these games are dealing with very human emotions and characters that people can relate to, so they can have a conversation about them.”

"We’ve reached a level in the tech where we can get almost cinematic quality – if you’ve got the knowledge about how to do that – so it’s accessible to an audience who are familiar with horror movies or who have watched horror on TV."

Tom Heaton - Creative Director

Until Dawn’s accessibility enabled non-gamers to dabble in, or even become long-time fans of, games. Man of Medan’s multiplayer focus, then, can offer a more obvious gaming entry point to people who are familiar with horror movies or shared experiences. 

Supermassive hopes that Man of Medan can be just as influential in introducing more people to games but, above all, simply wants to spark entertaining conversation among groups of people about the good, the bad, and the downright crazy decisions they’ll make in-game.

“We created a fanbase with Until Dawn and we’ve got very passionate fans,” Heaton says. “I hope they enjoy it and really hope it brings new players in. We know from previous games we’ve made that people talk about playing our games with their girlfriend, boyfriend or partner – who they don’t normally play games with – who were able to enjoy this experience because it’s an experience that they are familiar with.

"So we’re incredibly excited that it’s launching soon, and we can’t wait to see people play and talk about it.”

The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan will release on Xbox One, PS4 and Pc on August 30, 2019.

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MPs call for ban on hands-free phone use

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 08:15

MPs have called for hands-free mobile use to be banned in England and Wales, arguing that it distracts drivers and causes accidents.

The use of a handheld mobile phone while in control of a vehicle was outlawed in 2003 and applies even when stationary. However the use of hands free headsets and speakers is permitted, while many cars boast in-built capabilities.

The Commons Transport Select Committee said that the use of any mobile phone – whether handheld or not – was unsafe as the risks resulted from the cognitive distraction of the device rather than the physical act of holding a phone.

Hands free phone

Although some might argue that listening to a radio or a conversation with a passenger is also a distraction, experts told the committee that there was a “hierarchy” of distractions. The use of a mobile phone is near the top as it requires drivers to respond, limiting the cognitive capability of the brain and the visual perception required to respond to hazards.

“Being at the UK legal limit for alcohol blood level is essentially the same amount of distraction, if not slightly less, than having a hands-free call,” Dr Shaun Helman told the committee, which was also told that drivers using a phone of any sort were four times more likely to be involved in a collision.

A public consultation on the proposal will be published at the end of 2019 and the implications for both users who rely on their devices while driving and the industry would be significant if the rules were to change.

Both Apple and Google have targeted drivers with in-car capabilities, with many manufacturers supporting iOS CarPlay and Android Auto. Both platforms allow users to link their smartphones to their car so they can access media applications, use navigation services, and make hands-free calls.

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You can now track quality-of-life updates and bug fixes coming to Apex Legends

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:55

Apex Legends has a lot of big changes coming up. Between a rumored new character and upcoming solo mode, Respawn Entertainment is busy rolling out new content left, right and center.

But if you're more interested in Apex Legends' upcoming bug fixes and quality-of-life improvements, then you'll be happy to know that the development team now has a public Trello board which allows players to keep track of smaller improvements that are on the way.

As spotted by Eurogamer, the 'Apex Tracker' details a bunch of fan-requested changes that are on the way, including bug fixes and improvements to aspects such as UI, networking and quality-of-life features.

This handy tracker also lays out the latest news, patches and game updates, as well as useful links for players. However, don't expect to see any of the super-secret stuff the developer is working on.

"Our goal with the dev tracker is [to] provide players with more visibility into some of the bigger community issues that we've seen reported and [are] working on," Respawn Entertainment writes in the Trello description. "Note that this board doesn't account for ALL the things we're tracking.

"We'll be updating the cards here at least once a week and will include a link to the board when we do dev updates."

Upcoming features

So what new features can we expect in the future? Well, according to the tracker, we'll be seeing quality-of-life features such as auto sprint for consoles, showing  XP and star challenge progress in match summaries, a better Battle Pass progression on match summaries, and the ability to switch from localized voiceovers to English. 

In terms of general bug fixes, the team is also working on fixing instances where players lose ranked points when a server crashes, challenges don't track and spamming heal results in the animation being cancelled.

There are plenty more small updates on the board too, so make sure to check it out. It's worth noting, however, that when these fixes and features will be implemented is not specified. But it's always good to see that Respawn is taking community feedback on board.

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Save £120 on Virgin Media's all-singing all-dancing broadband and TV deal

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:54

Have you ever wished your internet was faster? That you had access to more channels? Or even that your internet package had a name you can't quite bring yourself to say in casual conversation? Well, Virgin's 'Ultimate Oomph Bundle' is here to answer those requests, currently at a heavily reduced price to make it one of the UK's current best broadband deals.

With a £10 a month discount Virgin is going big on this offer, dropping the price of its biggest and best package. That means you're now paying a price of £89 each month for this broadband and TV deal.

While we're fully aware that this by no means sounds cheap, you are getting (and you'll need to hold your breath for this one) over 270 channels including Sky Sports HD, BT Sport 4K and Sky Cinema HD, unbelievably fast speeds averaging 516Mb, anytime calls and an unlimited data SIM only deal.

For a bit of context, that's internet that is roughly 7x faster than both BT and Sky's fastest speeds, a SIMO that most retailers charge £25 a month for and a tonne of HD channels that all usually carry a pretty high cost. Not to mention two Virgin V6 boxes to let you pause, rewind and record TV.

So if you're ready to get that 'ultimate oomph' to your internet (yep, we swear that's what its called), then scroll down to find out more about this offer below. Or, if its just too much money, check out our guide to the best broadband and TV deals.

Virgin's broadband and TV deal in full: What do I get with Virgin's Ultimate Oomph Bundle?

With this package you're getting a few different features: broadband, a phone line, TV and a SIM only deal:

Broadband: Virgin's Ultimate Oomph Bundle comes packed with a colossal average download speed of 516Mb. That makes this one of the fastest packages around. Considering most fibre packages offer speeds around the 35-50Mb range, this package will have you downloaded games and large HD films in seconds and blazing through most activities.

Phone: This bundle comes with Virgin's 'Talk More Anytime' option. That means inclusive calls at anytime, any day to UK landlines and mobiles as well as 0845 and 0870 numbers.

TV: You're getting over 270 channels including Sky Sports HD, Sky Cinema HD and BT Sports 4K(so that's a LOT of Premier League live stream action) . On top of that, there is a collection of box sets and the ability to pause, rewind and record live TV in two different rooms.
SIM only deal: Alongside all of the stuff above, Virgin is throwing in a unlimited data SIM with the ability to roam in 43 different destinations.

Sound like your kind of bundle? Then head to sign up for the deal online here, or call 0800-049-2102 to chat it through with somebody first.

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What happens when you record a burnout with a 2019 Chevy Corvette GS

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:31

We might need to get used to pervasive video recordings of cars. If you live in the UK, you already know how this works from a surveillance standpoint, and in Russia people record constantly with dashcams.

Yet, in the near future, cars everywhere will record every commute and every family vacation and store the footage in the cloud; cities will record every traffic incident and use the video evidence for more than just handing out traffic tickets. Cameras will be mounted along the road as they are now, but also inside the car pointed in all directions, including one that records whether you were actually paying attention. How nice.

The reason is that over the next 20-30 years, cars will start driving on their own, sometimes without anyone in the vehicle. You might decide to send that 2035 Audi A3 to pick up the kids across town, and someone will want to know whether it actually does the job correctly (by 'someone' I mean the insurance company). We’ll need constant video recordings.

Fortunately, there’s a taste of how that might work in the 2019 Chevy Corvette GS I tested recently. It isn't cloud-based, and the 'performance data recorder' has been around a while. Yet, I used the video recorder for an entire week, capturing mundane trips to my local grocery store, curvy roads where the suspension had to work overtime, and of course the typical burn-out to see how quickly this Corvette can launch itself up to an acceptable posted speed.

Ready for your close-up?

Before using the video recorder, I had to insert an SD card in a slot tucked away in the glove box. The interface for the recorder is simple and intuitive. You press one button to start recording. You can use an overlay on your recording that shows stats like your speed, RPM, and G-force; a more limited overlay that shows speed and not much else, or select an option not to use an overlay at all.

The recording quality isn't fantastic, but it’s cool to see the finished product. There were times when I anticipated a curvy road or an opportunity to speed up to a new posted speed (say, going from only 30mph up to 60mph) and hit 'Record'.

At my computer, I pulled up the videos and started posting a few on Facebook. I could see someone could spend a day at the track comparing the results from the video recorder. However, I kept thinking of how this technology could expand.

One idea is to automate the recordings. When the conditions are perfect for a quick start at a stop sign to highway speeds, the data recorder could start recording no matter what. (This is similar to what some dashcams can do today.)

I like how the camera is mounted in the front grill of the Corvette and all settings are in the main center console display, though. Of course, the videos should be saved to the cloud, but in the future I’d even like to see some AI that analyzes your best time and posts the video to your social media feeds.

Beyond that, video recorders in the front, sides, and back of the vehicle could help you monitor and record your surroundings at all times. That’s good peace of mind for a car that costs $65,900 (about £54,500, AU$97,300), especially if you can record an incident and use the results for an insurance claim.

I like the entertainment aspects, and I’m leery of the 'overlord' scenario where cities know what we’re doing at all times, but I can also see the advantage of video proof triggered automatically without much intervention from the driver. When there is no driver, it will be required.

On The Road is TechRadar's regular look at the futuristic tech in today's hottest cars. John Brandon, a journalist who's been writing about cars for 12 years, puts a new car and its cutting-edge tech through the paces every week. One goal: To find out which new technologies will lead us to fully self-driving cars.

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Exclusive: An upgraded Oppo Reno with quad cameras may come to India soon

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:30

A new Oppo Reno device is headed our way and should be launching in August or September. It seems to be an upgraded version of the Oppo Reno (not to be confused with the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom Edition).

Based on an exclusive tip received from Ishan Agarwal this new smartphone will be called either the Reno A or Reno 2 and has the model number CPH1907. 

It will retain the iconic 'Sharkfin' pop-up front camera and will come in an Ocean Green finish, just like the regular Oppo Reno. The design has always been a strong point of the Reno series, and this upcoming handset should continue the heritage. 

 Oppo Reno A specifications 

Internal specifications are similar too, with a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The most significant change will be the presence of a quad-camera setup on the back. There’s no word about the specifics of the cameras, but we expect them to be a set of a primary, an ultrawide shooter, a non-periscopic telephoto lens and probably a depth sensor or macro camera. 

The front camera is said to remain in the wedge-shaped mechanism that will pop up from the top edge.

The other key difference comes with the display, as this Oppo Reno will have a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution. It could also feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. Other hardware specifications include a 4,065 mAh battery, and VOOC Charging is also expected to be available. 

Pricing and Availability

Agarwal has not shared any details about the pricing of the upcoming Oppo Reno, but it will likely be higher than the original Reno which is priced at Rs 32,990 in India. 

The device is apparently set to go official in late August or September, although Oppo is yet to announce the launch of this phone officially.

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Dell XPS 13 gets £140 knocked off just in time for Back to School

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 07:18

Dell’s XPS 13 is a superb notebook which, at the time of writing, tops our list of the best laptops out there, and you can now grab it for £140 less armed with the appropriate discount code.

The XPS 13 is ideal for those wanting a premium model when it comes to a Back to School laptop, or indeed for anyone looking to score a bargain on a classy portable.

The 2019 incarnation of Dell’s 13.3-inch laptop only makes creeping advancements on the previous version, but what you have to bear in mind is that it was already a great product. The fresh spin does make some very worthwhile improvements in terms of battery life and the positioning of the webcam, as we observed in our full review.

If you fancy bagging the Dell XPS 13 with 15% off, bear in mind that this offer runs until September 2 according to the Dell website. Alternatively, if you prefer an Apple notebook as a premium option, don’t forget this amazing bargain on a MacBook Air which currently has a near £370 discount…

Finally, those heading back to school might also want to peruse our roundup of the best student laptops.

Via T3

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UK may reconsider Huawei ban

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:49

Britain will rethink the future role of Huawei in its telecoms infrastructure, a leading US politician has said.

US national security adviser John Bolton, who is visiting the UK in a trade capacity, has said British officials had told him that they planned to revisit the issue following the appointment of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

Huawei has long been excluded from US mobile and broadband networks on national security grounds and Washington is urging its allies to follow suit.

UK Huawei

“They were very concerned about not having any compromise in security of telecommunications in the 5G space,” Bolton is quoted as saying by the Financial Times. “What they said was ‘we would like to review this and be very sure about our decision and we too are concerned about the security of our 5G telecommunications network’.”

The Chinese vendor has denied all allegations of wrongdoing and the US has provided no evidence to support its claims. Nonetheless, the US has persisted with its calls for Huawei to banned in the other nations.

The UK has been conducting its own review of Huawei and a conclusion had been expected earlier this year. Leaks suggested Huawei would be banned from core network infrastructure but not the radio element of 5G networks – effectively maintaining the status quo.

All four major UK networks are Huawei customers and there is no desire for any ban as they believe such action would reduce innovation and increase prices.

However when a wider review of the UK telecom sector’s supply chain was finally published last month, a final decision was omitted.

Since then, Boris Johnson has replaced Theresa May as Prime Minister and is understood to be more favourable to many of US President Donald Trump’s views and policies.

The role of Huawei in the UK could impact trade discussions between the US and UK after Brexit and also intelligence sharing. A number of US officials have said that the latter could be limited if Huawei equipment was continued to be used in the UK.

Via FT

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Samsung Galaxy A10 is about to receive a newer, better sibling

Latest Tech News - Tue, 08/13/2019 - 06:19

At the lowest end of Samsung's Galaxy A range of budget smartphones is the Galaxy A10, with only a single camera and all the trappings of an affordable device, but Samsung has now unveiled a 'pro' version in the form of the Samsung Galaxy A10s.

Shown off by Samsung in a post on its Newsroom, the Galaxy A10s builds on many of the specs of the base Galaxy A10, and in fact seems incredibly similar to the Galaxy A20, which has also seen letter variants including the A20e.

The Samsung Galaxy A10 comes with only one rear camera – it's the only phone in the current A range to do so. The Galaxy A10s though adds a 2MP depth sensor to the A10's 13MP main camera, which should be useful for portrait shots in order to add appropriate background blur.

Another powerful upgrade is the battery capacity, which sits at 4,000mAh in the Galaxy A10s as opposed to 3,400mAh in the A10, so you're getting a lot more power, which should see you through many more hours.

One other new addition to the phone is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, which the basic A10 doesn't have. That should make turning on the handset that much easier.

The rest of the A10s's specs are virtually identical to the A10 – there's a 6.2-inch display, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, and an 8MP front camera (up from 5MP on the A10). The device is a tiny bit longer, and its chin is a little bit thicker than the A10, but other than that the design is the same.

At the moment we've got no word on release date or pricing information, so we've asked Samsung if it can provide us with any extra details and will update this article when we hear back.

The 2019 Galaxy A range is quickly becoming very cluttered – the A10 previously sat in the super-low-budget niche, having only one camera and no fingerprint scanner, but the A10s is very similar to the A20, which in turn wasn't massively different from the A30 and even A50, with each step up representing a small spec upgrade here and there.

With the arrival of lettered variants to each model, it could soon become rather confusing trying to work out which Galaxy A phone is best for you.

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