onlinenews https://onlinenews.tech Android News & Tech News Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:37:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://onlinenews.tech/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cropped-android-chrome-512x512-1-32x32.png onlinenews https://onlinenews.tech 32 32 "Project B" Rollable Smartphone Could Come From LG In Early 2021 https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/project-b-rollable-smartphone-lg-early-2021.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:37:55 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887061 LG is looking beyond folding handsets and toward a future filled with rollable smartphones with a device codenamed "Project B," according to reports stemming from its home region. More specifically, LG is looking at introducing a device in 'early 2021' that will feature a rollable display panel. As might be expected from that, the South [...]

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LG is looking beyond folding handsets and toward a future filled with rollable smartphones with a device codenamed "Project B," according to reports stemming from its home region. More specifically, LG is looking at introducing a device in 'early 2021' that will feature a rollable display panel.

As might be expected from that, the South Korean tech giant has allegedly already started work on a prototype. And, if reports are accurate, its design will center around displays that roll out from the sides of the gadget. That will be built using Flexible OLED panels reportedly put together by China's BOE.

So what will Project B from LG actually be?

Now, LG is no stranger to devices with rollable display panels and has published patents well ahead of Project B showcasing that fact. Among the more intriguing patents published, at least one has been a smartphone that rolls up into a small cylinder when not in use. But it has also patented more practical designs that combine folding mechanisms and rolling displays. For instance, one design showed a display that folds out. Then it extends on a rolling mechanism.

The latter patent would seem to be more practical since it still allows room for traditional internal components. But it's not immediately clear whether that's the plan for Project B. In fact, the company already has other technology on the market that could have feasibly paved the way for more radical design.

Of course, that's the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R. The smart TV is housed in a short, long box. When activated, it rolls out a display through a slot at the top. The box remains below, housing components, speakers, and other aspects of the television. But when put away, it takes up a comparatively tiny amount of space.

That would, in theory, make for a compelling design if implemented in a smartphone. And that's not out of the question either, if LG has somehow managed to scale back the design to work with smartphone components. The company will also need to make fairly extensive considerations for software and presentation. But those are areas that it will almost certainly be able to get help from Google if the rumor pans out.

Rollable phones seem inevitable at this point

LG plans to introduce two other novel smartphones too, reports indicate. But it remains unclear what exactly sets the others apart. One is noted as being a "horizontal" device launching in the second half of this year. LG has given that the codename "Wing."

The second device is said to be codenamed "Rainbow." LG is prepping for launch in the first half of 2021 for that device.

Either of those devices could also feature rollable characteristics. LG's plan here seems to be to step ahead of the game. Rollable smartphones are undoubtedly on the radar for a number of other companies too but, for the time being, folders seem to be the trend. At least for now.

If LG can make a move ahead of its competitors, it may be able to accomplish success similar to Samsung's. Or at least Samsung's foldable devices.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip are largely regarded as landmark devices. Each also has a second iteration this year. Whereas several companies are looking forward to rollable smartphones with patents, LG may be the first to launch a full-fledged flagship in the category. That would essentially be staking a claim in unclaimed territory.

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Google, Amazon, Facebook & Apple To Testify At House Antitrust Hearing https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/google-amazon-facebook-apple-testify-house-antitrust-hearing.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 18:26:38 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887048 Senior executives from Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple will each testify at a House antitrust hearing later this month. That's according to reports citing a Twitter tweet from Recode co-founder Kara Swisher. The potentially historic hearing marks the first time the CEOs of each company will appear to testify at a single House Judiciary hearing. [...]

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Senior executives from Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple will each testify at a House antitrust hearing later this month. That's according to reports citing a Twitter tweet from Recode co-founder Kara Swisher. The potentially historic hearing marks the first time the CEOs of each company will appear to testify at a single House Judiciary hearing.

Each of the companies' decisions to attend the hearing was reportedly conditional, with one exception. More directly, each company — except Apple — agreed to attend only if the others were able to make it happen. And Apple CEO Tim Cook was reportedly the last to confirm his attendance.

The hearing, confirmed in an interview with US Congressional Representative David Cicilline, will include Mr. Cook, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, and Google's Sundar Pichai.

What is this House antitrust hearing about?

The hearing serves as the final push by lawmakers in an ongoing investigation into the four companies. The investigation centers on antitrust laws. For clarity, those laws are set in place in a bid to prevent any single company from becoming too powerful. They are intended to promote vigorous competition and prevent anti-competitive practices.

Each of the four companies in question has become a hotbed of questions regarding how big they've become. Each has, for example, business dealings as web companies. But each also has real-world physical products across a plethora of categories in the technology market.

According to Representative Cicilline, it has become "clear" that the markets these companies participate in are "not functioning properly" on the competitive front. So the goal of this probe into the companies is to examine the circumstance more closely. With the potential of formulating new antitrust rules for the modern technology industry.

Summarily, the committee overseeing the hearing hopes to gain a better understanding of the situation, in order to formulate legislative proposals to reform and regulate the digital market. The hearing marks the final step in that probe. This will be an opportunity for the CEOs to provide the requisite insight into their respective markets. And for legislators to determine whether or not the companies are doing enough to keep everything above board.

When is this hearing happening?

After the hearing, the lawmakers will be settling in to review and compile their results. It's currently expected to happen in the last week of July. But not every CEO will necessarily appear in person. Instead, they may need to attend virtually due to still-rising figures in the global pandemic – particularly in the US.

In the meantime, this will not mark the end of trouble for any of the four companies in question. Each is also currently under investigation by the FTC and Justice Department. The former agency is investigating Amazon and Facebook. While the latter is investigating Google and Apple.

That investigation was kicked off around the same time as the probe by the House Judiciary Committee. And, unlike the hearing, could potentially result in more direct real-world consequences when it's finalized. The hearing, by contrast, is likely to result in new regulation and rules but not in any fines, fees, or punitive actions.

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Facebook & Instagram Want To Make Sure We're All Wearing Face Masks https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/facebook-instagram-wear-face-masks-notification Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:52:41 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887072 Facebook and Instagram are going to start reminding everyone to wear face masks or coverings. By adding a reminder at the top of the news feeds in both apps. There's going to be a big card right at the top of the news feed telling everyone to wear a cloth face mask to help prevent [...]

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Facebook and Instagram are going to start reminding everyone to wear face masks or coverings. By adding a reminder at the top of the news feeds in both apps.

There's going to be a big card right at the top of the news feed telling everyone to wear a cloth face mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. And it will have a link to the info center as well as the CDC's website. So that users can get the latest information right from the source that should be the most trusted.

Why is Facebook and Instagram doing this now?

Facebook says that it is making this change to its app and Instagram due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the US. Yesterday alone, the US saw 50,000 new cases of the disease. More than the US has ever seen in a single day. As of Thursday, the US has over 2.7 million cases of the virus, and over 128,000 people have died.

So Facebook and Instagram are looking to do their part and encouraging everyone to wear face masks when they are out in public. This way the government isn't forced to put everyone into lockdown once again. Which is already starting to happen in some states.

The CDC recommends that everyone wear masks in public not to prevent yourself from getting the virus, but to prevent you spreading the virus. You see, with COVID-19, the big issue is that many are asymptomatic. Which means that they can be spreading the virus without even knowing that they have the virus. Wearing a face mask will help prevent that from happening and flatten the curve.

The prompts to wear face masks will start appearing in the Facebook and Instagram apps later today, according to the company.

Facebook has struggled with Coronavirus misinformation

To no one's surprise, Facebook has struggled to contain misinformation about the virus. This isn't just about the virus either, Facebook has had a misinformation, or fake news problem for a few years now, and it's only getting worse, it seems.

Recently, Facebook has added some new features to help combat the flood of misinformation being spread around on Facebook. This includes a way to inform people that they may have engaged with a post that included false information. Almost like a real-time Snopes alert for anything that you've read on Facebook. It's rather impressive, when it actually works.

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Save Big On Laptops, Desktops & More In The Dell Cyber Savings Sale https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/dell-cyber-savings-sale Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:43:39 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887067 Dell has kicked off its Cyber Savings Sale, where you can save big on a new laptop, desktop, monitors and so much more. Making it a great time to upgrade your setup. If you're looking for a good, and rather inexpensive laptop, then this is the sale to take advantage of. The Dell Cyber Savings [...]

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Dell has kicked off its Cyber Savings Sale, where you can save big on a new laptop, desktop, monitors and so much more. Making it a great time to upgrade your setup.

If you're looking for a good, and rather inexpensive laptop, then this is the sale to take advantage of. The Dell Cyber Savings Sale offers the Inspiron 15 5000 laptop on sale for just $519. That includes a 15-inch display, the AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile processor, AMD Radeon graphics, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. If you need something a bit cheaper the Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop is also on sale, for just $440. With this model, you're getting the AMD Ryzen 5 Mobile processor as well, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage. But the main difference is integrated graphics with AMD APU here.

If you need something a bit more powerful, the XPS 15 Laptop is on sale for $980. Which is powered by a ninth-generation Intel Core i5 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. It also integrated graphics with the Intel UHD Graphics 630. It sports a 15.6-inch nearly bezel-less display as well.

Those looking for something a bit smaller and lighter weight, the XPS 13 laptop is also on sale for just $1372. This one is more powerful too, sporting a tenth-generation Intel Core i7 chipset, 16GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. It still has integrated graphics with Intel Iris Plus graphics included. It sports a 13.4-inch FHD+ touch display as well.

The Alienware Aurora A8 desktop gaming PC is also on sale for just $979 in this sale. Which is powered by a ninth-generation Intel Core i5 chipset, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for graphics, along with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage.

These are just some of the very many laptops and other products that are on sale in this Dell Cyber Savings Sale that is going on right now. You can shop the entire sale by clicking here. This sale is only valid through the weekend, so you'd better grab what you want, before it's over.

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Top 9 Best Resume Builder Android Apps – 2020 https://onlinenews.tech/2020/06/best-resume-builder-android-apps.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:33:35 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886562 Many people lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting a new job in these times can be quite challenging, needless to say, so having the right approach is quite important. We've recently published our list of best job finding apps, in order to help out. Well, in addition to that, we've also decided [...]

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Many people lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting a new job in these times can be quite challenging, needless to say, so having the right approach is quite important. We've recently published our list of best job finding apps, in order to help out. Well, in addition to that, we've also decided to look up resume builder Android apps.

Setting up a good resume / CV is extremely important when it comes to finding a job. Luckily, there are a ton of ways to do it, and it's important to be original as well. In the list down below, you'll find a wide variety of applications to check out. Some of them are not exactly resume builder apps, per se, but they can definitely become one if used properly.

These are only our favorite picks for such purpose, of course. There are tons of additional apps available in the Play Store that you can look up. In this list, you'll find our picks listed, along with a description of every app, and some additional information, such as the cost, required Android version, and so on.

Top 9 best resume builder Android apps 2020

Below is a quick overview of the top 9 best resume builder Android apps for 2020, including any download and in-app purchase costs.

Download Cost In-app cost (per item)
Microsoft Word $1.3-$12.6
CV Engineer $3.7-$8.7
Canva $1.33-$96
Resume Builder
Free resume maker $1-$121.4
Resumaker
Google Slides
LinkedIn
CV Maker $1.33-$41.3

Top 9 best resume builder Android apps 2020 downloads

Below is a little more information on each app, a suggestion for the type of user the app is best suited to, and a direct link for easy downloading.

All download links go to the app's Google Play Store listing. Users are always recommended to download apps from Google Play or an authorized app store.

Best resume builder Android app for most users

Microsoft Word app image June 2020

Microsoft Word

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 6.0

The first app we listed may surprise you. Why? Well, it's Microsoft Word, not the first app most people think of when building a resume. Microsoft Word can be an extremely powerful tool, though. If you already have a Microsoft Office subscription, which many people do, why not take advantage of it.

This app comes with a really nice UI, and good layout tools. The most important thing, it offers dozens of nice templates that you can use and adapt to what you need. You can combine various elements in Microsoft word, from words and tables, to images and even shapes.

With a little bit of imagination, you can use Microsoft Word to create a really unique resume, and make employees take notice. Simply take a done layout, and adapt it the way you like it. You can always start from scratch as well, if you want, it's a longer road, but a more satisfying one.

Download Microsoft Word

Best Android app for quick and simple resume building

CV Engineer app image June 2020

CV Engineer

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 5.0+

CV Engineer is a great app focused on one thing, helping you build your resume / CV. This app can actually help you do that really fast. Do note that the layouts you find here probably won't blow you away, but they're really simple to assemble. Most important of all, all the required information will be included in them, so you don't have to worry about that.

CV Engineer will lead you one step at a time towards your resume. It will ask you for one information at a time, so you'll basically be filling out a form. You'll be required to include your skills, interests, education, etc. In case you're ever in doubt as to what to write, CV Engineer is here to help, as it will literally guide you through the process, giving you tips along the way.

After you're done putting everything together, you can save your resume. There are several ways to do it, you send it via an email, or save it directly to your Google Drive account. The most interesting part about this app is… you can use it for free, but if you land a job, you're pushed to make a donation to the developer.

Download CV Engineer

Best Android app for visually striking resumes

Canva

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 4.1+

Canva is probably the last app from this list that you'd think of when it comes to resumes. This is an app for graphic design, making collages, and making logos, essentially. So, how is this supposed to help you make a great resume? Well, as already mentioned, this is a graphic design app, so you can create some awesome-looking resumes.

The best thing is, this app is quite friendly towards new users. You don't really have to be a graphic designer to use it like a pro, not at all. The UI is really friendly, and the app has a ton of templates to choose from. Not all of those templates are free, truth be said, but there are quite a few free ones that you can take advantage of.

You can start building your resume from scratch, or use an already finished design, and adapt it. You can add images, text, and even videos, if you want. Do note that not all employees prefer videos, and similar content, so be careful what you use. There are tons of tools / options in this app, so browse around before you start building your resume.

Download Canva

Best resume builder Android app for template selection

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Resume Builder

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 5.0+

Resume Builder is an app by Intelligent CV, and one of the best-rated resume / CV apps in the Play Store. There's a good reason for that, by the way. This app comes with a great-looking UI, and it's really easy to use. The app also comes with a ton of templates for building resumes / CVs, over 100 of them.

You can change the color, text formatting, and page size settings for those templates, before you even start going into details. This app will also guide you one step at a time, as it will provide you resume examples. Curriculum vitae formatting options are also included in this app.

Once you're done assembling your resume, you can download it in PDF format. You can also print or share your resume directly from the app, if you want. Resume Builder is definitely an app worth checking out.

Download Resume Builder

Best Android app for guided resume building

Free resume maker

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 5.0+

Free resume maker is yet another great option for guided resume-building. There are over 50 resume templates included in this app, and they're aimed at a number of different jobs. The app claims that you can create a professional resume in less than five minutes, using these templates and app's other features.

You can, of course, change the templates, while the app will constantly provide you with tips. You can create resumes in various different colors, according to your preference. Once you're done, you can either download that resume in a PDF format, or share it directly from the app. You can, for example, send it to your e-mail, directly to the employer, or wherever you want.

The available resume templates actually look really nice, and professional. The developer made sure to cover everything, so it provided various different-looking templates for you to use. The UI of the app is also not a problem to use, at all.

Download Free resume maker

Best designed resume builder Android app

Resumaker app image June 2020

Resumaker

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 4.1+

Resumaker is yet another highly-rated app in the Play Store. The design of this app is really nice, and it also comes with various different templates you can use. The first thing you'll need to do once you start using the app is to complete the resume profile in order to make your resume.

From there, you'll be able to select a resume template you want to use, and then the resume format. Your information will appear there, and you'll be able to tweak things a little bit from there. Once you're done, you'll be able to download your resume in a PDF format, print it, or share it.

This app does provide you some extra tools to make your resume unique. Once your resume is imported into the resume template, you'll be able to change the accent color, for example. There are a number of other features included here, which you can discover yourself.

Download Resumaker

Best Android app for creating interactive resumes

Google Slides

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 6.0+

Google Slides is not exactly a resume building app, is it. Well, no, it's not, but it can. Not only is this tool completely free, but it gives you complete control over your layouts. Not only that, but you can make those resumes as interactive as you want, as this tool is used primarily for creating presentations.

You can combine text, images, shapes… well, anything you want, really. The app even comes with a number of professional-looking templates, which you can edit any way you want. The real joy is to create your resume from scratch, though. This app offers a great UI to help you with that, along with all the tools you may need.

Once you're done, you can e-mail that slideshow to your potential employee, or perhaps even offer it online for them to see. You can even save that slideshow as a static PDF, if you want, if it's not interactive or anything of the sort. Google Slides is one of the best tools to create resumes, without a doubt.

Download Google Slides

Best social media Android app for resume building

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LinkedIn

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: No
  • Android version: 5.0+

LinkedIn is one of the most popular networking services, maybe even the most popular one. If you're looking for a social network for networking, for keeping up with your #s, this is it. Your profile on LinkedIn is kind of your resume, so it's visible to every single one of your #s on the network.

The more you use LinkedIn, the more #s you'll get, and that will certainly help with future employment. You can easily highlight the fact you're available for hiring from your profile options, and thus let everyone know. LinkedIn is a network on which many modern employers rely on.

LinkedIn is free, though you can get the subscription for a number of really useful features. Truth be said, you don't have to, but many of you will probably want to. Those features are really useful, and will definitely help you find employment.

Download LinkedIn

Best resume builder Android app for template designs

CV Maker

  • Price: Free to download
  • In-app purchases: Yes
  • Android version: 4.0.3

CV Maker by Mobotechnology Inc. is yet another compelling option for creating resumes / CVs. This app comes with a ton of template designs for you to choose from. There are over 100 resume templates and formats available for you. On top of that, the app offers over 250 covers letters, and the content is available in over 30 languages. What more can you ask for?

You can choose your own template color for those templates, and also include your own signature. In fact, you can customize those templates as much as you want. You can change the font, the style, and so on. Both single and multipage resumes and CVs are available here for you to adapt.

The UI of this app is really nice, and modern. You'll spend the vast majority of time on the resume template itself, though, but accessing the necessary tools is a non-issue. The app does come with in-app purchases, and ads, but you can use it without paying as well.

Download CV Maker

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro Could Have 3D Face Recognition For Payments https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/huawei-mate-40-pro-could-have-3d-face-recognition-for-payments.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:56:59 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887041 The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is rumoured to come with 3D face recognition for payments as reported by Gizmochina. The world's largest smartphone maker is getting close to realising the Mate 40 Pro and as a result, more details are leaking out. The latest reports suggest that the new device will come with 3D face [...]

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The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is rumoured to come with 3D face recognition for payments as reported by Gizmochina. The world's largest smartphone maker is getting close to realising the Mate 40 Pro and as a result, more details are leaking out.

The latest reports suggest that the new device will come with 3D face recognition technology. This will, in turn, be used to authenticate digital payments. Rumours indicate the sensor for this function will be under the punch-hole cutout.

3D face recognition for payments

It is important to note that his technology is not strictly a new offering from Huawei. The ability to authenticate payments with 3D face recognition is something the company has offered for a while.

The Mate 30 and Mate 20 also had this functionality. Huawei is keeping the technology on the new model. However, it may offer some new improvements to keep things fresh.

Everything seems on track for the release of the Mate 40 pro though. Back in June, it was reported that the new device would release as planned in October. Given all the disruption in the world, it is surprising Huawei has been able to keep so rigidly to their schedule.

Other features also rumoured

Leaks suggest that the Mate 40 Pro will come with a 90Hz refresh rate display. The screen will also be unique at a resolution of 2640 x 1200 pixels.

In terms of how it has powered, there has also been some news on that front. The Mate 40 Pro will likely be powered by the next-generation Kirin chipset. This could be manufactured by TMSC using the 5nm process. However, none of this is totally confirmed.

Many expect the camera to be a particular selling point of the Mate 40 Pro. Other devices in the series have had some pretty exceptional camera features so there is no reason to expect anything different.

However, this is an area that is currently being kept fairly well under wraps. It looks like we will have to wait until launch to see the full functionality of the device and what new features are on offer.

Expect more and more details to leak out on the Mate 40 Pro. This most recent revelation about 3D face recognition is hardly groundbreaking but coupled with the other rumours it begins to allow us to pieces together more about the device.

As with anything though we will not know everything until release. To that end we must keep our ears to the ground and wait for any more information that may surface.

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The Refurbished iRobot Roomba 860 Is On Sale For $199 Today https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/irobot-roomba-860-sale-deal Thu, 02 Jul 2020 15:29:39 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887057 Amazon has the iRobot Roomba 860 robot vacuum on sale today as part of its Gold Box Deal of the Day. Allowing you to save $80 on this refurbished robot vacuum, bringing the price down to just $199. The iRobot Roomba 860 is a pretty decent robot vacuum from the company. It's not the newest [...]

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Amazon has the iRobot Roomba 860 robot vacuum on sale today as part of its Gold Box Deal of the Day. Allowing you to save $80 on this refurbished robot vacuum, bringing the price down to just $199.

The iRobot Roomba 860 is a pretty decent robot vacuum from the company. It's not the newest robot that the company has released, but it does still have some pretty recent features and technology inside.

It features the patented Aero Force 3-stage cleaning system, that allows the iRobot Roomba 860 to pick up just about anything that is on the ground. Whether that is some pet hair, or something bigger, it won't leave anything behind. It sports two front spinning brushes that are going to loosen the dirt, and then a centered rolling brush which will suck it all up. Suction is pretty good on the iRobot Roomba 860 too. We're talking about 1800Pa here.

With iAdapt navigation here, you're able to let the iRobot Roomba 860 map out your home so it can navigate through it and clean everywhere as needed. Now don't worry, these maps are not uploaded to the cloud or sold to any of its partners. The mapping is only done so that the Roomba knows where it needs to clean, and for spot cleaning.

The iRobot Roomba 860 is also compatible with the iRobot HOME app, which is going to allow you to select when you want the Roomba to start cleaning. You can also see the map of where it has cleaned and where it still needs to clean and much more.

iRobot is also compatible with your favorite smart assistant – Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri/Homekit and Google Assistant – so you can use your voice to control the iRobot Roomba 860 as well.

You can pick up the iRobot Roomba 860 robot vacuum from Amazon today by clicking here. 

iRobot Roomba 860 - Amazon - $199

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SmartReply Coming For YouTube Creators https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/smartreply-youtube-creators.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:57:17 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887024 SmartReply first launched four years ago but it is now being rolled out for YouTube content creators. The company has announced that it is giving creators this feature to help support their interaction with viewers. SmartReply began rolling out with Android 10 as well recently so it is expanding throughout many platforms. SmartReply has been [...]

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SmartReply first launched four years ago but it is now being rolled out for YouTube content creators. The company has announced that it is giving creators this feature to help support their interaction with viewers. SmartReply began rolling out with Android 10 as well recently so it is expanding throughout many platforms.

SmartReply has been gradually rolling out across different systems and platforms. The statement points out that this comes with unique challenges and issues each time it is expanded. Therefore, this is likely the reason for the gradual expansion. However, it is now here for YouTube creators.

What is SmartReply?

SmartReply is an AI system which allows YouTube creators to quickly and easily engage with their viewers. Creators can set up their own unique replies based on what sort of messages or comments they tend to send. SmartReply also learns from your replies.

It then acquires "comment and reply representation through a computationally efficient dilated self-attention network". This all sounds very complex but in essence, is efficiently learns from your replies to create suggestions customized for you.

The company has offered a walkthrough and examples of how this new feature can be used. As the YouTube community is so diverse it is important that the AI system provides personal suggestions.

Challenges in customizing SmartReply for YouTube

YouTube comment sections are full of variation in language, abbreviated words, slang, inconsistent usage of punctuation, and heavy utilization of emoji. This made customizing the SmartReply platform somewhat challenging.

Compared to longer emails which are dominated by formal text, this was a lot more of a task for developers. This meant developers largely redesigned the AI feature to make it workable for YouTube creators.

YouTube has used a Deep Retrieval system which is much more efficient than its previous one to help the feature operate. This searches for the most appropriate of a predefined list of suggestions.

SmartReply also will not include any preprocessing. This is because of the large use of emojis and inconsistent punctuation makes it somewhat redundant. The new system also only uses one program to learn all languages. This would be instead of separate ones for each language. This is due to a large amount of switching between languages that occur on YouTube.

YouTube insists that suggests will only be offered when they are appropriate. Because of the complexities of this system, it will not be as wide-ranging as seen on other platforms. This has meant YouTube has trained models to identify which comments should trigger the SmartReply feature.

SmartReply will be available for English and Spanish comments to begin with. This makes it the first cross-lingual byte-based SmartReply. YouTube concedes that the system will have to continue to improve over the coming months but his does appear to be a promising start.

YouTube Music has had issues in recent weeks with transferring music from Google Play over to its platform. Hopefully, users will find it as useful as YouTube think it will be and this can be a good news story for the company.

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The New OnePlus TV Has A Resolution You Won't Believe Exists In 2020 https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/oneplus-tv-u-y-series-india Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:47:42 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887045 OnePlus held a virtual event for its India market today, where it announced three new TV sets. The new OnePlus TV comes in the U and Y series, and in three sizes. The OnePlus Y series is a budget range of TVs, while the U series is a mid-ranger. OnePlus offers the Y in a [...]

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OnePlus held a virtual event for its India market today, where it announced three new TV sets. The new OnePlus TV comes in the U and Y series, and in three sizes.

The OnePlus Y series is a budget range of TVs, while the U series is a mid-ranger.

OnePlus offers the Y in a 32-inch 1366×768 resolution and a 43-inch in 1920×1080 resolution. Meanwhile the OnePlus U1, which is a 55-inch TV comes with a 4K resolution and includes HDR. The 32-inch model is pretty surprising, even for 2020, most of us didn't know 1366×768 resolution displays were still being made. Heck, most Chromebooks have stopped using that resolution.

OnePlus Y Series TVs are "budget" for a reason

The OnePlus Y series start at Rs. 12,999 in India, that comes out to be about $173 USD. To get down to this price point, OnePlus had to ditch the premium design that the U series gets. It is still bezel-less though.

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Audio-wise, it has two 10W speakers, with Dolby Audio support. No Dolby Atmos here, but at this price point, Dolby Audio is actually pretty surprising to have.

Both of the OnePlus Y TVs come with Android TV baked in, along with Oxygen Play on top. This is going to bring in some extra functionality over what Android TV offers.

OnePlus hits the premium mid-range with the U1

Now the OnePlus U1 TV is actually more of a premium mid-range TV. It comes with a nice premium design, with a thin-bezel form factor, giving it a 95% screen-to-body ratio. It is also pretty thin, coming in at 6.9mm. That's thinner than some smartphones these days. It also "embodies OnePlus' philosophy of burdenless user experience."

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As far as the specs go, the 55U1 has a 55-inch display (as the model number indicates). This is a 4K HDR panel, that does support Dolby Vision. And it has DCI-P3 covered at 93%. OnePlus' own Gamma Engine is also included here, which will provide real-time image quality optimization to deliver a "smoother, clearer and more immersive viewing experience."

The 55U1 also includes MEMC which will deliver smooth content across the panel. Reducing motion blur, stuttering and ghosting. There are also features like Noise Reduction, Super Resolution and Dynamic Contrast for improving visuals.

On top of supporting Dolby Vision, it also gets Dolby Atmos support. It has a four speaker system with an output of 30W. So the speakers are a lot more powerful than the Y series TVs.

It is running on Android TV 9, and of course features the Oxygen Play skin on top. There are also some unique features here like Data Saver Plus, Kids Mode and of course Google Assistant is on-board.

Pricing & Availability

As mentioned, the OnePlus Y series starts at Rs. 12,999. The 43-inch model comes in at Rs. 22,999 ($307 USD). And finally the OnePlus 55U1 will cost you Rs. 49,999 ($668 USD).

When it comes to availability, only the 32-inch Y model has had availability announced, and that will be available starting on July 5. Availability for the other two has not yet been announced.

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The Best Buy 4th Of July Sale Brings Deep Discounts To TVs, Smartphones, Laptops & More https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/the-best-buy-4th-of-july-sale-brings-deep-discounts-to-tvs-smartphones-laptops-more.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:22:49 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887040 The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and retailers are starting up their big summer sales already. Best Buy has a 4th of July sale going on right now, where you can save a ton on all sorts of things, from TVs to laptops to smartphones and everything in between. Let's take a [...]

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The Fourth of July is right around the corner, and retailers are starting up their big summer sales already. Best Buy has a 4th of July sale going on right now, where you can save a ton on all sorts of things, from TVs to laptops to smartphones and everything in between.

Let's take a look at what all is available in the Best Buy 4th of July sale.

Starting with smartphones, you can save $150 to $200 on a Galaxy S20 5G device. This is going to depend on the model you purchase, and you will need to activate it to get this discount. So you can't buy an unlocked one and then activate it on T-Mobile, since Best Buy doesn't activate their phones. Best Buy is also taking $150 off of the Galaxy Note 10 series.

If you're looking for a new TV that won't cost a lot, Best Buy has Fire TV Edition devices on sale, and they all include a free Echo Dot. These start as low as $99 and go up to $449, depending on what size you want. So you can get a really good TV from Best Buy that has Fire TV built-in.

On the laptop side, there are a lot of good options here. Including the ASUS ZenBook 14-inch. This is on sale for $599, and includes a 14-inch touchscreen display, AMD Ryzen 5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage on top of it all. You could also pick up the HP Chromebook 14 for just $199, or the HP 2-in-1 14-inch Chromebook for $319. These are all really great options to pick up today in this Best Buy sale.

These are just some of the many products that are on sale in the Best Buy 4th of July sale that is going on now, through the weekend. So make sure you take advantage of it and get some new tech. You can shop the sale by clicking here. 

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Pandora Receives Dark Mode As Part of Android 10 https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/pandora-receives-dark-mode-android-10.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:14:08 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886993 It has been announced that Pandora will receive a dark mode as part of the Android 10 update as reported by Android Police. This makes the radio streaming app the latest of many to get the feature as part of Android 10. This process has so far been quite slow for many apps and Pandora [...]

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It has been announced that Pandora will receive a dark mode as part of the Android 10 update as reported by Android Police. This makes the radio streaming app the latest of many to get the feature as part of Android 10. This process has so far been quite slow for many apps and Pandora is no different.

Some apps have implemented a dark mode relatively seamlessly and quickly. Google Docs, Sheets and Slides has had difficulties owing to the configuration of the layout of the app currently. Facebook has also taken its time to implement the highly requested feature and even now it is now rolling out to everyone.

Dark mode coming to Pandora

There are very little in the way of details on what the dark mode will look like. Pandora did not want to be part of APK Mirror which allows new updates to be viewed before they come out.

However, it is likely that most users will be happy with the change. Dark mode is always a heavily requested feature and whatever it looks like it will impress.

However, most users have moved on from the more traditional radio station set up of Pandora. Therefore, it may not arrive to much fanfare owing to the relatively low user base.

There will still be those that enjoy Pandora's music recommendation engine so this will be a great move for them.

Android Police is expecting the feature to roll out very slowly from the company over the coming weeks and months. However, there are no concrete details on a timescale so you will have to watch this space.

Pandora also adds offline podcast support

Dark mode is not the only new feature coming to the app, although it is the most important and exciting.

Pandora has also announced that the app will now support offline podcast support. This feature will only be available for its plus and premium users.

However, a feature like this will be very welcomed by its users as it is something we have come to expect from other streaming apps.

Pandora has also recently launched a new Black Music Forever radio station to support black music. This was a great move from the company as part of wider initiatives to support minorities in the music business.

Hopefully, Pandora can continue to provide these updated and modern features for its user base. A dark mode and offline podcast support is a good start but more can definitely be done to improve the platform.

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OnePlus Is Planning To Bring Affordable Handsets To The US https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/oneplus-planning-to-bring-affordable-handsets-to-the-us.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 14:01:24 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887031 OnePlus recently announced that the OnePlus Nord will arrive to Europe and India, at least initially. The US was not mentioned as a launch market for the device, so we decided to reach out to the company. OnePlus was quick to respond. The company's spokesperson said that the company is used to "focusing on just [...]

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OnePlus recently announced that the OnePlus Nord will arrive to Europe and India, at least initially. The US was not mentioned as a launch market for the device, so we decided to reach out to the company.

OnePlus was quick to respond. The company's spokesperson said that the company is used to "focusing on just a few markets first and then expanding", that has worked well for them in the past.

OnePlus will bring affordable handsets to the US, at some point in the future

She continued by saying that the OnePlus Nord will initially be available in Europe and India, but that the company is looking forward to "bringing more affordable smartphones to North America in the future".

Now, this could mean that the OnePlus Nord will arrive to the US at some point. On the other hand, it could mean that some other, future budget phone will. One thing is for sure, affordable OnePlus handsets are coming to the US, and Canada as well.

The OnePlus Nord name has been confirmed just recently. The company also confirmed that the phone will be fueled by the Snapdragon 765G, and thus support 5G.

The phone is also expected to offer two front-facing cameras, and rumored to sport four cameras on the back. An in-display fingerprint scanner will probably be included as well.

The device will feature a flat display, and that will probably be a fullHD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. OnePlus promised not to release any more 60Hz smartphones, so 90Hz is expected.

The phone probably won't ship with IP certification for water and dust resistance. Wireless charging probably won't be a part of the package either. Fast charging will, though, probably 30W fast charging.

Android 10 will come pre-installed on this smartphone, along with OnePlus' OxygenOS. The device will include two SIM card slots, while a 3.5mm headphone jack probably won't be included. We're only guessing, though.

A 64-megapixel main camera is rumored for the OnePlus Nord

A 64-megapixel main camera is rumored to be included on this phone. Before that, a 48-megapixel camera has been rumored. So, it remains to be seen what will happen.

OnePlus has been hyping up this smartphone's arrival for quite some time now. OnePlus even released the first part of its documentary regarding that device, a behind-the-scenes development-type documentary.

On top of everything, we do know that the device will cost less than $500. That is something the company's CEO confirmed during the aforementioned documentary.

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Samsung's UV Sterilizer Charges Your Phone While Cleaning It https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/samsungs-uv-sterilizer.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:53:47 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886989 Samsung has launched a UV sterilizer to disinfect your smartphone, earbuds, smartwatch, a pair of sunglasses, or other similar accessories. Aptly named 'UV Sterilizer,' this niche gadget can kill up to 99 percent of germs and bacteria on the surface of your smartphone in just about ten minutes. The new product is a clean-looking 22.8 [...]

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Samsung has launched a UV sterilizer to disinfect your smartphone, earbuds, smartwatch, a pair of sunglasses, or other similar accessories. Aptly named 'UV Sterilizer,' this niche gadget can kill up to 99 percent of germs and bacteria on the surface of your smartphone in just about ten minutes.

The new product is a clean-looking 22.8 x 12.8 x 4.9 cm rectangular box with smooth edges and corners. It uses UV-C radiations to kill germs and bacteria on both sides of whatever you place inside.

You simply put a fitting object inside, close the lid, press the button, and wait for about ten minutes. This gadget can comfortably accommodate objects of the size of a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Samsung has also added an LED indicator to notify users that the sanitizing process has completed.

However, what makes this gadget more interesting is that it can also wirelessly charge your phone or other compatible gadgets while they are being cleaned. This rectangular box can charge all Qi standard devices wirelessly at 10W speed.

UV Sterilizer is Samsung's latest offering to help keep your phone clean

This UV Sterilizer isn't Samsung's first venture to help keep your phone clean. Back in March, when the coronavirus was just declared as a pandemic, the South Korean giant launched a free device sanitization service in several parts of the world.

Users could simply walk into an official Samsung Service Center (where the sanitization service was available) and get their smartphones cleaned for free.

The new product essentially does the same thing, just that you can now take it home and sanitize all your pocketable electronic gadgets whenever you want. Samsung also launched a hand hygiene app for its smartwatches a couple of months back.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect mankind globally, people have become more aware of personal hygiene. Face masks, hand sanitization, and social distancing have become a norm. Our phones spend the better part of the day in our hands, so they need cleaning as well.

Researchers say the coronavirus can survive on surfaces like glass, metal, or plastic, which make the most part of our handheld electronic gadgets, for a significant period of time. And this is why Samsung is launching a UV sterilizer to clean them.

The company is currently selling the new UV Sterilizer only in Thailand, though. The product costs 1,590 baht, which roughly converts to just over $50.

It's unclear if and when Samsung plans to bring this niche product to other markets around the world. Given the worrisome COVID-19 situation, that should happen sooner rather than later.

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Electronics Deals – July 2, 2020: iRobot, Anker, Samsung & More https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/samsung-anker-irobot-motorola-sale https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/samsung-anker-irobot-motorola-sale#disqus_thread Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:44:32 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887036 Amazon has the iRobot Roomba 860 on sale today for just $199. That's going to save you $80 off of the regular price. Keep in mind this is a refurbished model. It does still come with a warranty, so you'll be all set if something goes wrong. Amazon is taking $10 off of the Fire [...]

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Amazon has the iRobot Roomba 860 on sale today for just $199. That's going to save you $80 off of the regular price. Keep in mind this is a refurbished model. It does still come with a warranty, so you'll be all set if something goes wrong.

Amazon is taking $10 off of the Fire TV Stick  right now. Both the regular Fire TV Stick  and Fire TV Stick 4K are on sale for $29.99 and $39.99 respectively. That makes for a really great time to pick one up. The Fire TV Stick is great for making your TV into a smart TV. With support for most of the big apps like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO GO, SHOWTIME ANYWHERE and much more. And at just $40 for a 4K version, that is likely the cheapest 4K stick you'll be able to pick up right now.

Right now, you can save $50 on a 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA Test. It is now just $149, down from $199. This is a pretty unique way to see where your ancestors are from, and it could even help you find long-lost family members. It's a really cool test, and it'll help you find out where you are really from. Whether that's Africa, Asia, Europe, or somewhere else. It does take a few weeks to get the results though.

Amazon also has the Echo Dot on sale for just $29.99, that is good for around $20 off of its regular price and does put it close to its lowest price ever. The Echo Dot with Clock is also $20 off and is at its all-time low of $35. These are both really great prices for the Echo Dot, and now is a great time to pick one up.

These are only some of the best deals that you can find right now. There are plenty of other deals on Amazon that you can check out right here. Additionally, any deals that expire today are going to expire at midnight PST. So make sure you pick them up before they expire.

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Facebook Shares Users Data With Developers… Again https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/facebook-shares-users-data-with-developers-again.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:29:11 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886985 Facebook has once again shared users data with developers the company admits. This has meant that a few thousand developers could access inactive users data who have not logged in for 90 days. This comes as Facebook faces a widespread #r boycott in July. The company has also been under fire from Joe Biden to [...]

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Facebook has once again shared users data with developers the company admits. This has meant that a few thousand developers could access inactive users data who have not logged in for 90 days. This comes as Facebook faces a widespread #r boycott in July. The company has also been under fire from Joe Biden to promote more real news.

Engadget reports that Facebook's guidelines clearly express that this should never happen. The guidelines state that inactive users' data should remain private.

An inactive user is defined as someone who has not logged in for 90 days. This was introduced after the high profile Cambridge Analytica scandal back in 2018.

User data shared again by Facebook

Facebook has not provided any detail about how long this issue has been going on for. It also did not share any details on how many users may have been impacted. Estimates suggest that if affected "approximately 5,000 developers" for "the last several months."

Facebook claims that it fixed the issue the day after the company notices it. However, the company will continue to investigate further to get to the bottom of the issue.

The company claims that it has improved its policy and strategy in this area over the last few years. However, another example of data sharing suggests otherwise.

Facebook plans for improvement

In 2018, Facebook made sure inactive accounts no longer received updates. However, the company found that in some instances this did not occur.

For example, in some fitness apps if you invited friends for a workout the software may not have recognized that some people had been inactive for months.

The company was quick the point out that the information shared was not inconsistent with the original permissions users signed up to. However, Facebook does have some plans to try and improve the system. This is largely based around simplifying terms to make it easier to understand and run.

Facebook is now introducing new Platform Terms and Developer Policies. This is to ensure businesses and developer more clearly understand their responsibilities. In theory, these new policies will limit the data that can be shared with third parties.

The plan is also to strengthen data security requirements. This will make it clearer as to when developers need to delete users' data.

Facebook is clearly working to improve the data security of users. However, as more issues like this come to light the less users will trust the company. Facebook needs to work hard in the coming months to rebuild the trust from its users on a number of issues, not least data security.

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Facebook Speaks Out After Advertiser Boycott https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/facebook-speaks-out-after-#r-boycott.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:06:04 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886981 Facebook has released a statement in response to the #r boycott the company is facing. The statement lets users know that Facebook "does not benefit from hate". Advertisers that have pulled their services included the likes of Verizon amongst many others. Facebook cites that the world is currently divided and tensions are running high. Therefore, [...]

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Facebook has released a statement in response to the #r boycott the company is facing. The statement lets users know that Facebook "does not benefit from hate". Advertisers that have pulled their services included the likes of Verizon amongst many others.

Facebook cites that the world is currently divided and tensions are running high. Therefore, the company believes that Facebook's job is to "hold a mirror up to society". This all comes after Joe Biden called on the company to promote real news. Whilst the social media company claimed that it was its responsibility to post opinions even if it does not agree with them.

Facebook responds to an #r boycott

Facebook has been criticised for allowing controversial posts from President Trump to remain on its platform. However, Nick Nick Clegg, VP of Global Affairs and Communications wanted to make it clear that Facebook does on profit from this.

He pointed out that Facebook has an incentive to remove hateful posts. People do not want to see hateful content, however, Clegg said Facebook errs "on the side of free expression". This is because he believes more speech is the best way to counteract hateful speech.

Facebook's statement claims that the company invests billions of dollars to keep the platform safe. However, with so much content it is like searching for a needle in a haystack. The company claims it is making real progress on the issue but there is still a long way to go.

The recent European Commission report has found companies are doing a better job of rooting out hate speech. Facebook assessed 95.7% of hate speech reports in less than 24 hours. This was actually faster than Twitter and YouTube.

Facebook implore voters to register to vote

Many have been angry at Facebook's refusal to remove the inflammatory remarks of President Trump. However, Facebook is telling its users to make their voices heard in the ballot box. This, the company says, is the ultimate way to hold the government to account.

Facebook has recently created a voting hub to help users register and provide them with accurate information on the election.

The statement ends by imploring users to think of the good things Facebook does. The company would rather focus on the work the company has done to connect people during the Covid-19 pandemic for example.

Engadget has reported that in response to the #r boycott, Facebook will meet with the civil rights groups behind it. The company will also likely submit to an audit of its hate-speech controls. This is the start of the process to rebuild trust with its #rs.

Hopefully, Facebook is able to find a solution that suits everyone. Social media and freedom of speech is a story that will continue to run for some time. This has shown that companies are willing to put their money where their mouths are and make change where they see it needed.

Looking forward it will be interesting to see how the nature of social media will change in the months ahead. More and more focus will be placed on rooting out misinformation and hate speech. However, this will have to be balanced with companies' responsibility to allow for free speech.

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HTC Releases A Nostalgic Video Promoting The U20 5G https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/htc-nostalgic-promo-video.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:48:47 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886962 HTC launched the Desire 20 Pro and the U20 5G a couple of weeks back in its home country Taiwan. While the world waits for the two handsets' international availability, the company has published an interesting video on YouTube highlighting its journey in the mobile phone industry through to the U20 5G. The newly released [...]

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HTC launched the Desire 20 Pro and the U20 5G a couple of weeks back in its home country Taiwan. While the world waits for the two handsets' international availability, the company has published an interesting video on YouTube highlighting its journey in the mobile phone industry through to the U20 5G.

The newly released video shows some of the iconic devices that HTC has made over the years, including a device dating back to 1998. There's the iconic HTC Universal, a Pocket PC phone from 2005, the 2007 HTC Touch, and the T-Mobile G1 from 2008. The latter was the first Android phone in the US.

Newer models shown include the HTC Evo 4G (2010), the first 4G enabled smartphone released in the US. HTC, however, stops at 2014's HTC One (M8) as far as phones are concerned. The next devices shown in the video are the Vive VR headset and the HTC 5G Hub.

And that's understandable. The Taiwanese company hasn't had the same level of success in the smartphone business in the past few years. In fact, it is struggling to survive in the smartphone industry. The time around 2014 was probably the peak for HTC in this industry.

It is now betting high on the new HTC U20 5G as well as the Desire 20 Pro to resurrect its dying smartphone business. The U20 5G, which is the company's first 5G smartphone, appears towards the end of the video.

HTC highlights the Desire 20 Pro and U20 5G specs in new videos

In addition to this nostalgic video, HTC has also published introductory videos for the Desire 20 Pro as well as the U20 5G. These videos highlight the two handsets' design and key specs.

The HTC Desire 20 Pro features a 6.5-inch LCD display of 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution. It runs on the Snapdragon 665 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

This handset gets a quad-camera setup on the back, consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The front-facing camera is a 25-megapixel sensor.

A 5,000 mAh battery fuels this mid-range smartphone. It supports 15W fast wired charging via a USB Type-C cable. Other key features include a rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner, dual-LED flash, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Android 10.

The HTC U20 5G is also a mid-range offering from the Taiwanese company. In the introductory video, which HTC released on the same day the handset was unveiled, the company highlights its 6.8-inch display, Snapdragon 765G processor, and the quad rear-camera setup. This is the same camera array found on the Desire 20 Pro. The front camera is a 32-megapixel sensor, though.

The U20 5G also gets the same 5,000 mAh battery but comes 18W fast charging. This phone further gets 8GB of RAM and 256GB of expandable internal storage space. A rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner, dual-LED flash, and Android 10 are also part of the package. However, it lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack.

As said earlier, HTC is betting high on the Desire 20 Pro and the U20 5G to save its smartphone business. The handsets are yet to release outside Taiwan but that may not take too long. HTC has confirmed that "other markets will follow" the Taiwan release, so it should only be a matter of time now.

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OnePlus Nord Promised To Include A "Flagship-Level Camera" https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/oneplus-nord-flagship-level-camera.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 12:04:33 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887028 According to a new piece of official information, the OnePlus Nord will include a "flagship-level camera". This information comes from Carl Pei himself, the company's co-founder. This is something Mr. Pei promised in an interview with Tech Radar. The company's co-founder confirmed that the device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 765G. That's not all, [...]

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According to a new piece of official information, the OnePlus Nord will include a "flagship-level camera". This information comes from Carl Pei himself, the company's co-founder.

This is something Mr. Pei promised in an interview with Tech Radar. The company's co-founder confirmed that the device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 765G. That's not all, though.

The OnePlus Nord will feature a flagship-level camera, co-founder claims

As you can see, he also said that the OnePlus Nord will include a flagship-level camera. Mr. Pei said that the camera is probably the most used feature of a smartphone. So, he admits that the company had to come up with a great camera system in order for this phone to be great.

The company's co-founder did not say what camera setup to expect exactly, of course. A 64-megapixel camera is rumored to be included as the phone's main camera, though. We initially expected a 48-megapixel main camera.

In any case, the company's co-founder continued to boast about the camera setup. He said that the OnePlus Nord will bring a flagship-level camera to the mid-range price range.

During this interview, he also said that the OnePlus Nord "boils down to three things". The first is the camera, the second is user experience, and the third is OnePlus quality. The company wants to hit the sweet spot on all three of those.

Carl Pei admitted that software optimization is just as important as the hardware. He said that it's really important how the company optimizes its software, the animations, as it has to make sure everything "flows really seamlessly".

He also said that the OnePlus Nord had to deliver in the design department. The company wanted to create a phone that both looks and feels like a flagship.

The phone will launch later this month

This handset will become official sometime this month. It was expected to arrive on July 10, but it may launch a bit later than that, around July 15. The company still has to confirm the exact date.

The OnePlus Nord will become a spiritual successor to the OnePlus X which launched a long time ago. OnePlus consumers have been asking for a more affordable phone, and the OnePlus Nord is supposed to deliver in that regard.

The device will probably be made out of metal and glass. It is expected to feature two cameras on the front, and four on the back. An in-display fingerprint scanner will probably also be included.

The device will support fast wired charging, while wireless charging probably won't be included. Android 10 will come pre-installed on the device, along with the company's OxygenOS.

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Promo Video Shows Off Ulefone Armor 9 Thermal Imaging Camera https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/ulefone-armor-9-promo-video.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:19:45 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887014 The Ulefone Armor 9 is the company's new handset which comes with a really interesting camera on the back. Ulefone has included a thermal imaging camera on the Armor 9, and a new promo video shows it in action. This promo video has a duration of only 13 seconds, and it is embedded below the [...]

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The Ulefone Armor 9 is the company's new handset which comes with a really interesting camera on the back. Ulefone has included a thermal imaging camera on the Armor 9, and a new promo video shows it in action.

This promo video has a duration of only 13 seconds, and it is embedded below the article. In it, you'll see the camera fired up in the camera app, and what it sees is pictured on the display.

This camera can basically show you detailed temperature measurements. It will show you the temperature of surrounding objects, by using various shades of red. The more red something is, the warmer it is.

FLIR's thermal imaging camera is included in the Ulefone Armor 9, and shown in this promo video

The Ulefone Armor 9 packs in a thermal imaging camera from FLIR. This camera can actually be quite practical, as it can be used while fixing a car, observing the greenhouse, for pipeline diagnosis, and so on.

This camera can see through smoke, and it sees in the dark as well. You can basically see people's thermal imaging in the dark by using this camera, the same goes for animals, and so on.

The Ulefone Armor 9 is a compelling phone in its own right. This smartphone sports a waterdrop notch, and it does look like a rugged smartphone. There's a good reason for it, as this is a rugged phone.

The device includes a total of four cameras on the back, and one on the front. It is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, while it also comes with MIL-STD-810G certification for ruggedness.

The Helio P90 fuels this smartphone, so its performance shouldn't be in question. That chip is backed by rather light software (Android 10), and by 8GB of RAM. The phone also includes 128GB of storage.

The phone features a 64-megapixel main camera

A 64-megapixel main camera is placed on the back of the device. On top of all that, the device also comes with a large battery. The Ulefone Armor 9 packs in a 5,500mAh battery.

The device features a 6.3-inch fullHD+ display. That being said, this smartphone is currency listed on Kickstarter. The company is asking for your help in order to bring it to life.

That being said, Ulefone already collected more than enough funds. It asked for $12,902, and people pledged over $35,000 thus far. There are still 13 days to go, by the way.

If you'd like to know more about the device, feel free to hit the link down below. If you'd like to check out the Ulefone Armor 9 promo video, it's embedded below.

Ulefone Armor 9 (Kickstarter)

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HONOR X10 Max Announced With Gigantic Display & Large Battery https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/honor-x10-max-announcement.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 10:59:56 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=887004 The HONOR X10 Max has been announced in China. This handset is really interesting, as it has a tablet-sized display, basically. The HONOR X10 Max features a gigantic 7.09-inch fullHD+ LCD display. This is a smartphone, in case you haven't figured that out already, and it's far from being compact. This is definitely a two-hand [...]

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The HONOR X10 Max has been announced in China. This handset is really interesting, as it has a tablet-sized display, basically. The HONOR X10 Max features a gigantic 7.09-inch fullHD+ LCD display.

This is a smartphone, in case you haven't figured that out already, and it's far from being compact. This is definitely a two-hand phone, it is not only really tall, but it's extremely wide, and not exactly light.

The HONOX 10 Max is a huge smartphone

The phone measures 174.46 x 84.91 x 8.3mm, and weighs 227 grams. If you want to get a tablet and phone in one, the HONOR X10 Max is basically that, a cross between a phone and a tablet.

The device is made out of metal and glass. It included a waterdrop display notch. Its bezels are quite thin, and it features a flat display. The bottom bezel is a hair thicker than the rest of them.

HONOR's branding is imprinted on the back. The phone's rear camera module is placed in the top-left corner, and it hosts two cameras. A fingerprint scanner is also included, it's placed on the right side.

The HONOR X10 Max is fueled by the MediaTek Dimensity 800 7nm processor. This is one of rare Huawei phones that does not come with one fo the company's Kirin processors.

The device includes 6GB / 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The 6GB RAM variant comes in 64GB and 128GB storage options, while the 8GB RAM variant is available with 128GB of storage only. You can expand that storage up to 256GB, though.

Android 10 comes pre-installed on the device, along with the company's Magic UI 3.1.1 skin. Two SIM card slots are also included in this phone, and the device does have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Stereo speakers are included, as well as a 5,000mAh battery

It has stereo speakers, and a 5,000mAh battery is included in the package. The phone does support fast charging, it supports 22.5W fast charging.

This handset does support 5G as well (SA/NSA), and Bluetooth 5.1 as well. A Type-C port is placed at the bottom, while an NFC chip is included in the package as well.

The HONOR X10 Max sports a 48-megapixel main camera on the back. That camera is aided by a 2-megapixel depth sensor. An 8-megapixel camera sits on the front side of the device.

The device comes in Black, Blue, and Silver color variants. Its pricing starts at CNY1,899 ($268) in China, and goes up to CNY2,499 ($353) in China. We're still not sure if it will become available outside of China.

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New Motorola Razr Will Support 5G, Offer Better Cameras https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/new-motorola-razr-5g-support-better-cameras.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 10:30:02 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886983 The upcoming 'Razr' smartphone from Motorola will support 5G connectivity, and offer better cameras, it seems. This information comes from Evan Blass, a well-known tipster. He shared the information via Twitter, along with some additional tidbits about the phone. He mentioned that the device's codename is 'Motorola Odyssey'. This specific variant he shared information for [...]

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The upcoming 'Razr' smartphone from Motorola will support 5G connectivity, and offer better cameras, it seems. This information comes from Evan Blass, a well-known tipster.

He shared the information via Twitter, along with some additional tidbits about the phone. He mentioned that the device's codename is 'Motorola Odyssey'.

This specific variant he shared information for comes in a Mercury Silver color option. The device includes 256GB of internal storage, and does include a nano SIM, along with an eSIM.

The phone's main display will measure 6.2 inches, the same as the one on the Motorola Razr 2019. Android 10 will come pre-installed on the phone, by the way, and the device will not be waterproof.

The new Motorola Razr will not only offer 5G, but beter cameras as well

It will have two cameras on the back. Those two cameras will usher in improvements compared to the previous model. The Motorola Razr 5G is expected to include 48 and 20-megapixel cameras.

The Motorola Razr 2019, for comparison's sake, sports a 16-megapixel main camera, and a ToF 3D camera. It also includes a 5-megapixel selfie camera, though you can take selfies with its rear-facing cameras as well… thanks to that small display on the front.

The Motorola Razr 5G may include a similar setup, in fact. It may ship with a front-facing camera as well. That camera has not been mentioned by Evan Blass.

This smartphone is rumored to launch in September, though we've heard a lot of conflicting information. One rumor even suggested that the device may not launch this year. So, we'll have to wait and see.

The phone is rumored to ship with the Snapdragon 765G 64-bit octa-core processor. That is the same processor that OnePlus will use in its upcoming 'Nord' smartphone.

The phone will also offer more battery capacity

This handset is also rumored to sport a 2,845mAh battery. The Motorola Razr 2019 sports a 2,510mAh unit, so this would be an improvement of sorts… and a much-needed one.

We still do not know how much will this phone cost, though. The Motorola Razr 2019 launched with a price tag of $1,500. Such pricing was criticized due to the phone's dated specs, and problems that occur after the launch.

Motorola will hopefully fix all such issues with the sequel, while offering more modern specs. We do hope that its pricing will remain the same, at the very least, though it would be nice to see an even lower price tag.

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OnePlus Nord Preview: OnePlus X's Spiritual Successor https://onlinenews.tech/2020/05/oneplus-z-preview.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 10:11:14 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=879242 This article will be regularly updated with new information on the OnePlus Nord (this is a preview article) — both official teasers and credible leaks, rumors, and insider claims — as it becomes available in the run-up to the release of the upcoming Android smartphone. The last update was made on July 2. The OnePlus [...]

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This article will be regularly updated with new information on the OnePlus Nord (this is a preview article) — both official teasers and credible leaks, rumors, and insider claims — as it becomes available in the run-up to the release of the upcoming Android smartphone. The last update was made on July 2.

The OnePlus Nord is the company's upcoming mid-range smartphone, its name has been confirmed by the company, and it's codenamed 'Avicii'. The device has been leaking for quite some time now, and based on the latest information, it will become official in July. As most of you know by now, OnePlus did announce two flagship-grade phones in April. Well, the OnePlus Nord will be a more affordable alternative to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro.

The OnePlus Nord will become a spiritual successor to the OnePlus X, kind of. The OnePlus X, for those of you that don't remember, was a mid-range smartphone that launched alongside the OnePlus 2. That was way back in 2015, and since then, OnePlus did not release a single mid-range smartphone. The OnePlus X was quite popular in the tech community, but its sales were not as good as OnePlus had hoped.

Well, considering that the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are quite expensive, the company seems to think it's a good idea to offer a more affordable alternative. The OnePlus Nord will resemble its siblings a bit, but not as much as you may think. In this article, we'll talk about what you can expect out of the OnePlus Nord, as this is a preview article after all. So, let's get started.

OnePlus Z vs OnePlus 8 Lite vs OnePlus Nord?

Before we get down to the design portion of this preview, let's talk about the name of the device. The OnePlus Z was rumroed be its name, but OnePlus Nord prevailed. Initial rumors and leaks suggested that the phone will be called the OnePlus 8 Lite. That would make sense as the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are the company's flagships. Well, OnePlus has decided to go down a different route, it seems.

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This will be a first Nord-branded handset, by the way. OnePlus wanted to create a whole new lineup of devices, which is why it went with the 'Nord' branding. The OnePlus X wasn't exactly called the OnePlus 2 Lite either, so… it seems like OnePlus wants to completely differentiate those devices. It wants to keep its flagship lineup completely separate.

Dual camera hole on the front, and a flat display

The OnePlus Nord will probably resemble the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, but only to a degree. It will be made out of metal and glass, as those two phones, but it'll be easy to recognize it. Unlike the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, the OnePlus Nord will feature a flat display. On top of that, it will have a larger camera hole, as it will feature two selfie cameras. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro include a hole in the top-left corner of their displays. Well, it will be placed in the same spot on the OnePlus Nord.

The back of the device will also look different. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro include a centered display camera setup, while the OnePlus Nord's will be moved to the side (top-left corner). The camera module itself will look different as well. The OnePlus Nord is rumored to include four cameras inside its rear camera module, less than both OnePlus 8 phones.

The alert slider will be included

The power / lock key will be placed on the right side of the phone, along with the alert slider. The volume up and down buttons will be located on the left. The phone will not include a 3.5mm headphone jack, even though some people were hoping it will. OnePlus has completely abandoned the audio jack it seems.

Many people will probably appreciate a flat display on this phone, as the curved display was one of the main complaints when it comes to the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro. The OnePlus Nord is also expected to be a bit smaller than its siblings, especially the 'Pro' model. It's rumored to include a 6.4 or 6.5-inch display. An initial leak, containing CAD-based renders, suggested the phone will measure 159.2 x 74 x 8.6mm. Well, it seems like that leak was showing off an early prototype. The size may not change, but the display camera hole size and location are different.

If the dimensions are accurate, the phone will be a bit shorter, and a bit wider than the OnePlus 8. It will be considerably shorter than the OnePlus 8 Pro, though. Those measurements are probably accurate, at least approximately.

OnePlus 8 Lite render leak 7

Powerful mid-range specifications, and 5G support

The OnePlus Nord will be quite a powerful mid-range phone. The phone will be fueled by the Snapdragon 765G 64-bit octa-core processor, as confirmed by the company. Geekbench actually suggested that in a listing, along with Max J, before official confirmation. That is one of the most powerful mid-range chip that Qualcomm has to offer, and it supports 5G. The OnePlus Nord will be one of the most compelling mid-range phones with 5G support.

The device was initially rumored to include the MediaTek Dimensity 1000L, but that won't be the case. OnePlus either changed its mind, or the original rumor was inaccurate. The device will also include a 90Hz display. OnePlus said, a while back, that it will not release any more smartphones with regular, 60Hz displays. That basically confirms a 90Hz panel for the OnePlus Nord.

The OnePlus 8 includes a 90Hz display, while the OnePlus 8 Pro comes with a 120Hz panel. The OnePlus Nord will probably include a fullHD+ 90Hz Fluid AMOLED display, like the OnePlus 8, but that display will be flat, and possibly smaller than the panel on the OnePlus 8. As mentioned earlier, we're expecting to see a 6.4 or 6.5-inch display on the device.

OnePlus 8 Lite render leak 8

The phone is expected to offer at least 6GB of RAM, though that information hasn't leaked yet. Chances are only one RAM variant will be available, but we'll see. We don't have any information regarding the storage just yet, but you can expect 128GB to be included in the base model. That storage probably will not be expandable.

Android 10 coming, along with a 48-megapixel or 64-megapixel main camera

Android 10 will come pre-installed on the device, along with OnePlus' OxygenOS skin. The OnePlus Nord may include a 48-megapixel or 64-megapixel main camera on the back. In addition to that, we're expecting to see an ultra-wide camera on the back. Two additional sensors are coming, as it will offer four cameras on the back.

An in-display fingerprint scanner will be included inside of this phone, an optical one. You can also expect the device to offer a large battery, and 30T Warp Charge fast wired charging. The phone did surface on TUV Rheinland website, basically confirming that charging speed. That is a 30W charging, the same one you can find on the OnePlus 8 series. The device almost certainly won't support wireless charging. The device probably won't offer an IP rating either.

How affordable will it be?

Well, the OnePlus Nord's exact price tag hasn't surfaced yet. The OnePlus 8's base model is priced at $699 / €729 in the US / Europe, so the OnePlus Nord will probably be considerably more affordable than that. Pete Lau, the company's CEO, did say that the device will cost under $500, so that's at least some type of a guideline. This phone will still be quite compelling, but in order for it to sell, it needs to undercut the OnePlus 8 by a significant margin.

It's coming in July, it seems

OnePlus Z July launch

OnePlus still did not announce when will the OnePlus Nord launch. The company didn't even acknowledge the existence of the device just yet. Well, that may be the case, but a well-known tipster already revealed the phone's launch timeframe. Max J. reported that the OnePlus Nord will become official in July. In addition to that, he also confirmed that it will be fueled by the Snapdragon 765, and support 5G.

The OnePlus Nord was initially rumored to arrive in July, and it seems like that information was accurate. A new rumor says that it will launch on July 10, which is quite possible. On the other hand, the phone's initial pre-order / reservation period will last until July 15, so it's possible an official launch will come later than that.

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Huawei Announces App Innovation Contest With $1 Million Cash Prize https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/huawei-announces-app-innovation-contest.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 09:29:05 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886951 In an attempt to persuade developers to use Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), the Chinese smartphone giant has launched an app innovation contest called Apps UP. The company is inviting developers from around the world to compete for a total of $1 million in cash prizes. Huawei is seeking developers to leverage the functionality provided by [...]

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In an attempt to persuade developers to use Huawei Mobile Services (HMS), the Chinese smartphone giant has launched an app innovation contest called Apps UP. The company is inviting developers from around the world to compete for a total of $1 million in cash prizes.

Huawei is seeking developers to leverage the functionality provided by HMS Core to create innovative apps and games.

HMS Core is the collection of Huawei developer kits and services. Integrating the company's Chipset-Device-Cloud capabilities, the platform provides several core capabilities to developers, such as Machine Learning Kit, HiAI, AR Engine, and more.

The company gave a few examples of the integration with HMS Core. Sketch AR is one such app that uses Huawei HiAI to create a smarter app for virtual art creation. Similarly, StorySign uses Huawei HiAI Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to scan text and integrates Machine Learning Kit to translate books into sign language to ensure deaf children can enjoy them.

Huawei says its Huawei Mobile Services currently has more than 1.4 million developers on board. There are also over 60,000 apps connected to HMS Core, serving Huawei device users in over 170 countries and regions.

Huawei app contest: How to enter

The Huawei HMS app innovation contest is open for developers based in EuropeAsia PacificMiddle East & Africa, Latin America, and China.

It is already live and registrations will be open until August 30, 2020. You can enter as an individual or as a team of up to three. A team can submit a maximum of five apps.

You must submit your app on the official contest website by August 30, 2020. A regional panel of judges will then shortlist the 20 best apps each for the aforementioned five regions. The selected apps will be put to the public review from September 21, 2020.

At this stage, the apps will be available for the general public to download and use. The apps will be available through the contest website as well as the Huawei AppGallery until October 4, 2020.

The final round of this contest will be in October, with the winning apps in each of the five regions taking away $200,000 in total cash prizes. The total prize amount adds up to $1 million globally.

There will be five prize categories in total. There are the Best App, Best Game, Best Social Impact App, and Most Popular App categories, as well as an Honorable Mention category. Winners are also eligible for additional incentives, such as AppGallery promotional resources and Huawei cloud resources. Huawei also promises free access to Huawei Developers events, courses, and certifications for the winners of the Apps UP contest.

Visit the official Apps UP contest page to learn more and register.

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Xiaomi Mi TV Master Is A Premium TV With 120Hz 4K OLED Display https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/xiaomi-mi-tv-master-announcement.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 08:37:20 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886966 Xiaomi has announced its flagship TV, the Mi TV Master. The Xiaomi Mi TV Master is the company's premium offering, and the highest-end TV the company released thus far. This sleek-looking TV comes with almost non-existent bezels, and features a large 65-inch display. More on that in a second. The TV is mounted on a [...]

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Xiaomi has announced its flagship TV, the Mi TV Master. The Xiaomi Mi TV Master is the company's premium offering, and the highest-end TV the company released thus far.

This sleek-looking TV comes with almost non-existent bezels, and features a large 65-inch display. More on that in a second. The TV is mounted on a stand, but it can always be placed on a wall as well.

The Xiaomi Mi TV Master comes with a beautiful 65-inch 4K OLED display

The Xiaomi Mi TV Master features a gorgeous 65-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) OLED display with a 178-degree viewing angle, and 120Hz display refresh rate.

This panel comes with 98.5-percent DCI-P3 color gamut, and 1,000 nits peak brightness. It does support HDR10+ content, while it also features MEMC, Dolby Vision, and 1ms response time.

This smart TV is fueled by the MediaTek MT9650 quad-core processor, which comes with the Mali-G52 MC1 GPU. The TV offers a professional gaming mode, and automatic low latency mode (ALLM).

DC dimming is also included in the package, and is variable refresh rate (VRR). The TV comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Xiaomi's Patchwall is also included in the package, while the TV supports Bluetooth 5.0 and WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz).

The TV comes with three HDMI ports (including HDMI eARC), two USB ports, S/PDIF, and an Ethernet port. 65W speakers are also included (2×12.5W left and right channels), 2x10W surround channels, 20W 50Hz ultra-low frequency subwoofer.

4-mic array for Xiao AI is also included, as is DTS audio. The TV offers a 98.8-percent screen-to-body ratio, while its bezels are 4.6mm thin. Such thin bezels are really rare to see on TVs.

This TV also sports self-luminous technology, and comes with AI master engine

This TV also comes with self-luminous technology, which basically means that it does not require the backlight of traditional LCD displays.

The AI master engine offers pixel-level dynamic picture quality adjustment, claims Xiaomi. That is achieved by an independent APU neural network computing unit for intelligent rrrrrrrrsis, identification, and optimization of the picture.

It has 20+ image quality algorithms, and 5 major scene synchronization adjustments, done frame by frame. This TV's display can also be used as a message board.

This TV has been announced in China, and it is priced at CNY12,999 ($1,840). The Xiaomi Mi TV Master will go on sale starting tomorrow. It remains to be seen if it will arrive in any additional markets.

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'OnePlus Nord' Name Meaning Explained By Carl Pei https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/oneplus-nord-name-meaning-explained.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 07:54:09 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886964 OnePlus recently confirmed that its upcoming budget smartphone will carry the 'Nord' name, and the company's co-founder decided to explain the meaning behind that choice. That device was originally rumored as the OnePlus 8 Lite. Following that, the OnePlus Z name popped up. It seems like none of those seemed right to OnePlus, as the [...]

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OnePlus recently confirmed that its upcoming budget smartphone will carry the 'Nord' name, and the company's co-founder decided to explain the meaning behind that choice.

That device was originally rumored as the OnePlus 8 Lite. Following that, the OnePlus Z name popped up. It seems like none of those seemed right to OnePlus, as the company went with the 'Nord' naming after all.

The company's co-founder explains the OnePlus 'Nord' name meaning

The company's co-founder went to Twitter to explain the meaning behind the 'OnePlus Nord' name. Mr. Pei says that "some people" have been asking about the name, so he decided to offer up a quick response.

He says that the name comes from the "concept of true north". He added: "We each have this inner compass that guides us". The 'Nord' product line is supposed to remind us to always search for our true north, says Mr. Pei.

That is at least how he, and the company's employees see it. Carl Pei hopes that it will inspire other people as well. The OnePlus Nord is expected to launch sometime this month.

It was rumored to arrive on July 10, but the initial pre-order period already kicked off, and will last until July 15. That suggests that the phone may arrive later than expected.

OnePlus did kick off pre-orders for the phone, though it's more of a reservation than anything else. It does offer up some perks if you decide to reserve your copy this early, though.

This handset will become a spiritual successor to the OnePlus X

The OnePlus Nord will become the company's new budget smartphone. It will become a spiritual successor to the OnePlus X, which launched alongside the OnePlus 2 back in the day.

The 'Nord' will launch in India and Europe, at least initially. The device will be fueled by the Snapdragon 765G, that much has been confirmed thus far. Therefore, it will support 5G connectivity.

Chances are that this phone will be made out of metal and glass. It is also expected to feature two front-facing cameras, and four cameras on the back.

The device will come with Android 10 out of the box, and the company's OxygenOS skin on top of it. It remains to be seen if it will offer water and dust resistance, but it probably will not.

Fast battery charging will be included, though, quite probably OnePlus' 30W charging. Wireless charging, on the other hand, will not be a part of the package.

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Galaxy Z Flip 5G 'Mystic Bronze' Shown From All Angles https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/galaxy-z-flip-5g-mystic-bronze-all-angles.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 07:09:57 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886955 The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G 'Mystic Bronze' has just surfaced in a GIF format, and that animated image shows the device from all angles. This image has been shared by Evan Blass, via his Patreon page. As you can see, the 5G variant of the Galaxy Z Flip will look basically the same as [...]

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G 'Mystic Bronze' has just surfaced in a GIF format, and that animated image shows the device from all angles. This image has been shared by Evan Blass, via his Patreon page.

Galaxy Z Flip 5G Mystic Bronze 1

As you can see, the 5G variant of the Galaxy Z Flip will look basically the same as the 4G model. Its dimensions will be slightly different, but that's something you'll be hard-pressed to notice.

The Galaxy Z Flip 5G 'Mystic Bronze' shown from all angles as it joins the gray-colored model

The device surfaced on TENAA yesterday, and shared its new, gray-colored design. That is the second color of the phone that we're aware of at this point. That listing also shared the phone's specifications.

The Galaxy Z Flip 5G will be fueled by the Snapdragon 865+, and that is the biggest bump over the 4G variant. The 4G model, as a reminder, is fueled by the Snapdragon 855 Plus processor.

The device will still feature a 6.7-inch fullHD+ (2636 x 1080) AMOLED display on the inside. Its outer display will measure 1.05 inches, and this is also an OLED panel (300 x 112).

Two 12-megapixel cameras will be included on the back of this phone. The device will also include 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Android 10 will come pre-installed out of the box.

This smartphone will include a dual battery setup. It will sport 2,500mAh and 704mAh batteries on the inside. 15W fast charging will be a part of the offering as well. On top of that, dual-band Wi-Fi ax will also be supported.

This smartphone is expected to arrive in August. August 5 has been mentioned for the company's Unpacked event, but nothing has been confirmed thus far.

This foldable handset will launch alongside four other flagship-grade phones

In any case, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G is expected to arrive with four other flagship-grade phones. The Galaxy Note 20, Note 20+, Note 20 Ultra, and Fold 2 are all expected to launch during that event.

So, Samsung will basically announce two foldable handsets during the same event. In July, on the other hand, we're expected to see the Galaxy Tab S7, S7+, and Galaxy Watch 3.

There you have it. The Galaxy Z Flip 5G 'Mystic Bronze' has shown its body from all angles here. There's very little to hide when it comes to this device at this point.

We still do not know how much will the phone cost. It is expected to cost more than the 4G variant, but it remains to be seen for what price will Samsung settle.

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How To Start A Hulu Watch Party With Friends https://onlinenews.tech/how-to-start-a-hulu-watch-party-with-friends.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:55:53 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886920 If you're feeling a little anxious, and frankly a little bit lonely, from having to stay home more often than you might be used to, Hulu Watch Party can help and here's how to set it up if you're keen to try it out. First things first, Hulu Watch Party is essentially a way for [...]

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If you're feeling a little anxious, and frankly a little bit lonely, from having to stay home more often than you might be used to, Hulu Watch Party can help and here's how to set it up if you're keen to try it out.

First things first, Hulu Watch Party is essentially a way for you to watch shows on Hulu with friends. For all intents and purposes, it's not really visually different from watching Hulu by yourself or with another person in the room.

The UI is mostly the same. The only real difference, aside from the fact that other people are watching your exact stream with you, is the chat room feature. Hence the "party" in Hulu Watch Party.

To be honest this came out around the perfect time. Or close to it. Because while not everyone is staying inside these days compared to just a couple of months ago, some still are and are craving interaction with friends and loved ones. Hulu Watch Party may be just what you need. Here's how to start a Watch Party and enjoy shows with friends.

How To Start a Hulu Watch Party with friends & family

Hulu Watch Party How To 1

To start a party, you or someone who's in the party has to have a Hulu subscription. Not just any subscription though. You need the no-ads one.

If you've got that covered, then simply go to Hulu and find some content to watch. From there, look for the little icon once you bring up the show panel that looks like three little people. The button should be between the "my stuff" and the "resume episode" buttons.

Just click that and it'll open the party room for the episode of whatever it is you're watching. Assuming it's a show. If it's a movie it's the same thing. Just for a film and not a TV show episode. Also worth noting is that this is an early access feature. So it's not technically fully rolled out yet.

Once it does roll out, certain aspects of it could change. Though Hulu didn't mention as much when it announced Watch Party earlier this year.

Copy and share the special party link

Hulu Watch Party How To 1

Once you open the party room with your selected content, the first thing that will pop up is a special link created for the party.

You just need to copy and paste this link anywhere you want to share it. Basically anywhere that anyone you want in the party will have access to it. If you want to share it with specific people, you can share the link in a message or email. Or you can just paste it to your social feeds and anyone who clicks it can join.

You can only have up to eight people in a party though, including yourself. So keep that in mind. Each person in the party also needs to have a no ads subscription from Hulu. If they do not, they will simply be taken to the Hulu landing page to sign up.

Wait for everyone to join, then start the party!

After you share the link and everyone has joined up, you control the show.

You're the host (if you're the one who started the party), so when everyone is ready, hit the start party button and the show will begin. There's a chat panel off to the right of the screen, just in case anyone wants to discuss what's happening.

Chat with friends during the show

Hulu Watch Party How To 3

Hulu wanted this to be a social experience to be shared with a friends and loved ones. As such, the chat is an important factor in this endeavor.

Chatting in a watch party is easy. Just click in the text box and type up your message and hit send. You can even add in emoji if you feel the need. Each person pops up in the chat with an associated letter. This way everyone knows who's in the chat and who's saying what.

That'll be important if you want to avoid confusion on who you're speaking to. You can also hide the chat panel if you click the full screen button. If you want to watch the show uninterrupted.

This might be preferred by anyone who wants their viewing experience to be centered on their display to. When it's not in full screen, the chat panel pushes the show panel off to the left some. Which is probably the only downside of this Hulu feature.

Now that you know how to set everything up, start a party and enjoy some TV with your loved ones. Just because you can't hang out physically doesn't mean you can't enjoy watching TV together.

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ASUS Will Unveil The ROG Phone 3 At The End Of This Month https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/asus-will-unveil-the-rog-phone-3-at-the-end-of-this-month.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:34:02 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886946 ASUS has been teasing the ROG Phone 3 for months now and today it officially confirmed it will unveil the device soon. Over at the official ASUS website, there's now a landing page for the ROG Phone 3 that the company is using to tease when exactly it will unveil the phone. It's nearly 21 [...]

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ASUS has been teasing the ROG Phone 3 for months now and today it officially confirmed it will unveil the device soon.

Over at the official ASUS website, there's now a landing page for the ROG Phone 3 that the company is using to tease when exactly it will unveil the phone. It's nearly 21 days from now at the time of writing.

And although there isn't much detail about the device, or any images for that matter, there is a countdown timer. As well as the ability to sign up for notifications about the reveal should you want them. Alerts will go out 15 minutes before the event starts.

ASUS will unveil the ROG Phone 3 on July 22

If you've been looking forward to the next gaming phone from ASUS you still have to wait a little bit longer.

The countdown timer on the official landing page shows that the unveiling will be nearly 21 days from now. July 22 will be the official date, with the exact timing being 8AM PST/11AM EST. That will be a Wednesday morning, so it'll be something to look forward to as you head into the middle of the week.

Technically, nothing on the page refers to the third ROG Phone in ASUS's official imagery. However, the name of the device is listed not only in the address bar, but also in a small box next to your mouse cursor if you hover over the main section of the page.

ASUS isn't trying to hide that the phone is coming. Nor is it hiding what this event is for. Unlike Samsung who is generally a little more cryptic with the announcements for its Galaxy S and Note series phones.

In addition to the device label, the landing page also says New Game Starts From Here, and Game Changer, so the message is pretty clear.

The phone will be a game changer

Yeah, yeah. Every company thinks this about its own products. But in ASUS's case, it's more likely to be true and the ROG Phone 3 probably will be a game changer.

The ROG Phone II was one of the best gaming phones of its time when it launched. If not the best. We absolutely loved it. There's nothing to suggest that ASUS won't deliver on this front again. The phone will be powered by a next-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform.

The landing page doesn't say which one, but it's been rumored to be the Snapdragon 865 or the Snapdragon 865+. It's also likely to come with at least 12GB of RAM (one rumor has suggested there could be a 16GB model), at least a 120Hz display, and carry a battery capacity of 6,000mAh. Which is what the ROG Phone II has.

Long story short, the phone will be a beast and ASUS will potentially prove that it can deliver the pinnacle of mobile gaming hardware. Again.

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Sling TV Goes Against The Grain With New 1-Year Price Guarantee https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/sling-tv-new-1-year-price-guarantee-signup-offers.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:26:49 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886926 Sling TV is now offering new subscribers up to a year of locked-in costs via a 1-year price guarantee. The move is decidedly in opposition to the direction other streaming services are currently taking. And it the guarantee is reportedly available to new subscribers throughout July. Looking more closely at the deal users are getting, [...]

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Sling TV is now offering new subscribers up to a year of locked-in costs via a 1-year price guarantee. The move is decidedly in opposition to the direction other streaming services are currently taking. And it the guarantee is reportedly available to new subscribers throughout July.

Looking more closely at the deal users are getting, the cost of either Sling's Orange or Blue plan can be locked in at just $30 per month. That's on top of a free 14-day trial it's presently offering. Either offering nets users 10-hours of free cloud-DVR for recording their favorite episodes or movies to watch later. But the Blue plan offers a lot more with up to three-device streams at once over the Orange plan's single device streaming.

There are also more than 50 channels on the Blue plan compared to the other's more than 30. The former, of course, is better for news and entertainment while the latter is geared at families and those who love sports. And that includes 50,000 on-demand titles in addition to "today's most popular news and entertainment channels including."

Sling TV boasts news and entertainment from CNN, FOX News, AMC, HGTV, TNT, and TBS as major contributors to the content it offers.

Get an AirTV Mini with your 1-year price guarantee from Sling TV

Sign-ups for a year of price locking come to an end on August 1, 2020. Once purchased, users can get that price until August 1, 2021.

Sign-ups that include a free trial, conversely, go through July 6. So potential customers who want to take advantage of both offers will need to sign up fairly quickly.

However, Sling TV isn't done putting up enticing offers and, in fact, is also sweetening the deal beyond its price guarantee too. And it's accomplishing that via a pretty great sign-on bonus. Customers who sign up and who also pay for three months in advance will get a $145 AirTV 2 with an OTA antenna. That'll be completely free. That device is aimed at helping users regain access to their local channels. So users can watch all of their live TV from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and others without the need to pay extra.

Better still, users who sign up and pay in advance for a 2-months can get an AirTV Mini, according to the company's official site. That has the added benefit of delivering up to 4K streaming and one-touch access to both Sling and Netflix — for those hanging on to that account. It also allows apps, games, music, and other experiences to be discovered directly via Google Play.

This could be the one-two punch many streaming subscribers were waiting for

The biggest benefit of the latest Sling TV offer, though, may not actually be the bonuses that a subscription can deliver. Instead, it's probably the cost of service. Other services have gone up in price over the past several months, most recently with YouTube TV bumping up by 30-percent to $65 per month.

That's over its original pricing at just $35 and mostly down to the addition of new channels and content. But that's going to be a difficult burden for some users to justify given the ongoing state of global health concerns. And it's just one of many price hikes from effectively all of Sling TV's competition. And that means that now is undoubtedly the time to try Sling TV out, for those who haven't already.

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Google Maps Gains A Sleeker Interface, Better Android Auto Support https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/android-auto-maps-improvements-interface-UI-better-landscape-android-auto-mode.html Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:06:02 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886910 Google is now making fairly significant changes to its Maps application, including some that make Android Auto navigation better. Spotted in the latest update to version 10.45, the most notable alterations will, in fact, apply to that other experience. That's because the changes are most noticeable in landscape orientation. Starting with where the most impact [...]

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Google is now making fairly significant changes to its Maps application, including some that make Android Auto navigation better. Spotted in the latest update to version 10.45, the most notable alterations will, in fact, apply to that other experience. That's because the changes are most noticeable in landscape orientation.

Starting with where the most impact will be felt, now UI elements no longer take up the entire screen in landscape mode. That means that when users rotate their phone 90-degrees or utilize Maps in Android Auto they'll still be able to actually see the map.

That's driven mostly by changes made to how the pull-up style information and navigation card appears. Previously, that had been designed to fill up a not-insignificant portion of the lower half of the display. And it stretched from side-to-side to fill that space. When pulled up, especially when navigating in landscape orientation, it effectively filled the entire screen.

With the recent alterations in place, as shown in the example images provided by the source, it now only fills a little more under half of the viewable area. That's enabled by Google's decision to switch to a more card-like UI. Google placed rounded corners on the UI to effectively restrict it to a set width. It's the same size now in landscape mode or on an Android Auto display as it would be in portrait orientation.

That's in Landscape mode, so what about Google Maps in Portrait mode?

In portrait orientation, there's not much change to report. Or at least not much change that users will notice right away. As noted above, this will prove far more useful for those users who prefer landscape mode. Or those that prefer an Android Auto-driven Google Maps experience. That does not mean that there's no change at all, although it will affect far fewer users.

With the changes in place, portrait mode shows a similarly rounded-corner card-like design. That means that there's now a small sliver of the map still visible to either the left- or right-hand side of that card. That sliver disappears when the card is pulled up but the rounded corners remain.

In both modes, the banner at the top has been adjusted too. Now, that floats over the top of the UI instead of taking up quite so much space.

Other key changes to the UI are in how the information on that card and its icons is presented. Google centered the travel time, distance, and arrival time at the top of the card. The collapse icon has been replaced by a 'potential routes' icon. That takes its place to the right of the travel and distance information, letting users examine other possible routes just in case. To the left of the now-centered details, Google has placed an "x" icon to close out navigation. The card is collapsed now by a gesture.

This is arriving on the server-side, no manual updates needed

These changes could feasibly help cement Google Maps position as one of the best maps applications around. And, as is almost always the case with Google apps, users won't even have to put much effort in to see the difference. Instead, this is arriving as part of a server-side update. That means there's no need to navigate to the Google Play Store and manually update anything. It'll simply appear when it's ready for any given user.

Of course, that also means it won't be showing up for every Android or Google Maps user right away.

Google Maps Android Auto Update 01 from AndroidPolice

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Apple Rips Dark Sky From The Play Store As Promised https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/apple-removes-dark-sky-google-play-store-no-refund-yet-apis.html Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:31:32 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886897 Apple has now carried through on a promise to remove its weather app Dark Sky from the Google Play Store, reports indicate. The company bought out the popular subscription weather application back in March. While on Android, the app provided current and forecast weather as well as radar maps and other features. Notifications for certain [...]

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Apple has now carried through on a promise to remove its weather app Dark Sky from the Google Play Store, reports indicate. The company bought out the popular subscription weather application back in March.

While on Android, the app provided current and forecast weather as well as radar maps and other features. Notifications for certain weather conditions and more were present and accounted for as well. Touted as a highly accurate app, that all started out for free for two-weeks. Then, users were required to pay a subscription, totaling to $2.99 per year.

After it was purchased by Apple, Dark Sky began showing users a warning that its service would no longer be available after July 1. Now, the company has removed the app from the Google Play Store. The Android competitor also noted that it would shut the app down and that subscribers would be issued a refund.

Now, searching for the Dark Sky app in the Google Play Store no longer returns the app as a result. Users who already had the app are still seeing the app appear and it still appears to work. But that may not remain the case for much longer.

Why did Apple buy out Dark Sky and remove it from Play?

Now, when Apple bought out Dark Sky, it appears to have done with the goal of integrating it into its own home-grown weather service. And that appears to be what has happened. The data from that app and its associated API is already reportedly integrated into the Weather app in iOS 14.

In the meantime, the API behind Dark Sky does still appear to be available for third-party developers. That means that Android and Wear OS apps built on the platform still work. Apple planned that support to end in 2021. But, simultaneously, Apple isn't allowing any further third-party devs to sign up.

The rapid integration here is not entirely surprising either. Dark Sky held a proprietary algorithm that allowed its app to provide "down-to-the-minute" weather forecasts. At least for rain. And predictions for the next hour of a given day were provided via notifications, making Dark Sky one of the best apps around. That helped it grow rapidly to well over a million installs during its short Android tenure.

Where do users turn from here?

With Apple's final decision to remove Dark Sky from Android, the star rating on the Play Store — as of last accounting — dropped quickly down to 1.7-stars, in fact. The fruit-based smartphone manufacturer has often been accused of taking the best features from Android well after those are well established and marketing them as its own. So many users were and are understandably upset. There are plenty of alternatives available but those won't necessarily tick all of the same boxes for end-users.

Apple has promised a refund for users who were subscribed and had an active subscription when the app was pulled down. Apple will undoubtedly make good on that promise. But those, at least for now, don't appear to have started appearing for end-users just yet.

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Samsung Rumored To Drop No Fewer Than Nine Galaxy Watch 3 Variations https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/samsung-rumor-nine-galaxy-watch-3-variations-titanium-stainless-steel-41mm-45mm.html Wed, 01 Jul 2020 23:00:10 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886889 Prominent leak provider Evan Blass has now taken to Twitter to reveal that Samsung may release no fewer than nine variations of its Galaxy Watch 3. Those can easily be categorized by color, connectivity technology, and size for the most part. In total, there appear to be at least five configurations of the Samsung Galaxy [...]

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Prominent leak provider Evan Blass has now taken to Twitter to reveal that Samsung may release no fewer than nine variations of its Galaxy Watch 3. Those can easily be categorized by color, connectivity technology, and size for the most part.

In total, there appear to be at least five configurations of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 measuring in at 45mm. Typically, that's the size of the watch measured across the watch frame. There are also four smaller 41mm watches listed, pointing to a model that's more directly aimed at those with smaller wrists. That seems to suggest that Samsung plans to cater more directly to both men and women, this time around.

For both 45mm and 41mm variations of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, there are at least two color configurations. And each of those will be available with either LTE or Bluetooth connectivity options. Each is also said to be built from stainless steel. The 45mm watches are available in black or silver. The 41mm version also comes in silver. Or users will reportedly be able to pick it up in a two-tone configuration with bronze and gold accents.

These nine variations may not be too many at all

Now, as hinted by the above-mentioned list, nine variations of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 may not be as many as it seems. That's because, while distinct, these variations fall squarely into only a few categories. And some are accounted for by color variation. Or at least that's mostly the case. They can be organized by size, connectivity feature, and functionality.

At least one of the variations is a bit more mysterious. That's the 45mm Black Titanium configuration. Presumably, that device will also be made available in an LTE variant. That would push the total number of configurations to ten if Samsung doesn't also have a smaller 41mm titanium version planned. But it's the only configuration listed with the word or initials for "Titanium" anywhere in the designation.

That seems to suggest that this one won't be made of stainless steel — as the others are all designated. Instead, this one will be made with a somewhat more resilient titanium frame and/or body.

Pricing is among the details that have not been revealed for this wearable device. But building the smartwatch on such a platform, if that's what Samsung is doing, will also impact pricing. Of the listed gadgets, that variant would easily be the most expensive. And an LTE-compatible version would be even more expensive.

What else is there to know about the upcoming Galaxy Watch 3?

This isn't the first appearance of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 either. Previous leaks have already suggested that at least some variants wouldn't just support LTE. They'd also, rumor has it, ship with dedicated SIM slots. That should, in turn, make it easier to buy one of the new Tizen-powered devices without being locked to a carrier. And it shouldn't interfere too much with the expected MIL-STD-810G certification for ruggedness either.

The gadget will probably include a 340mAh battery as well, while the smaller one may pack a 247mAh capacity battery instead. 1GB of RAM will be in place, reportedly, to keep apps and features running smoothly.

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Niantic's Next AR Game Is Based On The Strategy Franchise Catan https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/niantics-next-ar-game-is-based-on-the-strategy-franchise-catan.html Wed, 01 Jul 2020 22:51:17 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886906 In case you missed it, Niantic's latest game built on AR technology was recently announced, and it's based on the popular strategy series 'Catan' and will probably be releasing sometime later this year. Catan – World Explorers as it's called is the company's latest take on the game space of augmented reality. So far this [...]

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In case you missed it, Niantic's latest game built on AR technology was recently announced, and it's based on the popular strategy series 'Catan' and will probably be releasing sometime later this year.

Catan – World Explorers as it's called is the company's latest take on the game space of augmented reality. So far this will be Niantic's fourth AR game, though Catan – World Explorers will really be the first one that sort of fits into the strategy genre.

That being said there are bound to be a lot of similarities between this game and the other ones that Niantic has in its library. At least from a technology standpoint.

Niantic's latest AR game turns the world into a giant Catan game board

Catan World Explorers

Ever wanted to play a game of Catan in the real world and gather resources as you would in the normal game?

Well you'll have your chance in the future with Catan – World Explorers. Because it more or less turns the whole world into a giant Catan game board. As Niantic describes it, you can explore your local cities and towns to find and gather resources.

The underlying theme is basically domination, but not in the same sense as something like Risk. With Catan – World Explorers, you can use the resources you obtain to build up settlements. Building up settlements earns points for your chosen faction.

And the faction with the most points is essentially winning. Since this will be an ongoing game you can't technically win. But you can stay in the lead as the dominating faction. One interesting bit is that you won't have tons of access to all of the game's resources.

Some will be finite in your area and to acquire some of the others you may have to trade with another player. As some resources may only be available in abundance in specific regions around the world. Similar to certain Pokémon in Pokémon GO.

A beta will start sometime soon

Niantic will have a beta available of the game for players to test it out. Just like it's done with its other AR games in the past.

The company hasn't stated when the beta will be exactly. Other than that it will be starting "soon." With no date it's a little tough to pin down when to expect Catan – World Explorers to be available in this first-look beta state. But "soon" suggests that it will be sometime this Summer.

Though the beta will probably have limited access to the game's full release features, when it launches out of beta Catan – World Explorers will have seasons that players participate in.

Factions that score the most points in a season will end up with rewards and bonuses that can be used in future seasons. So there's incentive to trying to be on top.

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Samsung Sets Sights On Flexible Battery For Foldable Smartphones https://onlinenews.tech/2020/07/samsung-flexible-battery-foldable-smartphones-patent.html Wed, 01 Jul 2020 22:14:29 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886870 A new patent spotted at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seems to suggest that Samsung is ready to use a flexible battery in its foldable smartphones. Reported by Dutch site LetsGoDigital, the patent reveals a battery with a flexible segment. Unlike current designs though, the slimmer portion isn't just comprised of connectors between two [...]

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A new patent spotted at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seems to suggest that Samsung is ready to use a flexible battery in its foldable smartphones. Reported by Dutch site LetsGoDigital, the patent reveals a battery with a flexible segment. Unlike current designs though, the slimmer portion isn't just comprised of connectors between two cells. It's actually part of secondary cells themselves. That means that Samsung is able to save space by putting part of the battery capacity under the hinge itself.

The benefit of that would be devices that have larger capacity without wasting space where the hinge is. Instead, that portion of the design can be used for the battery too. Leaving room for other components that can't be bent in more rigid parts of the design. For example, the motherboard and associated chips as well as cameras can be placed in space that used to be occupied by the battery.

Samsung's flexible battery designs aren't limited to current folding designs for smartphones

Another interesting aspect of the patent, as laid out by the source, is that this doesn't appear to be limited to current folding smartphone designs either. As shown in the images below, Samsung doesn't intend the flexible battery designs to simply accommodate horizontal- or vertical-folding smartphones. Or, at the very least, not solely for devices that have a single fold.

Those designs are, of course, shown as well. But breaking the battery cells into more large and small components allows for more. Perhaps most intriguing is one such concept showing a phone that folds multiple times — as many as three hinges with four segments. That segmentation would allow for smartphones that are aimed more at portability than even the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

For instance, Samsung might be able to build a smartphone that folds up into a smaller overall space. That would fit more easily in pockets or a small bag. Or, conversely, it might allow for smartphones that fold in multiple directions. That could accommodate a device that folds open for a smartphone mode and then further again for a tablet mode.

Taken to the extreme, the design could ultimately pave the way even further still. Samsung is no stranger to novel smartphone design patents. And among those are several that don't fold but roll up like a scroll. Using materials that allow for thinner, flexible batteries could feasibly allow those types of rolling gadgets to eventually be manufactured. That's only a speculation, of course, but maybe possible if the limits of the technology as described by the patent can be pushed that far.

Smartphones designed on this aren't arriving this year

Now, although there's now a patent for this technology that doesn't mean it will be used in the real world anytime soon. That's the case with all patents and not just this one from Samsung. Patents typically act as a starting point for design ideas rather than an end-point for smartphone design.

If Samsung does have plans to utilize this patent in real-world devices, those won't necessarily be launching soon. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2, for instance, may not launch until February of next year. That would be in keeping with the current pattern of launches from the company. And, if rumors about that gadget or the expected Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 — expected in August — bear any truth, those devices are already effectively set in stone. So they won't likely use this new technology.

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Top 9 Best Stadia Accessories – July 2020 https://onlinenews.tech/best-stadia-accessories.html Wed, 01 Jul 2020 21:56:22 +0000 https://onlinenews.tech/?p=886474 No matter where you play Stadia games, or on which device, there are definitely going to be accessories for you to use, but which ones are the best? We've put together a list for that. Stadia has the benefit of working across devices like PCs, TVs, and on phones, which means it'll work with tons [...]

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No matter where you play Stadia games, or on which device, there are definitely going to be accessories for you to use, but which ones are the best? We've put together a list for that.

Stadia has the benefit of working across devices like PCs, TVs, and on phones, which means it'll work with tons of accessories to enhance the gaming experience and these are some of the best ones.

Top 9 Best Stadia Accessories – July 2020 Summary

Below you'll find a short summary on the list of top 9 best Stadia accessories we've picked for July of 2020.

There's an accessory or two that fits each device you can play Stadia games on. So everyone should be able to find something. The summary includes the cost of each accessory, and where to buy if you're short on time.

Below the summary you'll find a slightly longer description of each item along with the where to buy links.

 

Accessory Cost Where to buy
Stadia Controller $69 Google Store
Astro A50 Wireless Headphones $279 Amazon
Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard – Tenkeyless $119.99 Amazon
Razer Kishi Mobile Controller $79 Amazon/Razer
Razer Raiju Mobile Controller $109 Amazon
Power Support CLAW for Stadia Controller $14.99 Google Store
Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller $179.99 Amazon
Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds $99 Amazon
Razer Viper Ultimate Gaming Mouse $129.99 Amazon

Top 9 Best Stadia Accessories – July 2020 List

If you want to know a little bit more about each accessory and why you'd want it for your Stadia experience, check out the list below.

Stadia Controller

Stadia Controller

We'll kick things off with the Stadia controller because it's one of the more versatile accessories on here.

It works when you play on your TV with the Chromecast Ultra, it works with the PC, and it works with your phone. And, better still, it now works wirelessly with all three as Google just added wireless support for Android phones on June 30.

As controllers go, it's a pretty standard setup and it comes with all the buttons you'd want a normal controller to have. It has a good weight to it and it's built well.

All in all, it's a great controller for your Stadia gaming needs. It might seem a bit pricey, but in contrast to some of the other options out there it's actually not too bad when it comes to cost.

Astro A50 Wireless Headphones

  • Price: $279
  • Where To Buy: Amazon

Astro makes a high-quality headset and it tends to come with a high quality price. But, high prices are the price you pay when you want one of the best accessories you can get for gaming, even when it's gaming on Stadia.

The Astro A50 Wireless will work with Stadia on both PC, and when you're playing through the Chromecast. Thanks to the receiver that plugs into the TV or the PC that the headphones connect to.

You're also getting some top-tier audio out of these headphones, plus, they're wireless which is really the best part, and they feature a mic so you can use the in-game voice chat.

As an added bonus, these work for PS4 too. So if you have one and want to game on it for a while, you can.

The base station receiver also works as a stand for the headphones when they're not in use. So you can put them on display in a nice clean setup. You could use any pair of wireless headphones that would connect to the TV or the PC. But these are designed specifically for gaming and feature less latency, which is what you'll want when playing games.

Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

  • Price: $119.99
  • Where To Buy: Amazon

If you're playing games on PC, even through Stadia, then you want a good gaming keyboard for the games that will benefit from playing with keyboard and mouse over a controller.

The Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard from Glorious is a fantastic option in this category. The best thing about the GMMK is its customization.

You can swap out the switches under the keycaps with relative ease. So much in fact that it's the easiest I've ever personally seen it. It also comes in three different sizes with the full, tenkeyless, and compact options.

It has a very minimalist design so it's not too garish, though it does have RGB lighting for the keys so there is some brightness to it. Aside from the lights though the design is very simple. Which is excellent.

This is a wired keyboard, so while you don't get the freedom of a wireless option, you're less likely to have any interference or disconnection issues with it being plugged in all the time.

Also, the switches are hot swappable so not only can you pop them out without having to solder anything, you can swap them while the keyboard is on and in use. You can even mix and match the switches so you have certain ones under certain key caps for the perfect feel.

Razer Kishi Mobile Controller

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Razer's Kishi is one of the best accessories for Stadia because technically it was built for Stadia.

Really it was built for all cloud gaming options. Since Stadia is one of these though it is a wonderful controller to use when playing Stadia games on your phone. You can see our full thoughts on it here in our review.

Don't get us wrong. The Stadia controller works perfectly fine for playing Stadia games on the phone. Especially with the CLAW attachment and now that the controller supports wireless play for Android devices.

The thing is, even then the controller feels a little top heavy. The Kishi eliminates that problem because the phone sits in between the two sides of the controller. It's also technically a wired setup because the Kishi does plug into your phone's USB-C port, which translates to a nearly latency-free gaming experience.

It does have one downside. It can only be used with phones that have the USB-C port in the middle. If it's off to the side like on the ROG Phone II, it won't work.

Other than that, this is a great controller with every button you need for Stadia. Plus, it features pass-through charging so you can charge the phone while playing. When you're all done playing, collapse it down to its unused state and it's nice and compact.

Razer Raiju Mobile Controller

Razer Raiju Mobile

  • Price: $109
  • Where To Buy: Amazon

Keeping things on the Razer train for a moment here (and why not because it makes some excellent gaming accessories), the Raiju Mobile is a fantastic controller for Stadia too.

It even comes with its own built-in claw attachment that flips up to hold your phone during use.

The Raiju Mobile is Bluetooth, so it connects to your phone wirelessly, and it's a full-size controller. While not as compact as the Kishi for storage, the full-size build is likely going to be a tad more comfortable to hold while playing games.

You can adjust the phone mount for different viewing angles, and Razer designed it with a "hair trigger mode" which it says can give you a competitive edge.

For the most part this is very similar in shape and size to an Xbox One controller. If that's your preferred console controller, then you'll love this for Stadia when playing on your phone.

Power Support CLAW Attachment for Stadia Controller

Stadia Controller The Claw accessory

If you have the Stadia controller and you plan to play on your phone ever, you want this attachment.

It grabs onto your controller with a nice, snug fit and holds your phone in place so it's closer to your face while playing. It also has rubber grips so it doesn't move around too much while on the controller. In fact it really doesn't move at all unless you force it to.

It's a simple accessory, but a must-have if you play Stadia on your Android device with the Stadia controller.

Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller

  • Price: $179.99
  • Where To Buy: Amazon

If you take your gaming extremely seriously and you want something that will let you customize the feel of your controller and give you a competitive edge, this is probably it.

The Xbox Elite Series 2 controller from Microsoft is considered by many as the pinnacle of controllers. It has tons of little configurations you can adjust for the perfect feel and fit in your hands.

Since it's an Xbox wireless controller it also works with PC, and Android phones. Which means you can use it for Stadia games in the Chrome browser and in the Stadia app.

This is a bit much for a controller if you're not going to game a whole lot. But, if you play games often and you want something top-tier, you can't go wrong with the Elite Series 2.

Especially considering you can use it for Stadia games, Xbox games, and PC games.

Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds

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  • Price: $99
  • Where To Buy: Amazon

Playing Stadia games on your phone is best with headphones. At least if you want to fully immerse yourself in the game.

And if you plan to do that, you want something that isn't going to have audio lag. The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Earbuds have provided that experience better than anything else I've used. They don't have the best battery life if you want long gaming sessions. But they are super compact, easy to use, and you can keep them safe in the portable charging case that they come in.

You can also just use them for music if you want. Many phones these days don't offer wired headset ports. Which means you need a wireless option unless you want to use a dongle attachment. Forget all of that. Wireless earbuds and headphones are a better solution. Especially when they're this good.

Razer Viper Ultimate Gaming Mouse

  • Price: $129.99
  • Where To Buy: Amazon

You can't have a proper PC gaming setup, or a proper Stadia on PC gaming setup without a good gaming mouse. We chose the Glorious Modular Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for the keyboard, and the Razer Viper Ultimate is our selection for the mouse counterpart.

The Viper Ultimate is great because it's wireless so there are less cords sitting around while you game. Razer says it's a "no compromise" wireless gaming mouse option.

What that means for you is that you shouldn't have issues with disconnection, and you'll get a fast mouse with a good sensor among many other things. Razer designed this for Esports, so it will work for you just fine. It's ambidextrous as well, and whether you're right handed or left handed, this mouse does the job.

It comes with eight programmable buttons, and it's pretty lightweight so it should move around the mouse pad pretty easily. If you prefer your Stadia games with a keyboard and mouse combo, this is an excellent mouse pick.

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