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OnePlus releases their newest flagship killer: Here's the OnePlus 6 18 May 2018, 4:20 pm
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus got its notoriety from years back when it vowed to destroy the flagship smartphones of its time with half the price. The company has since matured and dropped the flagship killer slogan but one could argue it really still is the same beast.
This week the company announced OnePlus 6, the latest of its impressive lineup of Android phones.
The device is the first glass sandwich design, which is water resistant but not IP certified, since the company's one-off cheaper model, OnePlus X, and it is definitely one of the more important changes in it. Obviously the system-on-chip has also been updated, and there are other slighter changes.
OnePlus 6 rocks the Snapdragon 845, 6 or 8 gigabytes of RAM, up to 256 GB of storage space, a dual camera setup, and a 6.28-inch Full HD+ resolution Optic AMOLED display covering 84 percent of the front panel which leaves you with a notch at the top, as you might expect.
The battery is the same 3300 milliamp unit from the previous model, and it supports the same super fast Dash Charging. Unlike rumors had it, there is no wireless charging despite the glass back.
The dual camera setup in the back is similar to OnePlus 5T but offers now larger sensors and thus larger pixel which translates to improved low light performance. Improving low light photography, as well as videos, OnePlus has also added an OIS. The megapixel counts are still 16 and 20.
The front-facing camera is a 16 megapixel shooter that will get a portrait mode in a future software update.
Even though the company also announced new Bullets Wireless heaphones, according to OnePlus the users wanted a 3,5 mm headphone jack in the phone, and that is what they got.
OnePlus 6 starts at $529 (6+64GB) as the Mirror Black option starting on the 22nd. You can also buy a matte Midnight Black or the shinier Mirror Black for $579 (8+128GB). The matte Black is the only one available as the 8+256GB option at $629. On May 5th OnePlus will bring a Silk White version (8+128GB) for sale for the same price at the black version with the same storage option.
Google One is the new, improved, and cheaper Drive 16 May 2018, 12:08 pm
Google has revealed a new service, or actually a renewed service, called the Google One. It is actually the good old Google Drive, one of the more popular cloud services, that has been rebranded and is a little bit easier on the wallet.
The search giant hasn't quite yet revealed the exact, official release date, and currently you can only register to receive news about the service on the website (one.google.com). However, Google does promise it in the coming months for the folks that already pay for Google Drive's storage.
At first Google One will be available in limited quantity which probably means that free tier Google Drive users will be stuck with the old service for a while.
If you've been thinking of getting some more cloud storage, though, you'll be happy to hear that Google One offer better deals than its predecessor. 100 GB package costs the same $1.99 but you now have a 200 GB and $2.99 option. The $9.99 tier has also been updated to hold twice as much stuff at 2 TB. Tiers above 2TB will stay the same price.
There's no news whether Google will kill Drive and when this would happen, but you'll probably be able to use it at least until Google One is available for all.
Google Assistant robocalls too human to not include a disclaimer 12 May 2018, 3:05 pm
Google's I/O conference keynote was focused largely on the improvements of Android, its apps, and the new navigation scheme Android P will bring along. It's perhaps hard to pick one that was more important than the others, but there surely was one that was the most controversial.
That is, of course, Google Duplex. That is the upcoming feature of Google Assistant, the search giant's super advanced voice assistant. In fact, Duplex makes Assistant so smart that it can make calls for you.
Pretty much everyone was flabbergasted about how natural the calls sound, although you won't be listening them as Assistant does this in the background, but many were also puzzled whether this might have ethical consequences.
Should the recipient know that he or she is not talking to a human? With all the "umms" and "mmhmms" Google Assistant had seemed to passed the Turing test in demo calls played back at the I/O stage.
And now, in an interview with CNET, Google agrees. Agrees not only that Turing test might have been passed but that it is necessary to make sure the receiving end of the call is aware that they are talking to a robot.
Currently it is not known how this will be implemented, even though Google does say that they've been anticipating this criticism or concern. One would imagine that a disclaimer in the beginning might result in large portion of the calls being hung up.
It remains to be seen how Google tackles this ethical quandary. It's a good thing Siri can barely tell you the weather.
Mozilla has released a major update to Firefox 11 May 2018, 3:35 pm
Mozilla has today announced a new version of their web browser, one which was once considered one of the greats. Firefox's new version number suggests that it might be one of the bigger updates in recent history.
Firefox v60 does bring some new features alongside more general updates to security, privacy, and obviously stability.
According to the company, though, the security and privacy aspects are one of the more important updates in this iteration. And many of you would probably agree in that these days it seems to be integral to provide strong protection against all ilks of privacy and security infractions.
There aren't a lot of eye candy in this update, and you won't see revamped UI either.
The new version will, however, include new features such as redesigned Cookies and Site Storage settings, Web Authentication API supporting USB tokens, enhancements to New Tab and Firefox Home, application of faster Quantum CSS engine, and improved camera privacy indicators.
You can read more about the update here.
You can download Firefox v60 from our download section or from Mozilla
One of Windows' most long-standing issues was finally fixed 10 May 2018, 5:14 pm
Microsoft's own developer conference Build 2018 ended yesterday, and while there were a myriad of updates to different tools within Windows, one of the updates that had the crowd cheering the most had to do with the little text editor called Notepad.
For years and years, actually a total of 33 years, Windows Notepad has been a pain in the behind for developers, and there's really one reason for it. It doesn't support the Linux operating system's line feed, that is it doesn't recognize when line is changed in the text.
Since 1985, that is the first version of Windows, the Notepad has served all sorts of users for taking notes and obviously even coding. However, never has it played well with other types of line feeds, including the ones Linux text editors use.
This means that in the worst case you'll just have one endless line, and everyone knows, or can imagine, how frustrating that is to edit.
While this seems like a minor problem, as the Microsoft presenter below notes (no pun intended), it's often the little things that matter the most. And thus, after decades of frustration from developers, Microsoft has fixed the Notepad and it finally supports Linux line feed.
You'll find the new, fixed and improved, Notepad in the upcoming updates of Windows 10.
WATCH: Google Assistant makes phone calls for users 8 May 2018, 11:38 pm
Google Duplex enables Googles Assistant to make phone calls and book appointments, make reservations and more.
Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Google, said that it will launch as an experiment over the coming weeks. It will make phone calls in the background at the request of user's to book appointments, make reservations and more. To accomplish this task, the Google Assistant need to interact with humans over the phone and hold a seemingly natural conservation.
Pre-recorded demonstrations were shown at the Google IO conference today showing how natural the AI voice sounded, prompting some gasps from the audience. Rather than sounding robotic and artificial, the AI voice even uttered "um" and "um-humm" making the conversation appear natural.
At no point does the Assistant reveal itself as AI.
Here's a video showing the upcoming feature in action making an appointment for a haircut:
Google reveals what a smarter Android P brings along 8 May 2018, 6:59 pm
Google's annual I/O conference is at hand, and Sundar Pichai et al are talking in front of a crowd to reveal what new their upcoming Android operating offers. We already had an idea about a few of the updates, both major and minor, but now we have little more detail.
Android P brings along updates that refresh the look and feel of Android, and even changes some major navigation elements. Google has decided to get rid of the app switcher button, but worry not, multitasking view hasn't been deleted. Now you access the multitasking view, which now shows cards horizontally, by swiping up from the home screen.
One of the core updates has been to make people able to take a break from their phones. You can add time restrictions to apps, the Do Not Disturb mode has been improved, and to get a better handle on what apps are detrimental to your sanity, you can now get a more comprehensive look at app usage and notifications from the new usage dashboard.
Obviously Google has added more AI and machine learning to Android P as well, wouldn't be Google after all. One of the more flashy applications of AI is Google Lens that finds its way on to the camera app, and not only on Pixel but many other manufacturers' phones as well.
Google Assistant is getting better, naturally, but other not as upfront AI updates include for example better battery management.
Other updates include better screenshots, screen rotate button, viewable when auto rotate is off, as well as revamped volume controls. There are tons of other, mostly smaller, changes that we'll have to digest and we'll be reporting about those as well in the upcoming days.
For now you'll be happy to hear that Android P beta is available starting now.
Some of the Android P secrets revealed: Bye-bye third button, welcome new battery saver options, .. 8 May 2018, 2:34 pm
Google's annual developer conference Google I/O is about to start soon. Google usually reveals most of the new features coming to its next Android version at this event.
However, this time around it seems that at least some of those secrets have been revealed already - by a Philippines-based Google+ user who has shared tons of screenshots of the upcoming Android P Developer Preview 2 operating system version.
Bye-bye app switcher button
Most obvious change that will come with Android P is the disappearance of the third navigation button. The app switcher button ("the square") will disappear and will be replaced by home button ("the circle") gestures.
In Android P, you can see the list of currently running apps by swiping up from the home button. Once the list of running apps appears, the home button will morph into a horizontal scrollbar that allows you to browse through running apps. From that list, you can swipe up again to kill any of the background apps.
Smart battery saver
Currently, the battery saving profiles area one of the key elements how Android manufacturers try to differentiate their models from other manufacturers' similar models. Huawei, a Chinese Android manufacturer that is currently very popular in Europe, has been famous - and notorious - because of its very aggressive battery saving features.
Now, Google is introducing "smart battery saver" to Android core. New feature will learn which apps the user uses the least and will kill such apps automatically if they're left running in the background.
More to come
These feattures are probably just the tip of the iceberg for new features shipping with Android P, but they're quite visible to regular user. We'll know more once Google I/O event begins.
AfterDawn's own Android app updated: Night mode added, bugs fixed 8 May 2018, 11:34 am
AfterDawn's official Android app has been updated. The new version, v1.50, now has the most-requested new feature: night mode (aka dark theme) for those of us who like to read news when it is way past the bedtime.
New version also fixes bunch of various little bugs and should stabilize the app quite a lot.
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Single message will freeze your WhatsApp - or even your entire phone 7 May 2018, 8:18 am
There's a nasty, malicious WhatsApp message spreading across the World that can freeze WhatsApp - or even your entire phone.
One of these messages is masked as a challenge and reads "If you touch the black point then your whatsapp will hang" - and if you do touch the black spot, your WhatsApp does exactly what the message "promises" it will.
The other message says "This is very interesting" and has a cry/laugh emoji. Tapping that message will have similar consequences.
Why such messages crash WhatsApp?
The message itself might seem short, but in reality, it consists thousands and thousands of encoded character in it that are just hidden, as they're mostly text directionality symbols, instructing which way to output the text. Thus, opening up such message will simply cause a memory leak in WhatsApp - and in some cases, with your phone.
So, never trust weird WhatsApp messages from people you don't know about.
Serious vulnerability found in 7-Zip - update now! 4 May 2018, 9:14 am
Center for Internet Security has found a serious vulnerability in popular open-source (de-)compression tool, 7-Zip.
The vulnerability allows execution of malicious code, access to computer's files and user profiles. Further details of the vulnerability are listed on Center for Internet Security's website.
The good news is that there's already an update available for 7-Zip that will patch the vulnerability. Versions v18.05 and above are safe and patched.
You can download the latest, patched version of 7-Zip from our download servers:
7-Zip (64-bit Windows)
7-Zip (32-bit Windows)
...or through /-Zip's homepage.
Twitter: Change your password immediately! Over 300M accounts at risk 4 May 2018, 7:18 am
Twitter has found a bug in its systems that logged users' passwords in plain text format to its log files. As web services should never store passwords in human-readable format, but instead, use "hashed with salt" approach to store them, the finding is significant.
Now Twitter asks all its users to change their passwords as soon as possible. According to Twitter, there are no signs whatsoever that the passwords have actually leaked, but as such a possibility cannot be totally ruled out, it is recommended to change the passwords.
Obviously the problem is even worse if user uses the same email address / password combination on other services. Nowadays users are strongly urged to use unique passwords for all different services, but as people are lazy, it is still very common to use same login details across many services.
In such a case, one should change passwords on all such web sites and services.
We encourage users to use password managers - they'll recommend good passwords for you and will also remember all your passwords and keep them in strongly encrypted password lockers. One good (and free) such tool is KeePass.
Samsung intros PRO Endurance SD cards suitable for intensive video tasks 3 May 2018, 11:56 am
The new Samsung PRO Endurance microSDHC/microSDXC card is suitable for continuous recording application, supporting up to 43,800 hours of recordings.
The are suitable for surveillance cameras, security cameras, for body cameras and dash cameras (basically any task that requires long continuous recording), providing read speeds of up to 100MB/s and write speed up to 30MB/s.
Available in capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, the Samsung PRO Endurance are built to withstand harsh environments and features Samsung's 4-Proof protection, making them water, temperature, magnetic and x-ray-proof.
The PRO Endurance memory cards are now available for purchase with manufacturer's suggested retail prices starting at $89.99 for 128GB, $44.99 for 64GB and $24.99 for 32GB.
The 128GB card comes with a new industry-leading limited warranty of five years (three years for 64GB, two years for 32GB).
WATCH: Rockstar drops latest Red Dead Redemption 2 trailer 3 May 2018, 10:53 am
Rockstar Games is whetting our appetite again with the release of the third official trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2, coming later this year.
The game follows the exploits of the Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they flee the law following a botched robbery in the western town of Blackwater. Federal officers and skilled bounty hunters are in pursuit as the gang rob, steal and fight their way across the heartland of America.
During the turmoil, Arthur must decide between his own ideals and his loyalty to the gang as growing divisions among the members threaten their survival.
Red Dead Redemption 2 has been dated for release on October 26, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. PC Gamers unfortunately are still in the dark on plans (if any) to release it on their platform.
Here's the trailer:
PlayStation 2 classics come to PS Now 2 May 2018, 12:14 pm
Sony's cloud-gaming PSN platform has its first batch of PlayStation 2 classic titles.
Most of us who owned a PlayStaion 2 during that generation of gaming consoles tend to remember it fondly. Of course, it had very limited network abilities later in its life cycle compared to the typically always-connected consoles we have now. Even it's major rival - Microsoft's original Xbox - arrived later with several advantages over it, and of course the graphics are what you'd expect from two generations ago. All that considered, the PS2 still was fun and had a lot of excellent games to choose from.
Those who had a PS2 and now have a PS4 and PS Now subscription will be happy to know that PS2 classics will be rolling out on the service to compliment the 650+ titles available.
Initially, PS Now will offer the following PS2 titles:
- Ape Escape 2
- Dark Cloud 2
- Hot Shots Tennis
- Metal Slug 3
- Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics
- Sine Mora EX
- The Last Blade 2
Here is Ape Escape 2 running on PS Now.