Monthly Archives آگوست 2020

OnePlus is ditching stock Android and fans aren’t happy

OnePlus has explained its plans to move further from the stock Android experience when it launches the next version of its Oxygen OS UI.

The firm has traditionally earned plaudits from Android fans because it hasn’t strayed too far from the simplistic stock Android experience, with just a few cosmetic changes and additional features.

However, that will change with the new version of OxygenOS that’ll arrive alongside the Android 11 update. It’s already been met with trepidation by those who’ve caught a preview of OxygenOS 11 with the DP3. Some have accused OnePlus of skewing too far towards Samsung’s One UI, but now OnePlus is making its reasons clear.

In a post on its official forums, the company called stock Android a “good starting point,” but said it can “make the experience ...

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Is your favourite podcast tracking you? Overcast update spills the beans

The popular podcast app Overcast will now warn listeners if their favourite shows are  tracking them to serve targeted ads.

A new beta version of the app will tell users whether they’re likely to hear dynamic ads based upon their location, or other uniquely identifying information.

An update seen by The Verge informs users if “downloading or streaming its episodes will reveal your IP address to them which they may use to servicer information about you.” In a first for any of the major podcast apps, Overcast will now inform listeners if a show “may follow individual-listener behaviour across multiple shows or the web, often to track responses to ads.”

The app will also inform users which external services the podcast producer users to help with hosting, data collection and insert...

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Apple AirTags to arrive alongside late iPhone 12 in mid-October – report

Apple could launch the long-rumoured AirTags trackers, alongside the iPhone 12 later this year according to new supply chain rumours.

The expected rival to the Tile Bluetooth trackers will be announced alongside the next-gen handsets according to the Japanese site Macotakara (via 9to5Mac).

The site, which has a decent record in this regard, brings word from Chinese suppliers saying the event will come in mid-October and will feature the launch of the iPhone 12 and Apple Watch Series 6.

It writes (translated): “According to Chinese supplier information, Apple seems to be preparing to announce the loss prevention tag AirTag at the online event of iPhone 12 series, Apple Watch Series 6 scheduled to be held in the latter half of October 2020.”

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The Philips Fidelio X3 headphones are on sale NOW

Philips announced that the Fidelio X3 headphones were on their way this year and they’ve finally gone on sale.

TP Vision – owner of the Philips TV and audio brand – has re-launched the critically acclaimed Fidelio series of high-end headphones and AV products, beginning with the launch of the Philips Fidelio X3 over-ear.

The Fidelio X3 (£299) are on sale from today (August 31st) in the UK, and are available to purchase from Richer Sounds and, with Selfridges and other retailers following in the first few weeks of September.

After a soft reboot at IFA 2019, the Fidelio range has been resurrected, with the flagship Fidelio X3 the latest version of the headphones that offer natural audio reproduction and stylish design...

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Netflix is offering some of its best shows and movies for free

Netflix is taking the rare step of offering some of its most popular content – including an episode of Stranger Things – free of charge, in the hopes of luring new subscribers.

The streaming giant is offering a broad cross section of its TV shows and movie portfolio, minus the need to sign up for an account. Among the selection is the very first episode of Stranger Things, the Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston original movie Murder Mystery and the critically acclaimed Sandra Bullock horror flick Birdbox.

Those considering signing up for Netflix can also get a taste of shows like When The See Us, about the terrible injustice experienced by the Central Park Five...

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Sony to bring more PlayStation exclusives to PC, so what’s next?

Sony is planning on sharing more PlayStation exclusives to PC, according to a corporate report published by the Japanese gaming giant.

Buried deep within a 2020 prospectus for the wider company, which includes a section on game and network services, is a reference to bringing more first-party titles to Windows-based gamers.

Previously, the traditionally protective company had launched Horizon Zero Dawn and Death Stranding for PC, following their launches on home soil.

Now, after those games were well received, Sony is looking to capitalise on the popularity of more if its first party games.

The company closes the gaming section of the report (via @Wario64) by saying: “We will explore expanding our 1st party titles to the PC platform, in order to promote further growth in our profitability...

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New Lenovo Yoga 9i laptop features leather design and next-gen performance

Lenovo has today announced the new Yoga 9i laptop, featuring next-gen Intel Core processors, a 4K HDR display and an optional luxurious leather exterior.

The Lenovo Yoga 9i is set to become Lenovo’s flagship laptop, and will come in 14- and 15.6-inch sizes. Both models will feature a 2-in-1 design, although Lenovo is also launching the Yoga Slim 9i that’s largely the same device, but available at a cheaper price since it lacks the 360-degree hinge. 

The fancy leather cover is an optional luxury, with a ‘warm Mica’ colour alternative also available. Both models see an edge-to-edge glass palmwrest, which means the trackpad has been shunted underneath...

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Lenovo’s Tab P11 Pro is an iPad Pro rival running Android

The Android tablet realm is well overdue some exciting additions beyond Samsung’s Galaxy Tab range and Lenovo is bringing the power with its new flagship slate.

The Lenovo Tab P11 Pro is the company’s most powerful consumer tablet running Android and rocks a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, backed with some serious media credentials.

The 11.5-inch OLED display brings a 2560×1600 2K resolution with a max brightness of 500 nits with HDR10 and Dolby Vision support. That’s backed by Dolby Atmos compatibility and a quad speaker system from JBL. Battery life is good for 15 hours of video.

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The tablet has an attractive aluminium-alloy unibody design, with a 16:10 ratio display and an 87% screen-to-body ratio. Lenovo is touting the 6...

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Disney Plus Tips and Tricks: Get the most out of Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and more

Disney Plus isn’t far off it’s six month anniversary in the UK (I know, 2020, right?). However, you’d be forgiven for not yet getting to grips with the service or simply being a new subscriber. Here are eight Disney Plus tips and tricks to set you on your way.

Disney Plus was quite a new proposition for streaming services. Unlike Netflix and Amazon Prime, which are constantly churning out new content alongside their back catalogues, Disney Plus provided an epic catalogue of Pixar, Marvel and classic Disney goodness – with new content reserved for less-frequent cinematic showcases.

Around nine months since its initial US launch, Disney Plus has soared to over 60 million subscribers – a feat Disney has achieved even with the significant impact it has received to its upcoming content...

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Cello teams up with Google for affordable Android smart TVs

British TV manufacturer Cello Electronics announced a partnership with Google to produce a new range of smart, Android TVs.

UK TV manufacturer Cello Electronics are known for their cost-effective TVs, and their latest range sees them team with Google to develop an exclusive range of smart TVs that will feature Google Assistant, Chromecast and Google Play Store out of the box.

The added smart functionality will, according to Cello, make watching TV even simpler on their sets. With built-in Google Assistant, users can activate hands-free interaction by saying ‘ok Google’ or pressing the mic button on the remote. Chromecast offers the ability to cast content from another device straight to the TV.

And with Google Play Store built into the set’s interface, viewers will be able to access a...

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