Showing posts from August, 2018

LineageOS 15.1 coming to the Huawei Honor 4X, Fairphone 2, and more

...The last time we covered LineageOS, it added support for the 2016 Google Pixel and Pixel XL. Since then, more devices have been added and removed. Two Asus phones and an LG device are no longer supported, but four more phones have joined the party.First, let's cover the removals. LineageOS 14.1 for the LG K10 (m216) has been discontinued, possibly due to the maintainer being inactive. The official forum hasn't had a reply from the developer since February. Builds for the Xperia XA2 (pioneer) were briefly halted due to the maintainer's phone dying, but he was later able to obtain a new device and continue development. Finally, the ZenFone 2 Laser/Selfie 1080p (Z00T) and ZenFone 2 Laser 720p (Z00L) are no longer supported.Without further ado, here are the latest additions to the LineageOS 15.1 build roster:ZTE Trek 2 HD (jasmine)Fairphone 2 (FP2)Huawei Honor 4X (cherry)Chinese Telecom Huawei Honor 4X (che10)Oreo builds for the last two devices are not yet live, but they s…

OPPO Find X display: OLED with surprises behind every corner

The OPPO Find X offers a large, almost bezel-less display and does not come with a notch: a move that many people will appreciate. But how does the OLED panel perform in everyday use? I don't know what ransomware is.Is this also the case for you? A good OLED without the notchThe Find X incorporates a 6.4-inch OLED panel in 19.5:9 format and a resolution of 1080x2340 pixels, which results in 401 ppi. The display occupies an impressive 93.8% of the front panel. Together with the Vivo NEX, this is one of the highest body-to-screen ratios. One of the best body-to-screen ratios on the market In both cases, the two brands, which are closely related to each other, have decided to get rid of the much-maligned notch. They've also trimmed the edges around the screen and proposed a retractable photographic compartment to leave space on the screen to optimize multimedia content.The Find X offers a curved display on the sides, which makes it reminiscent of the Galaxy S line: the curves no…

Motorola P30 copied Xiaomi who in turn copied Apple

There's really no way around it – Motorola's joined the copycat club. This is apparently the Motorola P30, a device with a near-full-frontside display with a notch, a fingerprint sensor in the top middle of its back, and a pill-shaped set of cameras with its LED flash in the center. It's basically the Xiaomi Mi 8, a device which is … Continue reading
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Dare.Win Challenges Job Interviewees To A Round Of Fortnite

If you're the type of person who needs silence when playing intense games, you may not mesh well with French marketing firm Dare.Win, who has made a habit of seeing if prospective interns can focus on a round of Fortnite Battle Royale while also concentrating on a job interview. Candidates are asked all of the usual interview questions, and their play style is also scrutinized as a sort of personality test, as well as to see if they can multitask and keep cool under pressure. Candidates can ask for a more traditional interview if they want, but the method has proven popular; the company has gotten applications for a Paris-based position that come from places as far-flung as Sweden, Turkey and The Netherlands.For some background, Dare.Win is a modern marketing agency that focuses on social, viral and most of all relatable content. The company works with brands like Bacardi, YouTube, Spotify and of course PlayStation. It's worth noting that this rather unconventional interview t…

Best ways to customize and decorate your Oculus Go

Art can make anything beautiful, including your VR headsets!Most of us love the sleek look of a plain gray headset, but some of us like a little more spark or a little more silliness. From custom art to safe stickers, I'm gonna show you how to make your Oculus Go one of a kind.By the time you're done checking out all your options, your creative energy will be bursting at the seams to put it to good use and get rid of all of that gray! So without further ado, here's how to give your Oculus Go that one-of-a-kind look you've been dying for.Not interested in giving it a paint job? There are other options!Give your Oculus Go a custom paint jobOf all the options that were available for customizing my headset, I personally decided to just go ahead and paint a design of my choosing on it. By no means am I a super artistic person, but I like to think I can get the job done if I need to.If you're worried about not having a steady hand or you've never drawn more than a co…

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 dual-aperture camera feature is coming to Oppo R17 Pro

The Oppo R17 OppoThe upcoming Oppo R17 Pro will feature a Samsung-style dual-aperture camera, the brand confirmed.A dual-aperture camera allows the phone to switch between a wide and narrow aperture, depending on the situation. The Oppo R17 was officially revealed this week, but the Chinese brand also has the R17 Pro up its sleeve. Now, the company has taken to Weibo (h/t: Gizmochina) to reveal one key Pro feature."The OPPO R17 Pro is equipped with a f1.5/f2.4 smart aperture," reads a machine-translated excerpt of the Weibo posting. The post adds that the Oppo R17 Pro is able to "intelligently" switch between apertures as well.The "smart aperture" technology seems identical to Samsung's dual aperture tech on the Galaxy S9, all the way down to the same f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures.Why would you want dual-aperture tech?A camera's aperture dictates how much light will hit the camera sensor when you take a photo and is one of the key factors for great low-…

Banks and retailers are monitoring my internet habits — and I’m fine with it

Every day, I wake up in the morning and have tea and breakfast. While I'm eating, I check my financials on my phone and laptop: my bank accounts, credit cards, IRA, etc. I also check my credit score once a week using Credit Karma.I do this because you never know when identity fraud could pop up, so it's better to keep a strict eye on your financial life so you can catch any anomalies quickly.What I didn't know is that — depending on which site/app I'm using at the time — my daily habit is likely being monitored by my financial institution. I just learned about this via an article published at The New York Times.Editor's Pick 10 best security apps for Android that aren't antivirus appsWhen you Google Search the term security apps, you get a ton of antivirus and anti-malware app listings. Unfortunately, that's a very narrow view of what's out there. There are tons of apps that can … Every minor detail of my online banking process is data logged: the time I …

How to stop your Android phone from sharing your location with Google

All the settings you need to know when Google doesn't need to know.If you carry a cell phone — even a simple flip phone without any sort of real display — someone somewhere is tracking your location. Even if there is no SIM card inside, the phone is in constant contact with cellular towers as long as it's turned on and one or more are in range. When you add some smarts to the mix and use something like an Android phone, things get a little more complicated.We can't help you hide your movements from carriers or cell towers because that's a little past the grey line between privacy and the law. But we can help you keep Google from knowing where you've been and when you were there — all you need to know is that the name of some settings might not mean what you think they mean.Don't worry. We've got you covered.Location History My timeline over seven years.The wording here has a lot of people confused. Don't feel bad if you're one of them because it'…

Rumor: ASUS Zenbo Junior Android-Based Robot Launching Soon

ASUS is reportedly working on a second-generation home robot, that is based on Android, and the Snapdragon 845 chipset. According to Roland Quandt, who has been pretty spot on with rumors and leaks in the past including many regarding ASUS, this robot is slated to launch soon. And with IFA right around the corner, it wouldn't be surprising to see this robot launch at the trade show in Berlin later this month.Quandt had stated that this second-generation home robot would be using a Snapdragon 845 chipset over the Intel Atom that the first-generation model used, back in May. And now it appears that it is getting ready to launch very soon. Quandt speculated that ASUS had decided to use the Snapdragon 845 over Intel's offerings, due to the artificial intelligence features that Qualcomm offers in its chipsets. It also likely works better with Android, since every flagship uses the Snapdragon 845 chipset this year and virtually nothing uses an Intel chipset that runs on Android. Whi…

Every PlayStation VR game with HOTAS support

If you're going to fly in VR, you might as well go all in and pick up a HOTAS.In the same way racing wheels with pedals make driving games in VR feel a lot more realistic, flight games in VR are improved dramatically when you add a Hands On Throttle And Stick (HOTAS) controller. These controllers allow you to really punch the throttle forward or quickly flip your ship around when fighting in space. You could do these things with a normal controller but, if a game supports HOTAS, the difference in how that it feels in VR is drastically different.You can get a HOTAS controller for the PlayStation 4 for fairly cheap, but not every game supports this hardware. Here's a quick list of the PlayStation VR games offering HOTAS support now, planning to offer support later, or launching later this year with support planned out of the box.Not sure which HOTAS you want for PlayStation VR? We've got you covered!Ultrawings<a href="…

Google is working on a fix for fast charging issues with Pixel and Pixel XL after Android 9 update

Android 9.0 Pie launched to devices recently, but it looks like the software update has caused some headaches for some owners of the original Pixel and Pixel XL.As first reported by Android Police, there have been a growing number of reports that the 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL are no longer fast charging after being updated to Android Pie. In those cases, the problem appears to be tied to certain third-party charging plugs that don't support USB Power Delivery, and therefore not charging the handsets as quickly as they were prior to the Pie upgrade.Google is aware of the situation, as reported by The Verge. The company notes that the bundled charger with both handsets does support USB PD and therefore the fast charging issues shouldn't be present for folks who use the stock charger.Here's Google's statement:"We're aware of an issue where non-Power Delivery (PD) USB-C chargers no longer rapidly charge the 2016 Pixel and Pixel XL after the upgrade to Android 9 Pie,…

Oppo F9 Pro specs detailed in leaked sales pitch

The Oppo F9 Pro, which will launch on August 21 got all of its key features revealed through a leaked sales pitch.The leak consists of two sheets of paper with the main specs listed along with the reasons to buy the F9 Pro. Those include the new Gradient Color Body, which changes its color with the lighting, the 6.3-inch FHD+ screen with the water drop notch for the 25MP selfie camera.That camera is also listed with its AI 2.1 which provides HDR and vivid mode for livelier photos.
Oppo F9 Pro sales pitch, image source: Slash LeaksThe 16MP + 2MP dual rear camera is also mentioned with its portrait mode support, slow-mo videos and its lighting filters (5 of them).Oppo's VOOC Flash Charge is a major selling point of the F9 Pro. It allows 2 hours of talk time with 5 minutes on the charger. It's also safer thanks to a 5 layer cable easily takes the increased amperage.The rest of the key selling points include the ample 64GB of built-in storage, the Helio P60 chipset with 6GB of RAM …