Camera trickery: the OnePlus 5 does NOT offer lossless 2x optical zoom

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Just one day after the launch of the long-awaited OnePlus 5, accusations of cheating in benchmarks started to creep out — just as they did with the OnePlus 3T. Now another minor controversy has hit the brand new handset: it turns out that while it is strongly suggested that the OnePlus 5 has lossless 2x optical zoom, that is not actually the case. OnePlus’ marketing certainly pitched the dual camera as offering instant 2x zoom, and many people assumed that the arrangement was the same as with the dual camera iPhone 7 Plus which does offer 2x optical zoom. But… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Imagination Technologies is up for sale after being ditched by Apple

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Back in April, Imagination Technologies revealed that it had been dropped by Apple and would therefore no longer be supplying GPU chips for use in iPhones, iPads and other products. Now, having lost 70 percent of its value, the UK company is putting itself up for sale. Shares in Imagination fell dramatically after Apple ditched it, but news of the sale led to a jump of 21 percent. The company is valued at around £425 million ($538 million) and the announcement comes after several parties expressed interest in an acquisition of Imagination Technologies Group plc in its entirety. The company …Continue reading on BetaNews

Facebook uses India as a testing ground for profile picture protection features

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It’s a common belief that anything that appears online is fair game for downloading and sharing, and this idea extends to Facebook profile pictures. Facebook has found that in India in particular there is great concern from users — particularly woman — about uploading a profile picture in case it is download and shared elsewhere. Responding to this, the social network is trialling features that will grant users more control over their profiles pictures. Facebook is not only introducing a new profile picture guard, but also encouraging people to add a design layer to their images to discourage misuse by… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Subpoenas mean owners of TVAddons and ZemTV Kodi add-on could be revealed

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In recent weeks numerous Kodi add-ons have disappeared, and the popular site TVAddons also suffered the same fate. It had been presumed that the disappearances were related to a lawsuit taken out by Dish Network, and now the broadcaster has been granted subpoenas to help identify those developing the ZemTV Kodi addon and running the TVAddons website. The subpoenas relate to a number of online services including Facebook and Twitter, and successfully identifying defendants will be key to the success with any lawsuits relating to copyright infringement. Dish Networks will now be able to approach Facebook to find out who… …Continue reading on BetaNews

OnePlus 5 cheats in benchmarks for a performance boost

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At the start of the year it was discovered that the OnePlus 3T was cheating in benchmarks, artificially boosting performance when testing tools were detected. The OnePlus 5 was only officially launched yesterday but the same accusation is already being leveled at the latest version of the flagship killer. As with the OnePlus 3T, the benchmark trickery of the OnePlus 5 was discovered in tests carried out by XDA Developers. The site says that its review unit “manipulates benchmarks to maximize scores” and issues a stark warning in an article entitled: “Do NOT Trust OnePlus 5 Benchmarks in Reviews –… …Continue reading on BetaNews

The OnePlus 5 is now official — Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM, and a price rise

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Three years in the making, the OnePlus 5 — the company’s “most complete and competitive product yet” — is now official. OnePlus says it’s all down to the details, and the company has made endless minor adjustments, and over 100 prototypes to settle on a final design. The handset is just 7.25mm thick, and the overall layout of the phone is all but identical to the OnePlus 3 and 3T — and yes, there is a headphone jack. The phone is available in Midnight Black and Slate Gray and the specs are in line with the leaks and rumors we’ve… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Amazon Prime Wardrobe beta: money-saving clothes shopping with free returns

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Not content with splashing some cash on Whole Foods, Amazon is also spreading out into other new ventures. The latest is Prime Wardrobe, a new clothes shopping service for Prime subscribers that’s currently in beta and offers the chance to “try before you buy.” The service ties in with Amazon Fashion, and it covers more than a million items of clothing. Users can select three or more items to have shipped out to them completely free of charge, and payment is only required for anything that’s kept. Returns are free, and Amazon gives shoppers a full week to try out… …Continue reading on BetaNews

BBC iPlayer now requires you to sign in for your catch-up TV fix

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Last month, the BBC announced plans to force iPlayer users to sign into their account in order to watch the catch-up service. The requirement is now rolling out, and this means that the option to skip sign-in is starting to vanish. Visitors to the site are now greeted by a message that reads: “You now need to sign in to watch. It’s quick & easy. And we’ll keep you signed in.” Without following the instruction to sign in — which gives the BBC the opportunity to check for a valid TV license — it is not possible to watch any… …Continue reading on BetaNews

ProtonVPN is a free VPN service that’s now available to everyone

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ProtonMail has opened up its free VPN service to anyone who wants to use it. ProtonVPN was previously only available to a limited number of beta testers, but now everyone can secure their internet connection for free. The company is best known for its encrypted email service, but the prospect of a free VPN tool will also be enticing to anyone who has concerns about privacy. It also provides a free way of bypassing internet restrictions that may be put in place by governments or ISPs. ProtonVPN was created to supplement ProtonMail, with the primary aim of protecting journalists and… …Continue reading on BetaNews

Mozilla launches Firefox Focus, a privacy-focused web browser for Android

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Late last year Mozilla launched a private browser for iOS called Firefox Focus. Now the browser arrives on Android bringing the same privacy-focused internet experience to users of Google’s mobile operating system. When Mozilla talks about being privacy-focused, it does not just mean using Private Browsing. Firefox Focus is a completely separate browser which blocks trackers, analytics and ads, and also wipes your browsing history with a single tap. As well as improving privacy, Focus also speeds up web browsing and reduces data usage. Mozilla describes Focus as offering “next-level privacy” and for the curious-minded it provides a live counter… …Continue reading on BetaNews

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