OnePlus confirms the name of its next mid-range phone

OnePlus made official the name of its upcoming mid-range phone: OnePlus Nord. 

“Nord will be our first product under $ 500 in recent years,” said Pete Lau, OnePlus chief executive, in a kind of documentary released by the company itself. “For OnePlus and the entire team, this is a huge challenge.” 

OnePlus became known several years ago as a company that offered high-end phones at auction prices. Its first product, the OnePlus One, hit the market at a price of $ 299. However, the company has had to raise its prices due to the cost of the components, among other reasons, until it reached prices of US$ 700 and more. 

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The video does not address in detail on the first phone OnePlus Nord, but is rumored to be a mid – range so far known as OnePlus Z

The first OnePlus Nord, previously called OnePlus Z, would be announced on July 10, with a Snapdragon 765 processor inside, 6.55-inch AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, fingerprint reader on the screen, between 6GB or 12GB of RAM and one 64 megapixel main camera. The price of OnePlus Nord would be about US $ 300. 

Apps News

Google removes apps that caught stealing Facebook credentials

Google removed 25 apps from the Google Play store that were capturing user Facebook login information.

The applications, which pretended to be photo editors, file managers, flash apps, mobile games, among others, were created by the same developer, Rio Reader LLC. Together, the 25 apps exceed 2 million downloads.

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According to a research report cited by ZDNet, the apps worked legitimately, but in the background they analyzed the apps running on the phone. If the recently launched or background app was Facebook, the malicious app displayed a Web page posing as the official Facebook login.

If a user didn’t detect that it was a fake page, they could enter their login details, which were sent to a now inaccessible server, says ZDNet.

According to the report, the 25 applications were reported since May by an investigative firm. Google removed the apps in early June, although some of the noted apps were available for more than a year, says ZDNet.


Google brings dinosaurs back in augmented reality

Google brings back the dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park movie franchise with the help of its search engine (Google Search) and augmented reality (AR) technology.

In association with  Universal Brand Development,  Amblin Entertainment  and  Ludia , the search giant allows users to spawn ten of the dinosaurs that appear in  Jurassic Park , such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Pteranodon, and Parasaurolophus.

To make them appear it is necessary to type “dinosaur” in the Google search engine on a mobile device and select the “View in 3D” option to be able to zoom and see the dinosaurs in great detail. Dinosaurs can be placed in any space and you can also hear the sound of their footsteps or the characteristic roars of each species. 

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This is not the first time that Google has played with augmented reality technology since Google recently added 3D and augmented reality experiences to searches (Google Search). However, dinosaurs pose a new challenge: their large size. 

“Android’s new auto scale feature can automatically calculate the distance between your phone and a surface in your space and resize the dinosaur to fit your phone’s screen,” Google wrote on its blog. 

This feature is already available on Android devices with Android version 7 and up, and on iOS on devices with iOS 11 onward.

Jurassic World: Dominion will  be released in theaters on June 11, 2021.

Apps How-to's

How to receive notifications of a specific email on your iPhone

Throughout the day you will receive many emails, but it is possible that at some point you are waiting for a response from one in particular email address. The iPhone Mail application allows you to configure an option with which you will receive a notification when a specific email receives a response. This is how you can do it.

Before starting you should know that this option must be activated at the time of writing the email, so it cannot be applied to emails that have already been sent. 

To start, open the Mail app on your iPhone and click on the button to compose an email located in the lower right corner (the one with the paper and pencil icon). Press “Subject” and you will see that an icon with a bell appears just to the right. Click on it and click “Notify Me”. Now you will see that the bell is blue, which means that the option is activated. To finish complete the mail and send it to its recipient.

When your mail is answered, the system will notify you with a notification regardless of whether you have disabled the application’s notifications. 

In addition to this function you also have another to filter important emails. It is about making the emails of some contacts reach you to a specific mailbox called VIP. To do this, just click on the address of the contact in the Mail app and click “Add to VIP list”. You will be able to find the VIP mailbox along with the other mailboxes and in it you will only see the emails of the contacts you have selected.


iPhone 12 won’t include charger: Report

The rumors about Apple’s next flagship phone do not stop.

According to the latest report by the well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported by 9to5Mac on June 28,  Apple will not include the charger in the box of the iPhone 12 as it has done with all the phones it has released till date. Kuo also previously reported that the company will also not include wired EarPods headphones in the iPhone 12 case to boost sales of AirPods, its wireless headphones.

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Kuo claims  that the previously rumored 20W charger will be sold separately as an optional purchase. The reporter says Apple wants to continue selling the iPhone 12 at a price similar to the iPhone 11, so to offset the cost of the 5G components that the phone come with, Apple need remove the accessories in the box.

The reporter also believes that Apple wants to stop selling the current  5W and 18W chargers to boost sales of the future 20W charger.

The new Apple phones would be announced in the fall, although it is rumored that there could be delays due to the damages that the production chain in China has suffered due to the ongoing pandemic. The launch event could take place between September and November.

Apple does not comment on rumors or leaks.


More brands join the advertising boycott against Facebook

Coca-Cola announced that it will withdraw the brand’s advertising from all social platforms worldwide for 30 days, and although it indicated that it would not be part of the  boycott against Facebook , it said it would use this time to reevaluate its advertising policies. James Quincey, the chief executive of the Coca-Cola Company,  told CNBC that he expected “greater accountability and transparency from our social media partners.”

The soft drink is the most recent brand to announce its advertising break on social networks, since on the same Friday, June 26, Unilever announced that it will join the  boycott against Facebook , CNBC reported. However, unlike other companies, the company will also remove ads from Twitter for the remainder of the year.

“We have decided that from now until at least the end of the year, we will not publish ads on social platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the United States,” the company said in a press release on June 26. “Continuing to advertise on these platforms at this time is of no value to individuals or to society. We will be monitoring the situation and will revisit our current position if necessary,” he continues.

The boycott was organized by several civil rights advocacy groups who have encouraged advertisers to stop their advertising campaigns on the social network during the month of July in response to “Facebook’s repeated failure to meaningfully address the widespread proliferation of hate in their platforms, “says a press release posted on the Anti-Defamation League website.

“It is clear that Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, are no longer simply negligent, but accommodating in spreading misinformation, despite irreversible damage to our democracy. Such actions will alter the integrity of our elections as we move toward 2020, “said Derrick Johnson, executive president of the National Association for the Advancement of People of Color (NAACP).

Civilian groups supporting the #StopHateforProfit  (Stop Hate for Profits) campaign  argue that Facebook amplifies the voices of white supremacists, allows posts that incite violence, and does not stop “bad actors who use the platform to do harm.” .

On June 24, Verizon joined the  boycott against Facebook  and indicated that it would stop advertising on Facebook and Instagram until the social network “can create an acceptable solution that makes us feel comfortable.”

On June 23, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlor announced  that it would join the boycott and called on Facebook to “take more vigorous action to prevent its platforms from being used to divide our nation, suppress voters, encourage and fan the flames of racism and violence, and undermine our democracy. ”

That same day, the recording studio Magnolia Pictures announced its participation in the boycott and wrote on Twitter that: “In solidarity with the #StopHateForProfit movement, Magnolia Pictures has chosen to stop advertising on Facebook and Instagram, starting immediately, at least until the end of July. We are looking for a significant change on Facebook and the end of its amplification of hate speech.”

Other companies that are currently part of the boycott are Eddie Bauer, Patagonia, The North Face, REI, among others. The Wall Street Journal reported on June 18 that the 360i digital agency encouraged its clients to join the boycott, including McCormick & Co., Discover Financial Services and Unilever.

For its part, Facebook announced on June 26 that the company is acting quickly to reduce this type of speech within the platform and will also  adopt new policies against hate speech.

“Specifically, we are expanding our ad policy to prohibit claims that people of a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity, or immigration status are a threat to physical safety, health or survival of others. We are also expanding our policies to better protect immigrants, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in ads that suggest that these groups are inferior or that express contempt, dismissal or disgust towards them, “he said Zuckerberg.

On June 23,  Facebook shared the progress the company has made to reduce hate speech on the platform. The social network cited a report by the European Commission  that Facebook is reviewing reports of hate speech faster than ever. Facebook rated 95.7 percent of hate speech notifications in less than 24 hours, compared to 81.5 percent for YouTube and 76.6 percent for Twitter, the report indicates.

“While we recognize that we need to do much more, these results suggest that we are moving in the right direction,” wrote Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, on the company’s blog.

Zuckerberg received strong criticism for defending the platform’s neutral stance in the face of recent Trump posts related to the protests that have occurred following the death of George Floyd. In response, the executive said that the social network would review its internal policies , although it is possible that not all the expected changes will be made.


Google Pixel 4a may be coming: report

Google’s next phone,  the Pixel 4a, could be just around the corner.

The phone has recently been certified under the code name G025J by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to an XDA Developers editor who shared the news on his Twitter account on June 25. FCC certifications are typically one of the last bureaucratic red tape done before launching a device to market, so the news suggests the new mid-range Pixel may be very close to being officially unveiled.

The launch of the new Pixel 4a, which was previously delayed from May to June, is expected  on July 13. Rumors suggest that Google considers it more favorable to launch the phone in the second half of the year due to the current coronavirus crisis. The Pixel 4a will be a mid-range smartphone that will arrive with a front camera integrated into the screen, a single camera in the back, a headphone port and  without the Active Edge function  that allows you to activate Google Assistant by pressing it. 

It has been reported that the phone would be priced at US $ 399, with which it could compete with phones like  iPhone SE 2020  and according to reports, there will not be a normal model and an XL as there has always been in the Pixel, but only a normal model in black color.

Google has not yet commented on the Pixel 4a.


These are the 5 best new features of Android 11

Google released the first public beta version of Android 11 this week and it comes with many hidden features for developers to take advantage of, but regular users aren’t left out either. You can install the first beta version right now as long as you have one of supported devices. I signed up to participate in the beta program on a Pixel 4 XL and have been reviewing the update. 

We’re big fans of the new Quick Controls page that is easy to access and incredibly useful, along with revamped media controls, while app hints and Bubble calls will take time to get used to.

While we’re sure Google has more surprises for Android 11 in coming days, until then here’s are five features we’ve tested and know you’ll love when it launches later this year. 

Android 11's quick controls are great.
Android 11’s quick controls are great.

Android 11: Quick controls are great

The first thing you should do after installing Android 11, either in public beta or when it is officially released, is to long press the power button on your phone to bring up the new Quick Controls screen. On my Pixel, at least, this screen provides power control options on top, provides shortcuts to your Google Pay cards and boarding passes, and then underneath that you’ll find my favorite Android 11 feature: controls fast for smart home devices.

My phone automatically selected some devices that I’ve linked to Google Assistant, like the Nest and my Nest video doorbell. I can even watch a live stream from my doorbell directly on this screen, without having to open the Nest app (which is slow and difficult to use). It’s great.

You can add or remove devices from your smart home by tapping the menu button and selecting add or edit controls. 

Bubbles: Bubbles to message your friends

Do you remember the bubbles? This feature was supposed to be part of Android 10, but Google removed it at the last minute. Well, they are back with Android 11.

The bubbles are similar to Facebook Messenger’s “chat heads” feature. When activated, a small avatar, or Bubble, appears on your screen no matter what application you are using. Tap the avatar and a small window will open for you to read and send new messages in that thread, without fully opening the application. You can drag the bubble around your screen or drag it to the bottom of the screen to remove it.

In the first public beta, the only app that seems to work with Bubbles right now is Facebook Messenger. Even then, it doesn’t fully work. We hope Google fixes the issues before the full release of Android 11.

To use Bubbles in a conversation, there will be a small Bubbles icon in the lower right corner of the notification. Touching it will immediately enable bubbles for that thread.

Another way to activate Bubbles for specific conversations is to long-press a notification and mark it as a priority. Doing so will not only activate Bubbles for that thread, but will also allow that conversation to interrupt Do Not Disturb ensuring that you don’t miss any messages. 

App suggestions are also new to Android 11.
App suggestions are also new to Android 11.

New app suggestions are great

Right after installing the public beta of Android 11 and unlocking my Pixel 4 XL, I received an option to enable app hints on the home screen. Unsure of what exactly that was, I reluctantly agreed. Turns out it’s pretty cool.

Previously, Android made suggestions in the app drawer that it believed you would want to use, depending on the time of day and other mysterious factors. In Android 11, there is now a row of app hints at the bottom of the home screen where the main app-base would normally be displayed.

Apps have a shiny border around them and change frequently when you return to the home screen while using your phone. You can tap and hold any of the app icons to pin that suggestion on your home screen.

You can also block apps from appearing as suggestions if you don’t want something like Gmail to appear even if you use a different email app.

To access App Tips and customize how it works for you, touch and hold the Home screen, and select Startup Settings, then Tips. There you can control the suggestions in the app drawer and on the home screen or block the apps from appearing in the list. 

The new media controls are very cute.

Android 11 improves its multimedia controls

In the announcement of the public beta for Android 11, Google showed a new music control interface that looked amazing. Rather than making the playback controls more like a pending notification, they are placed in the Quick Settings panel at the top of the screen. And when you interact with them, there is a new option to control where the music plays.

For example, if you have Google’s new Pixel Buds 2 and a Nest Hub, you can quickly switch between the two devices with a few taps.

If you install the beta version of Android 11, you will not be able to find the function when you start playing music, but do not be discouraged, it is there, but it is hidden.

You’ll need to enable Developer Options on your phone by opening the Settings app and going to About phone . Scroll to the bottom of the screen where you will find Build Number . Press it until a small notification appears saying something like “Congratulations! You are now a developer.”

Next, you’ll have to go to Developer Options in Settings> System. Once there, look for media resume, turn it on, and then restart your phone.

The next time you start playing music, you’re going to see the new multimedia controls. 

Finally you can record your screen with an official Google tool.

Finally! A way to record your screen

Screenshots are a quick and easy way to capture something on the screen, but there are times when a recording is better suited to the task at hand. For example, if you want to show your gaming skills, or highlight the steps to play an error screen recording.

You can find the Screen Record tool in the Quick Settings panel after installing Android 11. If it’s not visible, tap the pencil icon to add it to your panel. 

Tap the Record Screen icon and select if you want your microphone to record audio and if you want your touch interactions to be highlighted in the video. To stop recording, tap the Record screen notification. The video will be saved on the camera roll, where you can edit and share the recording.

We will continue to test Android 11 and see what other things are hidden or added during the rest of the beta process. In the meantime, if you can’t wait for Android 11 to launch later this year, you can install it right now

Featured News

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will have 108 megapixel sensor: report

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, the model will come with the best features of that series, as it will have a main sensor of 108 megapixels, according to a new leak.

Blogger Roland Quandt, who is known for usually correct reporting, reaffirmed the 108 megapixel for the Note 20 Ultra’s main shooter, noting that this is not new information but reinforcing this feature.

The 108 megapixels in the rear camera of the Note 20 Ultra have been reported for several months ago and it is believed that it will be one of the most relevant feature of the phone that until now does not seem to have any major changes or news compared to the S20 series.

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A 108-megapixel sensor is also present in the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but the sensor in the Note 20 Ultra is expected to be better in aspects like zoom. In the photography department, the Note 20 Ultra would also have another 13 megapixel sensor and will eliminate the ToF sensor (used for distance measurement) and opt for a laser auto focus. A third sensor would be 12 megapixels. 

Samsung has not commented on the Note 20 series, but it is expected to arrive in two models, with a refined design from that seen with the Note 10 last year, with a new and more capable S Pen, among other improvements. 

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The Note 20 would be announced in August alongside the Galaxy Fold 2, Galaxy Z Flip, new smartwatch and new headphones


Facebook will notify you when you are about to share an old article

Facebook will begin notifying users when they are about to share a story that is more than 90 days old.

Today, the social network indicated that this notification will appear when people click the share button on the article. Users will be able to share the article after viewing the notification if they think the article is still relevant.

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“Our internal research found that the news of an article is an important context that helps people decide what to read, trust and share,” Facebook wrote on his blog, noting that sharing old news on social media may misrepresent the reality of events.

Facebook said it will use a similar notification but for COVID-19 related posts to provide information about the source of a post and redirect people to the COVID-19 Information Center .