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The OnePlus 5 could have nifty spec bumps, dual cameras

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OnePlus 5 image from GearBest

OnePlus fans rejoice! The company has confirmed to The Verge that its next flagship is coming soon and will be named the OnePlus 5.

Why 5?

Plenty of reasons. First, it is the fifth phone in OnePlus’ lineup with the fourth one being the OnePlus 3T. Second, like many other Chinese companies, OnePlus is skipping the number four, as it’s considered unlucky because of its relation to death. Last, and curiously, OnePlus told The Verge that many of the company’s employees are fans of retired NBA player Robert Horry who sported the number five on his jersey. They are such big fans that they actually have paintings of “Big Shot Rob” in their office.

OnePlus Robert Horry Instagram Story

Top-of-the-line specs

Don’t expect OnePlus to drop its “flagship killer” tag any time soon. Like its earlier phones, the OnePlus 5 plans to take on current flagships with components that rival, if not exceed, the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG G6.

Powering the smartphone is the latest from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835 processor. There have been rumors it will match the OnePlus 3T’s memory and storage options (6GB RAM, 128GB storage), but other rumors pointed to a variant that will have a whopping 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

However, notable tech scooper Evan Blass posted on Twitter a product listing of the OnePlus 5 on online shopping site GearBest with a rather comprehensive look at the specs.

OnePlus 5 Specs Screenshot from GearBest

From the looks of it, the OnePlus 5 will indeed come with 8GB of RAM, but not with the massive internal storage indicated by earlier rumors (only 64GB on this listing). Interesting to note, though, is that the OnePlus 5 will have a microSD card slot that supports a storage bump of up to 128GB.

This particular variant also has two nano-SIM card slots and will support dual standby. From the way it’s detailed, it appears it won’t be the usual case wherein one of the sim card slots converts to a microSD card slot. That’s great news if you need both slots and the additional storage!

OnePlus 5 equals dual cameras

The listing also includes an image of the OnePlus 5, and the first thing you’ll notice is the vertical dual cameras on its back.

OnePlus 5 on GearBest

The specs sheet only lists 23 megapixels on the back camera, and 16MP on the front. We’re not sure if it means the other back camera also sports 23MP, and what kind of functionality it will offer. If you’re curious about dual cameras we have listed 5 facts about them that you may want to know.

OnePlus appears to also be taking an “if it’s not broken why fix it” approach on the design, as there aren’t any major changes from the OnePlus 3/3T. It’s nearly identical save for the cameras at the back. A OnePlus 5 with these dimensions (152.7 x 74.7 x 7mm) and weight (156g) will also be slightly thinner and lighter compared to its predecessor (152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4mm, 158g).

Bigger battery, still not water-resistant

Despite the slight body adjustments, OnePlus managed to pack a bigger non-removable battery at 4000mAh compared to the 3 and 3T’s 3000mAh and 3400mAh capacities, respectively.

No IP-whatever rating, which suggests you will still need to keep it from getting wet. It will also have the standard headphone jack in case that’s something you were worried about.

When is the official announcement?

Your guess is as good as ours. OnePlus hasn’t exactly been consistent in terms of launch dates for its phones, but it did tell The Verge the phone is coming this summer, so expect a June or July release.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus 3T review (3 months later)

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TikTok, Tencent linked to sexually violent ads on Facebook

Ads continue to run on platform

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Facebook has an ad problem. After spending years on the platform, you might have noticed a plethora of misplaced ads occasionally peppered on your feed. Though most users cringe at how the algorithm can uncannily show appropriate ads right after talking about a certain topic, a series of more off-putting, offensive, and disturbing ads is making the rounds on the social media platform. Now, following a deep dive, a report has found that ByteDance and Tencent are affiliated with the phenomenon.

What are these Facebook ads? In a report from Forbes’s Emily Baker-White, several web novel companies are advertising erotic content on the platform. However, more than just erotica, these ads promote sexual, violence, rape, and self-harm. Some are even using images of popular personalities without their permission.

A particularly egregious example involves a photo of a crying woman in the shower with the caption: “his personal cum bucket.” A few others are more up front about harming women to get sex.

Others depict scenes from Twilight and Star Wars, despite not being affiliated at all with the titles. Several companies and personalities contacted by Forbes confirmed that they did not give these novel apps any permission to use their likeness.

As for the deep dive, a good number of these companies were previously backed by either ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, or Tencent, one of the biggest Chinese companies in the world. While ByteDance has claimed that the apps don’t reflect their values, these ads continue to proliferate around the platform. Tencent has likewise denied any involvement with the campaigns.

It’s also worth nothing that the apps aren’t limited to just China. One app, called Pinky Novel, operates from the Philippines and is spreading similarly troubling ads everywhere, including one that says, “Raped by Mr. CEO.”

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Apple has been raided in South Korea

For alleged anti-market practices

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The troubles for Apple will continue. After spending a length of time fighting investigations all over the world for alleged anti-competition practices, the company’s offices in South Korea have been raided by authorities to further the investigation in the country.

Covered by Foss Patents (via MacRumors), the Korea Fair Trade Commission conducted a raid on the offices at the break of dawn. Authorities reportedly staged the raid after a developer complained of an unfair commission rate. According to the complaint, developers are paying more than 30 percent commission for having their apps on the App Store.

For a rougher breakdown, Apple still charges 30 percent. However, the commission includes VAT, which spikes the total fees paid above 30 percent. In contrast, Google’s 30 percent commission policy does not include VAT, which makes for a lower fee for developers.

With the number of apps on the App Store, Apple is making significant bank by skimming a bit more on commissions. That is, if the allegations prove true, of course. Right now, the company is still under investigation. But, if anything, a dawn raid isn’t a good sign for the iPhone maker.

Apple isn’t the only one in hot water, though. Google is also facing a similar controversy in South Korea. However, instead of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, the Kora Communications Commission is pushing for more parity between Google and Apple.

SEE ALSO: South Korea investigating Apple and Google for app payments

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Android users can react to SMS messages from iPhones soon

While simultaneously annoying iPhone users

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One of the most unexpected small developments this year is the war of the green bubble. For a while now, Apple has kept Android users inside a green text bubble. If an Android user texts an iOS user, an iPhone conveniently lets its user know that someone is texting them from — gasp — an Android phone. Now, Google, in the next step of its crusade against the green bubble, is running a similar experiment of its own.

Recently, as spotted by Reddit user u/Jabjab345 (via GSMArena), Google is testing a new feature for Android users. In a beta version, users can start reacting to SMS messages from an iPhone. Of course, much like how it is from the other way around, there is a little hiccup.

In most web-based messaging services, reactions are often tiny bubbles attached to one corner of the message. However, since iOS and Android use different systems, it doesn’t work that way between the two platforms. Instead, if an iOS user reacts to an Android user’s message, users get a separate message with the emoji reaction. Now (or after the beta, at least), Android will treat iOS in the same way, sending iOS users a separate message for reactions.

Right now, the feature is still in beta. However, an implementation is par for the course. Previously, Google threw some shade at Apple for not adopting the system that the former uses. In retaliation, Tim Cook recently told a user to just buy their mom an iPhone if texting was such an issue.

SEE ALSO: Apple on adopting Android’s features: Just ‘buy your mom an iPhone’

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