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OnePlus 6 is officially a complete Android flagship phone

Another sleek and bold phone from OnePlus

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OnePlus‘ latest phone is official! After months of leaks, rumors, and speculation, we finally have the OnePlus 6.

Since OnePlus launched their line of premium Android phones, it’s been a tradition to wait and see what they have in store for us, and convince die-hard fans of Apple and Samsung to consider having a phone that practically has everything you’d need in a modern smartphone without the hefty price. It sounds pretty much like Xiaomi, right?


The Chinese company first embraced the tall display ratio trend with the OnePlus 5T. Going further into the limits of the borderless design, OnePlus resorted to having a notched 6.28-inch 19:9 Optic AMOLED display. The infamous notch found its way to the OnePlus 6 and it makes the phone look too generic. The bezels are not as edge-to-edge on all sides as the iPhone X’s, but the chin of the OnePlus 6 is a bit smaller than other chins of phones with a similar design.

OnePlus 6 in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White

To make the phone stand out, OnePlus made its new phone’s back a bit special. While other manufacturers go for loud and bold colors, OnePlus keeps it sleek like they always do.

Thankfully, the rear doesn’t look like an iPhone anymore but it’s still made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that subtly reflects light. This glossy mirror variant is aptly called Mirror Black. If gloss is not your thing, there are always matte options (but still made of glass) dubbed Midnight Black and Silk White. Before we forget, the phone is now water resistant.

OnePlus wants to give more focus to the camera of the OnePlus 6. It still has a dual rear camera setup with 20- and 16-megapixel sensors working together to shoot better low-light images with support from optical image stabilization which will further help take clearer photos. It can shoot 4K at 60fps and HD slow-motion videos, as well. The 16-megapixel front camera is paired with AI technology to capture portrait selfies.

Now to the internal specifications, the OnePlus 6 is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor just like other flagship phones, with up to 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage. Of course, it already boots OxygenOS based on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. If you like to try, you can flash Android P Beta which the phone fully supports.

The device is also a global phone with support for 40 bands and 4×4 MIMO, along with dual-band Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0. The phone’s battery is a respectable 3300mAh cell with support for Dash Charge, and lastly, there’s a 3.5mm audio port which is already a missing feature on other premium phones.

Pricing for the OnePlus 6 are as follows:

  • 6GB+64GB   — US$ 529 / EUR 519 / GBP 469
  • 8GB+128GB — US$ 579 / EUR 569 / GBP 519
  • 8GB+256GB — US$ 629 / EUR 619 / GBP 569

The OnePlus 6 is going to be available through OnePlus.com and partner stores on May 22 for the Mirror Black and Midnight Black variants while the limited edition Silk White will go on sale starting June 5.

SEE ALSO: OnePlus Bullets Wireless earphones fix common wireless earphones issues

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Facebook has stored millions of user passwords in plaintext

It’s a good time to change your password

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From one blunder to another, Facebook is in a hot mess again. After admitting the existence of a bug that exposed user photos, the popular social networking site has now put user passwords at risk.

According to Krebs on Security, they have learned that hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their passwords stored in unencrypted plaintext which is searchable by Facebook employees. Typically, user passwords are protected by hashing, but errors have led Facebook and other Facebook-owned apps including Facebook Lite and Instagram to leave passwords accessible.


At least 200 million Facebook users are believed to have been affected, and the damage could reach up to 600 million users as per Krebs‘s report.

Not long after, Facebook has confirmed the issue in a blog post. According to the social networking giant, they have identified the problem as early as January as part of a security review.

“To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them.”

To assure users, Facebook stated that the issue has been fixed and affected users will be notified as a precaution. Also, the company claimed that these passwords were never made available to anyone outside Facebook and there’s no evidence of internal abuse.

While Facebook already owned up and fixed the security flaw, it’s still best to change your passwords. It’s not required by Facebook, but users must also do their part in keeping their personal information secure — especially on free-to-use platforms.

SEE ALSO: Some Nokia 7 units are sending your data to China

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Some Nokia 7 units are sending your data to China

Finland will reportedly investigate HMD Global

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Are you afraid of data theft? Lately, the online community has put the clamps on shady business practices in the tech industry. For example, Facebook was recently put under the microscope for selling its users’ data to willing buyers. However, for every documented case, dozens of undocumented others are lying in wait for unsuspecting victims.

Now, Finland is mounting a similar case against HMD Global, the current owners of the Nokia brand. Last month, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) received a tip from Henrik Austad, a local Nokia 7 user. While monitoring his handset’s outgoing traffic, Austad noticed a glaring anomaly: it was sending data packets to a Chinese server called “vnet.cn.”


For every instance that the screen turns on, the Nokia 7 sent the phone’s geographical data, SIM card number, and serial number to the Chinese server. Theoretically, the server’s owners (and anyone who can access the traffic) can know the whereabouts of specific users.

Investigating the tip, NRK discovered the server’s owners: China Telecom. Unfortunately, further investigations have warranted nothing. The media company speculates that the surveillance mechanism was intended for Chinese users but ended up with international markets.

HMD Global has since admitted to the fault. Apparently, the company has already detected the error before Austad’s tip. As a result, they released a Nokia 7 security patch a few weeks ago.

Unfortunately, HMD Global’s confession isn’t enough for its home country, Finland. In an email, Reijo Aarnio, Finnish Ombudsman for Data Protection, was surprised at the leaked information. As a result, Finland authorities will investigate the matter even further.

In their defense, HMD Global claims that “the data was never processed, and no personal information was shared with third parties or authorities.” Of note, the Nokia 7 is a China-exclusive phone. Later on, HMD Global released the international variants, Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 7 Plus.

SEE ALSO: MediaTek-powered Nokia 5.1 gets updated to Android 9 Pie

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Samsung Galaxy A6+ starts receiving Android Pie with One UI

Brings all the new features

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Samsung has been actively updating its midrange lineup from last year. After the Galaxy A9 (2018) and the Galaxy A8+ (2018), it’s now time to serve Android Pie for the Galaxy A6+.

The Android Pie update for the Galaxy A6+ is currently rolling out in Poland and will soon be available to users in other markets across the globe. According to Samsung’s schedule, the particular model is slated to receive the update in April, so this initial seeding is in preparation for the wider rollout.


The update weighs 1.2GB and bumps the security patch to March 2019. The heavy download is worth it since it brings a major overhaul to Samsung’s user interface. Like the Galaxy S10 flagships, the Galaxy A6+ now has Samsung’s One UI.

Galaxy A6+ users will have to wait for the update notification to pop up since the rollout is done over the air. You can also manually try downloading the update by heading over to the Settings app and then to the Software update section.

The regular Galaxy A6 version should receive its Android Pie update shortly after, but there’s no confirmation about it, yet.

Source: SamMobile

SEE ALSO: Samsung releases an app on Play Store that brings new gesture navigation

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