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OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s most premium phone with all the newest tech

Now belongs on the premium throne

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OnePlus went super premium with its latest flagship phone: the OnePlus 7 Pro. With all the latest tech packed into one device, OnePlus is not aiming to become a flagship killer anymore. The company’s new goal is to become one of the big names in the premium segment.

Right off the bat, the OnePlus 7 Pro is not your usual OnePlus phone with just the high-end essentials. The “Pro” in its name is more than just extra memory or storage.

First, it has the “most advanced smartphone display” featuring a 6.67-inch curved Fluid AMOLED display with a QHD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. On top of that, the screen also supports both HDR10 and HDR10+ standard.

With all these screen technologies, the OnePlus 7 Pro is able to earn DisplayMate’s highest A+ rating. Additionally, the phone sports a stereo dual-speaker system tuned by Dolby with an amplifier for better sound quality.

Under the hood, the OnePlus 7 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, a must-have among flagship phones this 2019. What will set the OnePlus 7 Pro apart is its memory option of up to 12GB, which is more than enough to run even a desktop PC smoothly. It also has liquid cooling to keep the phone’s temperature in check.

A first for OnePlus is the triple camera system on the back of the phone. The OnePlus 7 Pro has a main 48-megapixel main camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS, and a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. These cameras are aided by a three-pronged autofocus system like PDAF, CAF, and Laser to ensure it knows where to focus even in low light.

As for taking selfies, OnePlus copied from the textbooks of OPPO and Vivo. Using a motorized pop-up module, OnePlus is able to hide a 20-megapixel f/2.0 camera. This means the phone has no notch that takes away precious pixels in the display.

If you’re particular about a phone’s DxOMark score, you’ll be glad to know that the OnePlus 7 is able to get a total score of 111. It’s just a point shy of Huawei’s P30 Pro and Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G.

The phone’s hardware draws power from a massive 4000mAh battery. Not only that, but it also has the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition’s Warp Charge 30 which will fill up the OnePlus 7 Pro’s battery up to almost half in just 20 minutes.

On the software side of things, an updated Oxygen OS (still based on Android 9 Pie) with extra features like a screen recorder and Zen Mode, Oxygen OS’ take on the Do Not Disturb Mode, runs out of the box. The phone has improved haptic vibration as well with multiple levels of feedback making it ideal for gaming, and a faster in-display fingerprint scanner.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is the company’s most premium phone to date and most expensive, too. The phone will be available on May 17 in Almond, Nebula Blue, and Mirror Gray colors through OnePlus.com starting at US$ 669 for the 6GB+128GB variant. The 8GB+256GB model will go for US$ 699, while the top-dog 12GB+256GB version is at US$ 749.

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Apple reports its best ever quarter in India, sales double

iPhone 12 is an astounding success

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In 2018, I wrote a pretty long article on why Apple cannot grab a foothold in the Indian market. Back then, it had less than one percent market share while Android had the other 99 percent. Fast forward to 2021, Apple has announced its Q1 2021 results, and not only has it shipped more iPhones than ever globally, but it has also managed to double its sales in India.

While answering an analyst’s question during an earnings call, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that Apple’s India business “roughly doubled” in the December quarter. More than 1.5 million iPhone units were shipped in the country, taking its market share to a whopping 4 percent.

It’s worth noting that according to IDC, India’s top smartphone maker is Xiaomi, with a share of almost 25 percent. But Apple’s rise is considered special because the Cupertino-based company focuses only on premium offerings that usually cost much more than Xiaomi or realme’s top offerings.

The iPhone 12 series sells like hotcakes, and the iPhone SE 2020 has found a special spot in the country. Apple says many factors have led to the rally, like its online store, which was opened last year. The smartphone maker has also tied up with assemblers like Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron to ramp up facilities.

Additionally, it also plans to open directly operated Apple Stores in the country, whose unveiling may have been hindered by the Coronavirus pandemic. But the company has confirmed that it still intends to continue with the plan and is working on expansion.

Apple announced its strongest ever quarter, with US$ 111.4 billion in revenue. The company’s profits rose by 29 percent YoY to US$ 28.76 billion, driven by growth in all of its product segments. iPhones contributed US$ 65 billion while services like Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, and more brought US$ 15.7 billion.

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Acer launches the AMD-powered Chromebook Spin 514

An enterprise-focused model is also coming soon

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Chromebooks are increasingly becoming a major player in the laptop segment. Unlike in the past, Chromebooks of today are much more capable with manufacturers opting for more powerful processors and graphic cards. One of those Chromebooks that have capable internals inside is the AMD-powered Acer Chromebook Spin 514, which saw its debut at CES 2021.

AMD Ryzen inside

The headlining feature of Acer’s new Chromebook is the processor that powers it. Inside is a full-fledged AMD Ryzen processor which is rare for a Chromebook. The choice of processors includes the Ryzen 7 3700C for the top-end variant, a Ryzen 5 3500C variant, and an unspecified Ryzen 3 processor for the base variant. Both the Ryzen 7 and 5 variants get a graphics boost thanks to the inclusion of Radeon Vega. All variants max out at 16GB of DDR4 RAM memory and 256GB of SSD.

Acer claims that the Chromebook Spin 514 delivers up to 10 hours of battery life. The new AMD processor inside allows for a thinner and lighter profile than before, making it a good choice for students and professionals alike.

Design and display that is up to date

Speaking of design, the Chromebook comes in a sleek chassis made of anodized, sandblasted aluminum. Apparently, Acer went out of the way to make it more durable. That is, military-grade durability with Acer claiming MIL-STD 810H1 compliance. The design also incorporates a reinforced metal chassis resistant to dents and corrosion.

Those who are into the convertible form factor has a lot to love with the Chromebook Spin 514. It opens at a full 360 degrees and comes with a touchscreen display too. The display is a 14-inch full HD IPS display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Acer states that it reinforced the display with a Corning Gorilla Glass and slimmed the bezels for a 78% screen-to-body ratio.

Plentiful ports to power peripherals and devices

Thankfully, a plethora of ports exists on the Chromebook for connecting multiple devices. It comes with two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C for transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. That USB port also comes with support for DisplayPort and Power Delivery for charging and hooking into supported monitors. Traditional ports include two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and a MicroSD card reader.

Select models of the new Chromebook come with an HDMI port so select that if you’re dependent on monitors that use this port.

Other connectivity features include a dual-band WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5. For staying in touch, the Chromebook has dual integrated stereo speakers and dual microphones for clearer audio and video calls. These dual microphones and stereo speakers also allow for a better experience when using Google Assistant.

Chromebooks for the enterprise

Acer is also launching an enterprise-focused model of the new Chromebook — the Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514. This model shares the same design, configuration, and ports as the regular one. The main difference lies in the software inside. It still touts Google’s ChromeOS but has added features geared solely for the enterprise sector.

Among those features are comprehensive security features integrated right into the OS. IT administrators can also take advantage of Google’s web-based management interface to control updates, configure apps, utilize extensions, and update policies. Finally, it has a zero-touch enrollment that lets employees connect to the enterprise network simply by connecting to the Internet.

Like its regular counterpart, businesses can configure this enterprise-focused Chromebook at 16GB of DDR4 memory and 256GB of NVMe SSD storage.

Price and availability

Acer hasn’t announced any dates for the availability of the new Chromebooks. However, a Google store listing is already active for pre-orders. Exact pricing for the regular and enterprise-focused model is not available at the moment, though the base variant is pegged at US$ 599.

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Apple fixes three critical vulnerabilities in iOS update

You should install the update immediately

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It’s a casual saying that iOS and macOS are among the most secure operating systems commercially available today. The idea is further exemplified by Apple’s simple yet restrictive approach that makes direct file-sharing or third-party installation difficult, or sometimes close to impossible.

However, this thought process could change soon. Apple researchers uncovered multiple vulnerabilities in the software powering iPhones and iPad. The company has released iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to address three vulnerabilities that may have been actively exploited. Apple has provided very little detail on the vulnerabilities reported by anonymous research.

The first thing it addresses is in the kernel and affects the iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation). A malicious application may be able to elevate privileges and access files it’s not ideally supposed to. Apple says that this vulnerability may have been utilized.

The other two loopholes are in the WebKit affecting the iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation). According to the vulnerability description, a remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution. Safari uses the WebKit, and by exploiting a vulnerability there, attackers could then download malicious code.

Additionally, the update adds a new option under Settings to classify the type of third-party Bluetooth audio device in-use. The phone can correctly identify connected headphones and send relevant audio notifications.

What can you do to remain safe?

We recommend installing iOS 14.4 update as soon as it’s available on your device. While Apple hasn’t detailed how the vulnerability may have been leveraged, there is a slim chance that attackers are already using the technique to get deep access.

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