OnePlus 7 early renders show notch-less display, pop-up selfie camera

It’s like when Vivo meets OnePlus



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OnePlus is already gearing up for its upcoming flagship phone — the OnePlus 7. While we wait for the official launch date, we rely on leaks from credible sources. If you’re waiting for OnePlus’ next release, these renders from OnLeaks and PriceBaba will give you an idea of what to expect.

We know that the OnePlus 7 won’t have wireless charging (as confirmed by OnePlus’ CEO), but the rumor about its pop-up camera mechanism and notch-less display is becoming more likely.

Unlike the OnePlus 6T (or even the OnePlus 6), the next OnePlus phone will have a true bezel-less display with no notch and no hole-punch. To make this possible, the company has to resort to a pop-up mechanism for the phone’s front camera similar to Vivo’s go-to approach or OPPO’s latest model.

Image credit: OnLeaks/PriceBaba

Overall, the design of the OnePlus 7 is not far from its predecessor, but there are noticeable changes. Aside from the notch-free display and pop-up camera, the renders also show that the camera module on the back has three sensors. There’s no info about the megapixel count and lenses of the phone’s rear cameras, but we bet one of them is either an ultra wide-angle or a telephoto shooter.

The rest of the specs could include a Snapdragon 855 processor, 4G LTE connectivity (there will be a different 5G variant), at least 6GB of memory, and a fast-charging battery with a capacity above 4000mAh. Keep in mind that these are all rumors, so the final specs might differ from the actual phone when it launches.

Based on OnePlus’ previous release dates, the OnePlus 7 should come out sometime during the second quarter of 2019. Since the company has been hiking its prices with every release, we can also expect the OnePlus 7 to be more expensive than the OnePlus 6T at launch.

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Google, Facebook, Twitter resist China’s attempt to censor Hong Kong

China is trying to curb free speech



Google, Facebook, and Twitter have temporarily stopped processing government requests for user data in Hong Kong. A new security law went into effect on July 1 and Google immediately paused processing requests.

Even WhatsApp has stopped processing further requests. The controversial law is seen as an attempt by China to curb free speech in the former British colony.

Pro-democracy protestors are worried the new law will be used to censor the internet. Twitter cited “grave concerns” about the law”s implications.

This is seen as China’s broader plan to establish its supremacy and expand its ideology. The new law includes the ability to ask publishers to remove information deemed as a threat to national security. Refusal to enact the request could result in a fine or jail time.

Tech companies work in tandem with local law enforcement agencies to moderate content on their platforms. With the new law, processing Hong Kong government’s request would indirectly mean handing over user data and endangering pro-democracy protestors.

In simpler terms, you could be jailed for a social media post that says anything against the administration.

Citizens are actively switching to messaging apps like Signal that provide end-to-end encryption. This helps in masking your identity to a great extent.

Previously, when the internet was shut down to curb protests, citizens used offline messaging apps like Bridgefy and FireChat to spread the world and coordinate protest efforts.

Mainland China has a firewalled internet that is highly censored and constantly surveilled. The irony is, ByteDance’s TikTok isn’t available in China while the rest of the world can freely use it.

TikTok has also officially announced it will be exiting Hong Kong within a few days. But this move is seen as a smokescreen to avoid its Chinese origin.

SEE ALSO: 6 tips to make your phone more private and secure

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ICYMI: The World University Cyber League 2020 has begun

The best gamers from the brightest in the region duke it out for gaming supremacy



Tencent Sports wanted to up the competition a little bit more in Southeast Asia, following Esports’ rapid rise in the region. Obviously, the best option for that is to hold a tournament to bring in the best of the best for some healthy competition. With the help of Mineski Global, they’ve done exactly just that, and are now on their final stages of the entire tournament.

The World University Cyber League 2020 started last June 28, and featured players from four markets in Southeast Asia. This time around, these players don’t come from established teams and franchises from their home countries. Instead, they are university-sponsored students, as they compete for a prize pool of over US$ 5,000. The Philippines host the SEA qualifiers, through Mineski Global’s Philippine division and its Youth Esports Program.

Students from the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand are competing across three different games. The roster of games Tencent prepared include popular mobile games like Clash Royale and PUBG Mobile, and an Esports classic in League of Legends.

Qualifiers will end on July 9, with the best teams moving to the WUCL Finals from July 10-15. To know more about the WUCL, you may visit their official website.

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US looking to ban Chinese apps like TikTok

TikTok is in grave danger



US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the country is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese apps like TikTok. In an interview with Fox News, the senior official said that he doesn’t want to get in front of President Donald Trump, but they’re evaluating the option.

Last week, India announced a list of 59 apps and games that are made by Chinese developers. These apps remain banned in the country citing user privacy issues. TikTok was the worst hit, followed by games like Mobile Legends.

The current geopolitical scenario isn’t in favor of China amid a bloody border skirmish with India. The two countries have decided to de-escalate the situation for the time being. However, the app ban has put the spotlight on shady data collection practices of these developers.

US lawmakers have previously voiced their concern regarding large-scale data collection by apps like TikTok. And, recent reports have confirmed their doubts. TikTok was caught by Apple collecting users’ clipboard data and independent researchers have called the social media app a massive data collection service.

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, anti-China sentiment has been rising globally. Furthermore, companies like Huawei are already under the scanner and the US has already deemed it to be a national security threat.

While the future of TikTok remains uncertain, companies around the world are trying to make safer options that can bridge its gap. Instagram is actively testing a new feature called Reels and it’ll let you take short 15-second videos. The Indian government has also announced an app challenge that aims to encourage local developers to make Chinese alternatives.

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