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OnePlus 7T Pro launches with incremental upgrades

Is the regular 7T a better option?

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The OnePlus 7T was launched just a couple of weeks ago. The T-series is supposed to have incremental upgrades, however, OnePlus decided to break the routine and offered quite a lot of improvements. Now, the company has launched the OnePlus 7T Pro at a special event in London and it has left us wondering, what’s new?

The 7T Pro comes with very similar internals as the 7T, meaning it offers a tiny bit of improvement over the 7 Pro. Just like the 7T, it has a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage in the base variant.

On the front is a 6.67-inch Quad HD+ curved OLED display. Instead of a notch, the front camera has been packed into a sliding pop-up module. Obviously, the display refreshes at 90Hz, offering a smoother experience while scrolling or gaming.

The rear gets a triple camera setup consisting of a 48-megapixel primary camera, a 16-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens. Unlike the 7T, the array is vertically located in the centre. A new software-based macro mode has been added for better close-up pictures.

For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner is available along with the option of face unlock. Backing these internals is a 4085mAh battery that supports 30T Warp Charge. OnePlus claims the new technology is 23 percent faster than previous offerings.

Like all OnePlus phones, it ships with OxygenOS out-of-the-box. The company also announced its working on a new real-time translation feature that can be used during video calls. The feature is still under development and a timeline hasn’t been revealed yet.

Photo from @oneplus on Twitter

The company has partnered with PUBG to optimise the game for better gameplay experience. Also, a special McLaren Edition will also be available and it’ll come with 12GB RAM and an orange carbon fibre design.

The OnePlus 7T is priced at £549 (US$ 680) while the OnePlus 7T Pro costs £699 (US$ 866). The McLaren Edition of the phone will retail for £799 (US$ 990).

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Amazon bans TikTok for employees, reverses decision in a few hours

Everyone’s worried about using TikTok now

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Amazon sent an internal memo to its employees, asking them to remove the TikTok from any mobile device that can access their company email. The memo was picked up by the mainstream media almost immediately and it served as an indication of how American companies are losing trust in the Chinese-backed app.

However, the company soon backtracked and an Amazon spokesperson said the request had been sent out in error and that there was no change to the company’s policies at the moment.

Company spokeswoman Jaci Anderson declined to answer questions about what caused the confounding turnaround or error. The original memo cited “security risks” as the reason for avoiding TikTok.

In response, TikTok failed to understand Amazon’s concerns. It did not receive any communication from Amazon before the email went out.

However, the social media app has received a lot of backlash from authorities due to its poor data privacy history. TikTok is banned in India and recently, the US suggested it’s considering a similar ban on the app.

Furthermore, US lawmakers have been concerned about the app for months now. The US army and navy instructed soldiers to delete the app from military devices in December. The biggest concern regarding TikTok is that its parent company, based in China, is required to share information collected on users with the Chinese government.

“We still do not understand their concerns, we welcome a dialogue so we can address any issues they may have and enable their team to continue participating in our community,” TikTok said.

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Lenovo Legion confirmed to launch on July 22

One of the first phones to have Snapdragon 865 Plus

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Between the ROG Phone 3 and the Lenovo Legion, the gaming smartphone wars is turning up the heat. As of late, ASUS’s ROG Phone 3 has made more waves than its Lenovo counterpart. Now, we know a lot about the device’s specifications and potential launch date. Of course, Lenovo will eventually take its turn in the limelight.

Recently, Lenovo has confirmed more details about its gaming phone, the Lenovo Legion. Posted on Weibo, the company is launching the Legion on July 22, at 7:30 p.m. (presumably in China).

Besides the official launch date, the included poster also confirms the device’s chipset. As was also confirmed by Qualcomm earlier, the Lenovo Legion will tout the Snapdragon 865 Plus — one of the first phones to have the new chipset.

Of course, we already know a lot about the Lenovo Legion based on previous rumors. Most notably, the device will have a high-RPM cooling fan, maintaining a good temperature for high-performance gaming. It might also get a side pop-up camera. It will have two USB-C ports; one on the bottom and another on the side, enabling easy charging depending on how you’re using the phone. Finally, it will have a sizable 5050mAh battery.

If you’re a fan of gaming smartphones, July is a perfect month to get a new model. Besides the Lenovo Legion, the ROG Phone 3 is also expected to launch sometime this month.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion 5, Legion Tower 5i coming to Philippines

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Apple: Don’t cover your MacBook webcams

Might damage your screen

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Lately, the conversation surround cybersecurity has ramped up. Users are making sure that no one is spying on them through their favorite devices. One of the most popular ways of doing so is placing a cover on a laptop’s built-in webcam. However, Apple has issued an official warning against the obscuring method.

Reported by MacRumors, Apple has posted a new support page on its official website about closing a MacBook with a cover attached. Apparently, doing so can severely damage your screen. The laptop wasn’t designed for such use, Apple says. Further, covering your webcam can affect the different sensors on the device.

In lieu of a physical cover, Apple is asking users to trust the green indicator light instead. According to the page, “the camera is engineered so that it can’t activate without the camera indicator light also turning on.”

Of course, trusting a device’s hardware isn’t always the best option. If absolutely needed, Apple has issued a few criteria for appropriate covers: thinner than 0.1mm (or about the thickness of a piece of printer paper), no adhesive residue, and removing the cover whenever closing the device.

With camera covers becoming all the rage, issuing some safety tips might be the best course of action for the MacBook maker. Certainly, people will still cover their devices despite warnings. And more certainly, people will still remain wary about malicious parties spying on their cameras.

SEE ALSO: Apple will stop using Intel in MacBooks next year

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