OnePlus 7 Series OxygenOS features heading to OnePlus 5/5T/6/6T

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OnePlus is built around giving users the best possible experience, and the OnePlus 7 Pro is the perfect example – with a stunning 90Hz 6.67inch QHD+ fluid AMOLED display. It’s packed full of new features which are designed around real user needs.  

And OnePlus has a strong history of introducing new features to older devices. And that’s on top of promising that all devices will receive two years of Android updates, and a further third year of security updates. 

We’re happy to confirm that the OnePlus 5/5T/6/6T will all receive the following features: 

FNATIC mode. For peak gaming performance, tuning your device by blocking notifications and optimising the CPU for the best gaming experience 

Zen mode. For when you want to take time to yourself. Zen mode limits the functionality of your device for 20 minutes 

Screen Recorder. Perfect for capturing fast-paced gaming action, or even making a video tutorial 

Quick reply in landscape. For a seamless experience when you’re gaming or watching a video 

RAM boost. Optimising the use of RAM 

Android Q. It’s coming to all four devices 

DC dimming. An alternative way to adjust screen brightness, reducing screen flickering at low brightness. Please note, We will introduce this feature in Open Beta builds for the OnePlus 6 and 6T and then evaluate for the OnePlus 5 and 5T. 

These features will start rolling out to the OnePlus 5/5T/6/6T in the near future.  

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Mobile Photography – Huawei P30 Pro Review

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Huawei’s new Android smartphone is aimed at photography buffs and features a new tri-camera array, or quad-camera, if you include the separate ToF (Time of Flight) sensor that’s used to measure the subject/object distance for AF and the faux-bokeh effects.

We were able to get a P30 Pro in for a closer look.

The Huawei P30 Pro continues its association with the German high-end photo brand Leica, and it’s not just a licensing deal. It is according to Leica a synergistic effort, it’s been designed from scratch; it is not the same triple-camera array as found on the P20 Pro.

Before delving into the camera spec’s, impressive as they are, it’s worth mentioning a little bit about the device itself.

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New AirPods Are Powered by the New H1 Chip and Feature 50 Percent More Talk Time, Hands-Free “Hey Siri” and the Option of a Wireless Charging Case

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Apple today announced new AirPods, the second generation of the world’s most popular wireless headphones. AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love. The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free “Hey Siri.” AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new Wireless Charging Case for convenient charging at home and on the go. The new AirPods and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores beginning next week.

“AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.”

The new Apple-designed H1 chip features custom audio architecture to create a revolutionary audio experience and improved synchronisation. H1 allows AirPods to deliver up to 50 percent more talk time compared to first generation AirPods. Switching between devices while listening to music on iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad is more seamless than ever with two times faster connect times. For the first time, AirPods now feature the convenience of “Hey Siri” making it easier to change songs, make a call, adjust the volume or get directions simply by saying, “Hey Siri.”

The new AirPods come with either the standard charging case or the new Wireless Charging Case. Each case holds additional charges for more than 24 hours of total listening time, ensuring AirPods are charged and ready to go whenever you are. The Wireless Charging Case is designed to offer the freedom of wireless charging with Qi-compatible charging solutions. An LED light indicator located on the front of the case conveniently shows the charge status with just a glance. Existing AirPods customers can purchase the standalone Wireless Charging Case.

Pricing and Availability

  • AirPods with standard charging case will be available for £159/$159 and are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.
  • AirPods with Wireless Charging Case will be available for £199/$199 and are available to order on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.
  • Customers can order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for £79/$79 on apple.com and the Apple Store app starting today, and in Apple Stores starting next week.
  • New for AirPods, customers can add a personal engraving to the AirPods with standard charging case and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for free during checkout on apple.com and the Apple Store app.

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All-New iPad Air and iPad mini Deliver Dramatic Power and Capability

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10.5-Inch iPad Air Offers High-End Features and Performance at a Breakthrough Price

7.9-Inch iPad mini Brings Apple Pencil Support, Advanced Retina Display and the A12 Bionic Chip to a Beloved Design

Apple today introduced the all-new iPad Air in an ultra-thin 10.5-inch design, offering the latest innovations including Apple Pencil1  support and high-end performance at a breakthrough price. With the A12 Bionic chip with Apple’s Neural Engine, the new iPad Air delivers a 70 percent boost in performance and twice the graphics capability, and the advanced Retina display with True Tone technology is nearly 20 percent larger with over half a million more pixels.2

Apple today also introduced the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, a major upgrade for iPad mini fans who love a compact, ultra-portable design packed with the latest technology. With the A12 Bionic chip, the new iPad mini is a powerful multi-tasking machine, delivering three times the performance and nine times faster graphics.3 The advanced Retina display with True Tone technology and wide colour support is 25 percent brighter3  and has the highest pixel density of any iPad, delivering an immersive visual experience in any setting. And with Apple Pencil1 support, the new iPad mini is the perfect take-anywhere notepad for sketching and jotting down thoughts on the go. The new iPads are available to order starting today and in stores next week.

“The iPad continues to provide magical new experiences for a growing range of uses where it is the absolute best device, from playing games in augmented reality to note-taking and drawing with Apple Pencil, from streaming HD movies and editing 4K films to learning to develop apps with Swift Playgrounds,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Today the iPad family takes two big leaps forward with an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Air that brings high-end size, features and performance at a breakthrough price, and a major upgrade to the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which also brings Apple Pencil, Retina display and the A12 Bionic chip to the many customers that love its compact size.”

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New Black Eye Pro Kit G4 – A One-Kit Solution for Pro Mobile Photography

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Photographers, videographers, adventurers and storytellers can capture amazing angles with Black Eye’s Pro Kit G4, a one-kit solution for pro-level mobile photography and filmmaking. It features three new Pro lenses – the Pro Portrait Tele G4, Pro Fisheye G4, and Pro Cinema Wide G4. The durable, compact travel case makes it easy and convenient to travel with the lens set. A $300 value for $250.

This looks great but we have not tested it yet, we’ll back with an indepth review once we have, stand by for that.

I strongly recommend you take a look at their website here.

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Huawei Announces 5G Folding Smartphone with New Folding Screen

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This week, it is the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, Spain, a four day showcase for the manufacturers of smartphones to announce and promote their new devices. Last week Samsung of course announced their new folding smartphone, the Galaxy Fold and yesterday, Huawei announced theirs. It is called the Mate X and I cannot wait to test this incredible device.

Richard Yu, is the CEO of Huawei and having watched several of his live performances, I know it’s always very exciting. Yu, contemplated the question ““How can we bring the more big innovation to this smartphone industry?” and to be honest, I completely understand. Huawei products are really very good. The Mate X will sell for $2,600 and it goes on sale around summer time this year. That’s actually more than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which is priced at $2,000.

What’s really interesting about the Huawei Mate 10 is the way the screen wraps around the outside of the device, rather than fold inside when it’s closed. This excites me, a lot. Yu explained that Huawei engineers spent almost three years perfectly the Mate 10 hinge, so it doesn’t leave a gap when closed.

I am fully aware of the cloud hanging over Huawei and I only hope it lifts soon, because once you experience their products, you will completely support my view on their innovation, it’s incredibly exciting.

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Samsung Unfolds the Future with a Whole New Mobile Category: Introducing Galaxy Fold

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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has  unveiled the highly anticipated Galaxy Fold, a new foldable device creating a new mobile category. Galaxy Fold features the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display. Galaxy Fold offers a powerful new way to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more – bringing to life new experiences and possibilities years in the making.

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HITCASE Announces The All New TrueLUX Wide Lens For iPhone

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HITCASE announced today that the all new TrueLUX(R) Wide Angle Lens for better photo and video capture has officially launched. Redesigned to offer a larger field of view and crisper edge to edge optic clarity while remaining compact, impact resistant and waterproof. HIT Technologies Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and distributes the world’s most advanced protective products for iPhone.

“We’re excited to announce today that the 2019 version of the TrueLUX(R) Wide Lens will include a larger field of view than its predecessor (now 120, previously 104), triple element glass (previously 2 element glass), sharper image clarity and less chromatic aberration, making the new TrueLUX(R) Wide Lens the best we’ve designed to date,” said  Brooks Bergreen, Founder and CEO of HITCASE. “Our best-in-class TrueLUX(R) Lens Series remains focused on offering compact, drop-resistant and waterproof iPhone lenses with sharp image quality at an affordable price point. We believe everyone should have access to creative content capture without breaking the bank. The all new Wide Lens is a continuation of this vision.”

The all-new HITCASE TrueLUX(R) Wide Lens allows you to fit 2x more photo into the frame, ideal for landscape, travel or sport iPhone photography and video. With incredible clarity across the entire field of view, the new Wide Lens features triple element optical grade glass, capturing crisp images with a wider 120 diagonal FOV in photo mode (previously 104) and 98.6 degrees (Diagonal), 86.1 (Horizontal) FOV in video mode. Weighing in at only 22 grams, the super-compact waterproof and shockproof lens fits right in your pocket allowing you to take it literally anywhere.

* TrueLUX(R) Wide Lens Specifications:

* Size: 19mm long x 29mm wide / Weight: 22g

* Triple element glass lens

* No vignetting, edge to edge clarity

* 120 diagonal FOV in photo mode

* 98.6 degrees (Diagonal), 86.1 (Horizontal), FOV in video mode

* Refined optical design produces the sharpest image in its class

* Very low chromatic aberration

* Magnification: 0.55X

* Minimum focus distance: 27mm

* Completely waterproof, dust-proof, snow-proof with or without a Hitcase

* Two start thread and magnetic LINK(TM) mounting for ease of use between all Hitcase products

* Anodized aluminum construction

* Anti-reflective and anti-scratch coatings on all lens elements

* One year limited product warranty.

The all new TrueLUX(R)  Wide Lens is available online as of today for $39.99 (USD) and will begin shipping February 12, 2019. TrueLUX Lenses work alongside HITCASE protective cases, including the Splash, Crio, Shield LINK and PRO. Find out more at HITCASE online and follow @hitcase.

There’s currently a 15% off storewide with this code ‘LOVEHITCASE15’

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HONOR Launches 8A: A Superior Best Value Smartphone

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HONOR, the leading smartphone e-brand, today launched the HONOR 8A, an affordable smartphone that boasts a 6.09-inch Dewdrop FullView Display, 87 per cent screen-to-body ratio and offers finger gesture command features, which can be used with a one-handed grip. The sleek smartphone is also equipped with SmartPA, which amplifies sound significantly to deliver premium audio performance. The HONOR 8A is available at a fantastic price point of £139.99.

The key features of the HONOR 8A include:

·         6.09-inch HD+ Dewdrop FullView Display

·         SmartPA speakers combined with a dual-suspension structure

·         Long lasting 3,020 mAh battery

·         Triple card slots (i.e. Dual SIM slots and Micro-SD slot)

·         13MP main camera with flagship level f/1.8 wide aperture; complemented by an 8MP front-facing camera

·         MT6765 high-frequency 8-core processor

·         Built-in wireless FM Radio

·         Phone unlock using facial recognition

·         EMUI 9.0

“We’re thrilled to launch the HONOR 8A, our latest best-value smartphone. With the HONOR 8A, we are offering a smartphone built with the highest quality technology, but at an affordable price point. The device is a perfect mixture of style and substance, as it brings both impeccable design and fantastic audio quality. We are beyond excited for our fans to get hold of the HONOR 8A,” said Michael Pan, President of HONOR Western Europe.

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Lume Cube announces new AIR variant for mobile creators

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A development of the original Lume Cube, the super-portable external LED light source for smartphone users, the Lume Cube Air is smaller lighter, version aimed at vloggers and other mobile creatives.  The new Air features a single LED light source with a custom designed lens in front of parabolic-shaped light modifier. Not only does this … Read moreLume Cube announces new AIR variant for mobile creators

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