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Jan

Some OnePlus customers have reported fraudulent credit card activity


A friendly reminder to always keep track of what’s going on with your card.

Over this past weekend, some OnePlus customers reported that they’d discovered unauthorized activity on credit cards that had been used to purchase items from OnePlus’s website (oneplus.net). Stolen credit card info is never fun, but OnePlus was quick to issue an official response on its forums to address what’s going on.

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First and foremost, reports of unusual card activity post-purchase from OnePlus have come from those that added their credit/debit card directly to OnePlus’s site rather than making a payment through PayPal.

Credit card information is sent to OnePlus’s unnamed payment processor through an encrypted connection rather than saved on the company’s site itself, and even if you used the site’s “save this card for future transactions” feature, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. All this does is save a handful of digits of your card’s number and a random set of symbols (AKA a “token”) to OnePlus’s payment processor, and OnePlus has no way to decrypt this information and access your full card info.

OnePlus says that it’s actively investigating the issue and talking with all of those that have been affected to get to the bottom of what went wrong. If you notice any unusual activity on your credit or debit card, OnePlus recommends contacting your bank/card issuer directly before doing anything else.

While we’re happy to see that OnePlus was so quick to address this matter publically, we’d like to hear from you – does this affect your decision to make future purchases from the company? Let us know in the comments below.

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15
Jan

The biggest VR and AR announcements of CES 2018


This year was all about polish, and that’s a very good thing.

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As virtual reality and augmented reality continue to grow in popularity, CES remains one of the best places to see what we can expect in the coming year.

This year, in particular, we got a look at some very cool new headsets aimed at improving the overall experiences we have today. Lots of companies are eager to ditch the cord, remove the phone, and generally make it so VR headsets are self-contained wonders. In the augmented reality world, it feels more and more like we’re returning to the notion that “smart glasses” for specific use cases are the way of the future.

Curious to see what made CES extra awesome for VR and AR fans? Here’s what we’ve found.

Lenovo Mirage Solo

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Daydream Standalone is real at last! No more messing around with putting your phone in a headset if you don’t want to. This headset is its own computer with its own display, and not only will it play every Daydream game at launch but there will also be new and more immersive experiences to take advantage of the ability to move around quite a bit. It’s a massive step forward for Daydream, and we will surely be hearing lots more about this soon.

Everything you need to know about the new Lenovo Mirage Solo

HTC Vive Pro

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The second most popular “full” VR headset in the world now has a cooler, more mature brother. The Vive Pro is designed to be an upgrade over the Vive, but not a replacement. It comes with higher resolution displays, a significantly more comfortable head strap, more capable built-in headphones, and an overall lighter frame.

On top of all of this, there’s a new wireless accessory from HTC that allows you to ditch the big cable entirely and spend a couple of hours in VR with no restrictions.

Check out our hands on with the Vive Pro

Huawei VR2

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While not strictly speaking a new headset, Huawei bringing its tethered headset to the US is kind of a big deal. This headset can connect to multiple sources with a cable, which could potentially mean you have a VR headset that will offer up fun from a PC and a phone separately. The headset has a fairly familiar look and feel, and could easily be confused with a Daydream headset with some of the software inside.

We’ll be learning a lot more about this headset in the future, but it’s very cool to see Huawei bringing more tech to the U.S.

Arsenz Thermoglass with FLIR

Check out these cool @flir devices form #CES2018… Yes, that one pic is from the inside of those glasses! #Pixel2XL pic.twitter.com/onJTIIsRAb

— Myriam Joire (@tnkgrl) January 11, 2018

Being able to pop a FLIR camera onto your phone and get a quick thermal readout is fun, but in a professional environment it takes time and relies on the user to keep the software up to date on the phone. Now FLIR is working with Arsenz to stick its miniaturized thermal smarts into a headset you wear almost like Google Glass. This design gives the user a thermal readout of the world right in front of them without obscuring their view or occupying their hands.

As augmented reality products go, this is both technically fascinating and one of those things that will make certain jobs infinitely easier to do.

Vuzix Smart Glasses with Alexa

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While we’ve seen Vuzix at CES for several years now, there’s never been much about its smart glasses that really feel like something most people would benefit from. This year, the new Vuzix Blade glasses pay closer attention to aesthetics by looking more like a standard pair of glasses and now also feature Amazon’s Alexa service. This means you have Alexa available everywhere and you don’t need reach into your pocket to get it, which can be a huge plus for anyone who is all in on the Alexa ecosystem.

It’s a solid step forward and demonstrates how dedicated Vuzix is to the wearable computer concept.

15
Jan

Zolo’s $40 Halo Bluetooth speaker has Amazon Alexa built right in


Sounds like savings!

Zolo’s Halo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Smart Speaker is down to $39.99 on Amazon. This speaker sells for around $51, and it has never dropped directly from that price.

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This speaker works with Amazon Alexa, but you don’t have to hook it up to your Echo to get it to work. It has Alexa built right into it, and she can access whatever place you stream music from the most.

Features include:

  • Professionally tuned 5W high-excursion speaker and bass port deliver exceptional sound quality and rich bass from Halo’s miniaturized body.
  • Voice-activated Alexa functionality with over 10000 life-enhancing skills. Stream audio and music services (including Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Audible ); Check news, traffic, and weather; find answers; control smart home devices; and shop with your voice.
  • With simplified Wi-Fi connectivity, link up to 6 Halo speakers simultaneously for house-wide audio and Alexa communication.
  • Not only a Smart Speaker, Halo works as a stand-alone high-fidelity Bluetooth Speaker.

Zolo backs this speaker up with an 18-month warranty.

See on Amazon

15
Jan

LG is reportedly ditching the G7 and starting over from scratch


LG’s CEO issued the order right after CES.

The year of 2018 has been an odd one so far for LG. A report came out on January 3 that the G6’s successor wouldn’t be called the G7 and instead replaced with all-new branding, and this was followed up on January 11 during CES 2018 where LG’s Vice Chairman confirmed that the company was moving away from yearly flagship smartphone releases.

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Now on January 15, a report from The Investor says that LG’s Vice Chairman and CEO, Jo Seong-jin, has issued an order to the company’s mobile department to halt all current development of the G6’s successor and start over from scratch. We were initially expecting this phone to be announced during MWC this February, but this announcement now means we’re looking at an inevitable delay.

LG is said to decide on a new launch date during the Lunar New Year holiday (February 15 – 21), and as such, the phone likely won’t launch until April or later.

What does this mean for the G7 (or whatever it’s called) when it finally hits store shelves? Prior to this announcement, we were anticipating pretty minor upgrades compared to the G6, such as an OLED display with slimmer bezels, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, improved cameras, etc. The source that The Investor spoke to says that LG “hasn’t been able to find a strong selling point for the G7”, so it’ll be interesting to see what LG changes in order to make its phone more appealing over the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S9.

Until then, what feature does the LG G7 need to have in order for you to consider buying the phone?

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15
Jan

What is Chrome ‘Site Isolation’ and how does it keep me safe?


Chrome’s Site Isolation feature is a brand new way to keep your web session more secure, but you’ll need to enable it.

The web is a scary place. There are scams, malicious links and other vulnerabilities hiding everywhere. Most users don’t see this because of protections built-in to their web browser or email client, and with Chrome 63, Google has brought another key feature to keeping users safe: site isolation.

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What is site isolation?

The Chrome browser is known for using a lot of system resources, but with good reason: each tab in the browser is dedicated a single process. This uses more resources, but if a website causes one tab to crash, the other tabs continue working without issue and without crashing the entire web browser.

When one tab — for this example, an email client — has an action that opens a new tab — clicking on a link inside an email — both of those tabs share a single process. Another example is if you have one tab for the Android Central home page and another tab for the (awesome) [Android Central forums](https://forums.androidcentral.com — because these share the same domain, they are also been sharing on single process.

That changes with site isolation in Chrome 63. Each tab will get its own process, no matter what. This does have an impact of system memory: the Chrome browser will use 10%-20% more RAM. Having said that, I’ve used site isolation on Windows machines with 4GB of RAM and didn’t notice any performance impact.

How to enable site isolation

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Unfortunately, site isolation is not (yet) enabled by default, but can be easily turned on inside Chrome on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and Chrome OS. Here’s how to enable it on your computer.

Type chrome://flags into the Chrome address bar.
Press Ctrl + F on your keyboard to open the search window.
Search for “Site Isolation.” You should see the option listed as “Strict Site Isolation.”
Click Enable. The browser will restart, and that’s it!

IT administrators can enable Site Isolation for their organization by enabling the policy within the Google Administrative Console.

Should you use site isolation?

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Yes. The only (potential) downside is a performance tax, but the protections that come with site isolation are well worth it. It’s another layer in the security ogre that will keep you safe in the online world.

Have you started using site isolation? Let us know down below!

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15
Jan

Android Oreo released for Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7


8.0 Oreo is available now for both handsets.

There are a lot of OEMs that could learn a thing or two from HMD Global – the company responsible for all of the current Nokia-branded Android phones. Following Oreo updates for the Nokia 8, 6, 5, and 2, Oreo is now officially on its way to the Nokia 6 (2018) and Nokia 7.

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Nokia 6 (left) and Nokia 7 (right).

The 2018 version of the Nokia 6 was just announced on January 5, and one of our biggest complaints was that the phone was shipping with 7.1.1 Nougat. However, seeing as how pre-orders just opened on January 10, it looks like most folks will be able to start playing with Oreo from day one.

While the Nokia 6 (2018) will likely make its way to other markets outside of China later this year, the Nokia 7 is still exclusive to the country following its launch this past October. That phone also shipped with 7.1.1, so the Oreo update should come as a nice treat and breath of fresh air for its owners.

As per usual, the Oreo update includes picture-in-picture, notification dots, overall better performance, and more.

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15
Jan

TAG Heuer announces Connected Modular 41 smartwatch, starts at $1200


The price of luxury ain’t cheap.

CES 2018 was home to a couple Android Wear announcements from Kate Spade and Skagen, and following this, TAG Heuer is launching its all-new Connected Modular 41 – a smaller and cheaper version of the Connected Modular 45 that launched in March of 2017.

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Similar to the Modular 45, you can customize just about every aspect of the Modular 41, including the watch band, buckle, lugs, and bezel (aka module) surrounding the screen. Pink, blue, and white leather straps are also launching alongside the Modular 41. The screen is made out of scratch-resistant sapphire, and you’ve got your choice of materials such as gold and titanium for the body itself.

Moving over to the technical side of things, the Modular 41 has an AMOLED 390 x 390 display, GPS, NFC for Google Pay support, 8GB RAM, and 1GB of internal storage. The watch ships with Android Wear 2.0, but it’s unclear at this time if Oreo is present out of the box.

The TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 has a starting price of $1200, and while there’s no denying that that’s a ton of cash to throw down on a smartwatch, the craftsmanship that’s present here is on an entirely different level compared to watches such as the LG Watch Sport and Huawei Watch 2.

See at TAG Heuer

15
Jan

Boeing shows its vision for a hypersonic spy aircraft


Lockheed isn’t the only one hoping to make a hypersonic spy aircraft. Boeing has provided early details on its own design for a hypersonic tech demonstrator that would lead to a spiritual successor to the SR-71 Blackbird. In some ways, it’s a logical extension of the company’s X-51A Waverider: the wedge-shaped, twin-tail body is designed to minimize drag while gulping in as much air as possible. It would be about as long as the Blackbird, but its Mach 5-plus top speed would leave the older Mach 3.2 jet far behind.

Further progress on the design depends on whether or not American officials select it for development under both DARPA’s Advanced Full Range Engine program and the US Air Force’s Turbine-Based Combined Cycle study. If it does go ahead, it’ll be a while before there’s a production aircraft. Boeing would start by making a single-engine proof of concept vehicle (roughly the size of an F-16 Falcon) and would move on to a full-sized, dual-engine version. Also, don’t expect to get exactly what you see here. Boeing’s Kevin Bowcutt told Aerospace Daily that the design is still evolving, so this is more a reflection of the current state of affairs than anything.

Still, the new details show that competition in hypersonic flight is finally heating up — it’s slowly moving past small-scale demos and purely theoretical exercises. While the first aircraft are likely to be limited to military and spaceflight purposes (like Boeing’s own XS-1), the work you see here could translate to the civilian world in time.

@Boeing takes wraps off Mach 5+ hypersonic ‘son of Blackbird’ contender at #AIAASciTech pic.twitter.com/P9fkfq5Xgx

— Guy Norris (@AvWeekGuy) January 10, 2018

Via: Popular Mechanics

Source: Aerospace Daily (Aviation Week)

15
Jan

BMW’s latest hybrid is the i8 Coupe


BMW’s newest hybrid i8 Coupe is the 2+2 answer to your “What if I don’t want a convertible?” question. Like its Roadster sibling that debuted at the LA Auto Show last November, the Coupe hits 369 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque thanks to the internal combustion power plant driving the rear wheels, and 34 amp-hour electric motor powering the fronts. This is how BMW does all-wheel drive. There are improvements abound, with energy capacity jumping from 7.1kWh to 11.6kWh and an overall 12 horsepower increase over last year’s model. BMW says that this and the Roadster can go 18 miles on pure electric power, with the equivalent of 70 miles per-gallon fuel efficiency pending EPA testing.

By the end of 2019, BMW hopes to have half a million electrified vehicles on the road worldwide. The i8 Coupe and Roadster should help the automaker get there.

Click here to catch up on the latest news from NAIAS 2018!

15
Jan

Lexus LF-1 concept looks toward an electrified, autonomous future


A few months ago Toyota and Lexus announced that by 2025, all of their car models would either be electric or have an electric powertrain option. Today at the NAIAS event, Lexus showed off a slick concept crossover that could be a part of that future. The LF-1 “Limitless” concept design is supposed to invoke “molten katana,” but the important parts are inside. With options for a gas, plug-in hybrid or all-electric powertrain, it fits into Lexus’ vision for the future.

Naturally, it also includes intelligent and autonomous features, with a chauffeur mode that can get you home hands-free, and suspension that reacts to driving style, road conditions and weather data. “Four-dimensional” navigation takes time into account, suggesting breaks for gas, rest and, at appropriate times, setting up hotel reservations like a concierge. The touch controls inside include haptic responses, while a touchpad accepts data entry.

Click here to catch up on the latest news from NAIAS 2018!

Source: Lexus

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