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Jun

Be your own mechanic with the $11 Kobra OBD-II Wi-Fi car code reader


Don’t let your codes stay codes.

This Kobra OBD-II Wi-Fi car code reader is down to $11.19 on Amazon with code PP94JP7K. It sells for $20 without the code and we haven’t seen a sale on these readers in a couple months now. This version uses Wi-Fi, so it’s compatible with iOS, Android, and, God forbid you’re still using one, Windows phones.

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The problem with Wi-Fi is you can’t always get it near your car. You can get this Bluetooth car code reader for $7.12 with code Z6KXA33D. That’s down from a price of $13, but the Bluetooth version does not work with iOS.

Skip using the phone altogether with Kobra’s direct OBD-II professional diagnostic car scanner for $12.39 with code 7934LGIX. That’s about $6 off what it normally goes for. You won’t be able to transfer the data to your phone, but you can also scan and read the codes a lot faster and take action.

The Kobra car code reader can connect to and read the code from any car made after 1996. It can then use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth (depending on which one you buy) to transmit the readings to the free app, or third party apps like Torque Pro on Android or DashCommand on iOS. It can retrieve both generic codes and car manufacturer specific Diagnostic Trouble Codes. Clear that Check Engine light that has been pestering you for months. More than 1,573 reviewers give this reader 3.7 stars.

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14
Jun

Verizon announces its third unlimited plan that costs $95/month


You can also mix and match unlimited plans on a family account.

On June 18, Verizon’s going to be shaking up its wireless plans once again. In addition to its Go Unlimited and Beyond Unlimited plans that are already available, June 18 will see the launch of the carrier’s third unlimited plan — Above Unlimited.

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Above Unlimited will be Verizon’s most expensive yet at $95/month for one line, and for that price, you get “Premium Unlimited 4G LTE Data” doesn’t get slowed down during congested network times until you use 75GB during a billing cycle. For context, the $85/month Beyond Unlimited sees slowdowns after hitting 22GB.

Above Unlimited also comes with more 4G LTE speeds with your mobile hotspot (20GB vs. 10GB on Beyond Unlimited), 5 TravelPasses each month that can be used in 130 countries, and 500GB of Verizon Cloud storage.

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In addition to the new Above Unlimited plan, Verizon is also giving its customers the ability to mix and match the plans you want on a family account. Instead of everyone having to choose the same plan, now all the lines on your account have their choice of Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, and Above Unlimited.

If you’re a Verizon customer, do you plan on switching to Above Unlimited?

Best Verizon Wireless Deals of June 2018

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14
Jun

OnePlus 6: Everything you need to know


Unlock the secrets.

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The OnePlus 6 is now available, and it’s a compelling option for someone looking for an unlocked phone at a reasonable price — starting at $529 to be specific. But price aside, it’s a great choice for anyone, even those considering more expensive options, thanks to a combination of hardware and software, and a community that continues to support the company and one another.

Here’s everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6!

The latest OnePlus 6 news

June 14, 2018 — One million units of the OnePlus 6 were sold in just 22 days

We expected the OnePlus 6 to sell like hotcakes, but I don’t know if anyone was anticipating demand on this level. On June 14, OnePlus confirmed that it crossed one million sales of the OP6 just 22 days after it launched.

OnePlus notes that this demand is a “sharp upward hike from even the OnePlus 5T”, and as such, the OnePlus 6 is now taking the title of the company’s best-selling product to date.

For comparison, both the OnePlus 5 and 5T each crossed one million units sold within three months of launching.

June 12, 2018 — The OnePlus 6 in Silk White is back on sale for a limited time!

If you missed out on the opportunity to grab a sexy OnePlus 6 in sexy Silk White, now’s your chance — though it will probably sell out pretty quickly.

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Read our review and watch the video

First thing’s first, watch the video and read the review. There’s plenty about the phone to learn, even though much of it is familiar. But the essential question a review tries to answer is, Should you buy this thing? And the response is an unrestrained, Yes.

The OnePlus 6 is the company’s finest phone ever, with excellent design, build quality, battery life and, for the first time, cameras.

Read the review

Review the specs

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Once you’re done reading the review, you should, ahem, review the specifications. The phone is powerful — like one of the most powerful on the market today — with plenty of headroom and legroom (it’s proverbially spacious is what I’m trying to say) for whatever you want to throw at it. Apps-wise, not like object-wise.

OnePlus 6 specifications

How does it compare to other phones?

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Of course, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t exist in a bubble — you have to compare it to other devices if you’re going to decide whether you should buy it. Thankfully, we’ve done most of the work for you, comparing it to the best flagships on the market right now.

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What about to other OnePlus phones?

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Yeah, OnePlus owners like to keep it in the family, so to speak, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see many upgrading, or thinking of upgrading, from an existing OnePlus device, like a 3, 3T, 5, or 5T. Of course, with the company releasing two phones a year these days, it won’t be long until the next upgrade cycle hits, but that also means that the existing phones age quite well, thanks to frequent software updates (the joys of not going through carriers).

If you have a OnePlus 5 or 5T, you can probably hold onto those phones for a bit longer — unless you need the camera improvements. OnePlus’s 2016 phones, on the other hand, may be getting a bit long in the tooth and could use a replacement.

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Is the OnePlus 6 camera that much better than before?

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This photo was taken in nearly pitch-dark conditions. OnePlus ramps up the light sensitivity to ISO6400, which would normally produce a lot of grain, but this photo is totally usable thanks to better software processing.

Yes! The OnePlus 6 has a larger 16MP sensor than previous OnePlus devices, with pixels that are 19% bigger, so low-light photography is immensely improved. It’s not going to overtake the Huawei P20 Pro or Pixel 2 for Low Light Champion Of The World, but it’s reliable in all conditions, and that’s more important than anything else.

The camera is probably the biggest improvement over previous OnePlus models.

The phone’s main sensor is aided by a fast ƒ/1.7 aperture, so true depth of field is a thing, along with drastically improved image signal processing from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. Together, the phone is able to detect the correct settings more quickly, take multiple shots if necessary, enable HDR mode automatically, and reduce or eliminate grain in dark conditions.

There’s also Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which was in the OnePlus 3 line but removed in last year’s series for unknown reasons. It’s back now, and paired with a larger sensor and faster main lens, the results speak for themselves.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 6’s secondary camera has less to do — it’s a 20MP sensor with an ƒ/1.7 lens, but its main purpose is to facilitate portrait mode which, while good, isn’t enough reason to have a second sensor in the first place.

Is the notch distracting?

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The notch is what it is. You may hate it out of an aversion to all things Apple, or you may learn to live with it and forget it’s there. Most people will fall somewhere in the middle — it’s a character trait, like a freckle or a certain hairstyle.

What it does, though, is open up spme additional real estate on the 6.28-inch screen, which is great. But it also limits the number of icons that can be seen in the notification area, which is a bummer. Plus, the clock on the left side of the notification bar will never make sense. If you watch the video below, though, you can see ways to tweak the notification area to your liking. And you can also disable the notch altogether if you want to.

How’s the software?

It’s good! Running Android 8.1 Oreo, OxygenOS has turned into one of the most enjoyable, reliable versions of Android to date. OnePlus has also added a number of additions to make the whole thing run more smoothly, especially if you’re looking to maximize your screen real estate.

One of the more interesting changes to the software is a set of gestures that eliminates the bottom navigation keys, relying on swipes up from different areas of the bottom edge to go back, home, and enter multitasking. It’s different, but not bad. You’ll have to try it yourself.

As for tips and tricks, we’ve already got that list going, so if you’re looking to make the most of your OxygenOS experience, we have you covered.

  • How to enable navigation gestures on the OnePlus 6
  • How to disable the notch on the OnePlus 6

What’s it cost?

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The OnePlus 6 starts at $529 USD for the base model and goes up to $629 for additional RAM and storage. There are three configurations and three colors, and here’s a breakdown of which one to buy.

Here’s how the pricing breaks down in various regions.

6/64 $529 €519 £469 $699
8/128 $579 €569 £519 $769
8/256 $629 €619 £569 $839

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Tell me more about the colors

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There are three colors: Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White.

  • Mirror Black is going to be the most common, since it’s the only color offered in the cheapest tier. It’s shiny, reflective glass, so it gets fingerprint-y, but that’s OK because you’ll likely put the phone in a case (see below). It’s also a little slippery, which is to be expected. Mirror Black is offered in 6GB / 64GB configurations for $529.

  • Midnight Black is the color we’ve come to expect from OnePlus over the years, though the matte-looking finish belies a glass back, too, like the Mirror Black. Midnight Black is only available in 8GB / 128GB and 8GB / 256GB configurations for $579 and $629, respectively.

  • Silk White is the most limited of the three colors, and is selling out fast. It’s also covered in glass, but like the Midnight Black model it has a matte finish and is easier to grip. Its white back has rose gold accents, and it’s definitely the nicest and most unique of the three colors. It’s only available in the 8GB / 128GB configuration for $579, and once the run is sold out, OnePlus is not making any more.

What color OnePlus 6 should you buy?

I heard there’s an Avengers version — TELL ME EVERYTHING

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Yes, you heard right: OnePlus has once again worked with Disney on licensing a special version of the OnePlus 6 for the Chinese and Indian markets. Last year, OnePlus offered an understated Start Wars variant of the OnePlus 5T, and now the Avengers version takes advantage of the hype behind the recent film release.

The Avengers version comes in a unique box and includes an Iron Man case and a OnePlus/Avengers co-branded medallion, which is neat. And while there’s a familiar glass back on the Avengers Edition, it has a Kevlar-style design underneath. Because Kevlar=superheroes, or something.

While the special edition isn’t coming to the U.S. officially, I’m sure that some entrepreneurial Indian and Chinese resellers will do the dirty business of importing some of them at a huge premium to this side of the world.

This is the OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Edition

The OnePlus 6 doesn’t work on Sprint or Verizon

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The OnePlus 6 technically supports the CDMA bands for Verizon and Sprint in the U.S., but the phone lacks certification for their networks, so those users — just under half the smartphone-wielding U.S. population, is out of luck.

We’ve got your full technical explainer below.

The OnePlus 6 doesn’t work on Sprint or Verizon

Do you like cases?

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As it does with all of its phones, OnePlus has unveiled a series of first-party cases for the OnePlus 6, and they’re all pretty great.

This year, there’s a fancy new protective bumper made of woven nylon, and while it adds a bit more bulk than the typical snap-on, I think it looks and feels awesome.

These are the official OnePlus 6 cases you can buy at launch

What are your thoughts on the OnePlus 6?

Let us know in the comments!

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14
Jun

Why Intel’s monopoly could soon end (and you should be stoked)


When’s the last time you saw a laptop without an Intel chip in it? It’s likely been a while — if ever. That doesn’t sound like the end of the world, but when one company completely dominates a market innovation is stifled, prices remain high, and the average person ends up losing out.

Despite Intel’s reign, a few companies are making some headway that could pave the way for competition in the processor world. Intel’s processors are certainly fast, but it’d be nice to have a meaningful choice between chips when buying a new laptop.

Qualcomm makes its move

Intel famously missed the boat on mobile, often seen as the biggest mistake in the company’s storied history. That offered room for Qualcomm to rise as a leader in smartphone hardware, supplying the SoC (System on Chip) for nearly every Android smartphone in existence. The company now has chance to transition into the PC space. This year introduced the first generation of Windows 10 PCs powered by Qualcomm smartphone chips, including the HP Envy x2, Lenovo Miix 630, and Asus NovaGo.

Throughout the 90s, Apple computers were run by PowerPC, an alliance of IBM, Apple, and Motorola.

This new platform for Windows PCs is a partnership with Microsoft called “Always Connected PCs.” The name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but the proposition was something new and attractive. Make laptops more like smartphones by greatly expanding battery life and including built-in LTE connection.

With those boxes checked, your 2-in-1 could be used on the bus, in a park, and anywhere else you might not have a connection to electricity or Wi-Fi.

Battery life and connectivity are incredibly important to anyone buying a laptop. You might not be interested in the current selection of less-capable Always Connected PCs, which is rather slim — but with a new generation already announced on a more efficient chipset, we’ll likely see more choices appear over the remainder of 2018.

Behind the scenes, Apple plans its escape

If you’re a Mac user, you might be aware of Apple’s long history with Intel. MacBooks and iMacs have all used Intel chips for over ten years now — and for the most part, that’s been a positive thing. However, it’s not likely to last forever.

Apple hasn’t always used Intel. All throughout the 90s until 2006, Apple computers were run by PowerPC, an alliance of IBM, Apple, and Motorola that used a completely different CPU architecture than Intel’s popular x86. PowerPC always struggled to keep up with Intel, which ultimately led to its demise.

But things have changed. Apple isn’t the same company it was in the 90s. Today it has a massive infrastructure for engineering and implementing its own processors for the iPhone, iPad, and other devices. The in-house chips designed by Apple have proven incredibly effective, outpacing all peers and giving the company’s mobile hardware a performance edge. When the iPhone X came out, it’s A11 bionic chip performed twice as well in benchmarks as its biggest competitor, the Qualcomm-powered Samsung Galaxy S9.

This year, AMD showed off a 32-core processor called Threadripper 2 that smashes anything Intel offers (or pretends to offer).

Recent reports hint Apple is looking to move MacBooks processors back under its own jurisdiction, and perhaps even into Intel’s backyard – Portland, Oregon. Apple has quietly opened its own engineering lab and is rumored to be poaching Intel employees. Though there’s been no official confirmation about a new project, it’s not hard to imagine what Apple has planned for the future of its computers.

Apple is a company that always wants more control of its product, especially in hardware. We wouldn’t be surprised if Apple decides to develop and implement its own CPUs for the Mac. It may not have worked for the company in the 1990s, but with experience in mobile processors under its belt, the company has a serious shot at removing Intel from its products altogether.

AMD is always a looming threat

While AMD still struggles to find homes for its high-powered processors, you can’t discount the progress the company has made in the past year. At Computex this year, the company showed off a 32-core processor called Threadripper 2 that smashes anything Intel offers (or pretends to offer). With AMD on top in the speed race, the company is starting to build some momentum in changing people’s perception of the rivalry.

AMD can’t take on Intel alone, but with the pressure added by Qualcomm and Apple, some serious competition may about to be injected into our computers over the next few years — and that’s a good thing for you.

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  • HP reopens pre-orders for its first ‘always connected’ Windows 10 PC



14
Jun

Report claims late 2017 cryptocurrency spike was artificially inflated by Tether


A new report stemming from the University of Texas at Austin claims that the big surge in cryptocurrency values during 2017 was artificially created using a digital currency called Tether. Written by finance professor John Griffin and graduate student Amin Shams, the report focuses on Bitfinex, one of the largest unregulated digital currency exchanges on the market. Its owners are also the creators of Tether. 

By December 19, 2017, the price of a Bitcoin surged up to $19,549 and then tanked to $6,417 in early February. Since then, Bitcoin’s value has peaked slightly above $11,000 but thereafter continued to take a slow drop to the current price of $6,592. Other cryptocurrencies experienced a similar rise and fall, such as Ethereum skyrocketing to $1,334 on January 10 and then down to the current value of $477. 

Griffin and Shams examined digital currency exchanges during the highest peaks and noticed unusual activities stemming from Bitfinex. According to the report, patterns indicated that one or more individuals were intentionally pushing digital currency values higher on other exchanges that had sagging prices. To inflate these values, they purchased the low-value cryptocurrency using Tether. 

For instance, when Bitcoin’s price would fall, purchases used with Tether increased. When Bitcoin would begin to surge, Tether usage didn’t decrease as expected. According to Griffin, the pattern suggests that someone or a group of individuals were purposely using Tether to “protect Bitcoin prices during downturns.” 

Data used by the research is based on millions of transaction records stored in public ledgers, or blockchains. This data showed that half of the digital coin value spike in 2017 took place within hours after a batch of Tether coins began hitting cryptocurrency exchanges. Coincidentally, Tether entered the exchanges when cryptocurrency prices were plunging. 

“I’ve looked at a lot of markets,” he said. “If there’s fraud or manipulation in a market it can leave tracks in the data. The tracks in the data here are very consistent with a manipulation hypothesis.” 

The 66-page paper originally set out to understand how Tether flows through the currency markets. Parent company Tether Ltd. supposedly creates Tether coins in batches of 200 million and moves them to Bitfinex. Currently there are 2.5 billion coins in circulation, and each trades at $1 because each digital coin is backed by $1 stored in a real-world bank. It’s an alternative to the volatile cryptocurrency market while providing the security benefits of digital currency.

Naturally Bitfinex denies these allegations. 

“Bitfinex nor Tether is, or has ever, engaged in any sort of market or price manipulation,” Bitfinex Chief Executive Officer JL van der Velde said. “Tether issuances cannot be used to prop up the price of Bitcoin or any other coin/token on Bitfinex.” 

Bitfinex is registered in a Caribbean jurisdiction but reportedly has offices in Asia. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission sent subpoenas to both Bitfinex and Tether on December 6, 2017 as cryptocurrency values continued to rocket skyward. At the time, Tether said it was hacked and lost around $30 million in digital coins. Tether had yet to provide any proof that it had money in reserve to back its digital currency. 

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14
Jun

You’ll want to perk up when it comes to the new ‘Lazy State’ Intel CPU bug


A new security vulnerability in a similar vein to Spectre and Meltdown has been discovered in Intel CPUs. The “Lazy FP state” flaw makes use of the speculative execution vulnerability that has been the bane of Intel CPUs for the past few months as repeated exploits have been discovered. It could potentially allow malicious actors to steal data from an affected user, though it has proven easier to patch than previous exploits of a similar type.

Processors from both AMD and Intel have been hit with a number of different security bugs in the past few months, as flaws at the deepest level of the hardware were discovered. While Spectre was applicable to both chipmakers’ hardware though, this latest bug is one that impacts Intel CPUs only. It affects every “Core” CPU released since Intel’s 2011 Sandy Bridge range debuted.

The problem stems from the fact that modern CPUs often store the state of running applications to improve performance when switching between tasks. That leaves a window of opportunity for malicious actors to read the contents of that register.

“It affects Intel designs similar to variant 3-a of the previous stuff, but it’s not Meltdown,” Red Hat computer architect Jon Masters said via Zdnet. “It allows the floating point registers to be leaked from another process, but alas that means the same registers as used for crypto, etc.”

That’s perhaps the most worrisome aspect of this flaw, in that it allows for the extraction of data while encryption is being conducted. That could be especially problematic if servers were targeted.

Fortunately, this flaw is much less of a problem than those previously discovered. It has already been patched out in a number of environments — including Linux 4.9 or newer, Windows Server 2016, and Windows 10. Better yet, the fix does not impact performance as it has done in the case of certain other exploits related to Spectre and Meltdown.

The general recommendation for anyone running potentially affected hardware is to make sure that you operating system is patched to its latest version and to keep an eye on your motherboard manufacturer’s website for any potential BIOS updates that are released.

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14
Jun

How to create a light scene with Philips Hue bulbs


Take control of your lights, and add a little personal style while you are at it.

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Out of the box, it couldn’t be easier to set up Philips Hue bulbs. You pick a room to label them, and instantly gain the ability to control them either all at once or one at a time depending on your needs. This control mechanism offers you a lot of flexibility, but somewhat less creative control.

For those of us with a desire to have the bulbs in our rooms be different colors depending on the time of day or our mood, the Hue app has scenes. This feature lets you create a preset of color, temperature, and brightness settings per bulb which can be activated as a group. It’s nice when you have a specific style in mind when a movie is playing, or at the end of the day when you’d prefer the lights be a little lower for entertaining.

Here’s how to set scenes up in your Hue app!

Creating a new Hue Scene

Open the Hue app on your phone and select New scene from the top left.
Choose the room you want to set this scene up in.
Tap the top color bar to name the scene.

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Once you reach this part of the process, you have two options available to you. The color dial in the center of the screen will let you drag your lights to whatever color you want, and you will see your lights change to that color. You can set up your scene manually by positioning your lights on whatever part of this disc you want, and using the top bar to adjust the brightness of the lights as you adjust the scene.

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You can also tap the camera button and use a photo to create a scene. Photo scenes allow you to use whatever photo you want to create a scene, and the app will choose a color palette based on the colors in the photo.

Philips includes a selection of photos in the app for you to use to get started, but the ultimate goal here is for you to be able to use a great photo you have taken as a color palette for a scene. Once you have chosen a photo, you drag the light bulbs or light strips to the right place on the disc, just like the other scene mode.

Tap the check mark in the top right of the app when you have finished designing your scene, and you’re all done! This new scene will be added to the list of default scenes Philips includes with the app, so you can create as many of these scenes as you like.

Removing a Hue Scene

Philips doesn’t have a limit on how many scenes you can have on your phone, but it does have a limit on how many you can see on the screen at once. If you’re not a fan of the Hue scenes included with the app by default, or you want to get rid of a scene you have created, you can delete it quickly right from the app.

Open the Hue app and select a room.
Tap on the scene button (it looks like a paint palette).
Tap on the scene you want to change.
Tap on the edit button in the top right corner of that scene.
Tap Delete, and confirm you want to delete the scene.

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What’s your scene?

How do you like the new Hue 3.0 app for Android? Let us know in the comments below!

14
Jun

Deal: Awesome BOGO deals on the Galaxy S9, S8 Active, LG G7 and Google Pixel 2!


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For a limited time, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon all have buy-one-get-one-free offers on a variety of Android phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S9 or S9+, Samsung Galaxy S8 Active, LG G7 ThinQ, and Google Pixel 2.

Not wanting to be left out of the fun, one of the best deals this week comes from AT&T’s buy-one-get-one-free offer on the Samsung Galaxy S9. Sign up for their Unlimited Choice Enhanced plan and enjoy unlimited 4G LTE data, talk and text, and HBO for life.

The plan also includes international texting to 120 countries around the world and international calling. On this plan, you’ll be paying off your new Samsung Galaxy S9 in monthly installments for a total of 30 months, although you can upgrade after just 2 years.

You’ll need to sign up for AT&T’s upgrade program, AT&T Next (which lets you upgrade your phone every 2 years) to be eligible.

These offers won’t last long, so be sure to get a deal now before it’s too late!

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14
Jun

Apple Shares New iPhone X Photography Tutorial Videos With a Soccer Theme


Apple this morning shared five new iPhone X photography tutorial videos on its website and YouTube channel, with each taking a football (soccer in the U.S.) theme to celebrate the first day of the World Cup.

Each short video walks users through a series of step-by-step instructions on how to use the special shooting modes featured on the iPhone X.

The modes covered in the tutorials include Pano (panoramic), Burst mode, Slo-mo, and one covering best use of backlight when shooting on iPhone X.

Apple has also published a video called “How to Shoot Soccer on iPhone X”, which is basically a series of clips showcasing what kind of pitch action can be captured using an iPhone X.

Apple has shared several tutorial videos like this in the past, which are sometimes tied to new releases, but this time Apple has gone with a distinctively event-tied theme in World Cup 2018, which is being held in Russia.

Earlier this week, Apple added several special World Cup features to Siri, enabling users to keep abreast of all the action, stats, and fixtures over the coming weeks. Apple also plans to highlight football apps and games throughout the month, as well as feature World Cup content in the News app, amongst other coverage.

Tutorial videos can typically be found on the separate Apple Support YouTube channel, but these new tutorial videos are on the company’s main channel as well as a special photography tutorial section on the Apple website.

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14
Jun

OnePlus Bullets Wireless go on sale in India from June 19: Here’s everything you need to know


OnePlus’ neckbuds sound great for the price, and they come with a few standout features.

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OnePlus announced the Bullets Wireless alongside the OnePlus 6, and the Bluetooth neckbuds are set to go on sale in India from June 19.

The Bullets Wireless feature a flexible neckband design with a soft silicone coating, and they’re comfortable to wear for an extended duration of time. There’s a lot of tech here, including aptX, a new Magnetic Control feature, and Dash Charge. Here’s what you need to know about the OnePlus Bullets Wireless.

Splash-resistant design with Dash Charge

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Like the OnePlus 6, the Bullets Wireless are resistant to the occasional splash of water, but they don’t have an IP rating. The left side of the neckband sports a USB-C port that facilitates Dash Charge, a mic, and a Bluetooth pairing button. The in-line remote has music playback and volume controls, and can also be used to invoke Google Assistant.

Dash Charge is a nifty addition, as it delivers up to five hours of music playback with just a 10-minute charge.

Clip the buds together to control music playback

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The OnePlus Bullets Wireless’ party trick is a Magnetic Control feature that lets you pause music playback when you clip the earbuds together. The tips of the earbuds feature tiny magnets, and music playback is paused as soon as they’re linked. The feature works on any Android phone — and even the iPhone — and is a pretty cool way to pause music. I’ve been using the neckbuds for a few days now, and this is my favorite feature.

As for audio quality itself, they sound pretty great for the price. You get Qualcomm’s aptX codec, and the 9.2mm dynamic drivers deliver clear vocals and bright highs. If there’s one critique to be made, it’s that the bass isn’t as pronounced.

If you’re using a OnePlus 5 or above, you’ll be able to resume music playback once you separate the buds. This particular feature is disabled by default, but you can head into Settings > Sound & vibration > Earphone mode and toggle Auto Play to enable it.

Read our review for more

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Interested in knowing what the Bullets Wireless are like to use on a daily basis? Take a look at our review for all the details:

OnePlus Bullets Wireless review: Affordable Bluetooth headphones for everyone

Coming to India from June 19 for ₹3,990

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OnePlus is going to kick off sales of the Bullets Wireless from June 19, and they’ll set you back ₹3,990. You’ll be able to pick them up from Amazon India as well as OnePlus’ own website.

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