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Sep

Editing mosquito DNA could help wipe out malaria and Zika — here’s how


From creating malaria-resistant mosquitoes to building “photonic fences” able to shoot down the blood-sucking insects with deadly lasers, there are a whole lot of exciting, cutting-edge ways that science is trying to deal with the mosquito problem. Researchers from the United Kingdom’s Imperial College London have developed a new, promising approach to add to the toolset: A “gene drive” which disseminates a genetic modification that stops female mosquitoes from reproducing.

“If this genetic modification can have the ability to incapacitate the female mosquito’s ability to reproduce it could be an incredibly powerful tool to suppress the mosquito population which transmits diseases, such as malaria, Zika, yellow fever, and so on,” Andrea Crisanti, professor of Molecular Parasitology at Imperial, told Digital Trends.

Gene drives are the name given to fragments of DNA that can be inserted into an organism’s chromosomes to trigger certain changes — in this case, stopping mosquitoes from reproducing. In a demonstration involving a caged population of Anopheles gambiae, the group of mosquito species which spread malaria, the gene drive was able to stop further reproduction after seven to 11 generations of mosquitoes. This marks the first time that scientists have been able to use genetic engineering to stop the reproductive capacity of complex organisms in a lab setting.

The gene drive technology alters a section of the doublesex gene, which triggers female development. Introduced in a small number of mosquitoes, the genetic modification is then spread through breeding. Males who carry the gene don’t show any overt changes, while females with just one copy of the modified gene are also outwardly unaffected. It is only when a female with two copies of the gene is born that the population crashes, as the female does not lay eggs or bite.

“With our previously available technology, it has been estimated that it would take something like 40 years to eliminate malaria from the world,” Crisanti continued. “This highlights the need to come up with alternative technologies.”

We’re still a way off from this approach being rolled out in the wild, but research such as this certainly holds an enormous amount of promise for the future.

A paper describing the work was recently published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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29
Sep

Exclusive: BMW to introduce ‘safe’ fully autonomous driving by 2021 with iNext



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BMW may be trying to reinvigorate its future lineup with more electrified vehicles, from plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to full-fledged all-electric cars. But the automaker isn’t limiting its new initiatives and R&D to just electrification. BMW also wants to be a leader in developing autonomous driving technology, fitting into the company’s other ethos besides building the ultimate driving machines: technological innovation.

“For us, electric mobility is already the new normal. Therefore, with BMW, we take on the next challenge,” said Klaus Frolich, BMW Group’s chief executive of development during his introduction of the BMW Vision iNext Concept. “With the BMW iNext, you will soon see, we will offer safe, autonomous driving for our customers, by 2021. And our vision is clear, we want to be a leader too.”

Even though most automakers won’t admit it, autonomous driving technology really came into the spotlight when Tesla Motors introduced its semi-autonomous capable “Autopilot” system for its production electric vehicles. Not without controversy, Tesla’s Autopilot and its electric vehicles made electrification and autonomous driving technology the two biggest current trends in the automobile industry.

“We have been researching autonomous driving since 2006. But the challenges to overcome in autonomous driving are enormous,” Frolich continued. “What’s available with our offerings, especially level four and level five, will strongly depend on legal and regulatory premises worldwide. Despite this development, the joy of self-driving remains a part of our brand’s core.”

Over the past few years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adopted a scaling system to rate how intensive and involving autonomous driving technology is when functioning. Created by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the rating system helps classify autonomous driving tech.

On a scale of zero to five, zero means there’s no autonomous tech and a full need for driver involvement, while five means fully-autonomous and no driver involvement whatsoever. The stages in between represent semi-autonomous driving technology, such as driver and safety assistance systems.

Because the advent of the self-driving car is so revolutionary, it essentially turns the concept of personal and individually driven transportation upside down. Before self-driving cars can takeover as mainstream, there’s a lot that needs to be done from both a political and regulatory standpoint. Additionally, the technology isn’t quite there since the success of self-driving transportation is highly dependent on the development of vehicle infrastructure, which is already a huge struggle in itself.

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29
Sep

Volkswagen partners with Microsoft on connected car platform


Your next Bug might have Windows as a feature — Volkswagen and Microsoft are partnering to create cloud services for VW’s entire fleet, the companies announced on Friday, .

VW anticipates that starting in 2020, more than 5 million new Volkswagen-brand vehicles per year “will be fully connected and will be part of the Internet of Things (IoT).”

VW’s board of directors approved the agreement between the two companies to create the Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, which will be based on Microsoft’s Azure enterprise-grade cloud platform and Azure IoT Edge.

The Volkswagen Automotive Cloud will facilitate the development of new in-car consumer services, telematics, and secure data connections between cars and the cloud, the announcement said. It will power all of VW’s brands, including Audi, Porsche, Lamborghini, Bentley, Seat, Skoda, Bugatti, and Ducati.

The work of creating what VW describes as “one of the largest dedicated automotive industry clouds” will largely take place at a new office VW plans to establish near Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters. VW expects that the workforce of its North American cloud development office will grow to about 300 engineers “in the near future.” Proximity to the Redmond campus will allow Microsoft to provide assistance for hiring, human resources, and consulting as well as access to its expertise in cloud services and team collaboration.

VW becomes the latest major automaker to announce connected car plans based on Microsoft’s Azure technology. Ford has partnered with Microsoft for several years on technology that delivers over-the-air updates to its Sync in-car entertainment/information systems.

Two years ago, BMW announced its BMW Connected app, which runs on the Azure-based BMW Open Mobility Cloud and delivers driving conditions (e.g. weather, traffic, etc.) and other info to cars in 29 countries. Since then, BMW announced models that enable Office and Exchange services.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance also announced a partnership with Microsoft to create Azure-based connected and self-driving car services.

However, Gartner analyst Michael Ramsey says the VW partnership is more ambitious than these other deals in several respects. Most notably, it’s the first that involves worldwide support: Others do not involve vehicles in every single market. “Microsoft is leveraging its global footprint in data centers to offer a single solution,” Ramsey wrote.

Also, VW’s presence in Redmond means “it’s going to work more closely with Microsoft on software development, learning how to do continuous updates of software,” Ramsey said.

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29
Sep

Wear OS’s big redesign is now rolling out to everyone


Only a select few watches won’t get the update.

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Almost exactly a month ago, Google unveiled its completely revamped interface for Wear OS. We were told that the new UI would be making its way to watches at some point in September, and it looks like Google’s following through on its word as the update is now rolling out to everyone.

The update is rolling out to users as Wear OS 2.1, and as a quick reminder, here are the new gestures you’ll want to remember:

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  • Swiping up shows your notifications
  • A swipe down reveals quick settings
  • Google Fit is accessed with a swipe to the left
  • You can get to Google Assistant by swiping to the right

The Google Fit that’s present is the vastly-upgraded version that was also announced last month, and with the new Google Assistant, you’ll now see a feed of information along with the regular voice commands (such as the weather, upcoming events, etc.).

Save for the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, 2014 Moto 360, Sony Smartwatch 3, and the first Asus ZenWatch, every single Wear OS device will receive the new software. We aren’t sure how long it’ll take for each device to be updated, but you can always do a manual check on your watch by going to Settings -> System -> About -> System Updates.

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29
Sep

How to play the Fallout 76 Beta on your PlayStation 4


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Hop into Fallout 76 before everyone else and get a taste of the action.

With Bethesda Game Studio’s first foray into the world of online multiplayer with Fallout 76, the studio is ensuring that its servers can handle it beforehand. Bethesda just announced that the B.E.T.A. (Break-It Early Test Application) will arrive on PlayStation 4 on October 30, just a couple of short weeks before the game’s worldwide launch on November 14.

If you’re a bit confused as to how you can access the Beta and begin your journey through the ruins of West Virginia, here’s how.

Note: This does not appear to be an Open Beta, and as such you will be required to pre-order Fallout 76 in order to participate. Bethesda has not stated if they will open the Beta to everyone at another date.

If you pre-ordered Fallout 76 digitally on console, search for Fallout 76 Beta in the store once it’s live to download it.

If you pre-ordered physical or digital editions through other retailers, you’ll need to follow a few steps before you can jump in.

Create or log-in to your Bethesda.net account.
Select your profile and choose Redeem Code from the drop-down menu.
Enter the code that you received with your receipt after purchase.
Once the Beta is live on October 30, select your profile and choose Transaction History from the drop-down menu.
With the Beta code provided on your Transaction History page, redeem it on your PS4 to start downloading.

Still haven’t pre-ordered Fallout 76? You may have missed out on the Power Armor Edition, but you can still purchase the Standard Edition or Tricentennial Edition, which includes several bonus in-game items.

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29
Sep

RED delays titanium Hydrogen One, offers free aluminum model to customers


The titanium Hydrogen One “is a disaster.”

About 14 months ago, RED opened pre-orders for its Hydrogen One smartphone. The most expensive option buyers could pre-order was a variant built out of titanium that cost a whopping $1,595. Shipments were supposed to go out on October 9, but according to the company, that’s no longer happening.

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RED founder Jim Jannard took to the RED forums to share an update on the titanium Hydrogen One, saying that the first batch the company made “is a disaster.”

All RED cameras are made in California at our factory in Orange County. We have control over everything. Unfortunately, we are not in the same position with HYDROGEN. We are left to rely on the schedules and representations of our suppliers. In this case… we were let down pretty severely.

To try and make it up to buyers that threw down nearly $1600 and have been out that for over a year with nothing to show for, RED will be giving them a free aluminum version of the Hydrogen One once shipments for that go out. When the titanium model is finally ready, they’ll be able to keep both phones.

The Hydrogen One is an ambitious product, but as RED’s been learning over the last 14 months, it’s difficult to make a phone and get it out in the market in a timely manner. Here’s to hoping all the kinks get worked out sooner rather than later and people can finally get their hands on the device.

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29
Sep

The best replacement bands for your Samsung Gear Fit 2


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The Samsung Gear Fit 2 is a pretty good fitness band, and if you prefer to wear yours 24/7, having a couple of extra bands can help your tracker fit your style. The two-tone loveliness of the VIGOSS sport band can blend with a wide array of styles and outfits, but more refined metal bands like the V_moro Milanese loop bands can help your fitness band blend in better during formal events. Wherever you want to wear your Gear Fit 2, we’ve got a band for you.

Trendy two-tone

VIGOSS Sport Replacement Band

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This sporty silicone band comes in four two-tone color choices, including a quite fetching navy blue/white and more subtle black/gray. The bands feature two perfectly perforated sections to allow more sweat to escape from your wrist, perfect for long workouts and humid locales.

$12 at Amazon

Pick you style

OenFoto Replacement Silicone Accessories Strap

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There are two band styles available from OenFoto in their listing: multi-packs of solid, single-color color silicone bands with an all-metal buckle, and single two-tone bands with silicone mesh and the plug style closure Samsung’s bands use. The color choices here are diverse and the multipacks allow you to swap colors depending on your daily wardrobe or accessories.

$15 at Amazon

Colorful curves

MoKo Soft Silicone Replacement Sports Bands

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MoKo offers a wide range of color options for their silicone straps for the Gear Fit 2. Each strap is adjustable to fit small or large wrists (4.96″ – 8.38″) via the same style of metal plug used on the strap that came with the Gear Fit 2. The one-button quick release for locking the watch band makes swapping out bands a snap.

$10 at Amazon

Mighty metal

Maxjoy Replacements Steel Bands

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There are two styles of metal bands for the Gear Fit 2 and Fit 2 Pro by Maxjoy: Milanese loop bands and more traditional clamped metal watch bands with removable links. These metal bands are slightly more expensive than silicone, but they offer a slicker look, too.

$20 at Amazon

Edge protection

Moretek Fit 2 Wrist Straps

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Moretek knows that fitness bands tend to see a bit more wear, tear, and danger than most smart accessories, and so they offer a rugged strap that offers a higher degree of protection to the edges of the Fit 2’s face. They definitely add some bulk to your wrist — and you need to remove the Fit from the band to charge it — but if you’re hard on your tech, this band is for you.

$10 at Amazon

Rugged style

YANRAN Silicone Replacement Straps

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These silicone bands are bulky and durable like the Moretek, but they come in a few more colorful styles. Whether you want some skull and crossbones or zany polka dots, YANRAN has a style for you.

$9 at Amazon

Size matters

V-Moro Metal Replacement bands

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Like Maxjoy, V-Moro offers stylish metal bands in black and silver in two styles — a classic metal link band and a Milanese loop band featuring a magnetic clasp. The Milanese bands are sold in small, medium and large sizes, something not often offered for Milanese loop bands and very, very useful for those of us with small wrists.

$18 at Amazon

Secure the original

MDW Security Clasps

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Not digging the band recommendations above? We get it. Frankly, it’s quite alright to love the band that came with your Gear Fit 2, but it can come undone at inconvenient times. Get a 7-pack of colorful security clasps that fit over the band, ensure it stays closed on your wrist, and add a pop of color.

$6 at Amazon

How do you accessorize your Gear Fit 2?

I’m partial to the VIGOSS’s navy allure — especially in the Texas heat — but maybe you need a more rugged band like the YANRAN.Whatever band you get, make sure its a band that fits your Gear Fit 2 — and your wrist — well, and that the style speaks to your own sense of technology and fashion.

Updated September 2018: We have greatly expanded our guide with picks from YANRAN, VIGOSS and OenFoto in an effort to give you more options and more band choices. May your Fit 2 be stylish and secure upon your wrist!

29
Sep

OnePlus begins teasing the 6T


OnePlus is going to end 2018 with a bang.

Ever since it was released this past May, the OnePlus 6 has been one of the absolute best values in smartphones we’ve seen in 2018. The phone’s only gotten better thanks to striking new colors and fast software updates, and right around the corner is its incremental successor — the OnePlus 6T.

The 6T likely won’t shake up the OnePlus 6’s formula too much, but even so, it’s already shaping up to be one of the year’s most interesting smartphones.

Without further ado, here’s everything we know about the OnePlus 6T!

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September 28, 2018 — OnePlus begins teasing the 6T

We already know that the OnePlus 6T is coming, but now thanks to a teaser clip on its official Twitter page, OnePlus is ready to start hyping up the phone ahead of its announcement.

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The short clip is just 5 seconds long and features the tagline “Unlock the Future” along with the OnePlus 6T logo.

There’s not much else to see, but with the hype train starting, an official reveal should be coming soon.

September 26, 2018 — OnePlus 6T appears in a bunch of new renders

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Earlier this month, we got our first render of the OnePlus 6T showing off the top rear portion of the phone. Now, thanks to @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, we have full device renders of the 6T that shows what it’ll look like from every angle imaginable.

As expected, the 6T’s body shares a lot of similarities with the Oppo R17. There’s a large 6.4-inch display around front with a tiny waterdrop style notch at the very top. Around back is a dual camera system, glass construction, and no fingerprint sensor. This time around, OnePlus is hiding it underneath the display.

The 6T is said to be a bit thicker and wider than the 6, coming in at 157.5 x 75.7 x 8.2mm compared to 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8mm.

Are you liking what you’re seeing?

September 19, 2018 — OnePlus 6T teaser video airs in India, shows off dual rear cameras

OnePlus has started airing a OnePlus 6T teaser video in India that shows off the back of the upcoming phone. A render from earlier today revealed that the device will have dual rear cameras — and not three like previously rumored — and the video further reinforces that. The commercial features OnePlus’ India ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, and also references the in-display fingerprint sensor.

Amazon India is also building up interest for the device by opening up a “Notify Me” page for the OnePlus 6T ahead of the rumored October 17 launch.

September 19, 2018 — OnePlus 6T render confirms dual rear cameras, logo also teased

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Thanks to the folks over at WinFuture, we now have our very first render of the upcoming OnePlus 6T. The render admittedly doesn’t reveal a lot of the phone, but even so, it does manage to confirm a couple of key details.

First of all, it would appear that OnePlus will be sticking with two rear cameras on the back. On that same note, the cameras are also in the exact same position as they are on the OnePlus 6.

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Along with this, we can also see that there’s no longer a fingerprint sensor below the camera lens. OnePlus already confirmed that the 6T will be its first phone to use an in-display sensor, so we’re now seeing how all of that will come together.

Last but not least, WinFuture also shared the 6T’s official logo. There’s nothing particularly exciting about it, but here it is for your vieiwng pleasure.

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September 13, 2018 — The OnePlus 6T will not have a headphone jack

Yep, you read that correctly. As confirmed by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei in an interview with TechRadar, the 6T will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Having a headphone jack on its phones is something OnePlus has adamantly bragged about for the last few years, so why is the company now deciding to remove it? First of all, Pei notes that by removing the headphone jack, more features can be crammed into the 6T.

Some of that space is likely going to the in-display fingerprint sensor that was already confirmed by the company, and along with that, Pei says battery life is being improved, too. We don’t have raw numbers, but it’s said that the improvement will be “substantial enough for users to realize.”

Another reason for the jack’s removal is timing. Per a survey that OnePlus conducted earlier this year, 59% of its users already have some sort of wireless earbuds. Furthermore, Pei expects that number to now be higher following the release of the Bullets Wireless.

OnePlus expects some backlash from its community, and like we’ve seen from Apple, Google, and others, a 3.5mm-to-USB-C dongle will be included in the box so you can continue to use your old wired headphones.

What do you think about the 6T not having a headphone jack?

September 10, 2018 — OnePlus confirms in-display fingerprint sensor for OnePlus 6T

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Less than a week since the OnePlus 6T retail box leaked, OnePlus has confirmed to CNET that one of the main features shown there — specifically the in-display fingerprint sensor — will be present on the phone at launch.

In an email sent to the publication, OnePlus said:

We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action. By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them.

OnePlus also shared a screenshot of the 6T’s lock screen, and as you can see, an icon near the bottom of the display will show users where to put their finger to unlock the phone. Similar to devices like the Vivo X20 Plus UD and Vivo Nex, the 6T uses an optical scanner under its screen that views your print, matches it with one that’s been set up, and unlocks your phone.

In-display sensors have typically been slower than traditional ones on the front or back of a device, and if that’s the case with the 6T, at least we’ll also have Face Unlock as an unlocking option, too.

September 4, 2018 — Retail box reveals an in-display fingerprint sensor and “waterdrop” notch

Our first big OnePlus 6T leak has finally arrived!

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A retail box for the phone recently appeared in a few photos online, and while the phone itself isn’t anywhere to be seen, the packaging actually confirms a couple key details about it.

Thanks to an outline of the 6T inside the box, we can see that it adopts a very similar design compared to the Oppo R17 that was announced in mid-August. As such, we’ve got a phone with very slim bezels, a tiny chin at the bottom, and a waterdrop style notch at the top.

This outline also shows a fingerprint near the bottom center of the display — suggesting that the 6T will be the first OnePlus phone to adopt an in-display fingerprint sensor.

August 17, 2018 — OnePlus 6T to launch on T-Mobile in the U.S. in October

A new report from CNET surfaced today, and if you’ve been waiting for more juicy details on the OnePlus 6T, there’s plenty for you here.

OnePlus phones in the U.S. have always been sold exclusively as unlocked handsets through OnePlus’s website, but with the 6T, OnePlus will be launching the phone on its first carrier partner in the States — T-Mobile. The T-Mobile version of the OnePlus 6T is said to be “optimized for T-Mobile’s network” and will work beautifully with the Un-Carrier’s 600Mhz band.

Pricing for the OnePlus 6T is said to be about $550 (a slight increase from the $529 OnePlus 6) and it’ll launch at some point in October.

August 14, 2018 — The new Oppo R17 is likely the phone the OnePlus 6T will be modeled after

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If you’ve been following OnePlus for a while, chances are you know that its parent company is Oppo. OnePlus typically uses Oppo phones as references for its own hardware, and this year, the reference device for the OnePlus 6T will likely be the all-new Oppo R17.

While the 6T won’t be identical to the R17, the phone’s biggest features will likely carry over — including the waterdrop notch at the top of the display and all-glass back.

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The R17’s notch is one of the smallest we’ve ever seen, and should this make its way to the 6T, it’ll be a big win for the phone’s design. The display below that measures in at 6.4-inches, and to not much surprise, retains a resolution of 1080 x 2280 Full HD.

Where will I be able to buy the OnePlus 6T?

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Like previous OnePlus phones, we’re certain that the OnePlus 6T will be sold unlocked on OnePlus’s website.

However, new this year in the U.S., OnePlus has apparently secured its first carrier partner.

In addition to selling the phone unlocked, OnePlus will also sell the 6T via T-Mobile. The unlocked variant will work just fine on TMO, but by having the phone sold directly through the carrier and available to purchase via monthly financing, this should hopefully get the 6T in more people’s hands than previous OnePlus devices.

When will the phone be released?

According to a report from CNET, the OnePlus 6T will launch this fall — sometime in October, to be exact.

Seeing as how the OnePlus 5T went on sale November 21 and sales for the 3T opened up November 28, we have no reason not to believe OnePlus will shoot for an October launch. It’s not uncommon for OEMs to move up launch dates by a month or so compared to previous releases, and seeing as how the next-gen iPhones will be announced on September 12 and the Pixel 3 will be unveiled on October 9, OnePlus appears to be slotting itself in nicely with those big-name launches.

How much will the 6T cost?

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Per that same report, the OnePlus 6T will cost $550.

In typical OnePlus fashion, that’s a minor price hike compared to its past releases. Here’s how the $550 OnePlus 6T will compare to previous OnePlus phones:

  • OnePlus 6 — $529
  • OnePlus 5T — $499
  • OnePlus 5 — $479
  • OnePlus 3T — $439
  • OnePlus 3 — $399

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29
Sep

These are the best portable pico projectors you can buy today!


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Pico projectors come in all shapes and sizes, with some even available as modular attachments for your smartphone. They exist to fill the niche for those who want the ability to project content directly from their phone or tablet to make it easier to share photos or watch movies with friends. There’s a ton of variety out there, but we’ve outlined the best available in 2018, including my favorite, the excellent Sony MP-CD1.

Most portable projector

Sony MP-CD1 Mobile Projector

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This mobile projector from Sony isn’t the most powerful on our list, but it’s got a fantastic portable form factor and performs well with a whisper-quiet fan. Ideal for connecting HDMI devices but be warned there’s no Bluetooth support for connecting your phone. For more information, check out my full review.

$359 at Amazon

Weird brand name, quality product

AAXA Technologies P300 Pico Projector

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We’ve highlighted the P300 because it’s not too expensive and features native 1280×800 HD resolution with Texas Instruments DLP technology and a 500 LED Lumen optical engine. In terms of connectivity, you get HDMI, mini VGA, microSD and USB readers, with an onboard media player for convenient use.

$338 at Amazon

Best built-in sound

Anker Nebula Capsule

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From Anker comes the Nebula, a portable projector that is arguably the most complete projector on the list. It’s got a big base that includes a 360-degree speaker and runs on Android 7.1 so you’re able to download and use apps such as Netflix and Youtube with just a wireless connection. The cylinder design here is quite unique compared to the other products on our list.

$350 at Amazon

Short-throw projector with a big battery

ASUS S1 LED Pocket Projector

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This pocket projector from ASUS is small and mighty, and with a 6000mAh rechargeable battery it also doubles as a power bank to keep your mobile devices charged. It uses advanced DLP technology that’s capable of a short-throw projection that creates a 41-inch screen from just one meter away. There’s an HDMI/MHL port in the back that lets you plug in your favorite device including support for Samsung or Apple devices.

$307 at Amazon

LG’s best portable projector

LG PH150G LED Projector

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LG’s portable projector lets you cast a screen 100 inches to replicate a movie theater experience in your home, and the LED lamp will last up to an estimated 30,000 hours. There’s a built-in wireless mirroring function that works with Android smartphones and tablets, along with a USB port for plugging in files directly and Bluetooth support for audio output.

$277 at Amazon

Best for Moto Z users

Moto Insta-Share Projector Moto Mod

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For Motorola fans, the Moto Insta-Share Projector is one of the coolest Moto Mods available, connecting directly to your phone and letting you project videos, photos, and more right onto your wall — up to a 70-inch display.

$126 at Amazon

Pico projectors are a great solution for both home entertainment and formal presentations. Given the variety of styles and features included, choosing the right pico projector will depend on the devices you own and how you plan to connect and watch content. For an ultra-portable solution, we’d recommend the Sony MP-CD1 Mobile Projector, but for a more unique option that runs on Android and offers better wireless connectivity, we’d recommend the Anker Nebula.

Update September 2018: Added the Sony MP-CD1 and updated formatting.

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Best wired headphones for Galaxy Note 9 users and audiophiles


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The Galaxy Note 9 is one of the best phones in the market if you’re interested in wired audio. While the industry as a whole is gravitating to wireless audio, there are plenty of fantastic options available if you like plugging in your headphones. The Sony MDR-1AM2 stands out in this category for its incredible sound quality and comfortable fit.

Top pick

Sony MDR-1AM2

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The successor to the highly rated MDR-1A is here. The MDR-1AM2 comes with a new 40mm driver along with aluminum-coated liquid crystal polymer diaphragms, and the sound quality has also been improved. Bass is lively and energetic, and the mids are similarly clear and detailed. The MDR-1AM2 is comfortable to wear throughout the day and the sound quality on offer makes it one of the best options in this space in 2018.

$298 at Amazon

Premium option

Bowers & Wilkins P9 Signature

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Bowers & Wilkins’ flagship over-ear headphones look magnificent, and the premium design is backed by exquisite sound. There’s a generous amount of Saffiano leather on the earcups, brushed aluminum on the headband, and the drivers are angled by 15 percent to effectively funnel sound into your ears. The bass isn’t too overwhelming, the midrange is wonderfully clear, and the highs are balanced. To top it all off, the P9 comes with an Alcantara carrying case.

$899 at Amazon

All-day comfort

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

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The first-gen Sennheiser Momentum didn’t have many flaws, and the Momentum 2.0 retains most of the same features while introducing a design with larger earcups for a more comfortable fit. The collapsible design also makes them more portable, and thankfully, Sennheiser didn’t alter the sound signature too much: the Momentum 2.0 sound fantastic.

$249 at Amazon

For a neutral sound

Sony MDR7506

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The MDR7506 debuted all the way back in the nineties, and for over 20 years it has been a mainstay in recording studios around the world. A lot of that has to do with the neutral sound signature, and when you consider the fact that these headphones can take an astonishing amount of abuse, it’s easy to see why they’re still around.

$79 at Amazon

Planar magnetic

Monolith by Monoprice M565C

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Unlike dynamic headphones — where a magnet pulls on a coil connected to the diaphragm — planar magnetic relies on a thin diaphragm with magnets on both sides. What this essentially means is that you get less distortion and a more natural-sounding bass. The sound quality is what makes the Monolith M565C truly stand out, and for under $200 it’s a steal. The closed-back design also makes them ideal for your daily commute.

$199 at Amazon

Budget on-ear pick

Grado SR60e

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Grado is a fan-favorite for its retro designs and uncompromising sound. The SR60e delivers a tonal balance that’s unmatched in this category, and the overall sound signature isn’t as bass-heavy as most mainstream headphones. The open-back design doesn’t make it a great option for your daily commute, but if you prefer great sound quality for under $100, nothing else comes close.

$79 at Amazon

The versatile option

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

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The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is a stalwart in this category, and for good reason. Its combination of portable design and excellent sound quality makes it the go-to choice in the sub-$200 segment. The bass-heavy soundstage makes it a particularly great option if you listen to a lot of EDM and pop, and the lightweight design ensures you don’t feel uncomfortable even after wearing them throughout the day.

$129 at Amazon

Durable design

Etymotic ER3XR

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Etymotic Research’s in-ear headphones are available in two flavors: an ER3SE Studio Reference model that has a neutral sound signature and the ER3XR Extended Response edition that delivers a more pronounced bass. The IEMs come with detachable cables that let you switch them out, eartips that provide great noise isolation, and impressive sound.

$179 at Amazon

Affordable IEMs

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

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The Momentum IEMs feature a colorful design makes them stand out and the flat cables ensure they don’t tangle. Where these truly excel though is in the amount of sound they put out. Like the over-ear Momentum, the IEMs deliver impressive sound. If you’re in the market for affordable earbuds with great sound, look no further.

$85 at Amazon

Great in-ear headphones

1More Quad Driver

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As the name suggests, the Quad Driver contains three balanced armature drivers and a single diamond-like carbon driver that delivers a balanced sound. The earbuds feature a kevlar finish that makes them durable, and they offer a decent amount of bass with a tight mid-range and clear highs.

$168 at Amazon

Although Samsung doesn’t use a Quad DAC arrangement like LG, the manufacturer has done a great job eliminating stereo crosstalk and enhancing the dynamic range on the Note 9. This translates to less distortion in everyday usage, which makes the Note 9 a great option for wired audio.

That also means that the Sony MDR-1AM2 is perfect for the Note 9. Sony has retained most of the elements that made the MDR-1A a fan favorite while adding improvements in key areas that allow the headphone to stand out.

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