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OnePlus Nord 2 OxygenOS is built on top of OPPO ColorOS
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OnePlus Nord 2 OxygenOS is built on top of OPPO ColorOS

The line that divides OnePlus and its distant cousin OPPO is becoming thinner and blurrier. Not long after OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took up a key position in OPPO, OnePlus announced that it would be using OPPO’s ColorOS instead of its own HydrogenOS for Chinese models. It didn’t take long for the two companies’ software teams to merge, and the first fruits of this unification of OxygenOS and ColorOS can be found but not seen in the new OnePlus Nord 2. OnePlus’ announcement last month that it will be merging part of its operations, specifically its R&D, with OPPO may have brought concerns from those on the...
iPad mini rumors may have one key detail wrong: Analyst weighs in
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iPad mini rumors may have one key detail wrong: Analyst weighs in

Apple is expected to release an updated iPad mini tablet later this year, one that may feature a mini-LED display. The latter rumor is a contentious one, with multiple claims that are at odds with each other. Only a day after a leak claiming the new model will feature a mini-LED panel, an analyst is stating otherwise. Yesterday, July 22, a report surfaced at DigiTimes that claimed the next iPad mini model will feature a mini-LED display, building upon rumors that Apple will reveal a sixth-generation iPad mini model this year. Such hopes may have been quickly dashed, however, at least when it comes to the display. A day later...
Ricoh launches huge E Ink whiteboard with seemingly magical features
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Ricoh launches huge E Ink whiteboard with seemingly magical features

Ricoh, the company you probably best know for its digital cameras, has teamed up with E Ink to launch a huge new smart whiteboard product. Called the Ricoh eWhiteboard 4200, this new model packs a 42-inch electronic ink display that resembles paper, allowing users to write on the surface the same way they would a regular whiteboard — but with some seemingly magical features that make this product far more useful. E Ink produces screens that feature electronic ink technology; it’s the same kind of panel you’ll find in an e-reader like the Kindle, for example. This same screen can be found in much larger size...
Intel CEO makes dire prediction about chip shortage turnaround
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Intel CEO makes dire prediction about chip shortage turnaround

The current semiconductor shortage has undoubtedly frustrated a lot of people. Not only have shortages made some in-demand hardware exceedingly difficult to find, but it’s even prompted manufacturers to raise prices in some cases. We’ve seen that happen in the GPU segment, where new NVIDIA and AMD cards are routinely priced above MSRP as manufacturers contend with supply constraints. Predictions on when we’ll come out of this shortage have been somewhat nebulous as well. NVIDIA has suggested in the past that the GPU shortage could last for the rest of this year, but there’s also been talk of the short...
Oculus Passthrough API puts VR user back in the “real” world
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Oculus Passthrough API puts VR user back in the “real” world

This week Oculus Passthrough API Experimental was released, giving creators a way to build and test mixed reality experiences for VR and AR devices. Since this is made by Oculus, it’s pretty safe to say that the software will be aimed at Oculus devices, but the implications of what we’re seeing is far more important than one platform. The software you’re seeing here works with Oculus Quest 2. This is the latest in simple-to-use, all-in-one VR/AR headset tech from Oculus. With this hardware and software, users can place an Oculus Quest 2 headset on their head and see the world through the cameras of the hea...
Motorola Edge 20 images leaked, front and back
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Motorola Edge 20 images leaked, front and back

The next major Motorola smartphone with Android leaked this week with specifications and imagery of the device both front and back. This device looks very similar to its predecessor up front, with a nearly full-face display and a punch-hole camera. This time the hole is in the center, where with devices like the Motorola Edge+ (from 2020), the punch hole was sent to the left. Much like its predecessors, this device will be Motorola’s hero phone for the season, bringing top-tier features and hardware to users in select release regions. At the moment, Motorola hasn’t gone so far as to make any major official annou...
This new Windows 11 Insider Preview is all about the taskbar
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This new Windows 11 Insider Preview is all about the taskbar

Microsoft today shipped out Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.100, and most of the changes and improvements it’s packing seem to be centered around the taskbar. While there are a couple of changes to other aspects of Windows, the taskbar is where most of the attention is, whether we’re talking improvements to the notification center or the system tray. Just as well, this new Preview Build is shipping out a boatload of fixes. The new build is going live today for everyone who’s in the Dev Channel, according to a post on the Windows Insider Blog. In that blog post, Microsoft wastes little time getting in...
ZTE Axon 30 5G UDC might be well-hidden but still disappointing
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ZTE Axon 30 5G UDC might be well-hidden but still disappointing

The smartphone market has been trying to push for full-screen displays for a long time now, but no single solution seems to stick around for long. From cutouts to popup cameras, every year sees a new design or mechanism designed to minimize the amount of screen real estate taken up by the front camera. Ideally, the solution would be an under-display camera or UDC that’s completely hidden from view. In practice, even ZTE’s upcoming Axon 30 5G shows how we’re still a long way from that ideal. ZTE hasn’t talked about the technical aspects of its second-gen UDC, unlike with last year’s Axon 20 5G. It sti...
Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 water resistance rating has a catch
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Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 water resistance rating has a catch

The very first Samsung foldable phone in 2019 looked like a marvel but easily caved in under pressure. Given its unique design, particularly its hinges, it wasn’t exactly surprising to learn that the Galaxy Fold couldn’t live up to its peers in terms of dust and water resistance. Since then, Samsung has worked hard to improve the durability of its foldable phones, inside and out. This year’s generation will even be waterproof, according to the latest leak, but it still has one Achilles’ heel common to all foldable phones. Unlike a conventional smartphone slab, a foldable phone increases the potential ...