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The OnePlus 8 Pro Camera Flawed WIth X-Ray Bug, Company to Rollout Update Soon

The OnePlus 8 Pro Camera Flawed WIth X-Ray Bug, Company to Rollout Update Soon

The special photochrom filter on the OnePlus 8 Pro camera is apparently letting users see through thin objects including clothes,

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  • Last Updated: May 19, 2020, 9:21 PM IST

OnePlus seems to have stumbled on a particular issue with its new handset, the OnePlus 8 Pro. The camera on the smartphone comes with a photochrom filter which apparently, can see through plastic and other thin materials including clothes just like an X-Ray. The ‘bug’ caught the attention of many and sparked privacy concerns all around.

The company has said in a statement that it will remove the accidental functionality from the device in an upcoming update. The camera filter is also going to temporarily disable the camera filter in HydrogenOS, the Chinese version of its operating system until an update is released. As for the global version of the phone, the company is choosing to leave it until the rolled out.

Additionally, the company has said that the filter cannot see through thick materials and has apologised for “creating privacy concerns and causing troubles for OnePlus users and other netizens.”

The special colour filter lens on the OnePlus 8 Pro was originally marketed as a way to click some unique photos with false-color camera filters on them. Just days ago, it was reported that the lens could also be used for infrared photography allowing people to see through thin materials like a t-shirt. Hopefully, the company can fix the issues before the handset goes on sale in India which is scheduled for May 29.




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Realme Narzo 10 Specs: MediaTek Helio G80 SoC Confirmed by Company

Realme has confirmed via Twitter that its upcoming smartphone, the Realme Narzo 10, will be powered by MediaTek’s recently unveiled Helio G80 SoC. While the Helio G series is typically aimed at gaming devices, the Helio G80 is seen as a processor that may cater to the budget and mid-range gaming segments of smartphones, This gives users a fair idea regarding what may be expected of the Realme Narzo 10 smartphone.

In terms of capabilities, the Helio G80 SoC comes with MediaTek’s HyperEngine gaming mode that will boost the peak performance core of the processor in order to give the best possible gaming performance to the best of its abilities. The Helio G80 also has a dedicated AI co-processor, which has pretty much become the norm for any smartphone processor in the market at the moment. However, the Helio G80 will not be able to support displays richer than full HD+ resolution, which is what the Realme Narzo 10’s display resolution would be. The Helio G80 can also record up to 2K videos at 30fps, which clarifies that the Narzo 10 will not feature 4K video recording.

The Realme Narzo 10 is already confirmed to feature a 48-megapixel quad rear camera setup, a 5,000mAh battery and a physical fingerprint sensor at the back. The display size will be 6.5 inches and feature a waterdrop notch to house the front camera. All of this lines the Realme Narzo 10 to be a fairly run of the mill smartphone. However, given how competitive the budget and mid-range smartphone space typically is in India, it remains to be seen if the new ‘Narzo’ series of devices manage to find footing in the country once lockdown protocol is lifted, and smartphone sales resume in India.



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OnePlus 8 India Price May be Much Lesser Than Global Prices, Hints Company

The OnePlus 8 Pro in Ultramarine Blue and The OnePlus 8 in Interstellar Glow.

The OnePlus 8 Pro in Ultramarine Blue and The OnePlus 8 in Interstellar Glow.

The OnePlus 8 has been launched at $699 (~Rs 53,000), and goes all the way up to $999 (~Rs 76,000) for the OnePlus 8 Pro in global markets.

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  • Last Updated: April 15, 2020, 12:47 PM IST
  • Edited by: Shouvik Das

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have finally landed among us. While there would typically have been massive fanfare, a tumultuous launch event and social media swarmed with tweets, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic led to a far less-hyped and a somewhat sombre launch event. Nevertheless, users in India have remained puzzled in terms of the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 price in India, and with the dollar prices the online information to go on, have largely assumed that in 2020, OnePlus’ phones will be far more expensive than what they ever were. OnePlus, however, insists that this will not be the case.

Following the launch event live streamed from an empty auditorium last night, OnePlus India’s Twitter account posted a message that said, “We don’t speak dollars, India prices coming soon.” However, OnePlus India is yet to reveal any further information, such as date of sale in India, availability or pre-order timelines, or any hint of the pricing of the two phones. This suggests that OnePlus may be looking to wait it out for a while in India, perhaps until the end of the nation-wide lockdown period due to Covid-19, before officially launching the device in India.

This would not be the first time that OnePlus’ phones would cost lesser in India, in comparison to their global prices. The same held true for the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T as well. However, what remains to be seen is exactly how vast is the disparity between the pricing of the devices in India and abroad. Upon direct conversion, the OnePlus 8 costs approximately Rs 53,000 in its base variant, going all the way up to a rather steep Rs 76,000 (approx) for the OnePlus 8 Pro. Speculations on the internet suggest that the OnePlus 8 may be priced onward of around Rs 40,000 in India, while the OnePlus 8 Pro may cost about Rs 55,000 to 60,000 in the country.

Nevertheless, it now remains to be seen exactly how big a disparity does OnePlus employ in the pricing of their phones in India and abroad. Neither of the two phones will be able to utilise 5G, since the debt-ridden telecom sector, coupled with the coronavirus outbreak in India, significantly pushed back the projected 5G trials in the country.

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Microsoft Xbox Series X Code Stolen in Cyber Attack on AMD, Reveals Company

Microsoft Xbox Series X
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Microsoft Xbox Series X
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It is not quite clear as to how the stolen test files may affect the overall safety of the new Microsoft Xbox platform.

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  • Last Updated: March 27, 2020, 5:55 PM IST

US-based semiconductor company AMD claimed that a hacker has obtained source files for some of its current and future GPUs, including details about the Xbox Series X. “In December 2019, we were contacted by someone who claimed to have test files related to a subset of our current and future graphics products, some of which were recently posted online, but have since been taken down,” AMD spokesperson said in a statement.

The stolen material include source code for Navi 10 (think Radeon RX 5700 series), the future Navi 21 and the Arden GPU inside the Xbox Series X. In an interview with TorrentFreak, the alleged hacker has claimed they will just leak everything if they are not able to sell the information. The alleged hacker has valued the information at $100 million, though it’s not exactly clear if that’s its actual value.

AMD has filed multiple takedown notices to Microsoft-owned open source software development platform GitHub, where the source code for the Navi GPU was hosted until recently. “While we are aware the perpetrator has additional files that have not been made public, we believe the stolen graphics IP is not core to the competitiveness or security of our graphics products. We are not aware of the perpetrator possessing any other AMD IP,” added AMD spokesperson.

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Google Parent Alphabet Becomes Fourth US Company to Hit $1 Trillion Valuation

As Google-parent Alphabet Inc became on Thursday the fourth U.S. company to top a market value of more than $1 trillion, some funds holding its shares are wondering whether now is the time to cash in on the stock’s extraordinary gains. Shares of the Internet search giant are up nearly 17% over the last three months, outpacing a broader rally in the S&P 500 index over the same period by 6 percentage points.

Short interest in the stock, a measure of how many investors are betting on a price decline, is at 1%, near a 52-week high for the company and higher than competitors such as Microsoft and Facebook, according to Refinitv data. Alphabet joins Apple, Amazon.com and Microsoft as the only U.S. companies to hit $1 trillion in market value.

“Google is a stock that won’t get you fired,” said Kevin Landis, a portfolio manager at Firsthand Funds who hasn’t added to his current Alphabet position since the first quarter of 2019. “Will I be able to double my money in this stock from here? I’m not sure about that.” Alphabet’s shares are among a small group of stocks found in the top holdings of both mutual funds and hedge funds, two types of institutions whose investing styles tend to be markedly different, a Goldman Sachs analysis showed. That could leave it exposed to volatile price swings if sentiment suddenly changes.

Despite those concerns, many investors are finding it hard to say goodbye. The 28% climb in Alphabet and the performance of other technology and tech-related stocks helped money managers post big gains in 2019, making it difficult for many to justify cutting their exposure even as they fret over the implications of its run-up. Ernesto Ramos, portfolio manager of the BMO Large-Cap Growth Fund, has held onto his shares, betting that Alphabet’s exposure to online advertising will eventually justify its above-average valuation. Alphabet trades at 26.6 times future earnings, compared with 18.5 for the S&P 500.

Scott Goginsky, a portfolio manager of the Biondo Focus fund, has held off adding to a longstanding position over the last year, concerned that the company’s costs are likely to increase due to its efforts to pre-empt any additional regulatory measures from Washington. That could cut into the margins of businesses like YouTube if it needs to hire additional workers to vet user-posted content, he said.

Alphabet is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 3. In its latest report, the company missed analysts’ estimates for third-quarter profit by about $1.7 billion, though it beat revenue expectations. That news did little to dent investors’ bullishness on the company: Alphabet’s stock retreated briefly on the report, only to resume its climb several days later.

Bearish investors, however, can point to Amazon.com, which saw its market value fall below $1 trillion after its streak of record profits ended in July. Shares of the company are down nearly 7% over the last six months, compared with a 10% gain in the S&P 500 overall.

 

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Launch May Happen Soon as Company Files for Registration

Fujifilm has seemingly filed to register their upcoming instant camera, dubbed the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11. The update has come via the generally super-reliable camera watcher Nokishita, who spotted Fujifilm’s registration filing for the Instax Mini 11 instant camera. With registration applications typically coming right before the launch of a product, expectations around the internet is that Fujifilm is quite close to launching the upgrade to its instant camera lineup, which has been headed by the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 since 2017.

There is no further information on the Fujifilm Instax Mini 11, so we don’t quite know what to expect from it. However, given the change in times, some additional digital controls may be on the cards for what is practically one of the best (and last remaining) Polaroid and instant photography cameras in the market. The Mini 9 did not offer many drastically different features over its predecessors, one of which was the Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic that I had once used quite extensively. Fujifilm’s Instax cameras are a sheer delight to use for the novelty they represent, and make for a great casual camera to own, or even to gift.

Fujifilm has also done well to price its Instax range cleverly, thereby appealing to kids, and parents of kids who wish to either inculcate a hobby, or simply engage their kids with a funky new toy that does not induce digital addiction. The Instax Mini 9, for instance, presently sells in India for just Rs 3,799, and given how the market isn’t exactly clamouring for instant print cameras today, we can safely expect the Instax Mini 11 to be priced near that range — maybe at a slight premium, at best.

Fujifilm continues to put its focus on the mirrorless camera segment, with an ever growing lineup of APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras that was joined by the entry level Fujifilm X-A7 in India. While cameras in the entirety are facing the heat from the smartphone industry, the market is still there for dedicated cameras. In fact, many have claimed that smartphones have helped grow the interest in photography, and going forward, it remains to be seen whether Fujifilm manages to grow its business in markets like India, where the likes of Sony, Canon and Nikon hold fort.