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Uber HW Camera Scores #005: Sony XPERIA 1 II, Xiaomi Mi 10T, and More!

This week, were adding 14 new mobile camera hardware scores , from Sony phones that cost $1199 down to $160 for the Oppo A33 (2020) as we need to cover all price points if we are to help as many people as possible navigate the maze of camera options. But first, a few words about our mobile camera HardWare benchmark called Uber HW Camera , since it is how we estimate how powerful these camera systems are and rank them. Uber HW Camera accurately ranks the hardware strength of an unprecedented numb

28 Nov 2020 4:35 am
News Station Mistakes Red Dead Redemptions Graphics For The Real Outdoors

The graphics in our video games these days are getting better and more realistic, where at a glance, they could be easily mistaken for the real thing. This is what happened to a new station in Oregon where they were sent in a photo from Rockstars Red Dead Redemption 2 and uploaded it thinking it was real. This is according to a post shared on Reddit in which apparently the photo was sent in to be part of the stations Out & About segment. The photo was then published during the segment which some

26 Nov 2020 6:46 am
Apples Upcoming Redesigned MacBooks Will Still Feature Intel Processors

According to a recent rumor, it was suggested that in 2021, Apple could finally introduce redesigned MacBook laptops . It was speculated that this would be the M1 (or M2) based MacBooks, but it turns out it will also apply to Intel based MacBooks. This is according to @L0vetodream who has in the past been pretty accurate with their leaks. To be fair, this actually makes complete sense. When Apple initially announced their plans to transition away from Intel, the company stated that this transiti

26 Nov 2020 6:45 am
Microsoft Willing To Work With Apple To Bring xCloud Onto iOS Devices

Apple had not too long ago expressed their willingness to allow game streaming services on their mobile devices, but there was a caveat in which they also required developers to submit their games to the App Store if it were also available on the game streaming service. Apple claims that this is so that they can review the games to ensure it abides by their terms and conditions. It is not very realistic as some services might have hundreds of games, and it would be a long and tedious process to

26 Nov 2020 6:44 am
Spotify Starts A Rolling Reset Of Passwords Following Security Issues

Over the past few years, weve come across various massive data breaches where usernames, passwords, and other personally identifiable information have been stolen from various locations and then put online in huge databases. It is often a good idea to check every now and then to see if your accounts have been affected, which Spotify is now doing. The company has reportedly started a rolling reset of passwords for possibly over 300,000 of its users after it was discovered that an open database co

26 Nov 2020 5:53 am
YouTube Testing A Timestamp Button For Commenting

Platforms like Soundcloud have features where during the playback of a song, you can see timestamps placed throughout the progression of the song where users have left comments. This is helpful as it provides context, like where some users might comment about a particular part of the song they like, and so on. While YouTube does allow users to leave comments that include the timestamp, sometimes you have to go hunting for it, and not all users bother either, but that could change in the future.

26 Nov 2020 5:51 am
Google Hangouts Just Killed Group Video Calls

Over the years, Google has created various products and services, and sometimes these services can overlap with each other and has caused confusion. Hangouts is the perfect example where in the past, Hangouts was pretty much the only way you could make group video calls. However, Google recently changed things up by introducing platforms like Google Meet and Google Duo, all of which support similar features. That being said, it now looks like Google has killed off the group video call feature of

26 Nov 2020 5:50 am
Samsung Might Kill Its Galaxy Note Series In 2022

For a while, there have been rumors that Samsung could be looking to retire its Galaxy Note series. While the series has done well, it seems that Samsung might want to move on from it. While some rumors have claimed that this could happen in 2021, a new rumor is suggesting otherwise. A tweet by @cozyplanes claims that 2021 will still see the launch of a new Note handset, but it could possibly be its last as 2022 is when the company will retire it for good. Ross Young from DisplaySearch echoes th

26 Nov 2020 5:02 am
Ransomware Attack Shuts Down Baltimore Countys Public Schools

The problem with relying on massive connected networks is that the minute it goes down, all other computers and devices connected to it are affected as well, and will not be able to access it and the information stored on it. Now it looks like this is what Baltimore County Public Schools are facing as they have been hit with a ransomware attack. This attack has essentially knocked their internal networks offline, rendering them inaccessible which includes things like online grading and school em

26 Nov 2020 5:01 am
US FCC Has Confirmed That ZTE Poses A National Security Threat

For years, Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE have supplied communications equipment to various countries around the world, but in the past few years, the attitude towards those companies have started to shift, most notably in the US where there has been a growing distrust towards these companies. It looks like ZTE could start running into issues because the US FCC has stuck to its guns and has continued to label the company as a national security threat. The agency alleges that the equipment

26 Nov 2020 5:00 am
Several Major Airlines Will Accept Digital Health Passes To Prove COVID-19 Free Status

The idea of storing your health data on your smartphone might seem a little dangerous, especially if that information is leaked, but it seems that the concept might now be put to the test because starting in December, several major airlines have announced that they will start to accept digital health passes to allow passengers to prove that they are COVID-19 free. This will be available to passengers on selected flights operated by United Airlines, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Swiss International

25 Nov 2020 4:56 pm
M1 Mac Mini Users Are Experiencing Bluetooth Connectivity Issues

Many praises have been heaped upon Apples new M1 computers, but that doesnt mean that it is completely immune to problems. In fact, according to multiple user reports, it appears that some M1 Mac Mini users are having some connectivity issues when it comes to Bluetooth devices pairing with the computer. This issue has been documented on various platforms like Reddit , where the thread starter says, I am using the Logitech Mx keys keyboard, and MX Master 3 mouse. On the very first boot, it would

25 Nov 2020 4:55 pm
Apple Watch, MacBooks To Get Redesign In 2021

One of the chief criticisms that we saw when Apple launched the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro is that while the innards have changed, externally, theyre still the same. Its not necessarily a bad thing that Apple has kept the design since it works rather well, but at the same time, many expected Apple to come up with something new for its new chipsets. The good news is that if you were hoping for something like that, you might want to hold off on your purchase until 2021. This is because accordi

25 Nov 2020 4:54 pm
Researchers Develop Drug To Help The Healing Process By Mimicking Inflammation

If youve ever wondered why during an injury, certain parts of our bodies become inflamed, it is because this is our bodys natural response. The idea is that the swelling helps increase blood flow to an area to help with the healing process, and this is a concept that researchers have worked on to create a drug that can help improve the healing process. The drug is known as SDV1a which can be injected all over the body. When injected, the drug mimics the signals of inflammation to that particular

25 Nov 2020 7:55 am
Xbox App Will Be Coming To Smart TVs Next Year

One of the advantages of game streaming is the ability for gamers to play games on almost any device that can connect to the internet, and not have to worry about things like hardware compatibility, whether or not their device has enough power to run those games, and so on, and this is an opportunity that Microsoft is looking to take advantage of. Speaking to The Verge in a lengthy interview, Microsofts Phil Spencer revealed that we can look forward to an Xbox app launching on smart TVs in the n

25 Nov 2020 7:53 am
Epic Launches Fortnite Crew Subscription Service

Earlier this month, it was rumored that Epic could be considering launching a subscription service for its Fortnite game . This subscription would grant players a steady stream of in-game cash as well as other perks. Turns out the rumors were right on the money as Epic has since announced the subscription service which they are calling Fortnite Crew. At a price of $11.99 a month, a Fortnite Crew subscription will give players access to the Battle Pass for the entire season, and continued access

25 Nov 2020 7:52 am
Twitter Will Bring Back Its Verification Program Next Year

For years, Twitter ran a verification program that basically verified users with a blue check next to their name to indicate that they are who they say they are. This is an important distinction for people who work in the public space like company CEOs, journalists, politicians, celebrities, and so on. However, the company later suspended its verification program as they wanted to work through some of its kinks. The good news for users who are hoping to get verified, Twitter has announced that c

25 Nov 2020 6:44 am
Apple Really Doesnt Want To Pay VirnetX $500 Million

In the past, weve come across many patent troll related lawsuits, where a company that owns a patent that is vaguely similar to a technology or product used by another company will sue that company over alleged infringement. The goal is to try and get these companies to quickly settle the matter instead of fighting a long and drawn out court battle. One of the more notable lawsuits weve seen in recent years is the one between Apple and VirnetX, who alleged that Apple had violated a patent of the

25 Nov 2020 6:43 am
YouTube Testing AI-Generated Video Chapters

One of the newer features that YouTube had introduced to its platform was the ability for creators to add chapters to their videos . This helped longer form videos where creators can break down their videos into different chapters so that users can easily and quickly skip to the section that they want. However, the onus was always on the creator to add these chapters themselves, which meant that not all videos had these chapters. The good news for creators and viewers of YouTube is that accordin

25 Nov 2020 6:41 am
PS5s DualSense Controllers Will Tighten As FIFA 21 Players Get Tired

With every console generation, companies tend to make changes to the design and features of its gaming controllers, and the Sony PS5s DualSense controllers are no exception. They come with adaptive triggers which EA is taking advantage of with its FIFA 21 game, where the controls will actually tighten as the players in the game get fatigued. Some might have criticized sports games in the past for being unrealistic as players dont get tired or suffer from injury, but with these changes, players w

25 Nov 2020 5:58 am
Amazon And US Government Team Up To Fight Counterfeit Goods

The problem with buying things online is that usually all you have to work with are photos. Sometimes these photos dont really represent the product accurately, as many of us have probably experienced, and sometimes, you might even get a counterfeit product that is marketed as the real deal. Given how big Amazon is and with the platform allowing for third-party sellers to sell on its website, Amazon has run into various issues like this in the past. So much so that the company has announced that

25 Nov 2020 5:57 am
Mortal Kombat 11 DLC Brings Back The Actors From The Original 1995 Movie

The original Mortal Kombat movie from 1995 might not necessarily have aged well over the years, but it is still widely considered to be a classic, and one of the earlier movies to have been adapted from a video game. If you did enjoy the movie back then, then you might be interested in checking out the latest Mortal Kombat 11 DLC. The new DLC, dubbed the Klassic MK Movie Skin pack, will bring back three characters from the movie that many might be familiar with. This includes Raiden, Johnny Cage

25 Nov 2020 5:56 am
PS5 Scalper Group Managed To Nab 3,500 Units

If you are having a tough time getting your hands on Sonys PS5 console, then you have scalpers to blame. This is because according to a report from Business Insider, it appears that a UK based scalper group calling themselves CrepChiefNotify have managed to nab as many as 3,500 units in total and are reselling them at premium prices. According to the report, the group relied on a variety of tools to help them nab all these units, including communications over Discord, retail-scalping bots, and a

25 Nov 2020 5:01 am
Apples New M1 Macs Can Unofficially Support Up To 6 Displays

According to the official specs listed by Apple, Apples new M1 powered Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro will only support anywhere between 1-2 external displays . This is versus the Intel-powered variants that can support more, but is the limit of 1-2 displays true? It turns out not really. According to a video uploaded to YouTube by Ruslan Tulupov, he has managed to connect as many as six external displays to Apples new M1 powered Mac computers. How he managed to achieve this was by using

25 Nov 2020 5:00 am
Someone Took Apples M1 MacBook Air And Turned It Into The Worlds Largest Tesla Key

In order to help deal with the lack of native apps, Apple allows macOS Big Sur users on its M1 computers to run iPhone and iPad apps. While it might not necessarily be optimized for a laptops dimensions and UI, the idea is that it will bring about functionality and usability until more native apps arrive for the M1 chipset. Of course, this has led to some creative uses of the M1 chipset and its apps, like Quinn Nelson of Snazzy Labs who decided that he would come up with what he calls the worlds

25 Nov 2020 4:59 am
Twitter Will Warn Users When They Like Misleading Tweets

Your online social presence might be more important than you think it is, even if youre not necessarily anyone famous or an influencer. This is because people can see the things you do online and can sometimes make decisions based on that. For example, friends or family members may throw your posts a like or share it just because. So much so that Twitter wants users to be more careful about the things that they like on its platform, where they will actually warn users now if they were to like a

24 Nov 2020 5:22 pm
NASAs Curiosity Rover Discovers Evidence Of A Megaflood On Mars

Living creatures, as we know them (including ourselves), need things like water to survive. Without water, humans and animals would die of dehydration. We also wouldnt be able to do things like grow crops, which need water in order to grow and thrive, which is why it isnt just as simple as packing up our bags and flying off to another planet. The new planet would also need things like water, which is what were currently looking for on planets like Mars. Now according to NASAs Curiosity rover, it

24 Nov 2020 5:21 pm
Google Pay Will Now Come With Transfer Fees

When it comes to financial services, obviously these companies are here to do business and there is no such thing as a free lunch. However, for those who have been using Google Pay to make instant transfers, you will now have to look forward to paying a 1.5% fee (minimum of 31 cents) per transaction. According to Google, It can take 13 business days when you transfer money to your bank account. Debit card transfers are usually instant. There is a fee of 1.5% or $.31 (whichever is higher), when y

24 Nov 2020 5:20 pm
FDA Clears Use Of Lab-Made Antibodies For COVID-19 Treatment

Right now vaccines for the coronavirus are still being developed and it could only be in 2021 where well be able to get our hands on them. This means that for now, patients who have COVID-19 will need to be treated as the symptoms come up, but the FDA is trying to make that process easier. The government body has announced that they have cleared the use of lab-made antibodies that could be used to help treat moderate COVID-19 infections that have a high risk of potentially developing into more s

24 Nov 2020 7:07 am
Google Could Bring Its Radar Technology To Future Chromebooks

One of the nifty features we saw Google introduce in the Pixel 4 was radar-sensing technology, also known as Project Soli. Granted it might come across as novel and somewhat gimmicky, but on paper it does hold a lot of promise. So much so that Google might be considering applying it to future Chromebooks and wearables as well. This is according to a patent discovered by Patently Apple where it revealed that Google was toying around with the idea of bringing radar-sensing technology to Chromebook

24 Nov 2020 7:05 am
Snapchat Just Launched Its Own Take On TikTok

Following the success of TikTok, it didnt really come as a surprise to learn that many other companies were looking to emulate that success with platforms of their own, especially with the possibility that TikTok could be banned in the US which would leave a void that other companies would be more than eager to fill. This is why we cant say were too surprised to learn that Snapchat has decided to wade in with their own platform called Spotlight. The idea behind Spotlight is similar to TikTok, wh

24 Nov 2020 7:04 am
Amazons Echo Buds Will Be Able To Track Your Workouts

If you want to track your workout, your best bet would be to get a fitness tracker or a smartwatch. However, if youd rather not wear a tracker and also a pair of earphones/headphones, then you might want to consider getting your hands on Amazons Echo Buds. This is because according to a report from CNBC, they have been notified by Amazon that they will be issuing an update to its Echo Buds where it will be able to help users track their workouts. Earphones that track workouts arent new, but its

24 Nov 2020 6:19 am
Googles AI Will Help You Write Poetry In The Style Of Legendary Poets

One of the reasons why art is considered subjective and two pieces are never quite the same is because when creating art, how we go about creating it is based on our personal experiences that help us develop a style over time. However, there are some poets who are considered legends when it comes to their prose. If youve ever wanted to write a piece of poetry in the style of a famous poet, you might want to check out Googles new AI powered Verse by Verse tool. This is a tool that draws inspirati

24 Nov 2020 6:19 am
HomePod Mini Users Are Experiencing Connectivity Issues

Apples HomePod mini seems to be off to a good start at least as far as initial demand is concerned. Given that the previous HomePod could almost be considered a flop, this is a nice change of pace for Apple that could help them nab a larger slide of the market share. However, it seems that despite the positive launch, not all users are having a good time using it. According to various reports posted on Apples forums, it appears that quite a number of HomePod mini users are experiencing connectiv

24 Nov 2020 6:18 am
M1 MacBook Pro With 8GB RAM VS 16GB RAM

With Apples new M1 Mac computers, users can choose between 8GB or 16GB of RAM. Now obviously RAM plays a role in determining the performance of a computer, but the question is, is it worth spending that extra $200 to upgrade from 8GB to 16GB? In a video uploaded by Max Tech, he shows the difference between the two RAM configurations on the 13-inch MacBook Pro. This will hopefully answer questions that potential customers will have and help them decide if maybe paying that extra $200 is worth it.

24 Nov 2020 5:54 am
iPad Pro With OLED Display Expected In Late 2021

With Apples iPhones pretty much switching over to OLED displays, many have wondered when the iPad series will make that transition. Its not entirely impossible, but the larger screens would represent technical challenges, not to mention it might also see an increase in costs, but if you love the idea of an OLED iPad, youre in luck. This is because according to a report from The Elec in Korea, they are claiming that come late 2021, Apple is expected to introduce an iPad Pro with an OLED display.

24 Nov 2020 5:54 am
South Koreas Hyper-Tube Train Hits A Top Speed Of 621 MPH

Image credit Korean Railroad Research Institute While it might be more fun or more convenient to drive since you get to set your own schedules and choose when or where you want to stop, sometimes taking public transportation services like trains might be more practical and even more efficient because there are no traffic jams and sometimes it can be a direct route that cuts across terrain. Now over in South Korea, the countrys Korean Railroad Research Institute has unveiled their new hyper-tube

24 Nov 2020 5:53 am
Steam Will Now Support Sonys New PS5 DualSense Controller

Whenever a new console generation is released, companies also release redesigned game controllers that are supposed to be better in the sense that they might come with additional features, a new spiffy design, better ergonomics, and so on. If youre enjoying your time with the Sony PS5 DualSense controller, youll be pleased to learn that Steam will now support it as well. Valve has announced over the weekend that theyve added support for the DualSense controller. What this means is that games tha

24 Nov 2020 4:21 am
Google Wants Chrome Extensions To Be More Transparent With Data Usage

A lot of us use software that we dont fully know how it works, and thats fine. It would not be possible for us to know everything, but sometimes, some malicious hackers and developers take advantage of our ignorance to try and slip in code that shouldnt be there that could be used to steal information or track users unknowingly. This is something that Google is hoping to curb as they have announced that come January 2021, they will be putting into effect a new policy that will effectively requir

24 Nov 2020 4:20 am
iOS 15 Could Drop Support For iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, Original iPhone SE

In 2021, Apple will most likely be releasing their next major iOS update in the form of iOS 15. However, in addition to releasing the update, Apple is also rumored to be dropping support for some older iPhones which includes the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and also the original iPhone SE that was released several years ago. There is a good chance that by now, most people with the iPhone 6s or original iPhone SE have moved onto newer devices, so the number of people affected by this probably wont be that

24 Nov 2020 4:18 am
How To Make Your Facebook Profile Private

Facebook is meant to help us connect with people around the world. It might have noble intentions at the start, but over the years, its been plagued by bots and fake accounts designed to spam and scam, which is why making your Facebook account private might be a good idea. It also helps prevent people from potentially stalking and harassing you or bullying you, a problem that the internet seems to be having these days. Thankfully, the process of making your Facebook account private is quick and

23 Nov 2020 1:39 am
Xbox Series X, Series S Controller Support Coming To iPhone And iPad

While the majority of mobile games can be played perfectly fine using the onscreen controls, there are some games that might benefit from using an external game controller. However, this in turn raises some issues in which gamers will need to spend extra money on a separate accessory. The good news is that so far, a lot of mobile devices already support the PS4 and Xbox Ones gaming controllers, but what about the next-gen controllers? If youre an Xbox Series X or Series S owner, youll be pleased

21 Nov 2020 8:15 am
Deadpool 3 Could Be Written By Bobs Burgers Writers

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) reacts to Colossus (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) threats. Many have been wondering about the future of the Deadpool franchise. This is because now that Disney has bought Fox, and with the company known for their family-friendly content, many have expressed some concern that Deadpool might not necessarily fit into Disneys family-friendly image. However, for those hoping to see at least a third Deadpool movie, you might be interested to learn that a report from Deadline has r

21 Nov 2020 8:14 am
HBO Orders The Last Of Us TV Series

When it comes to storytelling in games, Naughty Dogs The Last of Us does a pretty fantastic job of doing just that. However, if youve been curious as to what the story might be like had it been made as a TV show or movie, youll be interested to learn that HBO has recently ordered a TV series based on the franchise. The series will feature The Last of Us creative director Neil Druckmann and Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin, with Druckmann also acting as the executive producer alongside Cheryl Strauss

21 Nov 2020 8:13 am
iOS 14.3 Greatly Improves On Siri Shortcuts

One of the changes that Apple introduced in iOS 14 was the ability to add widgets to the home screen. This in turn fueled the desire of iOS users to customize their home screens even further by using Siri Shortcuts to create custom app icons to help match the aesthetics of their iPhones, although there was a bit of a downside. Siri Shortcuts, in its current form, runs Shortcuts first before it opens the app. This means that there is an additional step which slows the process down, but there is s

21 Nov 2020 5:10 am
Apple Says Ball In Microsofts Court For M1 Compatible Version Of Windows

Right now, Apples M1 Mac computers do not support Windows, which means that virtualization software like Parallels or dual booting tools like Boot Camp will not let Mac users run Windows. However, it seems that Apple isnt completely closed to the idea of an M1 native version of Windows to make its way onto their new Macs. Speaking to ArsTechnica in an interview, Apples software engineering chief Craig Federighi said that the ball was pretty much in Microsofts court as to whether or not they want

21 Nov 2020 5:08 am
New Data Suggests That Apple Was Right To Introduce Deeper Customization In iOS 14

One of the massive changes that Apple introduced in iOS 14 was the ability to add widgets to the home screen. While previous versions of iOS allowed users to add widgets, it was to a page to the left of the home screen. The extra step to swipe over basically meant that in some cases, it would have just been faster to launch the app itself. It turns out that Apples decision to finally allow users to add widgets to the home screen might have been a good one, and it could also be good news for both

21 Nov 2020 5:07 am
How To Check How Much RAM Is In Your Mac

When you purchase a new Mac computer, you are given options as to how much RAM you want in it. For the most part, this means that you probably already know how much RAM your Mac computer already has, but in case you forgot, or if you want to check the speed of the RAM or to see if its working properly, heres how you can do it. So why would you check how much RAM your Mac has? You could be using a Mac thats bought secondhand and youre unsure about its specs. Alternatively, if you find that your M

21 Nov 2020 3:40 am
How To Make Your Twitter Account Private

The internet is full of trolls and people who have seemingly nothing better to do than to leave offensive comments on publicly-posted social media posts. This has become such a huge problem that many big-name celebrities have actually been bullied off social media platforms where theyd rather close their social media accounts rather than deal with these comments. This doesnt mean that you shouldnt use social media, but rather if you do use it, it might be a better idea to make it a private profi

21 Nov 2020 3:39 am
LG Wing Review

The LG Wing is a commercial concept phone that is the first in the LG Explorer series of devices. It maximizes the user experience (UX) for landscape-optimized apps and augments the total available screen area by integrating a secondary screen. In this review, we put this new concept to the test and let you know how it works in the real world. There is more to the LG Wing than just the display, and LG has also done a lot of work on video capabilities. We will go right to the good stuff, with the

21 Nov 2020 3:07 am