People are polarized about police departments using drones

Axon, a company which sells tasers and body cameras, will now sell drones to local police departments around the country thanks to a partnership with drone maker DJI. In last week’s poll, we asked whether the idea makes you uncomfortable or not. Here are the results.

Choose “No, I have never.” or “Yes, I have.”.

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No, I have never.

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Yes, I have.

While it’s easy to imagine ways for police to use drones to save lives and protect people, it’s also easy to imagine how they could be used to invade privacy or cause harm to innocent people because of bias in the proprietary AI’s data. Given that there are both potential benefits and drawbacks, we wanted to find out if you think it’s worth it to put drones in the hands of police.
In the poll, there were four options to choose from, two of which were quite decisive and the other two were more of a middle ground. On the far ends of the spectrum, there was an even split. 35 percent of people are totally uncomfortable with police drones and think they shouldn’t be legal, while another 35 percent said they’re totally comfortable with police drones for any purpose. In the middle though, more people are comfortable as long as it’s limited to surveillance use, with 26 percent of the vote. Just four percent were uncomfortable with drones but think it’s worth it anyway.

People are polarized by the idea of police drones, with 35 percent on each end of the spectrum. / © AndroidPIT

Overall, it seems more people, 61 percent, are comfortable with police drone use, though there’s a split between those who think it’s only appropriate for surveillance and those who think any use is acceptable. The 35 percent who think police shouldn’t be using drones at all must be pretty unhappy about this recent development with DJI, and we’d love to know what you think in the comments. 
Do you agree with the results? Tell us below!

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Facebook mistakenly leaked developer analytics reports to testers – TechCrunch

Set the “days without a Facebook privacy problem” counter to zero. This week, an alarmed developer contacted TechCrunch, informing us that their Facebook App Analytics weekly summary email had been delivered to someone outside their company. It contains sensitive business information, including weekly average users, page views and new users.
Forty-three hours after we contacted Facebook about the issue, the social network now confirms to TechCrunch that 3 percent of apps using Facebook Analytics had their weekly summary reports sent to their app’s testers, instead of only the app’s developers, admins and analysts.
Testers are often people outside of a developer’s company. If the leaked info got to an app’s competitors, it could provide them an advantage. At least they weren’t allowed to click through to view more extensive historical analytics data on Facebook’s site.
Facebook tells us it has fixed the problem and no personally identifiable information or contact info was improperly disclosed. It plans to notify all impacted developers about the leak today and has already begun.
TechCrunch was provided with this statement from a Facebook spokesperson:

“Due to an error in our email delivery system, weekly business performance summaries we send to developers about their account were also sent to a small group of those developer’s app testers. No personal information about people on Facebook was shared. We’re sorry for the error and have updated our system to prevent it from happening again.”

Below you can find the email the company is sending:

Subject line: We recently resolved an error with your weekly summary email
We wanted to let you know about a recent error where a summary e-mail from Facebook Analytics about your app was sent to testers of your app ‘[APP NAME WILL BE DYNAMICALLY INSERTED HERE]’. As you know, we send weekly summary emails to keep you up to date with some of your top-level metrics — these emails go to people you’ve identified as Admins, Analysts and Developers. You can also add Testers to your account, people designated by you to help test your apps when they’re in development.
We mistakenly sent the last weekly email summary to your Testers, in addition to the usual group of Admins, Analysts and Developers who get updates. Testers were only able to see the high-level summary information in the email, and were not able to access any other account information; if they clicked “View Dashboard” they did not have access to any of your Facebook Analytics information.
We apologize for the error and have made updates to prevent this from happening again.

One affected developer told TechCrunch “Not sure why it would ever be appropriate to send business metrics to an app user. When I created my app (in beta) I added dozens of people as testers as it only meant they could login to the app…not access info!” They’re still waiting for the disclosure from Facebook.
Facebook wouldn’t disclose a ballpark number of apps impacted by the error. Last year it announced 1 million apps, sites and bots were on Facebook Analytics. However, this issue only affected apps, and only 3 percent of them.

The mistake comes just weeks after a bug caused 14 million users’ Facebook status update composers to change their default privacy setting to public. And Facebook has had problems with misdelivering business information before. In 2014, Facebook accidentally sent advertisers receipts for other business’ ad campaigns, causing significant confusion. The company has also misreported metrics about Page reach and more on several occasions. Though user data didn’t leak and today’s issue isn’t as severe as others Facebook has dealt with, developers still consider their business metrics to be private, making this a breach of that privacy.
While Facebook has been working diligently to patch app platform privacy holes since the Cambridge Analytica scandal, removing access to many APIs and strengthening human reviews of apps, issues like today’s make it hard to believe Facebook has a proper handle on the data of its 2 billion users.

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Best iPhone SE case 2018: Keep your phone safe and in style, from just £4

The iPhone SE might not be the latest and greatest of Apple’s handsets, but it deserves a decent case – to make sure it’s protected from drops and scratches, and to help it look as trendy and beautiful as it deserves.We’ve rounded up the best iPhone SE cases money can buy, to help you find the right design for your needs. Whether you’re looking for something heavy duty or a fabulously chic enclosure – and whether you’re on a tight budget or a luxury spending spree – read on to find the perfect fit for your iPhone SE.
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Best iPhone SE case
Otterbox Defender Series for iPhone SE: Best protective iPhone SE case for clumsy people
Price: £22 | Buy now from Amazon
Otterbox cases are known for their superb ability to protect your iPhone from deadly drops and unexpected bumps. Featuring three layers of protection and an inbuilt screen shield, the Otterbox Defender is perfect for the clumsy ones amongst us. If there’s a downside it’s that the case adds a bit of bulk and weight to the phone, but that’s the price you pay for first-class protection.
Twelve South BookBook iPhone SE case: Best looking iPhone SE case
Price: £50 | Buy now from Amazon
This handmade, real leather wallet case transforms your iPhone SE into an antiquated miniaturised copy of War and Peace – without the bulk. It’s a quirky and distinctive design, but practical too, with five handy pockets on the inside. There’s also a window pocket, into which you can slot your photo ID, Oyster card or driving licence. As a bonus, a built-in viewing stand lets you prop your phone up on a desk to enjoy hands-free video on your phone.
Rock Royce ultra-thin iPhone SE case: Best ultra-thin iPhone SE case
Price: £9 | Buy now from Amazon
This tough but chic case gives you the best of both worlds, combining slim, slinky looks with sturdy protection. Its ultra-thin textured design includes a shock-resistant layer, so it’s incredibly durable, and the raised edges ensure your screen won’t get scratched or scuffed when you place it face down. Adding practically no bulk to the iPhone SE, it’s a great minimalist case at a very appealing price.
Temdan waterproof iPhone SE case: Best waterproof iPhone SE case
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon
This is the best waterproof case we’ve come across, allowing you to submerge your iPhone SE underwater at depths of up to two metres – exceeding the industry standard IP68 rating. It’s a little bulky, measuring 12mm thick and weighing 40g, but it’s comfy in the hand, thanks to the soft but highly durable rubber casing. There’s a built-in kickstand too, and you even get full access to the ports and the Touch ID sensor – impressive stuff, considering it’s both watertight and highly protective.
Apple Official iPhone SE leather case: Best official case
Price: £15 | Buy now from Amazon
Some people like everything to be Apple-branded – and cases are no exception. Apple’s own-brand leather iPhone SE case is the natural choice for Apple fans, not least because it’s the only official one available. It’s a simple 100% leather folio case that keeps your iPhone protected from the rough and tumble of everyday use; it’s not the toughest or most feature-packed case on our list, but it’s reasonably priced and has that undeniable Apple prestige.
JETech clear iPhone SE case: Best cheap iPhone SE case
Price: £4 | Buy now from Amazon
If you’re looking for something unfussy, lightweight and, most of all, cheap, then JETech’s clear case is the one for you. It’s completely transparent, so the iPhone itself remains the centre of attention, and it’s so lightweight you won’t even realise it’s clipped onto the phone. With four raised corners and a slightly softer, rounded grip, it’s a solid, shock resistant case that will keep your iPhone SE protected at a bargain price.

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Hey ADs! Lane Kiffin’s buyout will be a scant $2 million

In buyout cash to FAU, that is. He’ll probably want an actual salary too.
Lane Kiffin’s reputation rehabilitation tour will continue at Florida Atlantic University in 2018, and another Conference-USA championship could lead him back to a Power 5 head coaching job. The Owls aren’t exactly making it difficult for him to leave.
FAU locked its mercurial head coach in to a 10-year contract after his 11-3 debut in Boca Raton, but that pact won’t tie Kiffin down for long. If a needy team comes calling to hire him away after the 2018 season, the buyout owed to the university is just a paltry $2 million — and it gets even lower the longer he stays. From Underdog Dynasty:

The buyout clause is $2 million should Kiffin leave for a new school at the end of the season. The same buyout amount under Chun. The buyout drops to $1.5 million after the 2019 season and $1 million after the 2020 season.

That contract quirk highlights how meaningless the length of Kiffin’s contract is. The former USC and Tennessee coach, knowing he’s a top candidate to be poached once his value has been sufficiently restored with a Group of 5 program, created a navigable course back to a high-profile job and a raise from the $950,000 salary he’ll get at FAU this fall.
That $2 million is a pittance compared to other buyouts across the college football landscape. Kiffin’s buyout is tied for 65th-highest among Division I coaches, according to data collected by USA Today. That ties him with other rising sideline stars like… UConn’s Randy Edsall and Kansas State’s Bill Snyder. It will cost $38 million more to dislodge Dabo Swinney at Clemson than it would to pry Kiffin from Florida Atlantic. 26 coaches currently have a buyout at least five times larger than Kiffin’s.
Those massive buyouts are sigils of job security, but that doesn’t mean they don’t backfire. It cost Arkansas $11.9 million just to fire Bret Bielema after five seasons of mediocrity. Arizona’s state university system spent more than $18 million just to prevent Rich Rodriguez and Todd Graham from coaching at their institutions of higher learning.
Florida Atlantic won’t have to worry about that, but it seems they won’t be able to hold on to their high-profile head coach for long. 2018 is shaping up to be another strong year for FAU. Bill Connelly called the Owls “far and away your C-USA favorite” in his preseason preview, predicting a nine-win regular season in Boca. Another big performance would shoot Kiffin back to the top of 2019’s coaching candidate ranks at major programs across the country.
And it won’t be expensive for a struggling university to make him their culture-changing head coach for ‘19 and beyond.
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Alpha Centauri stamps her class on Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot | Sport

“It’s over quicker, which is great,” Jessica Harrington said after winning the Coronation Stakes with Alpha Centauri here on Friday, when asked about the difference between racing on the Flat and over jumps. On that basis her latest Group One win on the Flat must have been her idea of the perfect race, as it was over almost before it had started in earnest.
Alpha Centauri was one of three 1,000 Guineas winners in the field for the feature race on Friday, but she was travelling much better than any of her opponents from the start and was still cruising on the bridle as they lined up for home with just over two furlongs to run.

As soon as Colm O’Donoghue, her jockey, asked for an effort, Alpha Centauri accelerated clear and added to her lead all the way to the line, which she crossed six lengths in front of Threading in a track-record time. Billesdon Brook, the 66-1 winner of the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, was another three-and-a-half lengths behind in fourth, while Teppal, who took the French 1,000 Guineas, trailed home in ninth.
Harrington made her name as a National Hunt trainer but her Flat operation has expanded significantly in recent years and she now has as many Flat horses as jumpers in her stable. She is one of only a handful of trainers to have won the Champion Hurdle, Champion Chase and Gold Cup at Cheltenham and has proved equally adept at winning top races on the level, though Alpha Centauri’s win was both her first at the Royal meeting and her first in a British Group One.
Harrington said: “It’s 50-50 and it’s grand because I’ve got lots of people to work for me and all the family, both daughters are working for me now and I’m about to get my son-in-law. I don’t quite know what’s going to happen then but I hope we’ll all get on well together.

“I’m relieved firstly, because I got quite wound up before the race. I was nervous today because I know she’s very good and it was rather nice when we went to the Irish Guineas because we were a bit under the radar. Today we were favourite and there to be shot at.
“Colm was very confident on her and she settled great. I thought he’d got to the front a bit soon but the further she went, the better she went.”
Alpha Centauri is clearly the best three-year-old filly of the current crop by some margin, at least when the ground is fast, and she could now take on colts and older horses in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August.
Jim Crowley’s build-up to the Royal meeting took an unfortunate turn when he needed stitches in a cut lip following a weighing-room brawl with Raul da Silva, but the former champion jockey was the centre of attention for the right reasons here on Friday as he guided Eqtidaar to victory in the Group One Commonwealth Cup.
This was Crowley’s second Group One winner for the owner Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, who hired him as retained rider at the end of his championship season in 2016, and his first in Britain in the blue-and-white colours.
“Eqtidaar was one of my best rides of the week and it’s great he could pull it off,” Crowley said. “He is trained by a master [in Sir Michael Stoute] and just keeps on improving.
“Things did not pan out [when he was fourth at Newbury] last time as we were on the wrong part of the track, whereas today we got a lovely tow into the race and it went like clockwork really. He had been working unbelievably well and you could make excuses for his last two starts.”
Charlie Appleby already has the Derby winner in his stable thanks to the success of Masar at Epsom earlier this month and he added another earlier on the card when Old Persian took the “Ascot Derby”, as the King Edward VII Stakes is familiarly known.
William Buick settled Old Persian close to the pace from the off and he stayed on strongly in the straight to finish a length and three quarters in front of Rostropovich and give Buick his third winner of the meeting.
“William made a great manoeuvre after the first two or three furlongs,” Appleby said. “He just sat on Frankie’s quarters [behind the leader Raa Atoll], because we know Frankie [Dettori] on the front end is always dangerous. When everyone was stacked up behind, I knew he was in the right place. He said the St Leger could be something to keep an eye on but I’m happy to stay at a mile and a half, given the pace he has shown at shorter trips, and I’ve put him in the [Group One] Grand Prix de Paris, which is one option.”
Ryan Moore and Dettori both drew a blank on the fourth day, and Buick is now tied with Moore in second place in the race to be the week’s leading jockey. Dettori with four winners, is still in control, but the tight race will add extra spice to the meeting’s final day on Saturday.

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World Cup 2018: Schedule, scores, highlights from Day 9

It’s Neymar Time.
Here we go. The World Cup group stage rolls on with one of the tournament’s biggest favorites and its smallest nation in action on Friday.
In the opener on match day 9, Brazil edged Costa Rica, 2-0, with Coutinho and Neymar both netting late goals to settle a nervy affair. In the middle game, Nigeria brought upstart Iceland, riding high off a surprise draw with Argentina, back to earth. Wrapping up the Friday schedule, Serbia and Switzerland tangle in Group E.
World Cup schedule for Day 9

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
Nigeria 2-0 Iceland

Serbia vs. Switzerland

Time: 2:00 p.m. ET; TV: FOX and Telemundo; Livestreams: foxsports.com, fuboTV, TelemundoDeportes.com.

Let’s watch all the goals from World Cup day 9
Nigeria 2-0 Iceland
Ahmed Musa scores twice for Nigeria

¡Alegría en ! Anota para el 1-0 de sobre en la voz de
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

¿Asunto definido? pone doblete y enfila el triunfo de sobre . Así lo narra
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica
Neymar seals it

¡Para sellar la victoria! le ponte punto final al marcador de sobre y así lo narra
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

Coutinho breaks the deadlock in stoppage time

¡Agónico! El gol de para darle el triunfo a sobre
— Telemundo Deportes (@TelemundoSports)

World Cup news and reads

Do yourself a favor and read Zito Madu’s conversations with immigrants in the United States about identity and watching the World Cup
Definitely check out The New York Times’ interactive explanation of Luka Modric’s screamer of a goal for Croatia against Argentina.

Vox.com dropped an explanation on problems of the U.S. men’s national soccer team.

The Guardian is ready to introduce you to all 736 players at the World Cup.
Wondering about these big beefy World Cup boys you keep hearing about? Nate Scott has the important information you need.
Wondering how Argentina can find its way out of the group stage? Nate Scott has you there too.

Please enjoy some funny sad World Cup memes
Lionel Messi was sad, understandably. Argentina was overrun by Croatia, 3-0, on Thursday, with one of the goals coming by way of a howler from goalkeeper Willy Caballero. Jokes were made.

— SB Nation (@SBNation)

Me on an airplane realizing I left my headphones at home
— Michael Katz (@KatzM)

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How To Play Fortnite: Tips & Tricks For New Players

22/06/2018 – 3:00pm

Want to get into Fortnite? Here's some tips to get you started

You might have heard of a game called Fortnite – it’s become quite popular! Over 45 million players worldwide at last count, in fact. So what’s it all about? How do you get involved?
Fortnite, by Epic Games, actually started off as a semi-co-operative sandbox zombie survival game, in the vein of Minecraft, Rust, and ARK: Survival Evolved. The idea was that you’d build bases and defend them against zombie hordes, all while scavenging for equipment, parts, and resources (something which could also bring you into conflict with other players). Incidentally, this stuff is all still in the game.
However, with the popularity of Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), Epic decided to follow the trend so many other titles are now going down of adding a “Battle Royale” mode to mimic it, which has sort of taken over as the main game mode by propelled it to a higher level of fame than it enjoyed previously. The switch has put it in direct competition with PUBG.
What’s Battle Royale mode then? Essentially it mimics the famous Japanese 1999 book “Battle Royale” and 2000 film of the same name based upon it.
A series of competitors are dropped into an island arena and tasked with eliminating each other while surviving to be the last contestant standing.
Additional dynamics to make things a bit more interesting include everyone starting with nothing, requiring them to scavenge for weapons and supplies. On top of that, over time the “safe” play area contracts at periodic intervals, eliminating anyone caught outside the play zone after a certain time limit, and forcing the remaining players closer together as the game progresses.
The game’s massive surge in popularity has seen it become a firm favourite with YouTube and Twitch streamers and it’s fast becoming a kind of e-Sport, with millions tuning in to watch the highly competetive, fast-paced matches.
Naturally, of course, a lot of people also want to join in, which is easy enough as you can get the game on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One consoles, as well as Microsoft Windows and Mac computers, and iOS mobile devices.
So, if you want to get started in Fortnite: Battle Royale, we’ve got some basic beginner’s tips for you…
Like Dark Souls, Prepare To Die…A Lot
The thing about Battle Royale style games, whether you’re dealing with a server full of experienced players or complete newbies, is that by definition everyone except one remaining player is going to get eliminated every game session.
That means that a lot of the time, particularly while you’re still learning the ropes, you’re going to get taken out, sometimes VERY quickly.
The important thing here is to not let it discourage you if you go 10 or even 20 games without coming near the last five remaining players – this is just how it is.
Skill and experience are part of it, over time you will develop strategies and tactics to improve your survivability, however, remember at all times that a big part of it is also luck. Sometimes, rarely, you’ll get lucky, for example finding a player with their back to you. More often though, you’ll be on the receiving end of such misfortune.
It’s the nature of the beast, with a lot of human-controlled players running around in a small area all trying to stay alive in a no mercy, everyone-for-themselves contest. It also gets worse the longer the match goes on, because although the number of players becomes fewer, the play area is smaller and everyone who remains is armed to the teeth (not to mention probably filled with more adrenaline).
The best way to play? For fun! Just try to enjoy it and set little challenges for yourself, like see how long you can survive or how many opponents you can defeat. If you aim for the big prize of being the last survivor, then nine times out of ten you’re going to be disappointed. If it comes as an occasional by-product of just enjoying the experience, you’re going to enjoy the game on the whole a lot more.
Understand The Storm Feature
One of the things which catches a lot of new players out is the Storm feature, which is essentially Fortnite’s method of contracting the arena area periodically to force players into conflict.
The Storm begins to form a minute after the match starts, at which point a white circle will appear on the mini-map showing you the safe-zone you need to reach. You’ll also see a timer, this shows the count-down to when Storm will begin to move, once that timer counts down, another timer will start to show the time for the Storm to complete its movement inwards towards the edge of the white circle. After that, the whole cycle repeats with a smaller white circle.
All of this means you do have a fair bit of wiggle room on when you actually need to be in the safe-zone. You won’t die instantly inside the Storm, it takes off around one health-point per minute.
Grab The Loot!
You start with noting but a pickaxe, which although can be used as a weapon, is pretty weak and is mainly intended for the resource-gathering and building component of the game. That being the case, every other weapon and bit of gear you need to find in the game world.
As soon as the game starts, pretty much every player will immediately begin searching for loot to improve their chances of surivival – you need to do the same!
There are particular audio cues to listen out for which signal when a loot chest is nearby – they won’t usually be in a very obvious or easy-to-reach place, so you’ll have to do a bit of hunting.
Remember You Can Build
It’s easy to forget that Fortnite started off as a building and survival game in the middle of a hectic Battle Royale firefight, but that mechanic is still present in Battle Royale mode and you can leverage it to give you an advantage.
The pickaxe you start with can be used to gather resources from most any object in the game world – just equip it and start hitting things, and you’ll get bits of metal, wood, stone, and brick which you can use to build with.
To build, go into your inventory and you’ll see an icon in the lower right which when clicked allows you to choose from wall, roof, stair and floor tiles which you can then place in the game world. This means you can build a sniper nest or wall yourself into a defensible position. It can also help when climbing to reach loot boxes.

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OnePlus 6 Review | Photography Blog

Introduction

OnePlus’s latest smartphone is another model designed to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone models, but at a much cheaper price.
The tagline of the OnePlus 6 is “the speed you need”, and has been designed to be quite different from the last few OnePlus phones. There has been upgrades to the screen, the design of the phone, the camera and battery.
In terms of the camera, it uses a dual-camera setup, with a 20 megapixel and 16 megapixel sensor, both equipped with f/1.7 aperture lenses. The second camera (the 20 megapixel device), is used for detail, and for the portrait mode – it’s not used as a telephoto lens, such as you might find on several current flagship phones, such as the Huawei P20 Pro, iPhone X or the Samsung S9+.
A re-addition for the OnePlus 6 is optical image stabilisation, something which was missing from the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T. This is aimed at making the OnePlus 6 better equipped to take good shots in low light. There’s also 4K video recording at up to 60fps, as well as super slow motion video which can be recorded for up to a minute.
The sensor’s also had its pixel size increased to 1.22 microns, which represents a 19% increase and has been designed to capture more detail, without adding too much noise.
Pricing for the OnePlus 6 starts at £469, representing a significant saving when comparing it to the majority of high-end flagship smartphones.

Ease of Use
The OnePlus 6 is almost the same size as its previous devices, the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5, but it has a bigger screen thanks to a much slimmer bezel. The 6.28-inch screen is the largest OnePlus display to date – and also incorporates a notch at the top of the screen, just like you’d find with an iPhone X or a Huawei P20 Pro. The navigation bar previously found at the bottom of the screen has been removed, to make way for gesture control.
Constructed from glass, the OnePlus 6 marks a departure from the metal bodies of the previous devices. OnePlus says that it wanted to emulate the look and feel of ceramic phones, but without the fragility and weight. While you may think glass would also be fragile, this is Corning Gorilla Glass 5, with the company’s own tests show that the OnePlus 6 is just as resilient against being dropped as any previous phones.
There are three colours available – “Mirror Black”, “Midnight Black” and “Silk White”. The latter of the three is a limited edition, so may be more difficult to get hold of. We’ve been using the Silk White edition to review the phone – it’s a very attractive finish, with a pearlescent sheen which has a premium look about it. Mirror Black features a shiny surface, which is very prone to fingerprints – Midnight Black uses a matte finish and is much more resilient to smudges.

Front of the OnePlus 6

In the box you’ll find that the phone comes ready equipped with a screen protector. This is a good way to help keep your screen from picking up scratches, but you might want to remove it if you want the “cleanest” view possible of the screen. Also included in the box is a rubberised phone case. Again this detracts somewhat from the clean sleek lines of the phone, but helps to protect it from scuffs, marks and scratches. Other phone cases are available to buy separately.
You can unlock the phone in a number of ways. Setting up Face Unlock enables very quick unlocking of the screen, while you can also set up a password or pattern. If you just want to access the camera though, you don’t need to fully unlock the phone, and instead the native camera app can be accessed by swiping up from the bottom right hand corner. If you do that, you’ll only be able to view images you’ve taken in the current session – fully unlock the phone to see more images.
The native app has a very simple and clean layout, which is refreshingly simple to use. Along the bottom of the screen, you’ve got three choices – Video, Photo and Portrait. The Portrait Mode is a shallow depth of field effect mode, which can be used for photos of people, as well as creating shallow depth of field effects with other subjects, such as animals, plants and so on.

Rear of the OnePlus 6

Along the top of the screen in standard Photo mode, you’ve got a few options which you can toggle between, including switching HDR on and off, switching the aspect ratio, turning the flash and the timer on/off.
You’ll see on the screen a circle with “1x” inside it. If you tap it, it’ll change to “2x”. You can use this to activate the digital zoom – despite the fact that the OnePlus 6 has two lenses, the second one is only used for detail, not as a telephoto zoom. You can zoom in even further by using a pinching motion on the screen – up to 8x is available. Any time you want to go back to the standard “1x” option, simply tap the circle on the screen.
Tapping around the screen allows you to change the autofocus point. You’ll also see when you do this that a slider appears which allows you to adjust brightness (or exposure compensation).

Front of the OnePlus 6

Portrait Mode is something which is becoming very popular among smartphone manufacturers. In essence, it recreates the look of using a DSLR or CSC to create a shallow depth of field effect. A fun addition for the OnePlus 6 is “Light Bokeh”, which gives you the option to choose differently shaped bokeh, such as orbs, stars and hearts. Although there’s just three options right now, it’s more than possible that OnePlus could add other bokeh shapes with software updates at some point in the future.
An OS update for the OnePlus 6 has brought Portrait mode to the front-facing camera. As the front-facing camera is only one sensor/lens, it estimates the portrait effect using software only. You also don’t get the opportunity to use the different shaped bokeh as in the main Portrait mode.
In Video mode, you’ll be able to tap an icon at the top of the screen which allows to choose between the different resolutions. You’ve got the choice starting from 720p all the way up to 4K at 60fps. Considering this is a mid-range smartphone, having 4K at 60fps is quite an advanced feature.

Front of the OnePlus 6

If you want to get a little more complicated, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal a few extra modes. Most intriguing of all of these is the “Pro” mode, which means you can adjust a variety of parameters, including white balance (you can even set custom white balance options), ISO, shutter speed, focus type and exposure compensation.
Interestingly, you can also shoot in raw format – something which is relatively rare, especially at this segment of the market. In the Pro mode, a couple of extra features which could prove useful are a histogram and a horizontal reference line (a level for helping when shooting landscapes). Also in Pro mode you can set the exposure point separately from the focal point. Tap the point on screen you want to use to expose from, then drag your finger across the screen and you can select a separate focal point. For some reason, flash is not available when shooting in Pro mode.
Slow-motion video mode can also be accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. You’ve got the choice b between 480fps (720p) and 240fps (1080). Other modes available in the swipe up menu include Time-lapse and Panorama.

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Unihertz Atom Review: Don’t Underestimate Its Size

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Unihertz Atom

Large screens, small bezels, fashionable glass bodies — these are all the traits smartphones have been moving towards for the past few years. The Unihertz Atom is a smartphone that has none of these things, which is why you may want to buy one.
The Atom by Unihertz is a follow-up to last year’s Jelly Phone, and its existence is solely thanks to a highly-successful Kickstarter campaign. Unihertz promises the Atom to be a speedy, long-lasting, durable and water-resistant Android phone that can serve as a primary device for outdoor activities, and in the week we’ve spent with the phone, it delivers.
A tiny titan
Size is the first thing you’ll notice about the Atom; true to its name, it’s tiny and easy to grip. Even the smallest of hands should have no problem holding this phone.
If size isn’t what’s first on your mind, it’ll be the Atom’s rugged body, which frankly looks a little ugly. It’s wrapped in a TPU-style material that’s reminiscent of rugged cases from the likes of Otterbox. The reinforced corners are stylized with red accents, which make the phone look flashy. Still, this phone feels like it could fall down a mountain without significant injury.

There are chunky bezels around the 2.4-inch display, and the front-facing fingerprint scanner is flanked by two capacitive buttons. The volume rocker is on the phone’s left side, along with the SIM card tray; the right side houses the power key, as well as a programmable push-to-talk (PTT) button, which we’ll get to later. Oddly enough, the USB Type-C charging port is also on the right edge of the phone.
A headphone jack is present too at the top center of the Atom. Thanks to the small size, you shouldn’t have any issues accessing any part of the phone, though you might have problems holding the phone in your right hand while charging, due to the awkwardly-positioned charging port.

The Atom feels like it could fall down a mountain without significant injury

Flip the phone over and it will look even more rugged. The TPU back panel has a diamond-pattern texture for extra grip, and a lanyard attachment at the bottom underneath the large Unihertz logo will ensure extra drop protection (no lanyard included). The rear-facing 16-megapixel camera and flash sit at the top of the rear, and the only speaker on the phone is at the bottom. The speaker is suitable for calls, but we wouldn’t recommend using it for music. You’re better off pairing the Atom with a pair of wireless earbuds or a Bluetooth speaker.
We’re happy to see a fingerprint sensor available on the Atom, but its placement is awkward because the phone is so small. Even worse, the sensor proved unreliable most of the time, as it really requires the perfect-placement of your fingertip. When it does work, however, it’s quick.

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There is a Face Unlock option available, which actually tended to work more reliably than the fingerprint sensor. A change of hairstyle, sunglasses, or lighting can easily set it back, though.
The Atom is hardly fashionable, but it’s not really trying to be a replacement for your $1,000 iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. It’s a phone you take out on weekend outings when you’re worried about damaging your expensive smartphone. It’s tough and rugged, the build quality is superb, and it’s also lightweight at just 108 grams. The IP68-rated water- and dust-resistance means the Atom can handle some water (up to 1.5 meters depth for about 30 minutes) — just make sure the ports are dry before recharging.
A disappointing display, but solid performance
Considering the Atom has a 2.4-inch LCD display, you’d be right not to expect a super high resolution screen — it has a measly 432 x 240 pixel resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio, delivering 207 pixels per inch. It’s not a big deal because the phone isn’t going to be replacing your media center, but it certainly isn’t sharp. Pixels are easily visible.
We are a little disappointed, however, that the colors are a little washed out, and blacks lack punch. Worse yet, the screen doesn’t get bright enough to view outdoors in broad daylight, which feels like a huge misstep. It’s manageable, but Unihertz should have really made sure a brighter screen was a key feature on the Atom.
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The screen is protected by an unspecified version of Gorilla Glass, which can still shatter. The phone does come with a pre-installed film screen protector, to protect against scratches, but it doesn’t fit the whole screen, only covering half of the selfie camera. It looks like the same screen protector Unihertz sold for the Jelly Pro.
Despite the disappointing screen, the Atom comes roaring back with solid performance. It’s powered by an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with 4GB of RAM. There’s 64GB of internal storage, which is plenty for most people. Despite dual-SIM support, there’s no MicroSD card slot, which may come as a disappointment to some.
Here are a few benchmark results:

AnTuTu: 84,856
Geekbench 4: Single-core 811; multi-core 3,272
3DMark Sling Shot Extreme: 441

The Unihertz Atom beats out the midrange Moto G6 with its AnTuTu score by a considerable margin. Its scores rival the Nokia 6.1 in some areas, and comes close to the Moto G6 Plus — two similarly-priced phones. Benchmark scores don’t necessarily reflect a phone’s performance, though, so how did the phone react in day-to-day use?
The Atom handles most tasks easily, zipping through navigation menus and opening apps in a blink. While the tiny screen isn’t going to be your first choice for mobile gaming, the Atom surprised us with solid performance during games like Hearthstone.
Stock Android
Unihertz has opted for the stock version of Android 8.1 Oreo, which is likely why performance is relatively smooth. The software is simple to use. There are only a few apps installed by default (other than the standard array of Google apps), such as the walkie-talkie emulating app, Zello. The physical, red push-to-talk button will trigger Zello’s broadcasting function by default, and you can chat with other Zello users just like with a walkie-talkie. Thankfully, you can swap it to launch something else.
Some other pre-installed apps have proved useful, like Toolbox. It’s packed with a surprisingly accurate compass, a level, flashlight, and other tools that might be useful in a variety of circumstances.

You can expect the Atom to stay up-to-date with the next version of Android at the very least.

Our biggest frustration is with the keyboard. The Atom comes preloaded with Google’s Gboard app, which works wonderfully on big-screen phones. Typing with it on a 2.4-inch screen, however, is painful. Using Gboard’s swipe-to-type function alleviates the problem a little, but we found ourselves avoiding typing whenever possible, and you likely will too.
Unihertz told Digital Trends that an Android P update is in the works, so you can expect the Atom to stay up-to-date with the next version of Android at the very least.
Average camera
There’s only a single, 16-megapixel camera on the back of the Atom, but there’s also a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front.
The right lighting conditions will get decent performance out of the main lens on the rear. We took some nice photos with blue skies and well-balanced color palettes. In scenarios with high contrast or low lighting, the camera starts to struggle — a problem that plagues almost all budget phones. Also, photos you take may look better on the small screen than they really are when enlarged on a computer.
The camera’s focusing is also quite unreliable. It struggled to focus properly multiple times when we tried to focus on particular subjects, like a rock.
The app is barebones, but that’s not necessarily a problem. Holding the shutter button takes burst shots, there are options for some filter overlays, and there’s an HDR mode — though you can’t use filters in HDR mode. A panorama mode is also available, but the results are not good at all.
The Atom can take some surprisingly good photos, but we would have really liked to see a better camera here, especially since people likely want to take and share photos of their outdoor experiences. If that’s you, then you still may want to bring your primary smartphone or DSLR, which will undoubtedly take better photos (though doing that defeats the purpose of using the Atom). If you don’t care about taking a lot of photos, then the Atom’s camera will be sufficient.
An excellent battery, and extra features
The tiny Atom packs a 2,000mAh battery, which may sound small, but don’t forget this phone’s size. The battery also doesn’t need to power a large screen or a powerful processor, which means the Atom is capable of offering two-day battery life.

The battery finally expired two days after it had been taken off the charger.

After taking the Atom off the charger at 8 a.m., we took it on a five hour hike. During this time, we used GPS navigation, took pictures, and kept up to date with various messaging systems, and ended up with 54 percent battery still remaining at 5 p.m.. After that, we ran benchmarks, took further test images, and tested gaming performance, and the battery finally expired two days after it had been taken off the charger.
Sitting on the bedside table overnight, the phone only lost 2 percent battery, which is great standby time. Charging it back to full took about two hours, which isn’t too fast.
The Atom will ship with U.S. and E.U. adapters for its USB Type-C charging cable. Unfortunately, a U.K. adapter will not be included with phones making their way across the pond. When we asked Unihertz about this, the company said U.K. adapters would be available from its store. It’s odd they can’t package it in.
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The Atom does have NFC, which means you can make contactless payments via Google Pay, and the USB Type-C port is On-The-Go (OTG) compatible, so the Atom can also transfer its battery life to another phone, or pull files from a USB stick when used with the correct adapter. Unihertz also sells accessories to go with the phone, including a bike mount, a belt clip, and armband.
Price and availability
The Unihertz Atom is currently available on Kickstarter. Backers can buy it for the discounted price of $220 until the campaign ends on July 11. After the campaign, the Atom will retail for $300 on Unihertz’s website. The Atom is sold unlocked, and it works with 4G networks on Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T (Sprint support still has to be confirmed).
Unihertz offers a 12-month warranty that only covers manufacturing defects to the phone.
Our Take
The Unihertz Atom delivers zippy performance, simple Android software, and excellent battery life. Its screen and camera are mediocre, but if you can look past them, this is a perfect little companion to take on outdoor trips over the weekend.
Is there a better alternative?
Yes, if you’re looking for a small smartphones. The iPhone SE and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact offer great performance, great screens, and have good cameras. They’re small, but they’re considerably larger than the Atom, and so are their price tags. Check out our best small smartphones guide for more.
If you just need a phone that lasts for a long time in the $300 price range, you can’t go wrong with the new Moto E5 Plus, which has a larger display and a two-day battery life. You can find more options in our list of phones with the best battery life.
If durability is your primary concern, your best bet is the LG X Venture. It has two-day battery life, it’s water resistant, has a solid screen, but it’s sadly only available on AT&T and U.S. Cellular. Check out our best rugged smartphones for more devices.
How long will it last?
The Unihertz Atom is well built, with water resistance and built-in shock resistance. It won’t get damaged easily. In terms of software, Unihertz has already promised the Android P update, and we expect the device will work relatively well for around two years or more. You won’t be using this phone every day (unless you make it your primary phone) so performance and the battery shouldn’t decline as quickly as other budget phones.
Should you buy it?
Yes. If you’re in the market for a secondary backup phone — especially one to take on outdoor activities like hikes — the Atom is a great companion that will take up very little space.

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Crackdown 3’s Original Developer Isn’t Working on the Game – Game Rant

There’s no denying that things have been uncertain for Crackdown 3‘s development cycle since its reveal back in 2014, but it was finally announced to be launching in February 2019. It is now known what possibly caused the game to be in development for so long.

The potential reason for the delays with Crackdown 3 has to do with a change in developers. When the game was first announced back in 2014, it was stated that the series’ creator, Dave Jones, was attached to the project. He and two companies he helped found, Cloudgine and Reagent Games, were working on the title. Cloudgine focused on the cloud technology that was responsible for the game’s destruction elements, while Reagent handled development.
In January of this year, Cloudgine became a part of Epic Games, the studio behind battle royale juggernaut Fortnite and Jones himself is no longer with Reagent Games, either. He also joined Epic, where he helps with their cloud technology as well as being an esports strategist for the company. Sumo Digital is now the primary studio in charge of Crackdown 3‘s development.

Booty, however, did not state whether or not the cloud technology Cloudgine created to power the destructibility is still in the game. As of right now, that element has been stated to only be available in Crackdown 3‘s multiplayer. Many are now wondering if the current build of the game will have the same level of destructibility that left many in awe when an early version of multiplayer was shown in a 2015 Gamescom demo.

While news of a change in the development may seem concerning to some, other fans of the series are probably happy to know the game has an expected release window. Some games don’t always make it to release after a change in developers is made. This wasn’t the only news to come out at E3 about the game, though, as Microsoft also showed off a new gameplay trailer at its press conference.
Crackdown 3 is expected to release in February 2019 for PC and Xbox One.

Source: Polygon (via VG247)

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