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Lenovo Declares Ambitious Plan To Dominate Datacenter Market 0

Lenovo Declares Ambitious Plan To Dominate Datacenter Market

Lenovo Declares Ambitious Plan To Dominate Datacenter Market

Lenovo has rebooted its entire datacenter portfolio with what it described as its largest and broadest rollout of new and refreshed hardware with the introduction of 26 new servers, storage …

Get free classic games for free on iOS and Android with Sega Forever 0

Get free classic games for free on iOS and Android with Sega Forever

Why it matters to you

Sega Forever looks like the perfect way to get younger players interested in the extensive Genesis/Dreamcast library.

With the exception of perhaps only Nintendo, Sega has one of the strongest back library of games of any major publisher. Numerous classics like Sonic the Hedgehog, Altered Beast, and third-party games like Road Rash arrived first to Sega’s consoles, but a new generation of gamers may have missed out on the chance to play these games. That will soon change with Sega Forever, a new program[1] offering free classic Sega games on mobile devices.

Beginning on June 22, Sega Forever will offer iOS and Android users additional games every two weeks, with the first five being Genesis classics Sonic the Hedgehog[2], Altered Beast, Phantasy Star II, Comix Zone, and Kid Chameleon. All five will also launch with custom iMessage sticker packs[3], so you can remind your friends that you’re playing Sega games at all hours of they day or night.

Each game will be available to play completely free, with advertisements supporting them. If players wish to purchase any of the individual games so they can play without any ads, they’ll be available for $2 each.

All games included in Sega Forever will be playable completely offline and will include support for cloud saves if you wish to play them across multiple devices. Leaderboards[4] will also be supported, as will Bluetooth controllers so you can play the games as they were meant to be played.

“As the Sega Forever collection expands through months and years, it will include games that pan all Sega console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games,” Sega said in the official announcement.

Most of the games shown in the official teaser trailer, which you can watch above, are from the Genesis library, but Dreamcast fans should get plenty of their favorites through the program as well. Games like Jet Grind Radio are still beautiful and exciting even more than a decade after their release. Others, like Crazy Taxi, are actually already available on the App Store for free with in-app purchases, but the ability to play the game without being asked to fork over real money could be a big selling (or non-selling) point.

References

  1. ^ a new program (www.gamespress.com)
  2. ^ Sonic the Hedgehog (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ iMessage sticker packs (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Leaderboards (forever.sega.com)
OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: What’s the difference? 0

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: What’s the difference?

OnePlus revealed its new flagship, the OnePlus 5[1], on 20 June. The next “flagship killer” has some stiff competition on its hands this year though, perhaps more so than ever, with Samsung’s Galaxy S8[2] and S8+[3] already out there, as well as LG’s G6[4] and Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium[5].

We’ve put the OnePlus 5 up against Apple’s iPhone 7[6] and iPhone 7 Plus[7] in this feature to see how they differ and what similarities they might offer.

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Design

  • Both aluminium, premium designs
  • Subtle antenna lines on both 
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are waterproof 

The Apple iPhone 7[8] and iPhone 7 Plus[9] both come with a slim aluminium build, offering lovely rounded edges, subtle antenna lines on the rear and no 3.5mm headphone jack. The Lightning port sits at the bottom for charging, flanked by speakers either side, while a circular home button with the built-in Touch ID fingerprint sensor is present on the front beneath the display. 

The iPhone 7 measures 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1mm and weighs 138g, while the iPhone 7 Plus is larger and heavier at 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3mm and 188g. The smaller handset has a singular camera lens, while the larger has a horizontal dual-rear camera setup. Both devices are IP67 water resistant[10] and come in six colour options, comprising rose gold, gold, silver, black, jet black and red.

The OnePlus 5[11] features an aluminium build too, again with subtle antenna lines though rather than rounded edges like the iPhone, it has a chamfered hard edge. The fingerprint sensor is positioned beneath the display within a capacitive button and the OnePlus 5 comes with a horizontal dual-rear camera like the iPhone 7 Plus.

The OnePlus 5 measures 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25mm and weighs 153g, putting it in the middle of the two iPhones in terms of size and weight, though both are ever so slightly slimmer. It comes in two colour options of Midnight Black and Slate Grey. OnePlus hasn’t added any form of IP-rated water resistance but USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack are both on board the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Display

  • OnePlus 5 same size and resolution as iPhone 7 Plus
  • No Mobile HDR on board either
  • OnePlus AMOLED, Apple opts for LED-backlit

The Apple iPhone 7 comes with a 4.7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with a 1334 x 750 resolution resulting in a pixel density of 326ppi, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch LED back-lit display with a Full HD resolution for a pixel density of 401ppi.

Neither Apple model has Mobile HDR on board, though remember these two handsets are due an update in September[12]. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both offer excellent displays with good vibrancy, viewing angles and colour representation, despite not offering the highest resolutions.

The OnePlus 5 comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, like the OnePlus 3T[13]. The company also sticks to a Full HD resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 401ppi, making it the same as the iPhone 7 Plus but sharper than the standard iPhone 7. Colours should also be a little more vibrant and punchy, even if not as realistic as the iPhone thanks to the AMOLED panel.

Like the iPhones, no Mobile HDR compatibility has been mentioned for the OnePlus 5, with the new “flagship killer” offering a very similar display to the OnePlus 3T. It does have 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass though, like the iPhones, meaning the display blends more seamlessly into the edges of the device. 

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Camera

  • Dual-rear camera on iPhone 7 Plus and OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus 5 has higher resolution cameras
  • 4K video recording present on all three devices

The Apple iPhone 7 has a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 7-megapixel front camera, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a dual-rear camera featuring two 12-megapixel sensors, one wide angle and one telephoto, and the same 7-megapixel front camera.

Both devices feature a Quad-LED True Tone flash, optical image stabilisation, auto-HDR, exposure control and 4K video recording on the rear, while the front snapper is capable of 1080p video recording and it comes with a Retina Flash. Despite not offering the highest number of megapixels on the market, both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus offer excellent results in the camera department.

The OnePlus 5 features a dual-rear camera, which is horizontally aligned like the iPhone 7 Plus. Also like the iPhone 7 Plus, there is one main sensor and one telephoto sensor, though OnePlus offers higher resolutions at 16-megapixels and 20-megapixels respectively. The front camera is also 16-megapixels. 

The new OnePlus handset has a dual LED flash, up to 4K video recording capabilities from its rear snapper and up to 1080p from its front, as well as auto-HDR and manual control for the rear.

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Hardware

  • Powerful hardware on all three devices
  • More RAM on OnePlus 5 
  • Higher storage capacity available for iPhone over OnePlus

The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus both feature Apple’s A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture and embedded M10 motion coprocessor. Apple doesn’t disclose RAM information, though it is thought the smaller device has 2GB of RAM and the larger has 3GB.

Both Apple devices are available in 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options, none of which offer microSD. The iPhone 7 has a battery life of up to 14 hours 3G talk time, while the iPhone 7 Plus has up to 21 hours 3G talk time. Like the RAM, Apple doesn’t disclose mAh battery capacities, making them a little harder to compare spec-for-spec.

The OnePlus 5 comes with Qualcomm’s latest 835 chip. There are two models available, one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the other has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. OnePlus is another company that doesn’t offer microSD support so whatever the capacity option  you choose, that’s all you get.

The battery capacity is 3300mAh. The OnePlus 3T lasted through a normal day and then some on its 3400mAh battery so despite a slight reduction for the OnePlus 5, it is likely to last a little longer than the iPhone 7, though probably around the same as the iPhone 7 Plus. Quick top ups through Dash Charge are also offered on the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Software

  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus run on iOS
  • OnePlus 5 runs on OxygenOS, a customised version of Android Nougat

The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus run on iOS 10[14] and they will see an update to iOS 11 when it launches later this year. The OnePlus 5 meanwhile, runs on the OxygenOS, which is a customised version of Android Nougat. 

Which software platform you’ll prefer will be based on your personal opinion and what you want to do with your device. If you have other Apple products, you’ll find seamless integration using iOS but if you want to be able to customise your device in terms of software, the OnePlus 5 and Android will provide more flexibility than Apple.

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Price

  • OnePlus 5 £150 cheaper than iPhone 7
  • OnePlus 5 £270 cheaper than the iPhone 7 Plus 

The Apple iPhone 7 starts from £599, while the iPhone 7 Plus starts from £719. For the 128GB model, you’re looking at £699 or £819.

The OnePlus 5 starts at £449 for the 64GB model and increases to £499 for the 128GB model. It is therefore between £150 to £200 cheaper than the same storage capacity in terms of the iPhone 7, or between £270 to £320 cheaper than the iPhone 7 Plus.

OnePlus 5 vs Apple iPhone 7 vs iPhone 7 Plus: Conclusion

The Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are excellent devices, offering premium waterproof designs, great cameras and good performance.

The OnePlus 5 offers higher resolution cameras though, not that more megapixels necessarily means better, along with more RAM, a likely larger battery capacity and it is around £200 than the smaller iPhone and £300 cheaper than the larger model.

Despite a few similarities in design, the OnePlus 5 and the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are very different devices, especially in terms of software. The choice between them is therefore likely to come down to your budget and which software experience you favour.

References

  1. ^ OnePlus 5 (www.pocket-lint.com)
  2. ^ Samsung’s Galaxy S8 (www.pocket-lint.com)
  3. ^ S8+ (www.pocket-lint.com)
  4. ^ LG’s G6 (www.pocket-lint.com)
  5. ^ Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium (www.pocket-lint.com)
  6. ^ Apple’s iPhone 7 (www.pocket-lint.com)
  7. ^ iPhone 7 Plus (www.pocket-lint.com)
  8. ^ Apple iPhone 7 (www.pocket-lint.com)
  9. ^ iPhone 7 Plus (www.pocket-lint.com)
  10. ^ IP67 water resistant (www.pocket-lint.com)
  11. ^ OnePlus 5 (www.pocket-lint.com)
  12. ^ due an update in September (www.pocket-lint.com)
  13. ^ OnePlus 3T (www.pocket-lint.com)
  14. ^ iOS 10 (www.pocket-lint.com)
Dodge to dealers: Mark up the Demon and pay the price 0

Dodge to dealers: Mark up the Demon and pay the price

When Dodge put the Challenger and Charger Hellcat on sale, it was a bit of a mess between allocating stock to dealers, who routinely overpromised and marked cars up way beyond MSRP. Dodge is determined to not repeat those mistakes with the 2018 Challen…

Have an easier time finding a job using Google’s new search functionality 0

Have an easier time finding a job using Google’s new search functionality

Why it matters to you

The next time you’re looking for a new job, a simple Google search might be the best way to find relevant positions from across the web.

In the modern age, when there is something we need to know, we Google it[1] — it is a one-stop shop for everything from how to cook the perfect scrambled eggs to last weekend’s football results. Now, a new update to the search engine might mean that you find your next job using the service, too.

Google will now pull job listings from various sources across the internet and present them to the user within the search interface. This functionality was first detailed at the company’s I/O conference[2] in May.

Users will be able to use natural search terms like “jobs near me” and “teaching jobs” to find work, according to a report from Engadget[3]. Their results will be offered up in a clean, information-rich interface that is packed with all the most relevant information, streamlining the ever-frustrating job hunt process.

Jobs are listed alongside their location, the site that the role has been advertised on, and how long it has been since the posting went live. There is also an icon that states whether the work is full-time or part-time and, where possible, there is an estimate of how long the user’s commute will take.

The service also integrates Google Alerts functionality to make sure that job hunters do not need to run a search every day to avoid missing out on the perfect role. Users can tie an alert to a particular search, so that they will receive an email notification whenever new jobs are added to the results.

In a post[4] published on the Google Blog on Thursday, product manager Nick Zakrasek explains how the company is collaborating with some of the biggest job listing sites around to perfect this new service. Monster, LinkedIn, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor, and Facebook are already on board.

“Monster is actively focused on helping candidates connect with the right job opportunities — faster and easier,” said Monster’s chief technical officer, Conal Thompson. “Our alliance with Google supports our ongoing efforts to reach more candidates wherever they are.”

Google will continue to expand the range of job listings included in this service over time. The company has already published open documentation intended to help job boards and direct employers alike make their openings visible via search results.

References

  1. ^ we Google it (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ I/O conference (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ Engadget (www.engadget.com)
  4. ^ post (blog.google)