Introducing the Oppo F3 Plus, with more groufie.

Introducing the Oppo F3 Plus, with more groufie.

OK, that might not be an official word as of yet, but if Oppo’s new F3 Plus takes off, it might just well be. Now wide-angle lenses aren’t a new thing. We’ve seen the likes LG and others do it before, but they’re usually for the rear camera. Oppo’s new handset, and unsurprisingly the third in its Selfie Expert range packs a 120 degree, 16 MP, wide-angle sensor, to get your and your BFF’s, random strangers you met on the street and possibly your dog in at the same time.

Oppo notes that the rear camera module was “co-developed with Sony, equipped with a customized IMX398 sensor for serious photography.”

Introducing the Oppo F3 Plus, with more groufie.

Rounding out the specs, the Oppo F3 Plus has a 4000 mAh battery which uses Oppo’s proprietary VOOC rapid charging. They reckon that this should get you an extra two hours worth of talk time off of sticking it on the charge for five minutes. Other specs include 4 GB of RAM and 64GB of storage to put those extra photos of your favourite subject. The Oppo F3 Plus has a 6”, Corning Gorilla Glass, 2.5D screen, which is starting to be yet another new normal for bigger phones, and will come in black and gold.

Location, March 23, 2017 – OPPO unveiled today the F3 Plus, the latest model of its Selfie Expert series. The F3 Plus sports the brand’s first dual front selfie camera including a first-of-its-kind 120° wide-angle group selfie camera. Priced at XX, the F3 Plus will go on sale from April 1st in India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar.

OPPO’s F3 Plus’ dual front camera will answer urban dwellers’ pursuit of snapping perfect selfie photos with a 16-megapixel camera and group selfie photos with a 120° wide-angle camera. The rear camera is co-developed with Sony, equipped with a customized IMX398 sensor for serious photography. The F3 Plus is a high-end smartphone that is efficient, long-lasting, secure and beautiful, addressing today’s highly-demanding mobile-first world.

“OPPO is an industry leader in the Selfie Revolution with the recent ‘Selfie Expert’ F-series. Our brand has been growing rapidly across Southeast Asia and other regions around the world. We became the No.2 smartphone brand in India in 2016. The F3 Plus marks the beginning of a new ‘Group Selfie’ trend, and reinforce our position as the Selfie Expert,” said Sky Li, OPPO Vice President and Managing Director of International Mobile Business.

 

“The F3 Plus was created for urban warriors, selfie photo aficionados and lifestyle mavens who want with the need to capturing flawless selfie photos, and our groundbreaking dual front camera smartphone will deliver the photos they seek. The F3 Plus is also packed with outstanding performance, premium design and amazing battery life,” Sky Li added. 

Remarkable Wide-Angle & Dual Front Selfie Camera Define the Next Expert-Class Photography

OPPO’s devotion to perfecting the selfie camera technology began at the very start of their business nine years ago, when no other manufacturer focused on the selfie snapping capturing trend. For example, in 2012, the N1 model pioneered the world’s first rotating camera. In 2016, the F1 Plus was the first-ever device to sport a 16 megapixel front camera. Taking one step further, the revolutionary dual selfie front camera will take the standards of camera hardware and selfie photography to new heights.

Set to be the next ultimate ‘Selfie Expert’, the F3 Plus features dual front selfie camera. The 16-megapixel front camera builds upon the technology offered by the previous ‘Selfie Expert’ F1s. At the core of this camera is a 1/3-inch sensor, which increases light exposure and clarity of images. The large f/2.0 aperture allows for great depth-of-field effects – clear foreground focus matched with the perfect amount of background blurriness.

In becoming the ‘Group Selfie’ secret weapon, the first-in-the-market, specialized 120-degree wide-angle 8-megapixel camera captures a much wider view, up to 105 percent more than a regular 80-degree lens. This allows even more people to enter the frame with minimized lens distortion, thanks to the 6P camera lens. The camera also features a ¼-inch sensor.

This group selfie camera is a reflection of OPPO’s ‘user-oriented’ philosophy. With the built-in Smart Facial Recognition, the F3 Plus will notify users to switch to ‘Group Selfie’ mode if there are more than three people in the frame. Users can snap their Group Selfie at ease, without compromising image stability when taking the selfie with one hand.

The outstanding rear camera offers high-quality photography performance with fast focusing speed, noise reduction and advanced low-light performance. Powering the 16-megapixel rear camera is a brand-new 1/2.8-inch IMX398 sensor. This sensor is jointly developed by OPPO and Sony, which features Dual PDAF – dual phase detection autofocus technology. This new technology doubles the sensor’s pixel array area where the photodiodes are embedded, necessary for phase detection autofocus. This makes for 40 percent faster focusing speeds even in low light. Paired with the large f/1.7 aperture, the resulting images are clear and breathtaking.

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  • Alcatel A30 Reaches Amazon Prime​ for Just $60

    Amazon recently added the Alcatel A30 to its roster of Prime Exclusives. This entry-level Android handset includes a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 210 processor with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The phone supports memory cards up to 32 GB. The main camera has an 8-megapixel sensor with time-lapse recording while the front camera has a 5-megapixel sensor. Alcatel says the phone’s 2,460mAh battery provides all-day life. The phone runs Android 7 Nougat and is sold in both CDMA and GSM variants, with LTE for AT&T and T-Mobile. Amazon is selling the phone for $60 with lock screen ads or for $100 without ads. It goes on sale April 19.

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    Not My Laptop! New Ban Troubles Airline Passengers

    As the indignities of modern air travel go, the latest ban on laptops and tablets on some international flights falls somewhere between having to take off your ratty shoes at the security checkpoint and having your baby food and milk tested for bomb residue.

    It’s yet another inconvenience in the name of security for weary travelers, especially those from or passing through the 10 mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries covered by new U.S. and British policies. While it’s not quite as disruptive as an outright ban on smartphones — much less a travel ban based on nationality — the laptop limitation loomed large for some people as they prepared to travel.

    “Why are only Middle Eastern airlines subject to this ban?” asked Kelsey Norman, a doctoral student who plans to fly home Friday to Los Angeles from Beirut — and expects to have to check her laptop, a Kindle tablet and her DSLR camera. “Overall this policy is inconvenient, discriminatory, and continues to hurt America’s rapidly deteriorating reputation globally.”

    Ban Logic

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules forbid laptop computers, tablets, Kindles, some gaming devices, cameras and other electronics larger than a smartphone in carry-on baggage. The U.S. government cited unspecified threats as the reason for the ban. The U.K. government instituted a similar ban; neither government’s restrictions affect U.S.-based airlines.

    On the positive side, items people can still carry into the airline cabin include smartphones, overstuffed duffel bags, winter coats, tiny bottles of hand lotion, Tupperware containers full of tuna salad, earplugs, nose hair trimmers, and babies. For now, at least — tomorrow could bring a new unspecified threat and with it a new ban.

    Lost Productivity

    Other travelers, especially of the dutiful business variety, worried that laptops in checked bags could be stolen, damaged or compromised — and that in the meantime,…
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    SMS integration to be removed from Google Handouts.

    SMS integration to be removed from Google Handouts.

    According to an email being sent out by Google, Hangouts SMS integration will stop working after May 22, 2017. The company will presumably roll out an update on the day that will disable the SMS integration functionality on the app.

    Google will start showing an in-app notification to users starting from March 27, 2017, prompting users to select a new default messaging client of the ones installed on their device. If no other SMS app is found installed, users will be redirected to the Google Play Store to download the Android Messages app. Users who do not use the Hangouts app as their default messaging client will not receive any notification.

    SMS integration to be removed from Google Handouts.

    Last year, we announced several improvements to the most popular features of Google Hangouts, such as the new video meetings experience and better group chat messaging. As a part of that ongoing effort, we will be removing carrier SMS text messaging from Hangouts on Android after May 22, 2017.

    So in a weird way Google is trying to say removing features from an application is an improvement? I wonder how long after that May deadline will we see SMS integrated into Allo. Think about it – wouldn’t it be nice to have a fully unified messaging app that loads of people use, and that doesn’t rely on Facebook or WhatsApp for example.

    source: an email from Google posted on Reddit.

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  • Google to Strip SMS from Hangouts May 22

    Google today outlined a number of changes to its various messaging services, including a dramatic shift for Hangouts. Starting May 22, Google Hangouts will no longer support SMS for text messaging between phones. Hangouts will continue to work as a messaging client, it just cannot be used to send SMS messages. Earlier this year Google said it plans to refocus Hangouts on enterprise communications. Google is now pushing the Android Messages app as its primary SMS client. The company is working with carriers to add RCS to the Android Messages, and Google expects to see the app become the default SMS tool on Android phones over time. RCS in Android Messages will support features like read receipts, group chat, hi-res photo sharing, and more. Google plans to notify Hangouts users about the change in the coming weeks and will recommend they download Android Messages. The shift to Android Messages will not impact Hangouts users’ message history. More importantly, Google says Google Voice and Project Fi customers will continue to be able to use Hangouts for SMS for the foreseeable future. In other Google messaging news, Google said it plans to get rid of Google Talk within Gmail and replace it with Google Hangouts. It began doing this several years ago, but will finalize the transition in June. The legacy Google Talk Android app, which was replaced in 2013, will cease working when the transition takes place. All Google Talk users should expect to use Google Hangouts moving forward. Google is also retiring a number of Gmail Labs, including Authentication Icon, Google Voice Player, Picasa previews, Pictures in chat, Quick Links, Quote Selected Text, Smartlabels, and Yelp previews. Last, Google is removing some Google+ functionality from Gmail, specifically the ability to email Google+ profiles and the use of Google+ Circles. These changes will take place after April 24.

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    Univago Cloud Video Platform Featured at Enterprise Connect

    Next week at Enterprise Connect 2017, taking place March 27-30, 2017, at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando, FL, Yorktel will unveil significant advancements to its flagship cloud video collaboration service platform, Univago.

    Also, Yorktel Senior Vice President of Professional Services, Vishal Brown, will be speaking on the executive panel, “Why UC Security Assessments are Vital for Your Enterprise,” on Monday, March 27.

    “2016 was truly remarkable for Yorktel, marked by accomplishments and growth on many fronts,” said Ron Gaboury, CEO, Yorktel. “Several years ago, at this very conference, we announced a forward-thinking strategic focus on vertical market integration, investment in applications consumable as a service from the cloud, and expanding Yorktel Professional Services, our in-house management consultancy. Today, those strategies are paying significant returns.”

    As a cloud hosted video platform developed specifically to address enterprises’ increasingly complex needs, Univago provides a foundation that underpins next generation workplace collaborative workflows. In addition to Univago virtual meeting rooms (URooms), the platform supports a growing number of applications that overcome real-world shortcomings. Univago’s Skype Gateway Services, for example, provides interoperability with traditional video systems and emerging technologies with Skype for Business users.

    Yorktel Senior Vice President of Product Management, John Vitale, noted that in addition to an ever-expanding set of management tools and APIs, that, “the most significant enhancement that reflects Univago’s maturation as a leading Video Collaboration Services Platform, is the Univago-powered Gateway Service, the only service, globally available, that can connect SIP, H.323, and WebRTC users in a Microsoft Office365-hosted Skype meeting.”

    Since launch in 2015, Univago has been providing Gateway services. In August 2016, in partnership with Microsoft’s largest certified audio conference providers (ACP), Yorktel began supplying interoperability Gateway services between Office365 Skype meetings and SIP, H.323 and WebRTC video participants, while preserving the out-of-box…
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    Google's YouTube Losing Major Advertisers Upset with Videos

    AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google’s YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavory subjects.

    The spreading boycott confronts Google with a challenge that threatens to cost it hundreds of millions of dollars.

    YouTube’s popularity stems from its massive and eclectic library of video, spanning everything from polished TV clips to raw diatribes posted by people bashing homosexuals.

    But that diverse selection periodically allows ads to appear next to videos that marketers find distasteful, despite Google’s efforts to prevent it from happening.

    Google depends largely on automated programs to place ads in YouTube videos because the job is too much for humans to handle on their own. About 400 hours of video is now posted on YouTube each minute.

    Earlier this week, Google vowed to step up its efforts to block ads on “hateful, offensive and derogatory” videos.

    “We know that this is unacceptable to the advertisers and agencies who put their trust in us,” Philipp Schindler, Google’s chief business officer, wrote in a Tuesday blog post.

    As part of Google’s solution to the problem, Schindler promised to hire “significant numbers” of employees to review YouTube videos and flag them as inappropriate for ads. He also predicted YouTube would be able to address advertisers’ concerns through Google’s recent advancements in artificial intelligence — technology parlance for computers that learn to think like humans.

    But that promise so far hasn’t appeased AT&T, Verizon Communications and an expanding global list of advertisers that includes Volkswagen, Audi, HSBC Holdings, the Royal Bank of Scotland and L’Oreal.

    “We are deeply concerned that our ads may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate,” AT&T said in a statement. “Until Google can ensure this won’t happen again, we are removing our ads from Google’s non-search platforms.”

    By extending…
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    FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum

    The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves. The effect has stymied wide-scale LTE deployments in the 800 MHz band. By relaxing the outdated regulations, the FCC is essentially making it possible for companies that have 800 MHz spectrum to repurpose it for LTE. Specifically, the Commission plans to allow 800 MHz licensees to transmit the same amount of power across the spectrum band, putting it in line with how other, similar spectrum bands are treated. The FCC will demand that carriers take care to prevent interference with public safety’s use of 800 MHz spectrum, but the Commission will also eliminate what it calls unnecessary rules and burdens related to application filings and other red tape. Verizon Wireless, which will benefit most from the change, lauded the decision. “The FCC’s unanimous adoption today of Cellular Service Reform rules is a big win for wireless consumers,” said the company. “Today’s order enables Verizon to accelerate the conversion of 850 MHz spectrum from 3G and put it to use for 4G LTE. The upside for consumers is big: Verizon Wireless will be able to provide 4G LTE coverage on cellular spectrum to 20%-30% more of the US geography and also increase peak 4G LTE speeds by as much as 40%.” The change also benefits AT&T, though to a lesser degree.

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    WikiLeaks: CIA Hacked Apple Devices in Ways Users Can't Fix

    New documents from WikiLeaks point to an apparent CIA program to hack Apple’s iPhones and Mac computers using techniques that users couldn’t disable by resetting their devices.

    Security experts say the exploits are plausible, but suggest they pose little threat to typical users. They say that many of the tricks are older — the iPhone hack involves the 3G model from 2008, for instance. The techniques also typically require physical access to devices, something the CIA would use only for targeted individuals, not a broader population.

    “The most notable part of this latest WikiLeaks release is that it shows the CIA doing exactly what we pay them to — exploit specific targets with limited attacks to support our national interests,” said Rich Mogull, CEO of the security research firm Securosis.

    Apple didn’t respond to a request for comment. The CIA has not commented on the authenticity of this and earlier WikiLeaks revelations, but has previously said it complies with a legal prohibition against electronic surveillance “targeting individuals here at home, including our fellow Americans.” The agency declined further comment Thursday.

    Document Dump

    The leaks Thursday come about two weeks after WikiLeaks published thousands of alleged CIA documents describing hacking tools it said the government employed to break into computers, mobile phones and even smart TVs from companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Samsung.

    The latest disclosures are much more focused and consist of just 12 documents, all involving Apple products. The documents describe techniques for rewriting devices’ firmware in ways that would maintain a hacker’s access even if a user resets a phone or computer to factory settings. Doing so wipes out all apps and the operating system and installs a clean version; it is an extreme measure sometimes used to deal with technical problems, but is also the sort of step that someone suspicious of…
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    AT&T Workers End Their Strike in California and Nevada

    Thousands of AT&T technicians in California and Nevada went back to work Thursday, ending a one-day strike after their union and the Dallas telecommunications giant reached a truce.

    An estimated 17,000 union members had gone on strike early Wednesday over a grievance about increased responsibilities for technicians who typically install and maintain the company’s U-verse television system.

    The spat highlighted ongoing tensions between AT&T Inc. and members of the Communications Workers of America, District 9, who have been working without a contract since April 2016.

    The union announced the settlement agreement on its Facebook page late Wednesday. An AT&T spokesman confirmed that the strike “has been resolved” and that employees returned to work on Thursday.

    Union officials said the walkout was triggered by AT&T’s demand that technicians who typically install and maintain the company’s U-Verse TV service also work on the cables and hardware for landline phone service. (AT&T’s wireless division was not affected.)

    “The company will no longer require technicians to perform work assignments outside of their expertise and classification,” the union said in a statement.

    The strike included only landline workers who belong to the CWA in California and Nevada.

    Union workers have said they have been increasingly asked to perform the duties of higher-paid employees and that AT&T has proposed reducing sick leave and disability benefits and wants them to pay more for their healthcare.

    AT&T has been under pressure to reduce costs as the phone market matures. Its wireless service faces increased competition from Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, and fewer people have been opting for landline phones.

    Last month, a bargaining agreement covering some 21,000 AT&T wireless phone workers nationwide expired. AT&T would like to reach a new accord with those employees as well as the “wireline” workers — that is, workers who deal with non-wireless services such as landline phone, broadband Internet and U-verse…
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