OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T do not support streaming HD video from several popular apps

Here’s some bad news for those of you with the OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T. According to a OnePlus forum member with the handle of whatthefunk, neither the OnePlus 5 nor the OnePlus 5T have the necessary Widevine Level 1 Certification required to stream certain DRM protected content in HD. Streaming apps that would be affected by this include Google Play Movies, Netflix, and Amazon Video. YouTube can stream in HD on both handsets. Both phones currently carry support for Widevine Level 3.

Being unable to stream videos in HD from popular video apps is certainly not what consumers would expect …

Official Apple video shows you how to use Apple Pay Cash

Now that Apple Pay Cash is up and running in the states, Apple has produced an animated video showing you how to send and receive money using the feature. Apple Pay Cash allows you to make and take payments on a peer-to-peer basis while using the iMessage application. If you use a debit card to make a payment, there is no charge. Apple will add a 3% fee if you use a credit card to send money.

Both parties to an Apple Pay Cash transaction must have the feature enabled on their iPhone or Apple Watch. Money you receive will be added to the Apple Pay Cash card in your Apple Wallet. From …

Qualcomm details its Snapdragon 845 chip: 30% more efficient, fastest modem, 4K HDR video capture

As promised, the second day of Qualcomm’s Tech Summit seems to be completely dedicated to the newly unveiled Snapdragon 845 processor. There’s a lot of technical info about Qualcomm’s most advanced chipset to date, so we’ll try to simplify it for you.

First off, the Snapdragon 845 is 30% more efficient than the previous top-tier chipset, the Snapdragon 835. Also, thanks to the new graphics processing unit (GPU), the Adreno 630, the chipset offers 30% improved graphics, video rendering, and power reduction compared to the previous generation.

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon …

Google Chrome browser for Android to get HDR video support

Google is planning to add HDR video support to the Chrome browser for Android. The information comes from a couple of commits (commits record source code changes to the repository) that were recently spotted on Chromium Gerrit (the web-based team code collaboration tool for Chrome). 
According to these commits, the Android version of Google’s ubiquitous web browser will be able to extract VP9 HDR metadata from the video container and pass it to the MediaCodec. In layman’s terms, this means that Chrome will be able to playback …

Google Pixel 2/2 XL audio distortion issue in video recordings fixed in Android 8.1 DP2

Google’s latest Pixel phones are some of the hottest Android flagships in town, but their commercial release has been marred by quite a few issues. One problem that still irritates some owners is a distortion of audio in video playback. Google acknowledged the problem back in late October and promised to resolve it with a software fix.

Now, we’re happy to say that videos will sound much better when Android Oreo 8.1 becomes official. The update is still in beta, but there’s no sign of the bug in the Developer Preview 2 test release of the software. Fortunately, we …

Razer Phone gets torn down on video: Tons of screws, but relatively easy to fix

YouTuber Zach Nelson, better known as his YouTube alias JerryRigEverything, has just taken it to himself to unwrap the interesting new Razer Phone and show us what’s making it click and tick like the well-oiled machine it is.
After unscrewing nearly a dozen screws, we get to see just how easy screen replacement on the Razer Phone will be for all those unlucky enough to drop the device on some fine Italian terracotta. Attached at the rear of the display is one of the largest heatpipes ever on a smartphone and that’s necessary due to the gaming-oriented nature …

The real iPhone X screen area vs iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, video binge edition

Man is an animal that can get used to everything, said one of the literary classics, and indeed, the more its owners use the iPhone X, the less annoying does the notch become, to frequent reports that people don’t even register it anymore, except as a design quirk that tells everybody they have the latest and greatest iPhone. 

That’s all fine and dandy, and, as we showed you in our aspect ratio comparisons with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the new taller and narrower iPhone X display can often fit more content on one screen while reading, browsing, …

New iPhone X video ads bring Face ID and Animoji into the spotlight

Apple today released four video ads promoting the iPhone X –
the company’s newest, most advanced, and most expensive smartphone yet. All the
videos – embedded below – presents features that are currently exclusive to the
iPhone X.


One of the ads shows how much fun you can – arguably – have with Animoji (which are created with the help of data gathered by the handset’s TrueDepth
camera), while the other three videos are all about Face ID.


As you may know, Face ID is the only biometric
authentication feature on the iPhone X, as the device lacks Touch ID (and a
home button). …

Viral video brilliantly skewers 'white saviors' taking poverty porn selfies


A new viral video is taking on the “white savior complex” in a truly hilarious way.

“How to Get More Likes on Social Media” is an animated parody video featuring a young woman who’s disheartened by her lack of Instagram likes. How does she fix it? She heads over to an unnamed country in Africa (“Real Africa,” that is), and snaps some selfies with sick and impoverished children.

Before long, engagement on her Instagram selfies jump from a measly three likes to a whopping 9,859.

The video is part of a new campaign called #NoStereotypes, which discourages volunteers traveling abroad to developing countries from sharing photos that take away from locals’ dignity and privacy. The goal is to push people to have more respect for different cultures, avoid harmful stereotypes, and quit it with the poverty porn once and for all. Read more…

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Best Phones of 2017: video round-up

What are the best phones of 2017?

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at the best Android phones of the year and the new iPhone models. It’s been one of the most eventful years for mobile tech in a long time, so there’s a lot to talk about!

What is your favorite phone of 2017?

We start off with the new iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, and then we make the jump to the land of Android with the best offers their: phones like the Galaxy Note 8, LG V30, Google Pixel 2 XL and more.
Take …