No lack tablets in the world, from the ever-dominant iPad to an assortment of Android options and Fire tabs to niche oddities like E-ink and the Kindle Scribe stylus. Now OnePlus, the Chinese manufacturer known for its fast and reliable smartphones, is throwing its own Android tablet onto the table. This week, the company announced the OnePlus Pad tablet along with the second generation of the tablet. BudsPro Bluetooth Headphonesand everything new mechanical keyboard.
The aluminum-bodied tablet looks like a nifty addition to the often awkward world of Android tablets. Most notable is its 11.6-inch screen with a 7:5 aspect ratio. This is strange for a tablet; Most iPad screens have a 4:3 aspect ratio, the same as a classic TV. When you hold the OnePlus Pad in landscape mode, the tablet screen should be slightly higher than what you are used to on the tablet.
Also worth noting is the corresponding keyboard, which is attached with magnets, and a stylus for pen input. Both are sold separately. OnePlus claims a battery life of over 12 hours of continuous video playback; you can watch seven samurai three times plus a couple of episodes Office before recharging. It is available in one color (green) and will be available for pre-order in April at an unspecified price. In the background, ominously, the thought that Google is expected to debut its latest android tablet later this year, possibly in May.
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Last week, Netflix accidentally leaked the news that it would crack down on password disclosure. He then hurried back after a public outcry. But now Netflix has officially announced it implements rules that prevent people who don’t live in the same household from using the same Netflix account. The first unfortunate victims of this policy were subscribers in Canada, New Zealand, Spain and Portugal.
In its announcement, Netflix detailed its plans to limit account sharing. Now, anyone who does not live in the same household as the account holder will be prompted to transfer their profiles to a new paid account or be disabled. Netflix says the restrictions will be rolled out more widely over the course of several months. It also states that the service will “improve these new features based on user feedback.” As you can imagine, this feedback was not very good.
The streaming service has been working on this for some time now, testing these restrictions in countries with a smaller customer base. overclocking hasn’t arrived in the US yetbut it will be just as likely as Netflix to cancel one of its shows after one season. (That is, very likely.)
Apple is testing “Buy now, pay later”
Buy-now-pay-later plans are all the rage, allowing customers to pay for things in interest-free installments rather than in one ruinous chunk. Financial services such as Klarna and Affirm have become very popular among cash-strapped consumers, who have even used them to buy food and holiday gifts. Of course they have some problems. (Who doesn’t like the idea of not paying full price and then, months later, potentially getting into debt?)
Apple, of course, is keen to take part in the BNPL game within its own proprietary system. Apple first announced the feature at the 2022 Worldwide Developers Conference, but it has yet to reach the general public. Apple recently expanded the testing plan to employees of their retail stores, a move that often preceded other Apple service announcements. This seems to indicate that a wider rollout of the BNPL plan is imminent.
Once upon a time, all hard-core criminals used cryptocurrency. Blockchain-based currencies such as bitcoin have been hailed as an anonymous and untraceable means of payment. Aspiring lawbreakers can use cryptography to buy even the darkest contraband on the dark web with impunity, their identities shrouded in secrecy guaranteed by their means of payment. Or so many thought.
It turns out that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are actually completely traceable. You just have to know where to look. Unfortunately for some cryptocurrency criminals, federal law enforcement knew exactly how to track them down.