in Tech NewsMarch 08, 2018
Remember the wave of criticism that followed the OnePlus 5 launch last summer when the final design of the handset turned out to be a blatant iPhone 7 copy? Get ready for a repeat! Yes, we heard last week that the OnePlus 6 will have a notch like the iPhone X, and now a second report seems to confirm it all. Most of the iPhone X clones that are hitting stores this year will not have 3D-sensing front-facing cameras, a recent report said, singling out Huawei and Xiaomi as the only two handset manufacturers that might launch smartphones with 3D cameras in 2018. OnePlus wasn’t mentioned in that report. Does that mean OnePlus 6’s notch will not have a 3D camera? It’s too early to tell, and today’s leak doesn’t shine any light in that regard. However, Android Central quotes a source familiar with OnePlus’s plan, who says that the OnePlus 6 (codenamed A6000) will have an iPhone X-like display notch. The phone will also pack the high-end specs expected from 2018 Android phones, including the Snapdragon 845 platform which will allow it to hit AnTuTu scores of over 276000 points. The OnePlus 6 will feature a display with 19:9 aspect ratio, “which is effectively 18:9 with a little extra space up top for the notch,” Android Central reports. The middle of the status bar is taller, apparently, and “conspicuously blank.” The system clock is placed on the left, while a truncated set of icons is found on the right. Of course. No word on OnePlus Animoji yet. If all this is accurate, then there must be an explanation for all of this. It’s likely that OnePlus designers tried many prototypes but ultimately came to the conclusion that the only way to do all-screen designs this year is to do it like Apple. Again. Last week’s leak said the phone will have a vertical dual-lens camera on the back — duh. But, at least, it was placed centrally, rather than in the top left corner. It’s probably too early to talk about the phone’s launch, so be prepared for a few months of more confusing OnePlus 6 leaks, including different prototype leaks. That’s exactly what happened last year before the OnePlus 5 rolled out.
When we first heard that Ed Sheeran was engaged we were super happy. Ed and his fiance Cherry Seaborn make one incredible couple and we couldn't love them any more tbh. But one thing that caught our attention when the couple announced their engagement was that decision Ed made to wear an engagement ring as well as Cherry. Traditionally, it's only the bride-to-be who wears an engagement ring, but not when it comes to Mr Sheeran. Ed has been spotted at plenty of high profile events wearing his engagament ring, including the BRIT Awards and the Berlin Film Festival, but he'd never revealed why he'd chosen to wear one, until now... Having previously claimed he doesn't see why men shouldn't wear engagament rings, Ed told Australian radio show Kyle and Jackie O, "It also means that nobody will know when we have got married." After Kyle exclaimed, "Ahh, I see what you’re trying to do! Throw everyone off the scent! I get it!", Ed simply responded, "Yeah" and now our minds are completely blown. So basically Ed could literally get secretly married at any time and we'd have absolutely no idea because he's already wearing a ring! Genius!!!!
The Shape of Water, about a woman who falls in love with a sea creature, has taken the top honours at the Oscars. Frances McDormand won best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and persuaded every female nominee to stand with her in a night full of statements about inclusion. Britain's Gary Oldman was named best actor for playing Winston Churchill in World War Two epic Darkest Hour. The Shape of Water won the most Oscars with four, including best film. In her acceptance speech, McDormand put her Oscar on the floor in front of her and addressed executives as the female nominees got to their feet. It was one of the most powerful and symbolic moments of the night. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," she said. "Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight - invite us into your office in a couple of days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best - and we'll tell you all about them." Her request came amid a push for greater equality in film - especially in the wake of the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal. Best Picture: “The Shape of Water” Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” Original Screenplay: “Get Out” Adapted Screenplay: “Call Me by Your Name” Foreign Language Film: “A Fantastic Woman” Animated Feature: “Coco” Visual Effects: “Blade Runner 2049” Film Editing: “Dunkirk” Animated Short: “Dear Basketball” Live Action Short: “The Silent Child”
February 20, 2018
The King of Wakanda reigned supreme this holiday weekend as Disney's "Black Panther" proved to be a pop cultural phenomenon, shattering box office records with an estimated $235 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales for the four-day holiday weekend. The Marvel Entertainment release, the first global superhero blockbuster with an African American director and a mostly black cast, exceeded expectations and set records for a February opening and for a Presidents Day weekend debut. The previous record holder was "Deadpool," which made $152 million domestically over the four-day holiday in 2016. "Black Panther" is the fifth highest domestic opening weekend of all time, behind only "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" (2015), "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" (2017), "Jurassic World" (2012) and "Marvel's The Avengers" (2012).