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OxygenOS Nougat Beta 10 is Now Available for OnePlus 3

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OxygenOS Open Beta 10 (based on Android 7.0 Nougat) is now available to download for the OnePlus 3. This is the latest beta release of Android Nougat for the OnePlus 3 and is one which comes with some fairly minor, but nonetheless important, fixes and improvements. If you are already a part of the Nougat beta program for the OnePlus 3 (and presumably currently running the Open Beta 9 version) then you will receive this latest build via an OTA update organically.

If you are not running the previous version of the OxygenOS beta and would like to test this latest version out, then you will be required to sideload the current version manually using ADB. In terms of the changes and as mentioned, there is nothing too grand included with this update and instead, this seems to be one which is further ironing out the Nougat software prior to its official and proper release.

As a result, most of the details in the changelog refer to various optimizations. Those include the optimizing of the fingerprint unlocking speed, Wi-Fi performance, system performance and battery consumption. As well as an optimized expanded screenshot quality. Additional changes listed include the addition of Data Saver, along with a fix for those who are experiencing reboots which led to a reverting to the default theme, and/or a lock screen clock bug which is said to occur when the device is used in portrait mode.

For those keeping track, Open Beta 10 has come fairly soon after the release of Open Beta 9, as the previous version become available approximately two weeks ago. One of the likely reasons as to why OnePlus is now ramping up the frequency of the beta versions is due to the self-imposed time-frame that OnePlus put in place for rolling out Nougat to this device.

Back in November OnePlus did confirm that the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T would receive an official Nougat update by the close of 2016. Therefore, it stands to reason that as the year is now coming to a close, the proper and ready version of OxygenOS, based on Android Nougat, is also nearing its release.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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CMF by Nothing Phone 1 Review: A Budget-Friendly Contender with a Twist

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In a market saturated with high-priced flagships, the CMF Phone 1 by Nothing is a breath of fresh air. Priced at a staggeringly affordable AED 749 onwards, it aims to deliver a compelling user experience without breaking the bank.

Design
One of the CMF Phone 1’s most striking features is its design. Unlike its flashier sibling, the Nothing Phone (2a), it ditches the transparent back with LED strips for a more conventional approach.

However, “conventional” doesn’t equate to boring here. The phone comes in various vibrant, almost playful colours, reminiscent of the early days of mobile phones. This playful aesthetic extends to the unique selling point of the CMF Phone 1: swappable back covers.

The CMF Phone 1 allows users to easily unscrew the stock black back and replace it with other colours such as orange, blue, and light green. This injects a degree of personalisation often missing in today’s homogenised phone market. Build quality feels solid despite the plastic construction, and the phone boasts an IP52 rating for basic dust and water resistance. CMF by Nothing also offers a bunch of other accessories that sweeten the deal. There’s a card case that can take in three credit cards, a kickstand, and a lanyard.

Display and Performance
The CMF Phone 1 sports a large, 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. This translates to a vibrant viewing experience, with excellent contrast levels and sharp visuals for everyday use. Watching videos and scrolling through social media feels fluid and enjoyable.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 7300 chipset. While it won’t win any performance benchmarks, it offers sufficient processing power for most daily tasks such as browsing, social media, and light gaming. Multitasking feels smooth, and the phone rarely stumbles during regular use.

Software
The CMF Phone 1 runs Nothing OS 2.6, a near-stock Android experience with a minimalist aesthetic. This translates to a bloatware-free interface that prioritises user experience. The software feels clean and responsive, with subtle animations and a focus on functionality.

Notably, the playful design elements found in the Nothing Phone (2a)’s software, such as the Glyph interface, are absent here. This might disappoint some users who enjoyed the unique character of the Nothing brand. However, the focus on a clean and efficient experience remains a positive aspect.

Camera
The camera system of the CMF Phone 1 is a bit of a mixed bag. The main attraction is a 50MP Sony sensor backed by a depth sensor for portrait shots. In well-lit conditions, the camera captures decent photos with good detail and colour reproduction. Even in low light, the performance is pretty good with the night mode turned on.

The 16MP front-facing camera is adequate for video calls and casual selfies but won’t impress photography enthusiasts. Overall, the camera system is functional but falls short of what some users might expect, even at this price point.

Battery Life and Connectivity
The CMF Phone 1 packs a sizeable 5000mAh battery, which translates to excellent battery life. You can easily get through a full day of moderate use on a single charge and we were able to stretch it to two days on some occasions. The phone supports 33W wired charging, which helps top the battery up quickly when needed.

However, wireless charging is noticeably absent. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers standard options such as dual SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. Notably, it also boasts 5G capabilities, making it future-proof for next-generation networks.

The Verdict
The CMF Phone 1 by Nothing is a compelling option for budget-conscious users who prioritise a clean software experience, vibrant display, and long battery life. The swappable back covers and the accessories add a unique touch of personalisation, while the overall design is refreshingly colourful and playful.

Ultimately, the CMF Phone 1 succeeds in its core mission: delivering a good user experience at an unbeatable price point. If you’re looking for a powerful flagship killer, look elsewhere. But if you prioritise everyday usability, clean software, and a touch of design flair without breaking the bank, the CMF Phone 1 is a strong contender.

Price: AED 749 onwards

CMF by Nothing Phone 1 AED 749 onwards
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One of the CMF Phone 1’s most striking features is its design. Unlike its flashier sibling, the Nothing Phone (2a), it ditches the transparent back with LED strips for a more conventional approach.

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Nothing’s CMF Unveils Budget-Friendly Phone 1, Buds Pro 2, and Watch Pro 2

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CMF, the budget-friendly brand from Nothing, unveiled three exciting new products: CMF Phone 1, CMF Watch Pro 2, and CMF Buds Pro 2.

CMF Phone 1
For smooth performance, this phone boasts a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 7300 5G processor (co-engineered with Nothing). The massive 5000 mAh battery promises up to two days of use, while 8GB or 16GB RAM options ensure effortless multitasking.

 

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Capture stunning photos with the 50MP Sony rear camera and a dedicated portrait sensor. The 16MP selfie camera complements the package. All this comes to life on a vibrant 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate.

CMF Phone 1 runs Nothing OS 2.6, offering a clean and customizable Android experience. But the real charm lies in the phone’s adaptability. Swappable backcases and custom accessories let you create a phone that reflects your style.

CMF Watch Pro 2
This versatile smartwatch features an interchangeable bezel design, a stunning 1.32-inch AMOLED display, and over 100 customizable watch faces. Track your fitness with over 120 sports modes and automatic workout detection. It also monitors heart rate, blood oxygen, and stress levels.

Stay connected with Bluetooth calling, music control, notifications, and remote camera control. Built for an active lifestyle, the watch boasts IP68 water resistance and an impressive 11-day battery life.

CMF Buds Pro 2
Elevate your listening experience with these feature-packed earbuds. The innovative Smart Dial on the case lets you control everything with a touch. Dual drivers and LDAC technology deliver rich, Hi-Res Audio Wireless sound, further enhanced by Dirac Opteo. Advanced Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (up to 50dB) and clear voice calls with 6 mics ensure an uninterrupted listening experience.

For movie lovers, Spatial Audio creates a three-dimensional soundscape. With a total battery life of 43 hours and a quick 10-minute charge for 7 hours of playback, the CMF Buds Pro 2 are perfect for any adventure.

The CMF Phone 1 hits shelves on July 20th in two configurations:

  1. 8GB + 128GB: Starting at SAR 799 (Jarir Bookstores) / AED 749 (Lulu Hypermarket & Noon)
  2. 8GB + 256GB: SAR 1,099 / AED 999

CMF offers stylish Black, Orange, Light Green, and Blue cases for just SAR 59 / AED 49 each. Other accessories include a stand, lanyard, and card case, all priced at SAR 59 / AED 49.

The CMF Watch Pro 2, a versatile smartwatch with a starting price of SAR 279 / AED 249, complements the Phone 1 perfectly. The CMF Buds Pro 2 is available for SAR 219 / AED 199 for immersive audio.

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