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OnePlus 8T might be going back to flat

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For some phone makers, a curved screen is a sign of luxury and premium design, reserved only for high-end flagships. After all, premium phones have barely visible bezels, and pushing those edges down is one way of pushing them out of sight. So when OnePlus gave both the OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8 such curved displays, it sent a subtle message that OnePlus is finally going all out on both phones. That may have been just a one-time thing, though, if this latest firmware teardown is any indicator.

The latest OxygenOS 11 Beta just rolled out with some rather disconcerting changes for some OnePlus fans, at least as far as the UI goes. There are, fortunately, a few things more interesting things hidden inside. Even better, someone did do the hard work of digging those treasures out, pointing to some interesting tidbits about OnePlus’ next smartphone.

The Oxygen Updater Blog discovered an image asset in the Settings app for a OnePlus phone that has never been seen before, one that has a flat screen and a small punch-hole cutout in the corner. It couldn’t be the OnePlus 7T, which did have a flat screen but a waterdrop notch, nor could it be the OnePlus 8 that has a curved screen. The OnePlus Nord’s flat screen has a double punch-hole so unless this is just some random, generic placeholder graphic, this could very well be our first look at the OnePlus 8T.

Another teardown, this time of the Camera app, also reveals another thing we’ve never seen before on a OnePlus phone: 8K recording. Given rumors of the OnePlus 8T’s 64MP camera, it might be something reserved for this model as well.

Other than that, though, there isn’t much known about the next OnePlus phones but it’s not exactly that hard to predict the direction it will go. The customary Fall launch for a T series phone is coming close and the OnePlus 8T, especially the OnePlus 8T Pro, will be sporting the top specs for this half of the year.

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Jeep’s Wild Wrangler Magneto 3.0 Concept EV Is Going Out With A Bang

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To go with that, Jeep has added Dynatrac 60 front axles (5.38:1 ratio) and Dynatrac 80 rear axles (5.38:1 ratio), along with 20-inch off-road beadlock wheels and 40-inch mud terrain tires. The whole thing is lifted by three inches compared to a standard Wrangler. The result, the automaker says, is an EV that excels in off-road situations, not least because of how controllable the power delivery is.

“When you’re rock crawling, you need to be very neat and clean with your driving,” Mike Allen, Jeep Design Chief, says, “especially if there’s a cliff next to you, you need to be very controlled with that.”

To help, Jeep has added a power selection switch. On the one hand, you can have the maximum 650 horsepower and 900 lb-ft of torque; alternatively, the standard setting tamps it down to a more conservative 285 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. Allen says the range is around 150 miles, though that — nor charging times —was never meant to be the Magneto concept’s focus.

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The Best Mods & Upgrades That Can Give New Life To A C4 Corvette

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Replacing your restrictive and likely corroded factory exhaust with a new cat-back exhaust is one of the best power adders that you can do to your C4 Corvette. The term “cat-back” refers to the section of the system that is downstream of the catalytic converter, a device that removes harmful emissions from exhaust gases.

An aftermarket exhaust with modern muffler technology will reduce backpressure, allowing more air to flow into the engine, which increases horsepower. According to the popular aftermarket exhaust manufacturer Corsa, a cat-back system for the L98 engine (the most common C4 engine) adds 14 horsepower and 16 foot-pounds of torque to an otherwise stock powerplant — all while adding a deep, muscular exhaust note that’ll make your C4 sound like a Corvette should.

Returning to catalytic converters for a moment, they’re typically long-lasting but may eventually fail by becoming contaminated, clogged, or overheated, leading to decreased horsepower. In the process of installing a cat-back exhaust, it’s worth inspecting or proactively replacing the catalytic converter itself. High-flow performance converters are available which will boost horsepower beyond the cat-back exhaust alone, yet still keep your vehicle compliant with the emissions guidelines of the EPA and local authorities.

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6 Easy Ways To Unlock Your Android Phone Without A Password

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For years, fingerprints have been the de-facto phone unlock method because of the method’s incredible convenience and relative security. While a bad actor can, in theory, replicate your fingerprint, and while some Android phones have had fingerprint reader bugs, the majority of the time it’s secure enough to trust while allowing you to access your device in less than a second.

Many modern Android phones utilize an under-display fingerprint sensor that uses either an optical light sensor or ultrasonics to analyze registered fingerprints, while others place a trusty capacitive sensor on the back of the phone or the power button.

Importantly, optical sensors are the easiest of the three to fool in the event someone gets access to your fingerprint. Law enforcement can be especially aggressive should they invent a reason to search your device, having once tried to use a dead man’s finger to do so. However, Android stores fingerprint data in a Trusted Execution Environment, an encrypted section of the phone’s memory that cannot be accessed by the main CPU or by apps.

Setting your fingerprints up can be a bit of a hassle, as some Android phones can be finicky. It may be a good idea to register the same fingerprint twice if you find that your phone’s fingerprint sensor has a hard time recognizing your preferred digit.

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