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Opera launches a new mobile browser optimized for one-handed use

Opera – an underrated gem of a browser – is now available for your smartphone. Whereas most mobile browsers require either two hands or some awkward thumb-stretching, Opera Touch, available now for Android and iOS, is built specifically for one-handed use. That’s super convenient for getting online while hanging onto everyday essentials like your bag, sandwich or child.

"We have moved the browser’s key functions within your thumb’s reach," explained Maciej Kocemba, product manager at Opera. ”This means that, unlike in most other browsers, you can more easily browse and search the web when on the move."

Opera Touch opens automatically in search mode, with a blinking cursor and keyboard ready for you to type your first query. It’s a small difference from other mobile browsers, but it’s a thoughtful touch that can save you a few valuable seconds every day.

You can also search via voice or by scanning barcodes to find product reviews (or, somewhat cheekily, better prices on products you’ve found on the highstreet).

Go with the Flow

Opera has worked many of the desktop browser's best features into Opera Touch, including a built-in ad blocker and protection from cryptojacking, but its most exciting new feature is a syncing tool called Opera Flow.

Opera’s research found that 69% of smartphone users don’t use their mobile browser’s syncing tools, preferring the messy hack of emailing links to themselves. As a result, it’s created a system that lets you share links, pictures, videos and notes between devices using QR codes.

Flow in Opera Touch

Opera Flow lets you move links, snippets of text, videos and pictures between desktop and mobile devices without logging into an account

"Today, we are introducing a new type of web experience," said Krystian Kolondra, executive vice president and head of Opera browsers, "one where you can have a continuous flow of your content across all your devices."

Opera Flow is designed for transferring content between desktop and mobile devices – and there's a new version of the Opera desktop browser that lets you do just that.

As well as Flow, the new Opera for desktop also includes Instant Search. You can start searching any time by hitting Alt+Tab.

You can download the new version of Opera for desktop now, and Opera Touch is available from the App Store and Google Play.

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HMD Global to launch the Nokia X6 on May 27, reportedly the first Nokia phone with a notch

Nokia’s parent company HMD Global is reportedly launching a new X-series in China on April 27. As per GSMArena, the phone will be called the Nokia X6. The first official-looking renders of the phone are leaked in China. 

It's not a reiteration of the Symbian variant of the X6 launched by the company back in the old Nokia days, but carries the same name. 

The leaked press renders of the phone suggest a notch above the display, which would make it the first Nokia phone to wear a notch. Additionally, there are very thin bezels on the sides and a narrow chin with awkwardly placed Nokia branding at the bottom right. 

The back looks exactly like the Nokia 7 plus, which was launched by the company at the MWC 2018. It has the similar copper accents on a white panel with a dual camera module and a fingerprint sensor. The LED flash has found a new place, it is moved below the camera inspite of the side. 

The Nokia X6 is said to have a 5.8-inch display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Reports suggest launch of two variants, one with Snapdragon 636 and 6GB of RAM and the low-end variant with a MediaTek Helio P60 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM.

It will be shipping with Android Oreo 8.1 out fo the box and will most likely come with Android One certification. 

There is no word on the India availability of the phone yet, we might have an update once the device is officially launched in the Chinese market.

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The 10 best cheap cameras in 2018

Want to buy a decent camera, but don't want to break the bank? The good news is that there are some cracking cameras out there if you're on a tight budget, including some great entry-level DSLRs, sleek-looking mirrorless cameras, advanced high-end compacts, bridge cameras with huge zoom lenses, not to mention travel zooms and pocket compacts.

And while some of these cheap cameras may not be the latest and greatest models available right now, they still deliver the goods.

We've compiled a selection of the best budget cameras going, so whether you want something to simply slot in your pocket for the odd snap that will be better pictures than your smartphone ever can, or a camera you can get a bit more creative with, you'll find it here.

If you need a bit more help figuring out what kind of camera you need, then read this article: What camera should I buy?

And if you want to spend a little more money, then check out our other camera buying guides below:

RX100

Sony's latest camera in its RX100 line, the RX100 V, is one of our favourite compact cameras right now, but there's no getting away from the fact that it's a pricey option. The good news is that the original RX100 is still available new (as well as all the other iterations we've had since then), and while it might not offer some of the latest features it's still a great compact at a bargain price. The large 1.0-inch sensor delivers excellent levels of detail, with the broad and fast range of the zoom lens making it a versatile travelling companion. Okay, there's no built-in viewfinder or tilt screen as we've seen on the Mk V, but the monitor delivers excellent clarity, and the RX100's controls offer plenty of options for those who like to get hands-on. Take into account the sleek, premium finish and it all adds up to a great compact camera at a great price.

Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot RX100 review

If you're looking for your first DSLR, then Nikon's D3400 is hard to beat when it comes to price. It might not have the most comprehensive specification, but  simply put, the D3400 ticks a lot of boxes for first time users. The large 24MP APS-C sensor delivers great images that are rich in detail, it's easy to use thanks to the useful onboard Guide Mode, has an impressive battery life and is backed-up by an impressive array of lenses and accessories. A great DSLR that also happens to be great value. 

Read our in-depth Nikon D3400 review 

Panasonic TZ70

Panasonic's ZS / TZ series of compacts has long dominated the compact travel zoom market, and that's still the case with the ZS50 (known as the TZ70 outside the US). While it may be eclipsed by its larger-sensor sibling, the ZS100 / TZ100, the TZ70 has the advantage of packing a huge 30x zoom into a pocket-sized body. There's even space for a (modest) electronic viewfinder, ideal for when the lighting makes it tricky to compose or review shots on the rear screen. You can use the camera like an advanced point-and-shoot compact, simply leaving it in auto for the camera to take care of settings, or you can shoot high-quality raw files, and make your own decisions about aperture and shutter speed.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix ZS50 / Lumix TZ70 review

EOS 1200D

The EOS Rebel T6 (known as the EOS 1300D outside the US) is Canon's most affordable DSLR in its line-up and while it doesn't share the same latest tech as newer models, it's still a great a solid choice for first time users. The 18MP sensor is starting to show its age a little, while the AF in live view is a bit on the slow side, but when you consider you're getting a DSLR for the price of an average compact, then it doesn't look too bad at all. 

Read our in-depth Canon EOS Rebel T6 / EOS 1300D review

The D5300 was around for little more than a year before the D5500 technically replaced it, which has in turn been replaced by the D5600. It shares the same 24.2MP sensor with an identical maximum ISO25,600 sensitivity as the D5500, whilst the D5300's EXPEED 4 image processor and 39-point autofocus system have also been carried over to its replacement. Whilst the D5300 doesn't sport fancy touchscreen control, you do get GPS instead. The D5300's 600-shot battery life has since been beaten by the D5500, but it'll still outlast a Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D. All in all, it may not be the latest entry-level DSLR, but the D5300 is still a smart buy.

Read our in-depth Nikon D5300 review

The new Alpha A7 III is one of our favorite cameras rights now, packing in a great performance for a brilliant price. If your budget can't stretch to it though, the Alpha A7 II is still worth a look as in some cases, it's half the price of its newer sibling. It might not have all the latest features, but you still get a very good 24.3MP full-frame sensor, a very capable AF system and excellent image stabilization. Handling isn't quite as refined though as the newer camera, but for the incredibly tempting price, this can be overlooked. You'll be hard pressed to find a better camera for your money. 

Read our in-depth Sony Alpha A7 II review

Despite being well over two years old, the Alpha A5000 is still a great buy for those looking for a simple to use mirrorless camera. Not only that, but it's also incredibly compact – even the 16-50mm lens isn't that large considering the focal length. There's a decent-sized tilt-angle screen, but the resolution is looking a bit behind the times now, while there's no viewfinder. That said, it's easy to use, while the Wi-Fi connectivity only adds to its appeal. 

Read our in-depth Sony Alpha A5000 review

The PowerShot SX710 HS is appealing to both absolute beginners and to those with a little more experience of photography. On the back is a small mode dial which enables you to quickly switch between different exposure modes, including full manual and semi-automatic modes for those who want to take control, plus fully automatic and scene modes. The 30x optical zoom covers an excellent range of focal lengths and gives plenty of flexibility for the average holiday shooter. There's no touchscreen however, but you can't really complain at the price. A nicely capable camera for those who just want a point and shoot compact with a long focal length zoom range.

Read our in-depth Canon PowerShot SX710 HS review

Sony WX220

If you're wanting a compact camera that can do a better job than your smartphone the Cyber-shot WX220 ticks a lot of boxes, especially when you consider the extra flexibility offered by the 10x optical zoom, running from 25-250mm. Images are bright and punchy, with decent detail – ideal for sharing online or printing at typical sizes – while it's nice to see Wi-Fi connectivity included as well. The 2.7-inch screen is a little on the small side, but that does help to keep the dimensions of the camera to a pocket-friendly size. The WX220 may not have lots of bells and whistles, but what it does do, it does well.

Read our in-depth Sony Cyber-shot WX220 review

Panasonic FZ72

Despite it being one of the cheapest bridge cameras available, you still get a lot of camera for your cash with the Panasonic Lumix FZ70 (known as the FZ72 outside the US). Let's start with the lens. The Lumix FZ70 packs in a staggering 60x optical zoom, running from an impressively ultra-wide 20mm-equivalent to 1200mm, so you won't have any excuses for not filling the frame. You also have the option of full manual control (as well as a host of helpful auto modes), raw format shooting, and decent image quality from a sensor this size. Downsides? While there is an EVF, it's not the best quality, and there's no touchscreen functionality or wireless connectivity.

Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix FZ70 / Lumix FZ72 review

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It’s official, OnePlus 6 will launch on May 17 in China

As rumours and leaks about the OnePlus 6 continually barrage down, the OnePlus’ Chinese website has posted an invitation for the OnePlus 6 launch. Their post announces that the phone will launch in Beijing at 10AM CST (7:30AM IST, 3PM GMT). The post also informs that ticket will go on sale starting April 27 for 99 Yuan (approximately Rs 1,050 or $15).

Official announcement on OnePlus China website

The tagline for the event reads, “The speed you need” which follows from the marketing campaign when the phone was first officially teased. The Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB RAM are anticipated to see if they live up to the motto. 

What about the price?

Considering that the OnePlus 5T was a success in its own right last year, the OnePlus 6 has to do better to prove itself to be an upgrade with respect to its predecessor. 

Although, users should be wary that the OnePlus 6 is expected to be more expensive than the OnePlus 5T. In fact, rumours are speculating that the OnePlus 6 will be one of the most expensive phones that the company has launched till date

It could be justified that since the new phone has better specifications and features, it costs more to manufacture as well but that isn’t the issue. It’s the competition in the market where each brand is trying to undercut the next. Xiaomi themselves sell their phones at such thin margins that oversupply could potentially lead to money troubles for them. 

That isn't the only thing that's new about the phone. Apparently, it's also going to be the first flaship phone from OnePlus that will be water resistant. As per the teaser the company shared, the phone should ideally come with an IP67 or IP68 rating. 

Either way, that doesn’t take away from the hype around the phone. Recent news about the OnePlus 6 having a glass design has added even more fuel to the fire since OnePlus flagships are normally known for their unibody metal design. 

It’s unclear when the phone will be launched in India or even internationally. But, China’s launch could finally give us a clear look at the phone and perhaps, come with updates about when the phone will be available elsewhere. 

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The new Gmail is here to tackle inbox overload

The new Gmail for web is here, and it's designed to take the stress out of managing email overload. It's a ground-up rewrite with an eye towards making it safer and more productive for workers – not just businesses who pay for it, but also for everyone who uses the free version to manage their work.

One of the biggest changes to Gmail is a new Confidential mode, which is designed to make Gmail more secure and prevent loss of sensitive information through hijacking of accounts.

Confidential mode

Until now, the permanence of email has been problem; once you've sent a message to someone, it's in their inbox forever unless they decide to delete it. Confidential mode will send a link to the content, rather than the content itself.

Confidential mode in Gmail

Confidential mode lets you set time limits so sensitive emails can only be accessed for a certain period

As the sender, the content will remain in your inbox, securely encrypted, and you can revoke access at any time. Alternatively, you can set the link to expire after a certain period. You can send a confidential email to anyone – not just people who use Gmail – and enable two-factor authentication to make sure only the intended recipient can open the link.

Confidential mode will also prevent accidental or semi-malicious leaks by disabling the ability to copy text and save pages, working on the basis that if committing a crime is even slightly more difficult, people are much less likely to do it.

Anti-phishing

There's also added protection against phishing. Gmail made a name for itself as the email provider with the best spam filter, but although it represents a far smaller proportion of nuisance emails, phishing is a far bigger threat.

Phishing warning in Gmail

Gmail’s phishing warnings are now much clearer

Gmail uses machine learning to help identify threats, and now flags them up much more clearly. Previously, potential phishing emails were identified with a small bar warning readers that they should be careful clicking any links. Now, the interface will present a huge red warning, explaining the danger in plain language so people understand the risk.

Push and nudge

Google has also taken steps to relieve the email overload problem. It's introduced a feature called Nudging, which bumps potentially important messages back to the top of your inbox after a few days as a reminder to deal with them. Not many messages are bumped, but during in-house tests, Google employees have found them helpful.

Nudging in Gmail

If Gmail detects that an email might be important, it will bump it to the top of your inbox after a few days if you haven’t dealt with it

Push notifications have also have a revamp. At the moment, most people who use the Gmail mobile app get a push notification every time they receive a message, which can be a huge distraction. Now there's a high priority option, which only alerts you when an important email arrives.

It does this using the same technology as Smart Reply, which was introduced last year and suggests automatic responses to emails to save you typing them out. Google doesn't scan your emails to target ads, and its employees never read the content of your messages.

Gmail also includes new features that can avoid the need to open some emails at all, including one-click unsubscribe for mailing lists whose messages you don't usually read.

Gmail priority and unsubscribe

You can now choose to only receive push notifications for important emails, and unsubscribe from mailing lists straight from your inbox

There are also new attachment chips – small icons that appear below email subject lines in your inbox and let you download email attachments without opening the whole email chain. There are also options to archive, delete or snooze messages with a single click.

Easy app access

Perhaps most noticeable new feature is the new collapsible Side Panel, which makes other Google apps like your calendar and notes accessible without switching between tabs.

Gmail side panel

Gmail’s new side panel lets you access other G-Suite apps, including Calendar

These are enormously helpful, enabling you to drag emails straight into other apps, and manage your appointments without leaving your inbox.

You can opt into the new Gmail today, and it will become an opt-out change in the coming months. Eventually it will become mandatory for all Gmail users.

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The OnePlus 6 launch date is May 16

The OnePlus 6 launch date has been confirmed for May 16, which means there are just three weeks to wait until we see what the Chinese firm has in store for us.

The event is being held in London and starts at 5pm BST (12pm EDT, 9am PDT).

There may not be too much left to reveal though, as there have been a huge number of OnePlus 6 leaks over the last few months, which have built a pretty convincing picture of what you can expect.

OnePlus itself has even confirmed a few of the features for its upcoming phone. It will have the biggest display OnePlus has ever put on a phone, and it'll include a notch at the top of that display.

The 3.5mm headphone jack will feature and the phone will boast a 90% screen-to-body ratio. Rumors also point toward a 6.28-inch display, dual rear cameras and a variant with a huge 256GB of storage.

Fans are invited

OnePlus fans are also invited to the OnePlus 6 launch, but you'll have to buy a ticket (early bird: £16/$21, standard: £30/$41) and there are only just over 1,000 available.

We'll be reporting live from the OnePlus 6 launch event in London on May 16 to bring you all the latest on the new smartphone.

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After a decade, online music streaming puts the global music industry revenues back on track

The upsurge in digital music consumption has led to the rise of music revenue growth for the third consecutive year.

As per a new music industry report by MiDuA Research, global recorded music revenues went up to $17.4 billion in 2017 compared to the $16 billion revenue in 2016. Out of this, 43% of revenues were generated by streaming, which is $7.4 billion, a 39% growth year-over-year.

The conventional revenue generating formats like physical albums and downloads have seen a drop of around $783 million, according to the report. 

The US specifically became the biggest online streaming market around the globe. As per the report, 40% of the total revenue is accounted for, by the States alone. The report also predicts that the number of paid subscribers is going to reach 90.1 million by 2025.

India in the race

With the launch of Amazon Music alongside the existing Google Play music, Saavn, Apple Music, and more, online music streaming in India has seen a high adoption rate. 

It is also said that Spotify is also planning to setup India operations to enter the growing industry. It's arrival will increase the competition allowing Indians to choose between a wide array of music collections.

Not just music, but online video streaming has also seen a rise in the past few years in the country. It remains to be seen if India becomes a major contributor to the growth and how the Indian music industry will be affected with online adoption.

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