Opera Touch for iPhone now lets you block annoying cookie prompts

Opera Touch – the mobile browser designed specifically for one-handed use – has a new feature for iPhone users who's sick of tapping buttons to accept cookies whenever they visit a new site.

From now on, iOS users will have the option to skip popups and accept cookies by default. To activate it, go to the app's settings, select 'Cookie dialog blocker' and toggle the tool on.

The feature made its debut in Opera Touch for Android in November 2018, and proved so popular the developers decided to roll it out more widely.

It uses a combination of CSS rules and Javascript heuristics, and has been tested on over 15,000 popular sites. Opera says it will be adding more sites as the feature matures.

The way the cookie crumbles

Cookie prompts became commonplace after the implementation of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) last year. Their purpose is to let you know what data the website's owners gather using cookies, and give you the opportunity to opt out. However, many web users are willing to accept cookies if it means they can browse uninterrupted.

"The cookie dialog blocker is a tool which allows users to block those dialogs that break their web experience," Maciej Kocemba, product manager for Opera Touch told TechRadar. "So when you enable the feature, it will just hide the dialogs but cookies will still be enabled. This feature is about removing the dialogs and not really about whether you accept a cookie or not. It works as if you just ignored the dialog and continued to read a site without closing the prompt.

"Going a step deeper, the cookie blocker in Opera Touch has a further setting: the 'Automatically accept cookie dialogs' checkbox. If you enable the cookie blocker, this part will be switched on by default. This means in practice it will, in some cases, click the 'Accept' button for you to get rid of more dialogs. If you disable this checkbox, the browser won't give sites your acceptance. It's all under your control."

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OnePlus 5G phone to be announced in Q2 2019

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has announced that it will unveil its first 5G phone in Q2 2019. For this, it has partnered with Finnish telecommunications company Elisa which operates majorly in Estonia and Finland. The statement comes as OnePlus prepares to showcase its 5G prototype phone during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 which kicks off from February 25.

Elisa is one of the earliest carrier partners with OnePlus where the phones are still selling like hot cakes. The telecommunications company has already established a 5G network in places like Tampere, Jyväskylä, Turku and Helsinki. It is not working towards making other parts of Finland, 5G-ready.

OnePlus 5G prototype being showcased during MWC 2019

On collaboration with Elisa, OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau said [translated], “5G means enormous reform. It changes not only the technology industry but also the lives of people everywhere, whether it is gaming, healthcare or the use of augmented reality. We have worked for a long time to develop 5G innovations and are happy to work with partners like Elisa to create something special. With 5G, we can imagine the future from a new perspective.” 

With 5G, users will be able to experience faster Internet speeds, low latency, and even cloud gaming. 

“Elisa has one of the most advanced networks in the world, and we started building the 5G network among the first in the world. We want to provide our customers with the best possible device to enjoy the benefits of 5G. OnePlus is a natural and good partner for us, offering an excellent operating system and devices that fits nicely with gaming,” said Antti Ihanainen, Business Director at Elisa.

The OnePlus 5G prototype phone will be shown off at the Qualcomm booth during MWC 2019.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has the best phone selfie camera ever, says DxOMark

It was only officially launched yesterday, but the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is already earning top marks for its photo-taking prowess from DxOMark, the industry standard for all things smartphone camera-related. 

Last month, DxOMark announced a new test for smartphone selfie cameras designed to tell you which phone's front-facing camera setup is best overall. Well, the Galaxy S10 Plus, with its dual selfie sensors and second RGB depth camera, has already won that distinction, earning a terrific overall score of 96 on the DxOMark Selfie scale. 

Citing "good target exposure on faces in most conditions" and "pleasant skin tones, white balance, and color rendering", the review also praises the selfie camera's "detail in bright light at all shooting distances".

Of course, not everything scored so highly – DxOMark notes that the camera's narrow depth of field can result in "soft faces in group portraits and to soft background details" and that its selfies also exhibit "dull colors in low light".

Not to be outdone by the selfie camera, the Galaxy S10 Plus's rear cameras also earned a first-place score, earning a joint number one position alongside the Huawei Mate 20 Pro with an overall score of 109 on the DxOMark Mobile ranking.

According to DxOMark, the Galaxy S10 Plus "comes with the best camera we’ve seen on a Samsung smartphone, and will no doubt be one of the devices to beat in 2019."

Of course, TechRadar will soon put the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and its siblings through their paces in our own in-depth reviews. In the meantime, you can check out our hands on reviews of the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10e.

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Samsung Galaxy S10-lineup in India: Price, pre-booking, launch offers and more

Samsung’s latest flagship lineup, the Galaxy S10E, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ have made their way to India. The new Galaxy flagship smartphones were unveiled on February 20 at an Unpacked event held in Barcelona, Spain. Interested buyers can now pre-book these smartphones in India and starting March 8, all the variants of these three phones will be available across online stores as well as in brick-and-mortar shops.

The Galaxy Buds wireless earbuds will also be available in India alongside the three smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S10E, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+: Pricing and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S10-lineup will start at Rs 55,900 for the Galaxy S10E 128GB variant. It’s also got a 512GB storage variant but that will not be available in India. There’s a possibility that Samsung could add the high-end variant at a later point but currently, the S10E only comes with 128GB onboard storage which is expandable by up to 512GB using microSD card.

Prices of the Galaxy S10 start at Rs 66,900 for the 128GB variant and Rs 84,900 for the 512GB storage variant. While the latter will only be available in white colour, the former comes in black, white and blue colour options to choose from.

Samsung is also bringing its top-of-the-line Galaxy S10+ 1TB storage variant which is priced at Rs 1,17,900 and comes in a beautiful ceramic built with white and black color options to pick from. Likewise, the 512GB storage variant of the phone also comes in the ceramic finish and will retail at Rs 91,900. Its 128GB variant is priced at Rs 73,900 and comes in black, white and blue colours.

Pre-bookings for all the variants of the Samsung Galaxy S10 series is now live on Samsung India Store, Flipkart, Amazon India, Paytm and Tata CLiQ. Users will also be able to pre-book either of the three phones at select retail shops.

Customers who pre-book the Galaxy S10 will start receiving their orders from March 6 with the general availability starting from March 8 pan India.

Samsung Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds: Pricing and availability

Alongside the flagship S10 smartphones, Samsung also announced its new wireless earphones, Galaxy Buds. As a part of the launch offer, customers who pre-book either of the Galaxy S10 phones are eligible to buy the Galaxy Watch at Rs 9,999 and Galaxy Buds at Rs 2,999. Normally, the Galaxy Watch retails for Rs 29,990 while the wireless earbuds are priced at Rs 9,990. 

Samsung Galaxy S10E, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+: Launch offers

Customers who pre-book the phones will get an upgrade bonus of up to Rs 15,000 while HDFC Bank is also offering a flat cashback of Rs 6,000. In addition to this, there are some attractive EMI offers for interested buyers of the Galaxy S10 phones.

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Sony’s Xperia 1 will reportedly replace its flagship XZ smartphone range

The rumors and leaks have begun to intensify in the lead up to Sony's showing at MWC 2019, with the most recent one pointing towards a Sony Xperia XZ4 with a very tall screen.

While that design still seems to be on the cards, the company is reportedly planning to drop its XZ naming scheme, opting instead to rebrand the upcoming flagship handset as the Sony Xperia 1, according to a new tweet from trusted leaker Evan Blass. 

Along with the device's apparent new moniker, Blass has also included a high quality render of the supposed handset, revealing the previously reported triple camera setup on the phone's rear and a stylish purple finish.

Image credit: Evan Blass

The phone's rumored 21:9 'CinemaWide' display is present and accounted for in the leaked image, and we can also see a series of side-mounted buttons.

We can assume the buttons on the top half of the device are its volume rocker and a combined fingerprint scanner/power button, but the ones on the lower half are more mysterious – could we be looking at dedicated buttons for an AI assistant and camera shutter?

Of course, we expect everything to be properly revealed by Sony as its MWC press conference, which is scheduled for February 25.

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Best laptop sales in Australia: Cheap laptops to buy in February 2019

If you're looking for a cheap laptop or a mammoth saving on a premium portable computer, you've come to the right place. We've scoured the web for savings – from the usual suspects to the niche deal sites – and rounded up all the genuine and worthwhile specials in one neat place. We've covered everything from budget browsing machines to high-performance powerhouses, so you'll no doubt find something to match your needs.

Up the top, we've highlighted a selection of the latest deals that we've sniffed out, so you can reap the rewards of having your finger on the pulse. Below that we've covered some of the more popular laptops that often come up on special, and then included a quick list of the best prices on TechRadar's pick of the latest best laptops.

If you're from the US or the UK, check out our selections of the top laptop deals in the US or in the UK.

Best laptop deals this week

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We'll keep on updating the list of deals as and when we find them. Below, you'll find up to date prices on TechRadar's favourite laptop, so keep an eye out for those savings.

The best deals on our favourite laptops

Over the years we've reviewed plenty of laptops and, as a result, we've seen what to avoid and what to jump on when there's savings to be had. We'll keep track of the prices of some of the best we've seen so that you can snatch up a bargain when they do show up. Check out the prices below and see if anything has dropped enough to tickle your fancy.

Saying that we're very happy with Dell's XPS 13 is a huge understatement. The slim profile, revolutionary design and small frame bely its powerful performance and gorgeous 13-inch screen. Typically you'd have to weigh up portability and performance, but the XPS 13 has managed to strike a fine balance between the two. With Intel's latest Kaby Lake processors plus lighting, quick storage and memory, the XPS 13's starting price is certainly an impressive one. We're so chuffed with it that it's still one of our favourite Ultrabook, and has taken the top spot as the best Windows laptop and the best overall laptop.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 13

Asus has nailed it with the overhauled ZenBook Flip S 2-in-1. Adding top of the line processing power, plenty of memory and a speedy PCle solid state drive available in some of the models, this laptop shows off a beautiful new design to perfection, giving you the ability to use it as a laptop or a tablet. While it costs a pretty penny as compared to some of the competition out there, it would be our top recommendation if money isn't a factor.

Read the full review: Asus ZenBook Flip S UX370

macbook pro 13-inch 2018 deals best price

While this may not be a great leap from the previous generation of MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, the 2018 model is definitely the best Apple has produced to date. The Cupertino firm has ramped up performance for the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2018, more so than the bigger 15-inch model as well. A thin OLED display at the top end of the keyboard can be customised to for various functions, and also offer Touch ID for secure logins. And although it retains Apple's signature design, it doesn't come cheap, but you can argue with the choice if you're a diehard Apple fan.

Read the full review: Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar 13-inch (2018)

Our earlier choice of gaming laptop, the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 has been knocked off its perch by MSI's GS65 Stealth. With cutting edge components, including an 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, it makes the top spot in gaming laptops. It's also cheaper than the ROG Zephyrus GX501. And it doesn't look like a hunky gaming laptop either; with subtle design tweaks, the GS65 Stealth can pass off as a work or study laptop without anyone being none the wiser.

Read the full review: MSI GS65 Stealth

Dell's XPS 15 laptops were already some of the best you could buy, but this beautifully redesigned 15-inch 2-in-1 competes with the Dell XPS 13 in every respect, with the convenience of becoming a tablet when needed. It's one of the most aesthetically pleasing devices in its category and also boast plenty of power. Under the hood is a new Intel Kaby Lake G-series processor featuring 'discreet-class' Radeon graphics – meaning with the power comes a bit more noise.

Read the full review: Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 

If you're after some more further info on the best laptops, check out some of our other dedicated articles:

Watch the video below for the top 7 things to consider when buying a laptop. 

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Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime to retire in April

In April of this year, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime will retire. 

Fils-Aime shared a goodbye message via the company’s Twitter profile and in it announced that upon his departure, the US branch will be helmed by Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Bowser.

Fils-Aime, who has worked at Nintendo for the last 15 years, helped launch the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo 3DS, as well as the Wii U and Nintendo Switch – four consoles that represent the highs and lows of Nintendo’s hardware history. 

In the time since, Fils-Aime has re-shaped Nintendo’s culture, being a face for a company that hid behind mascots and directly presenting information to audiences around the world in Nintendo Directs. 

“In April I’ll be dropping the title that’s meant so much to me, President of Nintendo of America,” Fils-Aime said in his video sendoff, “But I’ll retain one that means even more: Nintendo fan. From the bottom of my heart, thanks again for everything. You are the best.”   

In a statement to coincide with Fils-Aime’s departure announcement, Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa thanked Fils-Aime for all that he’s done and said that the former face of the company’s US branch would be sorely missed: “While we will miss him and we wish him the very best in his retirement, we are also pleased to have such an able successor ready to step into that role. Doug Bowser and the rest of the team will ensure a seamless transition and continued momentum for Nintendo.” 

A new era for the Mushroom Kingdom 

For years, Reggie Fils-Aime was the face of Nintendo of America. He appeared frequently in press conferences and videos alongside President Satoru Iwata and distinguished Creative Fellow Shigeru Miyamoto - even when the company hit a rough patch with the Wii U. 

But Fils-Aime leaves behind a legacy, one that includes the revitalization of the Nintendo World Championship and three of the most successful consoles of all-time including the Wii, Nintendo 3DS handheld and Nintendo Switch. 

What will Nintendo of America look like now that Bowser is at the helm? 

Despite the ironic name, Bowser has been working alongside Fils-Aime for the last four years and seems intent to build on the legacy Fils-Aime leaves: “It has been my great fortune to work with and be mentored by Reggie for four years at Nintendo of America,” Bowser said. “And rest assured, we will continue to build on his work to evolve and expand our brand, furthering Nintendo’s global mission of creating smiles. There are millions more of those to come.” 

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Entire Alcatel line-up of MWC 2019 budget phones leaked

Alcatel has had six of its budget phones leak out, specs and all. And we're about to learn more from the company about its smartphones at MWC 2019.

The post Entire Alcatel line-up of MWC 2019 budget phones leaked appeared first on Pocketnow.

Sony rebrand leaked to turn Xperia XZ4 into Xperia 1

The Xperia XA3, still in the rumor pipelines, was rebranded as the Xperia 10. Does this mean the Xperia XZ4 will be the Xperia 1?

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This exclusive Samsung Note 8 deal is the perfect alternative to a pricey new S10

Unless you've been cut off from the internet for the past couple of days, you've probably heard that Samsung has released a few new devices in, what is currently, the biggest phone launch of 2019 so far. 

You may have also heard that these phones aren't exactly cheap, which is why we think this new TechRadar exclusive Note 8 deal is the best choice when it comes to a new Samsung phone deal.

For just £28 a month you can get this 9GB data Note 8 from Fonehouse, no upfront costs, no catches, just a great tariff. It blows the rest of the market's best Galaxy Note 8 deals to kingdom come.

You can see all the details of this deal down below or, if you're feeling like splashing out on Samsung's new releases after all, check out our Galaxy S10 deals or Galaxy S10e deals pages.

This cheap Note 8 deal in full

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HTC has a new standalone VR headset that’s still not for you

HTC has been a busy bee today, announcing not only new touch controllers for the upcoming HTC Vive Cosmos, but also a new standalone headset.

Meet HTC’s newly announced headset is the Focus Plus and its main focus *rimshot* is it now comes with dual six-degrees of freedom (6DoF) controllers for a much more immersive, completely untethered VR experience. 

The original HTC Vive Focus only came with a single three-degrees of freedom (3DoF) controller that only offered rotational tracking (i.e. up, down, left and right). This new headset’s controllers will allow for a full transitional movement, which includes tracking whether the user has stepped forward, backward, side-to-side or shifted vertically.

Other than those new ultrasonically tracked controllers, not much has changed on the virtual reality headset itself. The Vive Focus Plus still features a 2,880 × 1,600 (1,660 × 1,600 per lens) resolution AMOLED display. You'll also find the same underlying Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor power this headset to deliver completely self-driven VR experiences.

Engadget reports the Vive Focus Plus will feature "next-gen" lens for “no more god rays." However, we’ve also seen a conflicting article from Road to VR that speculates HTC will stick to the same Fresnel lenses as found on the original Vive Focus. 

We’ve reached out to HTC for more clarity on the lenses and will update this article as soon as we hear back.

The HTC Vive Focus Plus is slated to launch in Q2 of 2019, but has yet to announce pricing. We'll also have to see and wait about whether this headset will come to mass market as it's currently only marketed to the enterprise sector.

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