Black Widow gets November 2020 release date as Disney resets its theatrical calendar

Marvel's Black Widow is finally coming to theaters in November 2020, Mulan is coming in July 2020, and Jungle Cruise has been delayed until midyear 2021 as Disney has officially reset its cinematic release calendar for its most eagerly-anticipated films.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak and government bans on social gatherings in countries around the world, theaters closed in the US, China, Europe, and elsewhere for the foreseeable future. Many studios delayed their film releases, though apparently Disney is confident enough in the reopening of the theaters that the company has laid out a schedule for its biggest anticipated releases. 

But to make space in its release calendar, Disney has punted other films to even later dates, resulting in cascading delays that’s pushed some blockbuster Marvel superhero film sequels to 2022, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

All the new Marvel superhero and Disney release dates

Mulan gets the most ambitious release date of July 24, 2020,  a slot that was previously held for Jungle Cruise, which is now pushed back a full year to July 30, 2021. Black Widow is coming out on November 6, 2020, which had been the opening date for Eternals, which is now releasing on February 12, 2021. 

That date was reserved for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Rings, which moves to May 7, 2021 – the original date for Doctor Strange 2, pushing that film back to November 5, 2021. That date was saved for Thor: Love and Thunder, which is nowcoming out February 18, 2022. 

Black Panther 2 will still come out on May 6, 2022, but Captain Marvel 2 is being shifted up two weeks to July 8, 2022. (Phew!)

For all the Artemis Fowl fans eager for its May debut, the film will now be coming to Disney Plus – and apparently keeping its original release window. (We don’t have an official date yet.)

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Amazon Prime Day date reportedly delayed until August at earliest

Amazon’s mid-year shopping holiday - Amazon Prime Day 2020 -  has reportedly been postponed until at least August, according to internal documents acquired by Reuters.

The deals bonanza has become an annual tradition, typically in July, wherein Amazon drops prices on plenty of goods for a day, though discounts during Amazon Prime Day 2019 lingered for days after its July 15 launch date. 

While the deals are only for Amazon Prime members, free trials allow anyone to access the discounts.

Though the Reuters report didn’t specify a cause, the delay is most likely due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has driven people indoors and led to such an increase in online shopping that Amazon Prime deliveries may be delayed

Overwhelmed shipping infrastructure could have made Amazon Prime Day orders much harder to fulfill.

The other explanation, of course, is that Amazon delayed the holiday out of respect for the crisis itself. A rise in unemployment could have driven down sales, but the spread of coronavirus through the coming months would be a poor time to hype shoppers up for a deals holiday.

In any case, the delay could potentially cost Amazon $100 million in unsold devices it was making ready for the deals holiday that it could have to discount, per the documents acquired by Reuters. 

That number could even be as high as $300 million, Amazon's General Counsel reportedly said in the document seen by Reuters, and could lead to the brand needing to alter its promotion schedule.

Via CNET

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Moto G8 Power Lite packs a colossal 5,000mAh battery for a cheap price

Motorola has had a surprise launch of its Moto G8 Power Lite handset that packs a 5,000mAh battery at a bargain price of £149.99 (around $184 / AU$305). 

That means the Moto G8 Power Lite is poised to be an even more affordable version of the Moto G8 Power (known as the Moto G Power in the US) that was revealed earlier this year, keeping its 5,000mAh battery but leaving off some of the more refined features and specs to come in at nearly half the price.

What does that mean? The G8 Power Lite has a MediaTek Helio P35 Quad-Core chipset, a lower-resolution 6.5-inch HD+ (1600 x 720) display, and crucially, packs Android 9 out of the box. It’s unclear if or when it will upgrade to the current standard Android 10 (and what comes with the G8 Power).

As for cameras, the G8 Power Lite keeps its sibling’s 16MP f/2.0 main and 2MP macro lenses, but loses the ultra-wide lens in favor of a 2MP depth sensor. It’s unfortunate, and we’re curious to see how useful folks find the remaining macro lens for up-close photography.

The Covid-19 announcement chill

Phone announcements have been delayed in 2020 due to the spread of coronavirus: many were set to be unveiled at MWC 2020, but when that was canceled out of concern for the outbreak, plenty of phonemakers have slowly begun to launch their handsets anyway – even if revealing them online has been far less flashy than the physical events that companies typically hold.

The G8 Power was one of the first to be shown off this way, so it’s only fitting that its more limited sibling also gets revealed online with little fanfare. Regardless, it’s a symbol that phones in 2020 will continue to come out on an atypical schedule as companies adjust to the new normal.

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Fossil Sport smartwatch deal makes this $99 Wear OS device a must-buy’

The Fossil Sport fitness smartwatch is now more affordable than ever with a sweeping price cut that drops the cost down to $99 / £89 / AU$199.

We really enjoyed the Fossil Sport for its Wear OS functionality in a sleek, light body that paired well with our fitness lives. While workouts have been altered lately as many of us shelter indoors, fitness tracking is more useful than ever to monitor our progress, and now is a great time to scoop up a wearable that originally cost $275 / £219 / AU$469.

Though it doesn’t quite track workouts up to the level of an Apple Watch 5, the Fossil Sport is a flagship smartwatch with a heart rate monitor, 5 ATM water resistance, and GPS functionality. Specs-wise, it packs the same Snapdragon 3100 chipset as fellow fitness smartwatch Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2; its middling 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage won’t blow you away, but that equipment is plenty for working out.

Best of all, this discount applies to the full range of colors, though you’ll have to pay extra if you want a strap other than the silicone wristband that comes in the box (helpfully coordinated with your watch body hue of choice). 

Here are the best prices in your area:

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OnePlus 8 official render leaks show clearest view of the budget flagship yet

We’ve finally gotten a good look at the standard OnePlus 8 thanks to a leak, and it appears just like the previous non-Pro models: packing most of the features as its pricier sibling, but will likely be on the cheaper end of ‘budget flagship’ territory.

The images come courtesy of noted leaker @OnLeaks in partnership with tech site Pigtou, accompanied by spec details aligning with rumors we’d heard before: the standard OnePlus 8 will supposedly pack a 6.55-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 865 chipset (and subsequently, 5G connectivity) and come in either 8GB RAM/128GB storage or 12GB RAM/256GB storage. 

The three cameras on the back are alleged to include a 48MP f/1.8 main shooter, with a 16MP ultra-wide lens and 2MP macro lens. The front-facing camera clocks in at 16MP, per the new leak; the phone will also have a 4,300mAh battery and use OnePlus’ 30W Warp Charge fast charging.

A clearer picture of the affordable sibling

All this info aligns with details we’d heard in a separate OnePlus 8 leak earlier this week, giving us a clearer idea of what the more affordable model will pack compared to its assuredly pricier sibling. Nearly all the early leaks explored the OnePlus 8 Pro, leaving us a bit unsure which features would be coming in both and which would be reserved for the top model. 

From what we’ve gathered – by which we mean, what most leaks agree upon – the standard OnePlus 8 will have a 6.55-inch display, while the Pro will have 6.67-inch screen. Both seem to have ditched the OnePlus 7’s pop-up selfie camera and opted instead for a punch-hole in the top-left corners of their displays.

Other leaks suggest the OnePlus 8 Pro might get a 60MP main camera instead, while additional lenses alongside the camera bump might be time-of-flight depth sensors. The front-facing camera might be bumped up to 32MP, too.

And now for official news: always-on displays are coming

Apropos of probably nothing, OnePlus tweeted that it's finally bringing an always-on display to its phones – but didn’t say when, or which devices will be getting the feature. The one thing we know? It’s on the Oxygen OS Product Team’s roadmap. 


Perhaps it will be included in the new OnePlus 8 line, which is expected to launch in mid-April, or perhaps it will have a wider release via a software update. It seems like a simple option to add at the end of the typical screen shut off times, but there may be more to balance with display and operating system concerns.

Via Android Authority

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Best meal prep delivery service: Blue Apron vs Hello Fresh vs Home Chef

While there’s nothing like home cooking, it demands frequent grocery store trips, and we all know grocery delivery services time slots are backed up. Thankfully, there are plenty of meal prep services that offer meal kits with all the ingredients and instructions you need to make your own lunches and dinners. 

We're taking a look at Blue Apron vs Home Chef vs Dinnerly, among other smaller and niche meal prep services that focus on weight loss, vegetarians and feeding entire families. Best of all, these meal kits ship right to your front door.

This is a great option if you don’t have time to buy groceries or don’t have the space to store many goods (anyone sharing a refrigerator, for instance). But it’s also helpful for folks who want to expand their cooking skills, as the kits come with step-by-step recipe instructions for cooking each meal. If you’ve wanted to up your dinner game, this could be a nice addition to your culinary toolbox.

The services are flexible to your needs, too, allowing you to pick not only which meals you want but how many and how much they serve – helpful if, say, you only need to cover a few nights a week or want to feed the whole family.

Not all services cover all areas or dietary needs, so we’ve pointed that out in each entry.

  1. Blue Apron (gold standard + wine subscription option to pair)
  2. Home Chef
  3. Freshly (meals fully cooked/insulated)
  4. Purple Carrot (vegan only)
  5. Yumble (kids)

Blue Apron

Blue Apron

  • Area: Nationwide
  • Dietary needs: vegetarian, Weight Watchers
  • Cost: starting at $48 per week (two meals, two servings each)

Blue Apron, the company that started the home-delivered meal prep, is still going strong with a variety of packages and menu options. Meals take between 25 and 55 minutes to cook, though most hover around the 30-minute mark, and there are options for vegetarian, Weight Watchers, diabetes-friendly, and Beyond Meat needs. The catalogue changes every week.

Plans are somewhat flexible: you can start with two meals, each with two servings, for $48 (including an $8 shipping fee) or bump that up to three meals with two services for $60 (with free shipping). If you want family-size four-serving meals, that option starts at $72 per week for two meals and goes up to $120 for four (shipping is free). 

Meals come shipped in a refrigerated package to stay cold and you can select the time of day they arrive. If you want, Blue Apron can also pair a wine with your meals as a side service; this option delivers 6 bottles of wine for $66 per month, including shipping.

Home Chef

Home Chef

  • Area: Nationwide (specifically, 98% of the US – check your ZIP here)
  • Dietary needs: vegetarian, no-carb
  • Cost: starting at $49.80 per week (two meals, two servings each) 

Home Chef is another widely-available meal prep service with its own perks and quirks. While its menus ticks to more American-style meals (protein/veggie/carb plates), it’s a lot more flexible than other services. For instance, you can customize your meals to swap out proteins or increase portions.

Like other services, Home Chef’s meal menu changes every week, though it includes an assortment of vegetarian, low-carb, and low-calorie options. There are also specific meals that come pre-prepared in an oven-ready tray as well as similar slow cooker-ready options. Premium meals are occasionally offered in the weekly menu, though their higher-quality ingredients bump up the base price.

Home Chef also has finer serving and frequency controls: pick between two, four, or six servings and anywhere from two to six meals sent to your home every week. At the low end, that’s $39.80 plus a $10 shipping fee (every other option has free shipping) for two meals with two servings each; at the top end, six meals with six servings each will run you $358.20 per week.

HelloFresh

HelloFresh

  • Area: Contiguous US (not Hawaii or Alaska)
  • Dietary needs: vegetarian, beef/pork/seafood-free
  • Cost: starting at $62 (three meals, two servings each)

HelloFresh is another well-known name in the meal prep delivery game. The service offers enough variety to cater to dietary preferences like avoiding beef/pork/seafood, vegetarian, or even meals geared toward appealing to kids.

Plans start with three meals with two servings each that start at $54, or bump this up to four meals with two servings for $70. Four-serving meals start at two a week for $72 or three a week with a slight discount for $90. All these options add on $8 for shipping per week.

Freshly

Freshly

  • Area: Nationwide (though not necessarily all ZIP codes – check your ZIP here)
  • Dietary needs: gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free
  • Cost: starting at $46 + shipping per week (four single-serving meals)

Don’t need two servings with every meal? Freshly is your pick: each meal kit comes with one serving and arrives fully prepared in its package - just heat in the microwave or oven and eat. That means its menu selections are a bit more basic than other services, and you won’t get the pleasure of learning new recipes while you prepare meals.

The 30-odd meal menu changes weekly, and by design, every one is gluten-free – though Freshly doesn’t currently offer vegetarian or vegan options. Most of the meals are plated meat/veggie/carb plates, from low-calorie bowls to comfort food.

Given that the meals are all single-serving, Freshly’s plans are simply divvied up by how many meals per week, starting with four at $11.50 each (or $46 total). Per-meal cost decreases with more ordered per week, so increasing to six drops the cost to $9 each ($54 per week), nine servings for $9 each ($81 per week), and finally twelve for $8 each ($96 per week). Shipping fees are added at the end of checkout.

Purple Carrot

Purple Carrot

  • Area: Contiguous US (not Hawaii)
  • Dietary needs: exclusively vegetarian and vegan, gluten-free, soy-free 
  • Cost: starting at $51.94 per week (three meals, two servings)

Purple Carrot is the service for vegans and vegetarians, full stop. Its menus consist of high-protein, gluten-free, and soy-free options. And unlike other services, Purple Carrot offers breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, too, for an additional charge on top of meal fees.

At minimum, subscribers sign up for dinners. Prices start at three meals with two servings each per week for $72 plus $6 shipping or two meals with four servings each for $80. Then you can add Extras to you order for around $18 each: four breakfast servings or two lunch servings. You can also pack in snacks with a range of costs from $4 to $16.

If you aren’t sure about a menu item or want to make it again, Purple Carrot explains how to prepare each of its meals on its website – just click the ‘View Recipe’ button on the bottom right of any meal card. 

Amid coronavirus concerns, Purple Carrot has assured customers that the boxes its meals are shipped in are safe to touch, its staff is handling ingredients safely, and its prep areas are disinfecting/sanitizing appropriately. 

Yumble

  • Area: East Coast, Texas, and parts of the Midwest and West Coast.
  • Dietary needs: vegetarian, gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free, dairy-free
  • Cost: starting at $48 per week for six meals

Yumble is a food service for kids, from toddler to preteen that caters to a variety of dietary preferences. If you’ve squared away meal deliveries for the adults in the family but want more age-appropriate dinners for the youngsters, this is a neat solution. 

Yumble divvies its menu into age brackets: meals for 1-3 year olds have simpler toddler-friendly ingredients, 4-8 year olds get more complicated construction, and 9-13-year olds have meals with more recognizable complexity - bowls, burritos, and the like. There are various packages, too, of curated meals that might suit your kid - like Picky Eaters, for instance. All meals arrive pre-prepared and only need minutes in the microwave to eat.

Packages start at six meals per week for $48, but give discounts for larger orders of eight meals for $56 or 12 meals for $72 -- all of which come with free shipping. And, as a bonus for the kids, each shipment comes with stickers and activities.

In light of coronavirus concerns, Yumble “adheres to strict anti-microbial and anti-viral USDA standards” including face masks, gloves, hair nets, and cleaning practices, with daily health screenings in the production facility, per the company’s FAQ

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Mouse support for iPad? Apple launches its iOS and iPadOS 13.4 update

Apple's iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 updates bring new features to your existing iPhone and iPad, and chief among the perks is enhanced mouse and keyboard support for the iPad.

Update: Looking to download iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4? We've updated our how-to guide explaining the steps you'll need to take to get the latest software on your device.

Any iPad compatible with iPadOS 13.4 will be able to use a mouse with a real pointer icon on-screen. Yes, Apple demoed mouse support with the iPad Pro 2020 along with its ‘floating’ Magic Keyboard peripheral, but this functionality is not limited to the new iPad.

Moreover, iPadOS 13.4 mouse support also works with third-party bluetooth and USB keyboards and mice, not just the highlighted Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad. 

And all of today’s Apple software updates, including iOS 13.4 and macOS 10.15.4, bring long-awaited iCloud folder sharing from within the Files app. With sharing comes controls to limit access, either only to accounts that were specifically invited or to anyone with a link, as well as who can make changes.

Buying apps for iOS, iPadOS, macOS and tvOS should be easier in the future, as the new suite of software updates introduce something called Universal Purchase. This allows app developers to bundle apps across multiple platforms. Of course, it's up to the app makers to consolidate pricing first.

  • Best iPad: the top Apple tablets on the market
  • Best iPhone: which phones will benefit from iOS 13.4
  • iOS 14: what's coming in the next great iPhone software update

iOS 13.4 update: all about the little things

It's not all productivity tools and file configuration changes. iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 introduce some fun, too, with nine new Memoji stickers that offer fresh poses in the guise of your cartoonish Apple persona.

Other iOS 13.4 updates are a bit perfunctory: making reply/delete/compose controls always visible in the Mail app, encrypting email responses automatically (just remember to set up S/MIME first), and finally lending Apple CarPlay support for third-party navigation apps (read: Google Maps and Waze).

And then there are a bunch of fixes for existing iOS 13 problems – though it isn't yet clear if Apple was able to successfully troubleshoot the iOS 13 hotspot issues we've been encountering.

Via MacWorld

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PS5 will eventually play ‘majority of the 4,000-plus PS4 titles’

The Sony PS5 will be backward compatible with “the overwhelming majority of the 4,000-plus PS4 titles,” according to a new blog post from Sony.

In a blog post update, Sony asserted that most of the older system’s games would be coming to the new machine, though they didn’t reveal any details on how long it would take for that catalogue to fill out - only noting that more info would be shared in the coming months.

During an earlier presentation diving deep into the new console hardware capabilities, PlayStation chief architect Mark Cerny claimed the PS5 would be able to play 100-plus of the most-played PS4 games at launch - though now that number could be more.

What we do know is those backward compatible titles will get touched up on the new console, running at a boosted frequency on the PS5 to “benefit from higher and more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions,” per the blog post, echoing what Cerny said during the presentation.

Sony is evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to evaluate things that need be adjusted when porting an old game to the new console. And PS5 devs have already tested “hundreds of titles,” according to the blog post, and plan to test thousands more toward launch.

So...when's my favorite game coming?

The original run of PS3 consoles famously included an emulator - essentially PS2 hardware - within the new console to play the older system’s games, which drove up the price. Later models dropped that tech and capability to save cost, and the PS4 abandoned the idea entirely, opting instead to upload older games digitally over PSN.

So it’s impressive that Sony is claiming backward compatibility out the gate for the PS5. In the presentation, Cerny asserted they won’t strip this capability out of the console to save money like they did with the PS3: “Once backwards compatibility is in the console, it’s in,” he said.

But how long it will take to make your favorite niche PS4 game compatible on the PS5 is unclear. Microsoft spent years slowly adding more Xbox 360 titles to the backward compatibility list of the Xbox One, and it might be the same with the PS5 - a few games here and there for years. 

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Who is this $2,300 luxury fitness watch really for?

The day the new Tag Heuer Connected watch was announced, we stopped by a Manhattan warehouse to check it out. We slipped on the priciest model of this fitness watch, the one with a titanium body which retails for $2,300 (around £1,867 / AU$3,742), and we immediately wondered who it was for.

This is far from the first smartwatch from a luxury brand to hit the market – the Montblanc Summit 2, for instance, came out a year ago – but there’s a fitness edge to the new Tag Heuer Connected that seems at odds with vigorous exercise. Those who work out typically don wearables that are sportier instead of fashion-focused.

And make no mistake, the Tag Heuer Connected is a fashionable timepiece, whether you opt for the burnished titanium, or the less pricey steel model (which still costs $1,800). Both feel like exact, precise accessories that look sharp when paired with a shirt or suit, as its 45mm watch face width, dense dial and heft are coded to a more traditionally masculine fashion – but don’t let us dissuade you, either model will complement any classy outfit. 

That’s partially due to the interchangeable wristbands, available for $100 (around £86 / AU$173) a pop – including ones made of rubber meant for more active lifestyles and exercise. We didn’t get a chance to try it out under actual workout pressure, but the band is more pliable than other rubber types. 

But the real challenge to make an exercise-friendly luxury smartwatch is in the body. Unlike the Montblanc Summit 2, which we tested and felt was top-heavy to the point of weighing down our wrist, the Tag Heuer Connected’s weight is more evenly distributed, so it would probably be less of a pain while running. 

But... it might drag down your wrist while exercising. At its lightest configuration – with titanium case and rubber watchband – the Connected weighs 86g, which is twice as heavy as the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 (42g). Heck, even the clunky Samsung Galaxy Watch is 63g. And if you’re opting for the less pricey steel case version of the Connected, it’s even heavier, starting at 108g with a rubber strap.

In other words, it might be uncomfortable to do a lot of session training – but for a swift jog or cycling jaunt across town, the Connected should be fine. It’s even water-resistant up to 5 meters if you want to wear it while taking laps around the pool. To access any sports mode, hit the top button above the crown.

What it’s best for is golf, because this smartwatch is an evolution of the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Golf Edition and kept all its neat tricks. Chief among them is a specific mode on both the watch as well as on the paired smartphone app that will give you info about where you’re playing, as Tag Heuer has uploaded over 38,000 golf courses to its app. 

The remaining fitness modes pack the essentials, like running and cycling. There’s also a catch-all ‘exercise’ mode, which essentially tracks heart rate and duration, though more modes are coming: the Tag Heuer team back at its Switzerland HQ is set to add exercises as owners demand them.

So unless you’re keen on stepping off the bike and into a fancy dinner, we assume this won’t be a fitness watch, or a watch for the terribly fitness-inclined. 

Those who persist in exercising with the Connected, however, will find other nice touches – like a stopwatch mode carefully designed to imitate the analog stopwatches that Tag Heuer built its business on, items that early car speedsters used to time their laps. On the new watch, just hit the button below the crown to access it.

The new Connected is as powerful as smartwatches get, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, a 430mAh capacity that Tag Heuer claims lasts all day, and a standard version of Wear OS. And despite having much the same internals as the Samsung Galaxy Watch, which debuted in 2018, the Connected feels much more fine-tuned with smoother transitions and animations. 

It also has GPS and heart-rate monitoring via sensors on the underside of the case. That’s about standard. What isn’t, of course, is the cost - and given the Samsung Galaxy Watch costs about $279 / £279 / AU$499 at full price, which is roughly 15% of the TAG Heuer’s price, there’s a particular buyer out there for whom the latter watch is appealing. It’s not for the masses, but boy will it look good alongside whoever wears it on a svelte date.

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T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T will waive late fees during Covid-19

All major US phone carriers have pledged to keep customers connected to their mobile lines even if they can’t pay their bills during the coronavirus outbreak. 

FCC chairman Ajit Pai introduced a pledge on March 13 that Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and other providers have affirmed, bringing the total to 185 providers according to a news release

The FCC's Keep Americans Connected Pledge asks signees to help customers in three ways for at least the next 60 days: not cut off service to residential or small business customers who can’t pay their bills due to coronavirus disruptions, waive late fees incurred due to outbreak conditions, and open Wi-Fi hotspots to “any American who needs them.” 

The specifics: carrier by carrier

AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint (via a tweet from CEO Michel Combes) have all publicly affirmed the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, while AT&T and Verizon’s enterprise arm have also extended this claim to small business broadband, according to Android Police

T-Mobile also affirmed the pledge, but is also extending its plans’ data allowances: limited data plans on T-Mobile or Metro will get boosted to unlimited, customers using tethering and mobile hotspots will get 20GB of additional data, and low-income Lifeline plans get 5GB of more data. 

Meanwhile, Mint Mobile customers will get free unlimited data through April 14, though they’ll need to navigate through the Mint Mobile app’s settings to buy more data in 3GB chunks - which will be refunded ASAP, according to Android Police.

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Film FOMO? Universal to release movies on-demand and in theaters simultaneously

Amid plunging movie theater attendance due to the spread of coronavirus, NBCUniversal is choosing to let its next slate of upcoming films to be streamed on-demand the day they’re released in cinemas.

This includes movies like Trolls World Tour, which is set to open in theaters on April 10 in the US, and an undisclosed number of other films on Universal’s 2020 release docket. Rentals will be $20 (around £16 / AU$32) in the US (and an equivalent price around the world) for a 48-hour period on a variety of on-demand services, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Rather than delaying these films or releasing them into a challenged distribution landscape, we wanted to provide an option for people to view these titles in the home that is both accessible and affordable,” NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell said in a press release

According to that press release, titles will be available for a 48-Hour rental period from NBCUniversal sister companies Comcast and Sky as well as a broad range of on-demand partners. NBCUniversal has a streaming service of its own coming up called Peacock, that's coming in July, but it wasn't mentioned in either report.

Theater chains across the US have dialed back their attendance amid the coronavirus outbreak. In accordance with CDC recommendations to restrict public gatherings to 50 people and under, AMC has capped their per-theater count at 50, per AP, while smaller specialty chains like Alamo Drafthouse have enacted gaps between seats - as well as closing some cinema locations entirely. 

Streaming the not-so-blockbuster hits

The spread of coronavirus has been met by a global effort to create social distance and avoid public gatherings; predictably, this has kept viewers out of theaters, and the US box office has tumbled to a 20-year low, per The Hollywood Reporter. 

Studios have postponed their larger films that were slated to release in the coming months, resulting in a growing list of movies delayed by the coronavirus. But NBCUniversal’s move could be an alternative that provides some revenue, though the company would prefer it wasn’t a permanent one:

“We hope and believe that people will still go to the movies in theaters where available, but we understand that for people in different areas of the world that is increasingly becoming less possible,” NBCUniversal CEO Shell said in the above statement.

In the meantime, NBCUniversal will also make its films that are currently in theaters available for on-demand rental, too, starting this coming Friday, March 20. These will include hits like The Invisible Man, The Hunt, and Emma, though it’s unclear when each will be available on demand.

Given that US President Trump just advised the public not to gather in groups of greater than 10, per a tweet by CBS’ Mark Knoller, it might be an increasingly attractive solution.

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Uber Eats is offering free delivery across the US as millions self-isolate

As millions of people across the US settle into coronavirus-triggered self-isolation, Uber Eats is offering free delivery across the US and Canada starting today. 

That doesn’t include tip, of course, and customers should still contribute that way for gig workers. But Uber Eats will also make moves to help local businesses in this time. 

“We will also launch daily dedicated, targeted marketing campaigns—both in-app and via email—to promote delivery from local restaurants, especially those that are new to the app,” company head Janelle Sallenave said in a press release

Uber Eats is also allowing restaurants to pay it daily instead of the current weekly billing schedule, and pledged to financially support delivery employees in the event of exposure or diagnosis of COVID-19. 

In addition to Uber Eats, Grubhub (and by extension Seamless) won’t collect $100 million in commission fees for local businesses impacted by the outbreak, at least for now. These must be qualified independent restaurants, per a GrubHub press release.

Via CNET

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Moto G Stylus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs LG Stylo 5: The stylus phone showdown

With the upcoming launch of the Moto G Stylus, it only becomes more apparent that there are very few phones on the market with styluses built into them for more precise inputs. As it stands, the frontrunners are LG’s ongoing line of stylus-packed phones, capped off by the LG Stylo 5, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note series most recently led by the Galaxy Note 10.

If you’re looking for a smartphone packing a stylus, your options are truly limited. So, we’re here to make sure it’s clear what is actually on offer by comparing the budget-friendly LG Stylo 5, the mid-tier Moto G Stylus, and the premium Galaxy Note 10.

Price

Of course, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 easily take the lead in every category, that’s because it’s a premium phone with a $949 (£869, AU$1,499) price tag. 

That’s an astronomical leap from the prices of the Moto G Stylus and LG Stylo 5. LG’s device is the cheapest of the bunch at $249 (around £190, AU$375), while the Moto G Stylus comes at just a 20% uptick to $299 (around £230, AU$440) - or it will, when the Moto G Stylus goes on sale at an undisclosed date.

This leaves the Moto G Stylus and LG Stylo 5 in a similar ballpark price-wise, but a $50 (about £40, AU$75) difference isn’t negligible on a tight budget.

Design

The LG Stylo 5 shows its budget status in its design. It has the thickest bezels above and below the display. There’s no fancy glass black, and the single camera on the rear doesn’t stand out as much. That said, it does offer a touch of premium with its aluminum frame. 

It also has thankfully kept with the times by opting for a USB-C port for charging instead of a micro USB port, which some budget handsets still feature. At 160mm tall and 77.7mm wide, it’s the largest of the three phones, but it’s not the thickest at 8.4mm and not the heaviest at 179 grams.

The Moto G Stylus steps things up on the design front. That’s thanks in large part to its extended display, which nearly does away with bezels altogether. Nearly. It does that with a hole-punch camera in the top left corner of the display. This phone also has a glass front and plastic back with an aluminum frame sandwiched between the two. 

The rear has a little more flair with the column of camera sensors in the corner. Like the LG Stylo 5, the Moto G Stylus has a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. The chassis is the thickest of all three phones at 9.2m, and it’s the heaviest phone at 192 grams. It does at least offer splash resistance to keep water out.

The Galaxy Note 10 takes things to the premium levels. Unfortunately, following flagship phone trends, it’s the only one of these phones that doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack. It has Gorilla Glass on both sides and an aluminum frame. 

The Note 10 is also the only phone to offer serious water protection with an IP68 rating, making it capable of going 1.5 meters underwater for up to 30 minutes. It also hides its fingerprint sensor inside the screen, so you simply put your finger on the display to unlock. 

Samsung goes the furthest with its reduction to bezels, offering a screen that covers more space on the front of the phone. This helps the Note 10 stay smaller than both the Moto and LG phone, and it’s even lighter. 

Like the LG Stylo 5, the Moto G Stylus and Galaxy Note 10 both use a USB-C port., but the Galaxy Note 10 has a USB 3.1 connection enabling more functionality and fast data transfer over the connection.

Stylus

All three phones include a stylus that slots into the bottom of the phone. The stylus for the Moto G Stylus and LG Stylo 5 is a simple, capacitive type that works just like a finger and requires no power. 

LG’s implementation gives you some special functionality, like the ability to take notes or sketch onto the phone even while the screen is off. Pulling out the stylus with the display off will automatically pull up a blank memo pad, while pulling out the stylus with the display on will pop up a list of apps that work with the Stylus. You can also add extra apps to that quick-launch menu for the stylus.

Motorola’s stylus works much in the same way as that in the LG Stylo 5. The Moto G Stylus will automatically pop up some quick-launch apps when the stylus is pulled out. These include a sketch pad, a screenshot tool, and Google Keep. As with LG, you can also add other quick-launch apps.

The Galaxy Note 10’s stylus is powered, and automatically recharges when it’s inside the phone. That power enables pressure sensitivity and wireless capabilities like a remote camera shutter button, as well as gesture controls. You can also use it to take notes while the display is off.

While the Galaxy Note 10 might have the edge in terms of stylus functionality, the extra features aren’t exactly must-have. It is a more precise drawing implement than the styluses on the LG Stylo 5 and the Moto G Stylus, but that’s to be expected from the Note 10’s premium pricetag. The Moto G Stylus and LG Stylo 5 effectively tie in this category, as their stylus functionality is nearly identical.

Display

All three phones are close to the same size when it comes to their displays. The LG Stylo 5 has a 6.2 inch display. The next largest is the Galaxy Note 10 with a 6.3-inch display, followed by the 6.4-inch display on the Moto G Stylus.

They also follow a similar trend when it comes to resolution. Each has a Full HD+ display. For the LG Stylo 5, that means a 1080 x 2160 resolution. The Note 10 stretches that to 1080 x 2280 (though it expands to QHD+. or 1440 x 3040, on the Note 10 Plus), and the Moto G Stylus goes to 1080 x 2300.

But, where they’re all fairly similar in terms of screen size and resolution, the Galaxy Note 10 dramatically sets itself apart when it comes to screen quality with Samsung’s signature flagship polish.

The LG Stylo 5 and Moto G Stylus use IPS displays. We haven’t tested the LG Stylo 5’s, but we know the Moto G Stylus display at least gets decently bright. 

The Galaxy Note 10, meanwhile, has a Super AMOLED display. That gives it pure blacks that make for an incredible contrast ratio. It also can get incredibly bright, making it easy to see even outside on bright days. For video content, it can support HDR10+ playback as well. Of course, this is just a part of it being an ultra-premium smartphone and not a budget device.

OS and performance

This is where the three phones start to grow even further apart.

The LG Stylo 5’s budget status is apparent from the specs. It runs Android 9 Pie on a Snapdragon 450 octa-core chipset. It has 3GB of RAM and just a 32GB storage capacity. That can fortunately be expanded with a microSD card up to 2TB. 

The Moto G Stylus steps that up in nearly every respect. It runs Android 10 on a Snapdragon 665 octa-core chipset with 4GB of RAM. It goes a lot further with 128GB of storage topped off with microSD support.

Naturally, the Galaxy Note 10 goes much further. It has a Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset, or an Exynos 9825 depending on the market, which has dramatically faster speeds than its competition. It also gets 8GB of RAM to run on. While the Note 10 comes with Android 9 out of the box, an update to Android 10 is available. 

The Note 10 also has 256GB of storage, though it lacks a microSD slot. It’s worth noting that the Note 10’s storage is also faster UFS 3.0, whereas the Moto and LG appear to have eMMC 5.1 according to GSMArena.

The phones differentiate on wireless connections as well. The LG and Moto connect to 802.11ac wireless, AKA Wi-Fi 5, while the Note 10 has made the shift to the newer Wi-Fi 6 and also offers NFC. LG doesn’t mention NFC in its specs, but the owner’s manual for the Stylo 5 suggests it, too, has NFC. 

The Moto G Stylus has the largest battery of the bunch at 4,000mAh, and it supports 10W rapid charging. Both the LG Stylo 5 and Galaxy Note 10, meanwhile, have 3,500mAh batteries. However, the Note 10 supports 25W fast-charging, wireless charging, and even reverse wireless charging to deliver power to other phones and devices.

Cameras

When it comes to cameras, the LG Stylo 5 starts to look a little hohum. It has a single, 13MP camera on the back – no flashy features like depth-sensing and no mention of stabilization. It only records 1080p video at 30fps. The front-facing camera is a 5MP wide-angle sensor, and it has the same video limitations.

The Moto G Stylus has a lot more on offer. The front-facing camera offers a 16MP resolution for sharp selfies, though it can also only record 1080p/30fps video. The rear gets more interesting with 4K/30fps video and electronic video stabilization. There’s also a combination of sensors from 48MP wide-angle camera to a 16MP ultra-wide and 2MP macro. This gives it much more versatility and decent quality in our experience.

The Galaxy Note 10 offers a triple camera sensor on the back as well. It has one 16MP ultra-wide sensor and a 12MP wide-angle sensor with a dual-aperture mode that can let in extra light. The third is a 12MP telephoto camera with a 2x optical zoom. With the exception of the ultra-wide camera, Samsung uses optical images stabilization. 

Samsung also has more capability in terms of video with 4K/60fps, digital stabilization, and even HDR10+ recording. It also has slow-mo modes for up to 960fps at HD resolution of 240fps at 1080p. Its selfie camera offers a 10MP resolution and 4K/30fps video recording. 

While the Moto G Stylus and Note 10 cameras may seem well matched on paper given just the specs, Samsung’s delivery on quality with the Note 10 cameras will be hard to beat. We have only had some hands-on time with the Moto G Stylus, but its cameras were far from as impressive as the Note 10’s.

Takeaway

There’s little room to doubt that the Galaxy Note 10 is far and away the best of the stylus phones. It has more polish, more performance, and more capability. It’s even packed all of that into a smaller chassis. 

But, it hasn’t done it at a small price, and that makes it a tough sell for anyone on some semblance of a budget. Carrier incentives can make it more affordable, though, so it may be worth seeing what Galaxy Note 10 deals are available. 

When it comes to the two budget smartphones, the Moto G Stylus takes the lead in enough regards that we feel comfortable calling it the winner - though again, it’s not certain when that phone will be released. 

Motorola’s polish on budget phones is commendable, as is its Android implementations, which avoid bloatware. The extra camera features and screen space are a big plus, and well worth the extra money. The LG Stylus 5 may have the lowest price, but it feels like it should be even cheaper given what it lacks in the face of Motorola.

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OnePlus 8 Pro may have just leaked because Robert Downey Jr was holding it

The OnePlus 8 Pro has seen several leaks in the lead up to its likely launch in mid-April, but this one takes the cake: a photo popped up allegedly revealing the phone in the hands of actor Robert Downey, Jr.

Downey, Jr, of course, portrayed Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Avengers films - but he’s also done promotional work for OnePlus before. Shortly after the release of Avengers: Endgame, the actor appeared on Weibo last May showing off a OnePlus 7 Pro, per The Verge.

Assuming this latest leaked photo is real, it shows what we’re guessing to be a OnePlus 8 Pro given the potential depth sensors located left of the rear camera strip, which supports previous leaks and rumors. Here's the photo:

Or it could...not be real

The photo comes courtesy of the instagram account robertdowney.ig, a self-described RDJ fanpage. The closer you look at the image, the less cohesive it looks - suggesting it might be photoshopped.

First comes the phone: yes, it looks a lot like the OnePlus 8 Pro leaks we’ve seen before, insofar as it has the left-of-center potential depth sensors - but it certainly looks awkward in his hands there, with some odd placement (who holds their phone just right to expose the back like that?) and lighting that doesn’t match the rest of the photo. In fact, the lighting is kind of all over the place, hitting Downey, Jr. differently than the other figure.

That other figure, by the way, appears to be Sam Jones, noted photographer and director who had Downey, Jr. on his long-form interview show Off Camera in an episode that aired...on July 15, 2019.

Even if the image is fake, OnePlus might still be behind it: the phonemaker is not above pulling stunts, like when it pitted snowball-firing robots against each other to show off 5G connectivity. 

Via GSM Arena

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OnePlus 8 Pro may have just leaked because Robert Downey Jr was holding it

The OnePlus 8 Pro has seen several leaks in the lead up to its likely launch in mid-April, but this one takes the cake: a photo popped up allegedly revealing the phone in the hands of actor Robert Downey, Jr.

Downey, Jr, of course, portrayed Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Avengers films - but he’s also done promotional work for OnePlus before. Shortly after the release of Avengers: Endgame, the actor appeared on Weibo last May showing off a OnePlus 7 Pro, per The Verge.

Assuming this latest leaked photo is real, it shows what we’re guessing to be a OnePlus 8 Pro given the potential depth sensors located left of the rear camera strip, which supports previous leaks and rumors. Here's the photo:

Or it could...not be real

The photo comes courtesy of the instagram account robertdowney.ig, a self-described RDJ fanpage. The closer you look at the image, the less cohesive it looks - suggesting it might be photoshopped.

First comes the phone: yes, it looks a lot like the OnePlus 8 Pro leaks we’ve seen before, insofar as it has the left-of-center potential depth sensors - but it certainly looks awkward in his hands there, with some odd placement (who holds their phone just right to expose the back like that?) and lighting that doesn’t match the rest of the photo. In fact, the lighting is kind of all over the place, hitting Downey, Jr. differently than the other figure.

That other figure, by the way, appears to be Sam Jones, noted photographer and director who had Downey, Jr. on his long-form interview show Off Camera in an episode that aired...on July 15, 2019.

Even if the image is fake, OnePlus might still be behind it: the phonemaker is not above pulling stunts, like when it pitted snowball-firing robots against each other to show off 5G connectivity. 

Via GSM Arena

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