OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: These Are the New Features

OnePlus 5, the successor of OnePlus 3T, has been launched after months of wait, and fans in India will not have to wait too long as it will arrive in the country on Thursday. The OnePlus 5 price in India is yet to be official announced, but if the US and Europe prices are any indication, it will be an affordable alternative to iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S8. Of course, in a price sensitive market such as India, there will be many who will be unsure of which model is right for them, OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 3T. We take a look at the new features that set the current OnePlus flagship apart from its predecessor to help you decide where to go for the former or the latter.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: These Are the New Features

Price
As mentioned above, the India prices of the OnePlus 5 are not yet out, but the smartphone is expected to be priced at Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999 for the two variants respectively. OnePlus 5 prices in the US and select European regions for the variant with 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, and Slate Gray colour are $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) and EUR 499 (roughly Rs. 35,900), respectively. The 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant in Midnight Black paintjob costs $539 (approximately Rs. 35,000), and EUR 559 (about Rs. 40,000) in the US and the select European markets, respectively.

To compare, the OnePlus 3T 64GB model at launch was priced at Rs. 29,999, GBP 399 (roughly Rs. 33,700), EUR 439 (roughly Rs. 31,200), and USD 439 (roughly Rs. 29,800), while the 128GB model has been priced at Rs. 34,999, GBP 439 (roughly Rs. 37,100), EUR 479 (roughly Rs. 34,800), and USD 479 (roughly Rs. 32,500).

While in India, the smartphone will be sold on June 22 at 4.30pm IST on Amazon India, the smartphone has currently gone up for pre-orders in US and Europe right now, with an Early Drop system that will see shipments begin on Wednesday, June 21, a full six days ahead of general sales that begin on June 27. Early Drop pre-order buyers will get special launch offers as well.

Design
With respect to design, the OnePlus 5 sees a lot of design changes, evidently inspired by the iPhone 7 Plus. The antenna bands placement, the dual camera setup, and the thin metal rounded frame are all the changes seen in plain sight. The bezels in the front remain at the top and bottom of the device, with the Home Button still donning the capsule shape sits on the front panel, with the fingerprint sensor placed underneath.

Specifications, features
On paper, the OnePlus 5 is a beast with upgrades in almost all departments. It still sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display (goes from Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection to Gorilla Glass 5), but bumps the processor to the latest octa Snapdragon 835 SoC, with four cores clocked at 2.45GHz and four cores clocked at 1.9GHz, as well as the Adreno 540 GPU. The top RAM configuration is now at 8GB of LPDDR4X. The OnePlus 3T on the other hand sports a quad-core Snapdragon 821 SoC with two cores clocked at 2.35GHz and two cores at 1.6GHz, the Adreno 530 GPU, and 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM.

The dual camera setup is probably the biggest change. There are 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors at the back – with the latter a telephoto lens. The 16-megapixel main camera bears a 1.12-micron pixel Sony IMX398 sensor with an f/1.7 aperture, said to capture 34 percent more light than the OnePlus 3T. The 20-megapixel telephoto camera bears a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX350 sensor, with an f/2.6 aperture. At the front, is a 16-megapixel camera with a 1-micron pixel Sony IMX371 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, and EIS.

In comparison, the OnePlus 3T bears a 16-megapixel rear camera with a Sony IMX298 sensor, an f/2.0 aperture, OIS, and EIS. At the front, it bears a 16-megapixel camera at the front with a Samsung 3P8SP sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T were both plagued by touch latency issues, and OnePlus claims to have solved the issue on the OnePlus 5 by using high-speed cameras that track the movement of the screen and input speeds. The OnePlus 5 sports LPDDR4X RAM, which OnePlus claims is 17 percent more power efficient than the previous LPDDR4 offering.

The OnePlus 5 sports a slightly smaller 3300mAh battery compared to the OnePlus 3T’s 3400mAh offering, however, with “hardware and software optimisations” manages to deliver 20 percent more battery life than its predecessor – according to the company. Also being touted alongside is a feature called App Priority, which learns the apps users utilise most commonly to load them on startup. Apps that aren’t commonly used are deprioritised. Another performance improvement is the use of UFS 2.1 storage and a 2-lane ROM, which together are said to double bandwidth.

The OnePlus 3T on the other hand uses UFS 2.0 storage. The company carries forward the ceramic fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 3T to the OnePlus 5, with the same boast of unlocking in 0.2 seconds. Finally, OxygenOS running on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat on the OnePlus 5 gets some new features including Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshots (brought to the OnePlus 3T with OxygenOS 4.1.6 update), and a semi-transparent app drawer.

One other notable addition is the support for Bluetooth v5.0 on the OnePlus 5, compared to Bluetooth v4.2 on the OnePlus 3T. It also adds an additional microphone for better noise cancellation and audio recording. As for dimensions, the OnePlus 5 is slightly slimmer at 7.25mm, compared to the 7.35mm of the OnePlus 3T. It weighs slightly less as well, at 153 grams compared to its predecessor’s 158 grams weight.

 

UPSC Civil Service Exam prelims 2017: These 9 tips will help you score full marks

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Are you planning to take the civil services preliminary examination on June 18? If so, this article will help you make a good strategic plan to prepare for your exam. The exam draws attention of thousands of candidates every year, so adopting a coherent and organic approach to preparation becomes indispensable. There is always a fair amount of luck involved in a mass examination, but there is also always a plenty of preparation you can do.

Here are nine tips to follow in order to score full marks in UPSC civil services preliminary examination 2017:

1. Make sure this test is for you

Before embarking on preparation for an examination, decide whether the work is worth it. It’s prudent to study the exam announcements and make sure that you meet requirements like: Percentage of marks, or grade point average, educational level or experience needed to qualify to take the exam. Any maximum or minimum age limit that applies to your exam

2. Go back to your fundamentals

Once you know you qualify for your exam, your next step should be to decide how to brush up on fundamentals you have not practiced latterly. Dig out your old textbooks and put them where you can see them.

3. Get up to date

For civil service aspirants, it’s necessary to work on general knowledge and keep it updated. Good grasp of general knowledge will enable you to discuss the current events that affect the bureaucracy or government you aim to join. Daily look at news media on current events will help you stay updated.

4. Consider paying for coaching (‘Joint Coaching Institutes’)

However, it is not essentially required to enroll in a coaching institute to crack civil services examination and you can do remarkably well without joining any coaching centre also but a good coaching institute can map out right preparation strategy for you, consequently you do not waste time boning up on irrelevant study material. A good coaching institute can extend you:

  • Study materials with which to structure your time
  • Counselling
  • Reassurance

5. Set realistic goals

Consider how much time you are left with until the test date and what are the other activities, you will be involved in — including fun things. Take in consideration the resources you have and your level of ability and then set modest, realistic and achievable goals and deadlines for accomplishing different steps of your preparation. Manage your time so that your preparation embraces each section of the test, with more time allotted to sections which are your Achilles heel.

6. Create a support group

Make a circle of friends who are interested in preparing for the same or similar examination. It will be extremely helpful in keeping up your morale. It will make you realise that you are not struggling alone – many other people long for success, just like you do. Studying in a group helps you to effortlessly identify your areas of weaknesses and strong suit.

7. Be positive

Those who stay positive in spite of facing thousands hurdles emerge as winner at last. There is no guarantee that you will pass the examination in the first attempt but it’s also illogical to assume that you will not notch up success. Be patient and support yourself over the long haul.

8. Take mock tests

It may not be difficult to answer all the questions in a test but some aspirants find themselves in a tight spot when it comes to answering all the questions in the allotted time. Solving previous year questions will help you understand whether it’s to your own advantage to guess at answers you are not sure of, or whether you should skip these questions.

While writing the test, you will make out, how fast you have to work to answer every question that has a chance of increasing your score.

9. Go easy on yourself

It’s important to stay healthy while you prepare. Regular yoga and exercise boost your mental as well as physical strength. Aspirants tend to stave off fun activities during their training period assuming that it will bugger up their time. In truth, indulging in fun activities stamp out scores of psychological blockades, consequently you give optimal performance.

 

Are you pronouncing these food names right?

1. Wrongly pronounced food names!

Do you know that you have probably been mispronouncing common food names such as tortilla, cocoa, onion and hummus all your life! To make it easy for you, here is a list of food terms that are most liable to mispronunciation in daily conversations.

2. Pasta

Wrong: PASS-TAA
Right: PAH-STUH

3. Tortilla

Wrong: TOR-TI-LLAS
Right: TOHR-TEE-YHAS

4. Parmesan Cheese

Wrong: PAR-MAY-SEAN
Right: PAR-MA-ZON

5. Jalapenos

Wrong: JAH-LA-PE-NO
Right: HAH-LAH-PEH-NYOH

6. Buffet

Wrong: BUFF-AY
Right: BOO-FAY

7. Bruschetta

Wrong: BROOH-S-CHETTA
Right: BROO-SKET-AH

8. Croissant

Wrong: CROI-SANT
Right: CWA-SOHN

9. Salmon

Wrong: SAL-MON
Right: SAM-UHN

10. Gnocchi

Wrong: NO-CHEE
Right: NYOH KEE

11. Onion

Wrong: ONI-ON
Right: AH-NION

12. Cocoa

Wrong: KO-KO-WA
Right: KOH-KOH

13. Star Anise

Wrong: A NEICE
Right: AN-ISS

14. Hummus

Wrong: HUMM-AS, HUMM-OOS
Right: Hoom-us

15. Chipotle

Wrong: CHI-POL-TAY
Right: CHI-POAT-LAY

16. Foie Grass

Wrong: FOY- GRASS
Right: FWAH-GRAH
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We Are Loving These 3 New Abs Exercises From Our Favorite Celebrity Trainers

Here’s one thing we can all agree on: getting a flatter, more toned tummy is always on our to-do list. And now that beach season is upon us, there’s no shortage of great ab moves from credible trainers to help you tighten your middle. In fact, all you need to do is open Instagram.

We scrolled through our feed and pulled out three core moves we are loving right now from three top celebrity trainers: Jeanette Jenkins (Pink, Kelly Rowland), Lacey Stone (Amanda Seyfried, Kelly Osbourne), and Simone De La Rue (Reese Witherspoon, Chrissy Teigen). Now, who’s ready to get CORE-geous!

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Trainer: Jeanette Jenkins @msjeanettejenkins 

Core move: Alternating Toe Touches

How to do it: Lie on your back, knees bent and arms extended overhead, with a jump rope, towel, or yoga strap pulled taut between hands. Crunch up as you lift right leg straight up, bringing foot to meet hands. Slowly lower back down and repeat movement with the left leg. Do 3 sets of 20 reps.

Why it’s good: Our interpretation based on Jenkins’s use of the fire emoji: This move will light up those abs, leaving your midsection more defined.

Bonus: Up for a challenge? See if you can make it through the rest of the moves in her core-centric post: abs tucks, flutter kicks, oblique rotations, pike ups, and cross torso rotations.

Trainer: Lacey Stone @laceystonefitness

Core move: Med Ball Side Throw + 180-Degree Jumps

How to do it: Stand with wall on your right side (about 3-5 feet away), feet wider than hip-width apart, knees bent, and a med ball in hands positioned at left hip. Brace core, rotate torso, and pivot on right foot as you release ball toward the wall. Catch the ball and jump 180 degrees—so that now you are facing the opposite direction, and the wall is on your left. Repeat motion. Continue alternating sides. Do 3 sets of 10 reps per side.

Why it’s good: “When you toss the med ball against the wall, you work your entire core,and the plyometric jumps increase your heart rate, which makes you burn more calories and get faster results,” Stone writes.

Trainer: Simone De La Rue @bodybysimone

Core move: Single Leg Mountain Climber

How to do it: Get into a high plank with left toes on a gliding disc or towel. Bring navel toward spine and tilt pelvis under. Slide knee in toward navel, pause, and then kick leg back. Start with 10 reps per side, increasing reps as you get stronger.

Why it’s good: “You’ll feel it activating in your lower abs,” De La Rue says in the video post.

 

Beat the heat in style. Try these 5 summer fashion tips to stay cool

With temperatures soaring in the capital, it is important to choose clothes that don’t get you rashes, itching or other skin infections. Opt for loose fitting cotton and khadi clothes, skirts and sheer fabrics to be comfortable yet stylish this summer.

Designers Ridhima Bhasin, Samant Chauhan and Mansi Bhasin, creative head of brand Olbees, share tips on how to plan your summer wardrobe.

* Stick to loose fitting clothes like capes and skirts, so that there is room for your skin to breathe.

* Style yourself in the colour of summer. Shun the sun with eggshell whites and offwhites, wear pleated culottes and pair with a loose fit- asymmetrical cape, pull your hair back in an elegant bun and make sure you use water proof makeup to avoid sweat-smudges.

Wear fun outfits like off-shoulder dresses, crop cape tops, sheer shirts, short-hemmed skirts and shorts. (Shutterstock)

* The heat wave has taken over the city and to be comfortable and stylish at the same time opt for natural breathable and light-weight fabrics like cottons. Avoid wearing silks and bulky fabrics. Cottons and natural fibres like khadi should be your go-to fabrics.

Stick to loose fitting clothes like capes and skirts, so that there is room for your skin to breathe. (Yogen Shah/HT Photo)

* Try wearing outfits that will not cling to your body. Go for anti-fit long but structured blouse with palazzo pants as it’s an ideal outfit for the day and will keep your style quotient up.

* Summer is the perfect time to show off some skin, so don’t be afraid to do so. Make sure you have your sunscreen on and wear fun outfits like off-shoulder dresses, crop cape tops, sheer shirts, short-hemmed skirts and shorts.

 

Why Betsy DeVos Will Rewrite These Student Loan Forgiveness Rules

The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will rewrite two Obama-era rules intended to protect student loan borrowers.

The U.S. Department of Education said new committees will be formed to rewrite rules for Borrower Defense To Repaying and Gainful Employment.

Here’s what you need to know.

What Is Borrower Defense To Repaying?

Borrower Defense To Repaying allows students to have their federal student loans forgiven if a school employed illegal or deceptive practices to encourage the students to borrow debt to attend the school.

This rule was scheduled to become effective July 1, but will now be delayed.

Nearly 16,000 borrower-defense claims are currently being processed by the Education Department, and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos assured those borrowers that their loans will be discharged as expeditiously as possible.

What Is Gainful Employment?

The gainful employment rule was created to ensure that students earned enough money after graduation to repay their student loans.

For a college to have access to federal student aid, the college must meet minimum gainful employment standards. The current formula says that on average, student loan borrowers of a degree program must not have student loan payments exceed 20% of their discretionary income or 8% of their total earnings.

Both rules were written in response to practices stemming from for-profit colleges, which included companies such as ITT Technical Institute and Corinthian Colleges (both of which shut down).

Why The Change

DeVos believes that the two rules are confusing and unfair to both students and schools. While critics view the move as a win for the for-profit college industry, DeVos says that the rule changes will still help students who are victims of fraud (although she does not detail how).

“Fraud, especially fraud committed by a school, is simply unacceptable,” DeVos said in a statement. “Unfortunately, last year’s rulemaking effort missed an opportunity to get it right. The result is a muddled process that’s unfair to students and schools, and puts taxpayers on the hook for significant costs.”

DeVos said she wants to strike a fair balance between protecting students from predatory practices and creating balanced rules to which colleges can adhere.

“It’s time to take a step back and make sure these rules achieve their purpose: helping harmed students,” DeVos said. “It’s time for a regulatory reset. It is the Department’s aim, and this Administration’s commitment, to protect students from predatory practices while also providing clear, fair and balanced rules for colleges and universities to follow.”

The American Federation Of Teachers Perspective

The American Federation of Teachers released a statement on the Education Department’s decision:

“The Trump administration’s actions today show that the White House stands with predatory for-profit schools, not the students they rip off,” said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. “About the only thing worse than ripping off students with worthless degrees from for-profit colleges is denying them help to relieve their substantial debt, and allowing the schools to continue to prey on students.”

A Different Perspective

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the National Association for Equal Opportunity (NAFEO) in Higher Education wrote DeVos a letter stating that the borrower defense rule would create a detrimental impact on their member institutions.

Collectively, these two groups represent the interests of 186 historically black colleges and universities (HCBUs) and predominantly black institutions (PBIs) that serve 700,000 students.

In their letter, the UNCF and NAFEO cite the regulatory burden and vague standards associated with the Borrower Defense To Repaying rule, support suspension of any enforcement of the regulation, and called for a new rulemaking process.

What’s Next?

The rule-making process will start next months with public hearings, followed by the appointment of committees comprised of experts and other stakeholders.

How these rules change – and by how much – will be watched closely, particularly with respect to:

  • any revised definitions of fraud and deceptive practices;
  • how gainful employment metrics will be calculated;
  • how taxpayers will save money and how much; and
  • what are the litmus tests for borrowers to have their student loans forgiven or discharged, among other key points.

What do you think? Do these rule changes reduce bureaucracy and save taxpayers money, or are they a win for the for-profit college industry and erosion of student borrower protections? We want to hear from you in the comment section below.

Zack Friedman is the Founder & CEO of Make Lemonade, a personal finance website that helps you compare the best rates and save money for student loans, personal loans, mortgages and more.

 

These Bonkers “Deco Lashes” Are Fine Art for Your Face

Like any part of your beauty routine, eyelashes can be dressed up in an artful way. Previous innovative lash art has brought the world upside-down “spider lashes” and various ways to get rainbow lashes. But Japanese “eyelash artist” Miyuki is working on a whole. Other. Level.

Miyuki’s specialty is clearly butterfly- and moth-stylized lashes, but those aren’t the only winged creatures working as her muse:

Crazy Fashion Alert: Yes, These Are Salami Earrings

Salami earrings

After seeing melting tights, double jeans, and literal knee skirts, we’d thought we’d seen it all as far as wacky fashion goes.

And then we spotted these salami earrings. Oh, yes.

Reminiscent of Gaga’s infamous meat dress, the all-too-realistic looking accessory is part of a new line from Fake Food Hatanaka, a Japanese company that solely makes food-inspired jewelry.

The salami earrings go for about $15, while a pizza-shaped necklace will set you back over $100. Other offerings include an eggs-and-bacon bow headband, green pepper earrings, and a starfruit necklace, all of which literally look just like their real-life inspirations.

We don’t know whether these accessories kinda make us wanna gag…or kinda make us hungry. What do you think?