Google and Apple are in trouble in South Korea as the Korean government has seemingly passed a bill that would ban Apple’s and Google’s app store payment requirements, potentially allowing developers to accept payments through other means. Currently, Apple and Google take up to a 30% commission fee from every in-app purchase made through their stores, but the amendment made in South Korea’s Telecommunications Business Act will stop developers to use in-house payment systems. South Korea’s National Assembly has passed the bill, and President Moon Jae-in is expected to sign the bill to convert it into law.
This is the first time a government has passed a bill to prevent Google and Apple from imposing their own payment terms on in-app purchases. South Korea’s preliminary committee voted on Wednesday, 25 August to proceed with the revised Telecommunication Business Act, attempting to restrict Google and Apple from charging app developers high commission on in-app purchases. The tech giants have been under scrutiny ever since Fortnite was kicked out of App Store about a year ago. Developers have been asking for a change for a long, and even though efforts like links for payment via email and 15% commission for small businesses have satisfied developers a bit, it still does not solve 100% of the problem.
As for consumers, it might mean in-app purchases at a lower cost. Developers charge a high price for, say an ad-free subscription, cause they get only 70% of the money. For example, an app charges $10 per month for removing ads. Even if the developer wants to charge only around $7 for ad removal, he/she will still have to charge $10 since the $3 is taken as App Store commission. If the developer opts for a third-party payment system, the developer may charge $7 cause he/she will still be getting the same amount. In short, you might see lower prices for in-app purchases if this is implemented around the world.
Apple said in its statement, “the proposed Telecommunications Business Act will put users who purchase digital goods from other sources at risk of fraud, undermine their privacy protections, make it difficult to manage their purchases, and features like ‘Ask to Buy’ and Parental Controls will become less effective.”
Apple defends its case by saying the commission fees go into the maintenance of the App Store, making sure all the apps are safe to use for iOS users. However, we’ve seen developers report a number of scams on the App Store in the past few months. It remains to be seen if other countries follow South Korea’s decision and take an action against the Apple-Google duopoly.
Best deals today: M2 13-inch MacBook Pro, Samsung Galaxy products and more
M2 13-inch MacBook Pro
We start today’s deals with Apple’s M2-powered MacBook Pro, which currently receives a 12 percent discount. Usually fetching for $1,299, the latest version of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with a $1,149 price tag on its Space Gray color option, which means you can get your new laptop and save $150. This will also get you 8GB RAM, 256GB storage space, a 13-inch Retina Display, a backlit keyboard, and more.
However, you can also opt for a more expensive 14-inch MacBook Pro model that now sells for $1,900 after seeing a $100 discount on its 512GB storage model that’s powered by Apple’s M1 Pro chip with an 8‑core CPU and 14‑core GPU, and 16GB RAM.
If you’re looking for more affordable options, you can still get your hands on a new M1-powered MacBook Air for just $850 after a $150 discount, or get the Samsung Galaxy Book2 Pro for just $799 after scoring a very compelling 24 percent discount that will help you keep $250 in your pocket.
13-inch MacBook Pro
The new 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps the same old design but comes with the all-new second-generation Apple M2 chipset. The new chipset offers 20% better CPU performance than the last generation and a lot more.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Next up, we have the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra that is now receiving up to $277 savings, representing a 21 percent discount. This amazing smartphone comes powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 12GB RAM, and 256GB storage space. You also get an elegant design that resembles the long-gone Galaxy Note series.
However, you can also opt for the more affordable Galaxy S22 Plus which now sells for $800 after picking up a $250 discount. Or get last year’s Samsung Galaxy S20 FE that now sells for $500 with $100 savings. And if you want the best savings available on a new Galaxy phone, you can check out the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 that now sells for $1,200 after receiving a $600 discount representing 33 percent savings.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is one of the best Android devices available on the market. It features top-of-the-line specs, tons of power, an extraordinary camera, stylus support, and other great features.
Garmin Instinct Solar
Moving on to wearables, we have spotted some incredible savings on the Garmin Instinct Solar, which is now available for $260. This smartwatch normally sells for $350, so you can get yours and score $90 savings. It comes with a rugged design, which makes it perfect for those who love outdoor activities, and solar charging capabilities to help your battery last longer.
Other options include the Garmin Vivoactive 4, which now sells for $265. This model also comes with tons of sensors and features to keep track of your activities, and the best part is that it looks a bit more elegant, so you can wear it anywhere you want. It is currently receiving a 20 percent discount, which means you can save more than $65 if you choose to get one. And if you’re looking for something even more budget-friendly, check out the Garmin Venu Sq that now goes for $170 after receiving a $20 discount.
Garmin Instinct Solar
The Garmin Instinct Solar is an excellent alternative for those looking for a tough watch compatible with both Android and iOS devices. Plus, its advanced health monitors are a great tool for those users who love to track their progress in various activities.
Beats Studio Buds
Another great deal comes with the Beats Studio Buds that now sell for $100 after picking up a 33 percent discount representing $50 savings. The Beats Studio Buds come in five different color options, and the best part is that this deal applies to every single variant. In addition, these fantastic earbuds feature active noise cancelation, transparency mode, up to 24 hours of battery life, and IPX4 water and sweat resistance.
And you can also consider picking up a new pair of Sony LinkBuds S Truly Wireless Noise Canceling Earbud Headphones that now sell for $148 on both color options, which means you can enjoy these new earbuds and still get to save $51.99.
Beats Studio Buds
The Beats Studio Buds feature amazing class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts, active noise canceling, up to 24 hours of battery life with their charging case, and more.
Hisense A6 Series
Finally, you will also be able to take a new smart TV home for as low as 230 when you go for a new 43-inch Hisense A6 Series 4K UHD Smart Google TV, as it s currently receiving an 18 percent discount that will help you save $40. However, savings will vary depending on the display size you go for, as the best deal comes with the 55-inch version that is also receiving an 18 percent discount, which translates to more than $61 savings. In other words, you can take this model home for just $288, which is kinda great considering that Hisense delivers excellent products. And if you want the largest model, get ready to pay $618 after the latest $91 discount.
However, you can also add a new 64GB version of the Apple TV 4K to the package since it is now selling for $140 after the latest 30 percent discount that will get you $59 savings.
Hisense A6 Series Smart TV
The Hisense A6 Series Smart TV comes with a Voice Remote, support for Dolby Vision HDR, and DTS Virtual X. Plus, you also get sports & game modes, as well as a Chromecast built-in.
OxygenOS 13: All new features and supported devices
At its August 3 event, OnePlus officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 10T. Along with the new Android device, the company also showcased its upcoming Android 13-based software skin — OxygenOS 13. The new OxygenOS version comes with a new design and many features. In this article, we discuss the new features launching with OxygenOS 13, supported devices, and the software’s release date.
OxygenOS 13: New Features
OxygenOS is no longer the stock Android skin we all used to love once. Instead, the core of the OS has now totally shifted to ColorOS, which means the software is now heavily skinned with a new design language and a lot of features. However, OnePlus says that it will not deviate from its “core product philosophy,” and OxygenOS 13 will offer a “fast, smooth, and burdenless experience” like its previous versions. Here are all the new features of OxygenOS 13:
Starting off with the design, OnePlus has given OxygenOS a new look which it calls ‘Aquamorphic design.’ The company says OxygenOS 13’s new design is inspired by natural elements, such as water, hence the term “aqua.” It offers soft and rounded edges across the UI for a more “soothing” and pleasant viewing experience.
OxygenOS 13 will be brighter in the morning and “intelligently” transition to a darker aesthetic in the evening as a part of its “soothing” approach to Android. In addition, some of the apps have been redesgined, and there there are new fonts as well. The company also adds that it has worked on improving the software’s stability, and OxygenOS 13 should be able to deliver a smooth, stable, and consistent experience.
Most OnePlus smartphones support the feature called always-on display (AOD). This feature shows limited information while the phone is locked. Users can conveniently view time, recent notifications, battery levels, and more. With OxygenOS 13, AOD mode is getting a huge upgrade.
OnePlus has partnered with Spotify to bring a custom widget to AOD mode that lets you view currently playing songs, control the playback, like the song, and do much more without even having to unlock the smartphone. In some regions, such as India, the new AOD mode will also be able to show information from food delivery apps, which will show a map with live tracking data and other info, all while the phone remains locked.
Fast Pair and Spatial Audio
OxygenOS 13 also brings a number of audio-related features. OnePlus has added support for multi-direction audio output, called Spatial Audio, and Dolby Atmos in OxygenOS 13. The company is also adding support for Fast Pair, a feature that will allow you to connect your smartphone with wireless earbuds and other supported products quickly. There’s also an Audio Switch mode that makes switching between sources effortless. Notably, these features will only be available on devices that have the necessary hardware.
OnePlus says that OxygenOS 13 has several productivity features that simplify your workflow. To begin with, the new software comes with a smart launcher that allows users to access apps within folders without actually having to open them. It also includes an expanding widgets feature that lets you see more content by just performing a long press action.
Moreover, OnePlus is also bringing ColorOS’ sidebar feature to OxygenOS 13. Users can pin pre-installed apps and shortcuts (such as shortcuts for screenshot, screen recording, etc.) in the sidebar menu to access them quickly. There’s also a new mini-window mode that opens up apps over other apps in a floating window. On the whole, OxygenOS 13 brings several new ways to access and use apps.
OxygenOS 13 also incorporates two of Android 13’s most beloved features — Nearby Share and App Streaming. Nearby Share, which is available on previous Android versions as well, lets you wirelessly transfer photos, videos, files, and other files from Android and Windows devices in a flash. App streaming, on the other hand, allows you to cast your smartphone’s screen content to nearby ChromeOS devices.
OxygenOS 13 also comes with several security features. The OS will now alert users when they download risky applications or files on their smartphones. A new feature protects your location information when you connect to public Wi-Fi networks and the operating system, in general, gives you greater control over the data you share.
Private Safe has been upgraded to version 2.0 and now supports AES data encryption. For those unaware, Private Safe is a feature that allows users to lock sensitive files, photos, videos, and other data behind a passcode. The new version brings a tighter security protocol than before.
OxygenOS 13: Supported Devices
Here is a list of all the devices that will receive Oxygen OS 13 in the near future:
- OnePlus 10 Pro
- OnePlus 10T
- OnePlus 10R
- OnePlus 9RT
- OnePlus 9R
- OnePlus 9 Pro
- OnePlus 9
- OnePlus 8T
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus Nord 2
- OnePlus Nord 2T
- OnePlus Nord CE
- OnePlus Nord CE 2
- OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite
Oddly, the OnePlus Nord N20, which launched in the US earlier this year, has not made it to the list of compatible devices with OxygenOS 13. Another major omission is the last year’s OnePlus Nord N200. Thankfully, the most recent Nord models will be updated to OxygenOS 13, albeit sometime in 2023.
OnePlus hasn’t provided an exact date for the release of OxygenOS 13 but ensures that the software will be available on the OnePlus 10 Pro sometime in Q4 2022. An Open Beta build will be available for download before the end of this week, with the stable build rolling out in the coming months. Following the 10 Pro, OnePlus’ latest smartphone, the 10T, will be updated to OxygenOS 13.
The rest of the OnePlus models, including last year’s OnePlus 9 series, will receive the update in the first half of next year. What are your thoughts on OxygenOS 13? Do you like the new features? Let us know in the comments section below!
Best deals today: OnePlus 10 Pro, Google Pixel 6a, and more
OnePlus 10 Pro
Today’s best deals come from Amazon, OnePlus, and Woot, where you will find some of the latest and best devices on sale. First up. We have the OnePlus 10 Pro that is currently receiving a 10 percent discount over at Amazon.com, which means that you can take this amazing device with you for just $797. This model comes unlocked with 8GB RAM, 128GB storage space, and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. You will also be able to enjoy watching your favorite content on its 120Hz display and capture your favorite memories with its outstanding triple camera setup that was developed in collaboration with Hasselblad. The same model is also on sale at OnePlus.com, but you will find yourself paying a bit more since it is listed for $799.
However, deals don’t stop there, as you can also opt for the recently launched OnePlus 10T, which is currently receiving a 13 percent discount. In other words, you can take this model home for just $649 and save $100.
OnePlus 10 Pro
OnePlus 10 Pro ships with a 6.7-inch QHD+ display that uses a 2nd generation LTPO panel. It also features the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and aims to deliver a unique camera experience with a 150-degree Ultrawide camera and implementations from the second year of the Hasselblad partnership.
Google Pixel 6a
The Google Pixel 6a is also receiving some love at Amazon.com, where you can purchase your new device for just $449 when you bundle it with a $50 Amazon Gift Card. In other words, you would be able to get your new device for just $399. And if you’re into the whole gift card idea, you can also get your new device for just $399 when you add the on-page coupon that will get you $50 savings. So it’s a win-win situation on this amazing new device that comes packed with 128GB storage space, a Google Tensor processor, and 6GB RAM under the hood.
If you want more power and a better camera experience, you can also consider checking out the Google Pixel 6 Pro, which now sells for $769 after receiving a 14 percent discount. This model has the same 128GB storage space, Google’s Tensor chip, and 12GB RAM.
Google Pixel 6a
Google Pixel 6a is the latest budget smartphone from Google. It comes with best-in-class features and specs, such as a Google Tensor chip, the same camera software as the Pixel 6 series, a new design, and more.
NEBULA Video Projector
Next on our list is the NEBULA 1080p Video Projector which now comes with a 13 percent discount, which means you can take one home for $700. Anker’s Nebula Cosmos Full HD 1080p Home Entertainment Projector features a bright image thanks to its 900 ANSI Lumens that measure up to 2150 regular Lumens. It runs on Android TV 9.0, and it will support 4K content, HDR10 and you also get autofocus. Of course, you can also opt for the higher-end Anker Nebula Cosmos Max 4K UHD TV Home Theater/Entertainment Projector that now sells for $1,500 after scoring a $200 discount, but you will also receive a brighter image.
Of course, you will also find other options to consider, as you can go for the Optoma CinemaX P2 White Smart 4K UHD Laser Projector for Home Theater that sells for $2,381 after seeing a 28 percent discount that will help you keep $918 in your pocket. And if you can spend a bit more, you can also check out Samsung’s 120-Inch ‘The Premiere’ Ultra Short Throw 4K UHD Smart Triple Laser Home Theater Projector that now sells for $2,998 after seeing a 14 percent discount that translates to $500 savings.
NEBULA Video Projector
Enjoy a real cinematic experience in your home with the Nebula Cosmos Max UHD TV Home Theater, which will deliver fantastic image and audio quality to enjoy your favorite media content.
Echo Show 10
You can also check out the latest deals available at Woot.com, where you can purchase a new 3rd-generation Echo Show 10 that is now up for grabs at $180 after seeing a 28 percent discount. Regularly fetching for $250, this amazing device is letting you save $70, which will come in handy if you want to add extra smart speakers to your smart home.
Amazon’s Echo Show 10 comes with a 10.1-inch HD display that’s designed to move with you, so you can easily make video calls, watch your favorite shows, check out a new recipe, and more. Plus, you will also receive fantastic sound quality and Alexa built-in, which means you will be able to control your smart home with your new smart display.
However, you can also opt for a more complete package to start your smart home, as the Philips Hue Starter Kit with remote and Echo Dot bundle is now available for $180 after seeing a 21 percent discount that translates to $49.99 savings. This kit contains 3 Philips Hue White and Color Medium Lumen A19 60W LED Smart bulbs, a Philips Hue hub that can reliably control up to 50 Hue lights without slowing your Wi-Fi, and one Smart Button with mounting plates and a new 3rd generation Echo Dot.
Echo Show 10
Amazon’s Echo Show 10 comes with a 10.1-inch HD display that’s designed to move with you. Plus, you also get amazing audio quality, and Alexa built-in to help you control your smart home.
Samsung HW-Q600A Soundbar
Finally, we have the Samsung HW-Q600A Soundbar with Dolby Atmos selling for $317 after receiving a massive 47 percent discount. Or get a better deal on the same Soundbar at Woot.com, where you can pick one up for $300 after an even crazier 50 percent discount. This product will deliver fantastic sound thanks to its 360W of power and DTS:X support.
However, you don’t have to spend that much on a new soundbar, as you can also check out the Samsung HW-A450/ZA 2.1ch Soundbar with Dolby Audio that now sells for $128 after seeing a 36 percent discount, which translates to $72 savings.
Samsung HW-Q600A Soundbar
The Samsung HW-Q600A Soundbar with Dolby Atmos features impressive surround sound, Samsung’s Q-SYMPHONY tech, which perfectly synchronizes your QLED TV and soundbar audio, and adaptive sound to deliver an outstanding audio experience.
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