In Depth: OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus One

In Depth: OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus One

Design, display and specs

OnePlus has finally announced the long-anticipated OnePlus 2, offering vastly improved specs over the OnePlus One, a device that many considered to be the ultimate Android phone.

With it being a little over a year since the original OnePlus One was released, there’s been plenty of time for mobile tech to develop and improve.

But just how has the company taken advantage of these improvements in the OnePlus 2? And is the this new Android really that much of a better device?

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10 simple ways to beat this week’s miserable heat

Hot Summer Life Hacks Tips Tricks

It’s incredibly hot out there, so you’re probably wondering how to beat the heat other than staying huddled around an air conditioner and gorging on ice cream. It turns there are plenty of ways to beat the heat that don’t involve remaining docile for months on end.

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Updated: 10 Best Chromebooks 2015: top Chromebooks reviewed

Updated: 10 Best Chromebooks 2015: top Chromebooks reviewed

Best Chromebooks

Chromebooks are budget laptops that are both odd and brilliant, low-impact and potent.

Running Google’s Chrome OS rather than Windows, they focus on what computing has been all about since the late ’90s, the web browser.

With low-impact processors and barely HD screens starting at 1366 x 768 resolution, most of these machines are also designed to last. Almost every Chromebook claims between 7 and 9 hours of battery life and comes within a few hours of that range, based on our testing. If you’re unclear what specs you should be on the lookout for when purchasing a Chromebook, we’ve developed a nifty little cheat sheet for you.

Prices will start to climb above the budget range, as is the case with the new Chromebook Pixel 2 ($ 999, £670, AU$ 1,320), a laptop whose specs put it in direct competition with the new MacBook. Despite the expanding Chromebook market, there should always be something within your spending limit.

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Best Buy joins the Apple Watch party, will begin selling the device next week

Apple Watch Best Buy

Despite reports that Apple Watch sales have been lukewarm, Apple CEO Tim Cook emphatically dismissed such claims during the company’s earnings conference call last week. Not only have Apple Watch sales exceeded Apple’s internal projections, but early sales of the device have already surpassed early iPhone and iPod sales.

“And we were able to do that with having only 680 points of sale,” Cook further explained.

Well, Apple Watch availability is about to change in a major way.

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Intel Skylake specs leak; Expect new laptops with 41% faster graphics and insane battery life

Intel Skylake Processors

After a number of delays, it finally appears that Intel’s long-anticipated Skylake processors will be ready for mainstream production later this fall. As a quick refresher, much of the hype surrounding Skylake is due to the fact that Intel’s next-gen processors promise to be not just more powerful than Broadwell, but significantly more power efficient as well.

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OnePlus launches app, opens invite system for OnePlus 2

OnePlus launches app, opens invite system for OnePlus 2

We’re going to get our first official look at the OnePlus 2 tomorrow, and its Chinese maker is getting everything ready behind the scenes: you can now download the launch event app and sign up for an invitation.

Or at least try to. The OnePlus 2 invite page has now gone live, but when we checked it there was only an option to reserve a spot in the invitation to get an invitation list. Your luck may vary.

"You can get an invite from friends who have purchased a OnePlus 2 already, or by participating in our contests and promotions," says OnePlus. "For notifications about our contests and invites, subscribe to our newsletter, join our community on the forums, or follow us on social media."

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