OnePlus 7 Pro receives exclusive update that improves camera, fixes other bugs

The OnePlus 7 Pro was launched earlier this month.

ONEPLUS 7 PRO CAMERA IMPROVEMENTS: OnePlus 7 Pro has started receiving OxygenOS’ newest update that fixes some camera issues and ambient display problem. The OxygenOS 9.5.4 is exclusive to OnePlus 7 Pro, meaning other OnePlus devices would not receive this update. The update is being rolled out in stages so it might not be available on every OnePlus 7 Pro device at the moment. You may expect it in the coming weeks.

OnePlus launched the OnePlus 7 Pro earlier this month. The smartphone was praised for the features it brings at a reasonable price tag, but some users complained about its camera quality. The company promised an update in about a week’s time to fix the issues.

According to the official changelog, the v9.5.4 update fixes issues like unnatural smoothness in beauty effect, lack of details, smudgy areas in telephoto images and more. The update also fixes white balance issue in pictures as well as focus issue in several scenarios.

Apart from this, the update also improves system optimization. That includes a fix for the ambient display, double tap to wake the screen, audio delay with the Bluetooth headset during gameplay and other general bug fixes.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is currently available in two variants – 6GB/128GB priced at 48,999, 8GB/256GB priced at 52,999 in Mirror Grey colour. The OnePlus 7 Pro will be available in an all-new Nebula Blue colour in 8GB/256GB priced at 52,999 and 12GB/256GB at 57,999 from May 28, 2019 on

It features a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display panel with a QHD+ resolution and refresh rate of 90Hz. The display is notch-less and has curved edges, much like the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Huawei P30 Pro. It is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with three RAM and storage configurations that max out at 12GB/256GB. It comes with a “RAM Boost” mode that allows app to load from RAM memory instead of ROM, hence reducing app load times. It is also the first smartphone to ship with UFS 3.0 memory which offers speeds up to 79% faster than the previous UFS 2.1 standard.

At the back it sports a 48MP+16MP+8MP combination. The 16MP and 18MP sensors have wide angle and telephoto lenses respectively. The front facing pop-up mechanism houses a 16MP camera. The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery.


DfE reasearch: ‘Limited evidence’ holding degree in subject improves pupil outcomes

There is “limited evidence” that teachers holding a degree in the subject they teach improves pupils outcomes, according to a new study.

Research by the Department for Education has found that while there is evidence “specialist” teachers have a “small” positive impact on pupil outcomes at GCSE in maths, English and humanities, there is “no discernible effect” of “non-specialist” teaching at GCSE for modern foreign languages and science.

The DfE’s analysis – published in a research paper – categorises teachers as “specialist” or “non-specialist” on the basis of whether they hold a degree or other post A-level qualification in the subject they teach.

It is not possible to directly link data on individual teachers to pupil outcomes, so the analysis looks at the proportion of specialist teachers in a subject area at school level.

The DfE’s research reveals “mixed or limited findings” which “do not imply a causal link” between specialist teaching and pupils outcomes.

A “positive association” was found between specialist teaching in English and maths and GCSE attainment, but this was without controlling for other factors.

Looking at KS2 to KS4 value added – and again without controlling other factors – specialist teaching is “positively associated” with schools’ value added in English, maths and humanities. However there is “no relationship” between value added and specialist teaching in science and modern foreign languages.

When other variables are controlled for there is “no discernible effect” of non-specialist teaching on pupils’ GCSE outcomes in modern foreign languages and science.

While there is some evidence of a “positive impact” of specialist teaching on GSCE outcomes in English, maths and humanities, the DfE said this is “small in size”.

“In line with most previous research, there remains limited evidence of an impact of teachers’ academic qualifications in the subjects they teach on pupil outcomes,” the paper states.

The DfE admits there are limitations in its data. As well as not being able to link specific teachers to pupil outcomes, the department recognises “academic qualifications are not the only method of acquiring subject knowledge”.

The definition of “specialist” used in the research does not include continuous professional development  – or even native fluency in a modern foreign language – so it is possible teachers who have been defined as “non-specialist” may have equal or greater subject knowledge acquired through means other than a degree.

A DfE spokeswoman told TES: “We trust headteachers to run their schools and make the right decisions for their pupils, and the importance they place on ensuring pupils are taught by highly qualified teachers is clear.

“The latest figures show that 9 out of 10 secondary lessons are conducted by a teacher with a relevant post A-level qualification.”

Malcolm Trobe, interim general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, agreed that holding a relevant degree remained important to teaching.

“All the indications are that people need to be educated to degree level in their subject or a comparable subject related to what their mainstream teaching is,” he said.

“It would be extremely difficult for someone with an English degree to go on to teach maths.”

However Mr Trobe said “subject pedagogy” – the understanding of how to teach a certain subject well – was just as important as having the right degree.

[Source:- tes]

Intel Raises Revenue Forecast as PC Market Improves

Intel Raises Revenue Forecast as PC Market Improves

Intel raised its quarterly revenue forecast for the first time in more than two years as suppliers of parts used in personal computers replenish their inventory amid improving PC demand.

Shares of the world’s largest chipmaker rose as much as 4.1 percent to a more than 15-year high of $38.05 on Friday.

Intel, which helped found the personal computer industry, has been struggling as tech users shift away from PCs to mobile phones for their computing needs.

Sales in the company’s PC business declined 3 percent to $7.3 billion (roughly Rs. 48,811 crores) in the latest quarter. The unit includes sales of chips for mobile phones and tablets.

However, there have been signs PC demand may be recovering.

HP, which houses the hardware business of the former Hewlett-Packard Co, said last month that revenue in its computer business rose 7.5 percent in the third quarter from the second as sales of notebooks improved.

FBN Securities analyst Shebly Seyrafi said commentary from Intel and HP suggested that PCs were “not as dead as people were thinking.”

Research firm IDC said in July global PC shipments fell less than expected in the second quarter, helped by strength in the United States.

“We expect PC units to decline less than the high-single-digit decline consensus in 2017, driven by continued Windows 10 upgrades and accelerating SSD adoption, along with new form factors,” Baird Equity Research analyst Tristan Gerra wrote, raising his price target to $42 from $40.

Intel said on Friday it expected third-quarter revenue to be $15.6 billion (roughly Rs. 1,04,325 crores), plus or minus $300 million, compared with its prior forecast of $14.9 billion (roughly Rs. 99,644 crores), plus or minus $500 million.

That implies the highest-ever quarterly revenue for Intel, according to Thomson Reuters data.

Analysts on average were expecting $14.90 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.

RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani said the pre-announcement was a good first step to the PC story stabilizing at Intel, and raised his price target by $2 to $38.

Shares of rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc were up about 1 percent, while those of Micron Technology Inc and HP were marginally higher.

Shares of Santa Clara, California-based Intel were up 2.6 percent at $37.53 in afternoon trading.

Up to Thursday’s close, the stock had risen 6.1 percent this year, underperforming the 20.8 percent gain in the broader Philadelphia SE Semiconductor Index during the period.

[Source:- gadgets.ndtv]

Google Improves Safe Browsing to Help Site Owners Fight Malware

Google Improves Safe Browsing to Help Site Owners Fight Malware

Google has been trying to fight the growing threat of cybercrime with its Safe Browsing initiative that among other things warns users if a website is potentially unsafe or has been hijacked. Affected websites are labelled with a malware warning to inform people why the site has been blocked and owners to fix the malware.

In an attempt to help website owners understand the reasons for blocks, Google has now updated the information available in Search Console in the Security Issues report to provide more, detailed explanations of six different security issues detected by Safe Browsing, including malware, deceptive pages, harmful downloads, and uncommon downloads. Once the malware has been highlighted, Google also suggests various courses of action (tailored for each type of issue) that the user can take to address the source of the problem.

The company’s Safe Browsing team said in a blog post that, “We on the Safe Browsing team definitely recommend registering your site in Search Console even if it is not currently experiencing a security issue. We send notifications through Search Console so webmasters can address any issues that appear as quickly as possible.”

There’s no denying that today’s digital age is very vulnerable to cybercrimes. Just in the past few weeks we’ve heard of hackers auctioning NSA’s surveillance tools and the leaking of’s user data. It’s safe to say that the Internet and everything on it is up for grabs. Google, for its part, is trying to curb the problem, seeing as how its search engine is used by almost everyone on the planet with an access to the internet.

“Our goal is to help webmasters provide a safe and secure browsing experience for their users.”

These new features not only hep Google in making its own search engine safer for users but make it easier for site owners, especially the less technical owners, to find the root cause of the malware and fix it before the site (and potentially personal information) is compromised.

[Source:- gadgets.ndtv]