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OxygenOS Open Beta 3 rolls out for OnePlus 8/8 Pro w/ October patch, Canvas and AOD tweaks, more

The OxygenOS Open Beta 3 is now rolling out for the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro with the update based upon Android 11 and bringing with some fixes for brand new features and the October 2020 security patch. First up are important fixes for the Canvas display mode, which is a really cool way to…

India rolls out AI and e-government to increase taxpayer numbers beyond current miserable 15 million

India has announced a new technology-powered tax collection scheme that it hopes will increase its revenue. The nation of 1.3bn currently has only around 15 million regular and active taxpayers. One reason for that low rate of compliance is widespread suspicion of corruption among Indian tax officials, who are unavoidable because taxes are filed in…
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Apple Pay under scrutiny from Dutch regulators in new antitrust probe

Apple is facing scrutiny from Dutch antitrust regulators over Apple Pay and access to the iPhone’s NFC hardware. As reported by Bloomberg, the Netherlands Authority for Consumers has opened an investigation into “whether users get a free choice of financial apps with contactless payments.” The investigation doesn’t mention Apple or the iPhone by name, but…
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Friday deals: 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro $300, Sonos sale from $139, more

Today’s best deals include Apple’s 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro at $300, plus Sonos Smart Speakers are on sale before Christmas, and official Apple iPhone cases are discounted. Head below for all that and more in the latest 9to5Toys Lunch Break. Apple’s 12.9-inch Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro hits all-time low Amazon offers Apple’s 12.9-inch…

These are the best Android TV devices [Late 2020]

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, streaming at home is more important than ever. If you or someone you know is in need of a new streaming box, Android TV is a great choice — Wonder Woman 1984 is coming, and HBO Max still isn’t on Roku. Here are the best ways to get Android…

Digital donations: retailers using technology to offer something back

Since March and the first coronavirus-prompted lockdown in the UK, retailers have been proactive in their efforts to support good causes. From finding novel ways to help consumers purchase goods for food banks to reserving certain timeslots in store for NHS staff and vulnerable people, there are countless examples of retailers showing their caring side…

China Stakes Its Claim to Quantum Supremacy

Last year Google won international acclaim when its prototype quantum computer completed a calculation in minutes that its researchers estimated would have taken a supercomputer 10,000 years. That met the definition for quantum supremacy—the moment a quantum machine does something impractical for a conventional computer.Thursday, China’s leading quantum research group made its own declaration of…