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Stranger Things 4 first official teaser trailer released - Watch it here!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 30 Sep 2019 12:46

Stranger Things 4 first official teaser trailer released - Watch it here! It has been just few months since Stranger Things' season 3 ended, but now Netflix has already released the first official teaser trailer of the upcoming Stranger Things 4 in its social media accounts.

Very short teaser wont reveal much, but according to the post, "we're not in Hawkins anymore".

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OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro release date confirmed - here are the rumored specs

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 Sep 2019 11:24

OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro release date confirmed - here are the rumored specs OnePlus has confirmed that it will launch its new phone line on 10th of October, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

As the "T" model is typically a relatively minor update to the previous model, we can expect to see everything to get little bit better, faster and bigger. As with OnePlus 7, the upcoming OnePlus 7T will also have its more expensive version with OnePlus 7T Pro. And if the old tradition continues, bit later, a "McLaren" special edition will be launched that will push everything a bit further that is packed with Pro model.

Generally reliable leaker, OnLeaks, has published the rumored specs already.

The anticipated specs for OnePlus 7T:

  • Display: 6.55" 2400x1080, 90Hz, HDR10+, in-display fingerprint sensor
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855+
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB
  • Battery: 3800mAh

And the specs for OnePlus 7T Pro:
  • Display: 6.65" 3100x1440, 90Hz, HDR10+, in-display fingerprint sensor
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855+
  • GPU: Adreno 640
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Battery: 4085mAh

To push the boundaries of its famed Warp charging, the new Warp Charge 30T should be 20 percent faster than the one found with OnePlus 7 Pro.

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20 years ago: Matrix vs Titanic, which movie will break the record? Also: MP3 arrive to your home stereo system, ...

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 28 Aug 2019 5:41

20 years ago: Matrix vs Titanic, which movie will break the record? Also: MP3 arrive to your home stereo system, ... In our article series, we're digging into AfterDawn's news archive and looking what happened exactly 20 years ago. This article series also celebrates AfterDawn's 20th anniversary.

So, we're digging into our news archive and trying to figure out what was hot and what was not, back in August, 1999 when our site was only 2 months old. I'd like to remind you, our readers, that back then, AfterDawn was strictly focused on digital audio and video technologies and reporting events in those genres. More generic "all about tech" arrived to our site much later.

DVD releases were back then what the Netflix releases ate now - case Matrix


Back in 1999, DVD players were The Tech that many households were planning to get for the "entire family's Christmas present" - i.e. the most sought-after tech that had hit the mainstream. Thus, new DVD movie releases were also big news back then, just like, say Netflix's next month's releases are now.

In the autumn of 1999, the most anticipated movie release among the tech enthusiasts was definitely The Matrix, which was about to be released on DVD format in September. Warner Home Videos, who owned the DVD rights, was hoping that Matrix would become the first movie ever to sell over one million DVDs. But, at around the same time, in in the end of August, another blockbuster made its way to DVD format, too: Titanic. Which one won the race? Well, ;Matrix did.

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Disney+: List of supported devices, launch date, pricing and countries that will get it

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 19 Aug 2019 10:22

Disney+: List of supported devices, launch date, pricing and countries that will get it Disney has finally revealed what devices will be supported once the new subscription service, Disney+, will launch in November. Service is set to launch with pretty aggressive pricing, set to be $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year, if paid annually.

At the launch, the list of supported platforms and devices is already pretty impressive, with just one notable exception there:

  • Apple TV
  • Android (phones and tablets)
  • Android TV
  • Chromecast
  • Desktop web browsers, including Chrome
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Playstation 4
  • Roku devices
  • Roku TV
  • Xbox One

Most notable "not there" in the list is definitely the Amazon's Fire TV.

Launch countries and pricing


As said, the service will launch in November. On November 12th to be exact, in United States, Canada and Netherlands. List of all countries that will get the service in November are (but not necessarily on 12th of November):
  • United States
  • Canada ($8.99CAD/mo or $89.99CAD/year)
  • Netherlands (6.99/mo or 69.99/year)
  • Australia ($8.99AUD/mo or $89.99AUD/year)
  • New Zealand ($9.99NZD/mo or $99.99NZD/year)

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Huawei released its own operating system to rival Android: Harmony OS

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 09 Aug 2019 6:36

Huawei released its own operating system to rival Android: Harmony OS Even though there's a ceasefire between United States and Chinese telecom giant Huawei, the company is determined to seek alternatives to Google-controlled Android. Today, those plans came to life today as Huawei released its own operating system, called Harmony OS.

Announcement was made during Huawei's own annual developer conference in China. According to Huawei, the new operating system is suitable for all kinds of devices, ranging from small IoT devices to full-blown smartphones and tablets.

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20 years ago: Sonique vs Winamp - the era of Windows software appearance customizations

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 31 Jul 2019 11:00

20 years ago: Sonique vs Winamp - the era of Windows software appearance customizations In our article series, we're digging into AfterDawn's news archive and looking what happened exactly 20 years ago. This article series also celebrates AfterDawn's 20th anniversary.

So, lets see what kinds of news we wrote back in July, 1999. I'd like to remind you, our readers, that back then, AfterDawn was strictly focused on digital audio and video technologies and reporting events in those genres. More generic "all about tech" arrived to our site much later.

Software update: Winamp


One of our core news reporting areas back in the day was to report about major a/v software updates. And one of the most note-worthy of those was definitely Winamp and its Winamp v2.24 update back in July, 1999.

Back then, Winamp was - by far - the most popular music player software in the world. It was light-weight, supported all the music formats available back then and most of all, it was extremely customizable.

But Winamp's story from those haydays to the modern times has been a bumpy, interesting - and bit sad. Software was originally developed by a small company called Nullsoft and, originally, by its founder, Justin Frankel. Entire Nullsoft was sold to AOL at the beginning of June, 1999 - just before AfterDawn was launched - for a whopping $400 million.

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FaceApp is a Russian app - Will it leak your data to Putin's administration?

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 18 Jul 2019 8:41

FaceApp is a Russian app - Will it leak your data to Putin's administration? FaceApp is an image manipulation app that caused a craze in social media back in 2017. Now, the craze is back, after the company updated its ageing filter last weekend. To be honest, the ageing filter is simply amazing - the results are very, very believable and realistic.

But. The company developing FaceApp is based in Russia. And this means that, as per Russian legislation, all data passed to the company, can be accessed by Russian security and military services, if they want to.

Old Kurt Cobain - FaceApp from r/interestingasfuck


Kurt Cobain via FaceApp's ageing filter


So, does the app upload all of your images and data to Russian servers? Apparently, the answer is no. Sure, the app asks for your permission to access your phone's images, but it only accesses the one you select for manipulation.

A security researcher has tested what the app actually sends to the Internet and where the data goes to. The conclusion is that all the uploads are being sent to Google or Amazon -owned cloud servers, located in U.S., Australia or Europe, depending on applied filter and user's own location. The actual image manipulation with filters is being done on servers, which then sends the processed image back to the user's smartphone, once finished.

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Raspberry Pi 4 released - everything changes, but the price remains the same

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 24 Jun 2019 7:17

Raspberry Pi 4 released - everything changes, but the price remains the same The true love of the geeks, the miniature computer Raspberry Pi, has been upgraded to a new major version. Raspberry Pi 4 Model B changes pretty much everything there was in the previous version - and to the better.

Previous flagship model, Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ sold for $35 and the same base price remains for the new model, too. But the components, connectors and everything else have gone through a major revamp.

First of all, the system chip has been updated. Raspberry Pi 4 now uses Cortex-A72 system chip with quadcore architecture, running at 1.5GHz. New chip has built-in H.265 video decoding ability, just to mention one of the perks of the new chip.

Previous Raspberry Pis have shipped either with 512MB or 1GB or RAM, but the new model takes a leap forward here, too. The cheapest option ships with 1GB of RAM, but you can also get a version with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM. Furthermore, the memory tech has been upgraded from previous LPDDR2 to LPDDR4 tech, meaning that the memory is also significantly faster than previously.

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B

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20 years ago: These were the news stories AfterDawn covered back in June, 1999

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 10 Jun 2019 1:00

20 years ago: These were the news stories AfterDawn covered back in June, 1999 Our dear website, AfterDawn, officially launched in 10th of June, 1999. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we start a year-long project to look back what news we covered back in 1999 - 2000. We'll publish these collections once a month, covering a month years earlier on, with modern perspective on events happened back then.

At this point, it is also time to remind you, our readers, that AfterDawn didn't start out as a "general tech website", but instead, our core focus was on digital audio technology (MP3s, most notably, and how to encode, edit and play them) and digital video. As the decades have passed, our focus has also changed to cover other things. But during these first years, it was all about digital audio and video.

And yeah, we didn't produce many news in our early days, as AfterDawn's original idea was - and still is - to be a "portal" where you can get various types of information. Back in 1999, that meant we published guides, news and software downloads. But hey, we also provided free hosting for independent artists' MP3 tracks and, at some point in time, offered a quite large collection of WinAMP skins for users to download.

And damn, our news articles weren't too long, either :-)

Software update: WinDAC


In June, 1999, we covered handful of major software updates in our news. One of those was a recent update to a CD audio ripper program called WinDAC. As the name implies, the Windows-based software was meant to copy the contents of an audio CD to a PC hardware. Back then, this was done by storing the data in WAV format, which user later could edit and compress (encode) to a smaller format, such as MP3.

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AfterDawn is 20 years old today - Time to look back

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 10 Jun 2019 8:53

AfterDawn is 20 years old today - Time to look back It all started in winter 1998/1999. It was one of the coldest winters in Finnish history with temperatures dropping to record low of -51C in Northern parts of the country. There was this slightly bored web developer, with too many easy job tasks at hand, dreaming about doing something of his own to the Internet.

After months of thinking it through, a vision of a website dedicated to all things about MP3s was taking a shape. The idea was to build a website that would combine all aspects of the trendy new technology under one umbrella: news about the tech, guides on how to use the tech, software downloads to help to follow the guides provided and a place for indie artists to publish their songs, in MP3 format, for free.

Drafting the plans, the realism hit hard. Building - and maintaining - such a site on my own seemed like an impossible task. The thinking was, that once the novelty of the project would wane, the project would be left to die, if running the site on my own. Furthermore, back in those days, there weren't open source CMS systems, free picture galleries, WordPress themes to pick from or anything like that. Nope, you had to build the entire site from the scratch, on your own, including all its backend systems, design, etc. And yeah, hosting, even a medium-sized website would cost something like $100 a month back then. I was in my 20s and quite poor, to be honest.

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Spotify adds sleep timer to its Android version - Here's how to use it

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 29 May 2019 7:46

Spotify adds sleep timer to its Android version - Here's how to use it Many people prefer to go to sleep while listening to soothing music. To help with this, Spotify has finally added a sleep timer to its Android app. Such feature has been a standard option for most music players for ages now, but the biggest of them all, Spotify, hasn't bothered with the feature until now.

To activate the feature, use the three-dot menu in top corner in "Now Playing" mode. Now, a menu appears. There, you can spot the Sleep Timer option. User can choose between 5, 10, 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes. Alternatively, you can choose to end playing after the currently playing track.

As you might imagine, here's nothing more to it. A simple, yet quite useful new feature to the most popular streaming music app there is. Screenshots below highlight where to find the feature:

How to use Spotify sleep timer on Android Set up Spotify sleep timer for Android

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Intel and Qualcomm cease business with Huawei - Effectively kills off Huawei's laptop and PC business, affects phones, too

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 20 May 2019 4:52

Intel and Qualcomm cease business with Huawei - Effectively kills off Huawei's laptop and PC business, affects phones, too After yesterday's decision by Google to revoke Huawei's Android license, more bad news are piling for Huawei. Now, U.S. semiconductor giants Intel and Qualcomm have stopped supplying parts to Huawei.

Even though Huawei has its own chip manufacturing business that produced Kirin chips and others for mobile phones, the company still relies heavily on U.S. chips for most of its other products. Effectively, the decision by Qualcomm and Intel will mean that the Huawei's PC manufacturing business ceases to exist. Only U.S. companies produce chips needed to build x86 compatible computers, at least in scale that is required by a giant like Huawei.

Furthermore, some of the Huawei's phone models - especially those in the high end - use at least some U.S. -made chips - and this will mean trouble for those models, too.

The decision is based on U.S. administration putting Huawei officially to its trade blacklist on Thursday, making it illegal for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.





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Google confirms Huawei ban, says the decision wont affect current Huawei or Honor phones - for now

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 20 May 2019 3:56

Google confirms Huawei ban, says the decision wont affect current Huawei or Honor phones - for now Google has confirmed the yesterday's news about Google revoking Huawei's Android license.

Company said that the decision is based on United States adding Huawei officially to the country's trade blacklist on Thursday and that it is simply obeying the decision made by the U.S. It also states that the decision wont affect the current Huawei phones and that those will still have access to Google's services and updates. However, it is not clear whether the current Huawei phones will continue to receive Android updates or updates to Google services.

Huawei losing its Android license means that it has to rely on open sourced version of Android (AOSP) for its Android updates. This means that all new Android versions will arrive to Huawei models with considerable delay - sometimes the delays between the official Android update and AOSP update have been almost a year or so.

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Google blocked: Huawei phones wont be able to access Gmail, Play Store, new Android versions and more

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 19 May 2019 3:12

Google blocked: Huawei phones wont be able to access Gmail, Play Store, new Android versions and more United States has waged a war against Chinese telecom giant Huawei for some time now. But now the big guys are joining the fight. According to reports, Google will stop all collaboration with Huawei.

Decision means that Huawei phones wont get any new Android updates, ever. It also means that all future Huawei phones will be blocked from accessing Google services. No access to Gmail, no access to Google Play store, etc.

Huawei will still have an access to open sourced versions of Android, but without the access to Google's proprietary services and APIs. Google will also cease all collaboration and support for Huawei that involves Android development and testing, Reuters' sources say.

Google's decision comes shortly after United States officially added Huawei to the U.S. trade blacklist.

Huawei also owns popular sister phone brand, Honor, and the decision applies to that brand, too.

EDIT 20/05/2019: Google has clarified what the decision means to existing Huawei users.

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Ultra-rare Commodore 65 in on sale at eBay - price might hit $20'000 soon

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 11 May 2019 7:01

Ultra-rare Commodore 65 in on sale at eBay - price might hit $20'000 soon Most of the computer fans know the legendary Commodore 54. Even those of you who are too young to personally experience machine might have heard of the computer. But very few have ever heard about Commodore 65, C=64's planned successor.

Commodore, noticing that during the era of 16-bit computers, their old cashcow, Commodore 64 was quickly losing its sales, set up a team to milk the last pennies out of the decade-old Commodore 64. They built a backwards compatible Commodore 65 that added features similar to Commodore's other computer line, Amiga.

C=65 had a built in 3.5" disk drive, high-resolution graphics and CPU at 3.54MHz (C=64 ran at 1MHz) with 128kB of memory (expandable to 1MB) - and most importantly, a C=64 mode, allowing the computer to run C=64's massive software and game selection. Commodore 65 never made it to the market and only appx. 50 - 200 prototypes were ever built.

After Commodore went bankrupt in 1994, its assets were liquidated and the prototypes were sold all across the world.

Since those days, the Commodore 65 has begun one of the most sought-after collectibles in the computing history and some of those few prototypes tend to appear in various online markets for sale. We reported of one such incident 2 years ago when an "almost complete" Commodore 65 was on sale at eBay.

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