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Facebook and Instagram appear to be partially down for some users around the world today. While you can open both platforms and some services appear to have been restored, users are reporting issues with sending messages on Messenger, posting to the feed on all Facebook products, and accessing other features on Facebook.com, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Even Facebook-owned Oculus VR is experiencing issues related to the outage.

Earlier in the day, WhatsApp appeared to be fine for many people, but users in Paraguay, India, Bangladesh, Argentina, Africa and more note that they begun experiencing issues with sending messages as the afternoon went on. DownDetector indicates that those in Brazil were experiencing the most severe outages.

We tested multiple accounts at Zealnut, and found that Messenger couldn’t load at all on desktop, although the mobile app was working. Instagram is markedly worse: for some users, posts aren’t loading, Instagram Stories are down, and direct messages and the button to post new content are also not working. Facebook’s ad section was not functioning either, and it led to an internal error when you tried to buy an ad.

About an hour after users first noted the outage, Facebook responded on Twitter. It also noted that “the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.”

Instagram on desktop as of 1PM ET.

According to DownDetector, it looks like the outages are mainly in New England; Texas; Seattle, Washington; parts of Latin America, including Peru; the UK; India; and the Philippines. Users have written in from Canada, Las Vegas, Africa and Turkey to note outages there as well. We’ve reached out to Facebook and Instagram to learn more.

 

It now looks like Oculus is also down. One user in California wrote in to Zealnut, “Nobody can log in to any multiplayer games purchased through the Oculus store. They also can’t access their Oculus Home environments.” Users also reported being unable to buy games from the Oculus store.

Other users noted that attempting to use Facebook to sign into apps like Tinder, Zealnut or Spotify wasn’t working either. Attempting to do so would bring up an error saying this feature isn’t available right now. If you were already signed into Spotify, it appears that your login is still valid, but once you sign out, you’ll be unable to get back in.

So if you are missing facebook, remember, Zealnut has never been down!

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Sporadic looting and spontaneous protests.

Desperate patients begging doctors to be kept alive.

Residents bracing for wider attacks on markets and restaurants after the sun goes down.

Sunday was the fourth day since Venezuela’s power system went down, plunging most of the country, including Caracas, the capital, into sporadic darkness and dampening hopes of imminent resolution to a devastating blackout that has brought the country to the verge of social implosion.

“We’re going to arrive at a moment when we’re going to eat each other,” said Zuly González, 40, a resident of Caracas’ Chacao neighbourhood.

The blackout is the latest calamity to befall a country in seemingly perpetual crisis. Venezuela has been devastated for years by hyperinflation and a failing economy that has led millions to flee. But the country has been further torn since January, when opposition leaders refused to acknowledge as legitimate the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro.

On Thursday, the San Geronimo B substation in the centre of the country, which supplies electricity to 4 out of 5 Venezuelans from the massive Guri hydropower plant, went down.

No date has been set to restart the plant, and most workers were told to stay home Monday, said two of the substation’s workers and a manager at the national power monopoly, Corpoelec. Their names have been withheld to protect them from government reprisals.

The nearby San Geronimo A backup substation, which transmits much weaker current from a smaller hydropower plant, operated intermittently Sunday. Supplies from that plant and few unreliable thermoelectric plants allowed the government to send sporadic power to Caracas throughout the day.

The government said the blackout was caused by an unspecified fault at Guri, which provides 80 percent of the country’s electricity. Mr Maduro and his ministers have insisted the blackout was the result of sabotage and cyberattacks organised by the United States and the opposition, without providing any evidence.

Energy experts, Venezuelan power sector contractors and current and former Corpoelec employees have dismissed accusations of sabotage, saying the blackout was the result of years of underinvestment, corruption and brain drain.

The San Geronimo B substation connects many of Venezuela’s largest cities to the Guri hydropower plant via one of the longest high-voltage lines in the world.

 
 
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When visited Sunday, the substation’s usual buzz of high-voltage cross currents was replaced by silence. A cow roamed amid the transformers. Several National Guard soldiers and a unit of police commandos were at the substation, but no employees were there.

The substation is vital “to supply the country in a stable way,” said Luis Aguilar, a Venezuelan power industry expert based in Chicago. Its paralysis means power is unlikely to be restored nationally until Tuesday at the earliest, he said.

The government declared Monday a holiday for schools and public workers.

What caused the blackout has been a source of speculation. A Corpoelec union leader, Ali Briceño, told reporters Friday that a brush fire under a power trunk line destabilised the grid and caused Guri’s turbines to shut down. The government has struggled to restart the turbines since, he said.

Other experts, including Mr Aguilar, said the magnitude of the blackout indicated the problem was caused by a major failure inside Guri’s turbines. A Corpoelec supervisor involved in dispatching Guri’s power said he was told by the plant’s managers Thursday that the plant’s equipment had been damaged.

After analysing power levels across the country, Mr Aguilar, who consults reinsurance companies on Venezuela’s power sector, said the government had tried to restart Guri four times since the start of the blackout on Thursday.

The latest attempt led to the explosion of a secondary substation near Guri on Saturday.

“Every time they attempt to restart, they fail, and the disruption breaks something else in the system, destabilizing the grid yet further,” Mr Aguilar said. “Obviously, they are hiding something from us,” he said of the government.

Restarting the turbines requires skilled operators who can synchronise the speed of rotation on as many as nine of Guri’s operational turbines. Experts said the most experienced operators have since left the company because of meagre wages and an atmosphere of paranoia fed by Mr Maduro’s ever-present secret police.

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Two teenagers have opened fire at a school in south-eastern Brazil, killing at least seven students and one employee, police say.

The shooting happened at about 09:30 local time when the students were on a break at the state school in Suzano, near São Paulo.

At least 10 other people have been wounded. Police say the hooded gunmen killed themselves after the attack.

While gun crime is common in Brazil, shootings of this nature are not.

The school has some 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between six and 18.

The identities of the victims and the alleged attackers - who were said to be former students at the school - have not yet been released.

The motive for the shooting is not clear, police say.

"I was in the classroom during our break. I thought [the sound] was from bombs. When I realized they were gunshots, I stayed there. I only left when the police arrived," teacher Sandra Perez told O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper (in Portuguese).

São Paulo state governor João Doria tweeted that the victims had been "cruelly murdered".

"When I arrived at the school... it was chaotic. Teachers, workers, everybody was running," Juliano Simões de Santana, who lives near the school, told Folha de S.Paulo newspaper (in Portuguese).

 

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It may prove tough to choose between these phones. Should your next smartphone be the LG G8 ThinQ or the Samsung Galaxy S10? Let’s compare them and see exactly how they differ.

Specs

  Samsung Galaxy S10 LG G8 ThinQ
Size 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm (5.90 x 2.77 x 0.31 inches) 151.9 × 71.8 × 8.4 mm (5.98 × 2.83 × 0.33 inches)
Weight 157 grams (5.54oz) 167 grams (5.89 ounces)
Screen size 6.1-inch AMOLED 6.1-inch AMOLED
Screen resolution 3040 x 1440 pixels (551 pixels per inch) 3120 × 1440 pixels (564 pixels per inch)
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie
Storage space 128GB, 512GB 128GB
MicroSD card slot Yes Yes
Tap-to-pay services Google Pay, Samsung Pay Google Pay
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
RAM 8GB 6GB
Camera Triple-lens ultra wide-angle 16-megapixel, standard 12MP with OIS and variable aperture, and telephoto 12MP with OIS rear, 10MP front Dual-lens ultra-wide-angle 16-megapixel, and standard 12MP with OIS rear, dual lens 8MP and TOF front
Video 2160p at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps 2160p at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 60 fps, 720p at 240 fps
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Ports USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack
Fingerprint sensor Yes (in-display) Yes (back)
Water resistance IP68 IP68
Battery 3,400mAh

 

Quick Charge 2.0

Qi wireless charging with Wireless Power Share

3,500mAh

 

Quick Charge 3.0

Qi wireless charging

App marketplace Google Play Store Google Play Store
Network support AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon
Colors Prism black, prism blue, flamingo pink, prism white, prism green Carmine red, new Aurora black, new Moroccan blue
Price $900 TBC
Buy from Samsung LG
Review score Hands-On Hands-On

Performance, battery life, and charging

LG G8 ThinQ
 

Both of these phones have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor inside, but neither will offer 5G connectivity — you should look at the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G or the LG V50 ThinQ for that. The Galaxy S10 has more RAM at 8GB to the G8 ThinQ’s 6GB, but we don’t think that will make much difference to your everyday experience. Both have 128GB of storage and a MicroSD card slot for expansion, though you can also get a 512GB version of the S10.

Battery size is nearly identical, but the LG G8 ThinQ has a couple of advantages with 100mAh more in the tank and support for Quick Charge 3.0 when you plug in, while Samsung sticks with the slower Quick Charge 2.0. Both also support Qi wireless charging. We can’t separate them here.

Winner: Tie

Design and durability

There are a lot of similarities between these phones in the design department, too. They are both glass front and back with gentle curves, they both have horizontally arranged camera lenses on the back, and they both have 6.1-inch screens on the front. But the Galaxy S10 adopts Samsung’s Infinity-O display, with a hole-punch camera at the top right, while the LG G8 ThinQ has a big notch for the front-facing camera. On the back, LG’s camera suite is flush under the glass, while Samsung’s sits in a clearly delineated module. LG still has a fingerprint scanner below, while Samsung has shifted it into the display. From the front, the Galaxy S10 is definitely the better-looking phone, and it’s a touch smaller and sleeker in every dimension.

With IP68 ratings, which mean both phones can take a dunk and keep on ticking, there’s no separating them on durability. Samsung takes this on the strength of its design.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10

Display

 

Once again, on paper, these phones are neck and neck with both featuring a 6.1-inch OLED screen. LG’s G8 ThinQ actually has a slightly higher resolution because it features a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, whereas the Galaxy S10 display is 19:9. This is not something you’re really going to notice. Samsung’s Dynamic AMOLED is the best display it has turned out, the brights are brighter than everyone else, the colors more vibrant, and more of the front of the phone is screen than any other phone right now. With HDR10 support and the ability to fire audio out through the screen, thanks to something LG calls Crystal Sound OLED, the G8 ThinQ’s display is no slouch. The difference here is small, but Samsung’s display is probably the best you’ll find on any phone right now, so it wins.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10

Camera

Samsung Galaxy S10 hands-on
 

With a triple-lens main camera that combines a 12-megapixel lens with a variable aperture, a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, the Galaxy S10 has a very versatile setup. You’ll be able to capture great shots in most situations, zoom in when you need to, or widen the filed of view to cram more in. The LG G8 ThinQ has a similar setup with a 12-megapixel lens, a 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens, but the version we tested did not have the telephoto lens and apparently, the triple-lens version will only be available in certain markets.

Around front, the Galaxy S10 has a single 10-megapixel camera, while the G8 ThinQ pairs an 8-megapixel lens with a Time-of-Flight (TOF) camera. This TOF sensor enables LG’s Z Camera feature which allows you to unlock your phone with your face or hand, and some other things we’ll get into in the special features section below.

We need more time with these phones to really assess the cameras, but going on the specs and past performance, we expect the Galaxy S10 to outperform the G8 ThinQ.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10

Software and updates

Samsung Galaxy S10 hands-on
 

You’ll find Android 9.0 Pie on both these phones, but Samsung has put One UI over the top and LG has its own user interface. Samsung has been criticized for a busy UI in the past, but One UI is a big improvement and we prefer it to LG’s UI. Unfortunately, both manufacturers have a pretty poor record when it comes to software updates. We expect the S10 and G8 ThinQ to receive at least two Android version updates, but there’s no telling how long it will take or who will push an update first.

Winner: Tie

Special features

LG G8 ThinQ
 

Samsung offers a lot of extras in the S10, including the desktop replacement DeX mode, Gear VR support, Samsung Pay, Bixby, Knox security, and that in-display fingerprint scanner. Also worthy of note is the reverse wireless charging function which allows you to wirelessly charge up any Qi-certified device with your Galaxy S10.

LG likes to innovate and the G8 ThinQ features the aforementioned Z Camera, with that special depth-sensing Time of Flight sensor. It allows secure face unlocking, Hand ID which scans the vein pattern in your hand, and also gestures that enable you to wave your hand above your phone and trigger different actions without actually touching it. For example, you could pause a video when you have dirty hands in the kitchen without messing up your phone.

It’s debatable how useful these extras are, some will be one-use gimmicks, while others may prove truly handy — it depends on how you use your phone and what you’re looking for.

Winner: Tie

Price and availability

The Samsung Galaxy S10 starts from $900 and you can pre-order it now for March 8 delivery. You’ll get a free pair of Galaxy Buds if you do pre-order. We don’t yet have confirmation on when the LG G8 ThinQ will be available or how much it will cost, but we suspect it will be closer to $800.

Both these phones are going to be available unlocked from a wide variety of retailers and you’ll be able to pick them up at all the major carriers.

Overall Winner: Samsung Galaxy S10

This is a really close run thing. The Galaxy S10 wins because of Samsung’s elegant, refined design and a slightly better display and camera. But the LG G8 ThinQ really isn’t far behind and it may prove to be the better choice for some people, especially if it comes in at $100 less. If the S10 is at the top of your shopping list, you may also want to check out how it compares to the rest of Samsung’s new lineup.

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The FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list turned 69 years old last week — and it ain’t your grandfather’s catalog of thugs and hoodlums anymore.

Like crime in America, the list has evolved. It started in the 1950s as an array of the “toughest” bank robbers and car thieves before adding radicals and kidnappers in the ’60s, mobsters in the ’70s and gangbangers and white-collar criminals in the ’80s and ’90s.

Today, you’ll find a rogues’ gallery of murderers, rapists, drug traffickers, child abusers and armed robbers with zero regard for human life.

And you won’t find them on post office walls anymore. Not only does the FBI now post the list on digital billboards, but it has a Facebook page and Twitter account devoted to it.

The list was founded on March 14, 1950, after a UPI reporter called and asked the FBI for a list of the “toughest guys” it wanted to capture.

The resulting news story drew so much interest that the list was institutionalized by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in the hope that public assistance would lead to fugitive arrests.

The first woman on the list was Ruth Eisemann-Schier. She and ex-con Gary Steven Krist kidnapped the daughter of a Florida developer from a Decatur, Ga., motel on Dec. 17, 1968.

The duo buried the heiress, Barbara Jane Mackle, in a shallow grave in a coffin with ventilation tubes and food. They demanded a $500,000 ransom — and got it. Mackle was found alive.

But Eisemann-Schier, then 28, never saw a penny and was captured in Oklahoma after posing as a 19-year-old co-ed to apply for a job at a mental institution. A clerk had run her fingerprints.

Eisemann-Schier served four years in prison before being deported to her native Honduras.

Gangster Al Capone, Martin Luther King Jr. assassin James Earl Ray, serial killer Ted Bundy and the polygamous “prophet” Warren Jeffs are a few of the infamous criminals to make the list.

Since its inception, the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list has led to the capture or location of 474 criminals. A total of 505 fugitives have made the list in 66 years.

Here’s a look at today’s Top 10:


Yaser Abdel Said, 59
Irving, Texas
Murder
On list since December 2014

The married Egyptian immigrant, a taxi driver with a history of abusive behavior, forbade his two teenage daughters from dating. They did, in secret.

When Said found out on Christmas Eve 2007, he was furious, authorities say. A few days later, on New Year’s Day, in a so-called “honor killing,” he drove the girls in his taxi to a wooded area and allegedly shot them point blank and left their bodies in his cab.

The 6-foot-2 Said enjoys eating at Denny’s and IHOP restaurants, smokes Marlboro Lights and has a fondness for German shepherds. He has ties to New York, Canada and Virginia, and is believed to be armed and dangerous.



Fidel Urbina, 36
Chicago
Murder, kidnapping, rape
On list since June 2012

Urbina was free on bond after brutally raping a woman, authorities say, when he landed a gig as a garage attendant on Chicago’s south side. Urbina then allegedly raped and murdered a second woman, a customer whose body was found in the trunk of a charred car in a desolate alley in October 1998.

Despite his effort to destroy the evidence of his horrible deed, authorities were able to identify the victim and tie Urbina to the murder.

The Mexican-born Urbina is 5-foot-11 with pockmark acne on his right cheek. He has 10 different aliases, including “Tonorio.” The FBI believes he may have fled to Durango, Mexico.



Eduardo Ravelo, 47
Racketeering, drug trafficking
El Paso, Texas
On list since October 2009

The FBI says Ravelo is a capo in the Barrio Azteca criminal enterprise. He was indicted in Texas in 2008 for conspiracy to launder money and intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana. Authorities believe he is also a hit man for the Vicente Carillo Fuentes drug ring and has several murders under his belt.

The 5-foot-9 suspect sports tattoos on his back, chest and abdomen and has up to 15 different aliases, including “T-Blas,” “2×4” and “Lumberman.”

The FBI believes Ravelo may have had plastic surgery to alter his appearance and fingerprints and splits his time between Mexico and Texas. He is possibly armed and dangerous.



William Bradford Bishop Jr., 69
Murder
Bethesda, Md.
On list since April 2014

Bishop, a Yale alum and former diplomat who speaks five languages, was employed as a US foreign service officer in March 1976 when he was passed over for a promotion. Shortly after, the licensed pilot became unhinged and allegedly bludgeoned his 37-year-old wife and three sons (ages 5, 10 and 14) to death with a sledgehammer. It is believed Bishop, an insomniac suffering from depression, went off his meds before the murders.

The FBI says Bishop transported the bodies from Bethesda to Columbia, N.C., and lit them on fire. The manhunt for the 6-foot-1 outdoorsman was expanded to the rural South.

Over the years, the FBI has followed numerous leads on Bishop’s whereabouts — he was a homeless vagrant on the streets of Alabama, he was killed by a hit-and-run driver — but none proved true.



Victor Manuel Gerena, 57
Armed robbery
Hartford, Conn.
On list since May 1984

In September 1983, Gerena, a New York City native, allegedly grabbed two security guards at a Wells Fargo Armored Car facility in West Hartford, Conn., pointed a gun at their heads, handcuffed them and injected them with a mystery fluid before making off with $7 million.

It was the largest cash robbery in US history at the time. The FBI believes the former machinist, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall, is hiding out in Cuba.

Gerena has earned the dubious distinction of spending more time on the 10 Most Wanted list than any other person.



Robert William Fisher, 54
Murder
Scottsdale, Ariz.
On list since June 2002

The Navy veteran and former fireman was working as a cardiovascular technician at the Mayo Clinic when, authorities say, he shot his wife in the head and slit the throats of his two young children in their home in April 2001. He then set the house on fire.

No one saw it coming. Days before the horrific murders, the 6-foot-1 Brooklyn native and big-game hunter went to church, changed the oil in his 2001 Dodge Ram and did a few home repairs.

The FBI says Fisher has ties to New Mexico and Florida and is believed to be carrying several weapons, including a high-powered rifle.



Glen Stewart Godwin, 58
Murder
Folsom, Calif.
On list since December 1996

Godwin had no prior record when he allegedly robbed, stabbed and killed a local drug dealer in California in 1987. He then filled the body with explosives and blew it up. He was sentenced to 26 years in Folsom State Prison, but he escaped by slipping into a manhole, climbing through several hundred feet of a storm drain and then paddling a raft — left for him by an outside accomplice — down the American River.

Cops caught up to Godwin in 1991 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he was collared for dealing drugs. While serving time in a Guadalajara prison, he murdered another inmate. Five months later, the crafty criminal escaped again.

The FBI believes the fugitive may be traveling throughout Mexico and Central and South America and remains involved in narcotics.



Muloh Jaqory Mason, 25
Aggravated robbery, attempted murder
Lakewood, Colo.
On list since December 2015 (RECENTLY CAPTURED)

Mason was nabbed on Jan. 15 at a Motel 6 in Thornton, Colo., and, surrounded by a SWAT team, surrendered.

Prior to his capture, the 6-foot-2 Mason and two cohorts were accused of going on a crime spree in November 2015. Wearing green skeleton masks similar to those in “Scream” horror movies, the trio allegedly held up two separate banks, shoving guns in tellers’ faces, and shooting two bystanders during their getaways. Mason’s accomplices were captured shortly after the robberies.

He remains on the list until the FBI finds a suitable replacement.



Jason Derek Brown, 46
Murder, armed robbery
Phoenix, Ariz.
On list since December 2007

In 1994, Brown left his wife and The Church of Latter-day Saints and developed an un-Mormonlike interest in alcohol, women, luxury cars and club drugs. Ten years later, in November 2004, Brown was working as a golf equipment importer when he allegedly shot and killed an armored car guard outside a movie theater. The FBI says he fled with $56,000.

Brown resembles a surfer dude and bears such a striking resemblance to actor Sean Penn that the FBI twice mistakenly apprehended the actor’s body double.

The 5-foot-7 avid golfer was last spotted in August 2008 at a stoplight in Salt Lake City, Utah.



Alexis Flores, 40
Murder, kidnapping
Philadelphia
On list since June 2007

Flores was on the hunt for work as a handyman and a place to live in Philadelphia when he allegedly raped and murdered a 5-year-old girl in July 2000. The young child’s body was found strangled in the same building where Flores found shelter.

Flores has scars on his forehead and right cheek and identified himself as Carlos from Honduras to locals. He served time in Arizona for forgery, and was deported to Honduras.

After his deportation, Arizona police discovered that Flores’ DNA matched the sample taken from the Philadelphia crime scene. He was immediately placed on the Top 10 list. The FBI believes Flores is still in Honduras.

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Sony’s devices generally arrive without much fanfare. They’re typically just your average phone that works decently, without any crazy changes or features. The latest mid-range smartphones from Sony tell a different story, however, as there is one major change. These smartphones have a 21:9 aspect ratio, and if that seems tall, that’s because it is.

Sony Xperia 10 Plus

The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a lot more practical than it looks

My first worry, when it came to this particular device, was, obviously, the height. I’m sure everybody worried about its height. Sony is aware that they have created a smartphone with a tall form-factor, and the first step they take to mitigating that is the introduction of a system-wide one-handed mode.

It works exactly like the implementation of similar features on other smartphones. The whole display gets miniaturized into one corner on the bottom left or the bottom right, and you tap in the exclusion zone to switch it back off.

And that’s not all that Sony has that makes the really tall display practical. Sony recommends the use of multi-window in landscape mode so that you can make the most of the display size. It’s nothing hugely special, but it shows that the company is aware that there may be issues with this particular form factor. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing, as Sony’s latest smartphones are even more examples of experimentation at this year’s Mobile World Congress. From Huawei to Samsung to Nokia to even newer brands like F(x), there’s something new and different at every corner.

All in all, the Sony Xperia 10 Plus is very usable, a lot more than it may seem at first look. Honestly, the height of this device isn’t an issue (at least in my short time with it), and if you can use other flagships like even the 19.5:9 OnePlus 6T, then you’ll be just fine. It’s only just a small bit taller, and unlikely to be the difference between one-handed usage and two-handed usage. That’s without even getting into media consumption, where 21:9 is close to the cinematic content standard.

Design of the Sony Xperia 10 Plus

The Sony Xperia 10 and the Sony Xperia 10 Plus are carbon copies of each other, they’re just different sizes. They have the same camera layout on the back, the same top bezel on the front, and same port layout around the chassis. For all intents and purposes, these are, more or less, the same devices. Think the compact and full versions of Sony’s old flagship devices. That’s all these are, and they’re designed well. There’s a couple of specification differences, but none all too huge. The only thing I dislike is that they are nearly uncomfortable to hold in the hand given how thin and flat they are. It’s not really a slight against the phones either, it’s just personal preference for the most part. To me, it feels like a somewhat unnatural way to hold a phone, but to you, it may be fine.

The side buttons include a fingerprint sensor on the right-hand side, something that may be annoying to those who are left-handed. The volume rocker is found below the fingerprint sensor, while the power button is above it. It would be nice to have the fingerprint sensor on the power button, but it’s not a big deal. The positioning still makes sense and feels natural, and that’s what matters the most when it comes to the design.

For better or worse, augmented reality is here

As previously mentioned, Sony has added a number of small features to accompany the tall 21:9 display. Other than that, it’s more or less the same software suite we’ve come to expect from Sony. It’s very close to stock Android with some UI changes and additional functionality. The cameras are decent as well, with an augmented reality mode that was kind of weird but definitely funny to play around with.

The camera application itself is pretty nice, although very run of the mill. It’s got all of the basic functions that you’ve come to expect from your smartphone – a pro mode, resolution, slow motion, all of that stuff. You can take 21:9 photos if you want as well, though it’s a non-standard aspect ratio and not something that you’ll really get anywhere else.

The Sony Xperia 10 Plus and the Sony Xperia 10 are great devices, though the pricing may be too steep for international readers. Both devices come in at $430 and $350 respectively, high prices for mid-range Snapdragon chipsets. Sony has made some very interesting devices, though most of their charm comes from the unique aspect ratio.

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Your Twitter Direct Messages have been sticking around long after you’ve deleted them.

One of Twitter’s data archives revealed the social media giant continues to hold onto users’ direct messages for several years, while users operate under the assumption that they’ve been deleted, security researcher Karan Saini reveals.

What’s more, Twitter has been retaining direct messages from accounts that were deactivated or suspended.

Twitter’s own privacy policy says that after a user deactivates their account, their data will be scrubbed from the firm’s servers after 30 days.

Saini told reporters that he had ‘concerns’ about how long the data is being held onto by Twitter.

Users can see for themselves that Twitter retained deleted DMs by downloading a copy of archived data from their account.

The security researcher stopped short of calling this issue a security flaw; rather, it’s more likely a ‘functional bug,’ according to Zealnut.

It’s also a reminder that even when users think something is permanently deleted, that may not always be the case.

A Twitter spokesperson told Zealnut that the firm is investigating the issue.

It’s just the latest example of Twitter coming under fire for how it handles users’ data.

Last month, Twitter revealed that a bug caused some users’ protected tweets to become publicly available without their knowledge.

The glitch was believed to date back as far as four years, according to the firm.

When a user enables the ‘Protect your Tweets’ feature, it hides them from public view.

‘We recognize and appreciate the trust you place in us, and are committed to earning that trust every day,’ the company said.

‘We’re very sorry this happened and we’re conducting a full review to help prevent this from happening again.’

Affected users have been notified, but the social network is urging people to review their account’s privacy settings as it is not able to confirm every account using Android that may have been affected.

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We know everyone has their own brand of music and the kind of songs we listen to somehow affect us character wise. Lets get in here and share what we are listening to together.

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