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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Carries Company’s Variable Refresh Rate Display Technology

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first smartphone to feature Samsung Display’s backplane display technology that has a variable refresh rate, the company announced on Wednesday. The new display panel is touted to deliver 22 percent better power efficiency over conventional displays. Samsung claims that it automatically adjusts the refresh rate to minimise overall…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the first smartphone to feature Samsung Display’s backplane display technology that has a variable refresh rate, the company announced on Wednesday. The new display panel is touted to deliver 22 percent better power efficiency over conventional displays. Samsung claims that it automatically adjusts the refresh rate to minimise overall power consumption. The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with up to 120Hz refresh rate. The phone is the second in the company’s lineup to offer that high refresh rate — after the Galaxy S20 series.Samsung claimed that the backplane display technology it has developed can seamlessly switch from 30Hz refresh rate for general text viewing to 60Hz for video streaming and 120Hz for mobile gaming experiences. Also, the display panel could down even to 10Hz for still images and other static content.Samsung said that by using the refresh rate of 10Hz in case of still images and other similar content, devices will be able to reduce power consumption by up to 60 percent. This will be useful especially in the case of 5G-supporting hardware as the next-generation network requires quite a lot of power over 4G and previous cellular network generations.A rumour also suggested that the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra would include Low-Temperature Polycrystalline Oxide (LTPO) backplane display technology. However, while Samsung hasn’t provided any further details about the architecture, it did confirm that the new smartphone is the first to feature the latest technology.The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra allows users to switch between the default 60Hz and an auto refresh rate. The latter seems to enable the variable refresh rate experience. This is notably unlike the Galaxy S20 series that has 60Hz and 120Hz as the two separate refresh rate options.Why are smartphone prices rising in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

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Realme 7, Realme C11 to Go on Sale in India Today via Flipkart, Realme.com: Price, Specifications

Realme C11 and Realme 7 will go on sale today at 2pm and 12pm (noon), respectively. Both the phones will be available for purchase via Flipkart and Realme.com. Realme C11 boasts of features such as a large 5,000mAh battery and waterdrop-style display notch, while key features of Realme 7 include a quad rear camera setup…

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Realme 7, Realme C11 to Go on Sale in India Today via Flipkart, Realme.com: Price, Specifications

Realme C11 and Realme 7 will go on sale today at 2pm and 12pm (noon), respectively. Both the phones will be available for purchase via Flipkart and Realme.com. Realme C11 boasts of features such as a large 5,000mAh battery and waterdrop-style display notch, while key features of Realme 7 include a quad rear camera setup with a 64-megapixel primary camera and MediaTek Helio G95 processor.Realme C11 and Realme 7 price in India, availabilityRealme C11 will be available for sale from 2pm onwards today via Flipkart and Realme.com. The phone is priced at Rs. 7,499 for the sole 2GB + 32GB storage model. Realme C11 is available in Rich Green and Rich Grey. Sale offers for the phone on Flipkart include a 5 percent unlimited cashback on Flipkart Axis Bank Credit Card, Discovery Plus Premium Subscription for two years at Rs. 299, and no-cost EMI options starting at Rs. 834 per month. Sale offers on Realme.com for the Realme C11 include getting up to Rs. 500 MobiKwik cashback on purchase of the phone.Realme 7, meanwhile, will be available for purchase from 12pm (noon) today, via Flipkart and Realme.com. It is offered in two colours – Mist Blue and Mist White. Realme 7 price in India starts at Rs. 14,999 for the 6GB + 64GB storage variant, while the 8GB + 128GB storage variant option is priced at Rs. 16,999. Sale options for Realme 7 on Flipkart include 5 percent cashback on Flipkart Axis Bank Credit Card, two years of Discovery Plus Premium subscription at Rs. 299, and no cost EMIs starting at Rs. 1,667 a month. Sale offers for the phone on Realme.com include SuperCash worth Rs. 500 through MobiKwik.Realme C11 specificationsRealme C11 is a dual-SIM (Nano) phone that runs Realme UI, based on Android 10. The phone features a 6.5-inch HD+ (720×1,600 pixels) Mini-drop display with 20:9 aspect ratio. Realme C11 is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, coupled with 2GB of LPDDR4X RAM. It packs 32GB of onboard storage that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) through a dedicated slot. In terms of optics, Realme C11 has a dual camera setup, with a 13-megapixel primary sensor and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. For selfies and video calls, the phone has a 5-megapixel sensor in front.The Realme C11 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports reverse charging as well. Connectivity options for the phone include 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, Micro-USB, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.Realme 7 specificationsRealme 7 features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) display with 20:9 aspect ratio and 90.5 percent screen-to-body ratio. The dual-SIM (Nano) phone runs on Android 10 with Realme UI on top. It is powered by octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 SoC, coupled with ARM Mali-G76 MC4 GPU and up to 8GB LPDDR4x RAM. It has up to 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage, which can be expanded via microSD card through a dedicated slot.When it comes to phones and videos, the Realme 7 comes with a quad rear camera setup that includes a 64-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle shooter, a 2-megapixel monochrome sensor, and a 2-megapixel sensor. For selfies and video calls, the Realme 7 has a 16-megapixel front camera.The Realme 7 packs a 5,000mAh battery that supports 30W Dart Charge fast charging. Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The smartphone also has with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.How to find the best deals during online sales? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.

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The best espresso machine for 2020: Cuisinart, Breville, Mr. Coffee and more – CNET

If you’ve ever fallen in love with espresso, you know first hand its powerful charms. Ultra-strong, rich, yet balanced espresso’s complex flavors are addictive. Making it at home though can be a tall order. A lot of coffee makers billed as domestic espresso machines are that in name only. If you don’t do your homework…

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The best espresso machine for 2020: Cuisinart, Breville, Mr. Coffee and more     – CNET

If you’ve ever fallen in love with espresso, you know first hand its powerful charms. Ultra-strong, rich, yet balanced espresso’s complex flavors are addictive. Making it at home though can be a tall order. A lot of coffee makers billed as domestic espresso machines are that in name only. If you don’t do your homework chances are good you’ll wind up with a terrible appliance, one that slings awful drinks. Make sure you avoid this pitfall and by a machine that produces superb shots all day long.The best home espresso machines have an advanced brewing process and handy bells and whistles like a double portafilter basket for double shot drinks, and a milk frother and steam wand for a cup of cappuccino or a latte. These automatic machines don’t come cheap, and you can expect to pay at least $500 for something that whips up legit cafe-caliber espresso drinks (or an espresso shot, if that’s your thing). But when in doubt, try to remember how much you’ll be saving on all the lattes, cappuccinos and double shots you get from your coffee shop thanks to your espresso and cappuccino maker.Espresso coffee is uniquely powerful and flavorful. It’s the ultimate test for home brewers.
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You can also drop as little as $100, if you’re willing to settle for a mediocre espresso, but I urge you not to pounce on products that cost less, especially if you plan on drinking espresso regularly. A seemingly affordable espresso machine may look like a bargain at first blush, but they’re often a waste of money and counter space, too. For those on a budget, “espresso brewers” (in the $30 to $50 price range) typically lack motorized pumps and are powered by steam pressure alone. What they produce is really moka pot coffee, the sort of drink made by simple stovetop brewers; it won’t taste quite like the espresso you’re used to from the barista at your local coffee shop or cafe. That’s not inherently bad — it’s just not really espresso.

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To find the best espresso machine for espresso lovers, I spent over 80 hours putting 10 available espresso machines through their paces. I limited my testing to manual espresso machines, not the ones that make espresso from pods or capsules. I also revisited three other espresso machines I reviewed previously. During the process, I made and sampled scores of espresso shots, double shots, lattes, cappuccinos and pitchers of steamed milk and milk froth. Basically, if it was a coffee drink, I made it. I also took into account other things like water reservoir and storage, water filter, control panel, grinding capabilities, automatic milk frother length (and its ability to steam and froth milk) and more. After my experience, these are the three I’d qualify as the best home espresso machines. While they all get the job done and offer the essential features you need — like a steam milk frother, drip tray, substantial water reservoir, and easy-to-clean stainless steel base — the key differentiating factor between them is the price point. And how much you spend on an espresso machine does have a major impact on what type of coffee you’ll ultimately get.

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I also limited this list to automatic machines and semiautomatic espresso machines. I excluded super-automatic espresso makers as well, sold by Krups, Philips, Miele and others. Those models are a breed apart, costing many times more ($2,000 to $3,000). I update this list periodically, and you’ll find my testing methodology below. Still with me? Keep going, delicious espresso will soon be yours!

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You can’t beat the Breville Barista Express and its combination of performance, features and price point. For $700, the machine’s formidable grinder pulverizes espresso beans, smart technology doses grounds directly into its portafilter basket, plus its sturdy frother steams milk well and makes thick foam. It also consistently pulled the best tasting shots of espresso in my test group. The control panel may be a little intimidating at first, but once you get the hang of things, a delicious shot (or double shot) of espresso, latte or other coffee-based drink of choice will be your reward. Made from stainless steel, the Barista Express is a cinch to clean as well. And to seal the deal, Breville includes premium metal tools such as a handy dose trimmer and tamper.I will note, though, that this machine does not offer a compact design. If counter space is at a premium in your kitchen, you may want to look at the next machine on the list to make your cup of coffee.

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For those who crave great espresso at home but are nervous about getting the technique down, the Breville Bambino Plus is the perfect choice. It’s dead simple to use and to keep clean. It’s also compact yet pulled delicious shots of espresso second only to Breville’s Barista Express. I especially appreciate how easy it is to froth milk with the Bambino. Just insert the steam wand into the Bambino’s stainless steel milk pitcher (included), then press one button. Less than a minute later, you’ll have expertly steamed milk foam ready for lattes and cappuccinos.

While it lacks its own coffee grinder, making an espresso, cappuccino or latte from the Cuisinart EM-100 has plenty going for it. This espresso machine has a compact design but is powerful enough to brew from fine coffee grounds. It also pulled flavorful espresso shots, second only to the Breville Barista Express in terms of quality, taste and strength. The machine features a long stainless steel frother for steaming milk and a built-in cup warmer heating element too. A solid espresso machine at about a third the price of the Breville.

How we test espresso machines My evaluation process for espresso machines is similar to how I test standard drip coffee makers. First, I hand wash and dry all removable parts and accessories. For most espresso products, that includes the portafilter basket, metal portafilter inserts, water tank and so on. Next, I run one brewing cycle with just hot water to flush away any residual material from manufacturing. Most espresso machines, save for fancy super automatic models, lack an integrated coffee grinder and I prefer to test with freshly ground coffee. So I supply my own grinder — the Breville Smart Grinder Pro. I chose this grinder for two reasons. First, it’s calibrated more for espresso and less for drip or other brewing styles. That means it produces a grind that’s quite fine. Second, its grind size is also consistently uniform. Both factors are critical for a proper espresso brewing process. To pull shots, I start with the suggested method outlined in a given machine’s product manual. Usually that covers the amount of coffee grounds expected per shot, along with any guidelines regarding coarseness level. Likewise, I follow tamping instructions (light, medium or hard tamp) if the manual provides them. Whenever possible, I brew double shots of espresso for all my test runs. I make sure to record the weight of the grounds I use, plus the weight of espresso for each shot I pull. This data, along with readings from a portable refractometer, allows me to calculate two important percentages: total dissolved solids and extraction percentage. And just like any coffee brew, the ideal extraction percentage for espresso is a range between 18% and 22%. This yields a balanced cup, assuming you perform an even and efficient extraction of coffee compounds from your grounds (both flavor and caffeine). Not many home espresso machines can brew quality shots. This one was pulled from the Breville Barista Express.
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If you over-extract, you run the risk of leaching out unpleasant flavors (bitterness) after the good. On the opposite end of the scale, under extracted brews tend to have undeveloped flavors. Lacking sugars and other caramelized organic chemicals, these shots will taste sour, weak and watery.       Unlike making a cup of drip coffee, espresso should be concentrated. While excellent drip typically has a TDS percentage of 1.3 or 1.4, great espresso has a much higher percentage. The Breville Barista Express, for example, produced shots with TDS percentages as high as 12.4. These shots I pulled were balanced though, with an extraction of 18.6%. The test beans I use are the same variety I employ for standard coffee makers — Costco Kirkland Colombian. It’s a medium dark roast, suitable for brewing espresso as well.   Many espresso machines have steaming wands for frothing milk. The Breville Bambino makes steaming milk especially easy.
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Lastly, I try my hand at frothing milk with each coffee machine equipped with a steam wand. I record the overall experience with the steam wand, whether the process is a snap, a tricky chore or somewhere in between. Steam milk to create cafe-style espresso drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.
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Want more options for your cup of coffee? Check out this list of espresso machines I’ve tested in addition to the ones above. More coffee advice from CNET and Chowhound

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Call of Duty: Warzone Might Be Coming to Mobile, Activision Job Listing Suggests

Call of Duty: Warzone may be coming to mobile phones, a job listing on Activision’s website has suggested. The position listed on the website had the title ‘Executive Producer, Features (WZM)’ where WZM might stand for Warzone Mobile. The job description also states “a new AAA mobile FPS” which is another hint at Warzone coming…

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Call of Duty: Warzone Might Be Coming to Mobile, Activision Job Listing Suggests

Call of Duty: Warzone may be coming to mobile phones, a job listing on Activision’s website has suggested. The position listed on the website had the title ‘Executive Producer, Features (WZM)’ where WZM might stand for Warzone Mobile. The job description also states “a new AAA mobile FPS” which is another hint at Warzone coming to mobile platform. Call of Duty: Warzone is currently free to play on PC and consoles. It is a battle royale game that has become highly popular since it launched back in March this year.The position at Activision, which has already been filled, was for someone to work on “a new AAA mobile FPS” game in the Call of Duty franchise. The job title stated ‘Executive Producer, Features (WZM)’, where the WZM could perhaps stand for Warzone Mobile. Further, the job description also stated, “Harvest, adapt, and deliver the essential features from Warzone console and PC into their best mobile instantiation”. Adding more fuel to the fire is the part that mentions “Serve as a primary point of contact on Warzone Mobile leadership team…”All these signs point towards a mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone currently in development. As of now, we cannot expect a release timeline for the game, the name for which has also not been confirmed. The game might not even launch this year, or towards late December.The job listing is not visible on the Activision website anymore and was first spotted by Charlie Intel.Call of Duty: Warzone released in March as a free to play battle royale experience that took the gaming scene by storm. The developers have kept the game updated and interesting for players to stick to it. The team has also used Warzone as a platform to promote their upcoming Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War game with Easter eggs and teasers.With PUBG Mobile facing scrutiny in India and its fate uncertain, people have started looking for alternatives and while there is already a Call of Duty: Mobile game with a battle royale mode, Activision seems to be wanting to add another option in the mix.Should the government explain why Chinese apps were banned? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. 

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