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OnePlus 6 Seen Passing Bend, Burn, and Scratch Tests Following Its Debut

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OnePlus 6 was finally unveiled with all pomp and show at an event in London on Wednesday. While the performance of the new OnePlus smartphone is yet to be reviewed, the handset has undergone a bunch of durability tests to help you determine its toughness. These come in the form of scratch, burn, and bend tests. Notably, OnePlus has an “all-glass” body with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, with glass panels on both the front and back of the handset. This is unlike the last year’s OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T that both had a glass covering only at the front. The new model is also touted to offer “daily water resistance”, though the company hasn’t revealed any IP rating to support its claim.

YouTuber JerryRigEverything, who is popular for testing flagships, has this time picked the OnePlus 6. The narrator begins his video with a scratch test that uses the Mohs scale to examine the hardness of the front glass panel of the OnePlus 6 that comes with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 branding. Scratches on the OnePlus smartphone surface at the sixth level of the scale, while some deeper signs appear at the seventh level. This is something similar to the OnePlus 5T that also resisted scratches until the Moh level six of hardness.

The sides of the OnePlus 6 are covered with the metal frame that seems to have a paint on top that can receive scratches. Also, as the YouTuber spotted, there is a plastic layer that joints the glass panels and the metal frame and helps resist shocks at some level. OnePlus has also bundled a protective case and a screen protector has been installed out of the box to make the smartphone look fresh for a longer time.

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On the back, OnePlus has again used the Gorilla Glass 5 panel that appears as tough as the frontal panel. The smartphone also has the “invincible” fingerprint scanner that protects from scratches, even from the ones that come from a razor blade. Similar is the case of the glass protection available on top of the dual rear camera setup.

Coming towards the burn test, the screen of the OnePlus 6 withstood an open flame for about 20 seconds before the pixels become completely dead. The metal frame of the OnePlus 6 is also hard enough to resist from being bent. The YouTuber found some flex, though the build didn’t result in any cracks or kinks even with an impressive amount of force being pushed to bend the handset. “The metal frame is still intact and the glass remains unshadowed. I believe this is in part due to the plastic lining between the glass and the metal frame but either way this new OnePlus flagship passes my durability test and is definitely daily driver material,” the YouTuber said in the video.

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Snapchat's long-awaited redesign is smoother, can be enabled right now with root

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Back in November of last year, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel announced that a new Android app was being built from the ground up. It’s been almost a year since then, but we’re finally seeing some movement. In fact, the new Snapchat Alpha can actually be enabled right now, so long as your device has root access.

The new interface makes a couple of visual tweaks, but its primary focus is to address Snapchat on Android’s number-one complaint: performance. The current one is rather choppy and can cause things to slow to a crawl, but those who’ve used the new Alpha version say that it’s improved noticeably in terms of speed. An emoji brush, which allows you to draw things with a selection of emoji, has been added (Update: This is apparently not new).

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However, not all is well. Snaps appear to still be screenshots of your camera’s viewfinder, as saved photos are of the same resolution as phones’ screens. Additionally, since this is still unfinished, there are quite a few issues. Crashes are frequent, and you can’t send chats. On top of that, the map, the all-important trophies, and Snapcodes are missing.

As stated previously, enabling Snapchat Alpha does require root. If you use Snapchat regularly, you might want to skip this given the amount of things that are still broken, but if you’re set on checking it out, XDA has a handy little guide on how to enable it. Note that you will need access to a PC with ADB. Given our poll from earlier today, it looks like about a third of you still root, so this won’t be too difficult. The other two-thirds of us will have to patiently wait for Snapchat to fix things up and make the redesign official.

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Fitness: Four reasons why it's so hard to make exercise a habit

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It’s worth finding time in your schedule, and finding a trainer or exercise buddy to add incentive.


UFC star Joe Duffy works on his boxing skills with trainer Hercules Kyvelos at Montreal's Tristar Gym in October 2017. Doing a workout with a trainer or friend helps give new exercisers motivation and accountability.


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We’ve all heard the excuse about being too busy to exercise. But with most Canadians spending 18 hours a week watching TV, it’s clear that there’s some wiggle room in the hours not already claimed by work and family commitments.

And being busy isn’t the only excuse offered up by those who try and fail to make exercise a habit. A University of Alberta research team wanted to know more about why 50 per cent of new exercisers hang up their workout gear within six months of starting. They interviewed exercise dropouts and grouped their reasons into four general themes.

The results don’t live up to the hype

With so much written about the benefits of exercise, it’s no surprise that most newbies are anxious to reap the results of a good sweat. And according to the researchers, they aren’t disappointed by how they feel in those first few weeks of a workout routine. They have more energy during the day, sleep better at night, have more endurance and feel stronger while performing everyday chores.

But as welcome as these results are, they aren’t enough to sustain the enthusiasm of those first couple of months when the benefits of regular exercise are so acutely felt. Instead, that initial satisfaction is outweighed by the effort it takes to overcome the many barriers — lack of time, inconvenience and so forth — associated with maintaining an exercise routine.

“Whereas participants expressed pleasure with the physical and psychological outcomes they experienced through participation in the exercise program, many participants also expressed disappointment with a failure to obtain all of the outcomes they had expected or hoped for, especially when it came to visible results,” reported the researchers.

Basing fitness success on inches lost is almost always cause for disappointment. It’s better to set performance goals, which are more easily achieved. Success is one of the strongest incentives to keep exercising.

Scheduling difficulties

Reserving a regular block of time in an already packed schedule is a significant challenge for new exercisers. Struggling to manage the day-to-day routine, combined with any unforeseen and often non-negotiable demands that pop up, makes getting to the gym difficult.

Exercise veterans are faced with these same challenges but are better able to take them in stride, adjusting their schedule and their workouts accordingly. Novice exercisers, however, are more likely to forgo their workout when making scheduling decisions. They’re also less tolerant or less flexible when it comes to adjusting their workout around some of the downsides of exercise, like having to do a workout during peak gym hours, when wait times to use the machines can be frustrating.

New exercisers are so vulnerable to hiccups in their workout schedule that one change to their routine — an illness or injury, a sick family member, a demanding project at work — is often reason enough to give up exercise altogether. Even the most dedicated exercisers struggle to stay on track every now and again; the difference is they see interruptions to their routine as temporary, not permanent.

Trouble prioritizing exercise

The change in mindset needed to move exercise up the list of priorities and keep it there is hard to master. Sure, family and work come first and second, but the difference between committed exercisers and exercise dropouts is that the committed believe they are better parents and better employees with exercise in their lives. As such, they see taking valuable minutes away from work and/or family for a quick workout not so much of an indulgence, but as a vital part of their physical and emotional well-being.

Those hooked on exercise head to the gym or out for a run, swim, walk or bike ride when the stress of everyday life hits hard. They also urge their family to join them in being active, making exercise a part of, not a distraction from, family life.

Going solo

Most new exercisers need a push to get off the couch, like the extra accountability that an exercise buddy or trainer offers. The importance of social support from family and friends is often overlooked by new exercisers who tend to go it alone.

Maybe it’s worry about failing that makes it tough for new exercisers to state their intentions and rely on others for support when internal motivation ebbs, but study after study suggests that having an exercise buddy or someone else to hold you accountable increases the chance of success.

Sharing your frustrations and successes makes those early days of exercise more palatable. You’re not alone at the gym trying to figure out how to select an interval workout on the treadmill, and you can share a laugh, instead of feeling embarrassed, when you wobble trying to hold a challenging pose in a yoga class.

There’s a reason for the popularity of running, cycling and masters swim clubs, and for the long waiting lists to get into old-timer hockey and softball leagues: exercise is more fun with someone at your side.

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The Quiet Man Trailers Reveal New Combat and Story Details

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More details on Square Enix’s The Quiet Man have been revealed with two new trailers featuring the game’s combat and parts of its story.

First revealed in June during Square Enix’s E3 presentation, The Quiet Man was previewed as a totally new, digital-only title that’s coming to the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. A teaser trailer shown during the event showed a deaf protagonist, Dane, who dispatched others with ease by using his martial arts skills, but it didn’t share hardly any more information than that. The combat trailer shown above still didn’t tell too much more about the game’s narrative or who the main character is, but it did show off more of those flashy combat scenes.

The combat looks like something that players might find in one of the Yakuza games as the protagonist takes on opponents in open streets and inside of buildings, though the fighting seems much more grounded in striking and counters as opposes to swinging nearby objects and suplexing your enemies. Certain scenes showing what look to be special takedowns are likely initiated through certain moves or counters, but it’s hard to say without seeing how the cutscene-esque finishers began.

Following up the first trailer is another called “The Quiet Man – Silence Rings Loudest.” This one deals more with the game’s story, a one-night scenario where Dane has to find out why a singer was kidnapped. The masked enemies seen in the combat trailer and in the one above stand in Dane’s way, each of them working for the masked man seen in the story trailer who’s responsible for kidnapping the singer. You’ll also see some of the blending between CGI and live-action scenes in the story trailer with the fight scenes shifting back to the animation in the combat trailer.

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“Unravelling within a single night, players take the role of deaf protagonist Dane as he fights his way through a ‘soundless’ world to discover the motives behind the kidnapping of a songstress from a mysterious masked man,” a preview for the game read. “Embark on an adrenaline-fueled motion picture like experience which can be completed in one sitting.”

The game will be made available through Steam as well as through the PlayStation Store where it’ll be a digital-only title that’s currently priced at $14.99, according to the Square Enix Store. Square Enix has a site dedicated to the game with one letter from the producer shared back in July, so expect more updates to be shared there in the future.

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