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1611550059 Android compact flagship revival Sony Xperia Compact returns scaled 1611550059 Android compact flagship revival Sony Xperia Compact returns

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Android compact flagship revival: Sony Xperia Compact returns

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Sony is about to revive the Xperia Compact series of compact flagships. The authoritative network informant Steve Hemmerstoffer under the nickname Onleaks told about it.

Last week, Hemmerstoffer revealed the design of the “old-fashioned” Sony Xperia 10 III, which is expected to debut in February or March 2021. Now Hemmerstoffer has shared high-quality images and information about the new member of the Sony Xperia Compact series, hotly anticipated by opponents of huge flagships for a couple of years.

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Much to the regret of all those who prefer compact (at least relatively) smartphones, Sony dropped the Compact series after the release of the XZ2 Compact in 2018 (review). However, the fans of “compacts” did not give up hope.

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Now Hemmerstoffer has authoritatively stated that he can “confirm” the return of the Sony Xperia Compact to life. He describes the model as “a competitor to the iPhone 12 mini” that “Android fans need”. The source notes that Sony’s decision was undoubtedly influenced by the iPhone 12 mini.

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The smartphone received dimensions of 140 x 68.9 x 8.9 mm. The 5.5 “Xperia Compact is smaller than the 5.7” Xperia XZ2 at 153 x 72 x 11.1. However, it is larger than the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini at 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.4mm. The main camera received two modules and a flash, located vertically in one row. The main sensor has a resolution of 13 megapixels.

On the left side there are volume buttons, a shutter button and a power button with a built-in fingerprint scanner. Above is a 3.5 mm audio jack.

Steve Hemmerstoffer has a long track record of making reliable renderings of various smartphones prior to their announcement. Such leaks include the Samsung Galaxy S21, Huawei Mate 40, Pixel 5, Sony Xperia XZ4, Google Pixel 4 XL, and more.

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Microsoft Edge will allow you to launch web applications directly from the address bar

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Microsoft Edge will allow you to launch web applications directly

Microsoft has begun testing a new feature for its proprietary Edge browser that will allow users to launch web applications directly from the browser’s address bar. The feature is already available in an early test build of Edge Canary.

Microsoft Edge will allow you to launch web applications directly from the address bar

We are talking about PWA (Progressive Web Application, Progressive Web Applications). If the user has already installed the website as an app, the Edge suggestion dropdown in the address bar will offer the option to open the site in the app.

Microsoft Edge will allow you to launch web applications directly from the address bar

In addition to being able to open PWAs from the address bar, Microsoft is also testing a new “Install App” button in the address bar to quickly install web apps. It is also available exclusively to Canary users.

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Twitter plans to create an analogue of PayPal and Apple Pay. The system will also support cryptocurrencies

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Twitter plans to create an analogue of PayPal and Apple

Twitter is expecting another innovation – its own payment system that will support both fiat and cryptocurrencies. The company has already filed registration documents with the US Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Service. This indicates the imminent launch of the payment system.

Twitter plans to create an analogue of PayPal and Apple Pay.  The system will also support cryptocurrencies

The new system is expected to allow bank accounts to connect to Twitter to transfer money directly. According to the owner of the social network Elon Musk, this encourages authors to create more content, which will allow the service itself to earn.

This innovation will be another step towards creating a “super app”, which, for example, is the Chinese WeChat service. It has the functions of payment for goods, a news block. messenger, identification system and much more.

The source claims that the infrastructure for the new service is being built by a small team led by Twitter director of product management Esther Crawford. At first, the system will support only traditional currencies, but in the future it will also be possible to work with “crypto”.

Launch dates have not yet been announced.

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Redesigned Paint with a dark theme is already available on any version of Windows 11, but Microsoft has nothing to do with it

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Microsoft has significantly redesigned its famous graphic editor Paint with the release of the Windows 11 operating system. However, the application still lacks dark mode support.

Redesigned Paint with a dark theme is already available on any version of Windows 11, but Microsoft has nothing to do with it

It’s been a few months since the redesigned Paint app was released, but Windows Insiders Testers have yet to get access to the dark theme.

However, WindowsLatest has published a selection of screenshots that showcase the dark theme in the new Paint. Unfortunately, you can only customize Windows with additional dark mode effects using a new open-source third-party app called Windhawk. A mod has been added to Windhawk that enables support for hidden dark mode in Paint on any version of Windows 11 (21H2 or newer).

As noted in WindowsLatest, dark mode support for Paint is already present in the OS, but to activate it, you will either have to manually edit the application code or use the Windhawk mod. It’s also worth noting that third-party “hacks” are generally not recommended for enabling hidden features. Therefore, you can try Windhawk solely at your own peril and risk, or better, only on a virtual machine.

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