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Pros:
– Good picture quality in 4K content
– HDMI 2.1 ports with support for eARC
– Dual-band WiFi
– Access to picture and sound settings on the fly
– Android TV 10 with clean UI
– Affordable

Cons:
– No Dolby Vision support
– No analogue audio output
– No dedicated power button yet
– Erratic contrast at times

Overall Rating: 3.7/5
Price: Rs 32,999

The Y series TVs from OnePlus have been their most affordable, as they pack just the minimum necessary features and nothing fancy, which is pretty much what the potential buyers in the segment look for. When you add the Pro suffix, you do get a few extras, and in fact, the latest Y1S Pro series TVs find themselves a lot closer to the relatively more premium U series. 

Going by the spec-sheet, the OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro that we have for review today feels a lot like the 50 U1S that we reviewed a few months ago, sans the far-field mics and Dynaudio sound for a significantly lower launch price. If that’s the case, it may translate into great value for money. Let’s find out how good this Y1S Pro TV truly is.

OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro – Design and connectivity: 8/10
Just like the U1S, this TV sports a near bezel-less design on three sides. The bottom bezel isn’t too thick either, and it’s all black here, unlike the grey outline in the U1S. The long trapezoid chin that hosted a bunch of LEDs and receivers for far-field mics has been replaced with a standard tiny one that holds the power LED and IR receiver. Though there is nothing wrong with Y1S Pro’s design, it feels like any other bezel-less TV and not as stylish as the U1S. 

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The TV can be wall-mounted or placed on a desk using the bundled plastic stands that don’t feel as sturdy as the metal ones, but hold the TV firmly in place. The necessary screws are present in the package. You get the usual OnePlus voice enabled remote along with a pair of AAA batteries to power it. The remote is compact but still doesn’t have a dedicated power button; more on that in a bit. 

In the connectivity department, you have the key bases covered, barring one. You get three HDMI 2.1 ports, one of which supports eARC –  something I am quite pleased to see in a budget TV. In addition to that, you have two USB 2.0 ports, Optical audio out, A/V input and a LAN port. An analogue audio output like a 3.5 mm headphone jack or a coaxial A/V out continues to be absent. Wireless connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0 and dual band WiFi with support for 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks.

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All ports are placed along the left edge of the rear module. And just like in case of the U1S, the ports are located closer to the centre of the TV rather than near the edge, making them hard to access, especially if you wall mount the TV. This is a common design flaw in most budget TVs.

OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro – Features and specifications: 8/10
As the model number suggests, the OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro has a 50-inch panel, and it flaunts an Ultra HD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and a 60 Hz refresh rate. Information about the panel type and its peak brightness hasn’t been provided by OnePlus, but it looks like a VA panel. It supports HDR10/10+ and HLG formats for HDR content. It doesn’t support Dolby Vision, which I wasn’t expecting either, given that the more expensive U1S also isn’t compliant with it. It does offer 10-bit colour depth and can display over a billion shades.

This TV is powered by a 64-bit quad core processor with Cortex A55 cores and Mali G52 GPU. You get 2 GB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage (half of U1S), a sizable chunk of which is taken up by the Android TV 10 OS and the preinstalled apps. You are left with just half the space for installing more apps. Sound output is rated at 24 Watts RMS with support for Dolby Audio. Unfortunately, there is no involvement of Dynaudio here, who had done a pretty neat job with the audio tuning in some of OnePlus’ more premium models. 

As with all Android TVs, it has Chromecast built-in and lets you cast content to the TV from compatible apps on your phone or tablet. The wireless remote control bundled with this TV operates over IR and Bluetooth both. After pairing it with the TV, you can bring up the Google Assistant by pressing the corresponding button and issue voice commands. You cannot go completely hands free here, as this TV excludes far-field mics to keep the cost down; a fair tradeoff.

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As for the remote, the key layout is fine and most of the necessary buttons are present, barring one. The concave shape for the Back button is a nice touch so that one can use it without looking at the remote. Certain buttons are assigned multiple tasks again, and while that reduces the clutter, it also causes undesired actions at times. Case in point, the missing dedicated power button. You need to keep the key with the OnePlus logo pressed to restart or shut down the TV or put it to sleep. If you press it quickly out of habit or release it too soon, it launches OxygenPlay, leading to irritation.

OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro – User interface: 8/10
The OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro runs Android TV 10 OS with a stock user interface. Not much has changed here since the U1S. It is easy to get a hang of despite the newer Google TV-like UI. You have a row of installed apps, the shortcuts for which can be added, removed or shuffled around. Other rows display last played or suggested content from various OTT services. The UI is pretty much lag-free.

Once again, OnePlus has included apps for a bunch of streaming platforms on this TV. One can understand bundling apps for Prime Video, Netflix and Disney+ Hotstar given their hotkeys on the remote. But on top of that, you have apps for Zee5, Voot, Lionsgate Play, Sony LIV, Spotify and many more that take up a chunk of the internal storage. The good part being you can uninstall most of them to free up space. 

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OxygenPlay 2.0 is also present, which aggregates content from various streaming services. You need to have an active subscription for the given service to watch the respective content. The Y1S Pro lets you adjust sound and picture settings on the fly while viewing content from any source or app. While there is no dedicated settings button on the remote, long pressing the menu button for a couple of seconds brings up the quick settings menu from where you can access the necessary functions.

OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro – Picture quality: 7/10
The overall picture quality of this TV is a bit of a mixed bag. But before I get into the finer details, let me clarify upfront that the picture is perfectly fine for a budget TV, after making a handful of adjustments from the picture settings. The picture is tuned reasonably well out of the box as far as colour reproduction is concerned. But with motion compensation turned on by default, there are far too many motion artefacts visible on screen. I would strongly advise switching off MEMC as it never really does a great job on budget TVs. Same goes for all dynamic contrast and auto brightness settings. 

Post that, the picture looks clean on this OnePlus TV. When it comes to SDR content, the brightness and contrast are good, and details in dark areas in high contrast scenes in our test videos were clearly visible. The colour reproduction is good too, but it is clearly a notch higher in HDR content. But the contrast tends to act funny in certain scenes. Not only was there noticeable flickering in certain areas of high contrast scenes, but at times the entire background lighting would change from dim to bright and vice versa. Think of it like someone switching an extra light bulb in the room on and off every 5 seconds.

I don’t think it’s a panel issue but more of a bug in the picture engine rendering certain scenes. This was mainly visible in HDR10/10+ content on Prime Video. When not facing this issue, the content on the same OTT service would also produce some great results with respect to colours, sharpness and detail. Even 1080p content on Prime Video and even Netflix looked great on this screen, and at times it seemed as good as 4K. In SDR content, the difference between those two resolutions was more distinct with 1080p videos not looking as lively as their HDR counterparts.

The black levels, though not spectacular, were pretty decent for a budget TV. As I mentioned earlier, the Y1S Pro is not Dolby Vision compliant, and shows encoded in that format play in HDR10/10+, and this TV does a fair job of rendering them. 720p videos are watchable, but the upscaling is not that great. Anything in lower resolution looks washed out, as is the case with most 4K TVs. The viewing angles were acceptable but with some noticeable colour shift from sharp angles.

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OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro – Audio quality: 6.5/10
A pair of bottom firing speakers rated at 24 Watts RMS delivers standard quality audio. The output is loud and vocals centric for better dialogue clarity, but it lacks the punch and warmth that Dynaudio’s tuning offered on the U1S. I suspect that TV used a different set of drivers too. It is perfectly usable when watching news or sports or most dialogue centric programs. But music and action movies/ web series aren’t as enjoyable on the TV speakers due to the weak bass. 

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The audio is generally loud enough around 40 percent volume level, and seldom did I have to push it beyond 60% during the course of testing. If you seek better sound quality, you can always connect a soundbar or a speaker system, given the number of audio outputs available here like Bluetooth, optical and HDMI eARC. What’s more, you can also plug in a Dolby Atmos compliant soundbar into the TV’s HDMI eARC port to crunch the Atmos audio feed when available using passthrough option. 

OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro – Overall performance: 7/10
The TV takes less than 40 seconds to boot up when you switch it on from the mains, which is average for Android TVs. Post that, the TV comes back on in just a couple of seconds from standby mode. Just like its more premium siblings, it takes much longer to get it into standby mode. As I mentioned earlier, this OnePlus TV too lacks a dedicated power button, and I touched upon its side-effects too. About time the company added this basic necessity. 

Other than that, things work as expected. The voice assistant is fairly prompt to respond. Media playback through USB is quite good too through the default media player. If for some reason you don’t like it, you can always install a different one from the Google Play Store available on this TV.

OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro – Price and verdict
The OnePlus TV 50 Y1S Pro can be purchased for Rs 32,999 with a one year warranty on the company’s website as well as other popular ecommerce platforms. Barring some contrast issues and average sound output, it is a pretty good budget 4K TV with HDR10+ compliance, good connectivity options and newer HDMI 2.1 ports with support for eARC. But this is a competitive segment in India that’s heating up further, and there are more options for one to consider.

The Redmi X50 with similar specs, comparable picture quality, HDMI 2.1 ports, Android TV 10 is available at a similar price, and it supports Dolby Vision too. Hisense and Toshiba have recently launched their 50-inch 4K models with Dolby Vision and Android TV 11 for less than 35K, which we will review shortly. And lastly, the price of OnePlus 50 U1S has dropped to Rs 35,999 making it a very attractive proposition. For just Rs 3,000 more than the 50 Y1S Pro, you get a few modern features like far-field mics, superior picture quality and much better sound. So, why settle?

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Exclusive: Proton VPN Review 2022: This Swiss-Based VPN Provider Delivers Top-Notch Security – CNET – TalkOfNews.com

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Proton AG, the Swiss-based internet privacy company behind Proton Mail and other products like Proton Calendar and Proton Drive launched Proton VPN in 2017. In a few short years, Proton VPN has quickly developed a reputation for being a VPN with a strong commitment to privacy, security and transparency.

Proton VPN is an excellent choice for techie VPN users who like to inspect the source code of the apps they use, as well as for anyone whose location or occupation requires an extra layer of security from their VPN. It features open-source apps, full-disk encryption, Secure Core servers and Tor over VPN. But Proton is also a solid choice for casual VPN users who only need general privacy on public Wi-Fi or just want to unblock streaming content online. Speeds are fast, and the VPN’s apps are intuitive and easy to use across platforms regardless of whether you’re a VPN pro or beginner.

We’re impressed with Proton VPN’s straightforward, transparent approach, especially in contrast to the general atmosphere of secrecy and shiftiness in the VPN industry. Proton VPN’s largely unlimited free plan is also remarkably impressive. If you’re in need of a well-rounded VPN service that puts its money where its mouth is, take a look at Proton VPN.

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  • Highly transparent
  • Open-source
  • Secure
  • Unlimited free plan

Don’t Like

  • No live chat support
  • Split tunneling only available on Android and Windows
  • Occasional speed dips

Read more: How We Test VPNs

Speed: Third-fastest VPN we’ve tested

  • 17% speed loss in autumn 2022 tests
  • Number of servers: 1,891
  • Number of countries: 67

Proton VPN’s overall speed remains impressive, losing only 17% of its speed in our latest round of tests. Granted, that represents a decline from our summer 2020 tests, where we registered a mere 9% speed loss. But you can typically expect to lose about 50% of your regular internet speed when you connect to a VPN, so when we measured a 17% speed loss this time around, we were still satisfied with the results. 

Proton VPN’s speeds now rank third among our picks for best VPN, behind NordVPN’s 13% speed loss and just ahead of Surfshark’s 19% speed loss.

We tested Proton VPN’s speeds over the course of three days from Ohio to the provider’s VPN servers in New York, the UK, Australia, France, Germany and Singapore while connected via the OpenVPN protocol. Our regular internet speeds averaged 366.25 megabits per second during the test, while the average overall speeds we measured through Proton VPN’s servers came out to 303.71Mbps.

Speeds were mostly in line with what we expected based on the physical distance between our physical location and those of the servers we tested. However, we did on rare occasions experience a few unexpected and significant dips in speeds on certain servers in Europe and Singapore — even on servers showing a light load. Speeds were otherwise fairly consistent across the board.

As expected, the fastest speeds from the US were to Proton VPN’s servers in New York, where we averaged 332.72Mbps. European servers registered just a bit slower at 320.12Mbps, while speeds to the UK averaged 307.78Mbps. Speeds halfway around the world to Australia and Singapore were the slowest — but averaged an admirable 302.62Mbps and 255.25Mbps, respectively, despite the distance our data had to travel.

What we didn’t expect was the impressive speed from Proton VPN’s free servers. The provider says that its free servers offer “medium” VPN speeds, but we calculated only a 7.64% speed loss when we tested Proton VPN’s free servers — close to 10 percentage points faster than with the paid servers. These results are exceptional for any VPN, let alone a free VPN service, even if the sample size was smaller with servers in only three countries to test speeds on. 

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We registered speeds of up to 360Mbps to the Netherlands, 349Mbps to Japan and 345Mbps to New York using free servers with loads ranging from 55% to 96%. That’s plenty of speed for pretty much anything you’d want to accomplish online, which is exceptionally hard to find with free VPNs.

Read more: How to Speed Up Your VPN Connection

Cost: Not the cheapest VPN, but pricing is straightforward and free tier is legit

  • $72 per year or $10 per month
  • Payment options: Credit/debit card, PayPal, Bitcoin, bank transfer, cash
  • Money-back guarantee: 30 days
  • Unlimited free plan

Proton VPN’s pricing is straightforward and unambiguous at a time when it feels like you need to dust off your old TI-85 graphing calculator from high school just to make sense of most VPNs’ complex pricing schemes. Proton VPN avoids tricky introductory prices that later spike in dramatic fashion and two-year plans that later morph into annual plans while the price remains the same.

Sure, your $72 upfront cost for Proton VPN’s yearly plan is more expensive than the $48 you’ll pay for your first year with IPVanish. But over time, you’ll probably be happier paying $72 every year for Proton VPN rather than $90 for each additional year you spend with IPVanish. NordVPN and ExpressVPN go for $100 a year after their respective introductory subscription periods. Out of our top five VPN picks, only Surfshark is cheaper per year than Proton VPN, at $60 annually. However, Proton VPN’s monthly plan is the cheapest of the bunch at $10 per month. We don’t recommend committing to a VPN provider for longer than a year at a time given the perpetually shifting nature of the VPN industry.

With Proton VPN’s paid service, you’ll have access to more than 1,800 servers in 66 countries and up to 10 simultaneous connections. We were able to access content on Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max and Amazon Prime Video through the paid servers.

Proton VPN apps are available on MacOS, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Chromebook and Android TV devices. Settings are nicely laid out and easily accessible in the app, but if you’re looking for split tunneling, note that the feature is only available on the Windows and Android apps. Proton says it’s working on implementing split tunneling for other platforms, but did not specify a timeframe for that implementation. Though many VPNs these days offer browser extensions in addition to their dedicated VPN apps, Proton VPN does not yet offer any at this time. The company told us that browser extensions have been taken into consideration and will hopefully be available at some point in the future.

And while most of the top VPNs in the industry offer live chat customer support, Proton VPN does not. To get in touch with Proton VPN support, you’ll need to submit a support ticket via email or tweet it at @ProtonVPN. We submitted a support ticket and received a response in less than 24 hours. The website includes a pretty comprehensive help center with troubleshooting tips, setup tutorials and documentation related to general VPN issues. Proton VPN’s blog also includes a lot of helpful information about the company and the industry in general.

You can pay for your Proton VPN subscription using a credit or debit card, PayPal, Bitcoin, bank transfer or cash (US dollars, euros or Swiss francs). And if for any reason you’re not satisfied with your purchase, Proton VPN does offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

Can you get Proton VPN for free?

If you don’t want to pay to use Proton VPN, you don’t have to. That’s because Proton VPN offers a free plan that’s actually good. Most free VPNs are practically useless because they typically put heavy restrictions on things like speed, server availability, data allowance and features. They also often provide weak encryption, sell your data, serve ads and can even contain malware. Proton VPN’s free plan is secure and it doesn’t throttle speeds or put limits on usage, which is a big reason why it’s perhaps the only truly viable free VPN available.

While Proton VPN’s free plan isn’t set up to unblock streaming services and doesn’t include premium features like its malware and ad blocker, Tor over VPN functionality, Secure Core servers or P2P support, it does give you what you need to protect your privacy online. The free plan offers a single connection at a time to over 100 fast servers in three countries (US, Japan and the Netherlands) and the ability to connect through its stealth VPN protocol. 

Yes, there are a few limitations with Proton VPN’s free plan, but we found that it performed exceptionally well overall in our tests — we were even able to access US Netflix while connected to the free servers. So if you’re a casual VPN user who’s not into torrenting, only needs one connection at a time and doesn’t need the advanced features or access to more than three countries or streaming services other than Netflix, you’ll probably be just fine with Proton VPN’s free plan. 

Security and privacy: Excellent features for VPN users in need of heightened privacy

  • Jurisdiction: Switzerland
  • Encryption: AES 256-bit with OpenVPN and IKEv2, ChaCha20 with WireGuard
  • Secure Core servers
  • Open-source and transparent

With many players in the VPN industry operating in obscurity, governed by byzantine corporate structures, it’s nice to see Proton VPN putting such a heavy emphasis on transparency. For one, its VPN software is fully open-source, meaning its source code is publicly available online for anyone to scrutinize. If analyzing code isn’t your thing, Proton VPN routinely publicizes independent external security and no-logs audits as well, so you can see what professional cybersecurity researchers have to say about the software. 

Proton VPN’s most recent security audit was completed in September 2021 by Securitum, a security consulting firm based in Krakow, Poland, which identified “no important security issues.” The most recent no-logs audit was completed by Securitum in March. 

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“As a result of the audit, it was confirmed that Proton VPN offers high privacy with its No-Logs approach, and the audit did not detect any issues that could make a negative effect on the user’s privacy,” Securitum said in its no-logs audit report. 

However, Securitum noted in its report that Proton VPN inspects network traffic on its free VPN servers in order to block BitTorrent traffic, as it may hinder performance for free users. If BitTorrent traffic is detected, the connection is automatically dropped. But Securitum said that this doesn’t affect user privacy because the process is done blindly, without logging any information related to the dropped connection or which user the BitTorrent traffic was originating from.

“The whole mechanism is working fully locally on the specific Proton VPN server serving the connection, without notifying any central database,” Securitum said. “There is no deep traffic inspection of such connections, just the type of traffic is detected.”

No-logs audits are important for VPN companies to undergo as a way to remain transparent with the public, but a VPN company’s no-logs claims are virtually impossible to verify with 100% certainty. Regular no-logs audits and actual court cases — like the 2019 court case Proton VPN mentions in its Transparency Report — where no-logs claims are challenged in a legal setting can offer effective testimony in favor of a VPN company’s claim that it doesn’t collect logs of users’ activity.

As CNET’s other top VPN picks do, Proton VPN employs industry-standard AES 256-bit encryption on OpenVPN and IKEv2 connections. WireGuard connections are secured using the ChaCha20 encryption cipher, which is generally faster while offering comparable security. The VPN’s Secure Core servers offer additional security as they route your traffic through hardened servers owned by Proton VPN prior to routing it further through exit servers at your selected location. Proton VPN’s Secure Core servers are physically protected with biometric security and located in Switzerland, Iceland (on a former military base) and Sweden (in an underground data center). 

Proton VPN also offers standard VPN security features like a kill switch, DNS leak protection and obfuscation, along with Tor over VPN and an ad/malware blocker. The kill switch worked as expected and we detected no leaks during our tests of both the free and paid tiers. Proton VPN tells CNET that all security standards like encryption, leak protection and obfuscation are the same with the free plan as they are with paid subscriptions. However, free users don’t have access to the Secure Core servers, Tor over VPN or the ad-blocker feature. The free tier is a great way to dip your toes in, but you’ll need to upgrade to Proton’s paid tier if you’re going to engage in any online activity that’s privacy-critical

In 2020, Proton VPN disclosed a vulnerability in Apple’s iOS, which claims that iOS devices fail to encrypt all traffic and leak data outside the VPN tunnel even when a VPN connection is engaged on the device. Years later, researchers reported that the issue still persists in later versions of iOS. It is a vulnerability that affects VPN apps on iOS devices in general and is not limited to Proton VPN. Until Apple issues an official fix for the vulnerability, Proton VPN recommends turning airplane mode on and then off again after connecting to a VPN server to effectively kill existing connections and reopen them within the VPN tunnel. 

Proton VPN’s Swiss jurisdiction is generally regarded as a safe jurisdiction for a VPN to reside in. Switzerland is not part of the 14-eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, and though the country does have mandatory data retention laws, those laws apply to large internet service providers and telecommunications companies. Proton VPN isn’t bound by Swiss data retention laws and is otherwise not obligated to store logs of user activity.

In 2021, Proton Mail — an encrypted email service developed by the folks behind Proton VPN — found itself the subject of criticism after TechCrunch reported that the company disclosed a user’s IP address and device ID number to Swiss authorities. The disclosure was part of an investigation involving a French climate activist who was part of a group protesting against gentrification in Paris that published information on police investigations and legal cases against individuals in the group. The protesters were using a Proton Mail address to communicate.

While Proton says it fights legal requests whenever possible, the company said it was obligated to cooperate with the legally binding order from Swiss authorities and that it wasn’t possible for the company to appeal the request. But since Proton Mail emails are encrypted, the company was unable to provide information on the actual contents of the emails sent by those using the account to communicate. After the news broke, Proton Mail removed wording on its website that stated “by default, we do not keep any IP logs which can be linked to your anonymous email account.” 

Proton Mail also updated its privacy policy after the incident.

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“We will only disclose the limited user data we possess if we are legally obligated to do so by a binding request coming from the competent Swiss authorities,” Proton Mail’s Privacy Policy now reads. “We may comply with electronically delivered notices only when they are delivered in full compliance with the requirements of Swiss law.” 

However, under Swiss law, Proton Mail and Proton VPN are treated differently, a Proton spokesperson told CNET via email. While Proton Mail must comply with valid court orders from Swiss authorities, Proton VPN isn’t bound by the same obligations.

“Swiss law does not provide the legal basis to order Proton VPN to retain user data or activity data,” the spokesperson said. “We thus cannot be compelled to retain IP addresses of a VPN account.”

Proton VPN’s privacy policy states that the company would still be obligated to disclose the limited user data it may possess to Swiss authorities if compelled by law “for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offenses or the execution of criminal penalties, including the safeguarding against and the prevention of threats to public security.” 

User data Proton VPN collects includes a user’s username, email address, billing info and data users share with the company via support requests or bug reports, according to the Privacy Policy. If Proton VPN doesn’t log user activity, traffic, IP address, location or session length, there wouldn’t be much to hand over to authorities concerning what any particular user was doing while connected to Proton VPN’s servers.

Because of its commitment to transparency and its breadth of excellent privacy and security features, we recommend Proton VPN as a first-rate VPN for users with critical privacy needs like journalists, dissidents, lawyers, doctors and activists. Thanks to its stealth protocol and Secure Core servers, it’s also a worthy option for people in regions where VPNs are restricted. One caveat here is that Proton VPN has had issues working for users in China, but the company is working on solutions.

“Mainland China has very sophisticated and effective censorship systems, and we can’t guarantee Proton VPN works there,” a Proton spokesperson told CNET. “But we are investing heavily in developing anti-censorship capabilities that will allow us to bypass attempts to block VPNs.”


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A few weeks ago, Meta terminated a large number of people across its workforce from all over the world. All in all, about 13 per cent or roughly 11,000 people were terminated as the company was preparing itself for some tough times ahead. While terminating, the social-media-turned-tech giant had promised a handsome severance package to all the employees it had terminated. However, a group of ex-Meta employees are now reporting that they are not getting the severance they were promised.

Meta employees were told that they will receive 16 weeks of base pay, plus two additional weeks for every year with the company, and 6 months of health insurance for family members. However, some employees are getting only 8 weeks of basic pay and 3 months of health insurance. Image Credit: AFP

When they were being terminated, Meta employees were told that they will receive 16 weeks of base pay, plus two additional weeks for every year with the company. Zuckerberg also said that health insurance for those employees and their families will continue for six months.

A group of Meta workers who joined the company via a corporate training program have revealed that they are receiving inferior severance packages as compared to other workers who were recently laid off.

The employees who are being shortchanged are members of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program, a program that was intended to help workers from diverse backgrounds obtain careers in corporate technology recruiting. The Sourcer Development Program is part of Meta’s Pathways program, which helps people with non-traditional professional backgrounds obtain apprenticeships at the social networking giant for various roles. Nearly every member of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program was let go from the company as part of its massive layoff.

Members of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program said they are only going to get 8 weeks of base pay and three months of health coverage. The workers said it’s unclear why they are receiving lower severance packages than their colleagues, considering they were full-time employees and not contractual staff.

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On November 16, the group sent a letter to Zuckerberg and other Meta executives, including Meta’s head of people, Lori Goler and chief operating officer Javier Olivan, informing Meta management about their severance situation and asking for help resolving the issue.

“Even our former managers insisted we were confused and that all the information they were getting was that we were offered 16 weeks of pay and 6 months of health insurance,” the group wrote in the letter.

They later added, “Leadership may not have been aware that the last SDP class, which began in April 2022, was repeatedly assured by their leadership that any potential layoff would not impact their current employment but would likely impact the company’s ability to consider them for a full-time role.”

The impacted Meta workers have also said they have not received any replies from Meta’s human resources and management staff explaining their situation.


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Exclusive: London-based Chattermill, which analyzes customer feedback data across channels to give companies actionable insights, raised a $26M Series B led by Beringea (Paul Sawers/TechCrunch) – TalkOfNews.com

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