Weekly Digest - 2020.11


iOS 14,  iPadOS 14, watchOS 7 details leaked

Couple of details leaked about upcoming operating systems and new Apple's products:

iOS

iPadOS

watchOS

  • Sharing watch faces with friends & family,
  • Watch face with tachymeter,
  • Watch face with country flags,
  • Photo watch face could be made not only out of single photos, but entire albums as well,
  • Parental controls,
  • Sleep tracking app,
  • Blood oxygen tracking,
  • WatchOS apps will be no longer be based on extensions.

New MacBooks

According to Ming-Chi Ku, couple of new MacBooks will be released in upcoming months:

  1. 14- inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with Scissor Keyboards will come in second quarter,
  2. MacBooks with ARM processor will come in late 2020 or early 2021.

Google Pixel 4a

New details regarding upcoming budget phone have surfaced:

  • 5.8-inch (2340 x 1080) display,
  • Snapdragon 730 CPU,
  • 4GB or 6GB of RAM,
  • Hole-punch selfie camera,
  • Single 12-megapixel rear camera,
  • Fingerprint sensor on the back,
  • 3.5mm headphone jack,
  • support for dual-sim in 6GB model,
  • 3080mAh battery,
  • Phone will be available in April starting  at $399.

Coronavirus vs conferences #3

This week another conferences have been affected by coronavirus:


Image credits: the Hacker 34

Weekly digest - 2019.24


E3 2019 Games

Here is the list of more interesting games presented during this year E3:

Next Generation Xbox

Next gen Xbox, called Project Scarlett, will debut fall next year. It has been designed by the Scorpio team and it looks like the Xbox One X was a foundation for a next console. This is what we know so far about the hardware:

  • Custom CPU based on AMD’s Zen 2 architecture,
  • Radeon RDNA GPU,
  • GDDR6 RAM,
  • SSD for storage,
  • Native 4K at 60 FPS, up to 120 FPS,
  • Support for 8K gaming,
  • Hardware accelerated ray tracing.

This is not much, but at least we know that next console will be available next year alongside PS5. 2020 will be a good year for gamers 😀

Google Stadia

Google has also announced more details about upcoming Stadia projekt:

  • Google Stadia will launch in November in 14 countries (US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland),
  • At the launch it will support at least 31 games,
  • The Basic version will be available for free,
  • The Pro version will cost $9.99 per month,
  • At the beginning there will be also "Founder’s Edition", for $130, with limited controller, Chromecast Ultra and 3 months of Pro subscription,
  • Stadia is not primarily a subscription service. Although some games will be included in a subscription, we will have to buy games separately. That's why the Basic version is free.
  • It will require at least 10Mbps connection for 720p 60fps streaming with stereo audio,
  • For 4K streaming at 60fps with  5.1 surround sound we will need connection capable, at least, 35Mbps.

Google Stadia looks promising and I would love to try it. Unfortunately it will not be available in Poland, and looking at status of Google Store in Poland I might have to wait for a while 😔


Image credits: E3

Weekly digest - 2018.24


Before I jump into main event of this week - E3, I would like to go back to an event from the beginning of the last week when Microsoft bought GitHub for $7.5B. I didn't want to cover this topic back then, because I wanted to wait and see how people and industry would react. One week later it looks like most of the people are happy. Of course some people moved to GitLab, but massive exodus from GitHub never happened.
I personally liked that GitHub was independent, but I also admire what Microsoft is doing with Open Source and their development platforms. I think, in long term, nothing will drastically change. Microsoft will support GitHub and we'll be still using GitHub as home for our repositories.

Now, going to this week main event - E3. To be totally honest with you, I'm not following the gaming industry as I used to, so from this year's E3 all I wanted to see and hear was Cyberpunk 2077 and new Star Wars games.
CD Project RED did not fail. They presented the trailer and gameplay. Unfortunately we will have to wait for the gameplay a little longer, as it was presented behind closed doors. But journalists initial impressions were very positive.
The trailer itself is really cool, but I was expecting something more dark. I don't know why, but I associate cyberpunk with a dark and brutal world. To be honest, I personally prefer this incredible fan-made version.

Regarding Star Wars games, I'm a little bit disappointed. We only got two announcements. First about new Battlefront 2 DLC. And the second was Star Wars: Jedi – Fallen Order that Respawn Entertainment is working on. Game is set between Episode 3 and 4 and will be released in 2019.

Here is my pick of interesting games that were presented during E3:

Sorry guys, but I don't have any interesting link this week :/


Image credits: E3 Expo.