Weekly Digest - 2020.12
Xbox Series X First impressions
Austin Evans had a chance to look at the Xbox Series X. His video gave us not only a fist look at the console, but the official specifications as well:
- Custom 8 core AMD Zen 2 CPU, clocked at 3.8GHz single thread, and up to 3.6GHz for sustained multithread load,
- Custom AMD RDNA GPU, 12TFLOPS, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz,
- 16GB (GDDR6) of RAM,
- 1TB NVME SSD,
- Expandable storage: 1TB expansion card,
- External Storage: USB HDD Support,
- 4K UHD Blue-Ray Drive,
- Dimensions: 301 x 151 x 151mm.
Video also clarified the naming convention:
- Xbox - is the name of the next generation of Microsoft consoles,
- Xbox Series X - is the name of the console.
Beside Evans' video, Microsoft also published their own clips:
Playstation 5 Specification
Sony (via Digital Foundry) revealed the full specification of the next console:
- Custom: 8-core AMD Zen 2 CUP clocked at 3.5GHz,
- Custom AMD RDNA GPU, 10.28 TFLOPs, 36 CUs at 2.23GHz ,
- 16GB (GDDR6) of RAM,
- 825GB SSD,
- Expandable Storage: NVMe SSD Slot,
- External Storage: USB HDD Support,
- 4K UHD Blue-Ray Drive.
Apple revealed new products
Due to coronavirus, Apple Spring event never happened and Apple just update their website/store with new hardware.
- Display: 13.3-inch LED backlit (2560 x 1600px) with True Tone,
- CPU: from 10th generation 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 up to 1.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7,
- GPU: Intel Iris Plus Graphics, supports up to 1 external 6K display at 6016x3384px @60Hz,
- RAM: 8GB base, 16GB maximum
- Storage: 256GB base, 2TB maximum,
- Battery: up to 11 hours,
- Camera: 720p FaceTime HD,
- Keyboard: Magic keyboard with scissor mechanism 😁,
- Ports: Two Thunderbolt 3,
- Price: starting at $999.
New Mac mini
- CPU: from 3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor up to 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7,
- GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 630, supports up to 1 external 5K display at 5120x2880px @60Hz,
- RAM: 8GB base, 64GB maximum
- Storage: 256GB base, 2TB maximum,
- Ports: Four Thunderbolt 3, Two USB 3 ports, HDMI 2.0 port Gigabit Ethernet port (configurable to 10Gb Ethernet) 3.5 mm headphone jack,
- Price: starting at $799.
- Display: 11-inch (2388 x 1668) or 12.9-inch (2732 x 2048) 120 Hz Liquid Retina Display with TrueTone
- CHIP: A12Z Bionic,
- RAM: 6GB,
- Storage: 128GB base, 1TB maximum,
- Battery: up to 10 hours,
- Camera: 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, 7MP depth camera,
- Audio: 5 studio-quality microphones for calls, video recording, and audio recording,
- Sensors: LiDAR Scanner (depth sensor),
- Price: starting at $799 for 11'' model, and $999 for 12.9'' model.
Apple also announced a new keyboard for iPad with Trackpad:
- Full‑size, backlit keyboard with a scissor mechanism,
- Trackpad supports Multi‑Touch gestures and the cursor in iPadOS 13.4+,
- USB-C port for charging iPad Pro,
- Compatible iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd and 4th generation) & iPad Pro 11‑inch (1st and 2nd generation).
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Image credits: Microsoft
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:
- Over-ear headphones with AirPods feature are coming,
- iPhone SE 2 will have TouchID,
- AirTag might have removable battery,
- Home screen will get list view for the apps,
- New augmented reality app will display detail information about real objects,
- 3rd-party apps will be able to integrate their wallpapers with the system
- HomeKit will be able to change the color temperature of lights throughout a day.
- Smart keyboards with trackpads are in the works,
- iPad Pro might have triple camera system,
- Extended support for mouse pointers,
- New OCR system capable to detect text written with Apple Pencil
- 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.
According to Ming-Chi Ku, couple of new MacBooks will be released in upcoming months:
- 14- inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air with Scissor Keyboards will come in second quarter,
- MacBooks with ARM processor will come in late 2020 or early 2021.
Google Pixel 4a
- 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:
- E3 2020 joined has been cancelled,
- Microsoft's Build 2020 has been converted to online-only event,
- WDDC 2020 will be an online experience.
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Weekly Digest - 2020.06
Faking trafic jam on Google Maps
Google Maps monitors traffic data using various sources, including phones with location services turned on. Sam Wecker tricked Google Maps and created virtual traffic jam by walking through empty streets of Berlin with 99 second-hand phones loaded on a small wagon.
Google is aware of this flaw and, in response to 9to5Google, stated that they liked the idea, and hope that it will somehow improve the service.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip leaked
A video showing upcoming Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip has been shared on Twitter. Phone itself looks more like a traditional flip phone that folds up into a compact device. There is not much information about this phone, but here is what we know so far based on the leaks:
- It will have 6.1- inch foldable main screen,
- Smaller screen on the back for clock & notifications,
- Front facing camera built into the main screen,
- Double camera system on the back.
The Galaxy Z Flip is expected to be revealed at Samsung's Unpacked event on February 11.
GeForce Now finally released
Nvidia's game streaming service - GeForce Now - left the beta and is finally available for everyone. At the moment, players can choose one of two tiers:
- Play session is limited to 1 hour,
- Raytracing is disabled.
- Costs $4.99 a month,
- Unlimited play time,
- Priority access to servers,
- Raytracing is available.
GeForce Now allows to play already purchased games from Steam, Uplay, and Epic Store. The list of compatible games is impressive.
At the moment, the client is available for Windows, macOS i Android, but Nvidia also plans to release the PWA version.
Microsoft forgot to renew a certificate, again
Microsoft Teams went down for nearly three hours after Microsoft forgot to renew a critical security certificate. Teams users couldn't sign into the service because the app was failing to establish an HTTPS connection to Microsoft’s servers.
This is not Microsoft's first incident with expired certificate. In 2013, Microsoft Azure was not available for couple of hours.
AMD Powered macs?
- Apple is just playing with AMD's hardware and there is nothing more to the story,
- AMD's CPU and GPU will power rumored gaming computer,
- Apple is going to replace Intel's chips with AMD ones in future iMacs and MacBooks.
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Weekly Digest - 2020.03
Samsung Galaxy S20
XDA Developers leaked the photos of the successor to Samsung's flagship phone - Galaxy S10. What's interesting, Samsung is not going to just increment the number to S11, instead they are going to jump ahead to S20. Probably Samsung is naming is based on current year. Other visible differences are:
- front facing camera cutout is closer to the center of screen,
- rear camera has 4 lenses: regular wide, an ultra-wide, portrait, and a macro,
- body is less curved.
For the rest of the spec, we'll have to wait until February 11th.
New iPhones and iPads with faster 5G
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, this year iPhone will support both sub-6GHz 5G (slightly faster than LTE) and faster mmWave 5G (closer to WiFi transfers). Previous reports suggested only the the former, so this week rumor is a nice surprise. Of corse, it is possible that faster 5G will be available only in selected models of iPhone. That would line up with last week rumors, that new iPhones might have staggered rollout.
Also, according to DigiTimes, upcoming iPads will get faster 5G as well. Although, this feature might be limited only to iPad Pro lineup.
New MacBooks coming soon
Apple has register portable and unreleased Mac in Eurasian Economic Commission database. Common sense indicates that might be new 13-inch, or maybe even 14-inch, MacBook Pro with a scissor keyboard. Regardless, of the screen size, new Mac will be released within couple of weeks.
Windows 7 is dead
After 11 years, Microsoft is officially ending support for Windows 7. Although, users should not get any bug fixes or feature updates, Windows 7 will share the fate of Windows XP, and Microsoft will be releasing critical security updates for couple more years.
New Microsoft Edge is out
Cyberpunk 2077 delayed
Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed by 5 months. In the special statement, CD Project Red (CDPR) announced that the released date has been moved to September 17th.
Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of this year, and it is not a surprise, that CDPR want to polish the game and release the best game possible. CDPR did similar move with Witcher 3, which also was delayed for 3 months and turned it to be one of the best RPGs ever. So, there is nothing to worry about, all we need to do is be patient.
SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch Escape Demonstration
On Sunday, SpaceX performed the final test of the Crew Dragon. The goal of this mission was to verify the escape mechanisms of the Crew Dragon capsule.
Less than one and half minute after Falcon's 9 launch, Crew Dragon separated from the booster. Seconds later rocket itself was destroyed. Meanwhile, Crew Dragon achieved safe distance and parachuted in the ocean.
The test looked to be successful. If the telemetry confirms that, it means that SpaceX will be in the home stretch to send first astronauts into space.
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