Weekly Digest - 2021.32
Due to pandemic, the CES 2021 was different. First of all it was virtual. Second, it was smaller, much smaller. Not many products ware introduced, but couple of them were interesting:
Samsung announced the next version of the flagship phone. Here is the spec of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra:
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, next MacBook Pro might return to its glorious days. If rumors are true, the new MacBook Pro will get not only the ARM processor, but also new form factor, and new display. The TouchBar will be gone, and the MagSafe will return with additional ports. This is too good to be true.
Lucasfilm announced that all future Star Wars games will be released under the Lucasfilm Games brand. It looks like, EA lost their exclusivity right to Star Wars games. Bethesda is working on Indiana Jones game, and Ubisoft is making an open world Star Wars game. Despite the fact EA lost exclusivity rights, it's still working on the new Star Wars games, including sequel to the Jedi Fallen Order.
Wikipedia turned 20. Yeah, It's hard to believe, but Wikipedia is helping us for two decades now. It definitely helped me when I was a student, so I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this awesome project.
This week Samsung held the Unpacked event and unveiled couple of new devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 & Note 20 Ultra
New flagships have been announced and this is how they look like:
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Samsung still pursues the fold concept and announced the successor to famous Galaxy Fold phone. The biggest change a full-size 6.2-inch screen that covers the entire front of the phone. This is really huge improvement from is tiny external display that Galaxy Fold had. The main display is also bigger, at 7.6 inches and runs up to 120Hz. Also, the screen doesn't have huge notch for camera, instead there is a small hole-punch camera that takes up far less space. Internals of the device also have been upgraded and Z Fold 2 is powered by Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. Unfortunately we still don't know pricing or a release date.
Galaxy Watch 3
Samsungs also announced a new Watch, that has a heart-monitoring electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG), which has been cleared by the FDA similar to Apple Watch. It will be available for purchase starting on August 6th from $399.99.
It looks like, Apple is under heavy fire not only from indie developers, but big tech giants as well. All rally agains Apple's AppStore policies.
Microsoft, after announcement that xCloud wouldn't be coming to iOS, fired back at Apple accusing them of treating gaming apps unfairly compared to other apps.
Facebook launched gaming app on iOS, but it doesn't have any games. All thanks to an App Store policy which bans streaming gaming services.
It doesn't look very good for Apple, especially when AppStore Policies are under investigation regarding antitrust concerns and anti-competitive behavior.
Apple updated the iMac lineup. The biggest change is Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake processors. The most awaited change is 1080p HD webcam, hopefully this upgrade will be introduced in other macs. Also, SSDs are now standard across the line.
Also, iMac Pro has been refreshed. Now, the base model has the 10-core 3.0 GHz Xeon W chip that was previously an upgrade option.
This week Samsung held its Unpacked event and presented new phones:
The successors to S10 model have following specification:
Samsung Galaxy S20 starts at $999, and S20+ starts at $1199. Both will be available on March 6th.
Samsung also revealed the premium model in S20 lineup.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra starts at $1399, and will be available on March 6th.
Samsung presented another foldable phone - Galaxy Z Flip, but it's not a successor to Galaxy Fold. Here is the spec:
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip costs $1,380 and launched on February 14th.
Despite of the Coronavirus outbreak in China, Xaomi managed to launch, at online-only event, the new flagship phones - Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10Pro. Here is the spec of presented devices:
Xiaomi Mi 10 starts at ~$575 and will be available in China from February 14. Xiaomi Mi 10Pro starts at ~$715 and will be available in China from February 18.
According to Bloomberg manufacturing costs of the PlayStation 5 are around $450 per unit. The biggest reason for higher cost is limited supply and high prices of DRAM and NAND flash memories.
Image credits: Samsung
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.
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:
The Galaxy Z Flip is expected to be revealed at Samsung's Unpacked event on February 11.
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:
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 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.
Image credits: Google Maps