As the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on the automotive industry, companies like Tesla are having to make some changes.
On Saturday, Reuters reported that Tesla has lowered the price of yet another one of its vehicles, the Model Y mid-sized SUV.
The Model Y, which was revealed back in March 2019, launched in March 2020 at $52,990 (Long Range model). According to Tesla’s website, the model is now offered at a starting price of $49,990 (before potential savings).
The nearly 6% decrease in price comes after Tesla lowered the Model 3, Model X, and Model S prices. In July, it was also revealed that although Tesla delivered more vehicles in Q2 than Q1. Compared to the company’s production and deliveries stats for Q1, fewer vehicles were produced in Q2. (103,000 vehicles produced in Q1 and 82,272 produced in Q2.)
Founder and CEO Elon Musk, tweeted that Tesla’s most luxurious, feature-packed upgrade package would be increasing by $1,000. It would cost $8,000 starting July 1.
The first iOS 14 public beta is out. Yes, that means anyone reading this article who has a compatible iPhone can download an early. Unfinished version of the next big iOS update to take a peek at some of its new features. They won’t be optimized, but, hey, early access is better than no access.
We’ve already published a detailed tutorial on how to install an iOS beta onto your iPhone in anticipation of this. However, the Cliff’s Notes version starts with backing up your iPhone on a Mac or PC, and then going to the Apple beta webpage on your iPhone’s Safari browser and following the fairly straightforward on-screen instructions.
You’ll have to install a beta profile, which is likely the only part of this process that may be unfamiliar to iPhone users. Follow the instructions to download a profile from Safari and then open your Settings app to find a “Profile Downloaded” notification near the top of the menu.
Once that’s installed, head to the software update part of the Settings app under the “General” heading to download the iOS 14 beta. You should have the ability to actually download the update from there.
Good luck! Hopefully nothing about the beta breaks your phone. Like we said, you should definitely make a backup just in case.
Apple announced iOS 14 back in June at WWDC, outlining its biggest new features along the way. You’ll be able to add widgets for things like weather to the home screen alongside apps; take advantage of picture-in-picture support for videos; and even change your default browser and email apps. It’s possible and even likely that the beta won’t feature all of those features, or they won’t all work correctly. But that’s part of the fun.
It’s been the week of leaks for Samsung — there was the Note 20 Ultra, the Galaxy Tab S7+. These weird Samsung Galaxy earbuds, and now the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. The promotional video, which was most likely reserved for the Unpacked 2020 event in August, was leaked for all to enjoy.
Max Weinbach posted the video on Twitter, giving us a closer look at the latest version of the foldable phone.
Judging by the video, it looks like the 5G variant will be offered in two colors — “Mystic Bronze” (to match the Note 20 Ultra) and a dark gray color. The standard Z Flip is available in Mirror Purple, Mirror Black, and Mirror Gold.
Other than the new color though, the 5G edition doesn’t look all that different from the original version. There’s still a dual camera module, a small cover display for notifications, and the free-standing hinge.
Of course, since it’s equipped with 5G connectivity, the changes will probably be reserved for under the hood. While the standard Z Flip features Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 Plus processor. The Galaxy Z Flip might instead pack the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus with support for 5G.
As mentioned before, we can expect the rest of the specs to remain mostly the same. According to The Verge, Samsung might replace the 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with a 10-megapixel ultra-wide sensor instead — to pair with the 12-megapixel main camera.
Internet is never fast enough, but a group of researchers from the Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT universities in Australia have reached speeds that would sate even the hungriest of data geeks.
In a new paper published in Nature Communications (via The Verge), the researchers describe how they managed to hit speeds of 44.2 Tbps (terabits per second), a new world record.
Impressively, they’ve done this using standard optic fiber, both in the laboratory. An actual network in the greater metropolitan area of Melbourne, Australia. The 44.2 Tbps result was for a raw bitrate; for a coded rate and in the field, this speed fell down to 39 Tbps, which is still very respectable.
To achieve these speeds, the researchers used “soliton crystal micro-combs,” which are “optical frequency combs generated by integrated micro-cavity resonators.” Yes, it’s one of those technologies that sounds increasingly complicated the more you read about them; suffice to say that these researchers have managed to use the micro-combs to increase data transfer speeds.
“This work demonstrates their ability to support ultrahigh bandwidth data transmission in practical and demanding environments,” the researchers conclude.
Here’s a quick comparison: 44.2 terabits per second equals 5.525 terabytes per second. In late 2019, Pornhub said it hosts 11 petabytes of data, which is 11,000 terabytes. A person would be able to download all the videos on Pornhub in roughly 1991 seconds, or 33.2 minutes.
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Microsoft achieved something very impressive with the original Surface Headphones: the company was able to leapfrog veterans of the noise-canceling headphone market (like Bose and Sony) with an ingenious method for controlling them. With a twist of the smooth-turning dial on either ear cup, you could adjust volume and the level of active noise cancellation.
The Surface Headphones 2 retain the understated design of their predecessors. Except for a glossy Windows logo on each side of the headband, there’s no branding to be found. The matte black model is very classy — albeit less recognizable than the light gray color.
Everything else feels very familiar. Except for the dials along the perimeter, the entire surface area of either ear cup can be tapped to pause or play music, skip tracks, and answer calls. In leaving volume and noise cancellation to the dials and separating them from the touch controls. Microsoft makes everything feel more focused and easy to remember.
Microsoft’s noise canceling isn’t quite as effective as what Bose or Sony can achieve. But the Surface Headphones 2 are perfectly capable of quieting the types of ambient noise and constant hums that can grow irksome when you’re trying to focus. I do struggle to understand why anyone would need 13 levels of noise cancellation to switch between, though.
Microsoft has boosted battery life to 20 hours with noise cancellation enabled. That’s at par with the Bose Noise Canceling Headphones 700 but well under Sony’s 30 hours. Still, 20 hours means you’ll likely only have to charge these once — maybe twice if you’re using them constantly. When you power the headphones on, a voice tells you how many hours of battery life are remaining.
Vivo has started teasing its next flagship phone, the X50. A video posted to Weibo shows off the camera module, which includes a periscope telephoto, two normal-looking lenses, and one much larger module that is presumably for the primary camera. The lens rotates as the module is manipulated by a robotic gimbal, suggesting the key feature here is image stabilization.
Vivo said the design was inspired by chameleons’ eyes and is 200 percent more effective than typical OIS. Allowing for longer nighttime exposures and smoother video. It looks like the X50 will be the first commercial deployment of this idea.
The Apex 2020 also had a unique periscope zoom system where the lens elements actually move. It’s not clear, however, whether this new periscope design will make it into the X50. The camera module says “16-135” below the lenses, which could just describe a periscope prime of 5x the focal length of a 27mm primary camera.
It’s possible that the X50 could use Samsung’s new ISOCELL GN1 sensor, which was just announced yesterday. A Vivo product manager posted about the new sensor on Weibo, highlighting its 1/1.3-inch size and 2.4μm-equivalent pixels. The GN1’s large physical size together with Vivo’s advanced stabilization tech could certainly explain the unusually big primary lens on the X50.
Vivo’s X50 event is set to take place on June 1st.
The Oppo Watch
First up, yep, this looks like an Apple Watch. The OLED screen, though, is an improvement. It’s larger than the 44mm Apple Watch at 1.91 inches across, but the watch keeps a 46mm size; Oppo has shrunken the bezels and curved the edges of the screen itself along with the cover glass. The pixel density is the same as the Apple Watch at 326ppi. The colors are super vibrant, and it’s easy to see outside.
The chassis of the watch takes design cues from Oppo’s smartphones. There’s no crown-style control here, just two physical buttons on the right edge; everything else is handled by the touchscreen. Oppo’s watch straps are detachable in a similar way to the Apple Watch. With simple buttons for the release mechanism on the watch’s rear.
While the Oppo Watch I’m using is made of aluminum, it’s polished to a glossy blue-black finish.
Oppo Watch OS
The Oppo Watch runs a customized version of Android 8.1 called ColorOS Watch. Like Samsung, Oppo has figured out that Apple was onto something in designing a predominantly white-on-black OS for small OLED screens; it saves power and is a lot more discreet. No prizes for originality — this software definitely looks more like watchOS than it needs to — but it’s the right direction.
Unlike Tizen and watchOS, though, ColorOS Watch is extremely simple. The top button brings up a scrolling app drawer or takes you back to the watch face, and the bottom button gets you to the settings menu. You can swipe left and right to change faces, there’s a quick settings screen accessible with a swipe down, and a swipe up takes you to the notifications shade. Everything is smooth and responsive. Notifications can display a lot of content, like full Facebook Messenger messages, though you can’t interact with them.
The most interesting thing about the Oppo Watch software is its selection of built-in apps, which are accessible through a scrolling grid that’s halfway between the Apple Watch’s weird honeycomb and list views. There are the usual apps for phone calls, fitness tracking, timers, and weather, as well as an on-watch app store and China-specific services like Alipay. It’s a pretty robust feature set, including things like sleep tracking that haven’t come to the Apple Watch yet.
Apple Glass, Apple’s elusive AR lenses project, is coming, and we’re starting to learn a lot more about what the futuristic, first-generation wearable could look like.
When we first heard word of “Apple Glasses,” rumors suggested the lenses would launch this year. But with Apple’s 2020 product line fully fleshed out with the likes of the iPhone 12, Apple Watch 6 and AirPods Studio.
One reliable analyst said Apple Glass could come as soon as next year. While another longtime source for Apple product releases believes the release won’t happen until 2022. Either way, the project is definitely in the works.
Apple Glass is expected to run on Starboard, a proprietary operating system uncovered in the final version of iOS 13. The augmented reality framework shows up multiple times in code and text documents. This means that Apple is likely testing activation and application.
Apple Glasses price
According to Prosser the Apple Glasses are currently priced at $499, plus prescription fees. Now that may seem low, especially compared to competing augmented reality headsets like the Microsoft Hololens 2.
Samsung will launch its Galaxy Note 20 smartphone in August at an online-only event. Marking the first time a Note series flagship launch won’t be held in a real-world venue.
This is according to the Korea Herald, which cites industry sources as saying that the company has made the decision to go online-only due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Samsung typically launches its Note series smartphones in New York City over the summer. Last year’s Note 10 and Note 10+ were launched on August 7, with thousands of people in attendance.
According to the outlet, the exact launch date for the Note 20 is still in flux. Given there’s no need to organize a venue, Samsung may move the date to the most opportune time.
Besides the Note 20, Samsung is also likely to launch a larger phone, the Note 20+ at the same event.
Recent rumors indicate that the Galaxy Note 20 will have a 108-megapixel camera, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset.
The news follows a report that Google will launch its Pixel 4a phone on July 13, also at an online-only event.
There are two big things to address with folding phones: the screen and the hinge. These two parts are such a focus because they’re the things that aren’t yet solved problems in the phone world. It’s where the experimentation is happening, and it’s also where the biggest points of failure are found.
Samsung’s so-called “Ultra Thin Glass” is 30 microns thick, on the order of a very thin human hair. That has consequences. Chief among them: any ding or nick in the glass could be catastrophic.
Then there’s the crease in the middle of the screen. It is there, no getting around it. I can see it when I’m looking for it, but I don’t see it when I’m not. It also feels a little odd, but not so much to put me off like it did on the Razr. The screen is also surrounded by big, raised plastic bezels. I don’t love them, but I also understand their necessity and don’t find them especially annoying.
Third, there is a small gap when the phone is closed. That’s a little scary because, again, the screen is fairly fragile, and it’s a space where debris could get wedged in. (The Motorola Razr, for its many faults, managed to fold completely flat without any gaps.)
Fourth and lastly, Samsung has added brushes and caps to the hinge to better protect it from debris getting inside. That’s the issue that likely destroyed the screen on my very first Galaxy Fold review unit last April. Will these new brushes work? Who knows! They couldn’t stand up to a dust test from iFixit, but it was a very aggressive test. All I can say is that I have more faith in this hinge holding up than I did in the Razr’s or the original Fold’s.