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At the weekend, the US Customs and Border Police cheered for the seizure of counterfeit AirPods. Only they weren’t real fakes, but the new OnePlus Buds. Which looks like fake AirPods. But they’re also a real product from a real company that really makes things (however, if you wanted to pretend OnePlus is just Pontiac for Oppos Chevy, I̵
Except that the CBP didn’t laugh. The CBP doubled up saying no, it made no mistake and the OnePlus Buds were considered a fake and the CPB actually has legal powers to seize them. It smells like retconning, but it could also be true that the CPB can (I mean, grab the buds. In America today, retconning is probably also free).
After the titanic news from Oracle and TikTok, as well as Nividia and Arm, the OnePlus Buds saga was the little escape I needed until I realized it was also a synonym for the globalized conflict between the US, China and the strange state of the intellectual property is law. Ah great.
See you today after Apple’s keynote speech, which is just one of several major tech events taking place this week. I hope you can see us on our live blog.
┏ Google launches Pixel 5, new Chromecast and Smart Speaker on September 30th. Surprise! Google’s event won’t come with many surprises. Pixel 5, Pixel 4A 5G, and the upcoming Nest speaker, which looks vaguely pillow-shaped, have already been teased. Chromecast hasn’t been talked about much, but we know that too: it’s moving to Android TV and is code-named “Sabrina”.
┏ The rotating screen of the LG Wing offers a new variant of the dual-screen smartphone. I … I kind of love that. I mean, it’s ridiculous and the chances that there is good software support for the second screen experience are minimal. I could go on and on about why this is silly.
But it’s also silly! Cell phones can be a little crazy! I mean, not only did this have a second screen that the first screen flips away to reveal, but it brought back the pop-up selfie camera as well. LG’s product engineers sat in a room and asked how many moving parts it could pack into a smartphone. The answer wasn’t a number, just “yes”.
┏ LG also teased a vertically sliding version of a phone, what: yes again. Go away, LG, be crazy.
┏ AMD reveals its Radeon RX 6000 GPU design on Twitter – and in Fortnite.
┏ According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s iPhone 12 range will not have highly refreshing 120 Hz displays. I can already imagine what year shit will be talking so just let me tell you that. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s disappointing. I’ve long said that any phone costing a thousand dollars or more should have a high refresh rate display, and the iPhone that lacks one is a failure. It’s not the main specification of a phone, but it makes a noticeable difference.
┏ Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 leaks completely over official promotional videos.
┏ Anchor says it’s about stolen podcasts. Ashley Carman with the inside story of how Anchor is trying to fix an issue that should have been addressed earlier.
The copycats, Mignano says, found a workaround in Anchor’s detection system. “This is definitely a new type of attack for Anchor,” he says. The people who uploaded these copycat shows downloaded the audio from another source, manually uploaded it to Anchor, and filled in the metadata so it essentially appears like a new podcast.
┏ Zipline and Walmart launch drone shipments of health and wellness products. Kim Lyons:
The program is intended for the on-demand delivery of health and wellness products and will begin in a trial near Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, early next year. Zipline’s launch and release system enables on-demand delivery in less than an hour. Operation in a Walmart store can service a radius of 50 miles.
┏ Verizon is to acquire more than $ 6 billion worth of Tracfone.
┏ The Xbox Series S plays Xbox One S versions of Xbox One games. To review, the Xbox Series S can play advanced versions of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, but they are the Xbox One S versions, not the Xbox One X versions, even though the Xbox Series S is newer and in In some ways more powerful than the Xbox One X, which means if you want the best Xbox One X gaming experience you need the Xbox Series X. Xbox.
I have a lot of fun joking about there are too many Xbox details to keep track of. But the truth is, I’m very interested to see if Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate focus works. The whole idea is that you don’t have to worry too much about what Xbox you have when you want to play a game. Only Xbox games are played. All you need to worry about is deciding which Xbox to buy next.
In a previous newsletter, I grumbled about hiding the real cost of the consoles behind monthly payments – I will always grumble about things like that. As long as Microsoft has the total cost in mind, the monthly payments seem like a pretty good idea. I could even jump for one myself.
┏ Xbox Series X and S: Everything You Need to Know About the Next Generation of Xbox. This new generation of consoles is much more complicated than “better graphics, better games”. Jon Porter wrote the comprehensive guide to the upcoming Xboxes:
The new consoles from Microsoft give you a lot more freedom in playing the new games. However, depending on where you play them, you won’t get the exact same experience. The Xbox Series X is a much more powerful machine than, for example, the Series S or the current Xbox One, which will have a huge impact on its performance.
More from The Verge
┏ The discovery of noxious gas on Venus could be a sign of life. Read this important story (and watch the video) by Loren Grush about an incredibly fascinating discovery:
Finding even a small amount of phosphine on Venus is tempting because the gas is made here on Earth. Either it is produced artificially by humans – into products such as fumigants or biological weapons – or it is a natural by-product of life. Phosphine is found in swamps and wetlands where it is believed to be produced by microbes. It can also be found in the intestines of animals or in the poop they leave behind. Most importantly, it is a gas that is almost exclusively associated with life on earth, increasing the possibility that it could be a sign that microbes are floating in the Venusian clouds
┏ Oracle’s TikTok deal does nothing. Russell Brandom nails it. This is theater. All that noise and anger mean nothing.
┏ Google announced one of tech’s biggest green pledges. Justine Calma also notes that Microsoft has set a slightly more aggressive target than Google. Still good.
Google has been carbon neutral every year since 2007, which means it offsets emissions from fossil fuel burning by investing in renewable energy projects or other initiatives that pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into storage. Relying on offsets, however, does not wean the company off of fossil fuels. Google released 4.9 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2018 alone, roughly the amount that more than 1 million passenger cars could emit annually.
┏ Nvidia’s $ 40 billion Arm acquisition is about removing AI from the cloud. You can always trust James Vincent in developing a Promethean metaphor:
The big idea is that the AI will finally step out of the clouds like an old god to walk between people. Machine learning algorithms that rely on data centers to compute, with AI tools and applications sending information to these remote servers for processing over the Internet. While research and cutting edge applications still require high quality chips, many machine learning tools are now light enough to run on the device without being connected to the internet. The advantages are obvious: you get faster processing, more security and lower power consumption.
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