Processor: Google Pixel Coming, OnePlus Buds Seized, and LG Making Odd Phones Again


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Over the weekend, US Customs and Customs enthusiastically praised for seizing fake airpods. Not only were they really knockers, they were the new OnePlus Buds. Which, yes, looks like AirPods. But they are also a real product from a real company that actually makes things (although if you want to make the case that OnePlus is just a Pontiac for Oppo’s Chevy, I’ll hear you out). Everyone had Chakli.

There was no laughing except CBP. CBP doubled down and said no, it was not a mistake and OnePlus Buds counted as fake and CPB, in fact, has the legal right to seize them. It smells of retreat, but it Yet it may be true that CPB can do this (Seize the buds, I mean it’s probably free to give a befitting reply even in today’s America).

After the Titanic news of Oracle and TikTok and Nividia and Arm, the OnePlus Buds saga was the short escape I needed, until I realized that it too is a synonym for the globalized conflict between the US, China and the strange state of IP . Law. Okay.

We’ll catch you today after Apple’s keynote speech, which is one of several big tech events happening this week. I hope you can join us in our liveblog with a watch.


Gadget news

4 Google to launch Pixel 5, new Chromecast and smart speaker on 30 September. Surprise! Google’s event will not be a surprise. It has already teased the Pixel 5, Pixel 4A 5G, and the upcoming Nest speaker, which looks vaguely pillow-shaped. It hasn’t spoken much about Chromecast, but we also know that: It is going to switch to Android TV and is named “Sabrina”. “

4 LG Wing’s twisting screen offers a new spin on dual screen smartphones. I … I like it. I mean it’s ridiculous and there’s likely good software support for the second screen experience. I can go on and on about why this is silly.

But this is also silly! Phone can be a little weird! I mean, not only is it a second screen that the first screen rotates away to reveal, it has brought back the pop-up selfie camera. LG’s product engineers sat in a room and asked how many moving parts it could pack into a smartphone and the answer was not a number, but rather yes. “

4 LG also teased the vertical sliding version of the phone, Joe: Yes again. Get off, LG, be infrequent.

4 AMD revealed its Radeon RX 6000 GPU design on Twitter and Fortnite.

4 Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple’s iPhone 12 lineup won’t have high-refreshed 120Hz displays. I already know the reason this thing can be caused, so I should say that. This is not a deal breaker, but it is disappointing. I have long said that any phone should cost a thousand rupees or more, with a high refresh rate display and the lack of an iPhone is a miss. It is not the most important spec on a phone, but it makes an appreciable difference.

4 Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 has been completely leaked via official promo video.


Technology related news

4 Anchor says it’s tightening up on a stolen podcast. Anchor Carman with the inside story of how Anchor is trying to fix a problem that really should have been addressed earlier.

Copycats, Mignano says, found a workaround in the anchor’s detection system. “It’s definitely a new type of attack for anchors,” he says. Those who uploaded these copycat shows downloaded the audio from another source, manually reloaded the anchor, and filled in the metadata, essentially making it a new podcast.

4 Zipline and Walmart to start drone delivery of health and wellness products. Kim Leone:

The program is for on-demand delivery of health and wellness products and will begin early next year near Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. Zipline’s launch and release system allows on-demand delivery in less than an hour, and can operate within a 50-mile radius, operating from a Walmart store.

4 Verizon acquires Tracfone in a deal over 6 billion dollars.


Xbox news

4 The Xbox Series S plays Xbox One S versions of Xbox One games. Hence to review: The Xbox Series S can play enhanced versions of Xbox and Xbox 360 games, but they are the Xbox One S version, not the Xbox One X version, even though the Xbox Series S is newer and in some ways more powerful. Is compared to Xbox One X, which means if you want the best Xbox One X game experience then you need the Xbox Series X Xbox.

I’ve been racking up fun cracking jokes to keep track of lots of Xbox details. But the truth is that I’m very interested to see if Microsoft’s Game Pass Ultimate Focus works. The whole idea is that when you want to play a game you shouldn’t worry too much about the Xbox, it will just play the Xbox game. All you have to worry about is deciding which Xbox you want to buy.

In an earlier newspaper I counted on hiding the actual cost of the console behind the monthly payment – I’ll always do that kind of thing. But as long as Microsoft is up front about total costs, monthly installments seem like a pretty good idea. I can celebrate spring for myself as well.

4 Xbox Series X and S: Everything You Need to Know About Xbox Next-Gen. This new generation of consoles is a lot more complex than “better graphics, better games”. John Porter has written a comprehensive guide on the upcoming Xbox:

Microsoft’s new consoles give you a lot of freedom in how you play its new games, but depending on where you play them, you won’t get exactly the same experience. For example, the Xbox SX is a much more powerful machine than the Series S or the current Xbox One, which will have a major impact on performance.


More from verge

4 Venus discovery on Venus can be a sign of life. Read this important story (and watch video) by Loren Grush on the incredibly intriguing quest:

A small amount of phosphine is found on Venus, it shows how gas is made here on Earth. Either it is manufactured artificially by humans – in products such as fumigants or biological weapons – or it is a natural by-product of life. Phosphine can be found in swamps and marshy lands, where it is thought to be produced by microbes. It can also be found in mourning animals or in the prey they leave. Above all, it is a gas that is almost exclusively associated with life on Earth, raising the possibility that it may be a sign of germs floating in Venus’ clouds.

4 Oracle’s TikTok deal completes nothing. Russell Brandom nails it. This is the theater. All of this represents nothing but sound and fury.

4 Google announced one of the biggest green pledges from Tech yet. Justin Kalma also notes that Microsoft has set itself a slightly more aggressive target than Google. still good.

Google has been carbon neutral every year since 2007, meaning it halts emissions generated by investing in renewable energy projects or burning fossil fuels that excrete carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and invest in storage. But relying on offsets doesn’t really turn the company away from fossil fuels. Google only released 4.9 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2018, about 1 million passenger vehicles could be excluded in a year.

4 Nvidia’s $ 40 billion arm acquisition is about bringing AI down from the cloud. You can always count on James Vincent to come up with a Promethean metaphor:

The big idea is that AI, like some ancient god, is finally going down through the clouds to walk among people. Machine learning algorithms are used to rely on data centers for computing, with AI tools and applications sending information over the Internet to these remote servers for processing. But while heavy chips are still required for research and cutting-edge applications, many machine learning devices are now lightweight enough to run on-device without connecting to the Internet. Its advantage is straightforward: you get faster processing, more security and lower power consumption.


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