Category: Gadgets

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Lenovo smartphones will return to the Russian market (updated)

Mobilidi (part of the RDC Group holding), the distributor of Chinese brands Xiaomi and Hisense, has signed an exclusive distribution contract with Lenovo, Kommersant reports.

Smartphones will be sold in the online store Lenovo.Store, Hitbuy retail network and networks of federal retailers, for example, “Svyaznoy — Euroset” and “M.Video-Eldorado”.

Lenovo will introduce smartphones in Russia worth 6-14 thousand rubles. Retailers hope that in two years the company will take up to 5% of the niche in the budget price segment, which is now actively growing. However, Mobile Research Group analyst Eldar Murtazin doubts that Lenovo will be able to successfully compete with Samsung, Honor and Xiaomi in terms of price-quality.

Lenovo occupied 7% of the Russian market in units until the beginning of 2017, when the company focused on promoting the Motorola brand. For the year, the figure fell to …

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New Hyperloop Capsule Speed ​​Record Installed

The team of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) at the fourth annual SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition student marathon broke its last year record (457 km / h) and reached a maximum speed of 463 km / h capsule.

Contestants are developing special bobsleigh-sized capsules that must overcome the Ilona Mask vacuum tunnels. Each team was advised by experts from SpaceX and the Boring Company.

In total, more than 700 students from around the world took part in the marathon. Applications were submitted by 21 teams, only four managed to launch the capsules. Other competitors – EPFL and Swissloop – accelerated to a speed of 238 km / h and 257 km / h, respectively. Participants of four successful teams were offered jobs in the companies of Ilona Musk.

The length of the test tunnel in 2019 was 1.2 km. …

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India launched to the Moon orbital module with a lunar rover

On July 22, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched to the Moon the orbital station Chandrayaan-2 with the Pragyan lunar rover.

Pragyan is equipped with solar panels, from which it must work for at least one lunar day – 14 Earth days. During this time, the lunar rover will collect data on the lunar surface. It is expected that the orbital module will remain in operation for about a year.

Landing apparatus at the south pole of the moon is scheduled for September 6 or 7. In the case of the success of the mission “Chandrayaan-2”, India will become the fourth country after the United States, the USSR and China, which has landed its moon rover on the satellite.

The first lunar expedition of India "Chandrayaan-1" took place in 2008. Then the orbital module checked the Moon for …

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Apple to launch Apple Watch with microLED displays in 2020 – Economic Daily News

Apple is discussing with Taiwanese display manufacturers the possibility of using microLED technology. Economic Daily News writes, citing sources from the supply chain of components, that Apple Watch will come out with microLED displays already in 2020.

Installing a microLED instead of LG's OLED panels will make your smartwatch thinner and brighter, as well as reduce power consumption.

For the first time, a new type of display was started up in 2000, when scientists from the Technical University of Texas managed to create a microLED panel in the laboratory. However, the commercialization of technology began much later.

Like OLED, microLED provides better contrast, response time and energy efficiency than regular LCD displays. Unlike OLED, microLED is several times brighter than the competitor.

Earlier, DigiTimes reported on Apple’s collaboration with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the development and production of microLED …

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Released iOS 12.4 and audioOS 12.4

Apple released iOS 12.4, which the company has been testing since mid-May.

The new version of the OS got rid of known bugs, for example, with the transfer of data during the initial setup of the iPhone. It also improves the overall stability of the device.

iOS 12.4 must support Apple Card. But when this product is launched, the company has not yet announced.

Apple also released audioOS 12.4 with Japanese support for the HomePod. This is due to the imminent start of sales of smart Apple column in Japan and Taiwan.

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WatchOS 5.3 released: Apple returns the walkie-talkie to the watch

Apple released watchOS 5.3 for all Apple Watch models, with the exception of the very first one.

The OS update fixes a serious error in the “Radio” application, which allowed to eavesdrop on other people's conversations.

The vulnerability became known on July 11, after which Apple temporarily disabled the feature.

Also, watchOS 5.3 expanded the geography of the ECG functions for the Apple Watch Series 4 – now it is available in Canada and Singapore. In Russia – still not.

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WhatsApp will run on the most popular push-button phones

WhatsApp messenger is now available to owners of budget phones running KaiOS. This was reported by the developers of the operating system on its website.

As a rule, in KaiOS phones, the RAM size does not exceed 512 MB, which causes difficulties for third-party developers when porting modern applications.

Now the WhatsApp messenger can be downloaded from KaiStore, and installed, for example, on a Nokia 8110 4G or Alcatel OneTouch Go Flip.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold goes on sale in August

Samsung is finally ready to market its first flexible screen smartphone. Galaxy Fold will be available in August. Reports about it Android Community with reference to the anonymous sources close to the Korean company.

The interlocutors of the publication say that the manufacturer has eliminated all defects in the device and it has passed the necessary tests.

Samsung has already attracted celebrities for a marketing campaign called TeamGalaxy. Galaxy Fold will be promoted, for example, by musician Steve Aoki.

If the Galaxy Fold goes on sale in August, it will outstrip Huawei's flexible smartphone, the Mate X, which will be released in September.

On August 7, Samsung also announced the Note 10 line.

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Pixel 4 front panel design confirmed

Blogger Steve McFly, known on Twitter as OnLeaks, shared the new images of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

Judging by the renderers, there are practically no differences between devices. Pixel 4 XL is just an enlarged version of Pixel 4. It will be different from last year’s flagship 3XL with no bangs for the front camera.

Information McFly confirmed photos of protective glasses for Pixel 4 and 4 XL, which published another blogger Ice Universe. On the glass there are three cutouts: on the left under the cameras and light sensors, in the middle under the speaker, another one in the right corner.

According to rumors, Google is going to introduce Project Soli – a set of sensors to track movements and gestures. For the first time, Soli technology was presented at the Google I / O conference in …

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Samsung will release ultra-fast RAM for future flagships

Samsung has begun mass production of the industry's first 12-gigabit LPDDR5 memory module for phones. The company introduced this technology in 2018.

Also, Samsung will begin to produce 12-gigabyte LPDDR5 memory strip at the end of July. Like the current generation of LPDDR4X RAM, the new memory modules are built on a second generation 10-nm Samsung chip. According to the manufacturer, it is 1.3 times faster than its predecessor and consumes 30% less energy.

Eight of these chips in one 12 GB bar will allow smartphones with 5G support to transfer 44 GB of data in one second. Such smartphones can be used for machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Samsung representatives said that these modules will be used in next-generation flagship phones, which will be released in 2020.

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