Your tech news bulletin of the DGiT Daily Tech Newsletter for Wednesday September 30th, 2020. Don’t forget to check out Google’s big launch for Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G today … 11 p.m. PT, hot!
1. The foldable PC is back
A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, in May 2019, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold was the first foldable PC.
- Lenovo said at the time it had worked on the concept for three years.
- Later screenings at CES 2020 and practical considerations indicated that some time later in 2020 it would be more than just a concept.
That time is now!
Lenovo’s foldable PC, the Thinkpad X1 Fold, is available for pre-order starting at $ 2,499. To the best of my knowledge, however, it will not be delivered until mid-November.
- Not much has changed in the nearly five years Lenovo worked on it. It is a 13.3-inch OLED display from LG with 2K resolution and an aspect ratio of 4: 3.
- It runs on an Intel Core i5-L16G7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, up to 1 TB of PCIe M.2 SSD storage, optional 5 GB, and Lenovo says the battery life should be 8.5 hours or more.
- This Intel chip, which we also saw in the Intel model of the Galaxy Book S, is called a hybrid processor. It’s not very powerful, but the foldable PC here looks like little extra cooling, so it’s all about compromise.
- There’s a Bluetooth mini fold keyboard that Lenovo designed for the device, and the X1 Fold can wirelessly charge the keyboard while it’s hidden inside.
- There are also more parts like a pen (Lenovo Mod Pen) and an easel stand.
- Pricing ranges from $ 2,499 for no keyboard, no pen, and 256GB of storage to $ 3,099 for a pen, keyboard, and 1TB of storage.
- That’s insanely expensive considering how the Fold 2 stacks up against it at $ 2,000. But it’s a PC, i.e. Windows, PC programs and apps, a normal keyboard …
- In any case, you all know the mantra: don’t buy any first generation products, at least not until the detailed reviews are posted.
2. Convenient with the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, including video (Android Authority).
3. LG Wing will receive a prize ($ 1,000) and a pre-order date (October 1) and a release date (October 15) from Verizon (Android Authority).
4. Google extends unlimited meet calls for Gmail users through March 2021 (Android Authority).
5. Apple iPhone 12 production now in full swing: 24-hour operation, compulsory overtime, no public holidays, but also some bonus payments: iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max are the four proposed offers (9 up to 5 Mac).
6. Also, Cyberpunk 2077 dev will break the promise by forcing employees to work six days a week in a last-minute rush before launching next month (The Verge).
7. Apple v. Epic Hearing previews a long, highly competitive process (Ars Technica).
8. Sonos is (again) suing Google for alleged infringement of five other wireless audio patents (The Verge).
9. SpaceX discovered surprising heat shield wear after the recent NASA mission. Although Bob and Doug weren’t in danger, SpaceX has updated the heat shield for the next crewed launch on October 31 (Business Insider).
10. You can follow an account on Twitter it tweets when a high-energy neutrino is discovered in the ice beneath the surface of the South Pole (Twitter).
11. A new approach to the detection of deepfakes looks for an invisible pulse (Gizmodo).
12. NASA finally tracks down an air leak on the ISS, but it has not yet been fixed (CNET).
13. Watch a UK pilot demo of a medic jet suit with video (BBC).
14. “Which YouTube video do you always come back to when you need a laugh or smile?” (r / askreddit).
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