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  • M. Konwar
    French brand Focal presented a wireless version of the popular model of in - channel headphones Sphear-Sphear Wireless. The manufacturer promises high-quality sound thanks to the support of the audio codec aptX and "explosive" bass. One of the features of the novelty was the presence of two different sound modes.

    The first mode plays the sound in its original form, and the other adjusts the volume and sound depending on the ambient noise. Switching between them is carried out using the built-in remote control.
    The manufacturer claims that the spherical shape of the headphone body allowed to optimize the weight distribution, which had a positive effect on the fit in the ear. In addition, The sphear Wireless speakers are equipped with a sandwich diaphragm made of Mylar and polyurethane, which ensures accurate reproduction of high frequencies and realistic sound quality. The frequency range reproduced is from 15 Hz to 25 kHz.

    Sphear Wireless comes with a USB charging cable, a carrying pouch and six pairs of ear pads: three pairs of foam and three silicone. The stated price of the headphones is $129.

    M. Konwar
    Samsung introduced the flagship tablet Galaxy Tab S5e. It got a 10.5-inch display with thin frames and a capacious battery providing 14 hours of battery life. In addition, it is also one of the thinnest tablet computers on the market.

    Galaxy Tab S5e is made in a new design for the line. The thickness of the metal of the case is only 5.5 mm and a weight of 400 g. With such dimensions, it is one of the most compact 10.5-inch tablets on the market. It was equipped with a Super AMOLED display with a 16:10 aspect ratio and an invisible Home button. Thanks to the thin frames, the screen occupies 81.8% of the front panel area.
    Small dimensions did not prevent Samsung to equip the new audio system of four speakers, which allows you to get the stereo effect in any position. The device also supports AKG's Dolby Atmos surround sound technology.

    A 7040 mAh battery, which provides 14.5 hours of battery life, fits in a thin case. The device also supports fast charging technology.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e became the first tablet of the company with the updated intelligent assistant Bixby 2.0. The device is able to act as a control center for home appliances. For example, users can manage multiple home devices at the same time with Quick Command, which allows you to "bind" a series of actions to a single voice command.
    In combination with the keyboard (sold separately) and the Samsung DeX docking station, the tablet becomes a handy tool for working with the user interface on a large monitor. With the "always on" function, the user can answer calls or messages directly from the tablet, even when the smartphone is far away or connected to another Wi-Fi network.

    Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e:
    Display: 10,5", Super AMOLED, resolution WQXGA Processor: 64-bit eight-core (2 to 2.0 GHz + 6 to 1.7 GHz) RAM: 4 GB Storage: 64GB + microSD card support up to 512GB Main camera: 13 MP Front camera: 8 MP Interfaces: USB Type-C (USB 3.1), Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 + 5 GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 5.0 Battery: 7040 mAh, fast charging Audio: 4 speakers from AKG, support Dolby Atmos OS: Android 9.0 Pie Dimensions: 245 x 160 x 5.5 mm Weight: 400 g The new Galaxy Tab S5e will be available from April 2019. Buyers will get free access for 4 months to the YouTube Premium service, which allows you to watch content on YouTube, YouTube Music and YouTube Gaming without restrictions and in high resolution.

    M. Konwar
    Authoritative insider Evan Blass, whose leaks are always confirmed, published the first image of another flagship from LG. It is expected that in addition to G8 ThinQ at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, the South Korean manufacturer will present V50 ThinQ with support for fifth-generation networks.

    LG V50 ThinQ

    LG V40 ThinQ
    Judging by the render, the new LG V50 ThinQ will not receive external changes in comparison with the V40 ThinQ released six months ago. The smartphone will have the same cutout in the screen under the double front and triple main camera behind. The fingerprint scanner, contrary to all trends, will remain on the back side.
    The main changes have to touch the hardware part of the LG ThinQ V50. According to available information, the gadget will be equipped with a 6-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 855 processor with a 5G modem and a 4000 mAh battery. Probably out of the box smartphone will work on Android 9.0 Pie.

    LG G8 ThinQ
    Earlier it became known that LG V50 ThinQ will cost in the range of $1165 to $1354. Initially, the device can be released exclusively for the American operator Sprint, but later there should be a global version.

    M. Konwar
    Xiaomi has decided to reveal the maps and tell all the details of the upcoming flagship before the official presentation. Founder and CEO Lei Jun has published in the Chinese social network Weibo specifications triple camera new Mi9 and shared a selection of photos taken on a smartphone in different modes.

    The main camera of Xiaomi Mi9 will consist of three modules:
    1/2-inch sensor Sony IMX586 with a resolution of 48 Megapixels, a lens with an aperture of f/1.75 and the six lenses, combining four pixels into one with a lack of lighting; 12 MP with 1.0 µm pixel size, lens with f/2.2 aperture and six lenses, double optical zoom; 16 megapixels with pixel size of 1.0 µm, a lens with an f/2.2 aperture and six lenses, angle of 117 degrees, the algorithms prevent distortion, the possibility of macro shooting from a distance of 4 cm. The main camera will be protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a stainless steel frame. The front-end with a single module for 20 MP will receive support for artificial intelligence to improve selfies.

    Another official teaser shows the difference in the size of the lower frame between last year's Mi8 and Mi9. In the new product, its thickness is only 3.6 mm-40% thinner than its predecessor.

    Xiaomi Mi9 will be presented next Wednesday, February 20. According to the head of the company, the smartphone will cost less than $590.

    M. Konwar
    OPPO F11 Pro with panoramic display showed on the teaser; Vivo V15 Pro reviewed from all sides; cutouts in the screen of Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will be very small; characteristics and cost of Xiaomi Mi9 and Mi9 Explorer Edition disclosed before the official announcement.
    OPPO F11 Pro with panoramic display showed on a teaser
    OPPO F11 Pro will be a novelty in the middle segment. The announcement of the device is scheduled for March, and many aspects remain unsolved. For example, it is known that F11 Pro will receive a rear camera at 48 MP. The screen will lose the framework and will be called "panoramic", while the upper part will house the neckline. This is confirmed by a fresh teaser with a demonstration of the display.

    Sony IMX586 or Samsung ISOCELL GM1 can be used as a 48-megapixel sensor. According to rumors, the" heart " of the device will be one of the flagship chipsets from MediaTek with support for 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. The cost of OPPO F11 Pro is not reported.
    Vivo V15 Pro reviewed from all sides
    February 20 in India will present two mid-budget smartphone-Vivo V15 and V15 Pro. On the eve of the announcement, the Malaysian media published live photos of the improved news. The pictures clearly show the design of the body and the retractable mechanism of the front camera in operation.

    It is noticeable that in the place of installation of the triple camera body significantly bulges, which may affect the stability of the smartphone on a flat surface. You can also see that the Vivo V15 Pro is equipped with a 3.5 mm Headphone Jack, and a memory card can be installed in the SIM card tray. The device is charged via micro-USB.
    Vivo V15 Pro will get a 6.39-inch S-AMOLED screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, triple main camera (48, 8 and 5 MP), 32-MP front end, 3700 mAh battery.
    The cutouts in the screen of Huawei P30 and P30 Pro will be very small
    Insiders from China have published photos of the protective glass of the upcoming flagship Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Both smartphones will receive a small drop-shaped cutout for the front camera, a thin frame and a traditional "chin" — a thickened bottom edge, which most manufacturers cannot get rid of.

    The Huawei P30 series will be the first to receive a 38-megapixel Sony IMX607 camera with 10x optical zoom. The P30 will have a Kirin 980 processor and 8GB of RAM. The announcement will take place in March.
    Characteristics and cost of Xiaomi Mi9 revealed before the official announcement
    Xiaomi does not want or can not keep secret the main development of the last months — this is the impression against the background of regular leaks about Xiaomi Mi9 this week. On the website, Slashleaks appeared two teasers, which literally in detail reveal all the unknown details about Mi9 and top Mi9 Explorer Edition. The last will have four the rear camera is clearly visible on the image.

    As we already know, Xiaomi Mi9 will be equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 12 GB RAM, Bluetooth with aptX/aptX-HD codecs to maintain high-quality sound when transmitting over the air. Declared NFC module and wireless charging.

    The base model of Xiaomi Mi9 will cost $516, Mi9 Explorer Edition - $885.

    M. Konwar
    Xiaomi continues to share details about the upcoming flagship, without waiting for the official presentation. Earlier, the Vice-President of the company said that their new smartphone will be the most powerful in the world, and now there is the first confirmation. In addition, the manufacturer hinted that one of the design flaws of last year's model was fixed in Mi9.
    The New Xiaomi teaser says that the flagship based on the eight-core Snapdragon 855 processor is gaining a record result in the benchmark AnTuTu-387 851 points. Previously, the highest rate belonged to Lenovo Z5 PRO GT with its 368 480 points.

    The company also published an image of the bottom of the smartphone, with the statement that the" chin " was reduced by as much as 40% compared to Mi8. Judging by the render, the framework of the upcoming new item will be as thin as possible from all sides.

    The official presentation of Xiaomi Mi9 will be held on February 20. The smartphone will receive a triple camera with a Sony sensor at 48 MP. Together with it is expected to announce Mi9 Explorer Edition with four modules of the main camera.

    M. Konwar
    Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of technology have created an unusual robot. During its development, experts were inspired by the ability of ants to determine the location in the sky. This method was one of the most accurate in comparison with other methods of navigation without the use of GPS.

    Usually, ants to determine the location are guided by traces of aromas or pheromones, but in the desert, it is not possible to do this — chemicals evaporate under the scorching sun. Therefore, insects have learned to navigate the sky, using polarized sunlight to determine the course and counting the steps taken to calculate the distance.
    The presented robot is equipped with two light sensors with a resolution of only 14 pixels each, supplemented by rotating polarized filters. Tests have shown that this method of positioning does not become less accurate with increasing distance, as other types of navigation without the use of GPS.
    This method in addition to ease of use is quite available. Scientists believe that the system can be used in self-driving cars as a backup in case of failure of traditional GPS navigation.

    M. Konwar
    In the article you'll learn about an unusual way to circumvent video game censorship; upgrade your iPhone from single-SIM to dual-SIM and artificial intelligence as a doctor.
    In China circumvent censorship of video games
    China has strict censorship of the press, the Internet, television and even video games. Often developers have to completely redesign their projects for the Chinese market, as in the case of World of Warcraft, where removed the bones, skulls, and meat. Some particularly cruel and outright titles and all are banned in the country, that does not prevent vendors to sell "zapresheno". For example, the recent remake of Resident Evil 2, distinguished by special brutality and cruelty, on the trading floor Taobao sell under very unusual names: "the First day at work in the police station: Remake", "Fried cold rice 2", "Biochemical crisis", etc.

    For more conspiracy one of the sellers do their own packaging for the game disc, manually painting over them with the arts. The result is reminiscent of children's creativity.

    Other sellers sell Resident Evil 2 Remake under the guise of other games like Little Nightmares or Plants vs Zombies.

    Note that such a conspiracy is not something new for the Chinese market. For example, the game series Battlefield in China called Boyfriend Storm, but the popular Diablo is hidden under the name "big pineapple".
    Craftsmen have learned how to make dual-SIM iPhone
    Last year, Apple listened to consumers and yet released the iPhone with support for two SIM-cards. However, physically two "SIM cards" are supported only on iPhone XS Max and only in the version for the Chinese market. Of course, such devices work in other countries, but they are sold by unofficial Resellers and are often much more expensive than the single-SIM version. Therefore, the Chinese masters have established a business to upgrade the usual iPhone XS Max with a single SIM-card in a dual-SIM.
    The procedure involves disassembly of the smartphone and disconnecting from the circuit Board module eSIM (e-SIM) and subsequent replacement odnoimennogo tray on dual-SIM. The process is quite complex and requires the use of special equipment, so at home to perform such an operation will not work. After modification, the user gets a fully working iPhone XS Max with support for two SIM-cards.
    It is important to note that the cost of the upgrade is much lower than the price difference between single-and dual-SIM iPhone XS Max outside China. It should also be remembered that after this procedure, the device is deprived of a warranty.
    Artificial intelligence has learned to diagnose diseases no worse than a doctor
    With the development of robots and AI more and more human professions are in danger of extinction. Health workers may also be at risk. For example, a team of Chinese and American researchers has created an artificial intelligence system that can analyze medical records and diagnose with the same accuracy as experienced doctors.

    The developer's report says that the new system is able to automatically diagnose common childhood diseases after the treatment of symptoms, anamnesis, and other data. To train the neural network, scientists used electronic records collected as a result of more than 1.36 million visits to pediatricians of a large Chinese medical center. According to experts, artificial intelligence was comparable to experienced doctors and in the future will undertake the diagnosis of complex or rare diseases.
    In the future, such a system could prove extremely useful in a region with a shortage of medical personnel.

    M. Konwar
    Microsoft will rethink the start menu in Windows 10; all the features of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus leaked to the network; Huawei P30 Pro will get a 5G version; Xiaomi head promised a breakthrough of mobile cameras in 2019; Google will improve the performance of two SIM cards in Pixel 4.
    Microsoft will rethink the start menu in Windows 10
    Twitter user under the nickname Vlad published two screenshots, which allegedly presented the concept of an updated start menu in a test build of the operating system Windows 10. Instead of animated tiles, the new design provides static lists of recently opened applications and files, similar to earlier versions of the desktop OS.

    Also, according to the source, a new pop-up dialog box will appear in Windows 10 after installing the program. The operating system prompts the user to launch the application or add a shortcut to the start menu.

    It is reported that these changes will come in Windows 10 this fall as part of the major update 19H2.
    All features of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus leaked to the network
    Following the press renderings of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy s10e, Evan Blass posted on his Twitter page the main features of the basic model of the Galaxy S10. Some of them apply to the older version.
    round cutout for selfie camera in the screen (Infinity-O display); an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner built into the screen; three main cameras (standard, wide angle, TV); one UI shell on top of Android Pie. Detailed technical specifications of Galaxy S10 Plus has leaked online another insider. Among the declared parameters-tempered glass Gorilla Glass 6, support for Wi-Fi 802.11 ax, a battery capacity of 4100 mAh.

    All Galaxy S10 smartphones will be presented on February 20. At retail, new items will arrive on March 8, a limited version of S10 Plus with 12 GB of RAM and a terabyte drive will be available for purchase on March 15.
    Huawei P30 Pro will get 5G version
    Huawei P30 and P30 Pro smartphones will be presented in March in Paris. Insiders claim that 5g-version of Huawei P30 Pro will be announced at the same time. The new product will receive a high price tag and will be designed exclusively for the European market — at least at the start of sales. Thus, the company will enter into a technological race with other manufacturers of 5G-devices: Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo, ZTE.

    The difference between Huawei P30 and P30 Pro is the number of sensors of the main camera — three against four. The screen diagonal is 6.1 and 6.5 inches respectively, the charger power is 22.5 W at P30 and 40 W at P30 Pro.
    The head of Xiaomi promised a breakthrough of mobile cameras in 2019
    Lei Jun published a post on the Chinese social network Weibo about the importance of the quality of photo and video shooting of modern flagship gadgets. According to him, the company invests in research and development of significant funds and hopes to get a return in the form of a significant increase in the capabilities of cameras in smartphones this year.

    Probably, the head of Xiaomi hints at the advanced capabilities of the upcoming flagship Xiaomi Mi9, as representatives of the company have repeatedly hinted earlier. However, lei Jun noted that there are numerous innovations that will be implemented in various smartphones of the company, scheduled for release this year.
    Google will improve the performance of two SIM cards in Pixel 4
    Earlier this year, Google plans to introduce two available smartphones Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL. They will be "lightweight" versions of existing models of the third generation and are unlikely to bring important innovations in the line. In October, the appearance of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL is expected. They may debut several interesting innovations, including those related to Android Q (for example, a dark theme). Also on the site Android, Open Source Project appeared an indication of changing the mode of operation of SIM-cards.

    In Pixel 2/3 and Pixel 2 XL / 3 XL, the physical SIM card and eSIM can work alternately, switching between which is done manually. For developers, there was a possibility to transfer the smartphone to Dual SIM Dual Standby (DSDS) mode. However, this year this option will appear in Pixel 4 and, perhaps, together with the update, will allow owners of already released models to activate the DSDS mode. The possibility of the release of Pixel 4 or 4 XL with two physical slots for SIM-cards is not reported.

    M. Konwar
    The top mobile chipset Snapdragon 855 received not only 5G-modem and improvements in the field of AI computing. One of the key features of the new product was a significantly increased performance of the graphics component of the platform. Representatives of Qualcomm spoke in detail about the innovations that expanded the gaming capabilities of Android devices based on the new processor.

    Graphics accelerator Adreno 640 was 20% faster than its counterpart in the composition of the Snapdragon platform 845. Updating the hardware component of the chipset significantly accelerated the loading of games on mobile devices. In addition, the Snapdragon 855 architecture allows virtual and augmented reality games to function with 6 degrees of freedom to enhance the gaming experience of users.
    Increased performance in these applications is made possible by distributing the workload between the GPU, the Hexagon auxiliary processor, and the image processing unit (ISP).

    One of the main chips of the chipset was Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology. Qualcomm's hardware and software package includes support for the Vulkan 1.1 graphics library, which provides applications with the ability to directly control GPU operations without "crutches" in the form of third-party drivers.
    As a result, the loss of frames in mobile games can be reduced by 90%, making the picture much smoother. Especially noticeable performance improvement will be in multiplayer games.

    Another advantage of the Vulcan API is high energy efficiency. Compared to the software interface OpenGL achieved 20 percent savings in battery consumption of flagship smartphones based on the new Snapdragon.

    Thanks to the function of physically correct rendering (PBR), the interaction of light with surfaces in gaming applications looks as natural as possible. This technology is already used in PC-releases — with its introduction to the mobile market should expect a significant expansion of the list of ported to Android game hits.

    The computing power of the platform is enough to run games with HDR support and cinematic image post-processing. Representatives of the company compared modern smartphones with the traditional monitors-the picture quality of actual mobile displays is not inferior to many desktop solutions. If necessary, the image from the mobile device can be displayed on the external screen even in 4K resolution.

    An important component of online releases is connection stability. Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology includes a built-in quality of service (QoS) system that prioritizes game packages, preventing third-party applications from "pulling" traffic to themselves.

    The sound component is also of paramount importance in games, especially in multiplayer shooters. The latest version of the Qualcomm AptX codec guarantees high sound quality with a minimal delay even when using Bluetooth headphones. For the quality of the signal is a proprietary Qualcomm DAC Aquatic with features surround sound and noise reduction.
    The energy efficiency of the new platform has also improved significantly. Despite the increase in graphics power, the device based on Snapdragon 855 is able to work longer on a single battery charge than its predecessor.

    The emergence of new gaming smartphones with support for Snapdragon Elite Gaming technology is expected in 2019 with the beginning of commercial deliveries of Snapdragon 855.

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