Choosing a wallpaper is an important part of customizing your smartphone. After all, the perception of the user interface often depends on them, and it is not easy to find the ideal image for this. The new Microsoft app should make this task much easier.
The Bing Wallpapers app provides access to a huge collection of quality wallpapers. It contains beautiful photographs from around the world, each of which has a small description, which allows you to learn new facts about interesting places.
Bing Wallpapers provides the ability to search for desired images using multiple filters, such as colors, countries, categories, and so on. But the main feature was the ability to automatically daily change the wallpaper on the smartphone screen. Thanks to this, the device will constantly look fresh and not get bored with time. A similar feature is also available in the Microsoft company launcher.
You can download Bing Wallpapers on Google Play. If the store writes about the inaccessibility of the application, it can be installed manually using the APK-file. It is important to note that the program is completely free and does not contain any advertising.
MediaTek introduced in China an improved version of its flagship processor Dimensity 1000 5G. The company focused on increasing the performance of the chipset by introducing new technologies and supporting modern functions.
During the presentation of Dimensity 1000+, the manufacturer did not go into technical details. One of the main differences in comparison with the usual Dimensity 1000 was the support for screens with a refresh rate of 144 Hz instead of 90 Hz. The new chip is equipped with a built-in 5g modem with carrier aggregation and MediaTek 5G UltraSave technology, which dynamically adjusts the power and operating frequency of the modem according to network conditions and user actions for significant energy savings.
Another innovation is the support for HyperEngine 2.0 technology, which serves to improve the gameplay by optimizing the use of system resources. However, MediaTek focused on the visual component with its proprietary MiraVision technology. It allows you to adjust the contrast, sharpness, and color rendering of the frame in real-time to improve the quality of the output image. In addition, the MiraVision Picture Quality Engine offers more accurate image calibration and a wide dynamic range compared to HDR10+. Finally, MiraVision improves regular SDR videos to HDR quality.
In the near future, MediaTek promises the appearance of devices based on the Dimensity 1000+. The first new processor will receive an unannounced smartphone from iQOO, a sub-brand of Vivo.
This month, the HONOR brand does not intend to limit itself to just the presentation of the frameless smartphone X10, scheduled for the 20th. Before that, there will be another event called HONOR Smart Life. It is expected to be dedicated to smart home solutions.
While there is no information about what exactly HONOR will show during the event on May 18, but earlier, the head of the company, George Zhao(Ming), promised to hold a major presentation in May, in which many new products should be presented. The brand is likely to expand its "1+8+N" ecosystem, which combines all gadgets and smartphones as a link between the user and a variety of smart devices.
AMD introduced a new line of Ryzen Pro 4000 mobile processors for ultra-thin business-class laptops. The company has set a goal to provide users of such devices with high performance, long battery life, and additional protection.
According to AMD, the Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U is the fastest business processor for ultra-thin laptops: it has 8 cores, 16 threads, and up to 33% more performance in multithreaded mode than its competitors. Compared to the previous generation, this chip is twice as productive per watt and has a 37 percent increase in performance when working with Microsoft Office. Laptops based on it will be able to work for more than 20 hours without recharging.
A distinctive feature of the AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 series processors is support for AMD Pro features, which include data protection using AMD Memory Guard and support for Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
Kernels / Threads
Acceleration Frequency / Base
The number of cores GPU Radeon Vega
AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U
4.1 / 1.7 GHz
AMD Ryzen 5 Pro 4650U
4.0 / 2.1 GHz
AMD Ryzen 3 Pro 4450U
3.7 / 2.5 GHz
The first laptops based on the new AMD Ryzen Pro 4000 processors will be released by Lenovo and HP.
HyperX and the keyboard manufacturing company DuckyChannel International Co. Ltd presented a joint development - a limited batch of mechanical gaming keyboards One 2 Mini. The model received linear switches that provide high speed and durability, as well as a small size.
Structurally, the One 2 Mini is made in a 60% form factor, which allows you to significantly save space on the gamer's desktop, freeing up space for the mouse. For a quick response, the keyboard uses HyperX Red mechanical switches with a reduced stroke before triggering. The full stroke length of the keys is 3.8 mm when triggered at 1.8 mm.
One 2 Mini is also equipped with protruding switch LEDs, which makes the backlight significantly brighter. The new product supports the Ducky Macro 2.0 algorithm, which is used for flexible illumination settings and storage of up to six macros. In addition, the model implements the use of seamless Ducky PBT caps with double casting and engraving on the sides for quick search in low light conditions.
A total of 3,700 copies of the One 2 Mini keyboards will be released, which will appear in stores around the world. Each will receive a unique serial number. The kit also includes a Ducky cap remover, additional caps, and the company's theme space dedicated to the year of the rat.
Canadian startup Alpine Riding has introduced what is claimed to be the most advanced electric scooter ever. A-Ride has an unusual design and versatility, which allows you to use it in different conditions - from quiet city walks to extreme off-road races in bad weather.
A-Ride is devoid of any seat and provides only a standing position during the ride. The user stands on a special platform, and due to the unique design and low center of gravity, high stability is achieved, which allows you to make even sharp turns without losing balance.
The scooter uses an electric motor with a power of 1000 watts. According to the creators, it is so powerful that they had to limit the maximum speed at 32 km/h to meet American safety standards. However, in other regions where there are no such strict restrictions, you can unblock up to 56 km/h. It is stated that it is possible to ride a roller coaster with an angle of 30 degrees without problems.
On a single charge, the A-Ride can travel up to 80 kilometers, and a full charge takes 5 hours. The scooter is equipped with a 3.5-inch display that displays speed, distance covered, battery charge, time, and other information. The built-in USB port allows you to charge your smartphone while driving.
You can order an A-Ride electric scooter at Indiegogo for about $2,595. Deliveries are expected in September this year.
The analytical company Canalys published a rating of the most popular smartphone models by customers in the first quarter of this year. Despite the coronavirus pandemic and the decline in production, the top of the list is not a budget device - the flagship of the famous brand burst into the top 10 with a significant lead over the competition.
According to the published report, the rating of sales leaders in the first three months of this year is as follows:
Redmi note 8
Samsung Galaxy A51
Samsung Galaxy A10S
Redmi note 8 pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
Samsung Galaxy A20S
Samsung Galaxy A01
It is noteworthy that the top 10 global sales included only three brands. The best-selling smartphone in the first quarter of 2020 was the iPhone 11. The second place with a large margin from the leader was taken by Redmi Note 8. The third position was occupied by Samsung Galaxy A51. The South Korean company also became the leader in the number of bestsellers, taking 4 lines in the list.
Recently, the brand's CEO, Lu Weibing, said that global sales of the Redmi Note 8 exceeded 30 million units. It is expected that a new model will soon replace the popular device. The head of the company said that this month fans of branded devices will have a surprise, but did not specify which model is in question.
Sony has announced the release of new fully wireless headphones WF-SP800N, aimed at athletes. They are distinguished by the presence of active noise reduction and protection from water according to the IP55 standard. In addition, they support the Google Assistant voice assistant and proprietary sound improvement technologies.
Sony WF-SP800N are traditional in-ear plugs with silicone ear pads. Additionally, they are equipped with a mount for a more secure fit in the ear. This solution allows you to use headphones even during active training, without fear that they will fall out. IP55 protection ensures that sweat or even a little rain will not harm them in any way.
The headphones support active noise reduction with the ability to adjust its intensity via the proprietary mobile app. The so-called "transparent" mode is also supported, when activated, the surrounding sounds become audible. You can turn it on permanently or temporarily by touching the earphone with your finger. Additionally, it provides bass amplification due to Extra Bass technology, 360 reality Audio surround sound, and the ability to call voice assistants without having to take out the smartphone.
The stated operating time from a single charge is 9 hours with noise reduction enabled and 13 hours with the power off. Charging from a branded case provides an additional 9 or 13 hours of operation, respectively, and fast charging allows you to get an additional hour of music playback in just 10 minutes.
The Sony WF-SP800N is available in black, white, blue, and orange for $199.99.
The Google Lens app is used to recognize objects using the camera and helps you quickly find the necessary information about what your smartphone "sees". With the next update, the Google app has received several useful features that can expand the list of features of Android smartphones.
The new version of Lens not only copies the scanned text to the smartphone's clipboard but can also send it to a PC with the latest Chrome browser installed. To do this, both devices must be registered in the same Google account.
In addition, users no longer need to open a separate app to find the meaning of a word or phrase. Now, after selecting the text in Google Lens, you can swipe up the Google search tab and immediately get the information you need.
The updated version of the app also allows you to listen to any scanned foreign text. With the help of this function, the user can hear the correct pronunciation of unfamiliar words.
According to Google, the new features are already available to Android users, and the release date for the iOS version of the app will be announced later.
Microsoft announced the release of several new Surface products at once without any preliminary announcements. In particular, the corporation introduced the third generation of the Surface Book hybrid laptop with a detachable display, the second generation of the Surface Go tablet computer, and an updated version of the Surface Headphones wireless headphones.
According to Microsoft, the Surface Book 3 has become 50% more productive than its predecessor. This is achieved through the use of new tenth-generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA graphics adapters. The laptop will be available in versions with 13.5 and 15-inch screens. It has up to 32 GB of RAM and a fast 1 or 2 TB SSD M.2 2280.
The 13.5-inch version of Surface Book 3 is available with an Intel Core i5-1035G7 processor and integrated Iris Plus graphics or with an Intel Core i7-1065G7 and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q. the 15-inch model is equipped with a similar Intel Core i7 chip, but only with an NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q or Quadro RTX 3000 video card to choose from.
Of the connectors in Surface Book 3, there are two USB Type-A, one USB Type-C with USB Power Delivery 3.0 support, a full-size UHS-II SD card reader, and a Surface Connect port. The stated battery life is 16.5 hours.
The price of the Surface Book 3 starts at $1599 for the basic 13.5-inch model (from $1999 for the version with an NVIDIA video card). For the simplest 15-inch version, Microsoft asks from $2299, and if with an NVIDIA Quadro RTX 3000 video card - from $3499.
Surface Book 3 will go on sale on May 21.
The second novelty was the Surface Go 2 tablet computer. Compared to the first generation, it received a 10.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1280 pixels (3:2) and an eighth-generation Intel Core M processor, which provides a 64-percent performance increase. Another important update is support for LTE and stereo microphones to improve audio quality during online conferences.
The most affordable version of the Surface Go 2 with an Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor, 4 GB of RAM, and a 64 GB eMMC drive will cost $399. The version with 8 + 128 GB will cost $549. The variant with Intel Core m3-8100Y, 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB is priced at $629, and with LTE support - $729. The tablet is scheduled to start selling on May 21.
Along with computers, Microsoft introduced the new wireless headphones Surface Headphones 2. Like the first version, they use active noise reduction with the ability to adjust its effectiveness. The headphones feature 40mm Free Edge drivers and Bluetooth 5.0 with support for the Qualcomm aptX codec. The battery life has increased from 15 to 20 hours. The ear pads in the second version rotate 180 degrees, which allows you to conveniently wear them around your neck or fold them for transport.
The Surface Headphones 2 will be available in the United States from May 12 for $249.
Finally, Microsoft announced that the fully wireless Surface Earbuds announced last year will go on sale on May 12 at a price of $199.