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  • M. Konwar
    Only a few days remain before the presentation of the flagship smartphones Meizu 17 and Meizu 17 Pro, in connection with which the company began to publish more often new information about new products. Another series of teasers revealed several important features related to sound, display, and wireless modules.

    One of the features of the smartphone will be the presence of a custom Samsung Super AMOLED display with support for the 90 Hz refresh rate, developed specifically for Meizu. As you can see, in the corner there will be a miniature hole for the front camera. Previously, it was also reported about the built-in fingerprint scanner.
    Other teasers point to the presence of an NFC chip in Meizu 17 for contactless payment and stereo speakers for surround sound. In addition, the company itself has revealed the range of colors in which the new product will be available: Meizu 17 can be purchased in dark green, gray, and white.

    The Meizu flagship will be built on the basis of the Snapdragon 865 processor, will receive support for Wi-Fi 6 and fast wired 30-watt charging.
    The presentation of new items is scheduled for May 8.

    M. Konwar
    A week ago, Xiaomi introduced the twelfth version of MIUI firmware. Immediately after the presentation of the updated shell, its closed testing began in China. And now there is a modification of this build with Google services, available to users around the world.
    In the global version created by Xiaomi.EU team, Google applications originally absent and support for different languages appeared (in the Chinese version there are only Chinese and English). Owners of 28 Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones running Android 9 and Android 10 can test the preliminary assembly of MIUI 12:
    Xiaomi Mi9 (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi10 Pro (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi9 Pro 5G (Android 10) Redmi K20 (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi8 (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi8 Pro (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 (Android 9) Redmi Note 8 (Android 9) Xiaomi Mi9 SE (Android 10) Redmi Note 3 (Android 9) Xiaomi Mi CC9e (Android 9) Redmi Note 7 (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi Max 3 (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (Android 10) Redmi K30 / K30 5G (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi8 Lite (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi CC9 (Android 10) Redmi K20 Pro / K20 Pro Premium Edition (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi6 (Android 9) Xiaomi Mi8 SE (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi10 (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi8 Explorer Edition (Android 10) Redmi Note 7 Pro (Android 10) Xiaomi Mi 6X (Android 9) Redmi Note 5/5 Pro (Android 9) MIUI 12 includes a redrawn interface, an improved dark theme, updated standard applications, Super Wallpapers, a redesigned multi-window mode, and other changes. Upgrading to the new MIUI version should be received by more than 40 Xiaomi and Redmi smartphones.

    M. Konwar
    OPPO has introduced a more affordable version of the A92s smartphone in Malaysia. The new model with the name A92 retained a similar design but received a simpler configuration. In particular, the device lost the screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and support for 5G, but got a more capacious battery.

    OPPO A92 is equipped with a 6.5-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution and a small hole for one front-facing camera. The fingerprint scanner is located in the power button on the right side. And on the reverse side, there is only the main camera module with four lenses: wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, for macro images, and for determining the depth of field. The smartphone is able to take photos in a resolution of up to 48 MP, supports a special night shooting mode, and can programmatically stabilize the video.
    The new product is based on an eight-core Snapdragon 665 processor with a maximum frequency of 2.0 GHz, made according to an 11-nm process. The device is available in one modification - with 8 GB of RAM and a 128 GB drive. Support for memory cards up to 256 GB.
    Other features of the device include a 5000 mAh battery with fast charging support and stereo speakers that provide surround sound. In addition, the smartphone is equipped with a classic 3.5 mm headphone jack.

    Specifications of OPPO A92:
    OS: ColorOS 7.1 based on Android 10 Display: TFT LCD, 6.5 ", Full HD + (2400x1080), Chipset: Snapdragon 665, Adreno 610 Graphics RAM: 8 GB, LPDDR4X Storage: 128 GB, UFS 2.1, microSD support up to 256 GB Main camera: 48 megapixels (f/1.7) + 8 megapixels (ultra wide angle lens, f/2.2) + 2 megapixels (macro lens) + 2 megapixels (depth sensor) Front camera: 16 MP (f/2.0) Security: side fingerprint scanner Battery: 5000 mAh, 18 W fast charge Communication: Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS / GLONASS / Beidou, FM radio Connectors: USB Type-C, 3.5mm Dimensions: 162 x 75.5 x 8.9 mm Weight: 192g OPPO A92 is available in black, white and blue at a price of $278.

    M. Konwar
    In this release of insider information: HUAWEI will introduce a special version of the P30 Pro with four Leica cameras and Google services; Intel Core i5-10400 with six cores lit up on the network; New MacBook Pro 13 '' Features Revealed.
    HUAWEI will present a special version of the P30 Pro with four Leica cameras and Google services

    HUAWEI has already introduced the P30 Lite line of smartphones, as well as the flagship P40 and P40 Pro. But, according to informants, the company plans to release a special version of the P30 Pro, which will be equipped with four sensors of the main camera and will be delivered with pre-installed Google services.
    It is expected that the new product will be built on the basis of the Kirin 980 processor. Other technical characteristics of the smartphone are unknown.
    Intel Core i5-10400 with six cores lit up on the network

    The test lab TecLab published the results of testing an unannounced six-core processor Intel Core i5-10400, which will replace the Core i5-9400. The main difference between the new product was 12 threads - against six of its predecessor.
    According to the statistics, the Core i5-10400 operates at a base clock frequency of 2.9 GHz with an increase to 4.3 GHz in TurboBoost mode. The model is equipped with 12 MB of cache memory and costs $182. The chip's presentation is scheduled for May 20.
    Revealed the characteristics of the new MacBook Pro 13"

    According to insider information, Apple is planning to introduce an updated generation of 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops in the near future. The leak indicates that the flagship version of the device will be available with an Intel Core i7-1068NG7 processor running at 2.3 GHz and in TruboBoost mode up to 4.1 GHz, 32 GB of RAM and a 4 TB SSD drive.
    The estimated cost of the new product can be about $3000.

    M. Konwar
    A blogger from the TecnoLike Plus YouTube channel continues to share exclusive information about the yet-to-be-announced Pixel 4a. Following the first look and examples of photos, together with XDA-Developers published a full review of the camera of the future "pixel"

    The Device Info HW and DevCheck apps showed that the main camera of the Pixel 4a is represented by a 12.2-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with a pixel size of 1.4 microns and a lens with an aperture of f/1.73 - the same is installed in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4. The front camera uses an 8-megapixel Sony IMX355 module with a pixel size of 1.14 microns and an aperture of f/2.0 - as in the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a.
    Portrait mode Portrait mode Portrait mode

    Although the Pixel 4a only has one camera on each side, both support shooting in portrait mode with background blur. This is achieved by a software method - thanks to Google's proprietary algorithms. However, they do not always work correctly, as you can see in the last couple of photos above.

    Like older models, the Pixel 4a supports "Astrophotography" mode, which allows you to shoot the starry sky. The frame is obtained by a long exposure, but Google's algorithms make the stars clear.
    Night mode off Night mode on

    The smartphone supports the proprietary Night Sight mode, which significantly improves the quality of photos in low light.
    Examples of street photos:

    After analyzing all the images presented, XDA-Developers came to the conclusion that the Pixel 4a shoots better than the Pixel 3. This is expressed in a wider dynamic range and details in dark areas.
    More examples of photos with Pixel 4a in the original resolution can be found at the link.
    The smartphone's presentation is expected later this month. According to available information, it will go on sale on May 22 at a price of $399.

    M. Konwar
    As a result of US sanctions, HUAWEI began actively developing an alternative to Google services. But the company strives to minimize dependence on Western solutions not only in the mobile segment but also in the field of personal computers. That is why it intends to abandon Windows 10 in favor of its own OS.

    With the announcement of HarmonyOS, HUAWEI representatives said that this operating system will be a cross-platform solution and will be able to work on various devices, including smart watches, personal computers, and cars. Following its plan, this year the Chinese giant intends to start producing personal computers running HarmonyOS 2.0, abandoning Windows 10. In addition, instead of Intel and AMD processors, they will use Kunpeng chips of their own design.
    According to insiders, so far it is only about the release of such devices in the Chinese market. HUAWEI will probably be using Windows 10 for other regions.

    HUAWEI previously introduced the HarmonyOS operating system on smart TVs. As for smartphones, the company continues to install Android on them, but without Google’s mobile services, replacing them with its own alternative with the AppGallery app store.

    M. Konwar
    The demand for personal computers is growing due to the fact that people have to work from home. In contrast, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand for smartphones is plummeting.
    Research by IDC and Canalys shows that smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2020 decreased by 12-13 percent compared to the same period last year. TrendForce reports that the production of smartphones has also fallen by 10 percent.
    In general, this is the biggest reduction in the smartphone market during the year for the entire existence of smartphones.
    At the beginning of the year, when the pandemic began in China, supply chain problems arose in January and February. But as coronavirus spread throughout the globe, it triggered an economic crisis that affected consumer demand.

    Many people are suddenly unemployed or underemployed and may not want to spend money on a new smartphone - especially at a time when prices for flagship smartphones fluctuate around the $1,000 mark.
    Many retail stores where people could upgrade their smartphones were closed, which also compounded the drop in sales.
    Canalys suggests that many people still buying smartphones do so because they need to replace a broken or lost device. At the same time, those people who view smartphones as a luxury purchase may postpone updates for the time being.
    Interestingly, not all smartphone manufacturers have experienced declines in sales. In the first quarter of 2020, Chinese companies Xiaomi and Vivo showed growth, while Samsung, Huawei, and Apple experienced a decline.

    M. Konwar
    The Minisforum S40 is a new mini PC with an Intel Gemini Lake processor that comes in a super-compact PC Stick form factor. The 133 x 46 mm device combines a dual-core Intel Celeron N4000 processor with 4 GB of DDR4 RAM and 64 GB of eMMC flash memory.
    At the same time, this computer with support for two 4K screens costs $189.99 at Banggood.

    Here is the list of Minisforum S40 specifications:
    The dual-core Intel Celeron N4000 Gemini Lake processor with a clock frequency of 1.1 GHz / 2.6 GHz (Turbo) with integrated Intel UHD Graphic 600; TDP 6 W RAM - 4 GB LPDDR4 Memory - 64 GB eMMC flash memory and microSD card slot Video and audio output - HDMI 2.0 to 4K at 60 Hz, DisplayPort mini-port up to 4K at 60 Hz Connectivity - Dual-Band Wi-Fi 5 802.11b / g / n / ac and Bluetooth 5.0 USB - 1 USB 3.0 Port, 1 USB 2.0 Port Miscellaneous - Power button, reset hole, Kensington lock, cooling fan, air vent with dust screen Power Supply - via USB-C Dimensions - 133 x 46 mm CPU cooler It is assumed that the PC flash drive comes with Windows 10 Pro, but at this price, it is most likely only a trial version.

    Since it is difficult to pack a processor with a consumption of 6 W into a really small form factor without excessive overheating, the manufacturer had to use a cooler.
    The S40 is a full-fledged computer that you can connect directly to the HDMI port of your TV or monitor. In addition to the HDMI 2.0 connector, there is also a Mini DisplayPort port that allows you to connect a second display. According to Minisforum, the small computer can support two 4K displays with a frequency of 60 Hz.

    M. Konwar
    Despite regular advances in medicine, diabetes is still incurable. People are forced to constantly monitor their blood glucose levels, as well as take insulin. An international group of researchers reported on the creation of special lenses that will not only be able to monitor blood sugar, but also make medicinal microinjections.

    The new technology was reported by the POSTECH research group. Smart lenses can effectively detect diabetes and treat diabetic retinopathy. The researchers confirmed that the glucose level in tears, analyzed using these lenses, corresponds to the indicators of conventional sensors that use blood for analysis. In addition, the device is equipped with wireless interfaces, which allows you to monitor sugar levels remotely. Another important feature is the ability to deliver drugs using electrical signals.
    The contact lenses are made of biocompatible polymers. According to researchers, it is possible to create similar devices for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and mental illnesses, including depression. The next stage will be the development of mass self-controlled therapeutic smart lenses that can monitor biometric indicators in real time.

    M. Konwar
    In February, due to a surge in fraud activity, Google suspended the placement and updating of paid extensions in the official online store of the Chrome browser. In order to protect users, the company announced stricter rules to clear the platform of outdated and insecure applications that mislead people.

    Google explains that recently the store has been flooded with spammers and scammers. Most often, their extensions do not perform any useful functions and are designed to attract attention to certain services and products.
    New rules for placing extensions in the Google Chrome store:
    It is forbidden to create duplicate extensions with different names and the same content. Extensions are not allowed to use "key spam" methods to populate metadata fields with multiple terms to improve search results. Developers may not use misleading, incorrectly formatted, irrelevant, excessive, inappropriate, or non-descriptive metadata. It is forbidden to artificially increase the product rating in any way, including through paid services. It is forbidden to place extensions that have only one purpose: to launch a web page or application. All extensions that abuse browser notifications to send spam, ads, or other messages to users are prohibited. If extension developers don't fix their products in accordance with the new rules, they will be automatically removed from the Chrome store after August 27.

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