Technology

October 16, 2018

Positive, spinning bricks can work as a show

Last week, I traveled to Dumbo, Brooklyn, to see some interactive, aluminum, mirrored bricks. A company called Breakfast designed a massive “display” called Brixel Mirror that reacts to movement to change what it shows. (You might have seen one of the company’s prior projects: Flip-Discs.) The demo unit I was shown, and the only complete machine right now, features 540 bricks (or “brixels,” as the company refers to them) and measures 19 by 6 feet. At the bottom of each brick column is a Linux controller that signals to the bricks when to move. Each brick also has a PCB built in as well as a motor and an LED. It lights up!
October 16, 2018

Elon Musk eyes early 2019 launch for Tesla’s customized AI chip

Elon Musk has announced that Tesla’s new custom AI chip is about six months away from being installed in new production cars. The CEO said that the chip, which was confirmed as being in development last December, will offer “somewhere between [a] 500% & 2000%” increase in its vehicle’s autonomous driving performance. Existing Tesla owners who have already paid for full self-driving will be offered this “hardware 3” update for Autopilot free of charge.
October 16, 2018

Huawei declares 7.2 -inch Mate 20 X

At the end of an event that had already seen it announce two devices, the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, Huawei had a surprise up its sleeve. The Huawei Mate 20 X is the largest in the lineup with its 7.2-inch OLED display, which already consists of three phablet devices. The device is equipped with a massive 5,000 mAh battery, and is compatible with styluses.
October 16, 2018

Huawei publicizes Mate 20 with 6.5-inch show and tiny notch

At a grand event in London today, Huawei is unveiling the latest members of its Mate smartphone series, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. The Mate 20 is the larger device, featuring a 6.5-inch, 2,244 x 1,080 LCD display with a peculiar 18.7:9 aspect ratio. It also has one of the smallest screen notches we’ve yet seen, accommodating only the selfie camera, with the earpiece positioned at the very edge of the phone. With 820 nits of brightness, Huawei claims this is an extremely power-efficient display, so you’ll get lots of brightness without compromising on battery life.
October 16, 2018

The Huawei Mate 20 Professional can wirelessly cost different gadgets

Once upon a time, wireless charging was a rarity in phones. As of today, though, not only do we have fast wireless charging in the iPhone and many Android flagships, there’s even reverse wireless charging, courtesy of the freshly announced Huawei Mate 20 Pro. I tried this out in London ahead of the new super flagship phone’s launch today, and it works beautifully. You just enable the option on the Mate 20 Pro, and any time the device is pressed against another that supports Qi wireless charging, it automatically starts transferring power. That’s all there is to it. It’s obviously not going to be fast, and it’s probably not going to be super practical, but the Mate 20 Pro does have a sizable 4,200mAh battery, and the ability to share that out in an emergency still counts as a pretty cool feature.
October 16, 2018

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen helped change the world

It’s easy to think of Microsoft and immediately think of Bill Gates. While Gates led Microsoft to where it stands today, co-founder Paul Allen played an early instrumental role in creating the software giant. Originally named “Micro-soft,” Gates and Allen founded their software company in 1976 after meeting as students at Lakeside School in Seattle. It was this unique friendship at the right time and the right place that ultimately changed the world of computing.
October 16, 2018

Hinge’s latest function lets customers price how their date went

Hinge is launching a new feature today called We Met, which will let users rate their dates. We Met will pop up a few days after a match exchanges phone numbers. It’ll ask each person individually if they ended up going out with that match and whether that person is the “type of person they’d like to see again.” That response is then used to further hone Hinge’s matching algorithm. (It also remains confidential.) The feature works similarly to Hinge’s “Most Compatible” feature by relying on other users’ feedback and similarities to make suggestions.
October 16, 2018

The brand new Kindle Paperwhite is lastly waterproof

The Kindle Paperwhite has been the best Kindle for most people since 2015 when Amazon last updated it with a screen that was nearly on par with the high-end Voyage and Oasis models at just a fraction of the price. Today, Amazon is updating the Paperwhite again, adding new features that were introduced with the second-generation Oasis, including water resistance and support for Audible audiobooks in a lighter and thinner package.
October 16, 2018

Apple ‘deeply apologetic’ for cost app phishing hacks in China

Last week, Apple faced criticism from two of China’s biggest payment platforms that claimed that thieves were using compromised Apple IDs to swipe the funds in individual user accounts. Today, the iPhone maker is owning up to the allegations and offering an apology, according to The Wall Street Journal.
October 16, 2018

Google: Censored Model of Search Engine ‘Necessary to Discover’ CEO Says

Google’s chief executive said Monday that it was “important to explore” a censored version of its search engine designed specifically for the Chinese market.