Dell has announced its new XPS 15 and XPS 17 line-up, and the 17-inch design is at a size not seen for about 10 years from the company. What's new, and what's dividing opinion? Let's take a look.
XPS 15 9500:
The new XPS 15 9500 has its biggest round of changes in five years, with the design finally growing to an almost-bezelless 15.6-inch display.
XPS 17 (9700):
✋ XPS 15 owner checking-in:
📷 The Information last night reported that two key members of the Google Pixel team have quietly left: Google Pixel general manager Mario Queiroz, and Pixel camera wizard Marc Levoy, who is widely respected for heading much of the success of Google’s computational photography prowess. There’s more too, including Pixel 3, 3a, and 4 sales, and disappointment over the Pixel 4 battery size. Will it threaten the Google Pixel’s camera dominance? Probably not in 2020, but beyond, maybe? (Android Authority).
📦 Amazon’s tablet range has had a round of refreshes: slimmer bezels, new chips, wireless charging. The new Fire HD 8 might be one of the best cheap tablets out there now, even if it’s only a little bit faster (Android Authority)
🔐 Samsung Galaxy A Quantum is a phone with a quantum security chip (Android Authority).
⛔ US President Trump has extended the Huawei ban for another year, to May 2021 (Android Authority).
🥼 Also, the FBI has accused China of hacking US groups researching tests, treatments, and vaccines for the coronavirus (BBC).
📑 Chrome will soon group tabs together, letting users organize them by name and color (Engadget).
💻 The modular Alienware Area-51m’s upgradable dream has failed in just one year (The Verge).
😇 Facebook users in the US can create bitmoji-like custom avatars starting today (Engadget).
🤯 Epic Games announces Unreal Engine 5 with stunning PlayStation 5 demo, and lots of talk of triangle counts. Beware the tech-demo versus actual gameplay, but this is really quite something (The Verge).
🧭 Why humans totally freak out when lost, including circling the same tree over and over (Wired).
🌏 What's going on in Earth's inner core? (phys.org).
⚖️ Here’s a super weird one: “Neighbors entrusted me with looking after their pets/house for 3 weeks, it has been almost a year now and they haven't come back. Today their basement flooded, and I have no idea what to do.” Original posted four days ago here, follow-up posted today here (r/legaladvice), and discussion here about the update (r/bestoflegaladvice).
On May 15, 1987, the Soviet Union launched the Polyus prototype orbital weapons platform from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan:
No 1MW laser in space is probably a good thing right?
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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