OnePlus has been having fun teasing its new OnePlus phones, expected to be affordable devices that drop back from high-end specs and contenders for best possible devices.
OnePlus seems to be wink-winking as it works its way to launch.
Buuuut the secret looks like it’s now out: OnePlus Nord seems real.
Another Nord leak was spotted in this half-cut off image (h/t WinFuture.de), too:
🎩 LG Velvet review: Nothing too fancy, but loads of style points (Android Authority).
💻 Acer’s new flagship Chromebook is the all-aluminum Spin 713, with 10th gen Intel processor (Ars Technica).
📸 Olympus is getting out of the camera business, sellings its brands to JIP (which also bought Sony’s VAIO laptop brand a while back) (The Verge).
🍎 How fast are Apple’s new ARM Mac chips? It’s hard to tell (The Verge).
🍏 Lucas Rizzotto: “Apple's design overhaul is all about preparing for Augmented Reality,” and that makes so much sense. The return of skeuomorphic design aids recognition in AR, rounded edges… we’ll see! (Twitter).
👎 1,000+ technologists urge Springer to not publish a paper that describes a system to predict crime based on faces. Springer appeared to pull the upcoming paper, described as morally corrupt and baseless (Vice).
😎 Facebook will stop selling its budget VR headset Oculus Go, says it won’t make any headset with less than 6DOF to push the tech further. The Go was an important stepping stone, but is relegated to ye olde status now (UploadVR).
🎮 Mixer failed, here’s why (The Verge).
📦 Despite green pledges and $2B pledged for a green fund, Amazon’s carbon footprint grew 15% in 2019 (AP).
📈 Dell is considering spinning off its ~$50 billion stake in VMware (WSJ, $)
📚 George R. R. Martin offers a new Winds of Winter estimate: 2021 (Ars Technica).
🙅♀️ Ad boycott of Facebook keeps growing (NY Times)
✨ Opinion: The future of commerce belongs to the frictionless (Wired)
🌆 NASA simulation shows a kaleidoscope of sunsets on other worlds (Phys.org).
⚫ A Black Hole collided with something that shouldn't exist, and while that’s an exciting headline, it seems true (Gizmodo). More here on CNET too.
🌸 The Barcelona Opera reopened to an audience of plants. The plants will be donated to healthcare workers, which is very nice (NPR).
🤔 What videogame did you play the most in your entire life? (r/askreddit).
At some point in the COVID-19 crisis, public health experts largely agreed to the new normal: wearing masks helps limit the spread of coronavirus. And while masks made from cloth are better than nothing to contain droplets, supercharging mask tech is the new hotness.
Wired has a look at 5 weird concepts to (theoretically) supercharge mask fabrics. Here’s two, chosen for how variously possible and impossible they sound:
I’m pro mask-weirdness. Let’s try everything, hopefully backed up by scientific rigour and not just marketing!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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