Thursday, February 21, 2019

Apple draws up a blueprint for the foldable iPhone

Apple has drawn a blueprint of its own foldable smartphone in a patent application published last week. The design plans were filed back in October and indicate Apple has also been considering a foldable phone for quite some time.

Just yesterday, Samsung officially launched the Galaxy Fold, a foldable phone that costs just under $2,000, ushering in the foldable trend as the latest shift in the smartphone sector. Huawei has also confirmed it plans to launch a 5G foldable phone, likely during Mobile World Congress next week.

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Apple’s foldable patent application describes a display with hinges that can fold in half or in thirds. The display could be used in anything from phones and tablets to laptops,...

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The Wandering Earth: news and updates for China’s biggest science fiction movie

Based on a story by The Three-Body Problem author Cixin Liu

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British carmakers facing hard choices as the clock ticks toward Brexit

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2019-02-21T071950Z_2_LYNXNPEF1K0ES_RTROP Aston Martin and Vauxhall are vastly different companies, but facing similar challenges.

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Watch how the new Porsche 911's active aerodynamics work

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45a67980-3612-11e9-bdf0-34882715f8ee The rear spoiler works in multiple situations.

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Intel Expecting Apple to Transition to Custom ARM-Based Chips Starting in 2020

Apple is planning to ditch Intel and transition to Mac chips starting in 2020, based on multiple rumors we've heard in the past from Bloomberg. Axios today confirmed Bloomberg's reporting and said that multiple sources have suggested Apple will transition to custom ARM-based chips next year.

According to Axios, developers and Intel officials are expecting Apple to begin using ARM-based chips in 2020.


The move to ARM-based chips is said to be part of Apple's effort to make Macs, iPhones, and iPads work together and run the same apps. Bloomberg earlier this week said that by 2021, Apple wants developers to be able to create one app that will work on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

Apple's transition to a single app for all devices has already begun. Last year, Apple ported several of its iOS apps, such as Voice Memos, Stocks, and Home, to macOS. This year, Apple plans to let developers transition iPad apps to macOS, and in 2020, that will include iPhone apps. In 2021, then, developers will be able to make just one app that users can download on any of Apple's platforms.

This transition will greatly increase the number of Mac apps available, and it will cut down on the amount of work developers have to put in to create a Mac app. It will also better unify Apple's operating systems across all of its devices.

There have been rumors about Apple transitioning to ARM-based Macs for years now, and they have ramped up given the many Intel chip delays that have resulted in subsequent delays for Mac products. With its own ARM-based chips, Apple will not be tied to Intel's chip release cycles.

Apple already makes its own A-series chips for the iPhone and the iPad, and there are also custom Apple chips in recent Macs -- the T2. The T2 chip, in the iMac Pro and 2018 MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac mini models, integrates several components including the system management controller, image signal processor, SSD controller, and a Secure Enclave with a hardware-based encryption engine. It powers the Touch Bar in the MacBook Pro and the Touch ID feature in the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

Apple is a major Intel customer, responsible for approximately five percent of Intel's annual revenue, so the transition to ARM-based chips will be a major blow for Intel, but a win for customers in the long run. Apple's modern A-series chips for iPhone and iPad are already more powerful than many Intel chips on the market.

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Trump administration breaks off negotiations with California on emissions standards

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Japanese Spacecraft Hayabusa2 Touches Down on Asteroid Ryugu

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The Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft has completed one of its most exciting challenges yet: On Thursday evening, it touched down on the asteroid Ryugu, fired a tantalum bullet into the rocky surface, and ascended back into orbit around the tiny world, according to updates from the mission’s English-language Twitter…

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Audi’s traffic light sensor gives you the power to catch as many green lights as possible

For most drivers, flying through a series of green lights one after the other is the closest thing to nirvana in the otherwise miserable experience of driving. Now, Audi is updating its embedded traffic light-reading technology to help you catch those mythical “green waves” with more precision.

Audi calls the new feature Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, or GLOSA, which tells drivers how to moderate their speed to minimize red light stops. If you recall, some 2017 and 2018 Audi models have built-in vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology that allows them to receive information from a centralized traffic light management system through the car’s built-in 4G LTE hot spot. Essentially, a sensor installed in the traffic light “talks”...

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Xiaomi is finally being more transparent about its see-through Mi 9

Last year, Xiaomi released a cool-looking, transparent version of its Mi 8 phone, the Mi 8 Explorer Edition, which claimed to have a see-through back to reveal the internal parts of the phone. There was just one problem: the “parts” were fake, revealed to be just a cool-looking plate covering the real (and much less photogenic) parts.

Today, Xiaomi announced that it’ll be offering a similarly see-through Mi 9 Explorer Edition for the upcoming Mi 9, but there’s one crucial difference: Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi has admitted that the inside “components” are just a thin, CNC-carved aluminum sheet that looks like a stylized version of the parts, via Android Police.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Photos Show F-14 Used In Top Gun 2 Production Snared In Carrier's Crash Barricade

Just yesterday, we reported that the F-14 Tomcat used in the production of Top Gun 2, as well as Tom Cruise, were spotted aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Now, new photos have come to light showing that same aircraft entangled in the ship's crash barricade. As we noted in our previous piece, this is the first time a Tomcat has been on the deck of an operational U.S. Navy carrier in years. In addition, we have also obtained more information on where this particular Tomcat, which is now dressed-up for the film with phoenix-like insignias, came from.

The fact that the F-14 is set up to appear as if it made an emergency landing into the ship's barricade indicates that this is likely the culmination of a tense action sequence in the film. The barricade is a nylon net that is attached to the ship's arresting gear system that 'catches' a stricken airplane that cannot, or has a very low probability of, 'trapping' normally aboard the ship by catching one its arresting wires.

The ship's barricade risers are erected on the USS Theodore Roosevelt during Top Gun 2 two production.

The barricade is also used if an aircraft has only one shot at landing and there are no other divert airfields available that it can safely make it to. The usual alternative to a barricade engagement is an ejection, a dangerous affair that is even more perilous out in the open ocean and especially in bad weather conditions. An ejection also means the total loss of an aircraft, the airframe that may be packed with packed with sensitive technologies sinking to the ocean floor.

You can read more about the barricade and watch other videos of it in action by checking out this past article of mine.

It's worth clarifying again that this aircraft is not flyable. There are no flyable Tomcats anywhere in the world outside of Iran. Getting one back in the air in the U.S. would be nearly impossible due to bureaucratic red tape and cost, among other factors.

As for the origins of the Tomcat used in the production, the jet is F-14A #159631, the 178th Tomcat Grumman built, which has called the San Diego Air And Space Museum's Gillespie Field Annex in El Cajon home for years.

F-14A #159631 at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California.

Multiple sources have told us the elements had taken their toll on the jet, which has sat outside for years. It was in need of restoration with certain components showing alarming signs of corrosion. Clearly, lending the plane to star in Top Gun 2 would give the beleaguered airframe stardom unlike any other Tomcat that calls a museum or gate guard position home. Lending the jet to be used in the movie would turn the F-14 in need of help into a top attraction and the production budget of the film clearly helped clean it up for shooting.

With that in mind, the phoenix symbols now painted on its airframe sort of have a second meaning outside the movie's plot. This retired plane was really given a second shot at life and will surely be treasured going forward.

We will continue to give you updates as Top Gun production aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt unfolds. Stay tuned!

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