Your tech information digest, by means of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Friday, 20 November 2020.
1. Amazon Echo Frames attain second-generation
Keep in mind when Amazon tried some new Echo wearables as a part of its “Day One Version” product line, with invite-only availability?
Two of these are seeing large modifications.
- First is the unhealthy information, I assume: the $130 Echo Loop ring is useless.
- The concept was it had a tiny speaker and it may vibrate in your finger whenever you get a name or notification.
- It was value a shot as a result of getting silent notifications is just not a solved drawback but, and evidently nonetheless isn’t. The ring was additionally fairly thick and unwieldy wanting.
- Anyway, for those who purchased one, current clients are getting “updates and help” no less than for now, nevertheless it’s now not in manufacturing and never offered.
However extra importantly, the Echo Frames smart glasses have been upgraded and so they’re going reside to most people.
- The second technology of Echo Frames can be found to preorder for $250, and transferring from invite-only to open to preorders for all.
- The fundamental premise of the pilot product stays the identical with the brand new second-gen sensible glasses.
- The updates embrace elevated battery life by 40%, mechanically power-off when the glasses have been set down for greater than three seconds, higher sound high quality, and sensible quantity controls modify mechanically to account for ambient noise.
- New colours: Basic Black, Horizon Blue and Fashionable Tortoise.
- I wanted a reminder of what the glasses really do, and simply to get you up to the mark as nicely, the Frames aren’t about visuals as they’re providing Alexa to your ears.
- There’s a headset-like skill the place the microphone and audio system pair with smartphone apps, and allow you to hook up with Alexa and use sensible assistant options.
- That features listening to music, listening to books, or asking questions, and hands-free duties like commanding sensible dwelling units or studying a purchasing checklist as you wander round a store.
- Amazon does supply directions and assist to get prescription lenses fitted from an optometrist however doesn’t supply them itself, by the best way.
- I’m reminded of the unique critiques, which went one thing like: “It’s important to actually love Alexa to need to put on it in your face” (Washington Post), and that nearly nobody needs to put on glasses in the event that they don’t want glasses.
- I wouldn’t thoughts some smarts being baked into my present glasses, however no method in heck am I paying Amazon to not match prescription lenses to their restricted frames types.
- And charging glasses, which remains to be through a customized cable, looks as if it could possibly be annoying.
2. It’s official: Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 9 series is coming subsequent week (Android Authority).
3. Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta, after two years of getting there (Android Authority).
4. Why is it so dang hard to place an order for a next-gen console or new Nvidia graphics card? (The Verge).
5. iOS gamers can now enjoy some cloud streaming gaming, with Google Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now platforms now working in Safari through internet app, bypassing the App Retailer. Fortnite is successfully again on iPhone/iPad. (TechCrunch).
6. Speed Test G: iPhone 12 vs OnePlus 8T (it’s probably not a contest) (Android Authority).
7. iFixit digs into the M1 MacBooks and finds similarities galore, aside from that M1 chip (Engadget).
8. Roblox files to go public. Extraordinary numbers: 31 million every day energetic customers, and 22.2 billion engaged hours. You would possibly solely find out about this in case you have children however the children simply like it (TechCrunch).
9. Don’t be alarmed given the protection modifications Boeing has been compelled to make, however for flying nerds: How to tell if you’re flying on a recently recertified Boeing 737 MAX (Jalopnik).
10. The Pope’s Instagram account liked a post from a model in a pose most likely not seen as significantly …religious. Nobody’s fessed up, so the Vatican is asking Instagram. Oops.
11. Deep space isn’t pure black, and scientists don’t know why (NPR).
12. Dealing with damaging collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished. This was as soon as a serious US scientific achievement that’s and was vital for astronomy, and fell into harmful tatters (The Verge).
13. Listed below are 2020 award-winning wildlife photos (Agora).
14. Rocket Lab launched Electron in a big test of booster recovery, efficiently introduced the booster down in a parachute (SpaceNews)
15. ELI5: Why are there “hot people” and “cold people,” – like my mum, who’s at all times chilly. Why?! (r/explainlikeimfive).
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