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RedmiBook 13: compact laptop with Intel Core i5 / i7 10 Gen chip

Xiaomi began today a presentation in China with the announcement of a new laptop called the RedmiBook 13.

The device received a metal case with thin frames around a 13.3-inch Full HD + (1920 × 1080p) screen. According to the company, it occupies 89% of the front panel area.

The 10th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor with a new cooling system is responsible for the performance of the new product. It includes a double heat pipe with a diameter of 6 mm and a fan. Thanks to this bundle, heat transfer is increased by 70%. Users can also choose to purchase a laptop version with an Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics card.

RedmiBook 13 also equipped with 8 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD, operating system Windows 10 Home, two ports USB-A, HDMI and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The manufacturer did not report the battery capacity of the new product, but promised that the laptop will work on a single charge for up to 11 hours. A nice bonus is support for fast charging.

RedmiBook 13 sales start in China on December 12 with the following prices:

Core i5 + 8 GB RAM + 512 ROM (SSD) + integrated graphics – $ 597
Core i5 + 8 GB RAM + 512 ROM (SSD) + GeForce MX250 – $ 640
Core i7 + 8 GB RAM + 512 ROM (SSD) + GeForce MX250 – $ 740

New Apple MacBook Pro Problems

In mid-November, Apple released an updated 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops with a “new” keyboard. But there were some complaints from users. True, this time the claim is not for the keyboard.

The forums have already gathered several hundred complaints about the sound. From the speakers of the laptops strange bangs, clicks and crackles sound when playing music, videos or when receiving notifications.

One of the users even recorded a video to visually show the problem.

Another user writes that he tested several laptops in the Apple Store, and such sounds were heard on three out of four.

Apple employees told several MacBook Pro owners that the company is aware of this issue and is already working to fix it. Most likely, you can solve it using the update.

By the way, recently Apple also confirmed the problem with the 13-inch MacBook Pro. At a charge level of 25% to 50%, the devices suddenly turn off.

If you encounter this, Apple advises you to close all applications and in sleep mode, leave the laptop on charge for at least 8 hours. But for this, the battery charge must be at least 90%. After that, upgrade to the latest macOS. If the problem persists, contact a service center.

Xiaomi started updating Redmi Note 6 Pro to MIUI 11 in the global market

Xiaomi has released a globally stable version of the MIUI 11 firmware for the Redmi Note 6 Pro smartphone.

Information about this appeared on the manufacturer’s official forum. The system came out with build number V11.0.1.0.PEKMIXM and is still based on Android 9 Pie OS version. Whether the device will receive Android 10 is still unknown.

With the new firmware, Xiaomi developers added the October security patch and all the main features of the MIUI 11 shell to Redmi Note 6 Pro. For example, the updated minimalistic interface design, Milan Pro font, new ringtones with nature sounds, the Mi Work Suite features and applications package and much more.

Xiaomi начала обновлять Redmi Note 6 Pro до MIUI 11 на глобальном рынкеThe update has already begun to receive smartphone owners around the world. If you don’t have the firmware yet, you have to wait a bit.

Not 5%: how much Xiaomi actually earns on its smartphones

Xiaomi has published financial indicators for the third quarter and talked about its profit for this period. These figures were commented on by the founder and CEO of Lei Jun, mentioning how much the manufacturer earns on their smartphones.

So, the company’s total revenue in the third quarter amounted to 53.7 billion yuan. This is 5.5% more than in the previous year and the highest figure for the quarter since the founding of Xiaomi.

At the same time, net profit for the quarter amounted to 3.5 billion yuan, and for three quarters – 9.2 billion yuan, which already exceeds the total net profit of 2018.

Commenting on these indicators, Lei Jun noted that the company’s success is a low gross margin of sales, which is 8–9%.Не 5%: сколько на самом деле Xiaomi зарабатывает на своих смартфонах

“I think that a gross margin of 8–9% is very low, and since our sales model is based on e-commerce, the price that the final buyer ultimately pays for the purchase is very low. Most importantly: our own gross margin is very low, and the main sales channels are very short, so the final price in the retail market remains very attractive to buyers. ”

Recall that in April last year, the head of Xiaomi assured that the company will not earn more than 5% on smartphones. And he even promised to give everything that would be more than this limit to his users.

More powerful than Snapdragon 855 Plus and Kirin 990

The first MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chip performance tests appeared on the network.

Popular insider @Xiaomishka shared the first performance tests of the new flagship processor MediaTek Dimensity 1000.
The novelty has already managed to visit all the popular benchmark tests. For example, in Geekbench SoC scores 3811 points in single-core mode and 13136 points in multi-core. In AnTuTu, the platform delivers more than 500,000 points. For comparison, in the October top of the most powerful Android smartphones, the first place is occupied by the Vivo NEX 3 5G with the Snapdragon 855 Plus chip, which did not even cross the mark of 400 thousand points.

Мощнее Snapdragon 855 Plus и Kirin 990: в сети появились первые тесты производительности чипа MediaTek Dimensity 1000
Recall MediaTek Dimensity 1000 is built on a 7-nanometer process technology. It has a built-in 5G modem and four Cortex-A77 performance cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.6 GHz, as well as four energy-efficient Cortex-A55 clocks up to 2.0 GHz. Smartphones based on this chip will be released in early 2020. They say that the first may be the Redmi K30 Pro. By the way, its usual version will be shown on December 10th.

Apple will pay $1,000,000 for jailbroken iPhone

At the annual Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas, Apple representatives announced the launch of an expanded reward program for vulnerabilities found in products.

Previously, the maximum reward for vulnerabilities found was $ 200,000, but now the company is ready to pay $ 1,000,000. This is the biggest award not only at Apple, but also among all technology companies.

This amount will be paid for vulnerabilities in iOS, which allow full access to the device without any physical interaction with the device. For errors found in macOS, tvOS, watchOS and iCloud, they promise up to $ 200,000. $ 500,000 can be obtained by identifying security flaws that allow hackers to gain access to user data.

To simplify the work of “white hackers”, Apple will highlight special smartphones on which some security measures are disabled. Everyone can try their hand.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: smartwatch with ECG sensor in two versions from $ 280

Today, Samsung, as promised, has introduced a new generation of its “smart” watches – Galaxy Watch Active 2.

There are several versions of watches to choose from, which differ in size (diameter of the dial 40 and 44 mm) and material (aluminum with a rubber strap or stainless steel with a leather strap). The 40 mm version has a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 × 360 pixels and a battery capacity of 247 mAh, the 44 mm version has a 1.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 × 360 pixels and a more capacious battery – 340 mAh .

Inside, a 2-core Exynos 9110 processor is installed along with 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. They also promise the LTE version with 1.5 GB of RAM, but most likely only in the USA.

The watch runs on the Tizen operating system. As expected, the mechanical bezel was changed to touch.Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2: смарт-часы с датчиком ЭКГ в двух версиях от $280 (или 8 999 грн)

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 can track 39 types of workouts, including running, walking, cycling, rowing and dynamic training. There is also a heart rate sensor, ECG, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, NFC and IP68 water protection.

Using the Samsung Health app, you can monitor stress levels and monitor sleep quality. In addition, the watch allows you to view social networks and movie trailers, translate text into 16 languages ​​in real time, review pictures and control the smartphone’s camera (Watch Camera Controller function).

Sales start on September 27th, but pre-ordering is possible from September 6th. For the 40 mm version they ask for $ 279.99, for 44 mm – $ 299.99.

New iPhone gets Apple Pencil stylus support for the first time

Citi Research analysts are predicting that the new iPhone will have an unexpected feature that is borrowed from the iPad.

This is the support for Apple Pencil branded stylus. Before that, he worked only with tablets, so we are still doubtful about this forecast.

Recall Apple Pencil was released in 2015. Now there are two versions of it: one is compatible with the new iPad Pro, the second – with other models, including iPad Air and iPad Mini.Новый iPhone впервые получит поддержку стилуса Apple Pencil

Citi Research also speaks of three 2019 iPhone models. They are credited with more capacious batteries, a triple main camera in older models and a dual in the successor iPhone XR. The front cameras should be 10-megapixel, and the main sensors of the main cameras should be 14 megapixels.

New models are due out in September. The successor to the iPhone XS Max is expected to start at $ 1,099 and the iPhone XS at $ 999. The new dual-camera, which will replace the iPhone XR, will cost $ 749.

Google doubles smartphone sales with Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL

Alphabet Holding reported on the results of the second quarter of the financial year and spoke about the successes of Google, which is part of the holding.

So, Alphabet itself was able to increase by 40% the revenue of the “Other income” business line, which includes the Google hardware business, as well as the cloud computing department.

At the same time, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that the company in the second quarter more than 2 times increased sales of smartphones. Unfortunately, Google does not like to name specific numbers.Google удвоил продажи смартфонов благодаря Pixel 3a и Pixel 3a XL

But it is obvious that the new Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL influenced sales growth, which became simplified versions of the flagships and the cheapest “pixels”. Also recently, the manufacturer has several times reduced prices for the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which also had a positive effect on the performance.

As a result, Alphabet’s operating profit for the second quarter increased from $ 3,045 to $ 9,180 billion, and net profit – from $ 3,195 to $ 9,947 billion. 99.5% of the holding’s revenue is due to Google.

Sony patented wireless helmet PlayStation VR 2

Sony’s patent applications have appeared on Inverse regarding its PlayStation VR 2 VR helmet.

According to the source, the novelty will be completely wireless and will be able to work without charging for about 5 hours. One of the main chips will be the implementation of the technology of tracking the eyes and head movements, which will reduce the requirements for the computing resources of the helmet. In addition, the system will be able to identify the user and upload personal settings.

The stated resolution of the lenses is 2560×1440 pixels, the viewing angle is 220 degrees, and the refresh rate is 120 Hz. For comparison, the original PlayStation VR had a resolution of 1920×1080 at the same frequency.Sony запатентовала беспроводной шлем PlayStation VR 2

Somewhat confused by the price – $ 250 US, which is pretty cheap for such a device.