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Starting things off, DJI unveiled some upgraded drones at IFA today. First off, the Mavic Pro Platinum gets 11 percent more battery life than the regular Mavic. That’s 30 minutes battery life compared to 27 minutes. Ya, that’s only 3 minutes, but that’s now 10 minutes longer than the GoPro Karma. This newer model is also 60 percent quieter than the original thanks to some new propellers. These propellers are compatible with the original as well, so you can make the existing Mavic a bit quieter as well. And the new Phantom is called the Phantom 4 Pro: Obsidian- the only change here is the colour. It’s a matte-grey finish, so it looks a little more badass than the usual white colour. Not that white can’t be badass, I mean look at me. And finally, the Spark just gets a firmware update called Sphere, a panoramic photo mode which will have the drone automatically create photos with a fish-eye lens effect. So, in conclusion – drones. The updated Mavic will be $1099 US and the Phantom Obsidian will be $1499, both available in September. If you love drones and don’t care who knows it, then let me and everyone else in the comments…just how much you love the drones.


And Lenovo just unveiled a bunch of things at IFA as well, so here are some of those things…The new Yoga 920 laptop featuring Intel’s 8th generation quad core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. It has a 4K,13.9-inch touchscreen display and it works with the Active Pen 2. It also has far-field microphones so users can communicate with Cortana from a dozen feet away, even when the laptop is closed. Next, the 720 is the 12 inch Yoga laptop. It also features those microphones and it’s not that exciting actually, let’s move on. The Lenovo Home Assistant Pack is a $70 speaker with a USB port on the side, so you can connect one of Lenovo’s Android tablets to it. It’s hooked up with Alexa, so you can do the voice assistant thing and use it as a sort of TV setup on its side when plugged in. It’s kinda cool and strange also. Lastly, the Explorer is Lenovo’s mixed reality headset. Another Windows headset, it’s said to be similar to Dell’s recently released one. The LCD display is 1440 x 1440 and it costs $349. It works with a single cable that runs to your PC and motion controllers are optional. You can use an Xbox controllers for games if you want. Also, I guess this is separate, but Lenovo released a trailer for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges- a game you can play with their AR headset, The Mirage AR headset. And ummmm…it looks cool. But it would be better if you could fight another person, like when both of you have the headsets – and the lightsaber is AR. I mean, somebody would absolutely get hurt, but it’s probably worth it.


And we recently talked about leaked specs for the LG V30, but that phone was officially unveiled today. So, this is what we’ve got. A 6 inch, 2880 x 1440 OLED screen with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, with 4GB LPDDR4 memory and 64GB storage, expandable to 128GB. On the back, there’s dual-camera, one 16MP with a f/1.6 aperture and the other is 13MP with a 120 degree field of view. A cool feature is Cine Effect for video with 15 preset effects like ‘Summer Blockbuster.’ And Point Zoom, where you can zoom into any area on the screen. The phone will be available, starting in South Korea on September 21st in 4 colours.


Ok those stories were kind of long, so let’s do some shorter news stories saiid more quikcly than the others


AMD has officially launched the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X today for $549 US, just $50 more than the Ryzen 7 1800X. We already talked about the reviews for this CPU, so let’s move on. Oh, the consensus is that it’s good…in case you were wondering. 64 PCIe lanes.


Sony announced the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact today. The first is a 5.2 inch 1080p HDR screen, the Compact is a 4.6 inch, 720p, not HDR screen. It gets the Snapdragon 835 SoC and it costs $700, don’t know about the Compact price.


SandDisk launched their microSD card which offers up to 400GB of storage making it the highest capacity microSD card IIIIIIIINNNN TTHHHHEEE WWWOOOORRRLLLDDD.


And Razer has made their Blade Pro laptop $1700 cheaper. Well, it’s a cheaper option anyways, by replacing the GTX 1080 with a 1060 and the 4K screen with a 1080 screen. The original price is $4000, so it’s still quite expensive at $2300. I think they were planning this all along- Ya, it’s $4000 now, but imagine what will happen we say….$1700 cheaper. WHAAAAAA


Sources for all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX Forum post linked in the description.



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