Today, we got a better look at the RED Hydrogen One S smartphone thanks to a new video from YouTuber, Marques Brownlee. Marques had three prototypes of the Hydrogen One to show off. The first one was a finished design prototype showing. The phone looks pretty bulky and square and industrial like, but also kinda cool, with different textures around the phone. There’s grips on the side and the power button doubles as a fingerprint reader. There’s also a dedicated video record button, stereo speakers on the front, and a dual-camera setup along with a headphone jack and USB-C port on the bottom. There’s also magnetic pins on the back, designed for modularity. The second prototype featured the holographic display, except that he wasn’t able to show it on camera, so he only showed his reaction – which kind of sucks, but it probably wouldn’t have translated well anyways. The third prototype makes use of the modular pins on the back of the phone by adding a sensor and lens mount, effectively turning the phone into a pretty heavy duty camera. So, dang. So, Marques had the $1200 aluminum model, but there will also be a titanium model for $1500. It will be cool to see software, but what are your guys impressions so far?
And also in the phone world of things, who else but Evan Blass showed off new leaks of the Galaxy Note 8, which shows Samsung’s first ever dual camera setup. Other than that, the phone is looking quite similar to the S8, just a big more square-shaped, with a dedicated Bixby button as well. And of course, it has the S-Pen. To the disappointment of many, however, the fingerprint reader is on the back of the phone next to the camera, like the S8. People were hoping that they would go with the under-display fingerprint reader, but TOO BAD! Oh, also Evan Blass claims that he has the final specs for the phone. Some of the highlights are 6.3-inch super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM with 64GB storage, and a 3,300milliamp hour battery, wish ‘em luck. Those dual-cameras have 12-megapixel sensors. One is wide-angle and the other enables 2x optical zoom. So, that’s it. We’ll find out if Blass is lying at the end of August when Samsung unveils this thing for real.
And IBM, with the help of Sony, has developed a new magnetic tape system that holds 201 gigabits of data per square inch and a max capacity of 330 terabytes in a single cartridge, the size of your palm. IBM researchers have achieved the world record for tape storage five times since 2006. But all those records were broken with a tape material called barium ferrite. This new record was broken with a new material, sputtered tape. Basically, sputtering is a technique that produces a magnetic tape with magnetic grains just a few nanometres across rather than tens or hundreds of nanometres like in the tape used commercially. Anyways, there’s obviously a lot more details to this story, so you should check it out in the sources below. But 330TB as your backup drive? Consider it.
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Microsoft has a new Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows 10, allowing PC gamers to connect up to eight controllers at once and have stereo sounds support. This adapter is also 66 percent smaller than the original and will be the same price of $25 starting August 8th.
Overwatch’s Summer Games return on August 8th, featuring exclusive loot boxes and all that meaningless stuff. I have like 60 unopened loot boxes.
ASUS has announced 3 new X399 motherboards for Ryzen threadripper: The ROG Zenith Extreme, the ROG Strix X399-E Gaming, and the ASUS PRime X399-A.
And hackers are hacking into pre-2017 Amazon Echos and turning them into live microphones, able to spy on you. They do this by rewriting the firmware onto an inserted SD card. Then audio can be recorded and sent to third parties. Amazon says that to avoid this, you should buy straight from Amazon or a trusted retailer because it’s the physical SD insertion that puts you in danger.
And Windows 10 is bringing full support for Tobii Eye Tracking, which has previously been to advance the gaming experience. But this support for eye tracking is designed for people with ALS, a disease that limits your motor functions. So, they would be able to communicate with a mouse and keyboard, just by using their eyes. It’s pretty cool.The sources for that and all of today’s news stories can be found in the NCIX Forum post linked in the description.
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