Admit it, you’ve dreamed that instead of being locked down to using Siri, Bixby, Alexa, and the Google Assistant that there could be another option limited to being used on Sonos products running its S2 software. You haven’t? Well, Sonos is launching its own voice assistant anyway as an alternative to other services, with compatible […]
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Sony is still making smartphones and has announced that we can expect new Xperia phones to be announced on May 11th. The video teaser (embedded after the break) doesn’t give too much away but it does show that we can expect to see the Xperia 1 IV to be announced during the launch event. We […]
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We’ve already seen the leaked image and specs of the new budget-minded phone from OnePlus and now we have confirmation that the Nord N20 will launch in the US on April 28th. The successor to 2020’s N10 5G will make its debut exclusively on the T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile networks with the unlocked variant […]
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Ever since Realme’s announcement of its GT Neo 3 with its 150W UltraDart fast charging we’ve heard rumors that OnePlus would also launch a phone with a similar charging speed. The OnePlus 10R will launch on April 28th with 150W SuperVOOC Charging although it’s expected that like the Oneplus 9R before it that it will […]
Come comment on this article: The OnePlus 10R with 150W ultra-fast charging will launch on April 28th alongside the Nord CE 2 Lite 5G
Google’s upcoming Pixel 6a has just passed FCC certification, hinting at an impending launch.
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The new S98 rugged phone was announced last month by DOOGEE. The company will launch the dual-screen rugged phone on March 28th on AliExpress and Doogeemall (the company’s official shopping platform). The Doogee S98 sports a unique dual-screen design. The display on the back is round like the one on the Huawei P50 pocket but […]
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SpaceX has to wait even longer to find out if it can launch Starship flights out of its Boca Chica facility in Texas. The US Federal Aviation Administration has delayed its decision on the environmental review of the launch site yet again, pushing back its target date of completion to April 29th. SpaceX must secure the FAA's approval, along with a vehicle operator license, to be able to launch Starship missions out of Boca Chica as planned.
To be exact, the agency is looking into whether launching the massive reusable vehicle out of the facility will have a significant environmental impact on the area and will be a threat to the safety of the public. Its original target date for completion was December 21st, 2021, but it pushed the date back to February 28th, 2022 and then again to March 28th. On the official page for the environmental assessment, the FAA said it's updating its target date to April 29th "to account for further comment review and ongoing interagency consultations." The FAA received 19,000 comments for the draft version of the review published last year.
SpaceX chief Elon Musk recently revealed that the company is hoping to send Starship into orbit for the first time in May. If the FAA finishes its review on time, and with a favorable result for the company, then there's a chance the launch could happen in a couple of months. It's worth noting, though, that Musk's timelines could be a bit too optimistic.
In case the Boca Chica site fails the FAA's environmental review or if the agency issues an environmental impact statement (EIS) to dig deeper into the company's plans over the next few years, then SpaceX could shift to its backup plan. During a Starship presentation earlier this year, Musk said SpaceX already has approval to launch the Starship from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The move would delay the vehicle's first flight by six to eight months, since the company has to build a launch tower on the launch site, but at least the wait wouldn't last for years.
NASA's Space Launch System has finally reached the pad — although an actual launch is still some ways off. The SLS rocket and the Orion spacecraft it carries arrived at Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B for the first time at 4:15AM Eastern today (March 18th) for one last test before the uncrewed (and delayed) Artemis I mission to the Moon. The team will conduct a "wet dress rehearsal" that replicates the mission short of liftoff, including the propellant load, countdown procedures and draining tanks.
The test will help NASA set an exact target launch date for Artemis I. The SLS won't stay out for very long., though, as the agency plans to roll it back to the Vehicle Assembly Building several days after the test. There, crews will remove rehearsal sensors , top up batteries, add "late-load" cargo and conduct final checks. The rocket will return to the launch pad about a week before the real launch, tentatively slated for May or later.
The preliminary deployment still marks a few important milestones. NASA officially began development of the SLS in 2011, and spent over $ 23 billion (in 2021 dollars) on the project in roughly a decade — the launch pad rollout shows the investment is finally bearing fruit. It's also an important moment for Orion, which is edging closer to crewed flights.
More importantly, the arrival indicates that the next chapter of NASA's exploratory missions is about to begin. The SLS will not only be used for Artemis missions, but is expected to serve as NASA's primary deep space exploration launcher throughout the 2020s. As important as private rockets like SpaceX's Starship may be, it's likely the SLS that will carry the most historic missions in the years ahead.
BlackBerry’s partnership with a Texas-based startup has ended in failure, with the startup announcing its closure. A 5G QWERTY BlackBerry had been planned.
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It’s official – OPPO will take the wraps off of its new Find X5 series of flagship smartphones on February 24th. As the first models to feature OPPO’s self-developed MariSilicon X Imaging NPU, the Find X5 series will also feature the first fruits of the recently announced partnership with Hasselblad. So far, we know that […]
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Elon Musk has given SpaceX's first huge Starship update in years, and during his presentation, the company showed off what a launch with the massive launch system would look like. The Starship system is composed of the Starship spacecraft itself on top of a Super Heavy booster. SpaceX is working towards making it rapidly and fully reusable so as to make launches to the Moon and to Mars feasible. After making its way outside our planet, the booster will break off and return to its launch tower, where it will ideally be caught by the tower arms. As for the spacecraft, it will proceed to its destination before making its way back to Earth.
Musk said the booster will spend six minutes in the air over all, two upon ascent and four for its return trip. In the future, the system could be reused every six to eight hours for three launches a day. SpaceX says achieving a fully and rapidly reusable system is "key to a future in which humanity is out exploring the stars." Musk also talked about how in-orbit refilling — not "refueling," since the vehicle's Raptor engines use more liquid oxygen than fuel — is essential for long-duration flights.
The Super Heavy booster, Musk said, has more than twice the thrust of a Saturn V, the largest rocket to ever head to space so far. In its current iteration, it has 29 Raptor engines, but it could eventually have 33. Speaking of those engines, Raptor version 2 is a complete redesign of the first, costs half as much and needs fewer parts. The company is capable of manufacturing five to six a week at the moment, but it could apparently be capable of producing as many as seven by next month.
Aside from being able to carry hundreds of tons, the Starship could revolutionize space travel if SpaceX can truly make launches as affordable as Musk said it could. He revealed during the event that a Starship launch could cost les than $ 10 million per flight, all in, within two to three years. That's significantly less than a Falcon 9 launch that costs around $ 60 million.
SpaceX wants to launch the Starship from its Boca Chica, Texas facility called Starbase, where it's been building the rocket's prototype. It has yet to secure approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to do so, and Musk said the company doesn't know where things stand with the agency exactly. However, there's apparently a rough indication that the FAA will be come with its environmental assessment in March. SpaceX also expects the rocket to be ready by then, which means Starship's first orbital test flight could be on the horizon.
Garmin has several smartwatch launches in the pipeline this year. One of the most anticipated — the Instinct 2 — is expected to arrive in February 2022.
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The much-rumored Samsung Galaxy A53 could be launched in the next few weeks. Here’s the first leaked image we have of the device.
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Following a year that saw it struggle to shield its users from abuse and harassment, Twitch has of its 2021 safety efforts that includes a look forward to how the company plans to tackle the issue in 2022. Specifically, Angela Hession, Twitch’s vice president of global trust and safety, says the company will update its user reporting and appeals process.
It also plans to upgrade its feature. The AI tool, which the company launched at the end of last year, automatically flags individuals it believes may be repeat ban dodgers. In 2022, Twitch has updates planned around how streamers can use information from that tool. As the company has indicated previously, it also plans to update its sexual content policy to clarify various aspects of it. Twitch simultaneously intends to share more and “better” educational content across its safety center and other areas.
Twitch spent much of the latter half of 2021 trying to stop automated "hate raid" harassment campaigns. The attacks saw malicious individuals use thousands of bots to spam channels with hateful language, and they frequently targeted streamers from marginalized communities. In September, the company sued CruzzControl and CreatineOverdose, two of the more prolific individuals involved in those campaigns.
"We’ll likely never be able to eliminate [hate raids] entirely," Hession said. However, she claims Twitch "significantly" cut down on the number of bots on its platform through some of its actions in 2021. In 2022, it looks to continue that work through the improvements it announced today.
If the company’s safety roadmap feels light on details, Hession says that’s out of necessity. “The honest and unfortunate reality is that we can't always be specific because bad actors can and have used that transparency to attempt to thwart our efforts,” she said.
At the same time, the executive acknowledged Twitch needs to do a better job of communicating what it’s doing to make people feel safe on its platform. It’s easy to see why the company would say that. When it felt like the hate raids that were occurring on Twitch couldn’t get any worse, many creators banded together to the lack of action they saw from the company.
Now that the Galaxy S21 FE has finally launched Samsung is free to concentrate its efforts on its newest flagship series, the Galaxy S22. Consisting of the Galaxy S22, S22+, and the Galaxy Note-esque S22 Ultra, Samsung’s new range will reportedly launch during an Unpacked event that will be held on February 8th. The South […]
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The Xiaomi 12 series launched in China on December 28th sporting 120Hz displays across the board and power units in the form of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and the reheated Snapdragon 870 chipsets. While Xiaomi is yet to officially announce when we’ll see the global launch of the new phones, it’s being reported […]
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Foldable smartphones are coming on strong at the tail-end of 2021 with OPPO’s recent unveiling of its Find N device and Honor’s teasing of the Magic V foldable earlier today. Little is known about the Magic V so far other than it’s a foldable smartphone that will unfold into a tablet in the same sort […]
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MediaTek announced its flagship processor, the Dimensity 9000, that sports the latest Cortex cores and promises to go head-to-head with Qualcomm’s newest chipset and now we have confirmation of the first smartphone brands that will use the chip. Those confirmed to be launching smartphones powered by the 4nm Dimensity 9000 chipset are Xiaomi, Vivo, OPPO, […]
Come comment on this article: Vivo, OPPO, Redmi, Xiaomi, and Honor will launch flagship smartphones powered by MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 SoC in 2022
We reviewed the OnePlus Nord 2 5G a couple of months ago and found it to offer immense value for money, in fact, we were that impressed that we slapped an ‘Editor’s Choice’ award on it and called it the ‘Mid-range Champion of 2021’. Now it seems that OnePlus is gearing up to launch a […]
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It’s long past the time that many of us gave up hope and bought the Pixel 6 instead but it seems that Samsung is still planning on launching the Galaxy S21 FE, allegedly during CES 2022 in January. Much delayed due to the ongoing global chip crisis, the Galaxy S21 FE’s new launch date could […]
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Fresh from nabbing a $ 50 million investment from Qualcomm, Nothing’s Carl Pei has confirmed on Twitter that the brand will be launching ‘Something’. While Pei was coy about revealing any further info, it’s being reported that Nothing is preparing to launch a smartphone during 2022, as well as a power bank. According to 91Mobiles, Nothing […]
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SpaceX’s crewed flights have garnered the most attention lately, but the uncrewed variety is about to retake the spotlight. The company is launching its updated cargo Dragon capsule for the first time at 11:17AM Eastern from the Kennedy Space Center…
It’s no secret that we enjoyed our time with the Find X2 Pro when reviewing OPPO’s 2020 flagship, and now we are looking forward to seeing its successor launch next March. The Find X3 is said to be launching with an end-to-end image processing system to let the handset shoot images that can be shown […]
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With the launch of its Galaxy Z Fold 2 in August, Samsung has pretty much tied up the foldable smartphone segment while you could go as far as saying that LG has cornered the swiveling dual-displayed smartphone niche with its Wing. Out to stake some fresh ground for itself is OPPO, who today revealed a […]
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MediaTek held its Online Summit earlier where it announced its new Dimensity 700 chipset that aims to bring 5G connectivity to affordable smartphones. In the process, the company revealed that it plans to re-enter the flagship processor arena with an as-yet-unnamed chip that will launch before the end of 2020. The Premium Platform, as the […]
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Virgin Galactic started preparing for the first spaceflight out of its new Spaceport America HQ in New Mexico last month. Back then, the aerospace company only said that its flight planning window will open on October 22nd, but it didn’t give a more…
Launching on October 14th, the much-teased OnePlus 8T (and possibly a Special Edition Nord in Sandstone) will finally come into view and confirm or deny all those pesky rumors we’ve been subjected to over the past couple of months. We’ve got the details on when and how you can catch the live stream coverage of […]
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We’ve seen how Google, Microsoft, and Nvidia have launched cloud gaming services in the past 18 months with the company from Redmond seemingly having the leg up on its rivals with the recent launch of its Xbox Cloud Gaming service, or xCloud as it was known during its beta program. Well, another tech giant is […]
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We’ve been hearing good things about Samsung’s soon-to-be-released Galaxy S20 FE, a phone that is more intriguing with every single leak, of which there have been a ton. From spec sheets to images of the phone being handled in the wild to retail listings, the Galaxy S20 FE is all but official already ahead of […]
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In a change from its usual strategy of launching two phones twice a year, it seems that this time around we will only see a OnePlus 8T announced, with the Pro model being jettisoned. The move comes as OnePlus tries to reconnect with its fans and return to what made its reputation – great hardware […]
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The relatively small private rocket industry just got a little larger, if not quite in the way its new entrant hoped. The American startup Astra conducted a brief first orbital launch attempt (via TechCrunch) late on September 11th, with a successful…
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Rocket Lab is on a roll this week. After successfully returning to launch following a failure in July, the company announced that it has received FAA clearance to launch small satellites from its Electron rockets in the US. So far, all its missions h…
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While SpaceX didn’t pull off a doubleheader Sunday launch like it planned, the company still managed a rare feat. Instead of launching eastward like every other Cape Canaveral rocket, the Falcon 9 headed south toward Cuba, close to populated areas on…
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As we wrap up our review of the OnePlus Nord, the brand is reported to be targeting the affordable smartphone segment with a phone that could cost around $ 200, sporting a humongous battery. Codenamed “Clover”, this new OnePlus handset is rumored to be coming to the US, unlike the recently announced Nord. According to AndroidCentral, […]
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You’ll have to wait a while longer if you want to drive Porsche’s second-ever electric car after the Taycan. Porsche chief Oliver Blume told Bloomberg and others that the Taycan Cross Turismo’s launch has been moved from late 2020 to sometime in earl…
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In-display fingerprint sensors are so yesterday’s news, am I right? Everyone that is tired of pop-up cameras, notches, and punch-holes just want to know one thing – when will we see the first under-display selfie camera? The answer to that is possibly sooner-than-we-thought because ZTE has announced that it will launch the Axon 20 5G […]
Come comment on this article: [Updated with images] ZTE’s Axon 20 5G set to launch on September 1st with the world’s first under-display selfie camera
Having finally launched the Pixel 4a earlier this week, Google also discontinued the Pixel 4 and 4 XL and is now rolling out the final Android 11 beta. It seems that a slip has been made along the way, giving us the date when we can expect the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 to […]
Come comment on this article: Looks like the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 could launch in the traditional slot in early October
Part of the SpaceX mission has been to create reusable rockets that make spaceflight cheaper, and it has become routine to see the company’s booster rockets return safely to Earth. With today’s launch SpaceX set a new milestone by catching both halve…
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We’re getting pretty close to the actual unveiling of the latest OnePlus Nord, but we don’t have to wait that long to see exactly what’s going on under the hood. OnePlus has detailed a few more things about their next phone, including how much RAM it’ll have, plus the camera and display specs that you’ll […]
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We may be looking forward to August 5th when Samsung will officially launch the Galaxy Note 20 series and Galaxy Z Flip 5G, but the Korean giant is already prepping to announce another handset sporting the Snapdragon 865 processor sometime during Q4, according to a usually reliable leaker. Known as the Galaxy Fan Edition, S20 […]
Come comment on this article: Samsung could launch the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition with SD865 SoC and a ‘nice price’ in Q4 2020
Microsoft have officially announced the xCloud launch. The Google Stadia rival game streaming service goes live in September. As part of a big update on the future of gaming, Microsoft gave further details on the Xbox Series X and xCloud. In September, the xCloud service will go live for current Game Pass Ultimate subscribers ($ 15 […]
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Microsoft Launcher has been updated to version 6.0, which the company says has been built on a new codebase, allowing the developers to include more new features than ever plus reduced memory use, quicker launch times, and lower battery use. The Microsoft Launcher for Android was designed to make it easier to move from working […]
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Made By Google is preparing three smartphones for release later in 2020, believed to be derivatives of the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5. These were believed to be a single Pixel 4a model, a Google Pixel 5, and a Google Pixel 5 XL. However, code discovered in the Google Search app shows a Google Pixel […]
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A report from the South Korean website Naver points to the next Samsung Galaxy Note costing less than expected. The article quantifies this and explains it believes the device will start at KRW 1.2million, approximately $ 999, which is less than the Galaxy Note 10’s South Korean launch price of KRW 1.25million. The paper goes on […]
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After weeks of rumors and leaks, it seems that the affordable OnePlus Nord could launch on July 21st during an online-only launch that will include an AR experience. It’s going ahead later in July than first thought, with details having been posted on Twitter via a well-known leaker who pulled the post shortly afterward. Luckily, […]
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We are currently putting the Red Magic 5G through its paces in preparation for its review and now Nubia has teamed up with Vodafone to debut the new Red Magic 5G lite with Spain the first recipient. Sporting the Snapdragon 765G processor, the Red Magic 5G Lite boasts a big 120Hz display, 5G connectivity, and […]
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We’re itching for more Galaxy Note 20 details, but we might not have to wait too much longer for something official directly from Samsung. A new rumor has popped up confirming when Samsung’s next Unpacked will be, and the date falls in line pretty squarely with previous Galaxy Note launches. Galaxy Note 20 launch date […]
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There’s no official word about any iPhone delay yet, but Bloomberg reports that Broadcom CEO Hock Tan’s comments on a quarterly earnings call lend credence to their earlier rumor that the new device will launch a few weeks later than usual. New mains…
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The launch of the Android 11 beta had already been delayed after Google I/O was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and now it’s getting pushed back again. A virtual launch event for the start of the beta release was scheduled for Wednesday, bu…
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Phone launches have been severely disrupted this year due to COVID-19, and things aren’t looking much different in the near future. Most companies are opting for online events to show off their new products, and that will include Samsung’s next Galaxy Note 20. Galaxy Note 20 online launch Unlike previous years (and even the Galaxy […]
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