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Apple’s New 35W Chargers With Dual USB-C Ports Now Available to Order

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Apple at WWDC 2022 introduced new 35W power adapters with dual USB-C ports, and they are now available to order, as spotted by 9to5Mac. The adapters come in standard or compact sizes, with both priced at $59 in the United States.

From Macrumors

Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT details leak, expected to cost around €400 or less

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Poco has two launches lined up for June 23 (Thursday next week) – the Poco F4 and Poco X4 GT. We know what to expect for the most part, especially since rumors claim these are based on existing Redmi devices, but here are the details that WinFuture managed to uncover, including pricing.

The Poco F4 is expected to be the international version of the Redmi K40S. The brand has already confirmed that the phone will be powered by the Snapdragon 870 and that it will have up to 12GB of RAM (there will be cheaper versions with less RAM too).

The Poco X4 GT is also based on a Redmi, the Redmi Note 11T Pro. This means a new chipset, the Dimensity 8100, and a fast 6.6” 144Hz LCD to render graphics on. This will be fed by a slightly larger 5,080mAh battery (still with 67W fast charging). The cameras will be basically the same.

From Gsmarena

Here’s your chance to get one of the first 100 Nothing Phone units at an unpredictable price

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The Nothing Phone 1 is set to be revealed in full on July 12, but the company will give you the option to buy one much earlier. The first 100 units of the Nothing Phone 1 will be up for sale through an online auction next week. It’ll be your first opportunity to buy the phone. Still, the company is transparent the handset will take around 35 days to arrive, so there’s no guarantee you’ll get your phone any earlier than if you buy it after it officially goes on sale.

Each of these 100 units is serialized, and your bid will determine which number handset you get. If you bid the highest amount in the auction, you’ll get the number one phone. If your bid is the 100th highest, you’ll get the number 100 phone. You won’t be charged if your bid is not within the top 100, but bear in mind when making your bid that you will have to pay whatever amount you put down if it is in the top 100 bids.

From Android Police

Motorola Razr 3 price leak suggests it could struggle against Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

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amsung doesn’t have much competition in the foldable phone market, but this year it sounds like Motorola is going to give it run for its money, as the Motorola Razr 3 is reportedly on the way, and a new leak suggests it could be a big improvement on the Motorola Razr 2020 – although perhaps not quite enough of one.

According to OnLeaks – a reputable leaker – in collaboration with CompareDial, the Motorola Razr 3 will cost €1,149 in Europe. That converts to around $1,200 / £980 / AU$1,730, but more importantly it’s €250 less than the €1,399 launch price of the Motorola Razr 2020.

So while those price conversions are unlikely to be exact, the Motorola Razr 3 will probably be significantly cheaper than the $1,399 / £1,399 (around AU$1,900) launch price of the Razr 2020 in the US and the UK.

In fact, given that Motorola used the same numerical price in both the US and the UK for the last model, it’s possible that this one will be $1,149 / £1,149.

The source adds that the Motorola Razr will apparently only be available in a Quartz Black shade initially, though EvLeaks – another leaker with a great track record – tweeted that it will also be available in Tranquil Blue.

From Techradar

Google Pixel Watch accessories detailed in new leakGoogle Pixel Watch accessories detailed in new leak

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The Pixel Watch itself will come in a single stainless steel case. The default strap included in the box will be the basic soft silicone band that Google showed off in multiple colors during I/O 2022. The other specialty bands will be sold separately, just like Apple Watch bands.

At the higher end, Google is reportedly working on a Milanese-style band for the Pixel Watch. It’s said to feature a stainless steel mesh with a magnetic clasp. There are no images available for the strap, but it’s reportedly very similar to Apple’s Milanese Loop strap. Of course, the Pixel Watch will have its own proprietary mechanism for swapping bands, as Google shows in the video below.

There’s also a link bracelet strap in the making for the Pixel Watch. It’ll reportedly feature a solid metal design with rectangular links connecting to each other. Depending on the production process, this strap could also be a pricey one.

Next up is two different types of leather bands that would also be on the expensive side. They’ll differ in shade, one being darker and the other being lighter.

The more affordable Pixel Watch strap options will apparently include fabric and stretch bands. The latter will be similar to Apple’s braided Solo Loop band, that’s a single piece. The fabric band is said to be more conventional with a clasp mechanism.

It’s unclear if all these band options are Made by Google accessories. However, the Pixel Watch’s customer connector might limit third-party strap options.

From Android Authority

WhatsApp finally lets everyone hide their Profile Photo, Last Seen, and About from specific people

WhatsApp started working on a new privacy setting last year that allowed users to hide their profile photos, last seen, and About info from specific people in their contacts lists. Its availability was limited since it was in beta, but the company has announced that it’s finally rolling out to all its users across the globe on iPhone and Android devices.

From Gsmarena

Apple Silicon Likely to Benefit as TSMC Aims to Launch 2nm Chips by 2025

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TSMC made the announcement at an industry event on Thursday, explaining that its 2nm technology will be based on “nanosheet transistor architecture.” Nanosheet architecture is a totally different chip technology from the FinFET infrastructure used for TSMC’s current 5nm chips, delivering significant performance and efficiency improvements. Apple’s latest chips, such as the M2 and A15 Bionic, are produced with TSMC’s 5nm fabrication process.

TSMC’s first 3nm chips are due to begin production in the second half of 2022. Apple could introduce custom silicon chips based on TSMC’s 3nm process as soon as this year, but other reports claim that the technology is likely to debut with the “M3” and “A17” chips in 2023.

The 2025 timeframe is the first official schedule for the company’s 2nm chip production and is highly likely to be used for future Apple silicon chips. The 2nm fabrication process, also known simply as “N2,” is expected to offer a 10 to 15 percent speed improvement at the same power or a 25 to 30 percent power reduction at the same speed compared to chips made with the supplier’s 3nm technology.

The 2025 timeframe is the first official schedule for the company’s 2nm chip production and is highly likely to be used for future Apple silicon chips. The 2nm fabrication process, also known simply as “N2,” is expected to offer a 10 to 15 percent speed improvement at the same power or a 25 to 30 percent power reduction at the same speed compared to chips made with the supplier’s 3nm technology.

From Macrumors

Snap tests Snapchat Plus, a paid tier for special features and experiments

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Snapchat is testing a paid subscription tier for its social network called Snapchat Plus (or Snapchat+), which would give users early access to experimental features like pinning certain conversations and exclusive icons.

The company hasn’t specified what exact benefits Snapchat Plus users would have, nor where it would be rolling it out. Our questions about these details only received a generic statement in response:

“We’re doing early internal testing of Snapchat Plus, a new subscription service for Snapchatters. We’re excited about the potential to share exclusive, experimental, and pre-release features with our subscribers, and learn more about how we can best serve our community,” a company spokesperson said.

From Techcrunch

Apple Music and other streaming services lost over 1M subscribers in the UK last quarter

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Music streaming services, Apple Music included, lost over 1 million subscribers in the United Kingdom in this last quarter, according to a survey. Younger consumers are the ones dropping subscriptions the quickest.

A report by Kantar shows that over a million music subscriptions have been canceled in the United Kingdom, as people say they want to save money.

With inflation rising to 9% in the United Kingdom and further rises in the cost of living expected, the rising cancellation rates of music subscriptions is evidence that British households are starting to prioritise the spending of their disposable income. Over 1 million subscriptions were cancelled in the last quarter, which has also seen the highest level of consumers citing they want to save money as the reason they want to cancel their subscription, at 37%. This number is up 4% from the same period last year.

According to the survey, Apple Music had 12.4% new subscribers in the UK last quarter. 11.3% in Australia, 6.4% in Germany, and 9.7% in the US. Kantar shows that inflation and the cost of living rising made a “small drop in penetration of total individuals who have access to at least one music subscription.”

From 9to5Mac

Ferrari says 60 percent of its lineup will be electrified by 2026

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Ferrari has announced at an investor presentation that it will 60 percent electrified by 2026, including the EV it promised last year. At that point, 40 percent of its cars will be combustion and 60 percent will be either hybrid or all electric. The eventual aim is to become carbon neutral by 2030, but even then, it will continue to develop internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. 

By 2026, Ferrari will offer “three powertrains with distinctive driving emotions,” it said. It’ll borrow hybrid powertrain tech from its F1 and other racing experience, while its electric engines will be “designed, handcrafted and assembled in Maranello to ensure a unique driving experience also derived from racing solutions.”

From Engadget

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