LG's New Dual Screen Phone Announced
|LG's New Dual Screen Phone Announced|
|Broadcast Date||FEBRUARY 26, 2020|
LG’s V60 ThinQ 5G offers top specs at less than $1000, Panasonic backs out of Tesla solar panel factory, an exercise machine that perfects your form.
- LG's V60 ThinQ 5G is its third dual screen phone with the second screen in a case that can be separated from the main phone. The V60 has the Snapdragon 865 processor, an improved camera that can handle 8K video and a headphone jack. Both screens are 6.8-inch FHD+ OLED with a small notch. LG and Google apps can span both screens. The 5G is optimized for Sub-6 networks but there will also be a model optimized for mm-wave. On the rear is a 1/1.7-inch sensor 64-megapixel f/1.8 camera which uses pixel binning for 16MP images. The V60 has 128GB storage, 8GB of RAM, WiFi 6 and a 5,000mAh battery. Prices will be announced by carriers but will be less than $1000 when the V60 arrives in the spring.
- Reuters' sources say key Foxconn officials have not yet returned to Chinese factories, working remotely from Taipei. The sources also say delays in supply chain processes by the COVID 19 virus concerns might delay shipments even into the autumn of products like the iPhone that rely on Foxconn's Chinese factories. Foxconn is getting advice on virus prevention from Zhong Nanshan who is credited with finding the correct way to treat SARS 17 years ago. Zhong was recently appointed head of China’s National Health Commission investigation into the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
- Tempo is a 42-inch HD touchscreen with Microsoft's Azure Kinect camera inside to track your exercise form while you take live streaming classes. As you follow the on screen instructions in strength training, cardio, yoga and more, dots on screen plot your movements and instructions appear to help you perfect that form. Classes grade you on your form not total number of reps. The classes cost $39 a month for a subscription and the Tempo cabinet, screen and standard barbell and weights up to 100 pounds costs $1,995. Deposits of $250 are needed to reserve one now, shipping in the summer.
- Panasonic will end its four-year joint venture with Tesla to produce solar cells and modules at a factory in Buffalo, New York. Panasonic's solar manufacturing operations at the plant will cease in May and Panasonic will be out of the factory entirely by September. Tesla plans to continue operations at the factory on its own. Panasonic still works with Tesla on a joint battery cell factory in Reno, Nevada.
- The Brave browser now automatically offers users a link to an Archive.org webpage when the current page is unavailable. Clicking the link takes you to the Wayback Machine where you can scroll through snapshots of the historical record of the page and choose one. The Internet Archive also offers the function in extensions for Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
- The US National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday that a March 2018 fatal crash of a Tesla Model X SUV was caused by a combination of Tesla's Autopilot operating in conditions it couldn't handle and the driver distracted by a game on his phone. The SUV hit a concrete barrier at high speed killing the driver. A cushion at the end of the barrier had been damaged in a previous crash and if replaced might have saved the driver's life. The board made nine recommendations including Tesla prevent Autopilot from operating in conditions it was not designed for and create a more effective method of ensuring driver attention. The NTSB also recommends phone companies lock out distracting phone features when it detects someone is driving.
- Disney's Robert Iger announced he has stepped down as CEO. Iger announced in 2018 that he planned to retire but the announcement Tuesday was unexpected. Disney's Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products, Bob Chapek is the new Disney CEO. Iger will assume the role of executive chairman through 2021 and direct creative endeavors while leading the board.
- Damien Riehl and Noah Rubin wrote an algorithm to determine every possible 8-note 12-beat melody contained within an octave. They released the algorithm under an open source license on GitHub and released the melodies under a Creative Commons "no rights reserved" license on archive.org. The idea is to reduce the number of copyright lawsuits based on simple melodies rather than whole songs.
- The first VC-backed startup in Africa to go public on a major exchange, e-commerce company Jumia, announced it was profitable in gross profit vs. fulfillment expenses though it lost money overall. Jumia operates goods and services in 11 countries and raised revenue 24% in 2019 to €160 million. Annual active customers rose 54% to 6.1 million. Despite a 40% increase in orders in Q4, Gross Merchandise Value for 2019 declined 3% due to phones and electronics.
- Research firm Omdia estimates Apple shipped 46.3 million iPhone XRs in 2019, making it the most popular phone worldwide. The rest of the top 5 in order, was the iPhone 11, Galaxy A10, Galaxy A50, and Galaxy A20. Xiaomi's Red Note 7 was the highest shipping phone not from Apple or Samsung at number 8.
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