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Sony’s new $5,000 hologram display, and more tech news you need to know today

Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Friday, 16 October 2020.

1. Sony is trying to bring holograms to the world (again)

Sony's new $  5,000 hologram machine

Not for the first time, a major industry player is working on making holograms happen.

Sony’s new idea is a $ 5,000 15.6-inch display, built on a metal wedge, with stereoscopic 3D.

  • It’s called a Spatial Reality Display or ELF-SR1, and places like The Verge and Engadget had them arrive from Sony to test out.
  • It’s not new, as such. The effect has been used in 3D TVs and so on, but generally always fallen short of being more like a fun feature rather than truly useful for most people, even professionals.
  • But this is without glasses, which is a bonus.
  • Looking Glass also sells one, for $ 3,000, though it’s a little bit different.

What it does:

  • The Verge: “I plugged it into a powerful gaming computer, and fired up the first demo. A tiny, intricately detailed Volkswagen Atlas materialized in front of my face — and when I pressed a button, it floated right up out of the screen. A couple minutes later, I was watching a 4-inch tall anime girl dance her heart out inside Sony’s contraption, tapping her feet atop a floor of hexagonal mirrors. It’s the magic of stereoscopic 3D.”
  • Sony’s camera tracks your face and eyes, making real-time adjustments as you look at models, pictures, and so on.
  • It’s by no means perfect. It works for one viewer only, and it’s really an in-person effect only, not really demonstrable in our 2D world.
  • The Verge suggests the 3D illusion can be broken as you lean in too far, or move sides.
  • And people who witnessed it at the time, all the way back at CES, weren’t overly impressed, including my own colleagues here.
  • But things have evolved! And while I doubt anyone interested purely in consumer technology is lining up to buy (me included, I’ll leave it well alone) it might be something for engineers, scientists, architects, animators, and content creators in Hollywood and so on.
  • Sony has released an SDK for both Unreal and Unity.
  • Somewhat enjoyably, Sony will show this off at a virtual demo sign up on October 22nd at 3pm ET, but the 3D effect can’t really be shown so… who knows what we’ll see?

2. Samsung mocks Apple’s lack of charger, but how long until it backpedals? (Android Authority).

3. Google is finally going to close out Hangouts sometime in 2021. Chat will become Hangouts. Chat is part of Gmail. Hangouts disappears. Got it? (Android Authority).

4. Google Search is getting new AI tools to decipher your terrible spelling (The Verge).

5. Early iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro AnTuTu benchmarks are at odds with Apple’s claims for the A14 Bionic. Better, yes, but not 50% better? Will wait for more official benchmarks (notebookcheck.net)

6. This is really interesting: Microsoft will give GameStop a share of Xbox’s digital revenues, which is, I think, unprecedented. And proves that physical retail is important enough that even Microsoft feels compelled to support it. We don’t know the magnitude of GameStop’s cut, either. (Ars Technica).

7. Sony gives in-depth look at PlayStation 5 UI in new video. 11 minutes of menus would normally not be interesting, but Sony’s new interface is much busier than the sparse PS4 (The Verge).

8. Twitter updates its ‘Hacked Materials’ policy after NY Post controversy (Engadget).

9. “I cannot in good faith recommend this Japanese desk tent”. The video is the kind of deadpan dry humor I needed (Gizmodo).

10. There’s “an email to a former board member” doing the rounds of VC Twitter and it is excruciating to read (Twitter).

11. The dire working conditions for Ring’s call center employees in the Philippines (NBC).

12. Old Faithful might not survive global warming (Earther).

13. “What’s older than we think?” (r/askreddit).

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Best of Android is back for a 2020 mid-year showdown, and more tech news today

Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Monday, July 13.

1. The Best of Android: Mid-2020 is here!

My colleagues at Android Authority have been toiling away in the lab and behind the scenes seeking to bring you a guide to the best Android phones of 2020, in a mid-year review.

Previously a once-a-year-winners list, the new mid-year guide looks at all phones released in 2020 thus far, by “removing any uncertainty by subjecting the best smartphones of today to a battery of unique tests that can definitively separate the real deal from the hype machine.”

And there’s more to the story this time around:

  • By now, most people understand that the overall experience they get from their phone is more than megapixel count, battery size, or how fast it charges.
  • In 2020, we all know that phones are better than ever, but the intangibles around value, software stability, after-sales service, mainstream availability, are equally important. If you can’t buy it, it’s not much good sitting on the top step of a podium.
  • And this time around, the data results haven’t been framed by third-party benchmarking tools, which can lead to clever tricks or cheating by maker. Instead, all of the performance and battery data used in Best of Android: Mid-2020 has been sourced from a custom version of Speed Test G, cooked up by Gary Sims himself.

The details cover lots of ground, offering a look at all key aspects of a phone. Here’s how it’ll shake out:

  • Sunday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Audio (live now)
  • Monday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Display (later today)
  • Tuesday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Battery
  • Wednesday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Performance
  • Thursday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Camera
  • Friday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Value
  • Saturday: Best of Android: Mid-2020 overall winner (Editor’s Choice)
  • Sunday: Voting starts for the Best of Android: Mid-2020 Reader’s Choice winner.

  • Sunday’s Audio award went to the LG V60 (above), thanks to its headphone jack and 32-bit Quad DAC which impressively powers just about any headphones you might have, all the way to low impedance headphones.
  • Without getting too far into audiophile territory, with improving support for better codecs, aptX, HD/LDAC support, and even FLAC decoding, surprisingly decent audio quality is becoming more common.
  • The overall takeout: audio quality is better than it ever has been for most smartphones.

Display: As I write, the Display category winner has just been revealed.

  • Display tests for clarity, color accuracy, gamma, and quality revealed that OLED devices still rule the roost, with not a single LCD in the top-ranks.
  • Top three? The OnePlus 8 Pro, 2020 Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra flagships, and the Huawei P40 the top three.

2. Somehow, 125W charging is coming this week. The idea is you’ll be able to get to 100% charge in 15 minutes, which is crazy. Very interested in how the battery chemistry can handle the heat generated, and how this affects the overall lifespan (Android Authority). Also, there’s a demonstration of 120W charging from iQoo (beware the audio is super loud).

3. You told us: Even with smart TVs, you’re mostly using streaming dongles (Android Authority).

4. Lenovo Yoga X: an Android tablet that can also be a second screen? (Android Authority).

5. One of the shocks on Friday was that Amazon had banned TikTok from phones accessing Amazon email accounts for security reasons. Within hours, though, Amazon issued a retraction and said the whole thing was in error. I’ve talked to a bunch of people who only saw the original headline and assumed it’s still true. Which it isn’t. For now. (The Verge).

6. Google has announced a $ 10 billion ‘Google for India Digitization Fund’ to help accelerate India’s digital economy (blog.google). On that note: Digital payment transactions in India reached an all-time high in June, as people avoid handling banknotes amid the coronavirus pandemic (Bloomberg).

7. Here’s a website that allows you to experience what it is like to live with dyslexia (geon.github.io)

8. The four biggest announcements from Ubisoft’s not-E3 event: FarCry 6, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, more (The Verge). Also: Three Ubisoft executives leave amid misconduct allegations (Engadget).

9. Why is this copy of Super Mario Bros. worth a record $ 114,000? (Ars Technica).

10. How to trick your brain to remember almost anything (Wired).

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The 6 best air fryers – Start making your favorite meals healthier today

Cosori Smart Air Fryer

Air frying has provided a healthier alternative to many favorite foods like fried chicken and french fries. When you air fry foods, they get a crispy exterior solely by circulating powerful hot air. Plus, air frying foods can be quicker than cooking foods in a traditional oven. Take a look at some of the best air fryers you can buy right now.

The best air fryers 

Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 

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The Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 appliance can air fry, pressure cook, bake, and more. Though its air frying capability is definitely one of its top functions.

This air fryer has TenderCrisp technology that allows you to cook food quickly and still get crispy results. Using a whole chicken as an example, you first pressure cook it to lock in the juices. Then, you use the air frying capability to get that crisp, golden brown coating on the outside.

Cleaning up is super easy with the Ninja Foodi 7-in-1. Both the 5 quart ceramic coated pot and the 3 quart crisp basket are nonstick and dishwasher safe.

Regularly $ 179.99, it’s currently available for $ 129.00.

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COSORI Smart WiFi Air Fryer 

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The COSORI Smart WiFi Air Fryer is a fantastic option if you want an air fryer that connects with your mobile device or Alexa’s voice commands. You can download the VeSync app to control your device and gain access to over 100+ recipes. Or you can pair it with Alexa and utilize voice commands to control it. Either of these options gives you the ability to remotely control and monitor the progress of your meals.

See also: Using lockdown to eat healthier: Cosori Smart Air Fryer review

Or, if you want to stay with your food while it’s cooking, the display is ergonomically angled so you can view and change the controls without bending over.

You can currently pick up a COSORI Smart WiFi Air Fryer for $ 119.99. It comes in black, red, and white, and the beautiful, minimalist design looks great on any counter.

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Breville Smart Oven Air 

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The Breville Smart Oven Air ensures fast and even heat distribution with its smart convection technology. It also has Element iQ, which makes sure the cooking power stays where it needs to be: above and below your food for the best results. You can air fry french fries, fried chicken, and more. Plus, you can also dehydrate up to four trays of fruits or other foods.

This air fryer has a large 1 cubic foot interior, so you have plenty of room to cook large dishes. You can toast 9 slices of bread or even fit a 9×13 inch pan. If you’re cooking for a large family or constantly meal-prepping for yourself, this is a great option.

The Breville Smart Oven Air is currently available for $ 399.99.

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Philips TurboStar Air Fryer

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The Philips TurboStar Air Fryer is great for quick cooking. It uses TurboStar technology to make sure all your food is exposed to constantly circulating heat. This means you don’t have to stir or turn your food while it’s cooking. Plus, you don’t have to wait for it to preheat either. It’s instantly hot and ready to use.

You’ll have access to over 200 recipes on the Airfryer recipe app and a free physical recipe booklet to get you started. Also, Philips boasts that clean up takes less than 90 seconds. Both the removable nonstick drawer and the food basket are dishwasher safe and super easy to clean.

Regularly $ 199.95, you can currently pick up a Philips TurboStar Air Fryer for $ 179.00.

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GoWISE Air Fryer 

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The GoWISE Air Fryer makes a sleek statement on your countertop, and still gives you 5.8 quarts of cooking space. It comes in plum, red, black, and white, so you can choose one that truly fits your style. It’s outfitted with an advanced touch screen menu that has 8 cooking presets and is easy to use.

In addition to air frying foods, you can also bake, grill, and roast with minimal oil. The air frying basket is equipped with a cool touch handle and a button guard to prevent accidentally detaching the basket. This allows you to safely remove the basket when you want to shake or toss the contents.

See also: The best smart kitchen tech products you can buy

Like a few of the other options, you’ll receive a recipe book with 50 recipes specifically designed for this air fryer. And you’ll have access to a recipe app as well.

Regularly $ 92.75, the GoWISE Air Fryer is currently available for $ 77.04.

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Cuisinart Air Fryer 

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Cuisinart’s Air Fryer is also a convection toaster oven, so it can stay on your counter for multiple uses throughout the day. In addition to air frying and convection baking, it can also broil, warm, and toast.

Its 0.6 cubic foot nonstick interior can fit up to 6 slices of bread or a 12-inch pizza at one time. If you’re looking for a more compact option that offers you multiple cooking functions, this is perfect for you. Plus, Cuisinart is a highly reputable brand when it comes to kitchen equipment.

Regularly $ 199.99, you can pick up the Cuisinart Air Fryer for $ 159.99 right now.

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iPhone SE 2020 reviews point to just one small hitch, and more tech news today

Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Thursday, April 23. 

1. iPhone SE 2020 reviews: it’s great, not a battery beast

Last week I said the iPhone SE 2020 was good enough for most people. I can now add easily.

Now iPhone SE 2020 reviews are out, and the summary is compelling and remarkably similar across different reviews: Apple’s new small phone is a smash at $ 399.

  • It’s not perfect, it’s by no means better than the iPhone 11, and it’s not an upgrade for most people.
  • For those considering upgrading, it’s a phone without many compromises, especially for Apple.

Normally I’d linger on interesting review points or disagreements, but the reviews keep saying the same thing, with lots of high marks and star ratings:

  • The biggest improvements over the iPhone 8 come from the A13 chip, notably in a better camera. While there’s just one 12MP lens, like the Pixel 3a, it’s very capable of shooting good if not wonderful shots. The main downside is that there’s no low-light camera mode.
  • Other than that, the size and form factor appeal to many. The giant bezels are tired and don’t really make the most of the device, but many reviewers point out that this just feels normal for those with older iPhones already looking to upgrade.
  • Also, fast LTE (without 5G) and Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, plus wireless charging.
  • Focusing on battery life for a second: most rated it good, not great. It lasts a day but, for example, instead of coasting home with 40% battery life to spare, you might be down to 20%. All other iPhones in Apple’s range do better. CNET reckoned battery life was great based on battery tests, Wired was more pointed in explaining real-life usage examples that led to needing to charge more than once a day.
  • If I bought one, I’d recommend a battery pack case, but they’re not yet made for the iPhone SE 2020 per Apple.com listings, so third-party is your answer for now.
  • The Verge recommended paying $ 50 more to upgrade from 64GB storage to 128GB, noting overall that the iPhone SE is a great deal and a great smartphone.
  • The reviews are so positive you almost need to remember what you get when paying double for premium smartphones: better and more versatile cameras, bigger more brilliant screens for multimedia, longer-lasting devices, 5G for super-fast wireless networking, and more in the box, like fast-charging.
  • Devices like the S20 range, LG V60, or the OnePlus 8, or indeed the iPhone 11 feel more like computers in your pocket, while the iPhone SE is a capable smartphone.

2. The Motorola Edge launched yesterday on schedule and everything we thought we knew was about right: this new flagship looks like it can keep up with the best from Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and others, but at $ 1000, and locked down with Verizon in the US. It looks promising in terms of what a good phone may be, but there are no reviews yet, just hands on. Oddly, no details yet on global pricing. Full reviews to come (Android Authority).

4. What if your smart speaker could react to sounds in your home? For example, a doorbell ringing, or microwave ding (Android Authority).

5. A new zero-click, zero-day critical iPhone and iPad bug may be under active attack. Patch coming. Until then, “disable Mail on your iThing,†writes The Register.

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Speaker deals: Bose, JBL, and Ultimate Ears all on sale today

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The best types of speakers are the ones that you can save money on, and there are a number of great speaker deals across the web today. We’ve rounded up some of the best deals from Amazon, Dell, and JBL to help you save on a variety of different speakers.

For starters, you can head on over to eBay and pick up the Bose SoundTouch 10 Wireless Speaker for $ 99.95 ($ 100 off). The smallest one-piece wireless speaker from Bose delivers room-filling sound and can be controlled from the app.

On Amazon, you can save money on the Bose Home Speaker 300 or the Home Speaker 500. The Bose Home Speaker 300 is $ 199 (23% off) and the Home Speaker 500 is available for $ 299 ($ 100 off). Both options include built-in Alexa voice integration and the Home Speaker 500 also has a display to show your music. You can check out all three speakers with the widgets below:

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If you’re not looking to join the Bose brigade you can head on over to Dell for 60% savings on the UE Wonderboom Mini Bluetooth Speaker. You can pick one up for just $ 37.98 ($ 62.01 off) and enjoy the peak portability and waterproofing capabilities.

UE Wonderboom Mini Limited Edition
Take your music on the go with the portability and battery power of the UE Wonderboom Mini. You can listen for up to ten hours in any conditions thanks to the waterproofing technology.

Finally, if you’re on the hunt for a full-sized cinematic audio experience you can stop by JBL and check out the JBL Cinema 610. You can pick up the whole set which includes an eight-inch 60W subwoofer and five satellites for $ 149.95 (63% off). Check out the details via the widget below:

JBL Cinema 610 Speaker System
Experience an in-home cinematic sound setup. The JBL Cinema 610 packs an eight-inch subwoofer and five satellite systems for powerful surround sound in all of your favorite games and movies.

This is a perfect opportunity to save with a variety of speaker deals but the savings won’t last long. Check out the widgets before the deals disappear.

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Android 6.0.1 arriving on Nexus devices today, includes new emoji

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We already knew that a ton of new emoji were slated to hit Android devices sometime soon, thanks to a recent tweet from Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior VP of Android, Chrome OS, and Chromecast at Google. As it turns out, the new emoji are arriving on Nexus devices starting today, as part of the update to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

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The biggest change in the update to 6.0.1, according to Ars Technica, is the addition of over 200 new and revamped emoji based on Unicode 8. Mainly, the poop emoji has been redesigned, and all of the odd pink body parts that appeared in past emoji packs have now been turned to a yellow skin tone. A full list of the new and revamped emoji can be found at Unicode’s website. Adding new emoji to the Google Keyboard application actually requires a full system update. Although the Google Keyboard app can be updated on its on in the Play Store, fonts are tied to the system itself, hence the need for a full update.

Android 6.0 marshmallow logo DSC_0126See also: Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates roundup – December 4, 201575

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Additionally, Android 6.0.1 brings a change for the nav bar on Android tablets. According to Ars, the buttons are no longer centered. The back and home buttons now sit on the left side, while the overview (recent apps) button sits on the right. This is obviously a move to help tablet users more easily reach the buttons, but it does look quite odd a first glance.

Android 6.0.1 is also being counted as the monthly security update for the month of December, so users can also expect a number of security fixes and performance improvements in this update.

As was the case with Android 6.0, the update should be available for the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 9. We’ll be sure to update you as we learn more.

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Deal: PNY memory cards are up to 60% off on Amazon today


There’s no such thing as having too much memory on your mobile device, especially when some smartphones are still coming to market with a mere 16 gigabytes of on-board storage. If you happen to have a smartphone or tablet that supports expandable memory, you won’t want to miss out on Amazon’s latest Deal of the Day.

Specifically for mobile users, select PNY microSD cards are available for up to 60% off for today only. You can pick up a PNY 128GB microSD card for only $ 39.99, which is a massive 60% off the normal price. Additionally, the 32GB and 64GB microSD cards are available for $ 9.99 (50% off) and $ 18.99 (53% off), respectively.

Not interested in microSD cards? No need to worry – there are also a number of other PNY memory products on sale today, including full size SD cards, USB 2.0 and 3.0 flash drives and portable battery packs.

Interested in seeing all of these deals in one place? Follow the link attached below.

With the holidays just around the corner, these SD cards will make the perfect gift for anyone looking for more storage in their devices. If you’re interested in other mobile deals, we’ve also rounded up some of the best Black Friday 2015 promotions available this year, which you can find at the link below.

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Lollipop is rolling out to the AT&T LG G2 today

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Not more than a few hours ago, we told you that T-Mobile’s LG G2 was beginning to see Lollipop. Whether it’s a coincidence or not, AT&T has also started pushing out the Lollipop update to its version of the G2. The update, which will bring your software version up to D80020y, weighs in at 721MB.

Android 5.0.1 Lollipop will bring a number of notable changes, both aesthetic and under the hood. Once you update your device, you’ll notice a cleaned up notification panel, new Settings menu and updated Lollipop-style softkeys to coincide with the other enhancements Google’s Material Design brings to the table. A bevy of performance enhancements are also present in the update, including the switch to the Android Runtime (ART), and new security features like Smart Lock. Among others, you’ll also see a new Priority Notifications mode and actionable lock screen notifications. AT&T also says the following applications will be removed along with the update: Browser Bar, Famigo, AT&T Code Scanner and Beats Music.

This update is just beginning to roll out today, so it might be a few days until you see it come to your phone. If you’d like to check manually, you can do so by heading to System settings>General>About phone>Software information>Check now. Be sure to let us know in the comment section when you get the update!

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Deal: get Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones for 46% off today on Amazon


Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Audio heads take note – Amazon’s selling the black and white versions of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x for $ 129.00, which is 46% off their regular price.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x come in black and white and pack some excellent specifications. These “professional studio monitor headphones” come with 45 millimeter drivers, swiveling circumaural earcups, and detachable cable. Highly praised by multiple reviewers, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x have also impressed Amazon buyers, as their 4.7 average review score shows. In fact, these headphones are the best-sellers in the monitor category.

At $ 129, the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are $ 110 off their Amazon list price and probably the cheapest you can find them anywhere right now.

This being a Gold Box Deal, the promo is valid until tonight at midnight PT. Happy shopping!

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