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Raspberry Pi 400 Keyboard Computer

The British Foundation Raspberry Pi which develops single-board-computer announced on their keyboard computer – the Raspberry Pi 400. Raspberry Pi Foundation is UK-based charity that aim to make computing and digital making accessible and available for people all over the world, by developing low-cost and high performance single-board-computers and free software.

The new Raspberry Pi 400 come as simple compact solution which all the SBC (single board computer) parts are inside the company’s official keyboard and you just need to plug/connect the monitor (HDMI cable), mouse and the power cable and you good to go. The computer come with the quad core processor the Cortex-A72 that running at 1.8Ghz and 4GB Ram compare to 1.5Ghz of the regular Raspberry Pi 4 Model B which announced a year ago.

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Source – Raspberry Pi

At the back of Pi 400 we can find the Pi 4 regular connectors such as micro HDMI connector, USB 3.0, USB-C and even the company’s familiar GPIO connector. More then that the keyboard computer will run Raspberry Pi OS software that based on Linux.

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Source – Raspberry Pi

The new Raspberry Pi 400 is available for $70 and more then that, the company offers a special kit for $100 which include mouse, charger, and official company’s HDMI cable in addition to micro SD card with the Raspberry Pi OS software installed and Raspberry Pi’s guide book that come in the regular kit.

OnePlus Buds Z Announced

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Along with the OnePlus 8T that was announced on October 14th, OnePlus also announced on their new TWS earbuds – the OnePlus Buds Z.

The Buds Z are wireless earbuds that can last around 20 hours.

The new earbuds Buds Z joins to OnePlus Buds series which announced early this year with the OnePlus Nord. The new earbuds come as a cheaper version compared to the original OnePlus Buds. The earbuds won’t come just in white color, it will come also with Steven Harrington’s designs.

The Earbuds will be equipped with:

  • Use 5.0 Bluetooth connection technologic.
  • Water resist under IP55 protocol.
  • Equipped with Bass Boost and support Dolby Atmos.

One the downside of the earbuds is that it won’t come with noise canceling support that became popular among the modern TWS earbuds.

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Source – OnePlus

The new OnePlus Buds Z earbuds will be available starting November 2nd.

The price tag for the white model is $46 while for the Steve Harrington’ designed model is $60.

Apple’s HomePod Mini

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On October 13th, Apple announced along with the iPhone 12 on their smart speaker – HomePod mini, the new edition to apple’s smart speakers’ collection. The new speaker comes with Siri, the voice assist, supports HomeKit protocol and among its many features, there’s the ability to function as smart intercom.

The new speaker comes 3 years after the original HomePod. This product is here to go head to head with the Google’s and Amazon’s smart speakers – Google Nest and Amazon Echo.

HomePod mini comes with sphere design, in black or white color and a touchpad located on top of the speaker for controlling the it. Inside the HomePod, we can find a speaker that aims downward with 360° surround sound technologic.

The speaker will be equipped with the company’s Apple S5 chip that runs Siri and computational audio technologic. It can also function as the “Smart House Brain” which will active any device that support HomeKit. Also, HomePod will come with user recognition system, and the ability (in case you have multi smart speakers) to active all the speakers at same time as a stereo system. In addition, the speaker can function as an indoor intercom.

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Source – Apple

The new Apple HomePod mini will be available for pre-order starting from November 6th with a price tag of $99.

Apple tries to control another section in the gadget world, but we aren’t sure they can do it with this speaker. Yes, the price is very friendly, especially for Apple’s products, but this product is not perfect. One major flaw is that the HomePod Mini doesn’t support Spotify.

The Ryzen 5000 Series

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AMD Announced their new Processors – The Ryzen 5000 series.

On October 8th, AMD Announced on their new generation processors series – the Ryzen 5000 that is based on Zen 3 cores and according to AMD, the new generation processors will be 19% better.

The new series includes 4 new processors. Among them you can find the Ryzen 9 5950X which has 16 cores and 32 threads. All the processors will be available on November.

The Ryzen 5000 line come as the 4th generation of AMD’s Ryzen processors and will replace the Ryzen 3000 series for desktop. The jump between 3000 to 5000
stems from the fact that the Ryzen 4000 series is a mobile/laptop processors line. The Ryzen 5000, according to AMD, is made for gamers.

The New Zen 3 Cores come with 7mm manufacturing process and show improvements of 19% performance then the last generation. We can find in the new processors uses of CCX (Core Complex) with 8 cores and 32mb memory of CacheL3 that is available to all the cores with CCX.

During the announcements, as we said, there are 4 new processors for Ryzen 5000 series.

  • Ryzen 5 5600X with 6 cores
  • Ryzen 7 5800X with 8 cores
  • Ryzen 9 5900X with 12 cores
  • Ryzen 9 5950X with 16 cores.

According to AMD the improvement of IPC in the new processors will increase the game average performances by 26% that run on 1080p compare to the previous generation.

Prices and Specs

  • AMD Ryzen 9 5950X: 16-core, 32 thread, 4.9GHz boost, 72 MB L2+L3 cache, 105W TDP for $799
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900X: 12-core, 24 thread, 4.8GHz boost, 70MB L2+L3 cache, 105W TDP for $549
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800X: 8-core, 16 thread, 4.7GHz boost, 36MB cache, 105W TDP for $499
  • AMD Ryzen 5 5600X: 6-core, 12-thread, 4.6GHz boost, 35MB cache, 65W TDP for $299

The new processors will be available to purchase starting November 5th.

Although AMD’s new graphic card generation series, the Radeon RX 6000, will be announce on October 28th, AMD shared its shape before the announcement.

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iPhone 12 – What Do We Know So Far?

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iPhone 12 is about to be announced on October 13th, after all the leaks that published in the different websites, we can now summarize them all.
** Please consider them as rumors and next week on the announcement we will find out if they were true **

The new iPhone 12 series will be include 4 iPhone versions:
iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone Pro 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

The iPhone 12 and Mini will be more cost friendly while the 12 Pro and Pro Max will be customers who are willing to spend more in order to get the best phones Apple can offer.

New phone color will be interduce – the Navy-Blue color which will replace the Midnight Green color.
The iPhone 12 Max Pro will have special new sensor – LiDAR. This sensor will improve performance for AR apps.

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Source – Youtube/EverythingApplePro

And now the Camera set. Form the leaks we understand that there is improvements on the Night Mode of the camera, larger main photography sensor and sensor-based stabilization with 5 layers of axis on the sensor level. The size of the Sensor will be from 1/3.6 inch to 1/1.9 inch what will improve the Light detection and reduce the digital noises.  

Among those Camera upgrades there will be QuickTake camera mode which support filming Full HD with 60fps compare to 30fps these days.

According to leaks, sadly, for the new buyers of iPhone 12 when you buy the phone, in the box you will find the cable charger and the phone and not the base charger. The charger will be available separately for $50 with better volt power then the old generation (20 volt compared to 18 from previous models).
Another rumors says that Apple might bring back the Touch ID sensor to the power button which mean is that iPhone will have both Face ID and Touch ID.

All the phones will be equipped with the new generation of Apple’s processor the Apple 14.

iPhone 12 Mini

  • 5.4-inch Super Retina OLED Display.
  • Body – aluminum and glass.
  • 4GB RAM and 64 or 256 GB storage.
  • Support 5G.
  • The rear camera will be dual cameras one 12 megapixels and 2nd camera will be ultra-wide lens.

iPhone 12

  • 6.1-inch Super Retina OLED Display.
  • Body – aluminum and glass.
  • 4GB RAM and 128 or 256 GB storage.
  • Support 5G.
  • The rear camera will be dual cameras one 12 megapixels and 2nd camera will be ultra-wide lens.

iPhone 12 Pro

  • 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED Display and 10-bit colors support.
  • Body – stainless steel and glass.
  • 6GB RAM and 128 or 256 or 512 GB storage.
  • Equipped with the new generation of Apple’s processer Apple A14.
  • Support 5G.
  • The rear camera will be dual cameras one 12 megapixels ,2nd camera will be ultra-wide lens and 3rd camera for optical zoom.

iPhone 12 Pro Max

  • 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED Display and 10-bit colors support.
  • Body – stainless steel and glass.
  • 6GB RAM and 128 or 256 or 512 GB storage.
  • Equipped with the new generation of Apple’s processer Apple A14.
  • Support 5G.
  • The rear camera will be dual cameras one 12 megapixels, 2nd camera will be ultra-wide lens, 3rd camera for optical zoom, and the new sensor the LiDAR improve performance of iPhone AR apps.
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Source – phoneArea

Price and availability

The iPhone 12 line will be announced on next week October 13th meanwhile according to the leaks the availability of the phone after it will be like this:

  • iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini models will be available for pre order starting a week from the announcement.
  • iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max models will be available for pre order from November. 

The prices change based on the model and storage sizes

  • iPhone 12 Mini $669 for 64GB and $799 for 256GB.
  • iPhone 12 $799 for 128GB and $899 for 256GB.
  • iPhone 12 Pro $999 for 128GB, $1099 for 256GB and $1299 for 512GB.
  • iPhone 12 Pro $1099 for 128GB, $1199 for 256GB and $1399 for 512GB.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go and Pro X

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Microsoft have announced 2 new Laptops from the successful Surface Series –

  • The Surface Pro X with 13-inch display and Microsoft’s processor ARM – “Microsoft SQ 2”
  • New Surface Laptop Go with 12.45-inch display equipped with Intel’s 10th generation processor – Ice Lake.

The Microsoft Surface Pro X come in 2-in-1 build with pluggable keyboard and will be equipped with the new company processor Microsoft SQ 2 that is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx 5G new processor. The new processor should improve Microsoft’s OS performance (Windows).

According to Microsoft’s site, the Pro X comes with:

  • PixelSense 1920×2880, Aspect ratio: 3:2 and 13-inch display
  • 15 hours of battery work life
  • 8GB or 16GB RAM LPDDR4x
  • Removable SSD storage options: 128, 256, or 512GB
  • Build-in Graphic card Adreno 690

Microsoft Surface Pro X will be available from October 13th and its price should start at $1,499.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go will be a cheapest version of Surface Series and will be equipped with Intel’s 10th gen core i5 processor. The Surface Go would fit best for “work on the go”, as its name hint for. The laptop weighs 2.4 pounds and supports Fast Charging – 80% of the battery will be charged in one hour.

According to Microsoft’s site, the Laptop Go comes:

  • PixelSense 1920×2880, Aspect ratio: 3:2 and 12.4-inch display
  • 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Up to 13 battery work hours
  • eMMC: 64GB or SSD: 128GB or 256GB storage
  • Build-in Graphic card Intel UHD

Microsoft Surface Pro X will be available from October 13th and its price should start at $550.

Dell XPS 13 2020

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The American multinational technology company Dell have announced on 2 new XPS 13 laptops.

Two versions will be available – The regular version and 2-in-1 version. Both versions will be equipped with Intel’s 11th generation processor – Tiger Lake.

The new laptops come with nice features –

  • 13.4-inch FHD+ or UHD+ display
  • Dolby Vision audio technologic system
  • Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • Touch screen can be added
  • 32GB RAM
  • 2 USB-TypeC connectors
  • WIFI 6 (based on Intel’s Killer AX1650)

Image source: Dell

Key differences – Regular version / 2-in-1 version –

  • Storage – 2TB / 1TB
  • Processor – Intel i7-1185G7 / to Intel i7-1165G7
  • Weight – 1.2kg \ 1.32kg

When can you get it?

Both laptops will be available starting September 30th 2020.

Prices:

  • Regular Version: start at $999
  • 2-in-1 Version: start at $1249

Dell also produced a model for developers – XPS 13 Developer Edition that comes with different operation system – Linux (Ubuntu).

HP ProBook

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HP announced their new laptops collection – HP ProBook. The new series is intended for the business section and includes the HP ProBook 600 and HP ProBook 400 series. The notebooks equipped with the brand new Intel’s 11th generation processor – “Tiger Lake” which come with a new build-In graphic card called “Intel Xe”.

The displays of the notebooks will be on 3 different sizes – 13.3, 14 and 15.6 inch screen. For the 14-inch and 15.6-inch models, the customers can upgrade the GPU to Nvidia GeForce MX450 graphic card.

The main different between 400 and 600 series is the RAM max size that the notebook have – 32GB for the 400 and 64GB for the 600 series.

All laptops can be upgraded to Intel Core i7 1165G7 processor and 1TB SSD storage.

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Source – HP

In addition to HP ProBook 400 and HP ProBook 600 series, HP presented a premium laptop which will be called HP ProBook 635 Aero G7. This notebook will be equipped with Ryzen 4000 or Ryzen 4000 Pro processor from AMD.

The ProBook 635 Aero G7 will have 13.3-inch Full HD screen, will weight less than 1kg, the RAM can be upgraded up to 32GB and the storage can be upgraded up to 1TB SSD.

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Source – HP

The new notebook will be able to available for sell starting November.

Prices –

  • HP ProBook 635 Aero G7 price will start $1170
  • HP ProBook 400 G8 series price will start from $729
  • HP ProBook 600 G8 series price will start from $1169

Would You Like To Draw Better?

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A new AI (Artificial Intelligence) tool will help you take a simple face scratch and turn it into a realistic photo.

The new algorithm take simple draws, analyze different aspects of the picture and create a full face image.

Scientists in the Chinese Science Academy in Beijing published a research and revealed an AI algorithm that take simple draws and turn them into a picture full with details.

The algorithm called DeepFaceDrawing, which help users with low drawing skills to produce high quality picture.

This is not the first time that AI is used to create pictures, a tool named Pix2Pix did it (very poorly) before, but the new AI tool looks much more promising than the old one.

The AI tool rely mostly on statistics, instead of demanding a full draw with all the elements, the tool go over all the objects in the data base, which includes faces and face parts, then it decides how to build the best face possible. So the tool analyze each face part first and then combine them all.

In the science paper the researches writes – “Recent deep image-to-image translation techniques allow fast generation of face images from freehand sketches. However, existing solutions tend to overfit to sketches, thus requiring professional sketches or even edge maps as input. To address this issue, our key idea is to implicitly model the shape space of plausible face images and synthesize a face image in this space to approximate an input sketch. Our method essentially uses input sketches as soft constraints and is thus able to produce high-quality face images even from rough and/or incomplete sketches.” 

This is how the program works –

GitLabs Tested Its Employees

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GitLabs, one of the biggest competitors of Microsoft’s GitHub, employs more than 1000 employees and worth about $3 billions.

Most of us, and probably GitLab management, would expect that its employees, which most of them are experienced software developers, would be aware of the cyber threats outside and will know how to safely use the web.

So… According to Gitlab tests, phishing can get even the best!

Phishing is a cyber attack that involves emails, phones, text messages for someone who pretend to be a legitimate organization. In those attacks, the attacker extract personal information.

And back to Gitlab. The company made some very common tests on its workers.

First of all, they purchased a domain named – gitlab.company, set a G-suit account and even had SSL certificate.

GitLab sent personal emails for specific member employees (this attack is called Spear Phishing), and sent an email about upgrading a laptop – something every employee waits for.

This is the mail –

The email, which was sent by the fake IT department look pretty much like a email made by Apple, which supposed to arouse suspicion. At the end of the emails they attached a link to get more details on the replacement.

GitLab’s team left clues that were available in a click of a button –

The results were pretty bad… Out of 50 employees, 17 of them clicked the link, but this is not the bad part… 10 of those 17 employees exposed their credentials in this process.

That being said, 20% of the test subjects handed their credentials to hostile attacker which could lead to major cyber attack on GitLab.

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