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Dyson won't make an EV, but Toyota's adding a plug to its hybrid RAV4 and has given the fuel cell-powered Mirai a stylish makeover. Also, there's an upgraded OnePlus smartphone coming to some of you, and ESPN is finally jumping into 4K. It's Friday.
OnePlus' mid-year smartphone update takes the impressive OnePlus 7 Pro and adds an even more powerful processor and faster charging -- de rigueur for 2019 phone updates, it seems. The new OnePlus 7T Pro features Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 Plus mobile chip and comes with a new 30T Warp Charge power adapter. According to OnePlus, that can get the 7T Pro to approximately 68 percent charge in 30 minutes.
There's the same triple camera array, made of a 48-megapixel f/1.7 main camera (with optical stabilization), 8-megapixel f/2.4 3x-zoom telephoto camera and a 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide camera. The selfie cam is in a pop-up unit to keep the phone pretty much all screen. Alas, there are no plans for the OnePlus 7T Pro or its 12GB/256GB McLaren Edition variant to come to the US. Instead, they're headed to the EU, China and India. The OnePlus 7T Pro will be available in the UK starting on October 17th for £699, roughly $870.
Ahead of the LA Auto Show, Toyota announced that the RAV4 would get the plug-in hybrid treatment. Like most automotive teases ahead of a major event, it didn't tell us much about the upcoming vehicle. There's no word on price, range, battery size, etc. The automaker also announced that all 2020 models and beyond -- hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fuel-cell vehicles -- would get a battery warranty upgrade from eight years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first).
Alex Garland deconstructed the Turing test with Ex Machina and tormented our psyches with a horrifying alien invasion in Annihilation. Now he's tackling free will vs. a deterministic universe in Devs.
Sure, this combo-device version of Dell's XPS 13 could do with a few more ports, but according to Devindra Hardawar, it's even better than the standard version. Packed with a 10th-generation Intel CPU and graphics, it's even powerful enough to handle some 3D gaming. The revamped Maglev keyboard fits in its skinny frame without being frustrating to use (we're talking about you, Apple, and your butterfly keys), and the battery kept it running for 14 hours in our test.
Our review unit featured a 10th-gen Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1080p screen for $1,597. That's around $200 more than a similarly specced XPS 13, but the sophisticated design and option for use as a tablet might be worth it.
ESPN confirmed that Saturday night's college football matchup between Florida and LSU will be the first one it ever broadcasts live in native 4K resolution. It's planned at least six games to air that way, sponsored by Samsung, but unfortunately it's not streaming them through the ESPN or Samsung apps. TV providers need to sign up for them, and so far the only one with a deal is DirecTV. Hopefully that list grows soon so more of us can watch the BCS National Championship Game in January using the 4K feed ESPN has planned.
Less than a day after Apple sparked controversy by removing a Hong Kong protest app, the company's CEO Tim Cook has defended the decision. At least, internally. In a letter posted internally, Cook said that the app was being used "maliciously to target individual officers for violence". Such behavior violates Apple's App Store guidelines.
However, it's not so clear cut. Critics argue that the app does not actually show the location of individual officers and apps like Waze, which crowdsources information about police locations, remain on the App Store.
Toyota's new Mirai looks amazing and the automaker is targeting a 30-percent increase in range thanks to advances in the powertrain and larger capacity hydrogen storage tanks. Toyota just hopes it'll be able to sell this car in more places than the current locales of California and the island of Oahu.
But wait, there's more...
- Pixelbook Go leak reveals its ribbed back, full specs
- A worldwide material shortage is delaying cassette production
- What we played in October: 'Untitled Goose Game' and 'What the Golf?'
- Google wants to reduce Stadia lag with 'negative latency'
- Dyson ends its electric car project
- Waymo is close to offering autonomous rides with no backup driver
- SpaceX Crew Dragon could fly astronauts to the ISS in early 2020
- Donald Trump is the newest Twitch streamer
- NASCAR could introduce hybrid race cars by 2022
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