Year: 2018

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he has no respect for the SEC in peculiar interview

Earlier this year, explains a voiceover narrating a 60 Minutes interview with Tesla’s brilliant-yet-erratic CEO that aired on Sunday, Elon Musk “began acting … well, weird.”

It was a reference to the billionaire entrepreneur’s rocky 2018, which has included tons of self-inflicted wounds, like his questionable tweets, his spats with regulators, and even an apparent devil-may-care episode of public pot-smoking. One of the most attention-grabbing headlines that seems to have come out of his interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes over the weekend, though, is related to Elon and Twitter. Specifically, to the agreement Elon reached in recent months with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to his August tweet announcing “funding secured” for a privatization of the publicly traded electric carmaker.

One of the terms of Elon’s settlement with the SEC included a mandate that his Tesla tweets get pre-approval before he sends them. Presumably, this was to curtail any spur-of-the-moment tweets like the one that started all this in the first place, and which could inadvertently harm investors.

Yet in this particular back-and-forth with the interviewer, which you can see in the clip above, Elon can barely contain his incredulity over the thought that someone would actually approve what he can and can’t tweet out. None of his tweets have been censored since the settlement, he says, and he also says no one is reading them before they go out. (In fact, in the clip above, you can see him kind of furrow his brows a bit when he’s asked that question — as if to say, ‘Are you serious?’) To top it off, he then acknowledges that he can’t stand the SEC — but that he’s abiding by the settlement.

Here’s a transcript of the exchange:

LESLEY STAHL:  So your tweets are not supervised?

ELON MUSK: The only Tweets that would have to be say reviewed would be if a tweet had a probability of causing a movement in the stock.

LESLEY STAHL: And that’s it?

ELON MUSK: Yeah, I mean otherwise it’s “Hello, First Amendment.” Like Freedom of Speech is fundamental.

LESLEY STAHL: But how do they know if it’s going to move the market if they’re not reading all of them before you send them?

ELON MUSK: Well, I guess we might make some mistakes.  Who knows?

LESLEY STAHL: Are you serious?

ELON MUSK: Nobody’s perfect.

LESLEY STAHL: Look at you.

ELON MUSK: I want to be clear. I do not respect the SEC. I do not respect them.

LESLEY STAHL: But you’re abiding by the settlement, aren’t you?

ELON MUSK: Because I respect the justice system.

As a reminder, the SEC charged Elon with securities fraud after his August tweet declaring his intent to take Tesla private. As part of the settlement with the SEC, he agreed to let Tesla’s board oversee communications relating to the company, which includes tweets.

Also during the 60 Minutes interview, the two discussed the scrutiny he’s brought upon himself as a result of his tweeting, and Elon explains that he

Honor claims to be No. 1 e-brand in China, shows impressive growth globally

While the people were captivated the Honor View 20 announcement – the first phone with a 48MP camera – the Huawei offshoot took the opportunity to show how much it has grown.

It claimed the title of “No. 1 Smartphone E-brand in China” (as in one focused on Internet retail). It topped Xiaomi both in number of phones sold and in generated sales. This is based on the last 9 quarters (so just over 2 years).

Honor also claims 150% growth in the overseas market. It is among the leading brands in Europe and is showing impressive in India and Malaysia.

The Honor View 20 is also the first phone with a punch hole selfie camera to be announced. The actual launch is still a couple of weeks away, but it doesn’t go unnoticed that it’s an Honor phone that debuts this feature rather than one from the mothership Huawei brand (i.e. the nova 4).

Best Wireless Gaming Headsets (2018): PS4, Xbox One, PC, Switch

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Best for Nintendo Switch

SteelSeries

Arctis 3 (with Bluetooth)

(Wired Headset with Mobile Bluetooth) The Nintendo Switch is problematic for gaming headsets. You have to use a 3.5mm wired headset, some annoying dongles, or play while docked into your TV. Chatting is often done through a mobile app on an iOS or Android device—except in some games, like Fortnite. The Arctis 3 Bluetooth isn’t ideal, but it works. You’ll have to connect to your Switch with a wire, but the headset also connects to your phone via Bluetooth for chatting. This headset is comfortable, sounds fantastic, and works with every system (wired) with the added ability to pipe in Bluetooth audio.

This Apple deal is even better than anything we saw on Black Friday

Apple Stores never have good sales. Ever. The closest Apple comes to a decent sale is on Black Friday, when the company offers gift cards with certain purchases. Yeah, it’s beyond lame, which is why we were so happy that other retailers were offering solid deals on Apple devices. The best-selling sale we covered was brand new 128GB iPad tablets on Amazon for $379, which is a healthy discount from their normal $429 price tag. Well guess what: they’re somehow on sale for even less right now on Amazon! Grab one before they sell out and you can snag a new 128GB iPad for just $359. You can also get 32GB iPad tablets for $249.99, which is the same price they were on Black Friday. These deals will both sell out soon, so get in on the action while you still can.

Here’s more info from the product page:

9.7-inch Retina display A10 Fusion chip with 64-bit desktop-class architecture Touch ID fingerprint sensor 8MP camera with 1080p video and 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO Up to 10 hours of battery life Two speaker audio

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Uber launches 24/7 phone line for South African riders and driver

December 10, 2018 • Online & Social, Southern Africa, Top Stories

Uber launches 24/7 phone line for South African riders and driver

Uber has launched a 24/7 phone support for users across South Africa. Passengers and drivers will have a dedicated phone support line, staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To call, Uber users need to simply tap ‘Help’ in the main menu of the Uber app and select the ‘Call’ option to be connected to Uber’s 24/7 support team.

Riders can also contact the Uber support team through the 24/7 in-app messaging feature or visit help.uber.com for frequently asked questions. Drivers can also visit any of the dedicated support centres across South Africa where specialised staff are available to address any questions on how the Uber app works, such as local onboarding questions or to offer support with their document submissions.

In an emergency, riders should still call 10111 or use the Uber in-app emergency button which connects to Uber’s third-party security providers.

Alon Lits, general manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa explains, “Our new 24/7 phone support is the latest in a series of improvements we’re making for both riders and drivers. This follows the new app we’ve introduced for drivers, in-app emergency button as well as Injury Protection cover in the event of an accident On-Trip. We always want to offer the best possible service so we’re going to keep listening to our riders and drivers and make further changes based on their feedback.”

The new 24/7 phone line for riders and drivers follows a number of significant changes that Uber has announced to better support users of the app including:

Partner Injury Protection – In the unfortunate event of an accident On-Trip, drivers and delivery-partners will be covered on the road. Rider Injury Protection – Riders are covered in the unfortunate event of death or disability On-Trip. We extended the cover to now include a contribution towards loss or damage to your personal possessions. Driving Hour Limits – a feature to prevent drowsy driving. This feature prompts drivers to go offline for six straight hours from the app after a total of 12 hours of driving time. New Driver App – We stripped away all the complexity to create an entirely new experience designed to support drivers on every moment of their journey in ways that meet their needs. Safety Toolkit – New innovative features which include Trusted Contacts (riders), Speed Alerts (driver), In-App Emergency Button (riders + drivers).

How to access customer support line

1. Open the Uber app

2. Select the menu button (top left of your screen)

3. Select ‘Help’

4. Select ‘Call Support’ – this will be its own menu option

5. Outbound call is launched

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Two Instant Pots that flew off the shelves on Black Friday are back on sale today

There was a killer sale this past weekend that dropped the compact Instant Pot DUO Mini to its lowest price ever, and thousands of our readers managed to snag one before that deal sold out. Don’t despair if you missed it though, because two new deals popped up on Amazon this morning that’ll save you a bunch of cash on the company’s best-selling multi-use cookers. The $100 Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is Instant Pot’s single best-selling model, and it’s down to $69.95 right now. If you’re looking for something with even more capacity though, the larger 8-quart model is down to $99.95 from its regular price of $140. Both of these deals will sell out soon, so grab one while you still can.

Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time.Product Dimensions: 14.17 x 14.84 x 13.31 inches UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors.Accessories include, stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet Power supply: 120V – 60Hz Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker Duo 8 Quart, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet

Google Pixel 3 Lite XL

6.0″
1080 x 2220 pixels

12.2 MP
8 MP front

Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
Octa-core, 2000 MHz

RAM: 4 GB
MEMORY: 32 GB

Posted: Dec 10, 2018
Market status: Not officially announced
Release date: unknown

Features: Fingerprint Lightweight Thin LTE Waterproof NFC Dual SIM

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Description The Pixel 3 Lite XL model will be identical to Pixel 3 Lite in every way except for size. That means the phone will be powered by the same Snapdragon 670 chipset with 4GB of RAM and 32 GB of native storage. Do you …?

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Compare Display Display size: 6.0 inches Resolution: 1080 x 2220 pixels Pixel density:

Pixel density – The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

Technology:

Technology – There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

Features: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor Camera Rear: Single camera Main camera: 12.2 megapixels Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus Specifications: Aperture size:

Aperture size – The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F1.8 Flash: Video recording: Features: Video calling, Video sharing Front: 8 megapixels Hardware & Performance System chip:

System chip – Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SDM670 Processor:

Processor – The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

Octa-core, 2000 MHz, Kryo 360, 64-bit, 10 nm GPU:

GPU – The graphics processor is important for the smooth operation of the system and especially in games and other applications that may involve complex graphics and animations.

Xiaomi unveils Black Shark Gamepad 2.0, discounts original phone for the holidays

Xiaomi has unveiled version 2.0 of its Black Shark Gamepad and it’s a significant improvement over the original. It costs $90/€80/£70 normally, but you get a 20% discount off that if you bundle it with the original Black Shark phone. That currently goes for €420/£360, €80/£80 off its usual price. Note that the original controller is bundled for free with this phone (and no, the Black Shark Helo isn’t available in the West yet).

Back to the Black Shark Gamepad 2.0. It now has two parts, left and right, that attach no either side of the phone like the Joy-Cons of the Nintendo Switch. These slide onto the protective case that is included with the pack.


Xiaomi Black Shark Gamepad 2.0

The left controller retains the analog joystick, but it also gains four directional controls. On the right controller there’s a trackpad and four buttons. Each controller also has a shoulder button.

The original Black Shark Gamepad

The holiday promo for the €80/£80 discount off the original Black Shark phone lasts until January 4. If you go and leave a review on the official website, you get another €20/£20.

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OWC Launches Drive Dock with USB Type-C: Two SATA Drives, Up to 981 MB/s

OWC has released its new Drive Dock external storage solution that can accommodate two hot-plug-capable HDDs or SSDs. What makes this latest drive dock particularly notable is that it uses a USB Type-C interface, so it can be used with the latest laptops.

OWC’s Drive Dock (OWCTCDRVDCK) with a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 2 interface can house two 2.5 or 3.5-inch SATA drives, supporting both HDDs and SSDs. The dock also supports RAID stripe or RAID mirror modes for extra performance or redundancy. Under the hood, the device uses Via Labs’ VL820 USB 3.1 Gen 2 controller as well as ASMedia’s ASM1151 USB to SATA bridge, with OWC presumably layering software RAID on top of that.

Keeping in mind that the maximum performance a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface can provide is just shy of 1GB/sec, it makes sense to run two SATA HDDs in RAID 0, though two high-performance SATA SSDs will likely be bottlenecked by the interface.

When it comes to compatibility, OWC’s dual drive bay solution should work with all standard SATA HDDs and SSDs. Capacity wise, this means that it can accommodate two 14 TB HDDs providing up to 28 TB of storage space and over 500 MB/s throughput in RAID 0. Alternatively, two SSDs can be used for a combination of maximum performance, or mixing & matching an SSD and HDD.

Also of note in terms of features, the Dual Drive Dock has an internal power supply; so while it does require external power (via an AC cable), it doesn’t require plugging in a bulky external transformer to power the device. The internal power supply also means that OWC has been able to add some frills by allowing each drive bay to be individually powered on and of. All told, the OWC ships the Drive Dock with a USB 3.1 Gen 1 A-to-C cable, a USB 3.1 Gen 2 C-to-C cable, and a power cable.

Being rather simplistic, the OWC Drive Dock for two storage device with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C interface is also a pretty affordable at $119. If populated with two 8 TB HDDs (around $220 these days), the whole storage solution will cost about $560, which is cheaper than Western Digital’s 16 TB MyBook Duo, which retails for $599 and offers throughput of up to 360 MB/s.

Buy OWC Drive Dock w/ USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C on Amazon.com

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‘Doctor Who’ Episode 10: What Season Finale Lacks, TARDIS Fam Makes Up For

This article contains spoilers for “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos,” episode 10 of Doctor Who season 11.

Well, that was a bit disappointing, eh?

After nine weeks of alien intruders, historical figures, and parallel worlds, I expected more oomph from this season’s finale—especially after Chris Chibnall’s (spoiler alert!) Broadchurch series one twist.

Instead, Whovians were treated on Sunday to just another episode in a series of uneven escapades.

Responding to nine distress signals coming from one planet, Team TARDIS meet a conflict-scarred survivor who can’t remember his name and a bleeding heart Ux under the spell of her false god—Tzim-Sha.

That’s right, Tim Shaw is back.

Jodie Whittaker always brings the element of surprise (via BBC)

The toothy villain, last seen fleeing Sheffield for his home planet, landed “halfway across the universe” on Ranskoor Av Kolos.

Mistaken by Andinio (Phyllis Logan) as Ux “creator,” the Stenza warrior was nursed back to health, but confined to the bleak planet by a life support machine.

Over the next 3,000 years, the Ux serve his demands, using their Jedi-like powers to take revenge on those races that humiliated him by shrinking their planets to the size of trinkets on a shelf.

Many have tried—and failed—to fight Tzim-Sha, their ships littering Ranskoor Av Kolos (which translates to “disintegrator of the soul”). Only by tricking Ux Andinio and Delph (Percelle Ascott) into seeing the truth was the ever-clever Doctor able to triumph.

Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Paltraki (Mark Addy) are on a mission (via BBC)

“The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos” is by no means bad: Mark Addy’s turn as the slightly sinister Paltraki (I spent much of the hour sure he’d turn out to be the bad guy) was another guest-star triumph; the Game of Thrones actor brings a certain paternal charm to the team.

And while Yaz was criminally underused this entire series, it was nice to see her and the Doctor team up for an inspiring girl-power rescue.

But where was the heart-pounding action? The edge-of-my-seat excitement? The I-still-tear-up-thinking-of-Rose-and-the-Doctor-parting emotion?

This story—which, just as the series opener, was written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs—comes full circle, giving some closure to Grace’s tragic death in the premiere.

Criminally underused Yaz (Mandip Gill) (via BBC)

But Graham’s steely determination to avenge his wife and kill Tim Shaw felt somewhat out of place, even as a character development. More than just the comic relief, Bradley Walsh is a surprisingly capable actor, often serving as the group’s moral anchor.

So there’s no question of whether he can play vengeful. The question, however, is whether he should.

I did wonder if Graham would actually go through with it; whether he would ignore the Doctor’s warning (pull that trigger and you’re off the team) and become an intergalactic killer (no thanks to Ryan’s saccharine confession).

Ux Delph (Percelle Ascott) is basically a Jedi in training (via BBC)

In the end, something was missing. Something big. Maybe Chibnall’s saving it for

The first Samsung phone with a camera hole in the display is official, but you can’t buy it

The Galaxy S10 phones won’t be the only Samsung handsets to feature an Infinity-O display — that’s a screen with a camera hole at the top. We’ve known for weeks that the Galaxy A8s will be the first Samsung handset to have the novel all-screen, notch-less, design, and the phone is finally here. Don’t get too excited just yet, as the phone isn’t available for sale at this time.

Samsung unveiled the new A-series phone in China, SamMobile reports, and it’s unclear whether the handset will be available in other international countries. Moreover, Samsung didn’t disclose pricing details for the time being.

Image Source: Samsung

However, we do know the specs for the handset, and we finally have official Galaxy A8s pictures for you.

The screen measures 6.4-inches, and it’s a Full HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The camera hole near the top left corner is pretty significant, but it’s smaller than a notch. Well-known Samsung leaker Ice Universe posted the following hands-on images of the phone that show the camera hole in great detail:

On the bottom, there’s a minor bezel, and the sides aren’t curved. The Galaxy S10 is expected to feature curved edges and even slimmer bezels.

The phone features a Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a triple-lens camera on the back with 24-megapixel, 5-megapixel, and 10-megapixel lenses. On the back, there’s also a fingerprint sensor. Comparatively, the Galaxy S10 premium version should have a fingerprint sensor built right into the screen.

Image Source: Samsung

Finally, the Galaxy A8s doesn’t feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is actually surprising for a Samsung phone.

The new Galaxy A8s will be available in blue, green, and silver versions, and preorders will be available online at Samsung’s China store. Huawei is also expected to launch a phone with a similar design in the coming days, and Lenovo has also developed an Infinity-O-like screen design for new phones, recent leaks have shown.

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Liquid Telecom to invest $400m in Egyptian network infrastructure

December 10, 2018 • East Africa, Finance, Top Stories

Group Executive Chairman of Liquid Telecom’s parent company Econet, Mr Strive Masiyiwa , Egyptian ICT Minister Dr Amr Talaat at signing ceremony

Telecom Egypt has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth up to $400 million with the pan-African telecom group Liquid Telecom.

The investment was made during a signing ceremony between the two companies on Saturday 8 December at the Africa 2018 Forum .

This agreement was signed by Ahmed El Beheiry, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Egypt, and Strive Masiyiwa – Group Executive Chairman of Liquid Telecom’s parent company Econet. It was witnessed by Her Excellency Dr. Sahar Nasr, Egyptian Minister of Investment and International Cooperation and His Excellency, Dr Amr Talaat, The Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

Telecom Egypt will use the network to connect Egyptian businesses to the rest of Africa, whilst also partnering with Liquid Telecom to build data centres across Egypt. Following an initial investment of $50m in data centres and cloud services, Liquid Telecom plans to invest an additional $350m in broadband and financial inclusion initiatives, as well as high capacity data centres. These will be similar to some of the best-in-class data centres in South Africa.

Liquid Telecom’s expanding network is almost 70,000km in length and is linked to more than 600 towns and cities in 13 countries across Africa. It is also part of the wider ‘One Africa’ broadband network which has been strongly supported by the African Union leadership and President Kagame, Chairman of the African Union. President El-Sisi welcomed the development as a major milestone in connecting the African continent with Egypt and said he would continue to push the initiative during his tenure next year as Chair of the AU’s 54 nation body.

This follows the signing of a landmark partnership agreement with Telecom Egypt to mark the completion of Liquid Telecom’s award winning ‘Cape to Cairo’ network. This network represents the first direct land-based terrestrial fibre link from Cape Town to Cairo.

The $400 million investment will enable Liquid Telecom to significantly expand its position as a connectivity and cloud solutions provider in North Africa, serving businesses in the region with world-class network and data centre services. Through its data centre offering, Africa Data Centres (ADC), Liquid Telecom is facilitating the growth of Africa’s Cloud by providing a platform for cloud services to be delivered locally in many markets for the first time.

According to the Group Executive Chairman of Liquid Telecom’s parent company Econet, Mr Strive Masiyiwa, the next mission is to complete a link between Cairo and Dakar Senegal through Sudan, Chad, and Nigeria, as well as the rest of West Africa. “We have already crossed Africa from East to West through Sudan and Chad. We are at the Nigerian border and we expect to reach Abuja by the end of January in time for the AU Summit. We want to reach Dakar before President El-Sisi finishes his term,” he said.

Mr Masiyiwa also

Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3 Lite XL 3D renders are here

We saw Google unveiling its 2018 flagships in the beginning of October, but rumors are pointing to Lite variants that are bound to arrive any time soon. OnLeaks and 91mobile released their usual 3D CAD-based renders, suggesting what the final design of the phones could be.

The most prominent feature is the return of the 3.5 mm audio jack which was omitted back in 2017 with the Pixel 2 series.

The Google Pixel 3 Lite will have the same 5.5” screen like the actual Pixel 3 smartphone. The new device will be 151.3 x 70 x 8.2 mm big, with the thickness jumping to 9 mm with the camera bump. The screen will be with HD+ resolution and 18.5:9 tall ratio.


Google Pixel 3 Lite

Early rumors suggested Snapdragon 670 and 4 GB RAM, while the cameras will be 12 MP on the back and 8 MP on the front. Other eventual specs are 32/64 GB storage options, 2,915 mAh battery and of course, Android Pie out of the box.


Google Pixel 3 Lite XL vs Google Pixel 3 Lite

The Pixel 3 Lite XL is different than the current Pixel 3 XL by having an actual top bezel, instead of an obscure-looking notch. This will shrink the screen from 6.3” to 6” in diagonal, but the size of the device will be 160 x 76.1 x 8.2 mm. The screen will be the same as the smaller Pixel 3 Lite – Full HD+ resolution and tall ratio.


Google Pixel 3 Lite XL

The rumor mill has been quiet on actual XL specs, but we expect either the same chipset or the slightly more powerful Snapdragon 710, with camera and storage variants remaining the same. Of course, the battery should grow in size, but these devices are said to come with polycarbonate back panels, meaning no wireless charging and no Pixel Stand compatibility.

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Supernova Red vivo V11 Pro is now official

Two weeks ago we heard about vivo V11 Pro arriving in Red and today the rumors became reality. The company listed the device in its new color, called Supernova Red, on Amazon India. The price is INR25,990 for the 6/64 GB version, which is exactly the same offer as the Dazzling Gold or Starry Night gradient options.

The vivo V11 Pro is called vivo V11 at any other market aside from China where it carries the moniker X21s. The phone has a 6.41” AMOLED screen that comes with UD fingerprint scanner and a small waterdrop notch for the 25 MP selfie camera. There are two memory options of the Snapdragon 660-powered device – 6/64 GB and 6/128 GB.

The price of the Supernova Red vivo V11 Pro is INR25,990, which is around $365/€320. It can be purchased right away from Amazon India and vivo’s e-store, and it arrives with various gifts like cashback or Bluetooth headphones.

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Google’s new Pixel 3 XL sale comes right in time for Christmas

Google’s Pixel 3 phones are expensive smartphones, but Google and its partners ran several promotions in the weeks leading to Black Friday, discounting the new phones by several hundreds of dollars. If you weren’t able to take advantage of any of those deals, you’ve got one more shot, although the savings won’t be as significant.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are hardly the most exciting phones of the year. We’ve got phones that look a lot better, as well as phones that are even faster than Google’s new handsets. Not to mention that Google has had to fix several issues with the Pixel 3 phones including a performance issue that was only recently patched up.

That said, the new Pixel phones are still the only Android phones to run Google’s version of Pie, and they’ll always be updated to the latest operating system the fastest. On top of that, the Pixel 3 phones feature great cameras that are better than many alternatives out there. The Pixel 3 also packs a low-light photography mode that’s not available on other devices, iPhone included.

With all that in mind, you should know the Pixel 3 is going to be $100 cheaper to buy until December 22nd. If you’re going for the Pixel 3 XL instead, then you’ll save $150. All you have to do is head over to the Play Store to take advantage of the new Pixel 3 sale.

If you’re shopping for other Google gear this Christmas, you should also know that Google has plenty of other sales on Home, Chromecast, and Nest gadgets, all valid through December 24th:

Save $30 on Google Home Save $50 on Google Home Max Save $20 on the Home Hub Save $10 on Chromecast Ultra Save $100 on Home Hub + Nest Indoor Camera Save $100 on Home Hub + Nest Outdoor Camera Save $100 on Home Hub + Nest IQ Indoor Camera Save $100 on Home Hub + Nest IQ Outdoor Camera Save $100 on Home Hub + Learning Thermostat Save $100 on Home Hub + Thermostat E Save $100 on Home Hub + Nest Hello Image Source: Zach Epstein, BGR