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New leak shows Google’s Nest Mini comes with a wall mount

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We’re less than a day away from the start of Google’s 2019 fall hardware event, but that doesn’t mean the leaks have to stop. WinFuture‘s Roland Quandt, a frequent leaker with a solid track record, just shared official-looking images of Google’s upcoming Nest-branded Home Mini refresh.

Most notable about today’s leak is that it doesn’t look like the Nest Mini features a 3.5mm headphone jack. Back when information about the Nest Mini first started making the online rounds, at least one report suggested Google would add an auxiliary port for external speakers. For whatever reason, it doesn’t look like Google has decided to go down that route.

Otherwise, the new photos nearly confirm everything else we’ve heard about the Nest Mini going into tomorrow’s event. Hard to miss is the new groove on the back of the device for mounting it against a wall. Besides the new mounting mechanism, Quandt says the device features the same dimensions as the current Home Mini.

Google Nest Mini leak shows the subtle changes from the Home Mini

Most of the intrigue ahead of Google’s hardware event Tuesday in terms of what new products and designs the tech giant will reveal has essentially disappeared, now that we know most of the key details about what will be unveiled — including the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, a new Pixelbook, and a new Nest Wi-Fi, among others devices.

Nevertheless, in these final hours ahead of the October 15 “Made By Google” event, which gets underway at 10 a.m. Eastern in New York, the rumors and leaks are still trickling out. Like this one: The design of the Nest Mini that Google is expected to unveil tomorrow was leaked on Monday.

An announcement confirming the Nest Mini is believed to be coming Tuesday as a successor to Google’s Home Mini from two years ago. Thanks to the leak as reported by WinFuture, however, it seems that Google has decided to ensure this speaker looks remarkably similar to the previous generation of the product. In fact, other than the new Nest branding, the only things that are visibly new when it comes to the Nest Mini’s look and feel seem to be a new power connector and the hole that allows it to be mounted on a wall.

Here’s one of the images showing the new design WinFuture published Monday:

In terms of other key details to know, it seems that the color options will include light blue, coral, black, as well as gray. Per WinFuture, Bluetooth has also been upgraded to 5.0. Presumably, any other significant updates and tweaks will be in the form of things you can’t see, such as audio and perhaps other aspects of the user experience, so we’ll have to wait and see what Google acknowledges Tuesday along those lines.

Meanwhile, check out our earlier reporting to get a rundown of some of the other announcements expected Tuesday, including the new Pixelbook and the Pixel 4.

Image Source: Olly Curtis/Future/Shutterstock

Harley-Davidson suspends LiveWire production over a charging glitch

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Harley-Davidson has suspended the production and delivery of its LiveWire electric motorcycles. During final tests, the company discovered a problem related to the vehicle’s charging equipment. The company told The Wall Street Journal that tests to pinpoint the issue are progressing well, but it did not say when production will resume.

Customers who have already purchased LiveWires can continue to ride the bikes, but Harley says they should only be charged with the professional ChargePoint chargers available at its dealerships. Customers should not attempt to charge the motorcycles at home.

Harley has been talking about its electric bike since 2014, and it hopes that going electric will appeal to a new generation of motorcyclists. Still, since this is Harley’s first electric motorcycle, it’s a bit of a gamble, and a glitch like this is not something you want in a $30,000 purchase.

Source: The Wall Street Journal Coverage: CNBC In this article: charging, dealership, electric, electric

Get a sleek mouse pad with a built-in fast wireless charger for $19

You need a mouse pad. You need a wireless charger. Since you need both of them and there’s no way around it, why not kill two birds with one stone? As the name suggests, the Zofine 2-in-1 Fast Wireless Charging Mouse Pad combines both of these must-have products into a single device. It looks great and it’s nice and comfortable, plus it costs less than you would pay for most normal wireless chargers!

Here’s the scoop from the product page:

【Mouse Pad + Fast Wireless Charging】2 in 1 Design – Combined mouse pad and QI wireless charging station function into one. Simple charge and very thin, easy to carry out. 10W fast charging mode only for those Device which support 10W(like: Samsung Galaxy S9 S8 S7 etc.).Charge your Qi-compatible devices, no need to plug your phone into a wall charger or USB port.Less damage for your device.Note: The device can be charged immediately as long as you put the corresponding Qi device on the corresponding position of the wireless charger( where there is just only Zofine lable area can charge) 【Elegant Mouse Pad 】 The non-slip base and PU leather surface mouse pad features dust-proof,waterproof properties.It would be better take off your phone case before charge.(No metal/magnetic/iron case,etc.) 【Safe & Reliable】 Built-in over-voltage, under-voltage, temperature control, surge protection and short-circuit protection system provides ultimate safety for your smartphone. NOTE, PLEASE DO NOT PLUG INTO THE COMPUTER OR LAPTOP TO CHARGE, it would charge very slow for your device. 【Compatibility】 Compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 8/ 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 edge, S6, S6 edge, S6 edge plus, Note 5, Google Nexus 4/5/6 and etc.(NOTE: Samsung S9/S9 Plus OEM AC adapter CANNOT SUPPORT fast wireless charging,pls use other QC3.0/2.0 adapter),most Qi-enabled devices.18 months warranty. Note:Pls use the fast AC adapter to charge it !

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HP Unveils Chromebox Enterprise G2: A Chrome OS-Based Business Desktop

Business and enterprise desktops is an interesting market recently – on the one hand, because extended support for Windows 7 nears its end early in 2020, multiple companies are eager to buy new PCs; on the other hand, margins are low and competition between suppliers is cut-throat. To minimize competition, HP has released one of the industry’s first Chromebox for Enterprise: a UCFF desktop PC for frontline workers, call centers, shared spaces, kiosks, or digital signage applications.

The Chromebox Enterprise G2 comes in a small 14.93×14.93×4 cm black box that packs Intel’s 7th Generation dual-core Core i3-7130U with UHD 620 graphics CPU or Celeron 3867U with UHD 610 graphics CPU that is paired with 16 GB DDR4-2400 DRAM as well as an M.2 SSD.

In a bid to meet requirements of all possible applications, the Chromebox Enterprise G2 features rather vast connectivity capabilities that include GbE, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.2, three USB 3.0 Type-A ports, two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, one USB Type-C connector, one HDMI display output, one 3-in-1 SD card reader, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack. Depending on configuration, the Chromebox Enterprise G2 comes with a 65 W or a 90 W power brick.

HP’s Chromebox Enterprise G2 Model Celeron Core i3 CPU Intel Celeron 3867U
(2C, 1.8 GHz, 2 MB cache) Intel® Core i3-7130U
(2C, 2.7 GHz, 3 MB cache) GPU Intel HD Graphics 610 Intel HD Graphics 620 DRAM 16 GB DDR4-2400
Two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots Motherboard proprietary Storage SSD 32 GB or 64 GB M.2 SSD DFF –   SD 3-in-1 card reader Wireless Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 802.11ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.2 Ethernet 1 × GbE port (Realtek RTL8151GH-CG GbE LOM) USB Front 1 × USB 3.0 Type-A Back 1 × USB 3.0 Type-C
1 × USB 3.0 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0 Type-A Display Outputs 1 × HDMI Audio 1 × 3.5mm audio jack for headsets (Realtek ALC5662-CG codec) PSU External 65 W External 90 W Warranty Typical, varies by country Dimensions Length: 14.93 cm | 5.87 inches
Width:  14.93 cm | 5.87 inches
Height: 4 cm | 1.57 inches OS Chrome OS with Chrome Enterprise Upgrade MSRP ? ?

Unlike Chromebooks, Chromeboxes have not really gained traction on the market partly because people expect high performance and advanced multimedia capabilities from their desktops, but mostly because people are so used to Windows programs. By releasing a Chromebox for Enterprise, HP obviously faces some risks, but believes that since many people use web-based apps nowadays, they will use a Chrome OS-based desktop without any problems. Meanwhile, the advantage of web-based applications is also their disadvantage because they depend on reliability of Internet connection. On the other hand, one indisputable trump that HP’s Chromebox Enterprise G2 has is support for numerous capabilities aimed precisely at businesses, including 24/7 Google support, automatic software updates through June 2024, virus protection, sandboxing, verified boot, remote management, and easy deployment. All in all, it will be interesting to sell how successful HP’s Chromebox for

Uber lays off employees from Eats, self-driving cars and other teams

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Uber has cut around 350 more employees across several of its divisions. The company said it’s the “last wave of a process” that saw layoffs in marketing, then product and engineering over the last few months. This time around, Uber has laid off members of the Eats, performance marketing, Advanced Technologies Group (the self-driving cars unit) and recruiting departments, along with its global rides and platform teams. In total, the job cuts account for around one percent of Uber’s workforce.

Over 70 percent of employees affected by the latest round are based in North America, with the remainder spread across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, according to TechCrunch. Uber has laid off more than 1,100 employees across the three rounds, and it also asked some staff members to relocate.

“As you know, over the past few months, our leaders have looked carefully at their teams to ensure our organizations are structured for success for the next few years,” CEO

Nubia’s $529 dual-screen phone is now available in the US

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While we’ve seen Android phone manufacturers, particularly ones like Oppo and OnePlus, experiment with pop-up cameras to create phones without any display cutouts, China’s Nubia is approaching the challenge in an unusual way. Instead of a pop-up selfie camera, the company’s latest phone, the Z20, does away with any unsightly notches by adding a secondary 5.1-inch display that’s on the back of the device. In this way, when you want to take a selfie, you can use the Z20’s primary camera to snap a shot.

Besides working as a viewfinder, the Z20’s secondary screen can also double as an always-on display, showing you your notifications on the back of the phone. If you want to save battery life, Nubia suggests you can use it as your primary display in a pinch. Similarly, it’s possible to use the display for multi-tasking by putting two separate apps on each screen — though constantly flipping your phone seems like it would get tedious quickly. It’s also

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Captures Jupiter’s Windy, Colorful ‘Jet N4’ Region

NASA’s Juno spacecraft snapped the swirling clouds of Jupiter’s “Jet N4” region on September 11. (Photo Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / SwRI / MSSS)

NASA’s Juno spacecraft recently caught a view of Jupiter’s northern hemisphere, “Jet N4,” and it’s a swirly, vibrant portrait of the massive planet.

Citizen scientist Björn Jónsson used data from Juno’s JunoCam imager to create the image above. It was taken on September 11 at 8:31 p.m. PDT while Juno completed its 22nd flyby of the planet. When the image was taken, Juno was approximately 7,540 miles from the cloud tops, as shown in the colorful image above.

According to NASA, the gas giant spins once every 10 hours and this fast rotation forms strong jet streams, dividing clouds into dark belts and bright zones that span Jupiter. Over 12 prevailing winds sweep over Jupiter and some can reach more than 300 miles per hour at the planet’s equator.

Colors on the wind: I took in this view of Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere during my latest close flyby. This image was created from JunoCam data by Björn Jónsson. Details: https://t.co/yM9YCegsHA pic.twitter.com/x8hQr2hMEf

— NASA’s Juno Mission (@NASAJuno) October 10, 2019

The Juno mission, which was launched on August 5, 2011, aims to improve scientists’ understanding of the solar system’s early days by revealing details on the evolution of Jupiter. Juno will specifically determine how much water is present in Jupiter’s atmosphere, measure composition and cloud motion of Jupiter, map Jupiter’s magnetic and gravity fields, and explore Jupiter’s magnetosphere near the planet’s poles.

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Leaked 'Fortnite' Chapter 2 trailer showcases a new map and boats

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Fortnite is set to return from the void with a major overhaul, if a leaked trailer is anything to go by. The original, constantly evolving battle royale map was destroyed in spectacular fashion Sunday, leaving only a black hole for players to look at. As has been rumored, Fortnite Chapter 2 is set to debut an all-new map. It seems there are plenty of other fresh features in store, including boats, swimming and fishing. The trailer for Season 1 of Chapter 2, which is said to have been shared with Epic’s permission, also showcases pogo sticks and the ability to carry downed teammates.

It looks like Epic Games will bump up the level cap from 100 to at least 127. There are new ways to increase your rank too — you can earn battle, scavenger and survival medals through fighting, looting and collecting materials. There are more than 100 rewards with the Chapter 2 Season 1 Battle Pass, so you

Microsoft starts inviting people to try Project xCloud

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Microsoft is starting to invite players to test out its Project xCloud game streaming service. It said last month it would open up a public preview of the platform in October, allowing players to stream games to their Android devices. Now, it’s starting to send out invitations to those eager to try it, with Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves available to play.

Proud of the #ProjectxCloud team for launching the public preview – it’s an exciting time at Xbox. Invitations are rolling out now and will continue over the coming weeks. We’re excited for all of you to help shape the future of game streaming.

— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 14, 2019

When Microsoft announced the public preview, it said players in the US, UK and South Korea would be able to try it out. It’s gradually opening up access to people who signed up for the trial, Xbox chief Phil Spencer said, so

Twitter temporarily banned pro-Trump meme creator Carpe Donktum

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This afternoon, Twitter caused a stir when it suspended the prolific pro-Trump meme creator, Carpe Donktum. People were quick to speculate that Carpe Donktum was suspended for his alleged connection to the violent video shown at Trump’s Miami resort last week. But after his account was restored, Donktum shared a video stating that he was suspended over a copyright infringement claim.

In a statement provided to Engadget, a Twitter spokesperson said: “Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives.”

Carpe Donktum previously described himself as an “eternally sarcastic memesmith specializing in the creation of memes to support President Donald J. Trump.” The President has shared some of Carpe Donktum’s creations on his own Twitter account, including a video that made Democrats seem inattentive during the 2019 State of the Union address. And Donktum was one of the guests invited to the Trump Administration’s “Social Media Summit”

The Samsung Galaxy Fold, again: Hard to love, even harder to hate

Galaxy Fold Get more info Get more info Galaxy Fold 70 Scores Engadget 70   Critic 10 Reviews 6.5   Users 1 Reviews 6   Key Specs Type  Smartphone Operating system  Android Screen size  7.3in Internal memory  512GB Camera  Yes

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The Galaxy Fold lives.

I don’t just mean in the vague “Samsung bounces back from a fiasco” sense, either. My Galaxy Fold, which I’ve been tossing around for weeks, opening and closing it like a madman, mostly works the same as it did the day I unboxed it.

Had the Fold failed again the way it did earlier this year, it might have been enough to seriously derail Samsung’s grand,

Rare White Orca Spotted Off Coast of Washington

A rare white orca calf made an appearance off the coast of Washington over the weekend. (Photo Credit: Island Adventures Whale Watching / Facebook)

Whale watchers have recently spotted a rare white orca calf off the coast of Washington and he is becoming a local celebrity.

Tl’uk (“moon” in Coastal Salish), has been seen out and about in the Salish Sea over the weekend, CNN reported. Island Adventures Whale Watching posted a picture of Tl’uk on Facebook swimming with other orcas in the water, showing off his cloudy gray coloring against the black-and-white creatures.

According to Island Adventures Whale Watching lead naturalist Erin Gless, Tl’uk made his first appearance last year, so he’s about 12 months old. Gless said Tl’uk is not an albino whale, but his hue is unusual for orcas. It’s unclear why Tl’uk has a grayish-white color, but he’s growing and has a robust shape, which are all good health signs.

Tl’uk and his fellow orcas are popping up all over the state lately: Last weekend, approximately 20 orcas were spotted in Puget Sound and roughly 40 orcas were observed in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, KOMO News noted. Newsweek pointed out that the Salish Sea includes southwestern parts of British Columbia and northwestern parts of Washington state, and this network of coastal waterways is a main hub for orcas.

“This will be the eighth year in a row of increased transients in the region, with their presence having increased five-fold over that time. To put that in perspective, there were 125 reports of Bigg’s killer whales in the Salish Sea in all of 2011,” Monika Wieland Shields, president of Orca Behavior Institute, told KOMO News. “This year, we reached 125 reports before the end of April.”

According to the Ocean Wise Conservation Association, Bigg’s killer whales prey on marine mammals including sea lions, dolphins, porpoises, and other whales. There are at least three different Bigg’s killer whale populations that live in the coastal waters of the northeast Pacific.

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‘Fortnite’s’ Black Hole Is Cooler Than Whatever ‘Chapter 2’ Will Be

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration won a $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for capturing the first image of a black hole. (Photo Credit: EHT Collaboration)

Fortnite, the biggest game in the world, is dead. Right now, hundreds of millions of dabbing children are unable to participate in the massively popular free-to-play battle royale game to see who’s the last one standing. Instead, they’re just staring at a black hole. Presumably, that black hole will soon give way to our first glimpse at Fortnite’s future. But I doubt that future will be cooler than the hole itself.

https://t.co/cTqXvOTuoa

— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) October 13, 2019

Fortnite keeps itself fresh (and its developers crunching) by regularly mixing up content in the form of seasons. That’s when you buy new battle passes and check out new changes to the map. This black hole event marked the end of season 10. And as Fortnite moves into double digits, it appears the changes will be more substantial than just some new themes for Tilted Towers.

Various rumors and leaks have pointed to the existence of something called Fortnite Chapter 2. While details are scarce, everyone assumes this will be a brand new map, which is a pretty huge change. Folks have spent countless hours learning Fortnite’s sole battlefield. If it blows up into space dust to be replaced by something new, it could really even the playing field.

But as cool as that would be, this limbo we’re currently trapped is even cooler, even if it is ultimately just marketing. The Fortnite Twitter has been completely nuked saved for the livestream. Desperate players deprived over their cocaine-like drug have been coming up with countless conspiracy theories about when the game will return. Crack the code, man! Going dark like this is a really fantastic antagonistic use of the online games as a service model that I otherwise hate. We haven’t felt this connected since trying to get to the bottom of Peter Molyneux’s cube.

I’m sure we’ll be able to play whatever the new Fortnite is any day now. There’s too much money on the line. So just let me savor this one chance to enjoy that the game is nothing but an empty dark void right now. That’s what happens when you let Batman in your game.

Faraday Future founder files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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Faraday Future founder Jia Yueting has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a bid to settle his exorbitant personal debts. The move is part of a larger recovery plan, and it’s meant, in part, to regain credibility for Faraday Future. Though there’s no guarantee that it will help.

In the proposed plan, Yueting will use his ownership stake in the long-troubled, cash-strapped EV startup Faraday Future to create a creditor trust and repay his debts. That’s not a total surprise. Last month, Yueting stepped down as CEO in order to create this trust. According to Faraday Future, the restructuring will not affect the company’s normal business offerings, and in fact, it will help prepare the startup for an IPO.

According to The Verge, Yueting claims he owes somewhere around $3.6 billion to more than 100 creditors — mostly due to LeEco, the tech conglomerate he founded in China. Ninety percent of the people or business Yueting owes money will have to approve