Apple’s next iPad mini may have a larger screen, slimmer bezels and a much faster processor. Samsung’s next-generation folding smartphones may debut in August, along with new smartwatches (running Wear OS instead of Tizen) and wireless earbuds.
Homework season is upon us. Oh, who am I kidding, every season is leak season. But the sources of these leaks are quite reliable, so I’m pretty sure we’ll soon see the new products.
Here is an overview of recent technical news from across the web.
- Gurman: redesigned iPad mini coming this fall, Apple Silicon iMac with larger screen is still in use [9to5Mac]
The next generation iPad mini is expected to be launched this autumn with a current processor and a new design that is more in line with the iPad Air, including slimmer frames and no home buttons. You can get all the details in the latest issue of Bloomberg’s Power On with the Mark Gurman newsletter … if you’re a paying subscriber (it’s a free version that provides easier details). But the internet is what it is, of course other sites (like 9to5Mac) have picked up the news.
- Android 12 lets you play games before they are downloaded [xda-developers]
Starting with Android 12, users will be able to start playing (some) Android games before they are fully downloaded from the Play Store thanks to a new “play when you download” feature. It can take as little as 10 seconds to load a 400 MB game this way.
- The Chrome OS Files app will soon be able to open .7z, .iso, .tgz and other files [9to5Google]
The Google Files app for Chromebooks will add support for opening multiple archive file formats, including 7z, bz2, crx, gz, iso, tar, tbz, and tbz2. Details were discovered in a Chromium Code Commitment.
- Sync content on any device with Drive for desktop
New Google Drive for desktop apps for Windows and Mac replaces Backup and Sync and Drive File Stream apps with a new unified client that lets you upload and sync photos and videos, external storage devices and mirror drive files on your desktop.
- Insight into OnePlus 9 processor and app optimization [OnePlus]
OnePlus confirms that it reduces the CPU performance of OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro for many popular apps, including Chrome, Twitter, Zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Discord and MS Office to extend battery life.
- EasyNAS 1.0 [EasyNAS]
EasyNAS is an open source operating system for creating your own network-based storage server. Based on OpenSUSE and with the Btrfs file system, it is designed to be easy to use. The first stable release (version 1.0) is now available.
- Mycroft, an open source voice assistant, works with Linux smartphones like PinePhone [Linux Smartphones]
Mycroft is an open source alternative to Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. So it seems like the obvious choice for people who want to run an open source voice assistant on phones running open source, Linux-based operating systems.
- #GalaxyUpacked August 11, 2021 [@evleaks]
Samsung is reportedly holding its next Unpacked event on August 11, but Evan Blass gives us an early look at the company’s new products a little earlier, with new smartphones (including folding) and smartwatches (running new Google + Samsung-compatible software) also as ear plugs on road.
– Evan Blass (@evleaks) July 10, 2021
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