TechTonics # 6 : Facebook Strikes, Huawei Mate 30 Launch, RPI 4 Emulator, PS-5 And More

Facebook Strikes

It seems in the aftermath of Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has decided to take some massive action.
Facebook is in the process of suspending and banning thousands of apps that Facebook thinks are irresponsibly violating privacy of a huge number of people.
For the two people who don’t know this, Facebook as a social media company has been under intense public criticism regarding not adequately handling the personal data of more than 2 billion users.

It was understood that Facebook profile data of millions of people was harvested without proper administration and was used to run advertising political campaigns.
In a blog post that was released by Facebook, it was pointed out that the step taken was a measure to review how how the data regarding its users is used by different apps.
If the data is not used in a way that ensures user privacy it will result in either suspension or complete ban.
The thousands of apps that were suspended were associated with at least 400 developers.
While some of these apps were suspended some of these were completely banned.
The applications that were banned were found guilty of sharing data obtained from Facebook platform without protecting user identities.
Out of the many Apps that were banned one of them was called myPersonality.
It shared information with researchers and companies with very limited protection to personal information and user identities.
This is now seen as one of the big steps taken by Facebook in response to the Cambridge Cambridge Analytica situation.

Huawei’s New Steps Towards Self Sustenance

In its Global launch event in Munich, Huawei released Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro 4G.
As is the case every year, the mate lineup represents Huawei’s flagship devices.
These new flagship devices always contain the latest and greatest technology from Huawei that is available at that moment.
This year also the mate series is paying special attention to the photo capture department and is introducing innovative camera features and hardware in that direction.
These devices will be incorporating the brand new Kirin 990 as well as Kirin 990 5G SOCs.
The Mate 30 Pro in particular is introducing a true new edge to edge display that curves to the sides up to 90 degree.

Apart from the software and hardware capabilities, one of the key highlights of the mate series is the absence of Google Play and Google services from the device.

This representing a big shift in the industry that is bound to have its consequences over the next decade.
The launch is also special because it is highlighting the very way Huawei is gradually shifting its dependency from Google to becoming much more self-sustainable.
Just so you are aware Huawei also introduce its own mobile device operating system called harmony OS about which we talked about in a previous edition of techtonics.
So when you look at all of these things in conjunction with each other you will see how the entire smartphone industry is taking a shift.

Game Emulators Are Now Available On Raspberry Pi 4

People like me who are really interested in practical electronics are going to be very happy listening to this news.
Ever since Raspberry Pi 4 was released people have been asking, when will they be able to run emulators on Raspberry Pi 4.
Although there have been workarounds and betas that let you run emulation on a Pi 4 but there has not been an official emulator support.
That is all going to change with the introduction of Lakka 2.3, which not only supports Raspberry Pi 4 but also welcomes improvements over its previous versions.
Lakka 2.3 promises many new updates such as notification animations, widgets and other overlays throughout its interface.
Lakka can be made available on Raspberry Pi 4 using two methods.
Either you can select Lakka while installing the latest version of NOOBS.
Or you can also install Lakka onto your card by downloading the official image from the Lakka website.

Play Station 5 Pro May Be Launched Alongside The Standard PlayStation model.

Talking about gaming, last year Sony’s CEO and President Kenichiro Yoshida confirmed the development of next generation PlayStation 5.
Looking at the pattern that Sony has been following what we were expecting is that the standard Play Station 5 machine will get released first and it will shortly be followed by a slimmed down model and also a pro version.

But right now, a new rumor is popping up that suggests Sony will be presenting PlayStation 5 Pro along with its base model of PlayStation 5.

This news is coming from a youtube video released by Zenji Nishikawa who confirms the case.
The news should be taken with a pinch of salt but previous rumors from zenji regarding PS4 Pro and switch lite have been authentic.
Good news for gamers all around !!.
Now let’s wait and see what updates is ps5 going to bring on the table.

Most Massive Neutron Star Detected

Astronomers just detected the most massive neutron star to ever exist.

The neutron star is approximately 4600 light years from earth.

This massive object is wavering on the edge of existence and is approaching the theoretical maximum mass that is possible for a neutron star.

For those of you who are unaware of it neutron stars are compressed remains of massive stars gone supernova.

And are the densest normally observable objects in the known universe.

To give you an idea as to how dense these things are a single sugar cube worth of neutron star material will weigh 100 million tonnes on earth or about the same as what the entire population of earth would weigh.


The space just keeps getting better and better isn’t it.

With that massive news we are at the end of this episode of techtonics.

I hope you enjoyed everything you saw.

I now request your permission to take leave. Stay tuned for further editions of techtonics and I am going to see you very very soon.

Namaskaram :).

TechTonics # 4 : Smart Batteries, Snapdragon 865, Sonos Bluetooth Speaker, Stock Malware, AMD Navi, Xiaomi MI A3


Fast Charging Smart Batteries Outlast Lithium Ion

Source : Digital Trends

EPL statistics say that Americans dispose off 86,000 tons of alkaline batteries every year.

Which equals to circling the earth more than 6 times when the batteries are placed end to end.

And the argument as to how harmful a single use alkaline batteries is for the environment has continued the push for alternate battery solutions.

In light of this understanding, these Pale Blue Lithium polymer smart batteries which are a part of the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign can be recharged more than thousand times with a unique USB charging method.

pale blue batteries smart batteries techtonicsThese new batteries have advantages over both single use alkaline batteries batteries and Nickel Metal Hydride rechargeable batteries.

The re-usability of a single pale blue battery is more than and one thousand equivalent alkaline batteries and the power output by these batteries is much is much more consistent than the alkaline cells.

When compared with Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries the Pale Blues can be recharged twice as many times as them. 

Charging them is as easy as pinning in the micro USB port into the battery and the other end of the USB can be inserted into computer or a suitable wall outlet.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Benchmarks Leaked

Source : techradar

It seems that the benchmarks for the upcoming flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 might just have been released in a geekbench listing.

Snapdragon 865 spotted on Geekbench running on a smartphone with Android Q and 6GB RAM.

Qualcomm’s next processor is to be unveiled later this year and is about to power up high-end smart phones starting early 2020.

The interesting details that are a part of the Geekbench listing are as follows.

The listing mentions a device working on Android 10 with 8GB of RAM.

The chipset is named Qualcomm Kona and has 8 cores with base frequency of 1.80 GHz.

Active support of 5G is going to be one of the most important highlights of Snapdragon 865.

Let’s see what other aspects of Snapdragon 865 are we going to see prior to it’s release.

I’ll make it a point to share all the essential info till the point the processor gets released to keep you updated.

Sonos Is Planning To Make A Bluetooth Speaker

Source : theverge

Audio Gear enthusiasts will be quite interested in this news.

Sonos has just filed a patent in FCC for a wireless bluetooth speaker.

The product model as reports suggest is going to be S17

Sonos directly suggests that this high performance wireless speaker will be part of Sonos sound system.

The device as per a report is will be used for streaming with Wi-Fi but will also feature Bluetooth audio streaming.

What is also confirmed is that this wireless bluetooth speaker will feature USB Type C and Ethernet port for seamless music and audio transmission.

The latter port is something that is found in almost all of company’s existing speakers.

Let’s see how Sonos holds its own in light of other wireless speakers in its range.

Your new Android Phone May Be Pre-loaded With Malware

Source : Forbes

Reports from Google security research team says that Your brand new Android phone may not be as innocent as you think.

Your fresh new Android phone maybe a recipient of dangerous Malware infused in various bloatware that the device comes coupled with, the team states.

Although there have been headlines before that some applications from Google Play Store itself actually couple some Malwares along with them but this is something which is very very new and quite dangerous it seems.

This is because some of these malware as the team suggests can download other malware from the internet and keep them running in the back end.

And the unsuspecting consumer maybe the recipient of things such as phising, ad fraud, or even device take over from remote source.

Although the team didn’t enlist the brand of phones involved but disclosed that more than 200 device manufacturers tested positive for the intrusion.

AMD RADEON NAVI Custom Cards Are Coming

Source : techspot

There were a few recent headlines that stated that AMD was slowly closing off its supply of reference design cards Radeon RX 5700-series GPUs in the market.

But latest updates from AMD suggest that reference design cards will continue to be available in the market.

AMD has confirmed that there are multiple custom designs that will be hitting the market soon with the support of its AIB partners.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the reference cards will be taken off the market.

And as is the standard practice, AMD reference card will continue to be in the market as long as inventory lasts.

And along with that you will be seeing a variety of custom designs available for purchase in different operational capacity.

So yes although the market will soon be flooded with custom design cards.

The reference cards from AMD will continue to remain in the market till stocks last.

XIAOMI Mi A3 Soon To Be Launched In India

Source : Techradar

Recent reports suggest Xiaomi is looking to launch MI A3 in August 23.

The Android one device is supposed to run on Snapdragon 665 with 4GB of RAM.

It will have a gradient glass back and will support a 6 inch super AMOLED display with HD+ resolution.

And good news for people who want more real estate, the device’s Gorilla 5 screen will feature a dot notch front camera.

The triple camera setup on MI A3 will consist of a 48 megapixel f 1.8 primary camera and 8 MP ultrawide camera and 2 MP depth sensor.

One incredible thing about MI A3 is that it will be able to record 4K video at 30fps and will feature a front camera with 32 megapixel Shooter.

The MI-A3 will most definitely feature of 3.5 mm headphone jack, phew, and a reasonable battery of of 4050 mAh.

Scientists discover the world’s thinnest gold

Source : ScienceDaily

You guys might be thinking what does that actually mean, thinnest gold ?.

Well, it is exactly what it sounds like.

Scientists have just simulated of form of gold which is just two atoms thick.

This without any doubt is the thinnest unsupported gold that is ever created.

Scientists measured the thickness of this Gold to be about 0.47 nanometres which is one million times thinner than the human finger nail.

As of now it is called 2D because it comprises of just two layers of atoms sitting on one top of another.

All atoms in these newly discovered material are surface atoms and there are no bulk atoms hidden beneath the surface.

The beauty about this material is that this material can actually find wide scale applications in medical devices and electronic industries.

Gold is one of the best conductors of electricity.

Apart from electrical and medical devices, these surface atoms of gold can also find application as catalysts in speeding up chemical processes of industrial nature.

I love it when science explores pushes its boundary of what is known, that’s what science is all about.

TechTonics # 3 : Harmony OS, AMD EPYC “Rome”, Samsung Play Galaxy Link, PCIE-4.0 SSD, OnePlus 7t Pro

techtonics # 3

Huawei’s Harmony OS unveiled Source : Techcrunch The networking giant who after producing a number of conflicting reports on its new operating system finally unveiled its Harmony Operating System on Friday. The HarmonyOS is based on micro-kernel distribution system and is aimed to power on smartphones, laptops and other smart home devices. With Harmony OS, … Read more

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