We’re still looking at Canoo’s unusual electric pickup that looks set to take on Tesla’s Cybertruck. We’re also reflecting on why Apple’s iPhone 12 Mini struggled. But today we start with sad news. The former Philips engineer who invented the first compact cassette tape, Lou Ottens, died at the age of 94. Cassettes have had a major impact on music culture, providing listeners with the ability to easily create their own albums and playlists, recording from different sources, such as other bands and live radio. Like many people of my generation, I owned a dual cassette boombox as a child, don’t ask me about my music tastes.
Cassettes were later usurped by compact discs (which Ottens also helped develop), then by digital music and streaming services. However, the bands persist. In 2016, cassette sales increased by 74 percent.
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The company will build several electric vehicles on a single platform.
This design certainly takes a different take on Tesla’s edgy Cybertruck and is even going to stand out when electric pickup trucks from Rivian, Ford and others start to hit the streets. The specs promise more than 200 miles of range on one charge, with up to 600 HP and 550 lb-ft of torque in a dual-engine configuration and a payload capacity of up to 1,800 pounds.
At 76 inches, it’s an inch taller than Tesla’s Cybertruck, but significantly shorter than GMC’s 81.1-inch Hummer EV. It’s also short compared to these competitors at just 184 inches, but a trundle bed extender brings the overall length to 213 inches.
Reports suggest that Apple is cutting production by at least 70%.
Apple cuts production of iPhone 12 mini in first six months of year, says Nikkei. The company is reportedly producing at least 70% fewer units than expected and backs previous suggestions that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini isn’t selling as well as other models. There are certainly downsides to the mini, like its battery life, but there are also few phones as small and as good as the iPhone 12 mini – it just might be a niche proposition.
Yeah, the company skipped number 4.
It’s only been just over seven months since ASUS launched its ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone, but the company is already releasing a follow-up model, the ROG Phone 5 (skipping 4 due to tetraphobia). There are some minor cosmetic changes, but also better heat dissipation, better weight distribution and audio performance. These audio improvements seem to be the primary focus: Better component choices mean there’s more space inside the ROG Phone 5 for the front speakers.
It sounds like a spiritual successor to “Turtles in Time”.
If the tapes weren’t nostalgic enough, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge is sure to delight anyone who remembers the arcade scrolling beat-em-ups of the 90s. The new game, developed by Dotemu (Streets of Rabies 4) and Tribute Games (Mercenary kings), is a four-player brawler who looks like a natural successor to Turtles in time. No neighborhood needed.
What will the show look like when it premieres on June 28?
The GSMA is sticking to plans for an in-person Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in June – just without a few big names. A handful of companies, including Oracle, smartphone maker Sony, and networking companies Nokia and Ericsson, have all confirmed they will not be attending the show.
There are also strict travel restrictions for potential participants. The website of the US Embassy in Spain and Andorra states that entry into the country is not permitted unless you meet “very specific requirements or have already obtained special permission from the government.” Spanish”.
It promises “the best photo and video performance in the history of Nikon”.
Nikon has announced that it is developing the Z9, a flagship full-frame mirrorless Z-mount model with “the best photo and video performance in Nikon history.” The new model will ship in 2021 with 8K video and other advanced features. Expect the best from Nikon and a price to match. There’s no word on pricing yet, but Nikon has promised more information in the coming months.