Here is what’s happening in the Tech world this week!
Vivo X100 and X100 Pro: Global Launch Imminent
Vivo has officially announced the global launch date for their flagship X100 and X100 Pro smartphones on December 14th. Vivo is accepting pre-orders since November 24th.by X100 Pro is powered by Vivo V3 chip whereas X100 has the V2 chip.
The Smartphones are said to have a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 9300 powerful processor.
The camera is expected to be a Triple rear setup with ZEISS optics (varying primary and telephoto sensors between models).
The display is expected to be a Large AMOLED display with a high refresh rate.
Apple Grants Patent for External Flashlight on Apple Watch Bands
Apple Granted Patent for External Flashlight on Apple Watch Bands Could Come with Dedicated Battery.
Apple has been granted a patent for an external flashlight to be fitted on the bands of future Apple Watch models.
This comes after the company filed a patent application for a “modular light assembly” designed for integration with wearable devices.
This design could offer several advantages over the current integrated flashlight feature, which works by illuminating the display with high-brightness white light.
A dedicated LED light source could be significantly brighter than the display backlight.
The external flashlight could be directed to specific areas opposed to illuminating the entire environment.
The patent suggests that the external flashlight module could be water-resistant, making it suitable for wet environments.
It’s important to note that patents sometimes indicate that a product will be released to the market. However, granting this patent suggests that Apple seriously considers adding an external flashlight to future Apple Watch models.
HP Printer App Invades PCs, Microsoft Scrambles to Fix Bug
The automatic installation of the HP printer app on PCs, regardless of whether users have an HP printer, is a bug affecting the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft has acknowledged this bug, and it is currently under investigation.
While installing the HP printer app might seem unnecessary and intrusive for users without HP printers, Microsoft assures that most printers should continue functioning normally.
The bug is not expected to affect the core functionality of printing.
To avoid the bug, you can uninstall the HP Smart app if you don’t need it and use Windows’ built-in printer management tools for basic printing tasks.
Windows 11 Notepad Gets a Built-In Character Counter
After years of user requests, Microsoft finally added a built-in character count to the Notepad app in Windows 11.
This feature is currently available in the Canary & Dev channels of the Windows Insider program, and it is expected to be rolled out to the public in a future update.
The character count is displayed at the bottom of the Notepad window, similar to how Microsoft Word counts the number of words in a document.
When no text is selected, the character count for the entire document is displayed.
When text is selected, the character count for both the selected text and the entire document is displayed.
This is a long-awaited feature for many users who rely on Notepad for quick text editing and note-taking.
The character count will make it easier for users to track the length of their text and ensure that they stay within character limits.
Lenovo’s Rollable Laptop and Smartphone Hint at the Future
Lenovo has unveiled a rollable laptop concept that can extend its screen from 12.7 inches to 15.3 inches.
The device is designed to be used in a regular 16:9 aspect ratio mode and a tall 8:9 aspect ratio mode.
The tall mode is designed to be useful for office workers and creative professionals alike, offering more lines of code and more cells in a spreadsheet.
The device has yet to be ready for release, but Lenovo aims for a durable 20,000 to 30,000 rolls.
The company still needs to release information about the device’s weight or battery life.
Apple Releases Open-Source MLX Framework for Efficient Machine Learning on Apple Silicon
Apple has released MLX, an open-source machine learning framework designed specifically for Apple Silicon.
The new framework aims to simplify the process of training & running machine learning models on Apple’s M1, M2, and M3 series chips.
MLX arrays reside in shared memory, meaning that operations can be performed on any device type (currently, Apple supports the CPU and GPU) without creating copies of data.
MLX enables automatic differentiation, vectorization, and computation graph optimization.
It only materializes arrays when necessary, which optimizes computational efficiency.
MLX eliminates slow compilations triggered by changes in function argument shapes.
The release of MLX is a significant step forward for Apple’s machine-learning efforts. The framework has the potential to make it easier for developers to create powerful machine-learning applications on Apple devices.
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