Amazon’s $29.99 Echo Wall Clock is now here to complete the set of minimalist Alexa devices (including a smart microwave and outlet plug) that the company announced earlier this year. Like some of those other products, the analog Wall Clock doesn’t actually have a mic for Alexa built in; it’s meant for those who already own an Echo. If you do, you can have it display timers, alarms, and reminders through voice commands.
The Echo Wall Clock runs on 4 AA batteries and needs to be synced to an Echo device through a quick setup process that requires Bluetooth and a Wi-Fi connection. But you can do it all through voice without having to pull out your phone. It has 60 LEDs running around the clock’s face, so you can look at multiple timers and alarms at once, which honestly sounds stressful to me. The Wall Clock features a white bezel — there’s no black model — and has a 10-inch diameter. Amazon says it automatically adjusts for daylight saving time. Everything you need for mounting comes included in the box.
Some examples Amazon envisions for how you might use the clock include setting a pasta or steak timer while cooking, limiting a child’s screen time, setting a high-intensity interval workout timer, a reminder to leave for work on time, or giving yourself a timer for meditation. Timers and meditation just don’t seem to jive, but the others sound reasonable enough, especially when most digital clocks on your phone or computer won’t have such a large interface to watch the time tick down.
The breach raises questions about the security of French government websites, though the ministry sought to reassure users that the stolen information was not highly sensitive and that Ariane site was safe to use.
“Personal data registered during registration on the Ariane platform has been stolen,” it said in a statement. “This data could be misused but with limited effect as the information does not include sensitive financial material or data likely to disclose destinations.
“We immediately took the necessary measures to ensure this type of incident would not happen again,” it said, adding that the site was now safe to use.
The Ariane site, which tells travelers to “stay connected for your security”, was set up in 2010 to enable French citizens to receive security-related updates while abroad. It was not immediately clear where the hackers originated from.
Qualcomm is trying to get the latest iPhones banned from China after a win in court earlier this week delivered a preliminary ban on Apple’s older phones. According to the Financial Times, Qualcomm has now asked Chinese courts to issue an injunction that bans Apple from selling the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR within the country due to the same case of possible patent infringement.
The new filing will escalate the companies’ legal conflict in China, where Apple has so far ignored a court-ordered sales ban. Apple claims the ban only applied to phones running iOS 11 and earlier. Since its phones have now been updated to iOS 12, Apple believes they can remain on sale, and so it has continued to sell them.
According to the Financial Times, the Chinese court’s order doesn’t specifically mention any version of Apple’s operating system. That doesn’t necessarily mean Apple is wrong, but it does mean that there’s more to be hashed out. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Qualcomm was able to win an initial ban on the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, and X by indicating to a court that it was likely to win a patent infringement case. Apple seems to be arguing that even if Qualcomm does win, those patents wouldn’t be infringed by its newest operating system, which means the sales ban isn’t being violated.
The Financial Times says this added pressure from Qualcomm is really meant to nudge Apple toward settlement talks. The two companies are in an extended legal battle across the globe, and Qualcomm has largely appeared to be on the losing side. Not only is Apple after it, but many governments have gone after Qualcomm for alleged anti-competitive behavior, similar to what Apple is suing over. In several countries, Qualcomm has already lost.
Last year, promotion aggregator app startup Sqkii hid $50,000 in Singapore.
It was later found under a lamppost along Marina South Pier by a 46-year-old man known as Mr Ting.
They are back again for another round this year.
This time, a whopping $100,000 cash is hidden away and waiting to be found somewhere in Singapore!!
Same Same, but Different
There are a few slight differences to the original Hunt The Mouse that was introduced a year ago.
Besides the 3 hints given out daily and the mysterious letter…
In case you can’t see the image above:
More often than not,
you give me a shock.
I know how hard you fought,
to become an astronaut,
so while deep in thought,
don’t forget the moon shot.
As I slumber in my spot,
I must not, must not,
be caught with an apricot.
There’s also a new interactive map with scribblings and hints.
Also new are the Sqkii friends’ chatbots, which require you to pay a small fee to receive hints, even Golden ones which are rather important if you are dead serious about finding the Sqkii coin.
At the time of this writing, the mouse is still at large and your chance of finding the $100,000 cash is as good as anyone else.
The Most Expensive OnePlus Phone Ever
Not content to end the year with just three different 6T options, OnePlus has announced a new special edition of the phone co-branded with storied automotive racing company McLaren. The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is much like the 6T that was released earlier this fall, but it comes with more RAM, an even faster wired charging system, and a special black-and-orange color scheme. The phone will be available starting on December 13th in North America and Western Europe for $699 / €699. It will arrive in China, India, and the Nordics at a later date.
Nearly $700 is a steep price for a OnePlus phone, which are typically priced very aggressively compared to other high-end Android phones. The standard OnePlus 6T starts at $549 for 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. To justify its price tag, the McLaren edition has 10GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and OnePlus’ new Warp Charge 30 wired charging. It ships in orange McLaren-branded packaging along with a special orange and black USB-C cable and headphone dongle, a McLaren-branded case, a piece of actual carbon fiber encased in an acrylic block, and a hardcover book highlighting the history of McLaren’s racing efforts.
On the outside, the McLaren 6T has a fluorescent orange highlight along the bottom edge of the phone’s frame, and a glossy black finish with a carbon fiber pattern weave under the back glass. Otherwise, it has the same design as the standard 6T, including the edge-to-edge display with small teardrop notch and dual rear camera system.
OnePlus has also given the McLaren edition some software tweaks, such as a black and orange theme (have you noticed a trend yet?) and a special animation when the in-screen fingerprint scanner is used to unlock the phone.
Aside from the slight increase in RAM, the main difference between the McLaren 6T and the run of the mill model is the new charging system. OnePlus says the new Warp Charge 30 charger can refuel the McLaren 6T’s 3700mAh battery up to 50 percent faster than the Fast Charge (formerly Dash Charge) system on other OnePlus phones. It sounds a lot like a rebranded version of the Super VOOC system that debuted on the Oppo Find X Lamborghini in October, which was able to charge that phone to full in just 35 minutes, though OnePlus maintains that Warp Charge and Super VOOC are different technologies.
Fast Charge is already one of the fastest wired charging systems available on any smartphone, so making it even faster is impressive. The company says only the McLaren version of the 6T will achieve the fastest charging speeds with the included charger; other OnePlus devices will default to standard Fast Charge speeds when plugged into it.
Still, the standard 6T already charges very quickly and with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, it doesn’t have any shortage of memory to play around with. That means that the $70 difference between the McLaren edition and the normal 256GB 6T largely goes towards the unique branding and accessories that come with the McLaren version. Is that enough to justify the cost? For some hardcore McLaren fans, possibly.