Gamers sometimes need to game on a laptop: be it a lack of space, portability, a travel companion, and so on. I’m one of them: for me, it came down to portability when choosing something that could at least handle occasional PC gaming. Which, um, has turned out to be less useful in recent times.
But still gamers are choosing gaming laptops. And a small dilemma here has been around the display. Do you go for laptop with a high refresh rate IPS LCD screen (which goes all the way up to 300Hz in some mind-boggling cases), or do I get a laptop OLED with its inky blacks and deep contrast, but with a refresh rate capped at 60Hz, and miss out on faster FPS gaming?
Things are changing. Samsung Display announced today in a press release that it is working on that tradeoff, saying it will start mass-producing 90Hz OLED displays by March.
💻 Sony Xperia 10 III leak: an updated 10 II, with hints the headphone jack is here to stay (Android Authority).
💰 LG leaving ‘all possibilities open’ for mobile unit, as it mulls a sale or reconfiguration (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple has reportedly switched 2M units of production from iPhone 12 Mini to iPhone 12 Pro: Pro demand high, Mini demand low. That’s despite lots of love out there for the Mini, but it is more battery-limited, and the Pro camera features might be enticing (9to5Mac).
🌃 Even the new White House website offers dark mode, and a peek at the source code says ‘we’re hiring’ too, quote: “If you’re reading this, we need your help building back better. https://usds.gov/apply” (Android Authority).
💉 Amazon offers its resources to Biden for COVID-19 vaccine rollout, starting with its “essential” workforce (TechCrunch).
🙄 3Mbps uploads still fast enough for US homes, Ajit Pai says in final report (Ars Technica).
🤔 Google hasn’t updated almost any of its iOS apps in more than a month, almost certainly to avoid Apple’s Privacy Labels which are now required. Google said a few weeks ago it was aiming to have this sorted by last week, so clearly, something is dragging on. Legals? PR/marketing ammunition when privacy labels reveal exactly what Google tracks? (MacRumors).
👉 Raspberry Pi Foundation launches a $4 microcontroller with custom chip (TechCrunch).
💸 Valve, Capcom & Bethesda fined $9.5M for “Geo-Blocking” PC games (Kotaku).
🔋 Porsche adds a cheaper, lighter Taycan to its electric lineup: almost 24 grand cheaper but still a Porsche Taycan, and only just under $20K cheaper than a 911! (Ars Technica).
🚀 SpaceX acquires former oil rigs to serve as floating Starship spaceports. It paid $7M for rigs now called Phobos and Deimos, and that were reportedly worth $1B (nasaspaceflight.com).
🍀😻 This study is telling us that the mystery of why cats go crazy for catnip has been solved: nepetalactol is a chemical found in the plant, and it prompts a strong trigger in “the opioid reward system in both domesticated felines and big jungle cats.” Also, it protects against mosquitoes (Eurekalert). Here’s the easier to read digest (Science).
🤔 “You die and the first thing you see in the afterlife are three buttons: “Next level”, “Spectate” and “Restart”. Which one do you press and why?” (r/askreddit).
Back on January 19, 1999, BlackBerry released its first BlackBerry-branded device: the BlackBerry 850, an email pager, dropping the previously used Inter@ctive Pager name.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.