Next year Meizu will celebrate 15 years in the business and the company is expected to launch a phone to commemorate the anniversary. We already saw a retail box of the Meizu 15 Plus, but now the first images of the device popped up on Weibo. Apparently, the new phone will have no bezels on three sides of its screen, similar to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, with curved corners on the top. The photo reveals a vertical dual camera setup on the back, coupled with a flash below. The rounded screen will span all the way to the top, right and left edges of the phone, leaving room below for the…
Two new Xperia smartphones have leaked, sporting the in vogue fullscreen bezel-less designs. The images come courtesy GizChina.com, who are confident these are indeed images and not renders. The two devices not just look different from current Xperia devices but also between each other. One device has the current squarish Xperia design with what look like speaker grilles at the top and bottom on the front. On the back is a very unique looking curved matte and glossy surface, with the matte regions forming semicircles at the top and bottom. The glossy area in the center is supposed to…
Recently, in a successful display of modern space imaging, an international team of astronomers used the Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) at the Warsaw University Astronomical Observatory to capture, in great detail, a star going supernova in slow motion. This type of supernova (SN Type Ibn) typically rises to peak brightness very rapidly, resulting in a fast decline, this supernova took its time reaching its peak before slowly fading.
Led by Emir Karamehmetoglu of The Oskar Klein Center at Stockholm University, these astronomers, who were from the UK, Poland, Sweden, Northern Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany, were studying a “Type Ibn” event known as OGLE-2014-SN-13. Astronomers think these explosions are likely the result of the cores of massive stars, which have lost their outer hydrogen envelope, collapsing. Within this explosion, also, the star’s ejecta interacts with helium-rich circumstellar material (CSM).
Karamehmetoglu remarked, on OGLE-2014-SN-13 that “The fact that it took several times longer than the typical rise to maximum brightness, which is unlike any other Ibn that has been studied before, makes it a very unique object.”
As space imaging technologies continue to develop, especially with the launch of the JWST, it is likely that observations like this will continue to improve and expand, allowing us to observe unique events like this throughout the Solar System and beyond.
Anxiously waiting for 8.1 to land? It would appear that today is the day. Google has just released both the OTA files for sideloading 8.1 and the requisite factory images. Intrepid Android enthusiasts can flash the update, though it is worth noting that the OTA files aren’t currently working when sideloading from DP2 on at least one device.
So far the OTA for 8.1 itself doesn’t appear to be rolling out.