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The iPhone X is Apple’s first handset to sport an OLED screen instead of LCD, but Apple is already planning a new display revolution for its products, not just the iPhone. Apple is working on MicroLED screens, various reports have said, with a new story claiming that the Apple Watch and unreleased first-generation Apple AR glasses will feature MicroLED displays shortly.

Apple is also said to be developing MicroLED screens that are bigger than the iPhone and could be used in larger devices, like MacBooks.

Apple has partnered with TSMC to manufacture small-size MicroLED screens, Digitimes has learned. The two companies are working on silicon-based backplanes for use in the Apple Watch and the mysterious augmented reality device Apple is rumored to be working on.

The Apple Watch’s MicroLED screen would measure 1.3- to 1.4-inches and will supposedly enter mass production as early as the second half of 2018 or in 2019. The AR wearable device would have a 0.7- to 0.8-inch Micro LED screen, but the glasses do not yet have a mass production date, the report notes.

Because MicroLED screens for the Apple Watch are 400-600% more expensive than OLED ones, only the top-of-the-line Apple Watch version will get it at first.

Apple is also working on large size MicroLED screens built on TFT-based backplanes, which could even be used in products much larger than the MacBook, the report notes. The only thing made by Apple that’s bigger than a MacBook is the iMac, for the time being. These panels should hit mass-production in 2019 or even later.

Recent reports did say that Apple plans to reduce the screen-to-body ratio of future Apple Watch models. It’s unclear whether the change is related to the adoption of MicroLED screen technology. However, MicroLED displays should be thinner than alternatives.

Separate reports said that Apple is planning big changes for the MacBook line starting with 2020, when Intel chips should be replaced with Apple’s own processors. It’s unclear whether such a big revamp of Apple’s MacBook and iMac lines would also include the introduction of MicroLED screens.

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Sony releases mysterious teaser for its next phone

Sony is apparently going to introduce something at Mobile World Congress next week, going off the fact that its Xperia account tweeted a teaser video for the annual phone event this morning. The video shows a hand and a bunch of ripples cascading down onto it from above. It also says whatever this video is hinting at will be announced on February 26th.

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I don’t totally get what it’s alluding to. Something you’ll feel? From the sky? A tangible notification? Haptic feedback? Uh, a ripple… of air? I don’t know! It’s not easy to make sense of a purposely cryptic video. But presumably the teaser has something…

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Sonic weapons probably didn’t cause mysterious diplomat illnesses in Cuba, doctors say

After months of rumors, doctors have published the first detailed report describing the mysterious illness that struck US diplomats stationed in Cuba. While the source of the illness is still a mystery, the doctors say they’re “pretty certain” it wasn’t a sonic weapon.

Doctors examined 21 people associated with the US embassy in Cuba, and found that their symptoms resembled those caused by brain injuries — including headaches, sleep disturbances, and mood changes. But surprisingly, none of the diplomats showed any obvious signs of head trauma, according to a paper published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Mysterious Snapdragon 845 device shows up on Geekbench 4

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Mysterious Nokia 7 Plus spotted in GeekBench listing

HMD Global’s ambitious revival of the Nokia smartphone brand has been going strong at an impressive pace these past few months. Nokia has already promised an “awesome” MWC 2018 press event and leaks are flying left and right, so there are no real signs of slowdown either. In a new potential development, a rather interesting GeekBench listing has popped up online, originating from what appears to be a Nokia 7 Plus. Now, it is important to note that spoofing data for GeekBench and other benchmarks to pick up is not a difficult or uncommon process. Still, given the benefit of the…

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We May Have Uncovered the Origins of The Most Mysterious Particles in the Universe

Unified Origin

One new theory could put some long-standing physics mysteries to rest. A recent astrophysical model suggests that three different types of high-energy “cosmic messenger particles” could all originate from the same phenomenon.

The theory asserts that these particles — ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays, very high-energy neutrinos, and high-energy gamma rays — were potentially all shot into space after jets from supermassive black holes accelerated cosmic rays.

Developed by scientists from Penn State and the University of Maryland, this model is the first astrophysical model of its kind. A paper describing it and its computational basis was recently published in the journal Nature Physics

Kohta Murase, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State, stated in a press release: “Our model shows a way to understand why these three types of cosmic messenger particles have a surprisingly similar amount of power input into the universe, despite the fact that they are observed by space-based and ground-based detectors over ten orders of magnitude in individual particle energy.”

An artist's interpretation of cosmic messenger particles, being accelerated by jets from a supermassive black hole and entering earth's atmosphere.
An artist’s interpretation of a “multi messenger” emission from cosmic rays, accelerated by jets from a supermassive black hole. Image Credit: Kanoko Horio

Murase went on to explained that neutrinos and gamma rays, as suggested by the model, are produced naturally by particle collisions as offspring particles of cosmic rays. This means that they “inherit” the energy of their parent particles, explaining why the three cosmic messengers have similar energies.

Cosmic Messenger Particles

Each of these three extreme-energy particles has a host of unique qualities, but all share ultra-high energy levels. Neutrinos are inherently elusive and highly difficult to find, though high-energy neutrinos can and have been detected in the IceCube neutrino observatory in Antarctica. High-energy gamma rays have the highest-known electromagnetic energy. Ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays are mostly atomic nuclei, but sometimes other particles, that travel at a speed close to the speed of light.

The method used by this research team found that this “multi-messenger approach” of the three cosmic messenger particles can be explained by numerical simulations.

“Our work demonstrates that the ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays escaping from active galactic nuclei and their environments, such as galaxy clusters and groups, can explain the ultrahigh-energy cosmic-ray spectrum and composition,” said Ke Fang, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Maryland, in the press release. “Simultaneously, the very high-energy neutrino spectrum above one hundred million mega-electronvolts can be explained by particle collisions between cosmic rays and the gas in galaxy clusters and groups.”

The revelation provided through this model’s simulations serves to resolve previous discrepancies in physics and our understanding of the universe. It is a step towards creating a unifying model of how these three extreme-energy particles are physically connected. This method also pushes forward multi-messenger astronomy, which uses both theory and data from all three particles.

“The golden era of multi-messenger particle astrophysics started very recently,” explained Murase in the press release. “Now, all information we can learn from all different types of cosmic messengers is important for revealing new knowledge about the physics of extreme-energy cosmic particles, and a deeper understanding about our universe.”

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Mysterious Lenovo with glossy back leaks

Back in April 2017 the ZUK Mobile division shut down, but Lenovo kept some of its high-profile managers./p> Chang Cheng, the former CEO of ZUI, posted a picture of a mysterious Lenovo-branded phone with glossy back on his personal Weibo profile. The image reveals a new Lenovo device is on its way, but it also caused controversy and confusion among ZUK fans who decided to hype over the upcoming of a successor of the ZUK Z2 that might be named Lenovo Z3. With Chang Cheng currently serving as Product Planning Manager, this looks like one of many paths Lenovo might decide to…

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Despite Delay, SpaceX Successfully Launches Mysterious Zuma Spacecraft

Zuma Takes Flight

January 7 saw SpaceX finally launching the mysterious Zuma spacecraft, nearly two months after its previously scheduled November launch. Very little is known about the spacecraft and its mission, as many details have been classified by the United States government, but we do know that the mission utilizes SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket, and its payload will be carried into low Earth orbit (LEO).

LEO covers a vast range of altitudes in which other spacecraft reside, including the International Space Station and satellites used for reconnaissance and gathering weather data, so we’re still unable to nail down what the goal of the Zuma mission is.

This isn’t the first time SpaceX has embarked in a secret mission: back in September, it launched a Falcon 9 carrying the U.S. Air Force’s X-37B space drone.

The launch of the Zuma went smoothly, with the spacecraft taking off from the SLC-40 launch facility at Cape Canaveral. Midway through the process, the first stage booster of the Falcon 9 separated and returned to Earth as intended.

Future Launches

While Zuma may be SpaceX’s first successful launch of the new year, it comes after an impressive string of 18 successful operations that took place in 2017, with each set off and landing forwarding the company’s goals to develop reusable rockets. According to Space.com, SpaceX has reused five Falcon 9 boosters and two Dragon cargo spacecraft so far.

With the Zuma launch now largely out of the way, SpaceX plans to refocus its efforts on the long-awaited launch of the Falcon Heavy — another reusable rocket designed by the aerospace company. After multiple delays, it’s now set to launch in January, also from Cape Canaveral. If the launch is successful, it would be another notch on the SpaceX’s belt, proving that reusable rockets are worth investing in, and that SpaceX is capable of carrying out a wider assortment of missions.

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