Asus Z01RD arrives on AnTuTu with unusual screen ratio

Asus is unveiling its latest Zenfone series at MWC 2018 next week, and at least three new phones will be introduced – a dual-cam flagship Zenfone 5, a budget-friendly Zenfone 5 Lite and the Zenfone 5 Max with presumably massive battery. An Asus phone codenamed Z01RD popped on AnTuTu during the weekend with a Snapdragon 845 chipset, presumably the star Zenfone 5. The benchmark also revealed a screen resolution of 2246 x 1080 pixels – that’s an aspect just wider than 18.5:9 and suggests a notch on the front screen, as seen in a leaked image. The Z01RD will also come with 6 GB RAM… – Latest articles

Apple says HomePod’s white stains ‘not unusual,’ suggests placing on ‘different surface’

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Apple has responded to numerous reports that the HomePod can stain some wooden surfaces with a resounding ‘meh.’ In an updated support article, Apple confirmed that the HomePod’s silicone base can “diffuse oils” into certain wooden surfaces, but it says that it’s “not unusual” for this to happen with speakers, and suggests that users put it somewhere else.

In other words, you’re placing it wrong.

“It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-dampening silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces,” the company said in an updated support article for the HomePod. “The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface gently with a soft damp or dry cloth may remove the marks. If marks persist, clean the surface with the furniture manufacturer’s recommended cleaning process. If you’re concerned about this, we recommend placing your HomePod on a different surface.”

The problem only exists on wood surfaces that are treated with an oil or wax finish, since those finishes are still somewhat permeable to water. The HomePod shouldn’t leave a mark on surfaces with a polyurethane finish. Oil and wax finishes are more common on food-contact surfaces, like kitchen counters or cutting boards, and wax finishes are common on antique furniture or items made from exotic hardwoods.

While it’s true that other things with silicone bases may stain wood furniture (allegedly the Echo Dot suffers from a similar issue), the real question is why Apple decided to use silicone in the first place. Speakers and audio equipment most commonly use rubber bumpers to isolate vibration, and those can happily sit on any wooden surface for years without leeching oil into the finish.

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Some GPS-only Apple Watch Series 3 units showing unusual display stripes

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Some owners of the GPS-only version of the Apple Watch Series 3 are discovering unexpected stripes along the edge of the display, visible when it’s shut off, reports said on Tuesday.
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Storm Ophelia was so unusual, it was literally off the charts

Over the weekend, post-tropical cyclone Ophelia hit an unusual place, Ireland — so unusual that a graphic depicting the storm’s high-speed winds was abruptly cut off. That’s because so few tropical cyclones travel so far northeast that the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) doesn’t include the area in its wind forecast graphics.

Ophelia started out in the North Atlantic as a tropical cyclone that gathered strength as it traveled northeast, briefly becoming a Category 3 hurricane. The storm ventured farther east than any other Category 3 hurricane on record, the New York Times reports.

To help people prepare for a storm, scientists at the NHC prepare maps showing the color-coded probabilities of where high-speed winds might reach. If a…

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Dara Khosrowshahi has called Travis Kalanick’s board move “disappointing” and “unusual” to Uber staff

It’s a short but not so sweet note about his ousted predecessor’s latest drama

As Recode noted last night, Uber and its board slapped back at ousted CEO Travis Kalanick after he appointed two directors — former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain — to the board without warning to anyone.

His replacement, new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, responded in a letter to the staff of the troubled car-hailing company, in which he called the action “disappointing news” and “highly unusual.”

Well, yes, if this was a functional situation. But it is Uber, so it’s also par for the course. What will happen next week is anyone’s guess, except to say: More mishegas!

Here is Khosrowshahi note in its entirety:

Team —

I wanted to update you on some disappointing news from today. Travis appointed two new members to Uber’s Board without discussing it with me or the Board of Directors more broadly. Anyone would tell you that this is highly unusual.

If your family or friends ask you about it, here is our press statement:

“The appointments of Ms. Burns and Mr. Thain to Uber’s Board of Directors came as a complete surprise to Uber and its Board. That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure that we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of.”

Just know that the most important work here is the hard work you’re doing on behalf of our Company. Keep focused, keep together, and keep going.

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Moto X4 leak reveals attractive design, Snapdragon 630, and unusual camera setup

The folks over at Android Authority today have an exclusive that confirms the specifications and appearance of the Moto X4. Just yesterday photos of a real device leaked, but now the precise details of for Motorola’s upcoming phone are known quantities. And those numbers and names look pretty good on paper, especially when it comes to the cameras. 

If you’re just interested in the numbers, here’s a chart:


Display 5.2″ FHD/1080p
CPU Snapdragon 630
GPU Adreno 508
Storage 32GB NA/EU, 64GB Asia
Rear Camera 12MP  f/2.0 1.4µm pixels, 8MP wide-angle f/2.2 1.12µm pixels
Front Camera 16MP f/2.0 1µm pixels
Measurements 148.35 x 73.4 x 7.99 mm, 163g
Colors Super Black, Sterling Blue

Based on the images yesterday and the leaked render today, I think that the phone actually looks pretty good, but not everyone would agree.

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Unusual weather in Antarctica leads to rain and a Texas-sized melt

An area larger than the state of Texas in West Antarctica melted to an unusual degree last year, with pools of the meltwater remaining on the surface for as long as 15 days. That’s trouble, since meltwater can accelerate the thawing already occurring from warming ocean temperatures. West Antarctica alone could contribute 10 feet of sea level rise, according to a 2009 paper published in Science.

This area in the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest chunk of floating ice, likely melted at its surface because of a particularly strong 2015–2016 El Niño event, which brought warm and moist sea air to the area, according to the study published today in Nature Communications. El Niños have caused melting atop the Ross Ice Shelf before, but this…

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