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…

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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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