The morning after: Apple’s mixed reality headset may have MagSafe-style ports and an external power supply
As Apple’s WWDC approaches, the frequency of rumors about the company’s VR/AR headset is accelerating. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman says the device, rumored to be called the Reality Pro or Reality One, will have two ports: a USB-C interface for data transfers and a “proprietary new charging connector.” Judging by Gurman’s description, the latter is reminiscent of Apple’s recently reintroduced MagSafe power port. As for the power supply, it’s about the size of an iPhone, similar to Apple’s MagSafe Battery Pack for iPhone. The component can reportedly power the wearable for up to two hours on a single charge, but you’ll be able to purchase additional packs, given how quickly the headphones can drain them.
It doesn’t sound particularly fancy, but there are reasons for it. In early 2023, Gurman first hinted at an external power source. He reported that Apple was concerned about the device overheating, while looking for lighter and more comfortable headphones.
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It looks a lot like the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
Days after CNBC reported Google’s plans for a foldable Pixel phone in I/O 2023, an alleged video of the device is making the rounds online. On Friday night, leaker and developer Kuba Wojciechowski shared what he says is a clip of the Pixel Fold. Unfortunately, the video doesn’t show any features that would definitively identify the foldable as a Pixel device, but if this is real, be prepared for some noticeable borders on the device’s internal display. The Pixel Fold will reportedly cost around $1,700 when it arrives later this year. According CNBC, the device will have a book-style design, with a 5.8-inch external screen and a 7.6-inch foldable screen. It’s also said to have the “longest-lasting hinge” of any foldable to date and a battery that can last up to 72 hours in Extreme Battery Saver mode.
Tapping the icon says that the deceased are “subscribed” to Twitter Blue.
Twitter has started doling out blue ticks to famous users and accounts with more than a million followers. Users who received verification but say they didn’t pay for the service include author Neil Gaiman, actor Ron Perlman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Twitter comic. Additionally, accounts once belonging to Chadwick Boseman, Kobe Bryant and Anthony Bourdain, celebrities who died long before Musk took control of Twitter, were also reverified over the weekend. On Friday, Musk claimed that he was “personally” paying for Twitter Blue subscriptions to some celebrities, including LeBron James and Stephen King.
The change is likely due to Twitter’s decision to charge for API access.
Microsoft said it had to turn off the option to upload Xbox screenshots and clips directly to Twitter from Xbox consoles, as well as from the Game Bar on Windows. There are other options, but they are a bit more inconvenient. You can use the Xbox mobile app to download console screenshots and share them on Twitter.
When asked for comment, Xbox declined to shed any further light on the reason for the change. It seems likely that Microsoft dropped the built-in sharing option due to Twitter’s decision to charge at least $42,000 per month for enterprise access to its APIs. That move is breaking functionality for all kinds of organizations, including disaster response services. This week, Microsoft said it would soon remove Twitter integration from its social media management tool for advertisers.