Last year, Asus Zenfone 9 became the most compact of Android flagships, but its successor will no longer be: according to data published by Pricebaba, Zenfone 10 (catalog number – AI2302) will receive a screen with a diagonal of 6.3 inches (instead of 5.9 inches for the current model).
Zenfone 10 will be built on SoC Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. It will receive 16 GB of RAM, 256 or 512 GB of flash memory. Zenfone 9 has only two modules in the main camera, but Zenfone 10 may have more, and the sensor resolution of the main module will increase to 200 megapixels. The smartphone will also receive a 5000 mAh battery with support for 67 W charging and IP68 protection.
The release of Asus Zenfone 10 will not take place soon: according to Pricebaba, global sales of the smartphone will start only in the fourth quarter of this year.
Microsoft will force upgrade to Windows 11 23H2 compatible PCs
Microsoft periodically forces Windows updates to be installed on computers. The software giant will do the same with Windows 11 23H2, which is entering a wider rollout phase.
Microsoft’s support page states that compatible PCs will soon be forced to upgrade to Windows 11 23H2: “This automatic update is intended for devices running versions of Windows 11 that are at or near the end of support.”
Therefore, the forced update awaits devices that are currently running Windows 11 21H2 and Windows 11 22H2. Support for Windows 11 21H2 ended on October 10, 2023, and support for Windows 11 22H2 will end on October 8, 2024. The end of support means that Microsoft will no longer release updates for these versions of the OS, including security patches.
The automatic update to Windows 11 23H2 will take place in several stages. Microsoft uses artificial intelligence technology to determine which devices are most compatible with the update to reduce the likelihood of unexpected situations occurring. These computers will be updated first, and systems that may experience problems due to the update will be moved to the end of the queue.
Later than for Intel CPUs, and for some reason not for old Ryzens. AMD is working with Microsoft to add NPU monitoring to Windows Task Manager
Modern AMD mobile processors already have hardware units for working with AI. And soon everyone will be able to evaluate the download of this block directly into Windows.
The company is reportedly working with Microsoft to add an NPU activity monitoring window to Windows Task Manager.
True, it seems that monitoring will only be available on Ryzen 8040 processors, which is strange, since the NPU unit appeared on the Ryzen 7040.
It is also worth noting that monitoring is already available to owners of laptops with Meteor Lake CPUs – for them, the corresponding function appeared in Windows almost immediately.
Galactic Compass: iPhone app pointing to the center of the Milky Way galaxy ranked 87th in US App Store travel rankings
Last week, designer Matt Webb unveiled a new iPhone app called Galaxy Compass. It has the function of always pointing to the center of the Milky Way galaxy, regardless of the position of the Earth. The application can be downloaded for free from the App Store.
Describing how Galaxy Compass works, Matt Webb explains that the user should place their iPhone on a flat surface and a large green arrow will appear on the screen indicating the direction to the Galactic Center. This is the core of the Milky Way spiral galaxy, where the black hole Sagittarius A* is located.
Webb’s journey to create Galactic Compass began ten years ago as an offshoot of his love for everyday astronomy. “About 10 years ago I learned to point to the center of the galaxy. I lived in an apartment with a great view of the stars and used augmented reality apps to identify them, and gradually learned to navigate the sky,” Webb said.
Over time, the author learned to always find the center of the galaxy. He described how he visualized himself on the surface of the Earth, understanding the ecliptic as a line across the sky, and the center of the galaxy as a point moving through the constellation Sagittarius, which lies on the line of the ecliptic. By visualizing the Earth’s orbit for a year and determining his orientation in space, he honed his abilities through daily practice and comparison with an augmented reality app.
The creation of the application was made possible thanks to the help of ChatGPT. With it, Webb created a simple application interface and integrated complex calculations to determine the location of the galactic center, which includes calculating the user’s azimuth and altitude.
“For now, the phone needs to be held level for the app to work, because my math doesn’t work when the phone is upright. I will fix this in future versions,” Webb said.
The application took 87th place in the travel rankings of the American App Store. In this case, the spaceship Earth is traveling around the galaxy.
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