Graphic: Mark Garlick/Getty ImagesThousands of years ago, herds of woolly mammoths roamed the tundra of Asia, Europe, and North America. Then, they vanished along with most other megafauna. That was right around the time humans began spreading across the globe. Weird, right? Whether or not our ancestors were directly responsible for the extinction of the woolly mammoth, this is one extinction we might be able to undo. A new startup led by Harvard scientist George Church and serial entrepreneur Ben Lamm (or something like them) to Earth by the late 2020s. The company, known as Colossal, has picked up $15 million in funding to begin work on the project.
As part of its iPhone 13 launch event this year, Apple has unveiled the A15 Bionic, the next-generation SoC that powers the iPhone. Like last year’s CPU, the A15 will be built on TSMC’s 5nm process. Apple didn’t clarify if it’s using the company’s N5 or N5P node, but we’d assume its N5P to take advantage of in-generation improvements. The A15 keeps the same core configuration as the A14, with two high-performance cores (Avalanche) and four high-efficiency cores (Blizzard) replacing the FireStorm/IceStorm cores used in A14. Typically Apple compares performance with its own previous generation, but this year the company made claims relative to “the competition.
(Image: Xiaomi)Xiaomi announced its latest tech wearable—and it may never hit shelves. The company’s new concept, simply called Xiaomi Smart Glasses, appears to exist entirely as a prototype and aims to place a number of smartphone capabilities directly in front of the wearer’s eyes. Xiaomi says its smart glasses use optical waveguide technology to display images like navigation arrows and messages on the lens. The glasses’ visuals are powered by a 0.13-inch monochrome MicroLED display, which is brighter and more stable than its less costly OLED alternative. “Smaller than a grain of rice,” the display is capable of a 2 million nit output that diffuses across the lens to generate a larger and more practical visual.
(Photo: Solen Feyissa/Unsplash)Google’s latest update to its Workspace suite comes in the form of voice and video calls initiated directly from the Gmail app. Google users will soon be able to “ring” other Google users via Google Meet inside the Gmail app, though the feature will also be available within Meet itself at a later date, as The Verge first . Users will also be able to answer calls from the receiving end and join group video calls, regardless of whether those calls come from Hangouts (Google’s consumer option) or Meet (for enterprise users). While the update isn’t available just yet, it will roll out to enterprise users within the next few weeks, presumably with everyday users to follow.
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Google has been testing Android 12 in its developer preview and beta programs for months, and we’re getting close to release. How close? If a new report is to be believed, it could be as soon as Oct. 4. Of course, the official release is just the first step along the way to getting an update on existing phones. It could take much, much longer to get an update on your device, if it ever happens at all. Google released the first preview build of Android 12 last spring. Since then, we’ve gone through a handful of previews, and now five beta versions.
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