Amazon Echo Frames go live with 2nd-gen update, and more tech news today

Your tech news digest, by the use of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Friday, 20 November 2020.

1. Amazon Echo Frames attain second-generation

Amazon Echo Frames

Remember when Amazon tried some new Echo wearables as a part of its “Day One Edition” product line, with invite-only availability?

Two of these are seeing massive modifications.

  • First is the dangerous news, I suppose: the $130 Echo Loop ring is useless.
  • The concept was it had a tiny speaker and it may vibrate in your finger once you get a name or notification.
  • It was value a shot as a result of getting silent notifications shouldn’t be a solved downside but, and evidently nonetheless isn’t. The ring was additionally fairly thick and unwieldy wanting.
  • Anyway, in case you purchased one, current clients are getting “updates and support” no less than for now, nevertheless it’s not in manufacturing and not bought.

But more importantly, the Echo Frames smart glasses have been upgraded and they’re going live to most people.

  • The second technology of Echo Frames can be found to preorder for $250, and shifting from invite-only to open to preorders for all.
  • The fundamental premise of the pilot product stays the identical with the brand new second-gen sensible glasses.
  • The updates embody elevated battery life by 40%, robotically power-off when the glasses have been set down for more than three seconds, higher sound high quality, and sensible quantity controls modify robotically to account for ambient noise.
  • New colours: Classic Black, Horizon Blue and Modern Tortoise.
  • I wanted a reminder of what the glasses really do, and simply to get you on top of things as effectively, the Frames aren’t about visuals as they’re providing Alexa to your ears.
  • There’s a headset-like skill the place the microphone and audio system pair with smartphone apps, and allow you to connect with Alexa and use sensible assistant options.
  • That consists of listening to music, listening to books, or asking questions, and hands-free duties like commanding sensible house units or studying a buying listing as you wander round a store.
  • Amazon does supply directions and assist to get prescription lenses fitted from an optometrist however doesn’t supply them itself, by the way in which.
  • I’m reminded of the unique evaluations, which went one thing like: “You have to really love Alexa to want to wear it on your face” (Washington Post), and that nearly nobody desires to put on glasses in the event that they don’t want glasses.
  • I wouldn’t thoughts some smarts being baked into my present glasses, however no approach in heck am I paying Amazon to not match prescription lenses to their restricted frames types.
  • And charging glasses, which continues to be through a customized cable, looks as if it might be annoying.

2. It’s official: Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 9 series is coming subsequent week (Android Authority).

3. Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta, after two years of getting there (Android Authority).

4. Why is it so dang hard to place an order for a next-gen console or new Nvidia graphics card? (The Verge).

5. iOS gamers can now enjoy some cloud streaming gaming, with Google Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now platforms now working in Safari through net app, bypassing the App Store. Fortnite is successfully again on iPhone/iPad. (TechCrunch).

6. Speed Test G: iPhone 12 vs OnePlus 8T (it’s not likely a contest) (Android Authority).

7. iFixit digs into the M1 MacBooks and finds similarities galore, aside from that M1 chip (Engadget).

8. Roblox files to go public. Extraordinary numbers: 31 million every day energetic customers, and 22.2 billion engaged hours. You would possibly solely find out about this you probably have youngsters however the youngsters simply like it (TechCrunch).

9. Don’t be alarmed given the security modifications Boeing has been pressured to make, however for flying nerds: How to tell if you’re flying on a recently recertified Boeing 737 MAX (Jalopnik).

10. The Pope’s Instagram account liked a post from a model in a pose in all probability not seen as significantly …religious. No one’s fessed up, so the Vatican is asking Instagram. Oops.

11. Deep space isn’t pure black, and scientists don’t know why (NPR).

12. Facing harmful collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished. This was as soon as a significant US scientific achievement that’s and was crucial for astronomy, and fell into harmful tatters (The Verge).

13. Here are 2020 award-winning wildlife photos (Agora).

14. Rocket Lab launched Electron in a big test of booster recovery, efficiently introduced the booster down in a parachute (HouseNews)

15. ELI5: Why are there “hot people” and “cold people,” – like my mum, who’s at all times chilly. Why?! (r/explainlikeimfive).

(Android Authority).

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