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Last Week’s Top Tech News: Portable Air Conditioning, Green Line OLED Fixing Tech, Apple Sneakers, Red Magic 8S Pro & More – Gizmochina

Last week was no exception to exciting tech news from smartphone makers to chip makers. The news ranged from an innovative fix mechanism revolutionizing OLED screen maintenance to Apple’s encryption stall in the UK. Unexpected ventures like Apple’s mid-1990s sneakers generated new interest, while advances in 5G connectivity, AI language models and cutting-edge smartphone designs made headlines.

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Dive into our weekly tech news roundup to learn more about what happened in the past week.

New laser technology makes OLED screen repair more convenient and fixes green lines in seconds

OLED panels are popular in high-end products due to their superior image quality and high cost. However, they also have disadvantages such as fragility and high cost. A laser machine has been introduced to repair green lines on OLED displays without the need for replacement parts. This machine recreates the OLED panel’s broken internal traces, which carry electrical signals across the display. The repair process only takes a few seconds and the green line disappears instantly. The first generation of this product is expected to become more common and developed in the near future.

Apple iPhone users in the UK may soon lose iMessage and FaceTime

Apple may remove two key features from its iPhones in the UK due to the UK government’s Online Safety Act, which will regulate messaging services. The bill aims to monitor messages for CSAM and illegal content and requires access to messages based on end-to-end encryption. Apple opposes this bill, which has faced criticism from WhatsApp and Signal, who have pulled their services. The UK government is currently in an 8-week consultation period and tech companies like Apple are hoping to revise the bill based on the feedback.

Apple Sneakers: The Most Expensive Shoes You Could Ever Own Now Up For Auction

Apple has produced many interesting products, including iPhones, iPads, Macs, and AirPods. However, the company’s history also includes rare and collectable items such as the Apple Newton game console, Lisa and Pippin. A pair of mid-1990s Apple Computer Sneakers, created as promotional items for Apple employees, are now available for purchase for $50,000. These sneakers feature a White upper with a rainbow Apple logo on the tongue and side quarter and a mock “Air” cushioning window in the heel. Although not produced by Apple, these sneakers are of great value and are not aimed at standard users but at collectors.

TSMC plans to roll out a more advanced version of its 3nm process

TSMC, a Taiwanese semiconductor company, is struggling with the poor yields of its 3nm process node, which is rated at 55%. However, the company has confirmed that a more advanced process is under development, which should bring performance improvements. TSMC cut the tapes of its 3nm process late last year and reports suggest Apple’s upcoming A17 and M2 chips will be based on the new processor. The global semiconductor industry is valued at between $500 billion and $600 billion, with a projected market of $1 trillion by 2030. The market distribution is expected to be computing-intensive power products, mobile computing, high-growth industries, and smart wearables.

Huawei Mate 60 will ditch Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 and feature Spirit Island design as iPhone 14 Pro

Huawei has faced challenges in the world of technology, but plans to launch the Mate 60 series. The Mate 60 series is expected to feature the “Spirit Island” design, similar to the front camera module of the iPhone 14 Pro. The design is similar to the Honor V20 and pill-shaped front camera housing, but differs in interactivity. Huawei is taking the technology of Honor and adding new features similar to those of Apple. The Mate 60 series is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, but some reports suggest it could be powered by the Huawei-developed chip due to ongoing US sanctions against the company.

Huawei hasn’t officially announced the Mate 60 series, but leaks suggest it’s in the works and could be released in the near future.

China surpasses 670 million 5G smartphone users and deploys 2.9 million base stations

China’s 5G telecommunications sector has made significant progress, with 676 million 5G smartphone users and 3 million base stations installed. The sector recorded a 6.2% increase in revenues and a 17.1% increase in total turnover. There are currently over 2.12 billion mobile IoT devices in use, with the potential for transformation in sectors such as healthcare, education and transportation. China’s “One Hundred Cities, Thousand Parks” Industrial Internet Campaign has fueled digital transformation and innovation. Major telecom companies are focusing on next generation technologies like 5G, cloud computing, big data and artificial intelligence, which are driving the growth of the industry. China is also focusing on improving 5G network quality, expanding coverage and reducing costs.

Meta launches its rival ChatGPT Llama 2 for free

Meta launched its own AI-powered system, Llama 2, in partnership with Microsoft. This free AI language model is open for personal and commercial use, competing with ChatGPT and Google Bard. Meta aims to be more accessible than its competitors by being more transparent with data and code, reducing bias. Open source drives innovation and improves safety and security. The company is also partnering with Qualcomm to bring artificial intelligence to the device with the Llama 2 models.

Users can download templates directly or through partnerships.

Red Magic 8S Pro with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, 6,000 mAh battery debuts in global markets

Nubia has launched the Red Magic 8S Pro and Red Magic 8S Pro+ smartphones in global markets. The Red Magic 8S Pro features a 6.8-inch AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 main version, 16GB LPDDR5x RAM, and 512GB UFS 4.0 storage. It is available in Midnight, Platinum and Aurora editions, with prices starting at 649 EUR/649 USD in Europe and America and 779 EUR/779 USD in the 16GB + 512GB configuration.

Nokia plans to start selling refurbished smartphones from the second half of 2023

Nokia plans to sell refurbished phones as part of its environmental sustainability strategy, according to HMD Global’s 2023 Sustainability Progress Report. The company will include remanufacturing Nokia phones for resale and a tree planting campaign. The initiative will be tied to its operations in Europe and it will be interesting to see how it expands into other markets.

The upcoming Tecno POVA will feature a unique LED light strip on the rear panel

The Tecno POVA smartphone is expected to feature an LED light strip on the rear panel around the camera module, called the “Arc Interface”. The device will light up when receiving notifications and will be available in various colors. The exact name and timeline of the launch remain unknown.

Gloture presents WearCool: a pouch air conditioner to beat the heat outdoors

Tokyo-based Gloture has introduced WearCool, a portable air conditioner belt designed to provide relief from the summer heat. The device, weighing 488 grams, uses PCM and heat-absorbing fans to deliver cool air to the upper body. The mobile app allows users to control fan speeds and configurations.

With a maximum battery life of 17 hours, WearCool offers a comfortable outdoor experience.

Apple’s recent patent suggests the development of a rollable iPhone

Apple has filed for a patent for a rollable display, potentially incorporating it into future products such as iPhones, iPads, televisions, desktop displays and vehicle dashboards. The patent application aims to prevent the glass layer from breaking by configuring the display to roll. Other companies, such as LG, OPPO and Motorola, have also explored the roll-up sector.

Rumors suggest Apple is working on a foldable MacBook in 2026.

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