Sony unveiled two pro-level units yesterday, beginning with a $2,500 smartphone (no, it doesn’t fold or roll up). Teased in early 2020, the Xperia Pro is for video professionals working within the discipline, particularly those that would possibly use its mmWave 5G connection to stream occasions. 

Sony Xperia Pro

Unlike the usual Xperia 1 ii, the Pro mannequin packs a four-way beamforming antenna for improved community efficiency and has a helpful community energy visualizer that exhibits customers the place probably the most steady sign is — a “5G radar” as Chris Velazco places it. Apart from that, although, it’s an upgraded Xperia 1 II.

Then there’s the Sony A1, its top-end nonetheless and video digital camera for prosumers. With a next-gen full-frame 50-megapixel sensor and the corporate’s image-processing expertise, it appears to have every little thing it must put the frighteners on Nikon and Canon. Again. 

It can simply tackle Canon’s R5, however it comes at a considerably increased worth: $6,500. The stand-out function might properly be its pace. It can shoot 50.1-megapixel pictures at as much as 30 fps, with each autofocus and auto-exposure enabled. At these speeds, you possibly can seize as much as 155 compressed RAW recordsdata earlier than the buffer fills — good for capturing essential motion moments or speedy animals. Naturally, there are not any scarcity of video options — learn all about these right here — suggesting the A1 might be Sony’s finest nonetheless and video digital camera when it launches. 

And sure, you should utilize it along with your new $2,500 smartphone.

— Mat Smith

Apple marks Black History Month with a limited-edition Watch Series 6

There’s additionally a brand new strap and a give attention to Black voices throughout its providers.

Apple Watch Series 6 BHM

Apple is launching a limited-edition smartwatch for Black History Month, mixing capitalism and activism with all of the sensitivity you’d count on from a trillion-dollar company. The Apple Watch Black Unity Collection options the phrases “Black Unity” etched on to the again crystal, and it’ll be accompanied by a brand new Watch Sport Band and Watch face. 

Apple didn’t say if it should donate a share of gross sales or a set quantity, however the firm is supporting six world equality and civil rights organizations, together with the Black Lives Matter Support Fund by way of the Tides Foundation, European Network Against Racism and the International Institute on Race. 

The Apple Watch Series 6 Black Unity ($399 for the GPS mannequin and $499 for the mobile model) and the Black Unity Sport Band ($49) shall be out there from February 1st. 

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ makes its HBO Max debut on March thirty first

WarnerMedia’s dual-release technique for 2021 is settling in.


It seems Legendary Pictures obtained over its points with WarnerMedia’s plan to launch 2021 flicks on streaming and in theaters on the identical time. Its kaiju battle film now has a brand new trailer and a launch date of March thirty first. Viewers can select between 2D or 3D theatrical showings or 4K HDR streaming by way of HBO Max. 

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Apple’s iOS 14.4 replace rolls out with safety fixes and Bluetooth audio monitoring

There’s a watchOS replace, too.

iPhone 12

Apple has began rolling out iOS 14.4 to iPhone and iPad customers. While not as meaty of an replace as iOS 14.3, it has a handful of small enhancements. More importantly, it fixes three safety points which can be already being exploited within the wild, so go replace your machine ASAP.

With the replace, you’ll be capable to designate the kind of third-party audio units you’ve related to your iPhone by means of Bluetooth. That will assist your iPhone correctly measure your headphone audio ranges, so it could possibly ship alerts in case your Taylor Swift playlist is blasting too loud. 

It additionally fixes artifact-laced HDR pictures captured by the iPhone 12 Pro and keyboard lag that some iPhone customers have famous because the launch of iOS 14. The accompanying watchOS replace consists of the corporate’s new Time to Walk function on Fitness+ (though that was already reside) and a brand new Unity watch face.

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An automated Telegram bot is promoting Facebook account telephone numbers

It makes use of a database of 500 million consumer credentials and a Telegram bot.

A cybercrime discussion board is promoting entry to a database reportedly containing 500 million customers’ personal info. It makes use of knowledge pulled from Facebook greater than two years in the past, which incorporates individuals’s telephone numbers. It added that would-be stalkers can use an automatic bot for (messaging app) Telegram, which allows hackers to lookup these numbers to tie them to an identification. Motherboard examined the bot for itself and located it might determine the variety of a consumer who opted to maintain their telephone quantity personal. Facebook is claimed to have confirmed the info breach is actual and that it issues a safety problem resolved in August 2019.

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