Review: The Lenovo Flex 5G, the world’s first 5G laptop

Sitting on a bench in downtown Boston, I’m uploading and downloading files like a madman on the world’s first 5G laptop, the aptly named Lenovo Flex 5G. I can download Spike Lee’s new movie Da 5 Bloods from Netflix in under 30 seconds versus more like half an hour on regular wireless connections. Wireless carriers have been promising amazing download speeds and other tricks from their new 5G networks, which are supposed to be 10 to 100 times as fast as the average 4G LTE connection. But it’s been a mixed bag so far. The Flex 5G changes the equation. For one, 5G on a laptop is a lot more… Read More

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Apple says it’s ‘committed’ to supporting Thunderbolt on new Macs after Intel details latest version

Earlier today, Intel offered some key insight into Thunderbolt 4, following an initial unveil at CES back in January. The latest version of the connection standard isn’t actually faster than its predecessor (still offering up the same 40 gbps as its predecessor), but there are some key improvements on-board, including some updated system requirements. Here’s the rundown, per Intel, Double the minimum video and data requirements of Thunderbolt 3. Video: Support for two 4K displays or one 8K display. Data: PCIe at 32 Gbps for storage speeds up to 3,000 MBps. Support for docks with up to four Thunderbolt 4 ports. PC charging on at least one computer port. Wake… Read More

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Samsung reportedly plans to abandon free phone chargers next year

Over the years, many manufacturers have stopped including accessories like earbuds or headphone dongles with their latest phones, but rumors now suggest companies are thinking of even omitting a phone charger in the box too. We first heard rumblings Apple plans on skipping the charger on the iPhone 12 this fall, and now a new report by Korean publication ET News suggests Samsung is considering the same for next year. According to the report, omitting the charger in-box can help offset some of the rising costs due to 5G technology. At some point, it seems to have dawned on these… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Seattle Mariners try to keep fans in the game with streaming practices, virtual cheering and more

Seattle Mariners players and coaches are seen on the field at T-Mobile Park during a livestream of one of the team’s Summer Camp workouts. (YouTube screen grab) If you’re going to root, root, root for Mariners in Seattle these days, you’re going to have to do it virtually as baseball has taken on a whole new look in the age of coronavirus. Nearly four months after the pandemic forced Major League Baseball to shut down Spring Training, the Mariners are now conducting Summer Camp exercises at T-Mobile Park ahead of a shortened, 60-game season set to start on July 24. Fans can tune in to livestreams on the team’s YouTube… Read More

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Bolsonaro vetoes COVID-19 aid for Brazil’s indigenous people

By Rodrigo Pedroso and Zamira Rahim | CNN Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has vetoed several points of a law aimed at protecting indigenous communities against Covid-19 on Wednesday, according to the government’s official journal. The proposed legislation establishes an emergency plan to combat the pandemic in indigenous territories and classifies indigenous people and other traditional communities as “groups in situations of extreme vulnerability.” Under the law, the groups would also considered at high risk for public health emergencies. Bolsonaro vetoed points which assured access to drinking water, free distribution of hygiene products and the distribution of cleaning and disinfection materials to indigenous communities. He also vetoed a proposal ensuring mandatory… Read More

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