HomePod Mini, 6th-Gen Apple TV Could Track U1 Chip-Powered Devices, Leaker Says

KEY POINTS

  • Apple is working on a smaller version of the HomePod and a new Apple TV
  • Both devices will make use of Apple’s UWB technology, a report says
  • The tech allows both devices to act as base stations monitoring all U1 devices in a user’s home

Apple’s upcoming small home speaker, the HomePod Mini, and the sixth-generation Apple TV will feature advanced technologies that allow them to do certain things like keep track of other iDevices, a leaker claims.

Noted tipster Jon Prosser, creator of Frontpage Tech and leaker who claims to be the “world’s most controversial Apple reporter,” suggested that Apple is equipping its upcoming HomePod Mini and Apple TV with technologies allowing them to do “next level stuff.”

Per the leaker, who has a noteworthy 74.5% accuracy when it comes to Apple leaks and rumors according to AppleTrack, the new smart home speaker

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Best of the Prime Day 2020 security camera deals: $25 for a Blink Mini, $240 for a Ring Video Doorbell 3/Echo Dot Bundle

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day starts shortly, but if you’re looking to beat the rush, there are lots deals already available. We’re covering all of the best Prime Day deals before Amazon Prime Day officially begins, but I’ll be focusing exclusively on home security cameras in this post. Ring, Blink and others have announced some discounts ahead of Prime Day — and I’ll continue to update this list as more sales hit over the coming days. 

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The Blink Mini is one of the Amazon brand’s newer indoor security cameras — and it typically costs $35. Now, with a $10 discount, you can snag one for just $25. It’s similar to the Wyze Cam Indoor, but doesn’t have free cloud storage. 

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Will Apple announce a HomePod Mini on Oct. 13? Here’s what we know

Apple’s HomePod debuted in 2018. It had a $349 price tag, great sound and the risk of putting white rings on your tabletop. Since then, despite some nice iterations on the HomePod’s features via periodic software updates, Apple hasn’t made much progress in the smart home, even as Amazon and Google continue to expand their audiences for Alexa and Google Assistant products across the board.



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Apple's HomePod prices are down.


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Apple’s HomePod prices are down.


But according to a Bloomberg report earlier this year, Apple isn’t giving up on the HomePod. According to “people familiar with the plans,” Apple is planning to release a smaller and cheaper HomePod. Details are few, but sources say that the new HomePod will be approximately half the size of the original. It will keep the same design, just on a smaller scale.

Apple didn’t announce the new speaker

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The excellent Blink Mini security camera is just $25 in Prime Day deal

While the conventional wisdom is that you can’t put a price on security, if anybody can do a good product on the cheap, then it’s Amazon — especially on Prime Day.   

The Amazon owned security camera brand Blink is particularly good at this, with generations of cameras that offer great value products. And now, the Blink Mini Indoor Cam is just $25 at Amazon. That’s 28% off the usual price. 

Blink Mini Indoor Cam: was $35 now $24.99 @ Amazon
Offering great day and night-time footage on the cheap, as well as impressive granular settings, the Blink Mini Indoor Cam is a great choice for those who don’t have enormous budgets for home security. Now $10 cheaper than usual, the Blink Mini is an excellent buy this Prime Day. View Deal

While the cheaper Blink Mini doesn’t inherit all of the excellent features of its predecessors — it’s wired

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AMD Project Quantum Possibly Revived: Potential Zen 3 And RDNA 2 Mini Gaming PC Incoming?

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Over five years ago, AMD launched the R9 Fury, R9 Nano, and showed off something called Project Quantum. Project Quantum would have been a wholly redesigned PC from AMD with its own hardware inside. As the GPUs came and went, Project Quantum went dark… until today. A Twitter user by the name @Pete_2097 discovered a patent from AMD, which was filed in February and granted last month, for the design of Project Quantum.

2015 was undoubtedly an intriguing year for computer cases. That was the year HotHardware gave away a CyberPower Trinity Xtreme PC, which had three separate chambers. AMD also had their interesting design with the Project Quantum PC. The PC was designed to be “the VR PC of the future” with a complete redesign from the ground up. It was a small form-factor device with a split chamber setup. The bottom chamber would house water-cooled components, and the

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iPhone 12 Expected to Have Longer Battery Life Except on iPhone 12 mini

As the announcement of the iPhone 12 lineup nears and leaks consolidate a more final picture of the devices, it seems that battery life may improve across most models in spite of reduced capacities.

Smaller Batteries?

International certifications spotted in July seemed to reveal the battery capacities of each of the four ‌iPhone 12‌ models.

  • 5.4-inch ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ mini (model A2471) – 2,227mAh
  • 6.1-inch ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ (model A2431) – 2,775mAh
  • 6.1-inch ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro (model A2431) – 2,775mAh
  • 6.7-inch ‌‌iPhone 12‌‌ Pro Max (model A2466) – 3,687mAh

These battery capacities are notably smaller than the iPhone 11 models they are replacing. Apple improved the capacity of its batteries in the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max last year, which have heavier and thicker batteries than those used in the previous XS and XS Max models from 2018. The ‌‌iPhone 11 Pro Max‌‌ had the largest battery life of

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New ‘HomePod mini’ and Apple TV will track your location for HomeKit, AR

A leak claims that Apple’s “HomePod mini,” and new Apple TV, will precisely track your location, or that of your devices, in your home, to trigger HomeKit actions, or even AR.

According to regular leaker Jon Prosser, the tracking will enable HomeKit to, for instance, lock doors, and turn on lights, as you walk around. He also claims that this will actually facilitate expected new Apple AR features in the Find My app.

Prosser goes on to say that this feature will also “be used in the Find My app when you’re away from home to alert you

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Forget a 5G iPhone 12, I care more about a $99 HomePod Mini

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Apple is set to announce the iPhone 12 during its Oct. 13 digital event. Given the event’s “Hi, Speed.” tagline and abundance of rumors, everyone expects a 5G iPhone. While Apple’s first 5G phone will certainly be the star of the show, I’m much more interested in one of the other possible announcements, an updated HomePod and a rumored $99 HomePod ‘Mini’. Why? Because our phones may be the gateway to us as individuals, but voice-enabled smart devices (like the HomePod) and the data-driven networks behind them are the gateway to our homes.

Smart devices and voice will be as revolutionary as the smartphone

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the HomePod will make up more of Apple’s revenue than the iPhone any time soon. According to AAPL’s fiscal Q3 2020 Consolidated Financial Statements, the iPhone accounts for 4 times the revenue of the entire wearables, home and accessories

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5G iPhone, iPhone mini, and what else to expect

Apple is finally set to announce new iPhones, after weeks of delays and pandemic-related disruptions.



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Invitations for an October 13 event featured the phrase “Hi, Speed,” hinting at a long-rumored upgrade that would allow the iPhone to connect to the new 5G wireless network that’s currently being rolled out by carriers in the United States and abroad.

Though still nascent, 5G promies to deliver much faster connection speeds when it’s fully deployed. Beyond phones, It will pave the way for more connected devices: Advances like self-driving cars, virtual reality, smart city technologies and networked robots could be powered by the new network.

Apple is somewhat late to the 5G phone game. Its new phone will join a growing list of options from Google, Motorola, Samsung, Huawei, LG and others.

But the iPhone may be able to hold its own given its loyal fan base, and some

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A mini fractal universe may lie inside charged black holes (if they exist)

Black holes are perhaps the strangest, least-understood objects in our universe. With so much potential — being linked to everything from wormholes to new baby universes — they have sucked in physicists for decades. 

But as strange as these known objects are, even stranger types of black holes could be dreamed up. In one upside-down, hypothetical version of the universe, a bizarre type of black hole could exist that is stranger than an M.C. Escher sketch. Now, a team of researchers has plunged into the mathematical heart of so-called charged black holes and found a slew of surprises, including an inferno of space-time and an exotic fractal landscape … and potentially more.

Related: 9 ideas about black holes that will blow your mind

Welcome to a holographic superconductor

There are all sorts of potential, hypothetical black holes: ones with or without electric charge, ones spinning or stationary, ones surrounded by

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