Apple Watch 2 said to feature a thinner display

According to a new report from Digitimes, the second-gen version of the Apple Watch will incorporate a display technology that should help make the device thinner than the original and perhaps free up some internal space for a slightly larger battery. Per touch panel maker and Apple component supplier TPK Holding, the Apple Watch 2 will utilize a One Glass Solution (OGS) for the display as opposed to the Glass on Glass solution currently used on the original.

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Whereas the display on the current Apple Watch is made up of two pieces of glass, TPK Holding’s One Glass Solution would instead utilize just one. As SlashGear points out, this “would not only offer a little more internal space” but would also serve to make the Apple Watch 2 slightly less heavy than the current Apple Watch.

But as tends to be the case anytime a company tries to change its manufacturing process, TKP Holding has run into some production issues.

The large loss for the second quarter was mainly because touch panel orders for iPhones continued to decrease, and Apple will change touch panel technology from G/G to OGS (one glass solution) in the new Apple Watch to be launched in the second half of 2016, TPK said. The change in touch panel technology involved unexpected technological difficulties and therefore yield rates for OGS touch panels were much lower than expected, TPK explained.

Interestingly, an Apple Watch rumor from last month relayed that Apple ultimately has plans to replace the OLED display on the current model with Micro LED technology. Doing so would purportedly help improve battery life while also providing a richer color gamut with higher resolutions. Additionally, a Micro LED would help make the somewhat bulky casing of the current Apple Watch just a tad more svelte. Apple’s transition from OLED to Micro LED, however, isn’t expected until sometime in 2017.

In the meantime, it’s largely looking as if the Apple Watch 2 will be introduced at an Apple special event in September, perhaps alongside the iPhone 7 introduction which will likely take place sometime in early September. As for what we can expect out of Apple’s next-gen wearable, rumor has it that the device may include an LTE chip for cellular connectivity, a FaceTime camera, and a custom S2 processor. Additionally, other reports claim that the Apple Watch 2 will add in a GPS chip, an obvious move given that fitness tracking is reportedly the most commonly used feature on the device.

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Deadpool Vs. Comic-Con 2016 in Amusing Cosplay Video

YouTube user D Piddy released a new cosplay video called “Deadpool Vs. Comic-Con.” In it, he dresses up as Deadpool and goes around the convention causing all kinds of funny chaos, havoc, and annoyances. It actually a pretty entertaining video, so I hope you get a kick out of it. 

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1byone’s retro turntable might be the trendiest music player ever

Vinyl albums have come back in a big way as people look to take a break from the crazy tech lurking around every corner and get back to the basics. Vinyl records offer a sound that simply can’t be imitated by digital audio, but you’ll obviously need to pick up an old school turntable if you want to get in on the action. You could spend a small fortune on a turntable, a receiver and speakers, or you could snag a delightfully retro 1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Portable Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers on Amazon for just $69 shipped.

Some key details:

  • Selectable 33 / 45 / 78 RPM speeds settings.
  • Dynamic, balanced tone arm with soft damping control.
  • Front-facing built-in stereo speakers provide great sound.
  • With RCA and headphone jack outputs / line in port mounted on the side, easy to operation and support multiple music playback modes.
  • Wooden cabinet with PU leather wrapping, the briefcase-styled turntable is lightweight, easy to store and transport.

1byone Belt-Drive 3-Speed Portable Stereo Turntable with Built in Speakers: $68.99 with free Prime shipping

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Cinematic Sound Radio: Ep. 21 — STAR TREK 50th Anniversary!

On this week’s episode of CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO we’ll be listening to the film, TV and video game music of STAR TREK, which first aired on network TV on September 6, 1966. During this very special program you are going to hear two hours of new and old music from the various STAR TREK films, TV series and video games.

First up you’re going to hear brand new music by Michael Giacchino from the third film in the rebooted STAR TREK film franchise, STAR TREK BEYOND.

Our weekly video game selection comes from Chad Seiter’s 2013 score to STAR TREK THE GAME.

Our film music vault selection will be music from the two-part STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION episode called THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS featuring music by Ron Jones.

We will have four re-recordings for you starting with music from Fred Steiner’s score to the classic STAR TREK episode MIRROR, MIRROR. You also hear a new recording Jerry Goldsmith’s “The Enterprise” from STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE. And you’ll hear two recordings from album called SYMPHONIC STAR TREK featuring music from STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY by Cliff Eidelman and STAR TREK GENERATIONS by Dennis McCarthy.

I’ll be featuring individual selections from Jerry Goldsmith’s STAR TREK INSURRECTION and James Horner’s STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK.

And you’ll hear a suite from Jerry Goldsmith’s last STAR TREK score to STAR TREK NEMESIS.


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New video shows how big Tesla’s Gigafactory really is

Anything called a “Gigafactory” being built in the Nevada desert was always going to be big. (There’s no other reason to build something in the Nevada desert, for one.) But a new behind-the-scenes video from Wired shows the speed and ambition that Tesla is applying to building Elon Musk’s new supervillain lair the factory where the Model 3 will be made.

The Gigafactory is under construction in Sparks, Nevada. When it’s finished, it will be the biggest building in the world by footprint, and will churn out batteries for 500,000 Model 3s per year. But first, Tesla needs four walls and a roof.

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Wired‘s video does a good job of showing off how impatient Tesla is being. The first section of the factory is already up and running, assembling battery cells into battery packs. At the same time, the basic structure of another factory section is being built outside. Other parts of the factory are still just hot sand.