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Folding Phones Everywhere; HoloLens 2; Dust from an Asteroid


February 25 · Issue #151 · View online
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Folding Phones Everywhere; HoloLens 2; Dust from an Asteroid

Keep folding. Mobile World Congress kicked off in Barcelona over the weekend and, naturally, there are more folding phones. Huawei’s Mate X is a 5G foldable device that starts as a relatively thick, 4.6-inch 5G smartphone that unfolds to become an 8-inch tablet. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Max Mate doesn’t carve away and screen real estate for a few cameras. Like the Fold, though, Huawei only showed it to journalists behind closed doors and wouldn’t let anyone touch it.
The Mate X is Huawei’s 5G foldable – TechCrunch
Virtually here. Microsoft made some news in Barcelona, unveiling its first major update to its mixed reality hardware: HoloLens 2. The new headset, which is still designed for enterprise, is lighter and easier to wear, offers a much wider field of view, works with the Azure cloud, has gaze-tracking and retina-scan security, and can now recognize your hands and all 10 of your fingers without the need for a remote control.
Microsoft's mixed reality HoloLens 2 headset is official
Shoot the asteroid. Landing a manmade spacecraft anywhere is always exciting but doing so on a tiny asteroid zipping through space is like when Robin Hood splits a bullseye with another arrow and then does it again with a third one. Japan’s space agency (JAXA) recently not only landed the Hayabusa 2 probe on the Ryugu asteroid, it shot it with a “bullet.” I know, that sounds cruel, but it was all in the name of science. The projectile kicked up particles that, thanks to some microgravity, floated near the surface and then the probe picked them up. Yes, if all goes well, the probe will bring those rocks and dust back to earth for study.
Hayabusa 2: Japan space probe fires bullet into asteroid - CNN
All systems go. While I’m on the subject of space, SpaceX got some good news last week as the Crew Dragon got cleared for the March 2 unmanned test flight to the International Space Station. This is big news because it puts SpaceX in the pole position, well ahead of Boeing’s Starliner, for manned missions to space (without Russia’s help).
SpaceX's Crew Dragon Is Greenlit for March 2 Unmanned Mission to the ISS
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