Last Week in Technology News – July 24 – 30, 2017

| July 30, 2017

In this issue: Meizu introduced smartphones with two screens; Inside the AMD Ryzen Threadripper the EPYC chip is hidden; USB 3.2 will double the data rate; Moto Z2 Force Edition has retained a non-slip screen; Adobe will end with Flash in 2020

Meizu introduced smartphones with two screens

Today’s smartphones in most of them look almost the same, but there are also pleasant exceptions. Novelties of the company Meizu differ from competitors by the presence of an additional service screen on the back side. This 1,9-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 240 × 536 pixels is used to output time, date, weather and various notifications. The main screen of the Meizu Pro 7 has a diagonal of 5.2 inches and a resolution of Full HD, the Meizu Pro 7 Plus is slightly larger – 5.7 inches, Quad HD. Novelties received the processor MediaTek Helio X30 (Meizu Pro 7 can also be equipped with a chip Helio P25), 4 GB of RAM (6 GB of Plus-model), 64 or 128 GB of flash memory. Also worth noting is a dual 12-megapixel rear camera and 16-megapixel front.

Inside the AMD Ryzen Threadripper the EPYC chip is hidden

Before the start of sales of high-performance AMD processors Ryzen Threadripper there is very little time left. Overclocker Roman Hartung, known under the nickname Der8auer, posted a video with Scalping chip Threadripper last week. As it turned out, there were not two, but four eight-core Zeppelin crystals hiding under the processor cover. So Threadripper is a server-based EPYC processor with half the disconnected crystals. But it is hardly to be hoped that inactive blocks can be included in some way to get another 16 cores free of charge – AMD certainly thought about this moment.

USB 3.2 will double the data rate

Organization USB 3.0 Promoter Group has prepared a draft specification of the USB version 3.2. A new version of the popular interface brings an important innovation: doubling the bandwidth of the interface. Thus, the maximum data transfer speed through the USB port will reach 20 Gb / s. Another nice news is the fact that the existing certified USB Type-C cables do not have to be changed: they will support USB 3.2 specifications.

Moto Z2 Force Edition has retained a non-slip screen

Moto Z Force had a unique “chip” – its durable screen was almost impossible to damage. The new Moto Z2 Force Edition has retained this feature: the ShatterShield multi-layer structure helps protect the display from damage even when falling from a high altitude and hitting a hard surface. Other characteristics correspond to the flagships of this year: the QHD screen, the Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of flash memory. The dual 12-megapixel camera is complemented by a 5-megapixel front. But the battery failed – its capacity is 2730 mAh. The prices for the device start at $ 720.

Adobe will end Flash by 2020

Still, Steve Jobs predicted the fast end of Adobe Flash technology, which gradually leaves our browsers. Last week, the company announced the date of the “death” of once popular technology. “We will stop updating and distributing the Flash player at the end of 2020 and encourage content creators to transfer any Flash content to new open formats,” the Adobe spokesman said. Developers of browsers are gradually refusing to support this format, preferring HTML5.

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