Morning Post | iPhone 15 Pro will use touch buttons / “Avatar 2” is finalized / Starbucks responds to grabbing coupons without redemption

Ai Faner's early report reading

  • iPhone 15 Pro will feature solid-state touch volume keys
  • Ex-Apple exec says iPad is on the decline
  • "Avatar 2" finalized in Mainland China
  • Starbucks responds to the 0.01 yuan grabbing coupons and will not exchange them
  • Liu Qiangdong returns to the front desk
  • Luo Yonghao's new AR company is valued at about 200 million US dollars
  • BYD raises prices, up to 6,000 yuan
  • HP plans to cut 4,000-6,000 jobs in three years
  • Binance is under investigation by Singapore police
  •  Blizzard freezes NetEase, a battle that no one wins
  • Honor 80 series released
  • Honor's new folding screen phone Magic Vs released
  • Godson: The fourth generation of products will reach mainstream CPU performance
  • China's first commercial space vehicle released
  • Blizzard game national server stop recharge service and registration
  • Steam 2022 Autumn Sale Starts
  • "Slam Dunk" releases Sakuragi Hanamichi's character trailer
  • "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2" will include 6 styles
  • Apple TV+ may film FTX collapse incident movie

Apple supplier hints that the iPhone 15 Pro will feature solid-state touch volume buttons

In a letter to shareholders, Apple supplier Cirrus Logic hinted that next year's iPhone 15 Pro models will feature solid-state touch buttons, according to research firm Barclays.

The semiconductor company said it expects to "launch a new HPMS component next year." The Taptic Engine, the iPhone's haptic driver, is included in HPMS.

Two Barclays analysts said accordingly: "The biggest change in next year's new iPhone models is the elimination of physical buttons, (so) the need to provide additional drivers for the Taptic Engine."

In October, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said that the iPhone 15 Pro models will use solid-state volume keys and power keys, equipped with two additional Taptic Engines to provide tactile feedback, simulating the feeling of pressing a button.

Source: Macrumors

Former Apple executive says iPad is going downhill: No one knows what the iPad is for

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee recently said in his Monday Note blog that the iPad business is going downhill.

The data shows that the highlight moment of the iPad was in 2014, that is, the period of the fourth-generation iPad and iPad Air 2. Since then, the overall sales of the iPad have been declining.

And Gassee believes that the root problem of the slippery slope is that "the iPad can't answer what it is." For example, Apple recently added Stage Manager to iPadOS, making the iPad more like a Mac, but the experience is not as smooth as on macOS. This dislocation of software and hardware has brought confusion to the iPad business.

Instead, though, Cook has insisted: "The iPad is the clearest expression of our vision for the future of personal computing."

Source: AppleInsider & Jean-Louis Gassée

"Avatar 2: The Way of Water" is scheduled to be released in Mainland China on December 16

@20 Century Pictures announced yesterday that "Avatar 2: The Way of Water" will be released in mainland China on December 16, simultaneously with North America.

"Avatar: Way of Water" will continue to focus on the planet Pandora and the Na'vi people, telling that when the pastoral life was disrupted by the RDA who returned to Pandora mining, Jake took his family to the "safe haven" in the reef area, but encountered the Metkayina tribe.

According to statistics, as of the first week of November, a total of 38 foreign language films will be shown in theaters in 2022. In 2019, there were 136 imported films in foreign languages, and 71 imported films in 2012 ten years ago.

Source: Shangguan News & Zhitong Finance

Starbucks responded that the 0.01 yuan coupons were not redeemed: the internal test link was activated by mistake, and an automatic refund has been initiated

Yesterday, Starbucks launched a 0.01 yuan 2 cups of coffee coupons on Douyin. In the end, more than 900,000 tickets were reportedly sold. However, a large number of consumers said that they could not exchange the purchased activity coupons for corresponding products.

That night, @星巴克中国 responded that the launch of the event was due to "an internal test link was activated by mistake". At present, Starbucks has corrected the system settings and initiated automatic refunds.

Source: Sino-Singapore Jingwei

Liu Qiangdong returns to the front desk

According to "LatePost" report, on the 20th, at the Jingdong business management training meeting, Liu Qiangdong, chairman of the board of directors of Jingdong Group in Hong Kong, was connected to the video during the meeting, and his speech lasted for more than three hours.

During the period, Liu Qiangdong named and criticized the retail business executives, saying that the executives deviated from the core of the business strategy, namely cost, efficiency, and experience, and further refined the experience into three aspects: product, price, and service: "With this All irrelevant work is invalid!"

Liu Qiangdong also said that when he was listening to the strategy meeting, he felt that "the executives talked too much about fancy stories, but they talked too little about cost, efficiency, and experience. If they don't have enough grasp of such core strategies, it will be difficult to lead the team." Go for the long run."

Before this year’s Double Eleven, JD.com’s original GMV (transaction volume) target was to increase by 20% year-on-year, but the actual distance is far away. Neither Tmall nor Pinduoduo disclosed specific GMV data.

Source: LatePost

Luo Yonghao's new company completed 50 million angel round financing, with a post-investment valuation of about 200 million US dollars

Luo Yonghao's AR start-up company "Thin Red Line Technology (Thin Red Line)" officially announced yesterday that it has completed an angel round of financing of approximately US$50 million, with a post-investment valuation of approximately US$200 million.

It is reported that this round of financing is led by Meituan Dragon Ball, followed by investment institutions such as Blue Run Ventures, Lenovo Ventures, Matrix Partners, DJI, ATM Capital, and celebrities in the technology industry such as Li Wanqiang and Wu Yongming.

Founded in June 2022, Thin Red Line Technology is another technology startup that Luo Yonghao joined after Smartisan. The company's goal is to build the next-generation personal computing device platform after smartphones.

Although the new entrepreneurial project has been officially announced, Luo Yonghao has not completely ended his live streaming career. However, the aspect of making friends has made it clear that Luo Yonghao will shift his focus to the "thin red line" in the future, and at the same time reduce the live broadcast time, and fade out the management of making friends.

Source: Interface News

HP plans to cut 4,000-6,000 jobs in three years

Hewlett-Packard recently issued a statement stating that based on the "future-oriented transformation plan", HP plans to lay off 4,000 to 6,000 employees in the next three years.

According to HP CEO Enrique Lores, the main purpose of layoffs is to manage costs. In addition, HP will also reduce its layout in the real estate industry.

According to reports, HP's revenue mainly comes from computer sales, but in the third quarter, global PC shipments fell by nearly 20%.

Source: CNBC & Pinwan

Crypto exchange Binance under investigation, Singapore police say

According to a statement from the Singapore police, the Singapore police are currently investigating Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore stated that Binance is already able to denominate in Singapore dollars and accept local payment methods such as PayNow and PayLah in Singapore. Therefore, the Monetary Authority of Singapore put Binance on the investor warning list. In addition, the Commercial Affairs Bureau of the Singapore Police Force is also investigating Binance for possible violations of the Payment Services Act.

In addition, according to people familiar with the matter, after FTX went bankrupt, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao "CZ" met with investors in the Middle East a few days ago, planning to raise funds for the "Encryption Industry Recovery Fund".

Source: Jiemian News & Foreign Media

Blizzard freezes NetEase, a battle that no one wins

Blizzard and Netease terminate the agency cooperation, and in the short term it will be a lose-lose situation.

For Blizzard, it means losing a stable source of income first. The NetEase agent brought Blizzard an income of 287 million US dollars last year, but in the third quarter just past, Blizzard's net profit was only 435 million US dollars.

Blizzard is not easy to find the next partner.

The domestic game that changes the operating unit needs to go through the pre-approval or import approval procedures again. The last time the version number of imported games was issued, it dates back to June 2021.

In addition to the stumbling block of the version number, there are not many domestic companies that can take over.

It is difficult for small and medium-sized companies to enter Blizzard's vision, but for giants who meet the conditions, Blizzard's domestic annual income of less than 300 million US dollars is not attractive. Taking Tencent as an example, US$300 million can only contribute about 1% of its revenue.

For NetEase, it has lost a source of stable long-tail income, and has added uncertainty to the mobile game cooperation with Blizzard's IP.

However, the most seriously injured may still be Blizzard's accumulated millions of gamers in China.

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Honor 80 series released, debuting AI scene-aware video computing photography technology

Yesterday, the Honor 80 series was officially released.

According to reports, the new machine is equipped with a 160-megapixel ultra-clear main camera and a 1/1.56-inch outsole image sensor. Its AI Vlog video master function can intelligently recommend six video shooting modes including macro video, night scene video, and portrait video.

In other respects, the Honor 80 Pro is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ flagship chip, uses a 6.78-inch 1.5K hyperboloid screen, is equipped with a 4800mAh battery, and supports 66W fast charging.

The Honor 80 SE starts at 2,399 yuan, the Honor 80 starts at 2,699 yuan, and the Honor 80 Pro starts at 3,499 yuan.

Honor released the new folding screen phone Magic Vs, priced from 7499 yuan

Yesterday, Honor's new generation of folding screen mobile phone Magic Vs was also officially released.

According to reports, the model weighs 261g, is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, is equipped with a large-capacity 5000mAh battery, supports 66W fast charging, and uses the MagicOS 7.0 system.

The Honor Magic Vs series has been pre-ordered and will be officially launched on November 30, starting at 7,499 yuan.

Source: IT Home

Godson: The fourth generation of products will reach mainstream CPU performance

Hu Weiwu, chairman of Loongson Zhongke, revealed on the forum recently that Loongson's fourth-generation products (3A6000, 3A7000) will reach the level of mainstream products in the market.

Hu Weiwu also said that in the next 2-3 years, Loongson Zhongke will be committed to transforming the advantages of independent research and development into cost-effective and software ecological advantages, and become a representative of high performance, low cost, good ecology, and stable supply in the domestic integrated circuit industry.

A few days ago, Loongson also disclosed that Loongson 3A6000 has completed the design and is in the production process. It is expected that samples will be available in the first half of 2023.

Source: Fast Technology

China's first commercial space vehicle released, expected to fly for the first time in 2024

At the "2022 China Aerospace Conference Commercial Aerospace Industry International Forum", "Future Aerospace" officially released the first commercial space vehicle in China – "FutureX Future Exploration Space Vehicle".

According to reports, FutureX is a multifunctional orbital transfer vehicle platform (OTV) capable of autonomous on-orbit flight, long-term on-orbit residence and service, which can carry multiple microsatellites to different orbits, perform space experiments, and clean up space debris. Task.

According to Future Aerospace, FutureXplorer-1 will make its first flight in 2024.

Source: Beijing News

Outage enters countdown, Blizzard game national server stops recharge service and registration

Yesterday, the recharge service and user registration entrance of the Blizzard game product national server on Battle.net and the client were closed. Currently, clicking "Register User" on Battle.net will jump to the error page.

However, until January 23, 2023, servers for World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Warcraft III: Reforged, and Heroes of the Storm will still be available. will be open normally.

From 0:00 on January 24, 2023, NetEase will officially stop the operation of Blizzard game products, close the battle.net login and all game servers, and close the client download at the same time.

It is worth mentioning that yesterday was also the eighteenth anniversary of the release of "World of Warcraft".

Source: Blue Whale Finance

Steam 2022 Autumn Sale opens, "Red Dead Redemption 2" welcomes historically low prices

The team 2022 Autumn Sale is now open and will end at around 2:00 on November 30. The prices of many masterpieces such as "Red Dead Redemption 2" ushered in a new record low.

In addition, this autumn sale still has the Steam Awards, players can go to nominate awards such as the best game of the year, and get badges and experience rewards according to the rules.

Nominated games will be voted on again during the Winter Sale, and the list of winning games will be announced on January 4.

Source: IT Home

"Slam Dunk" released Sakuragi Hanamichi's character trailer, which will be released on December 3

The animation film "Slam Dunk" written and directed by Takehiko Inoue has released the latest trailer for the 10-day countdown to its release. The character that will appear this time is Hanamichi Sakuragi.

It is reported that the role preview will be announced on the corresponding countdown date according to the jersey number of the Xiangbei Five Tigers. Previously, the animation has announced the character previews of Mitsui Hisashi and Rukawa Kaede, and the previews of Miyagi Ryota and Akagi Takenori will be announced in 2 days and 5 days.

The "Slam Dunk" animated film, produced by Toei Animation's Dandelion Animation Studio, will be released in Japan on December 3.

Source: Mtime

"Spider-Man: Into the Parallel Universe 2" new stills exposed, will include 6 styles

"Empire" magazine released the exclusive stills of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2". Producer Phil Lord revealed that the work will present a richer painting style to the audience:

"The first film was dominated by one style, and this one has six. The goal is to make the audience cheer every time they enter a new environment. At the same time, (we) also want to make sure that this style serves It’s about the story, it’s driven by emotion, not trying to show off.”

"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" was launched in 2018 and won the Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 91st Academy Awards. The two sequels of the film will be released in North America on June 2, 2023 and March 29, 2024 respectively.

Source: Mtime & Sina Entertainment

Apple may buy the rights to Michael Lewis's new book and shoot a movie about FTX's collapse

According to Deadline, Apple, Amazon, and Netflix are vying for the copyright of Michael Lewis's new book, and they are preparing to make the FTX bankruptcy incident into a movie.

It is reported that Michael Lewis has been following reports about Sam Bankman-Fried and his cryptocurrency exchange FTX.

It is estimated that the copyright transaction amount of this new book may reach 7 figures. Many of Michael Lewis' works have been remade into movies before, including "The Big Short", "Moneyball" and so on.

Source: Pinwan

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Nordic artist Olafur Eliasson brought his new work "Shadows Traveling on the Sea of ​​the Day" to Doha, Qatar, where the World Cup is held.

It's a gigantic installation that spans several kilometers, and you can look at it from a distance and see how it grows among desert plants and rock formation traces. You can also come closer, to see, to touch, to lean on.

Underneath the circular installation is a mirror, in which the originally semicircular supporting columns are connected with the reflection in the mirror to form a complete circle.

The artists say they are inviting viewers to think about their relationship to the ground: when you look up, you are actually looking down. (Topys & Archdaily)

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