Xiaomi lifts the veil on the Mi 11, laptops are enough to mine a fair amount of Ethereum and Cybernews puts online the largest login / password database… This is the recap of the week.
The big news of the week is well awaited for the arrival in France of the Mi 11, the latest high-end smartphone from Xiaomi. Technical sheet, specifics, our impressions … we’ll tell you everything you need to know about the device. We also have something to do on the unusual side: between this American who swallows his Airpod in full sleep, and mining farms composed only of laptops, we told you some great stories this week. Finally, we also told you about this gigantic database, containing more than 3 billion stolen passwords, and the official end of the old version of Microsoft Edge.
The Mi 11 5G arrives in France
Snapdragon 888, 5G compatibility, 4,600 mAh battery… Xiaomi’s Mi 11 is without a doubt one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year. During a conference that took place on February 8, the Chinese manufacturer officially unveiled its future flagship. We learn that the latter has 8 GB RAM and of 128 or 256 GB of storage. Although its battery is a bit lower than that of its predecessor, the smartphone offers a 55W GaN charger included in the box. For the screen, Xiaomi offers a 6.81 ″ WQHD + AMOLED with a 120Hz refresh rate. And as for the photo, we find a 108 MP main sensor, a 13 MP ultra-wide-angle sensor (f / 2.4), a 5 MP macro lens and one 20 MP selfie sensor. The smartphone will run on MIUI 12.5.
Be careful not to fall asleep with your Airpods in your ears …
… under penalty of swallow while you sleep. This is indeed what happened to this American father, who took to listening to music before sleeping. When he woke up, he realized that he had very hard to swallow, he went with his family to the emergency room. “The gastrointestinal doctor said it was extremely rare for a blockage not to be painful or severely uncomfortable,” he explains. You guessed it, the blockage in question was due to a Airpods lodged in the esophagus. After an endoscopy, it turns out that the earpiece is working perfectly, except that the microphone has been somewhat damaged. In 2020, a 7-year-old also swallowed an Airpod.
A laptop PC + a GeForce RTX 3060 = gold mine
In just a year, the price of Ethereum has gone from 100 to 1300 €. Something to make some people want to mine, especially since the operation can be done from home without having to buy extremely expensive specialized chips, such as Bitcoin. Some mining farms are thus constituted only laptops, most of which are equipped with a Geforce RTX 3060. At a cost of € 16,700 the investment for 20 computers, and taking into account the current price of Ethereum, it is possible to generate more € 64,000 per year. The initial investment will be repaid in just three months.
Cybernews publishes 3.2 billion passwords
It is undoubtedly one of the largest databases ever built with login / password pairs. Called COMB for Compilation of Many Breaches, the latter in fact resumes the results of many attacks to combine them into a single block. Cybernews has therefore developed a search engine to check if your email address is on the list of corrupt accounts. For security reasons, this one does not reveal the password or the associated account, and merely advises to change each identifier linked to the address. If you find that you are one of the victims, we can only recommend that you follow our advice on choosing more secure passwords.
Say goodbye to Edge Legacy
It’s time to make way for the new Chromium Edge version launched at the start of last year. All users who stayed on the previous browser version will need to must pass on the latter. Indeed, on April 13, Microsoft will deploy a Windows 10 update that will remove the old Edge and install the Chromium based version. If you have version 1803 of the operating system, Microsoft may have already forced you to install the new browser. The holders of 1809, 1903, 1909, 2004 and 20H2 will in turn see their browser replaced by Chromium Edge.
Our tests of the week
This week, the editor got their hands on a rollable smartphone, a dual-screen laptop and, of course, Xiaomi’s latest addition. TheOppo X 2021 is not for now, but it shows that the firm knows how to be innovative. The prototype works on the basis of a OLED screen that rolls up and unrolls. This technology makes the device heavy and thick, but allows a smooth and amazing transition between the two modes. The Asus Zenbook Duo 15 benefits from the power of Core i7 and a 14 ”panel of excellent quality. However, it will take time to get used to your keyboard. Everything is available from € 1,799. Finally, the autonomy of the MI 11 is more than correct, the power is there and the photos are of impressive quality. However, the‘Evolution is less compared to its predecessor, and the price may disappoint from Xiaomi: 999 €.