The Morning After: Sony’s $6,500 A1 digital camera has an identical $2,500 smartphone

Sony unveiled two pro-level gadgets yesterday, beginning with a $2,500 smartphone (no, it doesn’t fold or roll up). Teased in early 2020, the Xperia Pro is for video professionals working in the field, particularly those that may use its mmWave 5G connection to stream occasions. 

Sony Xperia Pro

Not like the usual Xperia 1 ii, the Professional mannequin packs a four-way beamforming antenna for improved community efficiency and has a useful community energy visualizer that exhibits customers the place probably the most secure sign is — a “5G radar” as Chris Velazco places it. Other than that, although, it’s an upgraded Xperia 1 II.

Then there’s the Sony A1, its top-end nonetheless and video digital camera for prosumers. With a next-gen full-frame 50-megapixel sensor and the corporate’s image-processing expertise, it appears to have all the things it must put the frighteners on Nikon and Canon. Once more. 

It might probably simply tackle Canon’s R5, however it comes at a considerably larger value: $6,500. The stand-out characteristic might nicely be its pace. It might probably shoot 50.1-megapixel photographs at as much as 30 fps, with each autofocus and auto-exposure enabled. At these speeds, you’ll be able to seize as much as 155 compressed RAW information earlier than the buffer fills — good for capturing essential motion moments or speedy animals. Naturally, there are not any scarcity of video options — read all about those here — suggesting the A1 could be Sony’s finest nonetheless and video digital camera when it launches. 

And sure, you should utilize it along with your new $2,500 smartphone.

— Mat Smith

There’s additionally a brand new strap and a give attention to Black voices throughout its providers.

Apple Watch Series 6 BHM

Apple is launching a limited-edition smartwatch for Black Historical past Month, blending capitalism and activism with all of the sensitivity you’d anticipate from a trillion-dollar company. The Apple Watch Black Unity Assortment options the phrases “Black Unity” etched on to the again crystal, and it’ll be accompanied by a brand new Watch Sport Band and Watch face. 

Apple didn’t say if it’ll donate a share of gross sales or a set quantity, however the firm is supporting six international equality and civil rights organizations, together with the Black Lives Matter Help Fund through the Tides Basis, European Community Towards Racism and the Worldwide Institute on Race. 

The Apple Watch Sequence 6 Black Unity ($399 for the GPS mannequin and $499 for the mobile model) and the Black Unity Sport Band ($49) shall be out there from February 1st. 
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WarnerMedia’s dual-release technique for 2021 is settling in.


It seems Legendary Photos bought over its points with WarnerMedia’s plan to launch 2021 flicks on streaming and in theaters on the similar time. Its kaiju battle film now has a new trailer and a launch date of March thirty first. Viewers can select between 2D or 3D theatrical showings or 4K HDR streaming through HBO Max. 
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There’s a watchOS replace, too.

iPhone 12

Apple has began rolling out iOS 14.4 to iPhone and iPad customers. Whereas not as meaty of an replace as iOS 14.3, it has a handful of small enhancements. Extra importantly, it fixes three safety points which can be already being exploited within the wild, so go replace your system ASAP.

With the replace, you’ll be capable of designate the kind of third-party audio gadgets you’ve linked to your iPhone by Bluetooth. That can assist your iPhone correctly measure your headphone audio ranges, so it may well ship alerts in case your Taylor Swift playlist is blasting too loud. 

It additionally fixes artifact-laced HDR images captured by the iPhone 12 Professional and keyboard lag that some iPhone customers have famous for the reason that launch of iOS 14. The accompanying watchOS replace contains the corporate’s new Time to Walk feature on Fitness+ (though that was already stay) and a brand new Unity watch face.
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It makes use of a database of 500 million person credentials and a Telegram bot.

A cybercrime discussion board is promoting entry to a database reportedly containing 500 million customers’ personal data. It makes use of information pulled from Fb greater than two years in the past, which comprises individuals’s telephone numbers. It added that would-be stalkers can use an automatic bot for (messaging app) Telegram, which permits hackers to search for these numbers to tie them to an id. Motherboard examined the bot for itself and located it might establish the variety of a person who opted to maintain their telephone quantity personal. Fb is claimed to have confirmed the information breach is actual and that it issues a safety problem resolved in August 2019.
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