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We heard earlier this week that the new-generation 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE would be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, but we won’t have to wait until then to get a look at the new mid-size luxury SUV from Mercedes-Benz.

It was indeed unveiled in full a few days ago with a bold new exterior design and a completely redesigned interior. There’s also a new engine lineup and an optional third row to take advantage of the more spacious cabin. In other words, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE is completely and thoroughly redesigned.

New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE
New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Just in time too. Unveiled in 2011, the current GLE was still selling well, but with new Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 and Cayenne models already on the market, and more importantly a new BMW X5 on the way, Mercedes-Benz couldn’t have gone on much longer with a luxury SUV that’s already seven years old.

A turbocharged engine standard on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

The fourth-generation Mercedes-Benz GLE will be powered out of the gate by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine delivering 255 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That engine will power the 2020 GLE 350 while the GLE 450 gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 362 horsepower.

This engine will be equipped with EQ Boost technology which adds an electric motor between the transmission and engine in order to assist in a variety of ways and improve fuel economy.

New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE
New 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE

Expect standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Down the road we will see more powerful AMG versions.

Inside, there’s a fully digital instrument cluster paired with a center information display like in all new Mercedes-Benz models, and square vents like in the new G-Class. The MBUX infotainment system introduced in the new 2019 A-Class will come standard in the 2020 GLE.

Expect the new GLE to arrive in dealerships in the spring.

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The Galaxy S10 could be Samsung’s last flagship with a headphone jack – The Verge

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Other than LG and its focus on audiophile-grade output, there’s been no stauncher defender of the headphone jack than Samsung. The phone giant regularly highlights the 3.5mm jack’s continued inclusion in marketing and device announcements, and its status as the most prominent manufacturer in the Android world means it has a major influence on how many millions of headphone jack-equipped phones are bought and used every month.

But with almost all other previous headphone jack pushers giving in, from OnePlus and Xiaomi to Huawei and Google, will Samsung’s policy last forever? Or, in fact, did it actually just end already?

Samsung’s latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8s, is its first without a headphone jack (unless you count flip phones). It’s also the first to feature a circular screen cutout for the selfie camera, in keeping with the company’s stated new strategy of putting high-end features in mid-range devices first. The recently announced Galaxy A9, for example, has four cameras on the back.

The question, then, is whether the Galaxy A8s is the canary in the coal mine for headphone jack aficionados. If Samsung is willing to excise the jack on a forward-looking device from a series that’s supposed to point to the future, how long before flagship phones like the Galaxy S and Note follow suit?


The good news for anyone planning on using older headphones with a Galaxy S10 is that most indications point to Samsung keeping the jack for that device. Bloomberg did report in October that Samsung has been “toying with” prototype phones that omit the 3.5mm port, but since then there have been several unconfirmed leaks that suggest it will be included.

The above Galaxy S10 Plus render comes from 91Mobiles and OnLeaks, for example. It shows that Samsung is planning to adopt the Galaxy A9’s quad rear camera array, but also makes it clear that the headphone jack is intact.

Meanwhile, various case leaks out of China seem to corroborate aspects of the Galaxy S10’s design.

The Galaxy S10 hasn’t comprehensively spread into the wild yet, so it’s possible that these leaks are inaccurate. But from what we know so far, it does seem like the Galaxy S10 at least is likely to retain the headphone jack, despite the Galaxy A8s omitting it.

However, the days of headphone jack-equipped Samsung flagships may still be numbered. Korean outlet ET News, which is well-sourced on the local electronics industry, reported a couple of months ago that Samsung is seriously considering removing the 3.5mm port from flagship devices released after fall 2019. That could mean that either the Galaxy Note 10 might drop the jack, or perhaps more likely the Galaxy S11.

Given broader industry trends, it does seem inevitable that Samsung will follow suit eventually. Fall 2019 would mark three years since Apple released the jack-less iPhone 7, which kicked off this whole controversy. Wireless and USB-C headphones have improved significantly in availability, quality, and value since then to the point where the lack of a jack is rarely an annoyance.

Removing the headphone jack from an established design is still hard to justify to consumers, because the benefit isn’t immediately obvious. But no-one likes to experiment with new industrial design as much as Samsung, and there will eventually be a tipping point where the headphone jack sees low enough usage and imposes enough restrictions on engineering that it won’t be worth including.

For now, we’d be surprised if the Galaxy S10 doesn’t feature legacy headphone support when it’s unveiled in the coming months. The S11, though, or that eternally-in-development ”Infinity Flex” foldable phone? That would be much less surprising.

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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition brings 30W Warp Charge, 10GB of RAM – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com

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As part of its new partnership with McLaren, today OnePlus is bringing the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition as well as announcing its Dash Charge successor – the Warp Charge 30.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is more than just a fancier-looking version of its 6T counterpart. For starters, it packs 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage as standard. It also comes with OnePlus’ new 30W Warp charger in the retail box.


OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

Visually, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has an understated look, similar to that of the Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition. The 6T McLaren Edition has a glossy black rear panel with a carbon fiber pattern underneath that shows up under direct light.

The side and bottom edges of the phone have the McLaren signature Papaya Orange accent color which shines through at certain angles. The McLaren logo at the rear breaks light into different color patterns.

Warp Charge is almost as impressive as the phone itself. The charger in the retail package packs 30 watts of power and transfers them into the phone through a beefy orange braided color cable. OnePlus pormises 50% of teh battery will get charged in 20 minutes. What’s still not clear is whether the new charger would be able to charge the regular OnePlus 6T just as fast.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

Otherwise the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is a 6T through and through – it packs a 6.41-inch 1080x2340px Optic AMOLED, a dual 16MP f/1.7 camera on the rear, 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera, in-display fingerprint scanner and a Snapdragon 845 chipset.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will go on sale on December 13 in Western Europe and North America, priced at €699/£649/$699 and later, sales will follow in India, China and the Nordics.

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Groundbreaking Infinity Blade removed from App Store, hard to support – SlashGear

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With the high turnover rate of mobile games, very you are able to achieve prestige worthy of the annals of mobile gaming history. Some achieve that through notoriety, others through sheer magnitude. The Infinity Blade trilogy, which remained exclusive to iOS to the very end, reached the hall of fame through pioneering innovation. Now, however, it will remain just that, a part of history no longer accessible today and for future generations as Epic Games has just pulled out all Infinity Blades from the App Store forever.

Mobile games were never really taken seriously at first. They have earned the image of being mindless pastimes like Snake on the old Nokia phones or money-grabbing addictions like Candy Crush. Due to limitations of platforms as well as limitations of phone hardware, mobile games were relegated to being to the same level as calculator and timer apps. Good to be there but only occasionally useful.

Then 2010 ended with the launch of Infinity Blade on the iPhone. The graphics might look dated by today’s standards, but considering we’re talking about the iPhone 4 here, the market reception wasn’t surprising. I made millions in outright game purchases one year when most mobile games could only achieve those numbers through IAPs. Infinity Blade and its two installments changed the game, pun intended.

Sadly, that’s not enough to keep it up forever. Epic Games announced that effective immediately the games will no longer be available for purchase from the App Store. The game developer says it has proven difficult to continue supporting the game at their level of quality, especially when they’re busy working on newer games. And on Fortnite, which may or may not have caused other Epic Games projects to be shelved in its favor.

From a business perspective, it was really inevitable. Infinity Blade has never grown past the third and final game in 2013. It’s not making more money and not seeing more sales. We could only wish Epic Games gave everyone a heads up before it yanked out the games because, unless you’ve already bought it before, there’s no way to buy it now. You can still reinstall any of the games ad infinitum, or at least until they stop working on future iOS versions, but future generations of gamers will just have to rely on screenshots and playthrough videos to experience that groundbreaking piece of mobile gaming history.

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