During the Apple iPhone 12 launch event, MagSafe made its comeback in an all-new avatar. The company also announced a range of MagSafe accessories including cases, a leather wallet, and a wireless charger. Interestingly, the MagSafe wireless charger is now found to be working with at least some of the high-end Android smartphones.
Apart from charging iPhones wirelessly, MagSafe also magnetically holds and aligns the wireless charger or any other MagSafe accessory. In the video posted by Zollotech (embedded below), the new MagSafe Charger is magnetically attached to the aluminum back of the Google Pixel 5 and even charges wirelessly.
New MagSafe Charger from Apple is also working with some Android smartphones
However, the magnetic connection is not as firm as on the new iPhones. Apple included an array of magnets inside the iPhone 12 devices, which are missing on these other devices. Since the MagSafe Charger supports the Qi standard, it can basically charge any Qi-enabled devices.
Meanwhile, the magnetic connection purely depends on the build of these non-Apple devices. According to XDA Developers, the MagSafe Charger also attaches magnetically to the Galaxy S20 FE. Unlike the Google Pixel 5, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE comes with a plastic back.
As the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 features magnets in its hinge, the MagSafe charge will obviously offer a stronger connection. It’s not worth the risk to trust these magnetic accessories since the shattered display or back will cost at least a couple of hundreds of dollars to get replaced.
It only offers up to 7.5W wireless charging speeds for other devices
Nevertheless, users always need to be extra cautious while using the MagSafe Charger with any non-compatible device. These new MagSafe accessories will indeed create a new revenue stream for the trillion-dollar company through its “Made for iPhone” program. However, there will be no official support for Android smartphones.
The company embedded magnets in the iPhone to firmly attach with the MagSafe accessories. The included NFC chip will let the device show an appropriate animation. While the MagSafe Charger can deliver speeds up to 20W for the new iPhones, its limited to 7.5W for other devices.
If you are looking to test the MagSafe Charger with your Android smartphone, it will surely be a costly affair as Apple is currently retailing it for $39.99. There are several third-party Qi wireless chargers that cost a lot less. Moreover, these chargers additionally offer better wireless charging speeds than Apple’s MagSafe Charger.
Jeff Bezos says his space company will send a woman to the Moon’s surface for the first time.
The Amazon billionaire announced his intention on Instagram, posting a video of an engine test at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
He wrote: “This (BE-7) is the engine that will take the first woman to the surface of the Moon.”
The engine has been developed by Mr Bezos’s space company, Blue Origin, and has had 1,245 seconds of test-fire time, he said.
It will power the company’s National Team Human Landing System lunar lander.
Blue Origin is competing with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Leidos-owned Dynetics to win a contract to build NASA’s next human lunar landing system to take humans – including the first woman – to the moon by 2024 as part of its Artemis programme.
Two of the three companies will be chosen in March to continue building their prototypes, although there are concerns about a lack of funding made available to NASA by Congress.
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There is also uncertainty about where space exploration fits in the priorities of the incoming Joe Biden administration.
Blue Origin was founded by Mr Bezos in 2000 and aims to provide low-cost access to space.
The first woman to have flown in space was Russia’s Valentina Tereshkova, on the Vostok 6 in 1963
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Sarnia-Lambton increased Saturday by four to 22, public health officials reported.
The increase was a result of six more confirmed cases, bringing the running total in Sarnia-Lambton to 426, and two more resolved cases, Lambton public health officials said in their daily update.
The total number of resolved cases was 379.
Friday Bluewater Health announced the number of patients with confirmed COVID-19 being cared for at Sarnia’s hospital had dropped to zero for the first time since Oct. 29.
An outbreak was declared Friday at an unnamed workplace due to two confirmed cases, and two cases this week were linked to Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, sending 19 students home to quarantine.
Sarnia-Lambton remained in the yellow, protect bracket in Ontario’s colour-coded COVID-19 response framework.
There have been 25 local COVID-19 deaths, but none since early June.
Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin will take the first woman to the moon’s surface, the billionaire said on Friday as NASA nears a decision to pick its first privately built lunar landers capable of sending astronauts to the moon by 2024.
“This (BE-7) is the engine that will take the first woman to the surface of the Moon,” Bezos said in a post on Instagram with a video of the engine test this week at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The BE-7 engine, which Blue Origin has been developing for years, has tallied 1,245 seconds of test-fire time and will power the company’s National Team Human Landing System lunar lander.
Blue Origin has vied for lucrative government contracts in recent years and is competing with rival billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Dynetics, owned by Leidos Holdings Inc, to win a contract to build NASA’s next human lunar landing system to ferry humans to the moon in the next decade.
1:32 Jeff Bezos unveils mockup of moon lander ‘Blue Moon’
Jeff Bezos unveils mockup of moon lander ‘Blue Moon’ – May 9, 2019
In April, NASA awarded a lunar lander development contract to Blue Origin’s team worth $579 million, as well as two other companies: SpaceX which received $135 million to help develop its Starship system and Leidos-owned Dynetics which won $253 million.
NASA is poised to pick two of the three companies “in early March” 2021 to continue building their lander prototypes for crewed missions to the moon beginning in 2024, an agency spokeswoman has said.
But slim funds for the landing systems made available to NASA by Congress, as well as uncertainty over the incoming Biden administration’s views on space exploration, have threatened to delay NASA’s decision to advance the lunar lander contracts.
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