Lei Jun, the CEO of Chinese phone maker Xiaomi, has confirmed that its upcoming Mi 11 phone will not come with a charger, citing environmental concerns. While that’s a legitimate argument against providing yet another hunk of plastic that resembles all the other chargers people already have, Xiaomi joined other phone makers who poked fun at Apple a few short months ago for not including chargers with the iPhone 12.
Jun made the remarks on Chinese social media site Weibo, saying people have many chargers which creates an environmental burden, and therefore the company was canceling the charger for the Mi 11.
Apple’s decision not to include chargers with the iPhone 12 was met with some derision, and competitors like Samsung reminded customers in an ad that charging bricks were “included with your Galaxy.” That Galaxy ad has apparently been deleted, however, as rumors continue to build that Samsung won’t include a charger with its upcoming Galaxy S21 phones.
Shortly after the iPhone 12 launch, Xiaomi tweeted that it “didn’t leave anything out of the box” for its Mi 10T Pro, adding a short video clip that shows a Mi 10T box with a charger inside. Perhaps the takeaway here is that companies should keep the marketing team in the loop about future product decisions?
There is, in fact, a strong environmental case for not including superfluous chargers with new phones, especially if the chargers are identical to the dozens of others most people already have. But it seems like as phone makers continue raising the price tags on their new devices, they’re somehow finding ways to give customers less — no headphone jacks, no charging bricks— than they did in the past.
Is the next step to just do away with the box and hand over new phones to customers in bubble wrap, or maybe in paper bags? I guess we’ll find out.
PewDiePie Announces "Big Change" to His YouTube Channel – ComicBook.com
PewDiePie has announced a big change to his YouTube channel, inspired by the likes of Corpse Husband, Dream, and a growing trend amongst popular streamers on Twitch and YouTube. After a two-week break from YouTube, the platform’s most popular content creator is back. In the build-up to his return, the king of YouTube teased a “big reveal.” Following up this tease, today, PewDiePie released a new YouTube video titled, “I’m Back With A Huge Announcement.” And as you would expect, the video is already trending and has nearly two million views. Of course, every PewDiePie upload achieves wild engagement, but this video, in particular, is garnering extra attention for the aforementioned announcement.
For those that haven’t seen the video, PewDiePie is taking a page out of the playbook of Dream, Corpse Husband, Pokimane, and other streamers and YouTubers and will now hide his identity behind an avatar. According to PewDiePie, he’s getting rid of his self-facing camera and doing the “reverse face reveal” to stay relevant.
“I’ve realized that the only way for me to stay relevant at this point… it’s necessary for me to do this,” said PewDiePie, clearly joking. “Corpse Husband… no face cam, no face reveal, massively popular. Dream… no face cam, no face reveal, massively popular.”
Right now, the YouTuber hasn’t decided on a final avatar, but for most of the video, he did use a temporary one, or more specifically, the avatar below:
For now, it remains to be seen how permanent this change will be. In the video, PewDiePie asks fans for help in finding and choosing an avatar, suggesting at the very least the avatar above won’t be around for long. Again though, it’s hard to gauge how long PewDiePie will keep this going. In the video, he’s clearly joking around and perhaps poking fun at the trend, but it also seems like he’s going to keep the avatar at least for a little while.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the President, has admired our Federalist heritage—but not the fact that every state has handled the coronavirus differently. It’s resulted in some areas containing the virus—and others overrun. A new Wallethub study, using data collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The COVID Tracking Project and rt.live, has ranked all 50 states, in order from most to least safe during the pandemic. The factors they considered: vaccination rates, COVID-19 positivity, hospitalization, death, and transmission. Read on to see the bottom ten, ending with the absolute least safe—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had Coronavirus. 10 Kansas On the same day it was reported that four nurses in rural Kansas refused to administer the vaccine, deaths rose, currently standing at 3,579 and 7,930 hospitalizations. That includes this heartbreaker: “A Salina couple’s love is being celebrated as they died from COVID-19 while holding hands,” reports KAKE. “‘They were just full of love and happiness,’ Sharolyn Hoffman, the daughter of Bert and Carol Stevenson, said. ‘They got married later in life, after previous marriages, and so, I think they finally found their love match,’ Hoffman said.” 9 Arkansas Earlier this month, the state hit records for hospitalizations, and the surge has included an outbreak in the Legislature. “Rep. Lanny Fite, who serves District 23 in Saline County, said Wednesday that he tested positive but has not had any symptoms,” reports KATV. “Fite said he is isolating at home and had already been quarantining since Rep. Milton Nicks tested positive last week. Fite sits next to Nicks in the House chamber. Rep. Keith Slape tested positive for the virus on Monday.” 8 Pennsylvania Getting a vaccine in Pennsylvania or nearby New Jersey is proving nearly impossible for some. “David Zalles, 82, spent an hour on Montgomery County’s website before he realized all the appointments to get the coronavirus vaccine were already booked,” reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Five weeks after the coronavirus vaccine rollout began nationwide, millions are now eligible to get the shots in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. But the states are still receiving far fewer doses than they need, and with no centralized system for administering them, confusion and frustration reign among the vaccine-hungry public.” 7 California California has made headlines worldwide for the severity of its COVID outbreak. The surprising thing isn’t that it’s on this list, but that it’s so far down. “Now, with the crisis showing signs of easing, the main reason for the catastrophic surge is coming into focus: a false confidence that the pandemic could be kept in check,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “For the public, that complacency showed up in fatigue and frustration over safety restrictions. Officials, for their part, were caught off-guard by how rapidly, and how broadly, the virus spread once the numbers began to climb. By Christmas, so many patients struggling to breathe needed to be hospitalized in California that emergency rooms in large swaths of the state closed to ambulances as doctors stuffed patients in hospital corridors. The holiday surge has so far killed more than 18,100 Californians, more than doubling the state’s total death toll from the pandemic in less than three months.” 6 Georgia “Some grim perspective as the average number of deaths per day in Georgia from COVID-19 for the last two weeks has exceeded 100 for the first time ever and the number of confirmed cases has now surpassed 700,000, according to state data,” reports Fox 5. “As of 3 p.m. Thursday, the Georgia Department of Public Health reports 11,511 confirmed deaths and 1,378 probable deaths since the start of the pandemic. That is an average of 101 confirmed deaths per day for the last 14 days or 1,411 confirmed deaths in the same time period. Just over 14.2% of all confirmed deaths in Georgia have happened since the New Year, according to state data.” 5 South Carolina “South Carolina’s death toll is climbing to tragic new heights. Data from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control shows the state broke its single week record for deaths the week of January 9, tallying 329 confirmed and suspected deaths,” reports WIS News. “The previous record was 325 deaths, counted the week of July 25. Between the weeks ending on Dec. 26 through Jan. 16, DHEC has tallied 1,160. That’s the deadliest four week span of the pandemic.” 4 Nevada “A surge of Nevada coronavirus cases following December holidays may have passed, but deaths are still spiking, experts told a panel guiding the state’s COVID-19 response Thursday,” reports News 4. “‘It’s pretty likely that we’re right in the throes of the peak related to mortality,’ chief state biostatistician Kyra Morgan told the COVID-19 task force a day after state health officials reported a new record high number of deaths in one day, 71.” 3 Mississippi Another state, another Legislative breakout. “At least three members of the Mississippi Legislature recently tested positive for COVID-19, and now there’s a debate between House and Senate leaders about suspending the session,” reports WAPT. The light at the end of the tunnel seems far away. “At the current rate, it would take almost nine months to vaccinate Mississippians now eligible to receive COVID-19 shots, with the majority receiving their doses at Mississippi State Department of Health drive-thru clinics,” reports the Sun Herald. 2 Alabama “Alabama is grappling with surging deaths as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations remain high and intensive care unit capacity is stretched,” reports ABC News. “The state reported record numbers of new cases and hospitalizations following the holidays. At one point last week, only 39 ICU beds were available statewide.”RELATED: If You Feel This, You May Have Already Had COVID, Says Dr. Fauci 1 Arizona “Over the course of the pandemic, the Yuma area has identified coronavirus cases at a higher rate than any other U.S. region. One out of every six residents has come down with the virus,” reports the New York Times of the country’s “Salad Bowl.” “Each winter, the county’s population swells by 100,000 people, to more than 300,000, as field workers descend on the farms and snowbirds from the Midwest pull into R.V. parks. This seasonal ritual brings jobs, local spending and high tax revenue. But this year, the influx has turned deadly.”No matter where you live, follow the public health fundamentals and help end this surge, no matter where you live—wear a face mask, social distance, avoid large crowds, don’t go indoors with people you’re not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don’t visit any of these 35 Places You’re Most Likely to Catch COVID.
Pewdiepie Returns To YouTube With A Face Reveal | TheGamer – TheGamer
YouTube’s biggest single content creator Felix Kjellberg, better known as Pewdiepie, has returned from a brief three-week break that he took during the first of the year. During his return episode, we learned that Pewdiepie—after a decade of being on YouTube—was finally going to give us a face reveal…in reverse.
Over the last ten years, we’ve become very familiar with what Pewdiepie looks like. The YouTuber has never been shy about showing his face and sharing stories of his life, no matter how embarrassing they may have been. However, given the popularity of YouTubers like Corpse Husband and Dream—who have never shown their faces—Pewdiepie felt that it was time to finally do a reverse face reveal.
In his first video in three-weeks, Pewdiepie returned to his usual comedic review of his community’s subreddit, r/pewdiepiesubmissions. Before jumping into the memes, though, the YouTuber used his intro to do what he called a “reverse face reveal.” All this entailed was turning off his camera and having his editor put an avatar in place of his face.
As usual, Pewdiepie asked his audience to help him out by creating their own avatars and promised that the highest voted one would be his new avatar. Outside of YouTube, Pewdiepie has recently penned a deal with the video distribution company Jellysmack to bring video content to his Facebook page.
This deal prompted a strangely titled article in the New York Post that claimed that the YouTuber was “making a comeback.” The article contained a caption that said Pewdiepie had been absent for the last five years. Of course, this was all in reference to his absence from, and return to, Facebook—not YouTube. Not one to waste an opportunity, though, Pewdiepie was quick to point out that Felix Kjellberg had been making videos in his absence—in reference to a long-running joke that Pewdiepie and Felix Kjellberg are actually two different people.
Pewdiepie has proven time and again that he can not only keep his audience engaged but that he is still capable of growing his community. In 2020 alone, the YouTuber gained six million followers, through a combination of let’s play and reaction videos. At the end of the day, he has a total of 108 million followers on YouTube. With his reach extending to Facebook in the near future as well, it would be safe to say that Pewdiepie is going to be more prevalent than ever.
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