Yesterday a video was making the rounds that allegedly showed what Motorola’s upcoming Moto Razr phone with a foldable display would look like. It was said to have been shown off my Lenovo/Motorola executives at an event in China.
Today WinFuture and Engadget reported that not only was this video not new… it wasn’t even made by Lenovo. It’s an excerpt from a fan-made video posted to YouTube by Waqar Khan in February… except that Lenovo appears to have slapped the Motorola logo on the end and shared it as its own. In fact, you can still see the words “concept by @WaqarKhanHD” on the video shared by Lenovo.
I mean, Khan says his video was based on leaked schematics, so maybe Lenovo figured it was cheaper to repurpose a video that’s already a fairly accurate depiction of its phone than to create one from scratch. But they don’t seem to have given Khan credit… and it does raise the question of whether a real phone actually exists.
Another question I’m left with? WTF?
Here’s a roundup of recent (and updated) news from around the web.
- Update: About that Moto Razr folding phone video… [Liliputing]
That video that allegedly shows the upcoming Moto Razr foldable phone that was making the rounds yesterday? Apparently it’s an excerpt from a fan-made video produced earlier this year, and shared off by Lenovo/Motorola execs for some reason.
- HP Enterprise buys Cray, maker of supercomputers, for $1.3 billion [Anandtech]
This probably won’t have any impact at all on the HP desktop and notebook computers you can buy for home or small business use. But it does give HP a big presence in the high-end supercomputer space.
- Translatotron: An End-to-End Speech-to-Speech Translation Model [Google]
Google’s Translatotron offers speech-to-speech translation without first converting to text. It can also “retain the voice of the original speaker after translation.” Make sure to follow the links to listen to some rather astonishing examples of Trnslatotron in action.
- Google preparing to block call recording apps altogether [reddit]
Android P already blocked apps from recording sound directly from a phone call. Android Q DP3 blocks a workaround that used a phone’s microphone to do it.
- Update: More details about Amazon’s new Fire 7 tablet and its spec bumps [Liliputing]
The new Amazon Fire 7 tablet has the same processor as the Fire HD 8 (but it’s running in 32-bit mode for some reason), as well as an ambient light sensor, higher-res front camera, and other improvements.
- Google discloses security bug in its Bluetooth Titan Security Keys, offers free replacement [TechCrunch]
It’s like rain on your wedding day.
- Arm Mali-D77 display processor [ARM]
ARM’S new Mali-D77 display processor is designed to bring smooth VR experiences to headsets with up to a 3K, 120Hz display.
- Walmart launches free NextDay Delivery [Walmart]
Walmart launches free 1-day shipping across much of the US, no membership fee required. This would totally be an Amazon Prime killer if Prime hadn’t added streaming video, music, eBook borrowing, and a bunch of other value-added services ages ago.