Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is the smallest Xbox ever

Microsoft claims Xbox Series S delivers 4x the processing power and approximately 3x the GPU performance of Xbox One.

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Microsoft has announced Xbox Series S, the smallest Xbox ever. It’s a compact all-digital gaming console in Robot White with next-gen speed and performance.

“Xbox Series S is also perfect for digital-first gamers and our fans who want to bring their games with them wherever they play,” Xbox noted in a blog post.

It will feature hardware-accelerated DirectX Raytracing, and will support 1440p at frame rates up to 120 frames per second (fps), 4K upscaling for games, Variable Rate Shading and Refresh Rate.

The next-generation gaming console features a custom 512GB NVME solid state drive (SSD), and Xbox Velocity Architecture, which offers faster load times, Quick Resume function – an

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Apple could use ‘iPhone 12 mini’ name for smallest 2020 model

Apple may change up its naming system for the “iPhone 12,” a leaker claims, with the non-Pro models said to be the “iPhone 12” and “iPhone 12 mini.”

For previous iPhone releases, Apple went down the route of having a designated regular-sized model of iPhone accompanied by a larger model with the “Max” or “Plus” suffix. While the trend may continue for the “iPhone 12 Pro” and “iPhone 12 Pro Max,” Apple may opt to shake up the naming convention for 2020.

According to serial leaker “@l0vetodream” on Twitter, the next models may be called the “iPhone 12 mini,” “iPhone 12,” “iPhone 12 Pro,” and “iPhone 12 Pro Max.” Rather than a regular-sized model and a larger “iPhone 12 Max,” Apple instead may opt to make the smaller model the “mini” instead, if the claim is to be believed.

The change in name does somewhat make sense,

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Book excerpt: ‘The Smallest Lights in the Universe’

Science, even science about the heavens, is done by people, astronomer Sara Seager reminds us throughout her new memoir, “The Smallest Lights in the Universe” (Crown, 2020).

For Seager, a renowned astronomer and planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, doing science means searching for another Earth around a distant star. But being human means enduring a difficult childhood, exploring northern Canada, raising two sons, losing her husband to cancer, then falling in love anew. Her grace joining the personal and the scientific begins with the book itself, as you’ll read in the prologue below.

(Read an interview with Sara Seager about the book.)

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The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir
Crown, 2020 | $25.20 on Amazon
In this luminous memoir, an MIT astrophysicist must reinvent herself in the wake of tragedy and

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‘The Smallest Lights in the Universe’ explores the possibilities of life on Earth and far beyond it

MIT astronomer Sara Seager has a quest: to find a second Earth. That scientific quest has developed and persisted against the backdrop of a personal life full of adventure, love and heartbreak.

In her new memoir, “The Smallest Lights in the Universe” (Crown, 2020) Seager balances each of those aspects of her life. She recounts her difficult childhood, her introduction to astronomy, her journeys exploring the vast spaces of northern Canada, her exoplanet research, the loss of her first husband to cancer and the discovery of her second. (Read an excerpt from “The Smallest Lights in the Universe.”) sat down with Seager to talk about her research and her personal life, and the way they intersect. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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The Smallest Lights in the Universe: A Memoir
Crown, 2020 |

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Sony’s New Alpha 7C Is the World’s Smallest and Lightest Full-Frame Camera

Full-frame mirrorless cameras come equipped with huge sensors that give photographer more control than ever before. But this comes at a cost, namely they’re much bigger and bulkier than other cameras. That’s not the case with Sony’s new Alpha 7C (A7C), the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame camera yet.

The latest entry in the electronics giant’s Alpha line of interchangeable-lens cameras will make amateur photographers wonder why they spent all those years lugging around a massive DSLR rig. The compact device is small enough to easily fit into a simple crossbody bag and weighs in at a smidge over one pound.

Featuring a subtle retro-inspired design, the A7C measures 4.9 inches x 2.8 inches x 2.2 inches and weighs just 18 ounces with the battery and memory card included. As New Atlas points out, that is nearly a half-pound lighter than the previous lightest full-frame camera, the Panasonic S5 (25

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