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The morning after – Engadget

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Hello! We start the week as Tesla tries to protect its trade secrets and technology. This time he is suing engineer Alex Khatilov for allegedly flight the company’s custom Warp Drive software (which automates purchasing and other systems) within three days of starting his job at Tesla in late 2020.

He allegedly copied “thousands” of files to his personal Dropbox account and, when questioned by investigators, he claimed he “forgot” the files. The engineer even tried to delete the Dropbox app and other files at the start of the interview with Tesla.

The company has already pursued its rivals, like Rivian, for hiring staff who brought Tesla’s secrets and technology with them. The challenge this time around could be that the pandemic has forced many workers, including new hires, to work from home, making tracking and verifying deleted files more difficult to do.

– Mat Smith

MagSafe magnets can interfere with medical implants.

Apple has updated a support document to warn against keeping the iPhone 12 and MagSafe accessories too close to pacemakers, defibrillators and other implants that may respond to magnets and radios. Apple says you need to keep devices at least six inches away during regular use, or at least a foot away if the iPhone is charging wirelessly.

Oddly enough, despite updating its support documentation, the company claims that the additional MagSafe magnets inside new devices shouldn’t increase the risk compared to older iPhones. It comes days after medics said they found an iPhone 12 interfered with a defibrillator implant, putting it in suspension when approached. Continue reading.

Disney + is doing well.

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Disney

Pixar’s latest film topped Nielsen’s streaming rating from December 21-27, totaling 1.669 billion minutes of viewing time. He even beat the regular streaming champion, Office (1.435 billion minutes). Disney’s flagship streaming show, The Mandalorian, was fifth with “only” 1 billion minutes to complete his second season. Netflix took fourth and third with sci-fi drama George Clooney Midnight sky (1.1 billion minutes) and alternative story series Bridgerton (1.2 billion). Continue reading.

Its Xperia Compact series would face the iPhone 12 mini.

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If you want a small smartphone in 2021, the only realistic option seems to be Apple’s iPhone 12 mini. If you’re an Android user, well, you’ll have to go back to the 2018 Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact.

At least for now. The latest phone leak from OnLeaks claims to show off a new Sony phone with a 5.5-inch screen, dual rear cameras, and, gasp, a headphone jack. Continue reading.

Sound quality should also be more reliable on cell phones.

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While we’re more likely to be in front of our TVs or laptops at the moment, Netflix’s Android app has chosen a new audio codec that features variable bit rate to keep sound quality at its best depending of the connection. There is also a new volume management feature to smooth out jarring volume changes between shows and to compensate for noisy environments. Continue reading.

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