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Steve Jobs’ used sandals are up for auction

Gross but expensive

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If you could own a piece of tech history, what item would you pick? Most people would probably pick the first Game Boy, the first iPhone, or the first iPod. However, if you’re not picky at all, you might be able to grab one of the quirkier items from (literally) the dustbins of history. An old, used pair of Birkenstocks worn by Steve Jobs has just appeared on auction.

Besides the circular lenses and the black turtleneck, a pair of Birkenstocks became one of the most enduring pieces of wardrobe in the Apple founder’s iconic look. This particular pair of sandals was reportedly a part of his actual wardrobe between the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Via Gizmodo, chef Mark Sheff kept the used pair when Steve Jobs threw them out decades ago. While some were just discarded through Goodwill, several made their way to exhibitions, auctions, and private collections. Before their appearance on this auction, the pair of Birkenstocks toured around the world through the sandal company. They were also put up for auction back in 2016 when it fetched US$ 3,400.

The pair, now on auction through Julien’s Auctions, estimates a final price tag between US$ 60,000 and US$ 80,000. At the time of this writing, the current bid is already at US$ 22,500. Winners of the auction will also get an NFT of the pair.

Would you pay for a used pair of sandals formerly owned by a celebrity? At what point does owning a piece of history suddenly devolve into weird celebrity worship? You decide.

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Infinix debuts powerful ZERO 5G 2023

Impressive upgrades, better capabilities

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Infinix ZERO 5G 2023

Infinix is welcoming December in a massive way, debuting the powerful ZERO 5G 2023 which comes with impressive upgrades and improved storage capabilities.

The smartphone will be among the first devices to house a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 6nm 5G chipset for up to 2.6Hz of maximum power, while its 5,000mAh battery supports 33W Fast Charge technology.

There is an 8GB RAM plus 5GB of extended RAM for mobile gamers to enjoy, while the phone’s storage is set at 256GB.

The display is likewise off the charts, through a 6.78-inch FHD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and 240Hz sample rate.

Among the device’s features are Clever 5G mode for battery optimization and Auto-Switch Refresh Rate mode.

When it comes to the camera package, the Infinix ZERO 5G 2023 has a 50MP AI camera, 2 MP depth camera, and 2MP micro camera in its triple camera setup on the rear.

There are Super Night Mode and Night Filter features so that low light captures are no problem. There’s also Film Mode for simpler and more efficient video editing of up to 960fps clips.

Pricing, availability

The ZERO 5G 2023’s availability will vary depending on the region. For now, its price starts at US$ 239 and there will be three color options to choose from: Pearly White, Coral Orange, and Submariner Black. 

Be sure to bookmark this link to stay up to date on Infinix’s latest mid-ranger.

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Corning unveils tougher Gorilla Glass Victus 2

Can survive 1m drops on concrete

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Smartphones are getting stronger. Because of ever-growing technology, smartphones today can more easily withstand bumps, dings, and accidents. Besides the intricate labyrinth of chips inside, it’s also important to look at the screen. In the next evolution of screen durability, Corning has unveiled next year’s Gorilla Glass Victus 2, featuring more protection against the most common smartphone accident.

If you’re out and about, there’s a good chance that you’re holding your phone in your hand. All it takes is either a miscalculation or slippery hands to send your phone tumbling onto the unforgiving concrete. According to Corning, “over 30 percent of the drops [smartphones] were having were on concrete, more than any other surface.”

Building on its predecessor’s formula, the Gorilla Glass Victus 2 can now survive drops from one meter on concrete. Plus, much like the original Victus, this version can withstand drops from two meters on smoother asphalt. The new material also compensates for larger and heavier form factors.

Now, the big question: Does it matter? Though it might seem insignificant, more durability on rougher surfaces means more protection in real-life scenarios. In the real world, not everything is as smooth as concrete. More often than not, smartphones will fall onto uneven surfaces. Even a single tiny bump can spell disaster for the hardiest of screens.

Corning has not confirmed which smartphones will get the new glass yet. However, the company hints that it’s coming to a flagship in the coming months. Given the timing (and the specs of the previous generation), it’s not difficult to assume that next year’s Galaxy S23 series will get the Victus 2 first.

SEE ALSO: Corning’s new Gorilla Glass Victus can survive a 2 meter drop

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Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, iQOO postpone December launches

Because of a political figure’s passing

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Though almost all major smartphone launches have already happened this year, some brands reserve December to close the year with a bang. Unfortunately, if you were waiting for one of the final launches this year, you might be in for a longer wait. Xiaomi, Huawei, MediaTek, and iQOO have all postponed their major launches in December.

It’s not a strange coincidence between four brands, of course. Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, recently passed away at 96 years old. Though the four announcement did not mention the death as a reason for the postponement, the coincidence of all four at the same time does heavily point to it.

Regardless of the reason, the four scheduled launches will now happen at a later time. None of the four brands have decided on new dates yet.

Xiaomi was supposed to launch the Xiaomi 13 series and MIUI 14. Huawei was scheduled to unveil smartwatches with housing for TWS earbuds. MediaTek — both through new smartphones and its own launch — was going to reveal the new Dimensity 8200. Finally, iQOO was scheduled for the launch of the iQOO 11 series and the iQOO Neo7 SE.

If you were on the lookout for any of these launches, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi 12T Pro review: Potential flagship killer

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