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TECH TUESDAY: Crazy LG smartphone & signs of life near Venus

Oh yeah, and new Apple products
Posted at 1:59 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 17:40:07-04

Finally! Fresh, new products from Apple. Their event was focused mainly on a new Apple Watch and new iPads - and though some unique accessories were rumored, they weren't announced quite yet. The event titled “Time Flies" kicked off at 10AM Tuesday and as only Apple can do, the presentation was slick and beautifully produced... just like their products.

So what’s new with the tech? Well, the Series 6 Watch has new health features including a blood oxygen sensor along with a faster processor, brighter display, updated colors and new watch bands. And if you don’t see yourself spending a lot on one, they’re offering a lower priced model called the Apple Watch SE starting at $279.

The iPad Air line was updated with an all-screen design similar to the iPad Pro, adding even more value to the tablet. The wildcards were a new set of over-ear headphones and little tracking devices for your belongings - which will likely be unveiled before the end of the year. You can watch the whole event on Apple’s YouTube page and I recommend you do. They’re always enjoyable.

Last week I told you about a new smartphone from LG that was teased online with a mysterious and vague video, and on Monday the company officially revealed the device. As was rumored, it’s called the LG Wing.

It has two screens - the main large one, and a smaller one hiding underneath until you twist it – allowing you to do two things at once, like watch a movie and text, get directions and talk on the phone, and countless other combinations. Instead of having a selfie camera taking up screen space, they made it motorized, so it only pops up when you need it

These are just some of its features, and honestly… I’d use it. If you had Verizon in 2007, it might actually look familiar. They had a swiveling phone back then too. There’s no information on how much it’ll cost or when it’ll be available, but a good guess for the price would be around $1000

Let’s end with something out of this world - literally. Astronomers have detected something highly unusual in the clouds of Venus… a gas that’s created as a natural byproduct of life… as in microbes. Using the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope in Hawaii and one other, scientists were thrilled to discover phosphine gas, a toxic and foul-smelling molecule that’s increasingly being looked at as a potential sign of life.

For decades, Venus has been neglected by researchers - so this certainly moves the planet up on the list.