The Morning After: Sonos stops using ‘recycle mode’ to brick old devices

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This week on the Engadget Podcast, we dive into the many ways the coronavirus is affecting the tech industry, all the while remembering to wash our hands and not touch our faces. And for something completely different, Devindra chats with Ann Druyan (starting at 26:59), the co-creator of Cosmos, on the show’s incredible new season. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.

Don’t brick your old devices for a discount.Sonos kills its device-bricking ‘recycle mode’

A Sonos spokesperson confirmed that the Trade Up program will continue, but recycling mode is no more. If you want to get the 30 percent discount, you just need to prove you own one of the eligible “legacy” products by validating its serial number. Once that’s done, you can apply the discount to anything Sonos is currently selling at its online store.

The completed statue should go on display this fall.Japan’s life-size 18-meter Gundam statue can move (a little)

It will move. As the latest Gundam statue gets prepped to go on show in Yokohama later this year, we’re learning that the mech will not only light up like its predecessors — it’ll move a bit, too. Japanese media got a tour of the Gundam’s leg ‘bones,’ as they crept forward. If anything, the tour proved that full-scale robot suits are a thing of the distant future, sadly.

Foldables schmoldables.TCL made a phone prototype with a roll-up screen

TCL paid a visit to New York to show off its latest smartphone prototypes, and while this included a tri-fold tablet, the more interesting of the pair is what the company says is the “world’s first rollable extendable display smartphone concept.” In short, the device has a roll-up extension to the screen, using similar tech to the roll-up TVs we’ve seen over the last few years.

When fully extended, the display is 7.8 inches. In its original “closed” state, the phone is 6.75 inches. When you need to put it away, the screen rolls and wraps around the rear of the device. It slides inside the phone, though, and perhaps crucially, the display isn’t exposed when closed. While we only handled dummy devices for now, it’s another vision of the future of mobile devices.

It’s likely faster than your gaming rig — but don’t give up on that desktop yet.Does the Xbox Series X make gaming PCs obsolete?

On paper, the Xbox Series X’s sheer power blows away most gaming rigs today — but what does that mean for PC enthusiasts? To be honest, there’s still plenty we don’t know about the Series X or what the state of PC hardware will be later this year. But based on Microsoft’s spec dump last week, we can start making some educated guesses. Read on to let Devindra Hardawar guide you away (or toward) the next big console race.

It doesn’t work very well, but it’s possible.Project Sandcastle shows you can install Android on an iPhone 7

Yes, you can get Android on an iPhone, in very specific circumstances and with a lot of compromises.

Explore Mars with a 1.8-billion-pixel panorama from the Curiosity rover.The next Mars rover is named ‘Perseverance’

Right now, you can explore the Martian surface by zooming in on a giant 2GB panoramic image made of shots taken by the Curiosity rover. In the future, we’ll get data back from a new Martian rover, dubbed Perseverance. It will set off for the red planet in July.

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