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Thursday, 2 September 2021

Gadget nerds, behold September’s lineup

SEPTEMBER IS LOOKING FANTASTIC for gadget nerds. Let’s take ‘em in the order they’re likely to happen:

Fujifilm is holding a big event today — indeed, it may be over by the time you read this. The company is expected to announce two gorgeous bright XF-series primes, an updated X-T30, a new 50 MP GFX 50S II “small medium format” camera, and at least one GFX lens. The Fuji faithful (us included) are also hoping for a development announcement on the X-H2. The event gets underway at 3pm CLT and FujiRumors is the place to turn for wall-to-wall coverage.

Apple is widely expected to hold its flagship fall event on Tuesday, 14 September. Pundits think the device maker will unveil its iPhone 13, new AirPods and a new Apple Watch. But next year’s watch is probably the one to look out for — the Wall Street Journal expects it to have a blood pressure monitor and a thermometer that could help with fertility planning, among other features. 9to5 Mac has a rundown on what to expect from this month’s event, and the consensus is that a new (non-Pro) iPad and the next generation of Macbook Pros will roll out at one or more separate events later this fall.

Canon is also likely to make headlines on 14 September — that’s the date on which the usually very reliable Canon Rumors expects the camera maker to unveil its jaw-dropping EOS R3 pro-level mirrorless camera geared at sports and wildlife shooters.

Microsoft is holding a Surface event on 22 September, and the Verge expects it to unveil a new Surface Duo and a new Surface laptop. Satya Nadella’s team has been so tight in the last while that even iSheep like us will be tuning in to see what’s in store. You can catch the live stream of the event here starting at 5pm CLT.

Would you willingly hand your phone over to the cops if you got a speeding ticket? We join Verge editor Nilay Patel in cringing at that particular future after Apple announced earlier this week at least eight states in the US have rolled out digital versions of their driver’s licenses and state IDs that can be stored in Apple’s wallet product.

SPEAKING OF LICENSES: As people who may have gotten a few speeding tickets on the way to / from / around Sahel this summer, are we alone in wanting to sing the praises of Dakhleya for the new system of on-the-spot fines? With electronic receipts? Beats the hell out of the old “take away your license and good luck figuring out how to get it back before it expires” system.

IN GLOBAL COVID NEWS- WHO boss renews call for a moratorium on booster shoots, citing widening vaccine inequity: World Health Organization (WHO) director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has once again called for a halt on covid-19 booster campaigns worldwide at least until the end of September, in a bid to narrow the widening gap between vaccinations in wealthy and poor nations, CNBC reports.

How bad is the gap? Some developed countries have vaccinated at least 50% of their adult populations. while other countries — including many in Africa — still have adult vaccination rates of less than 2%, Ghebreyesus said. Of the 5 bn shots have been administered globally, 75% were administered in just 10 countries.

In the US, some are jumping the queue for a booster shot: The fragmented network of US pharmacies and clinics administering vaccines have little way of keeping track of an individual’s vaccine history, a fact that is being abused by some who are keen to get a third top-up dose before the official booster rollout begins, the Financial Times reports. Some 28% of the US’ adult population has yet to receive a first dose.

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