🤧 Good morning! And a get well soon to our podcast host Adam Doud, who is fighting off a cold and has no voice. Which means Sam Moore has the job today and tomorrow, which means an early wakeup, so we thank Sam. (Mind you, if only this happened on last Friday's pod... the singing...)
Scientific American has its annual deep dive into the top 10 emerging technologies of 2019, picking out a variety of potentially useful game-changers that are on the edge of becoming mainstream.
The list shows 10 technologies in a mix of states:
Here’s the full list -- five are health or medical-related, four are related to environment and energy:
Obviously, the potential of technologies like #4 could result in major changes to our health, especially as we age, while #3 showed me new insight into a field I didn’t know a lot about.
I like the sound of #6:
And #9 sounds medical, but it’s actually more about transitioning from storing data on circuitry and magnetic tape, all of which cannot last beyond decades, to DNA, which has been found to be stable for hundreds of thousands of years.
Here’s what it could mean, picking out a few points:
📹 Google, Samsung patch Android camera flaw which allowed apps to spy on users, so update your apps people (Android Authority).
🌐 Xiaomi is offering earthquake detection in MIUI 11, and I thought maybe this was on-the-phone technology but it’s just in conjunction with a disaster warning thing. But still! (Android Authority).
🆕 Redmi K30 might trump Google, OnePlus in refresh rate stakes (Android Authority).
💻 Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro has a mysterious new ‘lid angle sensor,’ and now it’s time to speculate: Privacy? FaceID related? Or just Apple seeing if you’ve caused damaged by overextending the display backwards breaking the hinge/internal cables? (MacRumors).
🍎 The Morning Show’s executive producers felt like early reviews were an ‘attack on Apple’ (Recode). (That doesn’t sound like the internet at all!?)
🤷♂️ Conde Nast CEO says ‘the jury is out’ on Apple News+: “I hope Apple News Plus is wildly successful. Whether it’s good for publishers like us or not is to be determined.” (Variety).
📈 Disney’s head of streaming services explains what happened when Disney+ crashed on launch: sheer unprecedented demand (The Verge).
🐦 Angry Birds has somehow been around for 10 years and to celebrate they’ve cooked up a ‘Venting Machine’, where you can let it all out. New York, Times Square, tomorrow only (Engadget).
🌞 Solar win: Using AI to control mirrors has resulted in generating unprecedented thermal levels that reach extreme highs not reached by previous setups, company backed by Bill Gates (CNN Business).
🚗 Renault CEO isn’t worried about autonomous cars killing sales, echoes the view that cars will be used more, and lifespans will shorten to perpetuate demand (Fortune). We wrote about this exact thing from Ford back in August.
🚪 Police can keep Ring camera video forever and share with whomever they’d like, Amazon tells senator. Mind you, police still have to ask users for permission to access the video but the videos can be from months ago, and more than 12 hours long, which is offputting (Washington Post).
🔮 A therapeutic tuning fork: why is Marie Kondo selling the world’s most unnecessary item? (The Guardian). Excuse me while I shout: Marie Kondo!! How could you!!! What a heel turn.
'Meth. We're On It.': South Dakota's new anti-meth campaign went viral over the last day or two, which is exactly what South Dakota wanted as it fights a growing addiction problem.
But it is a little weird to see these positive-sounding reviews:
Cheers, Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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