✨ Good morning! The Segway throwback today is really something.
Popular Science puts out an annual Best of What’s New awards, and we’ve reached the 33rd edition in 2020.
It’s an amazing list of things, a lot you can actually buy, too - PopSci says months of work goes into the list and it shows! There’s a breadth of work here.
🎱 More Snapdragon 888 news: Deep dive into the specs, an interview with Qualcomm by my colleague David Imel explaining how the Snapdragon 888 is changing the camera game, and all the confirmed Snapdragon 888 phones and brands so far — Xiaomi looks first, and could announce something by December (Android Authority).
🎧 Here’s our first look at the upcoming rounded Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro (bye bye, beans) (Android Authority).
🔋 Samsung’s Galaxy F big battery phone series could be getting a new member in a reported Galaxy F62 (Android Authority).
🤔 Should Samsung keep the Galaxy Note? Here are the pros and cons of something looking more likely that it won’t happen in 2021(Android Authority).
📸 MKBHD’s blind smartphone camera test was announced with an unexpected winner that you can’t really buy in the US, and also revealed how much Twitter and Instagram change photos on their platforms (YouTube)
📺 Discovery Plus announced: A new streaming service packed 55,000 episodes and includes Discovery, of course, plus HGTV, The Food Network, TLC, OWN, Animal Planet, and more — starting at $4.99 p/m, ad supported (Android Authority).
⌨ Alexa becomes a chatbot – you can now talk to Alexa by typing, not just talking, with an iOS update, and presumably Android updated in the future? (VoiceBot)
🍎 Apple will be forced to sell iPhones with included power adapter in Brazil (9to5Mac).
🍏 New Kuo drop: Two redesigned MacBook Pros coming in 2021 and new MacBook Air in 2022, all with Apple Silicon and Mini-LED displays (MacRumors)
😬 Google illegally spied on workers before firing them, US labor board alleges (The Verge).
🔊Amazon seems on track to buy podcast network Wondery (Engadget).
🦴 A broken piece of Internet Backbone might finally get fixed (Wired).
🎲 South Africa's lottery probed as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 drawn — and 20 people won (BBC).
🚢 A chain just cut through a capsized cargo ship filled with cars, and the photos of the process and the process itself is pretty damn cool. Think 38 ton lugs welded on, and ropes made to lift made of “ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene slings” (Jalopnik).
🐙 How robot tentacles may capture our floating space trash (Mashable).
🚀 It’s happening: The SpaceX Starship may fly to 15km as early as Friday (Ars Technica).
🌑 China's Chang'e 5 moon mission snaps incredible images of lunar surface: a 15,000×7,947 pixel zoomable image! (Ars Technica).
🤒 “How the heck does a laser/infrared thermometer actually work?” (r/askscience).
🚶♂️ ...and a repost here because the link was missing: “Why do joints make a "cracking" noise for certain activities such as walking up stairs, but have no actual pain associated with them?” (r/explainlikeimfive) (Sorry!).
The first Segway was announced today back in 2001, an exciting new product that evolved personal mobility but probably not with the same force as initially perceived, like the later hoverboard, and more useful personal electric scooters that now can be seen in every major city.
But the Segway had ambitions. There’s a wonderful book about it called 'Code Name Ginger' by Steve Kemper, also known as 'Reinventing the Wheel: a Story of Genius, Innovation, and Grand Ambition', by Steve Kemper.
An extract published here shows a meeting between some of Segway’s team including inventor Dean Kamen, and two of the brightest minds you might've heard of: Steve Jobs, and Jeff Bezos.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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