💻 Good morning! Big day for laptops, let's get straight into it.
First, Apple announced a refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. The main change is that Apple did away with the controversial butterfly keyboard, putting back the old/new Magic Keyboard with scissor switches. But it didn’t launch a new 14-inch MBP, either, making this a tweak/polish refresh.
The $1300 model is not what it seems:
Meanwhile, Microsoft’s promised Surface Neo dual screen Windows tablet (above) is on hold, as Windows 10X grows in importance:
What does it mean?
💳 Following a “we’re back” announcement from Poco yesterday, a leaked/unintentional Poco F2 Pro GearBest listing shows a copycat Redmi K30 Pro with 865 SoC, ‘most affordable’ tagline (Android Authority).
📸 New patent: This could be what Xiaomi’s first phone with an in-display camera looks like (Android Authority).
📱 Google Pixel 4a: Everything we know so far (Android Authority).
🎁 The new Samsung Galaxy A51 is now available unlocked in the US, and comes with a free set of Samsung Galaxy Buds ($110), all for $400 (Android Authority).
🆕 Intel’s 10th-gen desktop CPUs are here but still on 14nm (desktop, not laptops, to be clear) (Ars Technica).
🐔 Tim Bray, a VP and distinguished engineer at Amazon, resigned, saying he “quit in dismay” after Amazon allegedly fired protesting workers. His blog post here, including how the decision might’ve cost him $1 million, and calls Amazon “chickenshit”. This just doesn’t happen (tbray.org).
🔫 PewDiePie is now exclusive to YouTube for live-streaming in a new deal. This does mean something in the streaming space: PewDiePie is not Ninja, but his audience is bigger and different. YouTube Gaming made the announcement (Variety).
🚗 This game is 2KB: Hue Jumper (https://killedbyapixel.itch.io/hue-jumper). (I downloaded Call of Duty Warzone recently and it was 100GB.)
🤩 Oscar winner Taika Waititi will co-write and direct a Star Wars movie. That franchise, celebrated widely yesterday, is in considerable flux but the next movie is scheduled for a December 2022 release (starwars.com).
🚀 Tom Cruise and SpaceX are making a movie filmed in outer space, report says (CNET).
👀 NASA says its next Mars rover is getting its most advanced cameras ever: the Mastcam-Z camera rig features: zoom, infrared and ultraviolet sensing, and should send back the best panoramas ever seen to get people excited about Mars and space (Input Mag).
🏆 Here are the winners of the 2020 Pulitzer Prizes (poynter.org).
😷 “Conflicting CDC statistics on US COVID-19 deaths. Which is correct?”(r/askscience).
Flightera.net posed this interesting chart showing how COVID-19 has prompted airlines to favor their newer, more fuel efficient planes over older ones:
I prefer graceful elderly flying miracles than older age bucket, but ok,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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