☕ Good morning! It's Wednesday, March 25th. I felt like I had to say that just to remind myself. Anyway, today's a good day for anyone who already owns an iPad, and I'm thinking of one friend in particular who bought the 2018 iPad Pro just a few weeks ago and had whiplash regret when Apple announced the 2020 models...
And those reviews are faint with praise. The new iPad Pro is not a smash hit but with trackpad support for it and all iPads that can update to iPadOS 13.4, the world of tablets is much more interesting again.
But the more important thing is in the just released iPadOS 13.4, and includes trackpad and cursor support for all iPads. And those who’ve already had a few days with it seem to hugely enthusiastic:
📉 YouTube cuts SD quality by default worldwide to tame bandwidth surge - users can still choose higher-quality streams, but streams will start at 480p (TechCrunch).
📸 Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 to get Galaxy S20 camera features with an update due soon (Android Authority).
🔜 Huawei P40, P40 Pro full specs leak a day before official reveal (Android Authority).
📈 Facebook has put out details on how its platforms are holding up under strain, noting messaging is up 50% and voice and video calling have more than doubled on Messenger and WhatsApp, and investors be warned, admits it isn’t making money from those tools.
🗞 Adding to that is a Times piece detailing how Facebook’s own staff are struggling to keep things going while working remotely: from being told to stop chatting on work message boards, to building their own video conferencing tools as the likes of BlueJeans struggled to cope (NYTimes).
🧻 A consumer behavior researcher explains why toilet paper shelves are bare: This is why everyone is hoarding toilet paper (Ars Technica).
🎧 With the rise of true wireless, is there a place for wireless earbuds? (Just to be clear: “Wireless” earbuds retain a wire connecting the pieces in your ears, but no wires to the audio source. “True wireless” have no wires at all) (SoundGuys)
📚 The Internet Archive has opened 1.4m free books and has removed the waitlist to borrow books. Free and open globally: the National Emergency Library (archive.org).
🤖 I got my file from Clearview AI (OneZero).
🗣Personal voice assistants struggle with black voices, new study shows (The Verge). (Please use ethnically diverse training data.)
😷 Why the COVID-19 related drop in air travel could make weather forecasts less accurate: less data being gathered (Gizmodo). (Worth it.)
Remember that the Smithsonian opened up some 2.8 million artifacts to the public for use in the Smithsonian Open Access initiative?
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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