👋 Good morning! I’m fresh from checking out Tame Impala here in Berlin, with support act Blood Orange offering something really different.
More importantly, though, the beloved Gary Sims from Gary Explains has launched a dedicated Speed Test G YouTube channel for all the (real) smartphone speed comparisons you could want. And also, that commentary.
The savage decline of HTC is now all-but complete: the HTC Wildfire is back! Buuuut HTC has nothing to do with it, even though that's the HTC logo right on the phone.
So what’s going on at HTC?
📺 The OnePlus TV is coming! And, er, it’s going to be called the OnePlus TV! (Android Authority).
🔋 U.S. airline regulator bans 2015 Macbook Pro models with recalled batteries (Android Authority).
🔜 IFA’s coming, and here are all the release rumors so far (Android Authority).
⛅ Everything you need to know about Google One (Android Authority).
💪 What does MIL-STD-810G mean? Combat ready phones, explained. (Android Authority).
👓 Snapchat has new Spectacles: The third edition has an updated design and a second HD camera, for $380 (Twitter). Coming in September.
🐤 Twitter tests letting users follow topics in the same way they follow accounts (The Verge). It starts with sports.
🤦♂️ Facebook admits contractors listened to users' recordings without their knowledge (The Guardian). “Much like Apple and Google, we paused human review of audio more than a week ago,” said Facebook. A week ago is, like, forever, right?
👋 Also, Facebook just lost another Oculus cofounder (Business Insider).
🍏 How tariffs can still bite Apple (WSJ).
🍎 For some reason, Apple has removed the ability to swear using the Swipe keyboard in iOS (r/apple).
💳 For no reason, here’s what the (titanium) Apple Card sounds like when dropped on a counter (YouTube).
🐛 Airbnbedbug: Hosts say Airbnb doesn't have a systematic procedure to handle outbreaks (CNET). Also, here’s how to sniff out hidden cameras in your rental (CNET).
🦷 Why do hotels never give you toothpaste? (Slate).
🚗 Geeky license plate earns hacker $12,049 in parking tickets (Ars Technica).
🧠 “Since the small intestine is coiled up inside the body, are they all similar in shape? Or is it completely random?” (r/askreddit).
Ok, the mysterious Russian nuclear explosion from last week has now been upgraded from a bit odd to fully weird, as Gizmodo suggested.
We know an explosion at a Russian military testing site killed at least seven people and caused a spike in radiation levels in Severodvinsk, a shipbuilding city 40kms from the explosion. Later, the city retracted those reports, and evacuation reports were issued and retracted.
Keep your iodine tablets close,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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