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Remember when Amazon tried some new Echo wearables as part of its “Day One Edition” product line, with invite-only availability?
Two of those are seeing big changes.
But more importantly, the Echo Frames smart glasses have been upgraded and they’re going live to the general public.
🔜 It’s official: Xiaomi’s new Redmi Note 9 series is coming next week (Android Authority).
🔒 Google is rolling out end-to-end encryption for RCS in Android Messages beta, after two years of getting there (Android Authority).
🤔 Why is it so dang hard to place an order for a next-gen console or new Nvidia graphics card? (The Verge).
⛅ iOS gamers can now enjoy some cloud streaming gaming, with Google Stadia and Nvidia's GeForce Now platforms now working in Safari via web app, bypassing the App Store. Fortnite is effectively back on iPhone/iPad. (TechCrunch).
💨 Speed Test G: iPhone 12 vs OnePlus 8T (it’s not really a contest) (Android Authority).
🔨 iFixit digs into the M1 MacBooks and finds similarities galore, except for that M1 chip (Engadget).
🌈 Roblox files to go public. Extraordinary numbers: 31 million daily active users, and 22.2 billion engaged hours. You might only know about this if you have kids but the kids just love it (TechCrunch).
👨✈️ Don’t be alarmed given the safety changes Boeing has been forced to make, but for flying nerds: How to tell if you’re flying on a recently recertified Boeing 737 MAX (Jalopnik).
👩👩👧👦 Why it’s easy to hate Facebook but hard to leave: Groups. A look at how much Facebook was invested in the feature that provides much more than the old News Feed from your friends and family (WashPo).
👙 The Pope’s Instagram account liked a post from a model in a pose probably not seen as particularly ...devout. No one’s fessed up, so the Vatican is asking Instagram. Oops. 🌌 Deep space isn't pure black, and scientists don't know why (NPR).
📡 Facing destructive collapse, the famed Arecibo Observatory will be demolished. This was once a major US scientific achievement that is and was critical for astronomy, and fell into dangerous tatters (The Verge).
🐵 Here are 2020 award-winning wildlife photos (Agora).
🚀 Rocket Lab launched Electron in a big test of booster recovery, successfully brought the booster down in a parachute (SpaceNews)
🥶 ELI5: Why are there “hot people” and “cold people," - like my mum, who is always cold. Why?! (r/explainlikeimfive).
The Internet Archive is now preserving Flash games and animations, which is great for the legacy of the internet given support for Flash is all-but gone from the web browsers we use today, led by Apple all the way back in 2010, and killed off by Adobe in 2017 (Wikipedia).
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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