👋 Good morning! One of the joys of tech conferences is going to and from events. At least 50% of messages exchanged by a team on the ground at any tech conference include: where are you all, is anyone home, does anyone have the keys, and, where can I get food? The great, unsolved problems ...except for maybe the keys, thanks to smart locks these days? Although that doesn’t always work out, as a few Tesla owners found out this week (Gizmodo).
Android 10 has become an official release!
The announcement and devices:
The Android 10 journey:
The waiting game:
A final question: how much do you care about being on the latest and greatest update? Just hit reply and I'll gather up your thoughts.
🆕 Samsung launches the Exynos 980, with 5G support and mid-range aims (Android Authority).
💻 Razer Blade Stealth 13 update announced: The little laptop gets a big GPU boost (Android Authority).
🧲 The best mouse got an update: Logitech’s new MX Master 3 employs magnets for a better scroll (Engadget).
🚫 Firefox’s latest version blocks third-party trackers by default for everyone (The Verge). Praise Firefox for blocking cryptominers and cookies and not following Google-law.
😶 Facebook announced its facial recognition tech will no longer identify new users in their photos by default (The Verge). Opt-out at this link, if you haven’t already (Facebook).
🔐 A glut of iOS 0-days pushes their price below cost of those for Android. Buying an exploit for Android now costs $2.5m, cheaper than iOS, reportedly. (Ars Technica).
⏩ Good news: Speed-doubling USB4 is ready! Now we just have to wait for devices to support it (CNET).
✋ Amazon plans to let you pay in Whole Foods using scans of your hand (BoingBoing). As @elizabeth_joh said on Twitter: “Who knew convenience was the short road to dystopia.”
📺 Apple TV+ fun: “Apple reportedly scraps Richard Gere drama ‘Bastards’ for not focusing on friendship”, first show cut (Gizmodo).
🍎 Also, is a new Apple TV coming next week, with HDMI 2.1? (9to5Mac).
🚗 Lamborghini's first hybrid supercar is the 819HP Sián, and its most powerful ever (Engadget).
🔊 Is the high res, high price Tidal HiFi worth it? A review. (SoundGuys).
🕹 “What just doesn't make sense about the Harry Potter universe?” (r/askreddit).
China's Lunar Rover Yutu-2 has found a 'gel-like' substance on the far side of the Moon, and it could be anything from melt glass caused by hot meteors, to something else completely.
(The above photo shows the rover tracking towards the crater with the odd material, via China Lunar Exploration Project)
From a gel-like place,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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