☕ Good morning! A huge day of news, let's go!
Here’s a big big surprise: Apple has allowed video streaming apps, like Amazon Prime Video, to avoid Apple’s 30% cut for in-app purchases by offering their own payment methods (Bloomberg).
Progress arrives in strange forms:
🤦♂️ Big: Zoom announces 90-day feature freeze to fix privacy and security issues (The Verge). This comes just after ex-NSA hacker found new Zoom flaws to takeover Macs again, including webcam, mic, and root access from local hack (9to5Mac).
🌟 Intel has shown off its new 10th-gen Comet Lake H-series CPUs which bring 5.0GHz clock speeds to gaming laptops (The Verge). Intel’s new star for mobile computing is the Core i9-10980K line, but these are not huge leaps forward, but more refined processors. These are still 14nm process chips, not the new 10nm Ice Lake or the 10nm+ Tiger Lake processes that Intel announced at CES. Can Intel dethrone AMD’s new Ryzen 9 4900HS 7nm chips we’ve talked about this week with these?
💻 On that note, new laptops with 10th-gen Intel CPUs from the likes of Razer, ASUS, Lenovo and so on should be out in a few weeks, and then we can see how performance, price, battery life, and laptop size shift with Intel’s new chips and in comparison to AMD (Android Authority).
💻 Last laptop story, but this one’s dual-screenish: ASUS' ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is a gaming laptop with a built-in second screen (Engadget).
🔜 At least the OnePlus 8 series won’t cost more than $1,000: $999? (Android Authority).
🤝 The T-Mobile-Sprint merger is complete: What does it mean for customers? (Android Authority).
📶 More: T-Mobile swallows Sprint, leaving three US giants (Wired), by bringing in Sprint, T-Mobile will finally get to build the 5G network of its dreams (CNET).
▶️ YouTube ‘Shorts’ is Google’s answer to TikTok, says report (The Next Web).
💰 Sony WH-CH710N headphones are out: Sony's more affordable noise cancelling headphones get an update, $200 covers all the basics. We should see the new premium WH-1000XM4 soon (Engadget).
🎧 On that note, here’s SoundGuys’ review of the older Sony WH-CH700N - looking forward to them getting their hands on the new model (SoundGuys).
🤯 A year ago, the domestic Box office brought in $204,193,406. The same week this year? $5,179. (Daily Caller).
📉 Startups are pummeled in the ‘Great Unwinding’ (NY Times).
🏀 NBA players want to quench your basketball thirst with a '2K' tournament: Kevin Durant and Trae Young top seeds in 16-player tournament (InputMag).
🖼️ A good deep dive into the secret life of JPEGs and EXIF data (NixIntel).
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Remember this day last year when maybe it was warm and you were outside having a nice time? And how that now seems so long ago, and foreign?
Mashable is on the mark with: Instagram's 'On This Day' notifications are a jarring reminder of life before coronavirus.
Strange strange times,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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