🌴 Happy Friday! Good news for me, I’m off to Greece next week for a final bit of European sun. Even better news for you: talented people will be here doing great things on the DGiT Daily, all week long!
Plus, of course, man on the microphone Adam Doud will still be guiding you through your day of tech, audibly. With audio. Speaking. With his voice... look, it’s our podcast, okay!
This week in DGiT Intelligence, we bring in Andrew Grush, managing editor at Android Authority, to talk smart displays, a category just coming into maturity as smart speakers evolve.
And as Grushie says, Amazon may have pioneered the smart display, but Google and its partners have quickly caught up.
3. Amazon Echo Show:
2. Google Nest Hub
1. Google Nest Hub Max
⏩ Apple A13 is 77% faster in single-core performance compared to Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in Geekbench 5. Apple’s superiority isn't unexpected, but the gap is. Ouch, Qualcomm. GPU comparisons will likely be closer, though? Maybe?. r/android has a good discussion, and this is a great reply to a comment explaining why Google hasn’t jumped into building its own chips just yet. (It’s not just because the Pixel doesn’t sell in huge numbers, by the way.)
🤔 From last year: Why are Apple’s chips faster than Qualcomm’s? – Gary explains (Android Authority). Gary will have to re-explain with this A13 result, I suspect.
🌊 New Huawei Mate 30 Pro leak reveals curved waterfall display (Android Authority). By the way, TCL showed off display design at IFA 2019. It's coming.
🔫 Google Pixel 4 hands-on video shows off the phone’s gaming skills (Android Authority).
📷 Realme XT launched: India’s first 64MP smartphone retails for under $250 (Android Authority).
🖼 You can now order Google Photos prints for in-store, same-day pick-up at CVS in the U.S. (Android Authority).
🔙 Google One adds full automatic backups (Android Authority).
🆘 Google Maps' next update will make it easier for people to find addiction recovery resources and emergency medication (Android Authority).
💰 T-Mobile gets aggressive, offers half off iPhone 11 even for current customers (CNET).
📦 Amazon's next big hardware event takes place September 25th (Engadget). Amazon already launched a lot of new devices at IFA, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of them again with clear U.S. pricing and availability. But what else?
📜 California’s contractor law stirs confusion beyond the gig economy, as Uber says it doesn’t need to comply (NY Times).
🎮 Until E3, the idea of a gaming-dedicated browser was unheard of. Now Opera GX is adding even more features including network usage management alongside RAM and CPU limiters (Neowin).
🚗 Google's Waymo asked people to test its semi-autonomous car tech back in 2013. It worked just enough to force Google to cancel the tests (Jalopnik).
⬛ Even BMW’s ‘Vantablack’ X6 gets caught by LiDAR (Engadget).
🦴 2000-year-old belt buckle retrieved from ‘Russian Atlantis’ looks like a bedazzled phone case (Live Science).
🤔 “People that keep their house really tidy, what's your secret?” (r/askreddit).
The BBC published “The eternal life of the instant noodle” about a year ago, a tasty dive into ramen noodles, with different media including vids, audio, and articles.
Nuggets of ramen glory:
I’ll catch you all the week after next!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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