☕ Morning! Doing our best to keep this newsletter on track during trying times. Thanks for the support, and hope it helps you in a small way, each day.
Probably the hottest rumor over the weekend in tech is that Apple AirPower might not be dead and buried after all.
📶 ZTE Axon 11 5G launched: Why pay a premium for 5G? (Android Authority).
👨🤝👨 Amazon Prime Video finally gets one of Netflix’s most basic features: profiles (Android Authority).
♻ 7 geeky things to do with your devices during the coronavirus lockdown (Android Authority).
🎧 Best headphones of 2020: always useful (SoundGuys).
🍏 Apple Books offers free ‘stay at home’ collection of reads for kids, cozy mysteries, and audiobooks (9to5Mac.com).
📉 Netflix has offered its data cuts to all ISPs, not just in Europe and the UK: the likes of Australia and Israel have asked it and others to help with internet congestion, while India may be next. Facebook also dropped video quality on Instagram in the EU, though that’s not in this report (Variety).
📦 Amazon Prime delivery delays are now as long as a month for non-essential items (Vox). Here’s Jeff Bezos’ note to Amazonians over the weekend, too: “my own time and thinking is now wholly focused on COVID-19 and on how Amazon can best play its role” (blog.aboutamazon.com). Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s email sent to Microsoft employees is out too (Linkedin).
😯 Updated compilation of Italian Mayors losing it at people violating COVID-19 quarantine. Yes, subtitles are accurate (Twitter).
🍎 You can now ask: “Hey Siri, do I have Coronavirus?” (Gizmodo).
🛰 Hidden data is revealing the true scale of the coronavirus outbreak: Satellite images, internet speed and traffic information (An Australian researcher saw Malaysia’s internet speeds fall by 5%, even before lockdowns. This data is helping companies make bets before) (Wired).
🧬 IBM, White House, Department of Energy, and others launch consortium to give coronavirus researchers access to supercomputers: 330-plus petaflops of computing power (VentureBeat).
🌎 Tinder is making its ‘Passport’ feature free to everyone, everywhere through April 30th: the idea being you can now swipe on anyone around the globe without having to pay for a premium subscription. People were doing this to speak to those in Wuhan before it was a wider outbreak (tinderpressroom).
🎣 Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a much-needed escape from everything. The launch blew all previous Animal Crossing launches out of the water, and I know a family that bought one copy for each member so they can all enjoy each other’s islands. Cute! (Polygon).
📆 Is anyone else just losing track of days and time recently? (r/nostupidquestions)
All the best,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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