Here’s something: Apple’s next major iPhone software update, iOS 13.4, has emerged as a beta for testing. 9to5Mac has dug around and found that it contains new information on ‘CarKey’, and it looks good.
🆚 Exclusive: China's mobile giants to take on Google's Play store under a new "Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA)”: “Xiaomi, Huawei Technologies, Oppo, and Vivo are joining forces to create a platform for developers outside China to upload apps onto all of their app stores simultaneously, in a move analysts say is meant to challenge the dominance of Google’s Play store.” (Reuters).
📌 Google Maps is getting a ton of new features and a little makeover for its 15th birthday: new icon and more tabs (Android Authority).
🕵️♂️ Google files trademark for Pigweed: A new operating system? (Android Authority).
🆕 Moto Razr: 4 things you need to know before you buy: new but delicate, not a great camera, Galaxy Z Flip might outmatch it (CNET).
🤔 Google announced something that is a little controversial: it’s blocking some video ads, including long pre-roll ads, mid-roll ads, and over-lays ads on video. However, Google offers exactly these ads over at YouTube (for $15B a year), effectively blocking competitors. Don’t get me wrong, those ads are bad, but Google’s power is enormous (blog.chromium.org).
🍏 Apple is adding the ability for developers to sell Mac and iOS apps as a single purchase, rather than forcing people to pay twice. This seems like the right move. (MacRumors).
⌚ Apple now sells more watches than the entire Swiss watch industry: 31 million vs 21.1 million units (The Verge).
🛋 The 12 best TV shows on Netflix you can binge right now (Android Authority).
🚮 Old wind turbine blades bigger than planes can’t be recycled, so they’re piling up in landfills (Bloomberg). Newer blades are more recyclable!
🛰 This link is literally for my Dad: SpaceX takes important step on path to providing internet to Australia with Starlink satellites (ABC.net.au)
🤓 “You are sent back to the day the Titanic set sail with nothing but a 3rd class ticket: your task is to stop the Titanic from sinking, how do you do this?” (r/askreddit).
Remember when CNET put the Samsung Galaxy Fold through its paces on a livestream, ultimately breaking it after 120,000 folds?
I'm guessing it'll hold up and get pretty close to six figures of folds, but it's hard to know how rough the machine will be...
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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