☕ Good morning! A week ago it was Samsung Unpacked and a week later we’ve heard far more about the Z Flip than the S20 range. But that will change within another week or two as first reviews emerge, so stay tuned. Foldables will take a back seat again soon...
Also! I have been trying a pair of Wicked Audio’s Cron true wireless earbuds and have thoughts:
Apple has issued a warning, and while neither of the two elements within Apple’s warning are a surprise, there is a bit to think about:
"Our quarterly guidance issued on January 28, 2020 reflected the best information available at the time as well as our best estimates about the pace of return to work following the end of the extended Chinese New Year holiday on February 10. Work is starting to resume around the country, but we are experiencing a slower return to normal conditions than we had anticipated. As a result, we do not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter due to two main factors.
The first is that worldwide iPhone supply will be temporarily constrained. While our iPhone manufacturing partner sites are located outside the Hubei province — and while all of these facilities have reopened — they are ramping up more slowly than we had anticipated. The health and well-being of every person who helps make these products possible is our paramount priority, and we are working in close consultation with our suppliers and public health experts as this ramp continues. These iPhone supply shortages will temporarily affect revenues worldwide.
The second is that demand for our products within China has been affected. All of our stores in China and many of our partner stores have been closed. Additionally, stores that are open have been operating at reduced hours and with very low customer traffic."
🌎 Jeff Bezos announced a $10 billion plan to fight climate change: “Earth is the one thing we all have in common,” he wrote. “Let’s protect it, together.” Few details beyond support for science and idea. Bezos had always reportedly focused his wealth on thinking about the human race and heavy industry making a move to space. It seems now he understands that his enormous wealth can be active in protecting Earth before we’re space ready? Also, one suggestion that he just buy the Amazon (branding!) and protect it makes too much sense to happen (Instagram).
📶 India doesn’t have 5G, but Realme’s 5G flagship is coming anyway. And it’s a beast. (Android Authority).
🗄 Google Incremental File System could let you use apps while downloading, rather than being forced to wait (Android Authority).
🔊 Smart speaker wars continue: Global shipments hit 146.9M in 2019, which is up a massive 70%. Amazon led with 38.5M sales, but that’s down from 49.5M in 2018. Google followed suit, shipping 29.8M down from 38 million in 2018. The gap is caused by China-made speakers: Baidu, Alibaba, and Xiaomi all up (VentureBeat).
🚨 Here’s current-day online extortion: Instead of smashing your shop windows and scaring customers, we'll make Google’s AdSense roboban your site and keep advertisers away, hurting your revenue, unless you pay up in Bitcoin (Krebs On Security).
🚀 SpaceX loses Falcon 9 booster at sea after successful Starlink launch - not yet clear as to why (The Verge).
🔋 Cadillac will unveil its first all-electric vehicle in April (Automotive News).
👻 Harrison Ford has no idea what a Star Wars 'Force ghost' is and he 'doesn't care'. “Ford is pure magic and I hope he never changes.” (CNET).
🏍 I used to ride a motorcycle (and only crashed twice) and even my 250cc bike was insanely powerful, so this is interesting: “Motorcycles have way too much power” (Jalopnik).
🦟 Car ‘splatometer’ tests reveal huge decline in number of insects: 50% fewer impacts than in 2004, all models of car tested (The Guardian).
⛳ How would you turn golf into a contact sport? (r/askreddit).
I really enjoyed this for provoking emotions and confusion:
Anyway, I know what I’ve unleashed...
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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