Good Monday morning!
✨ I hope you had a nice weekend. I made a cauliflower crust pizza on Saturday night, and well, let’s just say the taste was great but the after-effects were a little ... breezy. Moving on.
Ever use Google Maps to walk somewhere and realize after a block or two that you’ve walked the wrong way? Starting your walk in the right direction is definitely a problem. And Google wants to use AR to help.
🕖 OnePlus 7: Here’s what it needs to take on the best (AA). (I don’t agree on the IP rating part, but that might just be me.)
📩 We asked, you told us: Most of you don’t use third-party email apps (AA).
🏡 Also, I wrote up a bunch of Airbnb tips for finding better stays (Android Authority).
👟 A Google-sibling company is working on shoes that will know if you are getting fat (CNBC).
📦 Oh sure, Amazon is big. But this big? 288m sq. ft. of warehouses, offices, retail stores, and data centers, big (The Atlantic). That creates gravity.
💳 First-come, first-served? Not any more. Now even Santa’s lap has a fast lane, if you pay (Boston Globe).
🎤 Spotify’s podcast aggregation play (Stratechery). Highly valuable reading if you’re interested at all - it appears Spotify may quietly capture a huge percentage of the podcast industry, and drive much bigger revenue from a Netflix-style offering.
🧠 “The case for transmissible Alzheimer's grows” (Scientific American). Genuinely a little frightening. Also consider this: neurosurgeons have a higher rate of Alzheimer's than the general population.
🛰 An introduction to Cubesats - the cheap, fast model for getting something that can orbit the earth (Gereshes.com).
🕸 Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s. Marvel released an era-appropriate website to go with it, and it’s glorious (marvel.com/captainmarvel).
🤠 A new Stranger Things tie-in novel will explore the origins of Chief Hopper (The Verge). It will track Hopper during his time “as a homicide detective in New York City, 1977.”
🧠 The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology (Aeon.co).
🕹 Amazon has a massive sandbox MMO coming soon, called ‘New World’ (Polygon). Set in the 17th century, it’s a combination survival game, builder, and social sim. Will it work?
🎲 “Our favorite two-player board games, 2019 edition” (Ars Technica). (Valentine’s Day alert)
⚽ Real-life Football Manager: the French soccer team letting fans make managerial decisions (BBC).
🐒 Chimps use branch as 'ladder' in bold attempt at escape from zoo - video (Gizmodo).
😫 What is a universally accepted pain that most people know the feeling of? (r/askreddit). Oof.
A Google software engineer has created an algorithm-based image processing tool that transforms pictures into emoji on Github. (To help make memes, probably)
Here’s our logo so you get an idea:
Have fun! It works on desktop, Android, and iOS devices too!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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