With new Galaxy Watch 3 renders courtesy of Evan Blass doing the rounds, Samsung’s next wearable and likely the best smartwatch for cross-platform use is getting closer.
That does look good? Ignoring the leather band and assuming Samsung go with a variety of fun band designs to suit everyone, we can see some useful details now all-but-confirmed: 5ATM water resistance, Gorilla Glass DX protection, MIL-STD-810G certification, and built-in GPS.
Why it matters:
What Samsung is bringing:
🔨 Here’s something: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G specs leak, packing Snapdragon 865 Plus ...meaning it’ll be faster than the Galaxy S20? (Android Authority).
🧭 OnePlus Nord appears on Amazon India, launch imminent (Android Authority).
⚾ League of Legends but Pokémon: New 5v5 Pokémon Unite is a MOBA for Switch and mobile (Android Authority).
⚾ Also: This Taiwanese grandpa is playing Pokémon Go in the year 2173. From 11 phones in 2018 to 64, apparently he’s helped out with Asus sponsorship. Legend (Kotaku).
🔇 “With YouTube Music, Google is holding my speakers for ransom” (Ars Technica)
🚮 Google will delete your data by default—in 18 months. Minor quibble: for new users only for now, everyone else still has to opt-in. And maybe that’s as long as your data is useful? (Wired).
🍎 Intel Skylake chip issues in 2015 were reportedly the tipping point in Apple's efforts to switch to its own processors. Humorously, the information comes from a former Intel principal engineer on YouTube, who describes key information ...while flying in a plane sim (Apple Insider).
💻 Apple’s new ARM-based Macs won’t support Windows through Boot Camp, but next steps are up to Microsoft (The Verge).
😬 In January, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit, in what may be the first known case of its kind (NY Times).
📊 AWS launches Amazon Honeycode, a no-code mobile and web app builder on AWS. Also, here’s why it built it, which sounds a little bit like trying to help people in companies move on from spreadsheets. Not quite huge news, but useful? (TechCrunch).
📨 Slack announces Slack Connect, its attempt to replace email across businesses (TNW).
🐛 PlayStation announces bug bounty program for everyone: Hacking the PS4 could get you $50,000 or more from Sony (CNET).
📦 Amazon launches Counterfeit Crimes Unit to fight knockoffs on its store. From years of arguing ‘we’re just a marketplace/platform’, we’re finally here (The Verge).
🤔 This is very long, interesting, and very bizarre: Inside a social media cult (OneZero).
📉 Tesla vs JD Power: Tesla’s initial quality survey results are off the chart bad, but the detail makes it hard to know if this matters or not, given it’s problems in the first 90-days, not overall reliability. Anyway, make of it what you will! (Jalopnik).
🛰 After nearly a month in space, NASA seems really happy with Crew Dragon (Ars Technica).
😊 This is nice: “What’s a small act of kindness you were once shown, that you’ll never forget?” (r/askreddit).
The first commercially sponsored television program to be broadcast in full color went live 69 years ago today, on June 25, 1951.
There’s a long Wikipedia entry with lots of fun details about a not-so-fun sounding experience for the crew involved, like the broadcast needing special lighting, which turned the studio into an oven at 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees F), which made food on display melt.
What’s more interesting about this broadcast is the reactions of people to new technologies. 70 years ago, people judged just as hard as they do now. As HD broadcasts become normal, we shift more and more to 4K and better HDR standards, and with 8K down the line, we react the same.
And in 1951, too:
Step one for any new display technology: make people look good, at all costs.
All the best,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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