☄️ Good morning! Did you try and spot the Neowise comet? I’m going to try this week, but just need a set of binoculars given it’s not much with the naked eye, apparently.
My colleagues at Android Authority have been toiling away in the lab and behind the scenes seeking to bring you a guide to the best Android phones of 2020, in a mid-year review.
Previously a once-a-year-winners list, the new mid-year guide looks at all phones released in 2020 thus far, by “removing any uncertainty by subjecting the best smartphones of today to a battery of unique tests that can definitively separate the real deal from the hype machine.”
And there’s more to the story this time around:
The details cover lots of ground, offering a look at all key aspects of a phone. Here’s how it’ll shake out:
Display: Later today, the Display category will be revealed.
🆕 Somehow, 125W charging is coming this week. The idea is you’ll be able to get to 100% charge in 15 minutes, which is crazy. Very interested in how the battery chemistry can handle the heat generated, and how this affects the overall lifespan (Android Authority).
🔋 Also, there’s a demonstration of 120W charging from iQoo on Weibo too (beware the audio is super loud) (Android Authority).
🆚 You told us: Even with smart TVs, you’re mostly using streaming dongles (Android Authority).
💸 Lenovo Yoga X: an Android tablet that can also be a second screen? (Android Authority).
⛔ One of the shocks on Friday was that Amazon had banned TikTok from phones accessing Amazon email accounts for security reasons. Within hours, though, Amazon issued a retraction and said the whole thing was in error. I’ve talked to a bunch of people who only saw the original headline and assumed it’s still true. Which it isn’t. For now. (The Verge).
💻 Google has announced a $10 billion ‘Google for India Digitization Fund’ to help accelerate India’s digital economy (blog.google).
📈 On that note: Digital payment transactions in India reached an all-time high in June, as people avoid handling banknotes amid the coronavirus pandemic (Bloomberg).
💰 Report: Semiconductor maker Analog Devices in talks to acquire Maxim Integrated for $17B+. Analog and Maxim both make analog semiconductors (SiliconANGLE).
📑 Here’s a website that allows you to experience what it is like to live with dyslexia (geon.github.io/).
🎮 The four biggest announcements from Ubisoft’s not-E3 event: FarCry 6, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, more (The Verge). Also: Three Ubisoft executives leave amid misconduct allegations (Engadget).
📈 Why is this copy of Super Mario Bros. worth a record $114,000?
🚀 SpaceX Anasis-II mission: Falcon 9 launches a military satellite tomorrow at 5pm ET, if the weather remains clear (CNET).
🧠 How to trick your brain to remember almost anything (Wired).
☕ How to make your coffee taste stronger (Lifehacker). Some good basics!
🧱 Inside the luxury nuclear bunker protecting the mega-rich from the apocalypse (CNET).
Everything is cake now. I'm no meme detective but I think this video of compiled things that should not be cake but are set off the great cake is everything meme of 2020.
Best tweet: "The year is 2030. Bakery art is so realistic, literally anything could be cake. The uncertainty has gripped the world in fear. I go to hug my wife for comfort. She is cake."
All the best for this confusing cake/not-cake world,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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