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Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monthly finish exhausting you right after Thanksgiving, we have Christmas. It’s the season for reviews, reading reviews, ‘Best Of’ lists, deciphering ‘Best Of’ lists, and trying to choose a present that will make someone special happy. But first, a look back at all that was good or not in November, as we arrive at December.
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Here’s your November tech timeline for everything that mattered:
November 1: We saw the first Moto Razr leaks, while Apple TV+ went live, and Google did buy FitBit after all.
November 5: Microsoft’s Surface Pro X had a bunch of reviews drop, and it was roundly trashed in an embarrassment for a new product. Meanwhile, AirPods Pro reviews were much better received.
November 6: AT&T’s agreed to a $60m fine after its “unlimited” data problems, while the other Pixels, the Pixel 3 and 3a also received Night Sky mode for those astrophotography photos. Amazon Echo Buds went on sale, too.
November 7: Sweeping changes by Airbnb were announced, promising to improve things for travellers and go beyond a platform to a trusted service.
November 11: It emerged that big streamers like Netflix, HBO, and more, might work together to stop people sharing passwords for accounts. Long may password sharing continue.
November 13: We predicted the Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro to drop today, and it did later that day and it was good. Also, that ‘Nightingale’ project for Google was immediately investigated, and Facebook launched Facebook Pay, while simultaneously apologizing for a weird camera bug in its app.
November 14: The Moto Razr launched in LA overnight to lots of interesting oohs and ahhs, and early positive thoughts despite the price. Also, a Google bank account is a thing soon.
November 15: A leak told us Apple would remove all 181 vaping apps from its App Store later that day, and we talked top 3 gaming keyboards. Oh, and Google Stadia pre-orders started to be cancelled, while FreddieMeter from YouTube/Queen was released and I’ll never forget that podcast.
November 18: Microsoft quietly killed off Cortana, while the Pixel 4 saw later extended time reviews that continued to detail the problems with Google’s latest flagship.
November 19: Google Stadia arrived! Finally! But reviews found all kinds of problems, mostly expected, with heavy data use and latency issues. Will it get better?
November 20: We tracked the top 10 emerging technologies of 2019 out of Scientific American, which included storing data on DNA, while Disney+ explained the problem when 10 million people subscribe to Disney+.
November 21: The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is FCC official, meaning we’ll see it very soon, while Google rolled out buying cinema tickets via Duplex, and announced new political ad rules.
November 22: The Tesla Cybertruck was launched and what a launch it was. Absolutely wild with windows breaking, polygons becoming motorized, and 200k preorders. Everyone knows about it now.
November 25: Mozilla's annual buyer's guide looked at creepy and non-creepy devices you can buy this holiday season.
November 26: Toshiba device can detect 13 cancers from a drop of blood, while Ryan Reynolds bought Mint Mobile, and Alexa can now come to light switches.
November 27: The Galaxy S11 Plus was given a peek via early speculative renders and wow it has a very big camera bump. Also, Twitter announced it’d kill off accounts that haven’t been used for more than six months, which created all kinds of backlash.
Looking back at November 2019 and it’s one that will impact the history books as new concepts like Google Stadia launched, while Disney Plus emerged with 10 million early subscribers, and more.
What might not make the Wikipedias in the future is a meta shift going on right now.
The war is over:
We’ve reached late 2019, and entered an era of mutual appreciation. A lot of that is due to pricing.
Android isn’t really leaving Apple behind, despite bleeding edge advances.
Apple’s made multiple mistakes that have hurt its innovation, including its software releases:
Now, Apple isn’t close to being perfect.
If there’s one Apple complete misfire it’s that Siri is still mostly a garbage fire. Google Assistant is one of the truly sticky features that Android has over iOS. For now.
🐘 I bought an elephant to find out how to save them (The Outline).
📦 How our home delivery habit reshaped the world (The Guardian).
Thanks for reading!
See you in the DGiT Daily, and until next time,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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