Remember when Apple held a huge event for its various services, including TV and movies, and ended up giving us no detail? No price, no date, no real understanding of its offering?
And it’s all coming at the unexpectedly low price of $7 a month or $70 per year, a dramatically low-price.
The big need-to-knows:
Shows and more:
The big picture - and the costs:
📶 Breaking: Trump administration to unveil big 5G push with “largest-ever swath of radio frequencies in the U.S.” to be released (Axios).
🆙 Future Android system updates might pass through the Google Play Store (Android Authority).
👀 Nexus 6P owners could be eligible for up to $400 from class action lawsuit - pending court approval (AA) (I’m a Nexus 6P owner, but this only covers U.S. buyers!)
🔥 Codenames surface for Google Pixel 4 (Coral) and Pixel 4 XL (Flame) (9to5Google).
🎶 “I ditched Google Play Music for my own Plex server: The good and the bad” (AA).
🍎 Apple adds new ‘Confirm Subscription’ step for in-app subscription signups on iOS (9to5Mac).
🌎 Also, Uber says Google Maps is a critical service, and has paid more than $25m per year to use it (AA).
😿 Moon landing by Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft ends in a crashing failure (Space.com).
🚀 Meanwhile, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy stuck the triple-booster landing with its first commercial launch (Engadget).
💸 In his annual shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos challenged retail rivals to match or raise their minimum wage above Amazon's $15 p/h (The Verge).
🔋 Tesla and battery-maker Panasonic are breaking up - and it’s not all bad news (Bloomberg).
🚗 Also, Tesla starts leasing Model 3s, $37,000 version is now software-locked (Ars Technica).
💚 GoFundMe launches GoFundMe.org, for wider charitable and causes like animal rescue and mental health (TechCrunch).
📈 Shout out to my friends at Rasa, here in Berlin! Their open source approach to AI assistants secured a $13m investment (TechCrunch).
📽 “What movie was loved by the audience but hated by critics?” (r/askreddit).
Most clicked links this week:
🔐 You can now use your Android phone as a hardware security key: Here’s how to do it (AA)
🛋 The speaker lamp! IKEA and Sonos finally unveiling their collaboration on the SYMFONISK (IKEA).
With 30 seasons of “The Simpsons” coming to Disney+, I saw this graph earlier in the week that offered some insight into the evolution of the show, via IMBD ratings over time:
Have a great weekend - and don’t forget the “Game of Thrones” final season premieres Sunday on HBO at 9 ET! (I’ll be watching Monday, spoilers!)
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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