☕ Good morning! Without doubt, the partial or otherwise loss of Notre Dame in Paris is a tragedy. Here’s how the 12th century landmark looked before the controversial 1860 restoration led by Viollet-le-Duc.
Also worthy of a read: “The Notre Dame Fire and the Future of History” (Wired).
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With just under two weeks until the Samsung Galaxy Fold is released on April 26th, tech media have finally managed to go hands-on with the device, and offer thoughts on all elements of the build, the design, and of course, the fold crease down the middle.
There are reviews, videos, and more - and here’s what's being said:
Engadget - Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: Satisfying despite the crease
Engadget’s Cherlynn Low was trying to get an idea if the design, build, and display would be up to scratch.
The Verge - Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: more than a concept
Dieter Bohn from The Verge offered this handy TL;DR:
Bohn also touched on a trend that’s making its way through most reviews - if you think of it as a tablet you can fold, it’s surprising how good that is.
CNET - “Galaxy Fold: Using Samsung's new foldable phone is a wild ride so far”
CNET’s Jessica Dolcourt gave a really nice description of what it’s like to use the latest and greatest device for the first time:
And while Dolcourt didn’t miss the negatives touched on by others including the crease, plastic interior screen offering insight into the three-app problem:
Wired - “First look: Hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy Fold”
Wired’s Lauren Goode described the hopes and dreams for Samsung and its Galaxy Fold in a single sentence: “As soon as folded and unfolded it, I wanted one, but I’m not quite sure why.”
Can Samsung provide the why, though? Goode says not for $1,980:
Among the insights:
PS. Notice anything? Yes, Android Authority didn’t get an initial hands-on. Why? We’re rattling the cage of Samsung to find out.
📂 Samsung Galaxy Fold coming to AT&T in 11 days for $66 per month (Android Authority).
🤳 Google teases May 7 announcement, likely Pixel 3a and 3a XL (Android Authority).
🎧 Microsoft to take on AirPods (and the coming AmazonPods) with Surface Buds (Thurrott).
📑 A short clip of English study companion Lighten AI, from Xiaomi at just $60 (Twitter).
🎙 “I have, honest to god, lost track of who is launching what service” (Gizmodo).
🔋 The twilight of combustion comes for Germany's empire of engines (Bloomberg Businessweek). Excellent read.
⚡ Speaking of, new registrations for electric vehicles doubled in the US last year. It’s coming, but growth isn’t actually all that fast, given the tiny percentage share (TechCrunch).
🚖 Sony launches its own taxi-hailer app, S.Ride. Just in Japan, for now (CNET).
🚚 Here’s a couple of photos of a Waymo/Google self-driving truck (Twitter).
🚀 SpaceX lost the center core of its Falcon Heavy rocket due to rough seas (The Verge).
🤖 OpenAI bot beats the best Dota 2 champions, and now anyone can play against it (Ars Technica). Go on, have a go - Open AI does “look beatable”, explains Ars.
🍰 The unlikely rise of the Pastel de Nata, or Portugese tart, and why it’s suddenly everywhere (Bloomberg). (They’re absolutely delicious, so maybe it’s not too unlikely as suggested?)
🚉 The job that will let you do whatever you want in a Swedish train station, forever (Atlas Obscura). You just have to turn the lights on.
🌵 Houseplants: so hot right now (Bloomberg).
⛪ “Notre-Dame was completed in the year 1260 which sounds like a long time ago, what are some interesting facts that put into perspective how long ago 1260 actually was?” (r/askreddit) (Best one: “If we went that many years into the future, it would be the year 2778.”)
Here’s a visualization of where Californians move to when they leave the Golden State, based on IRS data:
Have a good Tuesday,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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