Friday is not Car Friday around these parts but wow, there’s a lot of really interesting car, truck, EV and self-driving vehicle news today!
In no particular order, big self-driving news and moves:
And speaking of Google, Waymo, and self-driving:
Bonus: Germany is betting everything on electric cars (Jalopnik).
🤳 The reportedly $299 OnePlus Nord might offer dual selfie cameras on the front, like the Pixel 3. That might actually be useful for offering more selfie options? (Android Authority).
📸 Google Photos gets redesign, new logo, and new maps feature. Rolling out across the next week - I don’t have it yet! (Android Authority).
🔜 A new Google Phone just hit the FCC, and it looks like the Pixel 4a, and it looks nearly ready, and it won’t have radar. Finally, coming soon. (Android Authority).
🎮 Leaked Microsoft ‘Lockhart’ document hints at second next-gen Xbox: Xbox Series S? (The Verge).
🍎 TikTok to stop reading user clipboards after being exposed by iOS 14 privacy feature (9to5Mac).
🍏 Hey email app open to all after Apple 'definitively' approves it. This ends both the invites as digital currency, and maybe lowers social cache you had from changing your contact email to email@example.com (Engadget).
📺 100 million people watch YouTube on big screen TVs each month (Engadget).
💳 Karat: A new credit card ties your credit to social media stats, the first black card release designed specifically for influencers (Wired).
⛔ Now Verizon is pulling ads from Facebook, easily the biggest advertiser so far. But, Facebook has reportedly told advertisers it will “not make policy changes tied to revenue pressure.” For now? (CNBC).
👍 Speaking of, Verizon has new prepaid plans that offer discounts the longer you use them, even on its unlimited plans, and I could’ve really used that once upon a time (Android Authority).
🎯 Great read: The new weapon in the COVID-19 war, from Michael Lewis (Bloomberg).
🧪 CDC: Here’s the latest on who gets the sickest from COVID-19 (Ars Technica).
🔫 Cyberpunk 2077 initial impressions are out: Complex, overwhelming, but it works (Kotaku), a mashup of Blade Runner and John Wick with healthy doses of Ghost in the Shell sprinkled throughout (The Verge).
🌳 “Do trees die of old age?” (r/askscience).
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Catch you in a week!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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