☕ Good Monday morning! I’m still completely fascinated by the news last week that Japanese people are renting a car as a space to hang out, nap, eat food, and not actually driving it anywhere (Asahi). (If anyone makes a start-up out of this, I’m in.)
A short, scary report to start your day: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are said to be using photos from state driver's licenses to create surveillance infrastructure, according to a report in the Washington Post, later backed up by additional report in the New York Times.
A giant database of faces:
🔥 Deal: Get Samsung 256GB microSD card for historic low price of $36.99 (Android Authority). (I’ve never seen these this cheap!)
🆕 Google Pixel 4 XL renders show dual selfie shooters (and triple rear cameras?) (AA)
🔊 The future of Bluetooth audio: Major changes coming later this year (AA).
🏃♂️ Google Fit guide: Everything you need to know about Google’s fitness platform (AA).
📸 Is a 16MP telephoto rear camera coming to Google Pixel 4? (AA).
👋 Guide: Disable/Uninstall/Remove Bixby from Samsung phones (darpandodiya.com).
📶 Choosing the wrong lane in the race to 5G (Wired).
🥊 Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT review: AMD brings the fight back to NVIDIA in mid-range GPUs (Engadget).
🍎 Apple tests iCloud.com sign-ins with your face or finger (Engadget).
⏯ Google is testing a Play/Pause button for audio and video on the Chrome Toolbar (Gizmodo).
🏨 Warning: free hotel wifi is a hacker’s dream (The Guardian).
🚛 Formula E’s electric off-road SUV is an absolute unit - it’s a Warthog, but for racing (The Verge).
🛰 Chasing SpaceX, Amazon seeks permission to launch 3,236 internet satellites (LA Times).
🍂 Here’s a sweet calendar guide to “small seasons” (smallseasons.guide).
🎣 Fish replacement may be the next big wave in alternative protein development (TechCrunch).
🧬 Data can now be stored inside molecules smaller than DNA (New Scientist)
🐟 “How does a fish know what kind of fish it is?” (r/askscience).
This week saw a renaissance for the older brother meme, which may have a different name because I can’t find it easily, even though it’s been around for awhile.
Bonus: The #bottletopchallenge is probably the most viral meme of the moment - the latest addition is Mariah Carey singing the cap off a bottle on Twitter (warning: LOUD).
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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