🚴♀️ Good morning! A friend passed on a story where a workmate bought a very expensive VanMoof smart electric bicycle for some $2000 or so, downloaded the app to unlock it and get going, but couldn't get a confirmation email, so he couldn’t use it. At all. He was forced to go to a local Berlin office to get it unlocked. Ouch, I've always loved VanMoof bikes...
Google Stadia is now available! It has now officially launched, reviews are out, and Google is crossing its fingers everything goes as smoothly as possible from here.
The early reviews from media who were given access, including our own David Imel from Android Authority, are mixed.
But there’s a lot more to know, so here’s what’s happening with Stadia right now.
I had a chance to ask David directly about the three burning questions around Stadia, and here’s our discussion in full:
Q: Hey David, nice review over on YouTube, congrats! The big question to start: did Google Stadia work for you, and how was it?
A: When Stadia works, it's great. On a good connection, there isn't much more noticeable lag than a standard Bluetooth controller. On anything but a great connection, you'll definitely notice hiccups and stuttering. If you're playing anything other than slow-paced games like Football Manager that's not ok: twitchy games like Mortal Kombat 11 or shooters like Destiny 2 will be a big problem.
Q: When it worked, what did you like best?
A: I loved the ability to switch screens on the fly and pick up where I left off in an instant. The fact that I can be playing on my TV at home then jump to playing on my Pixel 4 at the dentist's office was and is amazing. Provided the connection is good enough, which is a major point.
Q: Right, so back to that big issue - what did you find with various internet connection ups and downs?
A: I'd say the biggest issue is the amount of data it used. On a connection I had of 3MB/s up and down, it pulled 2.5MB/s. That's 7 gigs an hour, and also doesn't leave much bandwidth for the rest of your house. It really depends on your connection, where you live, your situation, but there are a lot of people who will have issues.
Q: Was it ever smooth enough to consider paying for?
A: Right now, Google Stadia is not worth paying for. The free tier, coming in 2020 sometimes, needs to launch soon so people can test how well it plays on their internet setup without paying. And it could use a few more games. Yes, there are 22 titles available, but they’re all available elsewhere, and the list of Google deals with the Stadia launch isn’t exactly huge.
😎 There’s a new Half-Life game! There’s. A. New. Half-Life. Game!! Half-Life: Alyx, coming to VR, from Valve (Twitter). We find out more on Thursday, but a first new game in the Half-Life series in well over a decade has a bunch of people excited. I am one of these people.
🍎 Apple to hold media event on December 2 'honoring favorite Apps and games of 2019' (MacRumors). No word how many prizes Apple Podcasts and Apple Maps will take out (a joke stolen from r/Apple).
⁉ How could Huawei globally launch a P40 Pro in early 2020? Here are some theories (Android Authority).
💻 iFixit tear down the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and dig into the new/old keyboard, thermal system, speakers, and more.
🔈 Sony's baffling wearable speaker heads to the US (Engadget).
🚽 The state of the art in toilet technology is lube (Gizmodo).
🤺 “How strong is human skin relative to other animals?” (r/askscience).
There’s no point playing the lottery right? As this chart shows, the chances of hitting six balls in a 6 in 49 standard lottery are vanishingly small:
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