🌞 Good morning! Friday! We did it!
Epic Games kicked off a brief, enthralling campaign against Apple and Google yesterday. First, it emerged that it had found a way to offer discounted in-app purchases in Fortnite, the lifeblood of the game. All without Apple or Google taking a cut, the lifeblood of those app stores.
This is what was being displayed on each store in the US:
🍎 Apple One: Apple’s rumored subscription service looks like it’s finally here, bundling Apple services as soon as October (Android Authority).
⌚ Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review: The best Apple Watch alternative (Android Authority).
📂 Microsoft Surface Duo shown off in 30-minute press video: curious about what the unique hinged device can do? This video covers a lot of it (Android Authority).
🍏 Apple, Intel, Disney, Ford, among others, urge Trump to rethink scope of a potential WeChat ban (Android Authority).
📶 Samsung’s mmWave touting Galaxy A51 5G arrives on Verizon, cheapest 5G offer yet (Android Authority).
🆕 Intel’s Tiger Lake CPUs are ready to take on Ryzen 4000 mobile, and Intel seems confident. Next up: benchmarks, and beating out previous supply issues (Ars Technica).
🔓 Instagram kept deleted photos and messages on its servers for more than a year (The Verge).
😢 Russell Kirsch, inventor of the pixel, dies in his Portland home at age 91. Kirsch, in his later years, worked on doing away with square pixels (DPReview).
💾 Floppy disks refuse to die: Boeing 747s still use them to get critical software updates (Gizmodo).
🛫 The Soviet Union’s flawed rival to Concorde. Great long read! (BBC)
📸 Photoshop will help ID images that have been … Photoshopped (Wired).
✨ Disney+ and Lego are making a new 'Star Wars Holiday Special'. The back story is great! (Engadget).
🛰 Here’s the ambient noise within the International Space Station (Soundcloud).
🛥 Zin Boats reinvents the electric speedboat in a bid to become the ‘Tesla of the sea’. Last year I saw some 3D printed electric boats that looked superb, and a little out of reach for those not in investment banking... (TechCrunch).
☀ NASA kills all the fun, blames superheated dust for Betelgeuse’s dimming (Ars Technica).
🤔 ELI5: On massive online games and worlds (MMORPGs), how can a server flawlessly handle thousands of players across the entire game world, but experience problems when lots of players are in one place? (r/explainlikeimfive).
For some reason, Motorola is launching an inflatable chair to hype the Razr foldable. I don’t think the one launching on September 9, but the one already on sale.
Gotta keep ‘em inflated,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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