☕ Good morning! Huge day of tech news, from podcasts to Apple leaks to Microsoft doing all kinds of new things.
Programming note: It’s the month of public holidays here in Berlin, and tomorrow is yet another. This newsletter will be back with you Friday!
Here’s something: radical stabilization tech looks like it’s headed from concept to flagship product for brighter photos and smoother videos.
So, it does seem like it’s coming to a real-world product, in the Vivo X50 flagship, after videos were posted to Weibo, including this clip:
🤔 Google CEO Sundar Pichai says ‘hardware is hard’ in interview about Pixels, confirms hardware commitment including a tiny tiny hint about 2021 products (Android Authority).
🔭 Galaxy Note 20: 100x zoom is pointless, and it looks like Samsung might agree (Android Authority).
💻 Chrome 83 for desktop introducing tons of new safety tools, including Safety Check (Android Authority).
🎧 Save $30 on AirPods Pro and more — Best AirPods deals rounded up (Android Authority).
🍎 'Apple Glass' details have been apparently leaked, courtesy of Jon Prosser, and will reportedly cost $499 and work with prescriptions. Significant general details revealed, so much so it’s hard to believe, but Prosser has a track record? (AppleInsider).
⚡ Significant: Facebook and Instagram roll out Shops, turning business profiles into storefronts. Key thing: Mark Zuckerberg has been reportedly personally invested in this, which takes it from an interesting idea to likely-to-be-important. But going all-in on Facebook has always been flirting with danger, given the complete lack of control you retain. Shopify’s involved as a partner, too (TechCrunch).
🎙 The Joe Rogan Experience goes exclusive to Spotify in a new deal, a move that is reverberating as the free/advertising-supported model of podcasts continues to turn towards walled gardens (TechCrunch).
📄 In Microsoft Office news out of Build 2020: it announced Lists, an Airtable-like new app (TechCrunch), and talked about its new Fluid Office documents, being called Google Docs on steroids (The Verge).
🔎 Microsoft has also released a new open source PowerToys Run launcher for Windows 10, which is like Apple’s macOS Spotlight tool (The Verge), now available to download, and here’s the readme (GitHub)
📒 Notion productivity app lifts limits on free plan (notion.so).
📺 Greyhound, the WWII drama from Sony Pictures starring Tom Hanks, will now be coming exclusively to Apple TV Plus instead of theaters. Sony was originally planning to release the film on June 12th. (Android Authority).
🛢Must-read: When SimCity got serious: the story of Maxis Business Simulations and SimRefinery. Genuinely fascinating (The Obscurity).
🚀 Also: This SpaceX / NASA launch is a big deal, right? We’ll ask an astronaut who knows (Ars Technica).
💚 Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement: 17% reduction in emissions. (That 83% of emissions continued as normal is troubling, the nature of our industrial world. Aviation sector emissions fell 60%, and industrial production declined 19%.) (Nature).
🗻 Mt. Everest visible from Kathmandu, Nepal for first time in living memory (r/interestingasfk).
How’s this for weird? Today, mashing up Wednesday Weirdness with Throwback Thursday here to bring you: First Light.
This is the story of the Hubble telescope’s first photo, back on May 20, 1990, well documented by Time for the 25th anniversary of Hubble back in 2015. The weird part is how not great it was:
Catch you Friday,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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