I think Google Maps is one of the best Google products for many reasons. It’s pioneering, it keeps adding improvements, and it’s useful every day while being free. It’s also great to see competitors in the space, like Apple Maps, and the collaborative OpenStreetMap.
Now, Google Maps has more detailed imagery to help see forests, mountains, crosswalks, sidewalks, accurate street sizes, and more.
It’s down to two sets of improvements:
🤔 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra reviews are out, and the view is: the new Note 20 Ultra stands apart, but that's only because it doesn't have too many direct competitors. And at $1,300, there’s a reason not many phones are this stacked. But it’s hard to find value at this price (Android Authority).
📂 Here’s how LG and Samsung might make foldable phones more durable: New patents aim to reduce stress at the bend points.
📷 Vivo X50 Pro review: One small step for performance, one giant leap in stability: mid-ranger with serious camera chops, thanks to the gimbal, but far from perfect.
🤳 Instagram's extremely familiar new QR codes are a shortcut directly to your profile, just like Snapchat (Engadget).
📺 Netflix is testing a "Shuffle Play" button: play shows and movies based on your list and history, no need to exhaust yourself trying to pick something (Engadget).
🍎 Apple renames Apple Beats 1 Apple Music 1, not to be confused with Apple Music (app) or Apple Music (subscription) (Gizmodo).
🕵️♂️ Apple insider tells a fascinating story: The case of the top-secret iPod, built for the US Department of Energy (TidBITS).
🤦♀️ You’ll need a Facebook account to use future Oculus headsets. This has made a lot of people who just want to game without a social account, unhappy (The Verge).
🤖 A move for driverless mass transit hits speed bumps (Wired).
🛰 BlackSky’s latest satellites return images just 58 hours after launch (TechCrunch).
🧲 NASA is tracking a growing anomaly in Earth's magnetic field (ScienceAlert).
🔑 Researchers can duplicate keys from the sounds they make in locks (kottke.org).
🤔 “What is your "I was into X before it was cool" thing?” (r/askreddit).
You probably think of earthquakes as I do: from a single point or tear in the earth, earth tremors race away, emanating just like water ripples from a stone thrown into a lake.
But that’s not always the case!
I learned a new word: temblor!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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