☕ Good morning! The Easter break is just about here for many of us and it's going to be a different one, that's for sure. My family used to go camping most years and have a little campfire, that would be just great right about now...
A programming note that this newsletter will be off tomorrow, back Monday.
Here’s a good move by Google: Google Stadia is now available to everyone, and everyone can get Stadia Pro free for two months. Sign-up at stadia.com here.
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💵 OnePlus 8 series pricing estimates leak: European pricing starts at around €719, but it’s hard to know how it’ll line up with US pricing given taxes and carrier/retail pricing.
📈 On that note: How the price of OnePlus phones changed over the years from your old pal, me (Android Authority).
💧 LG teases 'Raindrop' camera design for its next phone (Android Authority).
📺 Disney Plus surpasses 50 million subscribers, says Disney. Up 21M in two months, following launch in Europe (Android Authority).
🤳 Zoom published a solid update on its approach to security: new security council, preventing zoombombing, and more (blog.zoom.us).
👨💻 Love this story: Much of the US government and banking systems still use old-timey programming language COBOL. It’s really hard to find COBOL programmers, but demand isn’t going away because: it is rock solid, fast, and easy to learn (OneZero).
👩🎓 Here you can learn COBOL, as well as here. I have no idea if these are good or not. (I asked Gary from Gary Explains about this and he said “learning it is painful.” A good reason why it pays well!) (tutorialspoint.com and academictutorials.com).
⛏️ Why the coronavirus lockdown is making the internet stronger than ever: infrastructure investment is way up (MIT Technology Reviews).
🔫 Valorant closed beta is out: “League of Legends' creators made a Counter-Strike clone—and holy crap, is it good.” (Ars Technica).
🚀 The US just hitched its final ride to Space from Russia—for now: Thursday’s launch to the space station may have marked the end of America’s dependence on Russia, but that depends on a few factors (Wired). Watch that successful launch here from NASA, starting just after 1:05:00 (YouTube).
📚 Which fictional deaths made you sad? (r/askreddit).
A year ago today RED doubled-down on its terrible RED Hydrogen One, offering a Titanium model for $1,595. For some reason.
The original Aluminum version had a $1,295 price tag, and all indications were that sales were appalling at best. Brief throwback timeline:
From not a private island at all,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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