🍂 Good morning! The Samsung Galaxy Fold returns on September 27 in the US, Play Pass launches this week, while the next OnePlus device plus TV are both said to be announced this week as well. And I have a cold. And now it's fall/autumn/herbst. Sniffle. But let’s get into it, because we have a sponsor!
Google sure isn’t messing about trying to keep Apple Arcade from getting ahead, announcing it will launch this week. But at the same time, with the full details released by Google yesterday, we now know that Google Play Pass and Apple Arcade aren’t all that similar, despite definitely being competitors.
Here’s what we now know:
What's in it?:
📂 Re-engineered Samsung Galaxy Fold to make its US return Friday Sept. 27 (Android Authority).
🌍 Google told it doesn't have to apply 'right to be forgotten' results globally, just in Europe (Engadget).
🆕 The stunning Xiaomi Mi Alpha has a wraparound screen with a crazy 180.6% screen-to-body ratio, and it looks incredible and probably isn’t at all practical (Android Authority). But look at it!
📶 Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G launched in China: Big specs, fastest wireless charging yet (Android Authority).
💻 Google could launch ‘Pixelbook Go’ in October, alongside Google Pixel 4 (Android Authority).
📸 Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e get Note 10 camera features in new update (Android Authority).
🔬 Essential confirms its next mobile device is in early testing. From the very good report here, it doesn’t look like another flagship but a smaller-form factor device (XDA).
🧠 Facebook acquires CTRL-Labs, which is developing a mind-reading wristband, by tracking neural activity through your arm, possibly for AR/VR applications (The Verge). Cynicism first: don’t mind-control and Facebook go together so well! But more seriously, this could be a first technology that makes AR usable in ways that do not involve gestures, but thinking.
❗ Yahoo redesigns its logo to remind you that Yahoo exists (The Verge).
✊ Disney originally passed on Marvel for being 'too edgy,' says CEO (CNET).
❌ Chat app Kik is shutting down, and Kin, the company’s cryptocurrency is the reason, somewhat confusingly (TechCrunch).
🏢 The WeWork mess, explained (Vox).
🌕 “If we return to the moon, is there a telescope on earth today strong enough to watch astronauts walking around on the surface?” (Answer: not even close, explained a lot) (r/askscience).
🌳 “We hear all about endangered animals, but are endangered trees a thing? Do trees go extinct as often as animals?” (Answer: yes, explained a lot) (r/askscience).
Here’s a really cool chart made by Luisa Bez, that you probably need to click-through to for your complete enjoyment:
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