🚀 Good morning! More SpaceX blast-offs last night, but this Google Search change I’m talking about below has really taken me by surprise.
Google has a change that’s now rolling out everywhere: it will now highlight search results directly on webpages, and scroll down to the relevant part of the page.
How it works:
The key is in Featured Snippets, or those little boxes of info Google rips from websites and puts on its search result pages:
♨️ The smartphone CPU arms race is about to heat up again (Android Authority).
💸 Did Xiaomi pull a fast one with Poco F2 Pro pricing? The promised €499 is hard to find (Android Authority).
🎒 Staff Picks: 12 things Kris uses every day, from the Flexispot E5 standing desk to the Secret Lab Omega chair (Android Authority).
⚾ Some inside baseball: “Controlled” PR leaks of upcoming phones are a real thing, and Vivo’s involvement here is unusual (notebookcheck.net).
🤖 Signal announces new automatic face-blurring tool for its app on Android and iOS (The Verge).
🍎 Apple still mulling services bundle, as new iOS internal files include references to a “bundle offer” and “bundle subscription”: so, Apple Music, Apple News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade, together, at what price? iCloud storage too? (9to5Mac).
🔋 There are loads more photos and detail into the canceled Dyson EV, including a funky looking steering wheel (Autocar).
📨 Former Facebook employees forcefully join the chorus against Mark Zuckerberg (The Verge).
🤔 Byte Flight: How an exodus of tech workers could reshape Silicon Valley (The Verge).
🛰️ 60 more Starlink satellites went up last night, and nailed the landing out at sea, the fifth takeoff and landing for that booster. Also, one satellite was trying out the new sun-visor shielding to keep the skies dark (Space).
📡 SpaceX Starlink is now its own ASN and present at the Seattle Internet Exchange, good discussion of the wider Starlink ambitions and realities (Hacker News).
🌐 On that note, shout out to flightclub.io for next-level detail on flight launches, worth a look if you haven’t seen it before.
🚀 Forget Dragon, the Falcon 9 rocket is the secret sauce of SpaceX’s success (Ars Technica).
🛹 “This tech had us dreaming big. Then it flopped spectacularly”: hoverboards, razor phone (like, razorblade) and more grand ideas (CNET).
🌞 The future of solar might be double-sided panels that follow the sun (Gizmodo).
🍃 Atmospheric scientists identify cleanest air on Earth in first-of-its-kind study, and it’s in the Southern Ocean (phys.org).
🌳 Apparently this guy had been in a 75-day silent retreat, and emerged right on May 23. A lot happened in that time (Seattle Times).
💥 So long TNT, there's a new explosive in town: Bis-oxadiazole, less toxic to produce and more explosive (Popular Mechanics).
📺 “What's a TV series that everyone should give a go?” (r/askreddit).
On June 4, 2010, the first Samsung Galaxy S was released:
All the best
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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