☕ Happy Friday! And a programming announcement that I’m off to France next week to meet my parents, which means your DGiT Daily will be in the hands of Scott Adam Gordon and perhaps Bogdan Petrovan again.
We do have a couple of surprises coming as well, so stay tuned, and I’ll be reading just like you for my fix of tech and geekery.
Google’s Stadia Connect event revealed some of the core details we’ve been wanting to know since the first unveiling of the streaming gaming platform back in mid-March.
What we now know: pricing, availability, and games.
Before those details, the big takeaways:
Now let’s take a look at the new details.
I paid up, which is weird for me:
(Note: No links to Vox Media properties today, in solidarity with their strike)
🔥 Breaking: Huawei’s own OS might come as soon as August/September, according to Chinese state media (Twitter).
🆕 HTC still makes smartphones, launching a new one next week (AA).
📲 Nokia 2.2 announced: Who wants an Android One phone for 99 euros? (AA).
🚪 Google confirms that an advanced backdoor came preinstalled on Android devices, put in before devices were built (Ars Technica).
🍎 The clever cryptography behind Apple’s “Find My” feature (Ars Technica).
🔎 Google Search won't show more than two top results from the same site (Engadget).
💸 Pogo stick rental startup swears it’s not a joke (curbed.com).
👨🍳 There’s a Breaking Bad mobile game, now available on the Play Store (AA).
🔫 Blizzard cancels StarCraft first-person shooter to focus on “Diablo 4” and “Overwatch 2” (Kotaku).
🤖 Watching a Boston Dynamics robot malfunction is pretty scary (Vice).
🔦 Training a single AI model can emit as much carbon as five cars in their lifetimes (MIT).
🌊 The world’s first 360-degree infinity pool is coming to London - the trick was figuring out how people get in (Engadget).
🤔 “What is a "lifehack" that doesn't require you to do anything new, just change the order in which you are already doing something?” (r/askreddit).
Most clicked link this week:
🐞 The 80-mile wide, 80-mile wide ladybug swarm that showed up on weather radars (NPR).
Over the years, the idea of towing an Antarctic iceberg has come and gone, and it’s back, with a South African determined to bring drinking water to 4 million people, according to Bloomberg.
Best for the weekend, I’ll catch you next week in some form,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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