☕ Good morning! A week after Black Friday, here we are, mostly intact. Before we get humming, we wanted to thank this newsletter’s sponsor, Tile.
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Street View is absolutely my favorite thing for figuring out where I'm going and what it may look like, if I think I’m going to get lost in the last few hundred yards.
Anyway, minor details aside, the news is that Google is opening up Street View additions to anyone with an Android phone right now — or at least anyone that has an Android phone with ARCore.
What it means:
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I wanted to spend two seconds sharing with you some top devices that people bought or had the most interest in during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales extravaganza. This is all according to our own rough data, nothing official or final.
But! It is interesting — the following devices were variously popular for the great deal on offer and value — and stock availability helped too.
🔜 Samsung appears to have three foldables in 2021: the Galaxy Z Flip 2, Galaxy Z Fold 3, and Galaxy Z Fold lite model, from reports (Android Authority).
📽 Every single 2021 movie scheduled from Warner Bros. will debut first on HBO Max, as well as in cinemas. That roster includes Dune, Matrix 4, and Suicide Squad 2 (Android Authority).
👂 Razer’s new Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds add noise cancelling, and keep the bass (Android Authority).
📁 Royole’s FlexPai 2 has been given a hands-on, and while it aims to be a much better folding phone, that wasn’t hard given the struggles of the original. It’s still super expensive, still looks a bit awkward (The Verge).
🛠 Razer’s Tomahawk modular gaming PC is finally a real product, but pricing makes it pretty niche (The Verge).
🐤 Twitter dumps threaded replies, ditches experimental twttr app (CNET).
🛫 DJI’s cinematic FPV drone leaks in photos (Engadget).
💱 Stripe has rolled out a new feature and tool: Stripe Treasury, which aims to offer businesses the ability to offer banking solutions for customers via useful APIs. Now, you say, why is this very business detail here? Well, it may be the backbone of much of what we see for easier money handling on platforms, soon enough (Stratechery).
⚖ US states plan to sue Facebook as soon as next week (Reuters).
😬 Prominent AI ethicist Timnit Gebru says Google fired her (Wired).
📡 The exact moment of the huge Arecibo telescope collapse, captured on video (NSF.gov).
🌠 All the stars above us are moving, as this ESA animation shows (Twitter).
🌞 ELI5: “In regions that are "100% powered by renewable energy", what happens to the traditional power plants?” (r/explainlikeimfive).
New glue! Researchers have created super-strong glue that can be unstuck by heating it, and the glue dissolves into gas. No need to unstick with force.
As you can see, the glue is strong enough to hold up a chemistry PhD candidate - it’s hard to see but two metal plates were stuck together with 300mg of glue, then connected via straps and carabiners, and supported the weight of the researcher.
(It’s kinda hard to see the paltes so I added some yellow arrows:)
Thanks for sticking around,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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