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Google’s plans for a new Chromecast device have been out there for a few weeks. 9to5Google got the early drop, and Protocol later revealed it’ll likely be sold under Nest branding, with a content-centric user interface.
It looks more clear than ever that where Google played it safe with simple casting in the past, it’s now getting into the streaming device game proper, complete with a remote.
Why Android TV?:
Design and remote:
🍎 Apple’s iCloud service had downtime last night, worrying people that thought they’d been hacked as they couldn’t log in. It’s now working again (9to5Mac).
😬 Google pulls ‘Remove China Apps’ from Play Store, as India-China tensions continue to rise (Android Authority).
🧥 OnePlus is making a jacket? Sure, why not (Android Authority).
🎮 E3 2020 replacement schedule: How to catch the biggest game reveals of the year. Note the Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire livestream will now occur June 25th. (Android Authority).
🕵️♂️ Lawsuit accuses Google of tracking users in Incognito mode (Engadget).
🎤 K-Pop fans rejoice, there’s a BTS Edition Galaxy S20 Plus in purple on the way (Android Authority).
🍎 Report: Fourth-generation iPad Air to switch to USB-C, iPad Mini sticking with Lightning. For now, only the iPad Pro uses USB-C (9to5Mac).
🔓 Study from real-world web traffic (via a *wild* opt-in research group where users sign up and share their full browser history) shows that only around a third of users changed their passwords following an announced data breach (ZDNet).
🤷♂️ After Facebook staff walkout, Zuckerberg defends no action on Trump posts despite heavy questioning (Reuters).
🔐 Yes, Zoom’s CEO said he won’t encrypt free calls so Zoom can work more with the FBI (Bloomberg), but this series of tweets from Alex Stamos has more specific information and tradeoffs being considered (Twitter).
🥊 Microsoft ain’t messing around as it tries to crush Zoom and Slack in a battle for your work computer. Yesterday I was reminded Yammer still exists, which MS spent $1.2 billion on in 2012. Yammer! (WSJ, $).
🚮 Facebook feature called “Manage Activity,” lets you archive or trash old, embarrassing posts (Slate).
📶 AT&T exempts HBO Max from data caps but still limits your Netflix use. Which is what net neutrality was all about, given Netflix isn’t a carrier (The Verge).
🌌 “Why galaxies are flat? Why there are no spherical galaxies but only disc-shaped galaxies?” (r/askscience).
Sega's Game Gear Micro is new, only in Japan, and for some reason is featured prominently on many good and serious tech sites.
Let me explain what it is and maybe we can figure out why that is.
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Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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