☔ Hello hello! Still ensconced in bushfire smoke here on the east of Australia, something that won’t change without significant rain. “Send 'er down, Hughie!,” as they say in these parts.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: when Google reminds us of what we searched during the last 12 months, in convenient lists you can look at yourself, wherever you’re from.
Starting with a look at the US we see:
But now to the fun! Google always offers oddities and just look at the lists of search results for ‘what is…?’ And ‘where is…?’:
📈 Pixel’s improved RAM management should appear on other Android phones in 2020 (Android Authority).
🔒 New Google Chrome security upgrades are out: Chrome will tell if your login has been stolen (Android Authority).
🕳 David Imel is in China with Oppo and showed off Oppo’s almost completely hidden under-display camera tech - see it peeking at the top-middle part of the screen (Twitter). No release date yet, no detail on how much picture quality is sacrificed.
🎧 OnePlus could release its own wireless earbuds, and yeah that makes sense (Android Authority).
🎧 Also: Apple AirPods Pro vs Huawei Freebuds 3: Get the pro or the clone? (Android Authority). For iPhone users the choice is obvious, but for others…
📺 You can now give the gift of Disney+ with a click, no mall trip required (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple’s new Mac Pro has pricing for models with up to 1.5TB of RAM (for about $25,000, just for the RAM), and weirdly, the most expensive Pro Display XDR requires a special, Apple-made cloth to clean it (The Verge).
🏓 Become excellent at Excel for under $25: go from data-entry to PivotTable Pro (Android Authority). (Honestly, being good at Excel is like magic but it takes some effort.)
🔬 Intel says it’ll reach 1.4nm manufacturing for chips by 2029 (Anandtech).
🎮 Sony held its last official State of Play broadcast for 2019, packed with game reveals, release dates and new looks at upcoming titles. Including, importantly, Untitled Goose Game (GameSpot).
👀 The Pirate Bay seems to be testing a streaming option again (The Verge).
🔧 Cover: Why the ‘Queen of Shitty Robots’ renounced her crown (Wired).
🚀 NASA unveils 'the most powerful rocket ever built' (Engadget).
🤔 “What was the dumbest thing you’ve ever been asked by a customer?” (r/askreddit). Wow there’s really a lot here:: “I used to work in IKEA in the section which sold wardrobes. Big behemoths of things. Normally around 6 foot long and 60kg in boxes. Customers would regularly ask me would it fit in their car. After being polite the first few times asking them about the size of their car and guessing, I then just started asking them what colour their car was. The amount of people who'd answer unphased was amazing.”
Here’s something weird: flu season has started very early in the US:
Cheers, Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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