🎢 Good morning! Going tobogganing later, and why yes, I do intend to go for the speed record, thanks for asking. (If I’m not back on Monday, you’ll know that at least I went very fast.)
Gorilla Glass Victus is the latest in glass innovation from the people at Corning, who have been working on delivering better glass for smartphones since the original iPhone.
While Gorilla Glass is up to number 6 in its line, Corning has announced new glass and a new branding, calling it Victus. Sure, fine.
But what’s interesting here is that Corning is saying the new Gorilla Glass Victus now brings two-meter drop protection (over six feet), and onto hard/rough surfaces, while doubling the scratch resistance over Gorilla Glass 6.
Glass nerds time:
My aluminosilicate enthusiast colleagues had some time on a call with Corning, and experienced at least slight disappointment that the next step towards unbreakable glass didn’t come from some breakthrough nanomaterial or from wisdom found in ancient texts.
🏆 Best of Android: Mid-2020 Reader’s Choice – It’s the final! Two finalists do battle, vote for your favorite now! (Android Authority).
♨ Samsung starts Galaxy Note 20 reservations with a $50 instant credit (Android Authority).
🔜 The OnePlus Nord is here, but should you wait for the Pixel 4a? (Android Authority).
🤦♂️ Oh boy: Intel says that it has delayed the rollout of its 7nm CPUs by six months, pushing it a full 12 months behind the company's internal targets. Apple’s switch to its own processors makes more and more sense, and Intel’s aura in manufacturing takes another blow. Once legendary, now a long way behind TSMC (Android Authority).
👀 Good inside glimpse behind the scenes at Facebook, as employees warn the company is “hurting people at scale.” According to this, Facebook employees get a little gift of $250 worth of ad credits. But employee credits may not be used for ads “related to politics or issues of national importance”, so issues relating to “civil and social rights,” “environmental politics,” “health,” are off-limits. (BuzzFeed News).
📦 This would be incredibly disheartening: Amazon reportedly invested in startups and gained proprietary information. Then, it would launch competitors, or offer better deals to the startup clients, often crushing the startups (Business Insider).
🍎 The argument for a matte display iPad Pro. Heck, you can definitely get good matte screen protectors now, check PaperLike, Clearview, Elecom as better brands (9to5Mac).
🧹 Even Dyson is cutting jobs (The Guardian).
🎮 Here’s every new Xbox game Microsoft just revealed, including 8 minutes of Halo Infinite (Wired).
📅 Disney's next Star Wars trilogy gets pushed back, will debut in 2023, and upcoming Avatar movies are delayed too -- and yep you probably know why (Engadget).
🧪 Meet the four frontrunners in the COVID-19 vaccine race (Ars Technica).
🛰 More evidence of increasing militarization of space as US claims Russia satellite weapon test (TechCrunch).
🔴 Going nuclear: NASA's Perseverance Mars rover gets its power source for July 30 launch (Space).
These $26 million robotic dolphins are coming to a Chinese aquarium soon (Business Insider) and what on earth.
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