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It’s Wednesday, and so it’s the launch of yet another streaming service: HBO Max. But wait, you cry, aren’t there already HBO-based streaming services? Yes, HBO Go, HBO Now.
So what is HBO Max? Glad you asked.
Is it more than HBO+Friends:
Costs to consumers, costs to the streaming industry:
👨✈️ Revealed: The annoying things we do with our phones while flying (Android Authority).
⛔ How to block websites on Android (AA).
🕹 Dr. Mario World: Everything you need to know about Nintendo’s new game on iOS/Android (AA).
🔧 Zoom rushed out a patch to fix the flaw that let hackers hijack Mac webcams (Wired).
🍎 Apple has updated and rejigged its Mac lineup: RIP the 12-inch MacBook, while all MacBook Pros now have a Touch Bar, TrueTone now added to Retina displays (Apple.com).
💲 The new Apple laptop lineup is simpler, yet choosing which one to buy still isn’t any easier (The Verge).
🔇 If you’ll pay more, new Uber Comfort offers Quiet Rides (TechCrunch).
🚗 “Close to 10%” of Tesla’s Autopilot software team reportedly departs after shakeup (Ars Technica).
💚 France to slap new ‘ecotax’ on plane tickets from 2020, funds will be “invested in eco-friendly transport infrastructure, including rail” (AP).
🚀 Mars crew could 3D-print skin and bones for injuries (Engadget).
🌊 NASA satellites find biggest seaweed bloom in the world (nasa.gov).
🌑 Also, NASA will open pristine, sealed samples of Moon rock for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 (NPR).
🏀 Nate Silver unveils "A Better Way To Evaluate NBA Defense," via a new rating system called DRAYMOND (FiveThirtyEight).
🤔 What’s a good example of "Don't knock it till you try it"? (r/askreddit).
Because everyone is “Stranger Things” focused at the moment, here’s CNN with an almost too-serious look at the science behind the Upside Down.
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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