☕ Good Monday morning!
15 days until Christmas. Yikes!
We mentioned a few weeks ago that both Samsung and Huawei are vying to bring out the first smartphone with a hole in the front of the display to enable a front-facing camera:
The race just to show off this new development has become a war, and it shows us how big this technology will be.
The race so far:
War, what is it good for?
Will it cost more?
Bonus: Other smartphone trends in 2019.
⌚ Apple Watch’s ECG feature is already proving its worth - with ECG proof from Reddit (TechCrunch).
💌 Essential buys the company behind Newton Mail (Android Authority).
🗣 It’s Google’s Sundar Pichai’s turn in the hot seat, facing US Congress tomorrow. It didn’t go badly for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, but that’s because politicians didn’t know how Facebook worked (Axios).
🚕 Waymo One? Fake news. Not driverless. Barely public. And struggles to change lanes. Slightly embarrassing for tech media, with Waymo definitely exaggerating their service (Ars Technica).
📞 This isn’t pick on Google day, but apparently Alibaba already has a voice assistant “way better than Google’s Duplex” (MIT Technology Review).
📺 YouTube users have watched 50 billion hours of game videos this year (VentureBeat)
🚗 Elon Musk on “60 Minutes”: “I want to be clear. I do not respect the SEC.” Ol’ Musky says his tweets aren’t being approved by anyone (Axios).
🦷 Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, and the Quest to Kill eBay, from the always interesting Steve Yegge (Medium).
🚀 Spy satellite NROL-71, was 7.5 seconds from lifting off from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base according to the United Launch Alliance. New launch date to come (Space).
🍃 Hear the wind on Mars for the first time, thanks to the InSight lander. No seriously, the wind! On Mars! (Engadget).
🔒 “One of the most fun jobs I ever had was figuring out how to embed the serial number of your Xbox 360 into rings emanating from the bottom right, so we could track and identify leaks” (Twitter).
🏝 A tiny island in the Pacific is suing a giant Swedish foundation over ‘.nu’ (ABC).
💧 Freshwater is getting saltier in the US, threatening people and wildlife (PBS).
🌏 Can dirt save the Earth? (NYTimes - from April, but interesting.)
🤐 What's your greatest accomplishment that you can't bring up in normal conversation? (Reddit.)
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