🌅 Good Monday morning! I’m back from Greece, which was a blast in the sun, and enjoyed the work here at the DGiT Daily wheelhouse from Bogdan, Nick, and Scott Adam. Thanks gents.
🚢 Oh, and I don’t want to put you off catching a ferry to the Greek islands at all, but if you’re prone to getting seasick, do check the weather. We had a rollercoaster five-hour long trip back into Athens. The smells...
Android Authority’s Bogdan Petrovan (and your occasional DGiT Daily ring-in), has spent three solid days with the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, after its launch in Munich, Germany. And Bogdan has thoughts!
What’s it been like during these three days of using an engineering sample device, meant for China, with all its premium hardware, and yet incredibly basic software?
Let’s start with the good:
And then the bad:
Now, within a few days, third-party guides and details will emerge for getting apps and some Google apps, but… who’s buying this for more than ~$1200, when something like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus does it all, with certification, out of the box?
📸 Xiaomi teases 108MP camera, almost definitely coming to Mi Mix Alpha (Android Authority).
📷 64MP Realme XT vs 40MP Huawei P30 Pro: The hi-res camera showdown (Android Authority).
🎧 The best AirPods alternatives: True Wireless Earbuds were some of the most popular new devices at IFA, and here’s five of the best. Trust me that paying a bit more for longer playback time, and fast charging are both worth it (Android Authority/SoundGuys).
🔨 We asked, you told us: Most people have never cracked their phones (Android Authority). Touch wood
🔊 Google is reducing how much audio it saves for human review (Android Authority).
🔢 Google says it has “reached quantum supremacy,” calculating something that would’ve taken 10,000 years on IBM’s most powerful supercomputer, in just 3 minutes (Interesting Engineering)
🛠 iPhone 11 Pro Max teardown: smaller logic board, larger battery (iFixit). Quite a bit in this one, including discovering a new/mysterious second battery connector.
🌑 Apple iOS 13: A deep review (ArsTechnicaa). Fixing the weirdly big volume indicator has been overdue, and with so many new features there are bugs.
📼 “Struggling not to laugh”: Inside Netflix’s crazy, doomed meeting with Blockbuster back in 2000 (Vanity Fair).
💸 Also: Netflix paid $500m for rights to “Seinfeld,” a day later, Warner Media paid a reported $1 billion for streaming rights to “The Big Bang Theory,” on top of $425 million for “Friends,” and $500m for “The Office” for Peacock, NBC Universal’s new service. How is each individual show valued? We don’t know, not really (WaPo). Netflix at least has some idea, based on usage data.
🔋 PlayStation 5 will waste less energy (The Verge). But only 0.5W, and only if users enable it. I guess vanishingly small savings do add up, but I’m not sure if this is more greenwashing than anything else.
🔴 Mysterious magnetic pulses discovered on Mars, for unknown reasons for now. Also, liquid water just underneath the surface? (National Geographic).
🧠 Brains are the last frontier of privacy. For now (Axios).
🤔 “You take no damage for 24 hours. What are you doing today?” (r/askreddit).
A new game is creating very important memes. It’s called Untitled Goose Game, and you basically play as a horrible goose, on Nintendo Switch and on the Epic Games Store for Mac and Windows PC.
Vice says: “You're not just a goose. You're a wrench in the gears of the world,” and apparently the game is actually “enormous fun” when played with friends, according to Polygon.
Whatever it is, it’s your meme of the week:
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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