🍔 Good morning! Today is National Cheeseburger Day! A completely made-up day! Do with that what you will.
We are seeing very early impressions of what's been announced over the past week or two. First up, most of devices Apple announced are now in the hands of reviewers, and there’s a bunch of pieces that all say ‘we’ve had this device for less than 24 hours but here are early thoughts’.
Early Apple Watch, Apple Watch SE and iPad hands-on articles are appearing, but no iPad Air pieces yet as that debuts a little later.
Remember, 24 hours with a device isn’t much, but here:
Spoiler: None of these really tell you much, I’m sorry to say, because it’s too early! Though Dieter at The Verge made me laugh as he points out that making your Memoji a watch face is pretty cringe — screenshot below:
The LG Wing is now in the hands of my colleague David Imel, who has thoughts, especially on the ecosystem developing in front of us:
“The LG Wing is an interesting addition to the selection of truly weird devices we’ve recently had our hands on. The foldable and dual-screen device categories are growing quickly, and it’s great to see more companies imagining how we’ll interact with different form factors in the future.”
And one more hands-on: This one is an Intel reference laptop made by MSI for CPU reviewers to benchmark the newest Intel 11th gen Tiger Lake against both its own 10th gen CPU, and the AMD competition. Insights from:
📅 Here’s the date and time for Xbox Series X and Series S pre-orders: 8:00 AM PT (11:00 AM ET) on September 22, 2020, via retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Game Stop, and more (Android Authority).
📸 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE real-world images leak, giving us even more insights (Android Authority).
🩸 Amazfit GTS 2 and GTR 2 are coming next week with an Apple Watch 6 feature (Android Authority).
🎮 Will the Xbox Series S hold back next-gen gaming? (The Verge).
🤔 A much more scathing review of the Oculus Quest 2: “We do not recommend the $299 Oculus Quest 2 as your next VR system” (Ars Technica).
🍏 Apple's online store is opening in India on September 23rd (Engadget).
🤳 Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has had talks about becoming TikTok's new CEO, in quite the return of serve (NYT).
🕹 The Nintendo 3DS has been discontinued — long live the Switch (TNW).
🏥 A German patient died after a ransomware attack forced a hospital to send patients elsewhere, hackers backed down after police informed them the target was a hospital (BleepingComputer).
🤝 Cloudflare and the Wayback Machine joining forces for a more reliable Web (archive.org).
🍄 Someone turned Lego Mario into a controller for Super Mario Bros (Engadget).
♻ The world’s plan to reduce plastic pollution is trash (Gizmodo).
🤔 “What ‘piece of junk’ did you find that turned out to be valuable?” (r/askreddit).
"He invented the Rubik's Cube. He's still learning from it". This is a great read about a shy architecture professor from Hungary who created That Darn Cube.
Quote from the New York Times piece:
Have a great weekend,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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