☕ Good morning! I’m feeling pressure to produce those top movie/song/game/device pick of the decade, but here’s a start --I’m only half-joking with a couple of these choices:
Hey, it’s mid-December! It’s time for whacky things!
First, OnePlus is, for some reason, giving us a “concept phone” at CES 2020.
But that makes good and logical sense compared to the (almost certainly doomed) Indiegogo project, the JBL Reflect Eternal headphones:
📷 Gary Explains: “Finally! Snapdragon 865’s CPU beats the Apple A13” (Android Authority).
✨ The new Galaxy Note 10 Plus Star Wars Edition is seriously out of this galaxy (Android Authority).
🆕 Vivo X30 5G series announced: Two zoom cameras, 5G, Samsung chipsets (Android Authority).
🚫 Another awful and scary look inside the job that is content moderation, this time at Google/YouTube (The Verge).
🎮 It turns out that the Xbox Series X is only one of Microsoft's next-gen consoles, and we've been using the name wrong: it’s just Xbox…? (gamesradar.com)
📸 Google explains how its Portrait Mode for the Pixel 4 works, using dual cameras for better snaps (Google AI Blog).
🆕 New tech site Input, is live. It’s pretty out there style-wise, but this kind of mobile-first Snapchat-like story about Nike working on sneakers for disabled folks is interestingly put together -- you’ll have to tap (inputmag.com).
⛓ Mark Zuckerberg has a big Libra problem, by Gavin Wood, a co-founder of Ethereum (Wired).
🚗 Self-driving Mercedes will be programmed to sacrifice pedestrians to save the driver (Fast Company). Mercedes says that’s because engineers have the most control: “If all you know for sure is that one death can be prevented, then that’s your first priority.” (Also, Mercedes and everyone else is a long way from needing to make these decisions yet.)
🔧 Boeing to temporarily halt 737 Max production in January, a year after the first crash (BBC).
🚀 SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launches Boeing-built satellite into orbit, nails rocket landing, lucky 13 for the company in 2019 (Space).
🍸 From 300 bottles, here are the best new spirits of 2019 (Bloomberg).
Statista put out this fascinating chart showing the world’s population changes between 1950, and projected populations for 2020, and 2100:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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