👋 Good morning! Lots of little pieces of big news today, so we’ll keep things moving here with a slightly different Friday edition...
First, Android Authority’s Suzana Dalul has a fun topic for DGiT Intelligence: gaming keyboards!
“Gaming keyboards are not all bling and RGB lights! Don’t judge a keyboard by its cover!
1. Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition (in the image above)
🍎 Apple bundles are coming: Apple plans a Prime-like subscription bundle, but that has News+ publishers worried (Ars Technica). Also, Apple News+ subscriptions are reportedly very weak at ~200k.
👍 Instagram is now starting to hide Like counts across the world (Android Authority).
👨✈️ Traveling abroad? Google Fi is now available at US airport vending machines (Android Authority).
📱 After leaving China, losing India as well would be a disaster for Samsung (Android Authority).
🎮 “I just canceled my Google Stadia Founder’s Edition pre-order,” writes C Scott Brown (Android Authority). I’m keeping mine but partly because I wanted a Chromecast Ultra upgrade anyway…
🎮 Also, Microsoft adds over 50 games to xCloud preview, plans launch for 2020, and already has more games than Stadia (Engadget).
💰 Fourteen years after launching, 1Password takes a $200M Series A (TechCrunch). $200m! For a password manager! Why? Answer: “...we need to grow, and grow aggressively.” Um okay? A password manager??
🏥 Project Nightingale: “I'm the Google whistleblower. The medical data of millions of Americans is at risk” (The Guardian).
🔊 Spotify confirms it’s testing real-time lyrics synced to music (TechCrunch).
🎤 FreddieMeter is here, and you can sing your heart out, and a new YouTube/Queen “AI” collaboration will judge your pipes (withyoutube.com). Also, you are helping Google understand singing/humming voices, but “All analysis of your singing happens on your device, so your vocals stay private to you.” Also, Adam Doud sent me this to make sure it was included, so I hope the DGiT Daily podcast has him singing today. I think?
⛅ Amazon will protest the Defense Department's JEDI decision to award $10bn contract to Microsoft, alleging political influence played a role (CNBC).
🚕 Another company is dialing back expectations for self-driving taxis (Ars Technica).
👨💻 Guide: David Tian worked on Wall Street, and after being downsized, landed a new job as a software engineer at Google while in his 40s. How? His guide explains exactly how he got the job, and it’s crazy detailed (freeCodeCamp.org).
🤔 “What’s a fun, cheap and easy hobby to pick up that many people aren’t aware of?” (r/askreddit). Many suggestions start cheap and can get expensive, but if that’s the case while you’re knitting, maybe that’s a sign it's going great?
Weird spinning ice disk season is upon those of us in the northern hemisphere! Per Earther, somewhere on a stretch of water in Haynesville, Maine, local TV station WABI TV5 shared footage a viewer sent in, on Twitter:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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