It’s finally launch day for NASA’s SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon Crew Demo-2, at 4:33PM ET today (Image of the Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon Capsure above, via NASA).
How to watch:
What will happen:
Weather latest at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida:
Worthy of your time:
HBO Max is set to launch today, and many thought it would cut over from midnight or the early AM, but at the time of writing it wasn’t yet live. Links to the expected app were hitting HBO Now instead for Apple users.
What you need to know:
📉 Samsung Galaxy S20 shipments are way way down compared to Galaxy S10 (Android Authority).
🤔 OnePlus CEO says ‘there’s still a demand’ for cheap phones, which might mean the promised OnePlus Z is more than a once-off (Android Authority).
⏩ 6 things you need to know about the latest Arm CPUs and GPUs (Android Authority).
📡 New Google app released to help boost development of Pixel 4’s radar tech (Android Authority).
💻 16-inch MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, and iMac Pro with Mini-LED displays again rumored to launch in 2021, matching other expert timeline analysis (MacRumors).
🍎 MacOS Catalina update wrings longer life from your MacBook's battery (Engadget).
🔊 I’m amazed how many people are excited for this, but I’m excited for them too: Spotify is getting rid of its 10,000 song library cap (community.spotify.com). My song library is closer to 1,000, but I tend to not listen to new music while writing this newsletter, or I can lose focus...
🐤 Twitter’s first fact-check on President Trump calls out “false claims” (Ars Technica).
📞 Facebook has launched a test app called CatchUp, which is an audio-only idea that opens people to chat, when available, in a Clubhouse/HouseParty-style. US-only for now. (TechCrunch).
📦 Sure sounds like Amazon is about to buy self-driving startup Zoox, a company it was already invested in, among others in the vehicle space (Reuters).
📦 Also, 11 local news stations ran a segment scripted and produced by Amazon. Exactly the same segment. (Vice).
📸 Fujifilm releases app to turn mirrorless cameras into webcams, basically for nicer Zoom calls (The Verge).
⚾ Pokémon Go’s AR has always been fairly underwhelming, but now it is testing blending AR monsters into the real world, on certain Android devices (Engadget).
⚰️ Revealing, illuminating feature: “Funerals are expensive, broken and exploitative. They have to change” (CNET).
👨✈️ "Is there any amount of turbulence which could bring a plane down?” (r/askscience). The advancement in material science and safety is to be respected.
I want to toast Webby Awards’ winners for web weirdness, today. The 24th awards were announced on May 20, 2020, and winners for really great, interesting, compelling, unique ideas were dominated by uh, big brands. Which is kinda the internet these days? The likes of Spotify, HBO, SNL, Nike, and NFL TikTok were winners, although big ups for Trevor Noah, Oscar the Grouch.... and National Geographic, which won 15 awards. Truly there are so many awards it is hard to keep up.
But step aside, mainstream. The Webby Awards for weird are where we’re at. Out of 13,000 entries::
Webby Award for Weird: Brand Name Pencils by Madison Ave. Collective:
Webby People’s Voice Award for Weird: Mental Floss
All the best,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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