🌞 Good morning, and Happy Birthday to my sister. She’s celebrating by playing minigolf, which reminds me of some sage golfing advice: never buy a new putter until you've had a chance to throw it.
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The next big tech show, after Samsung’s Unpacked event tomorrow in NYC, is IFA 2019, here in Berlin, from September 6 - 11. (I just got my media badge, and I'm excited to be bringing DGiT Daily to you from the show floor. Anyway!)
And despite the conference being a month away, LG has dropped an announcement video on YouTube ahead of time, offering a fun 8-bit style sneak peek at what’s coming - and it’s clear the second screen concept is going further.
So what does this mean?
⌚ Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 is here with LTE support and the return of the rotating touch-enabled bezel (Android Authority).
❌ HTC suspends UK smartphone sales due to patent claim, Xiaomi targeted too (Android Authority).
🤦♂️ Huawei tweeted a poll and that wasn’t a clever idea (Twitter).
🕚 The iPhone 11's release date may have been accidentally revealed as September 20 by Japan telco CEO (PhoneArena).
💳 Apple Card Preview: onboarding website goes live ahead of Apple Card launch, includes how to set up video (9to5Mac).
🤖 Elon Musk hints at Tesla’s secret project ‘Dojo’, possibly marking new strides towards full self-driving (Electrek). This is Elon Musk, though.
❌ Comcast's Xfinity suffering nationwide outage (Engadget).
💊 “The Matrix” is returning to theaters to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and now with Dolby Vision picture and Dolby Atmos audio (The Verge).
👶 Uh oh: A 2,300 word long memo, titled “I’m Not Returning to Google After Maternity Leave, and Here is Why,” was left on a Google internal forum by a Googler mother. It’s been read by more than 10,000 employees at the company (VICE).
💝 Dating site users are being tricked into laundering money, FBI says (CNET).
🌞 Hyundai’s first car with a solar roof is available in Korea - may add up to 800+ miles of range each year (Engadget).
🛴 Audi's E-Tron Scooter is a skateboard with a handle (Engadget).
🌕 A crashed Israeli lunar lander spilled tardigrades on the moon (Wired). Which is not illegal on the moon, but it would be on Mars!
🌬 Here's when using a fan will actually make you hotter (Gizmodo). When the air is hot and dry, blasting more of it on you doesn’t help, says this small-scale study.
😬 Rice provides 19% of the calories that people consume worldwide. A new study shows in higher carbon dioxide atmospheres, rice grows with less nutrients (phys.org).
🤔 “What is a true fact so baffling, it should be false?” (r/askreddit). (The life of Frano Selak, the luckiest unlucky man in the world, is pretty crazy.)
Here’s what the dominant color of Earth's countries appears as seen: noting that the visualization is using the dominant color, not the average color:
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Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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