🍷 There’s a Christmas market setting up right outside my flat for this weekend. Mulled cider and glühwein await!
As we noted in the past few days, Microsoft's browser will use Chromium and it’s all been officially announce now.
But the news is much more significant than Microsoft switching from EdgeHTML to Google’s Chromium open-source project, the same engine that powers Google Chrome.
There’s quite a bit to it:
But but but… there’s a roaring debate about what will happen to the web. It goes something like this:
Mozilla, the makers of Firefox, are incandescent about the whole thing (Mozilla blog):
Who’s right? Well, both sides aren’t wrong. Mozilla is probably overstating it given that Chromium is open-source and therefore, not owned by anyone. But we all know it’s Google’s baby...
More: There’s a 500+ comment thread on HackerNews that gets into the finer details, along with debating the merits of Firefox vs Chrome. Firefox has come a long way recently.
💻 Qualcomm's 8cx chipset just might make always-on PCs worth using (Engadget).
📰 Google Assistant is getting ‘news playlists’, that offer relevant news throughout the day (TechCrunch)
👏 Google Translate now gives feminine and masculine translations for languages that are particular about this kind of thing. Like German. But German isn’t yet available. (VentureBeat)
💡 Should you get a smart light switch or smart light bulb? (Android Authority).
😟 Microsoft is begging for face recognition regulation to “stop race to the bottom” (WIRED)
🎮 The 13 biggest announcements from The Game Awards 2018, including a big Fortnite change: Risky Reels is gone, replaced by a new area called The Block (The Verge).
🆓 One of those announcements is that Epic’s Steam competitor is now live. And, it's featuring a free game every two weeks. The first title is Subnautica, a new and very well reviewed survival game, starting Dec 14th. Super Meat Boy will be free too! But otherwise, it’s a limited selection for now. (Epic Games store).
🎶 If you use Spotify, you can review your year in music again (Spotify Wrapped)
♟ Move over AlphaGo: DeepMind’s new AlphaZero AI taught itself to play three different games (Ars Technica)
🏎 Aston Martin will make old cars electric so they don’t get banned from cities (The Verge).
🚖 Why Lyft had to beat Uber to an IPO filing (Recode)
📉 Four days trapped at sea with crypto’s Nouveau Riche (BREAKER)
4,900-year-old plague linked to the mysterious decline of Europe’s first farmers (Nature)
🤔 You have 1 hour to hide a golf ball sized object somewhere in your home and a stranger then has 12 hours to find it by any means necessary. The winner gets $1,000,000. Where do you hide it? (Reddit)
National Geographic’s Almanac 2019 is now out, with 400 pages of Earth’s history in beautiful, evocative, and informative images. It illustrates both the natural world and breakthrough sciences, from tardigrades to the polar jet stream and the science of addiction.
It’ll be great fun for those with a curious mind.
Bonus: And if you just want a heartwarmer, here’s a world record 34,798 teddy bears being thrown onto the ice at an ice hockey event in Hershey, Pennsylvania (ESPN). (Also, the Bears won 6-3!)
All the best for a great weekend.
- Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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