☕ Good morning! Back on deck and now Google has bought Fitbit, and Facebook’s parent company, Facebook, now has the brand FACEBOOK, as it differs itself from the app, Facebook. Clear?
Microsoft Surface Pro X reviews are out, a device significant for its departure away from Intel/AMD CPUs, and based on an Arm CPU, something closer to what is found in smartphones.
What’s the problem?
Microsoft Surface Pro X reviews:
📸 As the first smartphones with 108MP cameras emerge, Apple and Google prove camera software is more important than megapixels (Android Authority). Paraphrasing: “the bottom line is don’t trust the marketing numbers, trust the images.”
🎧 Apple AirPods Pro review: Third time really is the charm (Android Authority).
🔥 Deal: Get 25% off Google Pixel 3a series via Google Fi (Android Authority).
💲 Google Play Points rewards program launched in the US: Here’s how it works (Android Authority). I think this calculation is right: spent $100 to earn $1… not quite paying for itself, but there seem to be regular deals at least, and it’s free.
🔇 Researchers found they could use a laser pointed at a smart speaker’s mic to trick it into “hearing” voice commands. Alexa, Google Home, and Facebook Portal could be asked to make purchases or unlock doors from far distances (Wired).
🤔 This new logo will surely solve all of Facebook’s problems (The Verge).
🔋 The Polestar 1 is getting early reviews, noted for being a turbocharged, supercharged, plug-in hybrid enigma (Ars Technica). A pre-cursor to its first EV next year, the Polestar 2.
📺 Seth Meyers' new Netflix special has a button that lets people skip Trump jokes (CNN).
🍎 Apple commits $2.5 billion to ease California housing crunch (NY Times). Critics suggest this makes makes things worse by subsidizing the current high prices, and changing government zoning laws and regulations are what is really needed.
🧠 China has approved the first new drug for Alzheimer's disease in 17 years, and it’s based on a seaweed which was found to statistically suppress certain bacteria contained in the gut which can cause neural degeneration and inflammation of the brain (CNN).
🎁 “50 days till Christmas. What's the best gifts you can give a person, no matter if they're female or male?” (r/askreddit).
Here’s a great animation showing all known mapped planets, dwarf planets, and their rotations and tilt, which we believe have all been influenced by formation collisions, and later impacts:
Yours from our nice 23 hour 56 min (sidereal) day,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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