☕ Good morning! Busy day: Apple did launch the bigger 16-inch MacBook Pro as predicted, Motorola announced the new Razr, and Google has a credit card?
Oh, and Xbox X019 starts today in London, so expect lots of new gaming announcements, talk about xCloud, Project Scarlett, and potentially something big, new, next-gen, or all three.
Look! The foldable flip phone Motorola Razr is a thing! It’s a cutting edge return to retro, with a flex. And a pricetag.
💳 Google plans to offer checking accounts next year (The Verge). Project Cache will involve partnerships with banks and credit unions.
🧰 Staff Picks: 10 things Kris uses every day, including Moment lenses for smartphone photography, a gaming chair, and the Huawei FreeBuds 3 (Android Authority).
🎮 Here’s everything we learned from the Google Stadia Reddit AMA (Android Authority).
📺 Disney+ had many launch day issues, and now we know why: 10m subscribers on day one (Android Authority). The only reason we know that number is because Disney is obviously proud of it, even if many were likely free subs.
🤖 The legend John Carmack is leaving his role at Oculus to work on artificial general intelligence, and that’s big news (Facebook).
💻 The new 16-inch MacBook Pro has been hailed for its fixed keyboard, which is both correct and a little funny given Apple broke it in the first place, but macOS can’t be beaten for a lot of people. Anyway, first impressions: “It feels a bit silly to be excited about a classic arrow key layout, a hardware Escape key, and key switches that function reliably and feel good when you type with them, but that’s where we are. The risk of being a Mac user is that we’re captive to a single company’s whims.” (Daring Fireball).
🍎 Apple’s Phil Schiller dissing the success of Chromebooks is peak Apple (Android Authority). Schiller’s exact quote: “Yet Chromebooks don't do that. Chromebooks have gotten to the classroom because, frankly, they're cheap testing tools for required testing. If all you want to do is test kids, well, maybe a cheap notebook will do that. But they're not going to succeed.” Ah yes, if you can’t afford a $2,400 MacBook Pro, you can’t succeed. Schiller did backpedal on Twitter, but uh, Chromebooks can run Linux and are brilliant for $200. If Apple actually wants to help kids, try releasing a tough/rugged/cheap/competent iPad/Mac device. For the children.
⚡ Pokémon Sword and Shield are being called the best Pokémon games in years, even if they’re not perfect (The Verge). (By the way, two versions of the same game is a long-standing Pokémon series tradition, you only need one or the other but some will buy both to catch ‘em all.)
💓 Stanford publishes its massive Apple Watch heart-rate study (Engadget): 0.5% of participants received Watch notifications about having irregular heartbeat, 34% of those who received a notification really did have atrial fibrillation.
🚲 No, e-bikes aren’t cheating (The Verge).
🛣 Here's where painted lines on the road came from (Jalopnik).
🦷 “Why do a majority of Americans seem to have very white teeth?” (r/nostupidquestions).
We start and finish with a raz(o)r!
On this day in 1904, King Camp Gillette patented the safety razor blade, branded as the Gillette razor blade. In doing so, the BBC writes, Gillette invented two-part pricing:
Yours, with a beard,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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