✨ Good morning! May the 4th be with you, and may Disney not own your tweets/hashtags #maythe4th.
Oh... and here's your DGiT Daily in the iconic crawling text, if you really want 😁
Today, if you’re Stateside, you’ll wake up to a no-strings surprise deal from Motorola for one of its premium smartphones of 2020: A buy one $1,500 Motorola Razr, get another one free deal.
I’m not sharing this because I think everyone should rush out and get one. Or two, as it were. The Moto Razr did not review well. The rival Galaxy Z Flip did, and the $1,380 Samsung is asking for its flip-phone did not seem as ridiculous given the specs, build-quality, and performance, both relatively and absolutely.
What matters is that this is not a good sign.
🌟 Pixel 4a: It’s Google’s time to shine. “The universe is conspiring in helping Google achieve success.” (Android Authority).
🆚 Not all 120Hz smartphone displays are made equally. This excellent deeper dive touches on why higher-refresh rate screens do not automatically mean better quality displays, at all. There’s also a good look at why dedicated display processors, found in flagship chips, are an important part of a higher-fresh rate smartphone display. In short, mid-range phones with 120Hz screens don’t sound too great (Android Authority).
🙅♀️ “I won’t be buying a new smartphone until in-display selfie cameras are a thing” writes C. Scott Brown, even if that means waiting for mid-2021 devices, he writes. Interesting points! (Android Authority).
📚 Best gaming routers: Say goodbye to Wi-Fi lag (Android Authority).
📺 Video: Tim Cook delivers virtual commencement address to Ohio State graduates. Putting every Apple product line in the video shot is classic curation, but worth a listen if you’re after some inspiration (YouTube).
🍎 MacBook Pro 2020 leak reveals key specs: Intel Ice Lake CPU, possible shift from 13-inch to 14-inch (Tom’s Guide).
📌 Reports: Intel to buy urban transit startup Moovit for $1B to boost its autonomous car division (TechCrunch).
😷 Uber will require drivers and riders to wear face masks in the US, and may roll out tech to ensure drivers are wearing masks as well (Gizmodo).
💸 LockBit, the new ransomware for hire: You've probably never heard of LockBit, but that's likely to change (Ars Technica).
🔊 Maybe Sonos is finally releasing a new Playbar (Zatz Not Funny).
🎮 “We need more video games that are social platforms first, games second,” with Animal Crossing and Fortnite (now with a non-killing mode) the prototypes (TechCrunch).
🛳️ The man feeding a remote Alaska town with a Costco card and a ship (The Hustle, fun discussion on HN too: “Rural Croatia too, except it’s a truck that comes to all of the villages 3x/week with staple items. Plays ridiculously stereotypical Croatian music through a loudspeaker to announce arrival.”).
🥼 Here’s more: “Can an entomologist please give a further explanation of Asian Giant Hornet situation in Washington state and British Columbia?” (r/askscience).
All about that DIY-approach today:
All the best for the start of your week - and Pulitzer Prizes are handed out tonight, btw!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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