🧱 Good morning! Last night I saw 184,000 lego pieces unveiled as Girl with a Pearl Earring for a Xiaomi promo here in Berlin. Not bad!
CNET’s big Moto Razr stress test didn’t go well. I mean, the live video did, but the $1499 Moto Razr did not.
The good news:
The bad news:
Overall, I’m not sure I have a lot of faith in the durability of a Moto Razr as an everyday device. Will the Galaxy Z Flip, expected next week, do better?
👴 The ZTE Axon 10s Pro is the first Snapdragon 865 phone in the world: it’s essentially the same old phone with a new chip at an unknown price point for now (Android Authority).
🙊 The news from yesterday about Chinese OEMs coming together to take on Google was overstated: Chinese OEMs aren't making a unified app store, just helping developers upload to the many competing app stores, which seems like they’ll remain a mess (Android Authority).
🛒 Here’s a first: a driverless delivery vehicle has been given an exemption to be a “car” on the street without needing to pass the usual auto safety regulations, like having side mirrors or windshield (TechCrunch).
💸 Uber kept losing bundles of cash, but said it’ll be profitable by the end of 2020, with food delivery a mess. Also, Uber CEO: “We recognize that the era of growth at all costs is over." (BusinessWire).
🔻Boeing is fixing another software bug in the grounded 737 Max -- no change to timeline for the aircraft's return (Reuters).
🚀 SpaceX rivaI OneWeb successfully launched 34 satellites from a Russian rocket - see the 2:56:30 mark to catch liftoff (YouTube)
🛰 Also, FCC reaches deal with satellite industry to free up more 5G spectrum - paying off companies holding valuable C-band spectrum for ground carriers (CNET).
🥕 Google has used its well-known free food perk to real-world test how to nudge people to make healthier choices: In one office, the company now serves 2,300 breakfast salads every day, up from zero two years ago, and water consumption is way up (OneZero).
🚅 Really cool: Here’s how zoom changes perception of speed (Twitter).
🤖 Apparently Chinese censorship is increasingly aggressive for news about coronavirus and whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, and so people are sharing messages in images with scribbles over the top to block machine reading (Twitter). Effective?
Rejoice! Netflix now lets you turn off its most annoying feature: those sometimes startling auto-play previews and trailers as you browse.
Have a fun weekend,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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