🍳 Good Monday morning! A bumper edition today with a load of interesting stuff I read over the weekend. I had the pleasure of playing Overcooked 1 and 2 on Nintendo Switch, and survived the mayhem/shouting over the weekend.
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One of the very useful Apple features across macOS and iOS is AirDrop. Fast, free, and peer-to-peer file transfers with or without data or Wi-Fi make it a rare feature Android hasn’t really been able to copy with wide success.
Google did try, introducing Android Beam in the past, which used NFC to pair devices for sending files, but I know I’ve never used it. Google’s rebranding it to be called “Fast Share” in Android Q, for internet-less sharing of images and text and more between nearby devices.
Now Xiaomi, Oppo, and Vivo are creating their own alliance to support peer-to-peer filesharing outside of Android.
Why are three Chinese manufacturers teaming up? And why does it matter?
📴 Huawei’s 90-day reprieve expires today, so what now? (Android Authority).
📈 Trump says he talked to Apple CEO Tim Cook about tariffs and Samsung: Cook said it wasn’t fair that Samsung products, made in South Korea, don’t incur tariff costs, and Trump listened (CNBC).
🔊 Loup Ventures ran its annual Digital Assistant IQ test, more or less the Google Assistant vs Amazon Alexa vs Apple Siri test, featuring 800 questions asked to each AI. Google won, again. (Loup Ventures).
🔋 New Redmi phone with big 5,000 mAh battery appears online: Is it the Redmi 8? (Android Authority).
🆚 Samsung Galaxy Note 10 vs LG G8 ThinQ: Which is right for you? (Android Authority).
🎧 AKG N700NC review: Noise cancelling king for air travellers (Android Authority).
🔥 Deal: Complete Cisco Network Certification training bundle - work on gaining Cisco engineer certifications for just $59 (TechDeals).
🏢 WeWork review: How it works, and why it didn’t work for me (Android Authority). I work for a co-working space that’s not a WeWork, and find many of the same positives and negatives, although very different cost schemes.
🆕 5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! Including a first-person shooter tower defence game called Type II: FPS TD (Android Authority).
💡 Ikea goes all in on smart home tech: ‘We are just getting started’ (The Verge)
🚢 The U.S. Navy is going back to WWII-era communications: dropping bean bags onto ships to avoid detection of messages (military.com).
🏎 The new Bugatti Centodieci hypercar is a striking throwback: 1,600 HP, $8.9m, just 10 to be made, and immediately sold out (CNET).
🏙 From 2016, but not something I was aware of: “Clean City Law: Secrets of São Paulo Uncovered by Outdoor Advertising Ban” (99percentinvisible.com).
🎨 Can JPEG XL become the next free and open image format? Files will still be .jpg, and it has free and open licensing (jpeg.org). What’s not to like?
😎 Should you get a scary UV photo of your skin damage? (NY Times).
🌊 The gold vault that floods with water in Netflix’s “Casa de Papel” is real (Bloomberg).
Mashable hit this particular piece of meme-news on the money this weekend: We regret to inform you that pumpkin spice Spam exists.
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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