👾 Good morning! Yesterday I really should have let you know two things: it’s Gamescom week in Cologne in Germany, meaning lots of gaming news.
And I should have said we’d have some special guests dropping by right here in the newsletter and over on the podcast all week! First up is Jon Rettinger, YouTuber and founder of TechnoBuffalo.
Disney announced more yesterday about its global Disney+ launch, along with compatible devices and platforms. (Actually, Disney is probably announcing a bunch of Disney+ stuff this week as D23 kicks off, an event I’ve never reported on before.)
Anyway, the list of Disney+ compatible devices is about as you might expect, with one key missing partner.
Disney+ pricing and availability worldwide was also released. We knew U.S. pricing and availability already — November 12th for $6.99 per month (or $69.99 paid annually) — but now we have even more info:
Meanwhile, new reports suggest Apple isn't changing its premium philosophy with Apple TV+.
Bonus: 9to5Mac reports Apple Arcade will retail for $4.99 per month, after a one-month free trial.
Also — In: sequels and remakes. Out: risk-taking — "The age of media corporation mega-mergers is robbing us of bolder, fresher storytelling" (Gizmodo).
A big welcome to Jon Rettinger, a prominent YouTube tech personality who has been closely following the industry for over a decade. We reached out to him to ask what he was most excited about in the coming months, and he jumped straight into the next Apple iPhone, the iPhone 11, and what the ideal iPhone 11 might look like.
And while Jon admits he’s probably closer to the land of hopes and dreams than reality, his hit list of iPhone-wants is pretty spot-on:
It all sounds like a 2020 iPhone, but with the expected iPhone 11 release date set for September 10, in just a few weeks, we’ll find out more soon.
🆕 Rumor: OnePlus 7T to go on sale October 15 (Android Authority).
📸 Realme 5 series announced: Quad rear cameras on a budget (Android Authority).
🤦♂️ Supreme's 3G 'burner' phone is built for hypebeasts (The Verge). No price, yet.
🎮 These are all the games coming to Google Stadia, including the just announced Cyberpunk 2077, Final Fantasy XV, Mortal Kombat 11, and more (Android Authority). (The event wasn’t worth your time if you missed it — lots of repeat game announcements, but Google doesn’t want Stadia to escape the headlines before the November launch.)
🎮 Buuuut: GeForce Now one-ups Google Stadia with Steam and Uplay streaming on Android (Android Authority).
🔜 Huawei’s 90-day reprieve extended by another 90 days, plus Huawei’s statement (Android Authority).
🤳 What is white balance in photography? (Android Authority).
🎧 HP's latest gaming headset delivers active cooling, noise cancellation (Engadget).
💸 China is dominating spending and research on quantum technology (Washington Post)
😢 San Francisco is home to the world's oldest webcam. After 25 years, it's being switched off (SF Gate).
🎤 Reddit experiments with livestreaming, calling it a Public Access Network and what could possibly go wrong? (Reddit).
📚 “I miss Microsoft Encarta” (hanselman.com). It still works on Windows 10, evidently!
Median Brooklyn rent has topped $3,000/month for the first time ever, after a big spike in July rent prices. Over on Manhattan Island, the median face rent in July was $3,595 a month, just $100 off a record set in February, 2009:
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Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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