It’s official: Samsung has announced its next Galaxy Unpacked event for August 5, at 10AM ET, a fully virtual and streamed event, of course, which will see a different approach to Samsung’s usual stadium-like events held in Brooklyn, New York City, and Berlin before that.
What to expect:
🔊 What’s stopping Spotify from being the perfect music app? A Spotify cloud music locker, for uploading your own tracks. Couldn’t agree more with this opinion (Android Authority).
🚅 There’s a new gaming phone on the horizon from Lenovo, called the Lenovo Legion. Apparent new benchmark leaks reveal it’s very fast, thanks to the supposed and as-yet-non-existent Snapdragon 865 Plus SoC and its GPU benefits. Hmm! (notebookcheck.net).
🍎 Apple is working on QR Code payments for Apple Pay, iOS 14 code reveals (9to5Mac).
🍏 Also: Apple is planning on launching the iPhone 12 later this year in three different sizes: 5.4", 6.1" and 6.7". If true, here’s how that stacks up against the iPhone SE, 7, 8, SE 2, X, 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max (MacRumors).
🛒 Walmart Plus may launch in July to compete with Amazon Prime: $98 yearly, unlimited same-day grocery delivery, fuel discounts, and potentially a ‘Scan & Go service’ that would allow checkouts in Walmart stores without waiting in line (Android Authority).
📦 Also: Uber launches grocery delivery in Latin America, Canada with the US to follow (Reuters).
🚫 Ad boycott leaders say meeting with Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg was 'a disappointment', and the boycott, now with 800 companies on board, will continue. (Engadget).
📅 ‘Too little, too late’: Facebook’s Oversight Board won’t launch until ‘late fall’ (TechCrunch).
🎈 Alphabet’s Loon balloons provide their first commercial internet service in Kenya: 35 hot air balloons will provide 4G LTE at about a 20km elevation. Loon says June testing saw speeds of 18.9Mbps down, 4.74Mbps up, latency of 19ms (Loon).
📉 The rise and fall of Adobe Flash: “Before Flash Player sunsets this December, we talk its legacy with those who built it” (Ars Technica).
🚚 “About 8 months ago, I got a handwritten letter through the mail on a blank piece of paper with one sentence: "File a FOIA with USPS for [Long Life Vehicles] truck fires." 4,000 pages of documents later, here's the story:” Hundreds of USPS mail trucks are spontaneously catching fire, seemingly because they’re 30-years-old and the US Post has no money to replace them (Vice).
🚗 Audi's new Q4 Sportback e-tron concept has 'sexy back,' cool AR features inside (Mashable).
🔴 Three separate countries are launching Mars missions this month (Futurism).
🚲 Bosch previews its vision for future full suspension electric bikes. That is some bicycle. (Electrek).
🐄 The Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson debuts first new comics in 25 years (CNET).
🤔 “What is the strangest mystery that is still unsolved?” (r/askreddit).
Back at it again with a possible conclusion to Betelgeuse's weird dimming.
But, a study using measures of electromagnetic radiation in the submillimetre wave spectral range, from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) in Chile and the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope (JCMT) on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, found, unexpectedly, that this radiation was dimmer, too. That seemed to rule out dust:
The new theory? Gigantic starspots. Like sunspots we observe from our sun, but the size of many many suns.
Probably the last time we hear about Betelgeuse for awhile, but I'll keep my eye out!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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