👋 Good morning and welcome to Wednesday! It’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10 day, and there's no time to spare!
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch today happens at Samsung's Unpacked event, starting at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and with a Samsung.com live stream here.
Just ahead of this announcement, Samsung published details of its new homegrown Exynos chipset that will likely power the device in markets other than the U.S., where it uses Qualcomm Snapdragon chips.
What else Note 10?
📺 Disney announced its streaming services can be bundled, and it’s dangerously cheap: Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99/m. (Engadget). That bundle is U.S. only, for now, but Disney+ is rolling out globally, in about 97 days.
📈 “I made $50,000 from Android apps and you can too.” A nice story, and I’m not just saying that because Adam here could crush me with just one of his biceps. (Android Authority).
📸 Xiaomi reveals more 64MP camera details, confirms 108MP phone is coming (Android Authority). Taking predictions on the first gigapixel phone?
📶 Sprint, OnePlus join forces to offer 5G smartphone in US (Android Authority).
🚗 Elon Musk: “Anyone relying on lidar is doomed.” Experts: Maybe not (Ars Technica).
🤳 Instagram is taking memes seriously, now hiring a meme liaison officer after purging 142 meme accounts (The Atlantic).
🚐 Also, #vanlife can be cheaper, weirder, and more accessible than Instagram would have you believe (Jalopnik).
🔋 NASA worked out how to make food out of thin air - CO2, water, electricity - and a Finnish company has turned it into reality, calling it Solein (World Economic Forum).
😅 “What is your favorite Dad joke?” (r/askreddit).
I’d never heard of this thing, but for $2,400, you could and still can buy a 360-degree-photo-taking ball called Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera, by Panono.
It’s a neat idea - throw the ball high, let it take a bunch of photos with its 108MP/16K sensor and 32 cameras, and marvel as the devices stitches them all together for a unique 360-degree photo.
Now, though, the company has revealed that starting September 1, it will start charging users €0.79, or about $0.88, for every photo processed by its stitching services.
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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