🎨 Good morning! A respectably big art supplies shop has just opened close-by to me, and if they have frames, I can finally hang up some posters I’ve had around for months.... Yes, weekend plans are pretty minor these days.
It’s official: TSMC will build and open a 5nm advanced chip factory in Arizona (WSJ, $), it announced today.
What it could all mean:
💲 Pixel 4a price leak: Google could be bringing the fight to the iPhone SE: $349 would be very interesting indeed (Android Authority).
🤔 “The only reason the Pixel line isn’t Android’s crown jewel is Google”. Hard to disagree here with C. Scott (Android Authority).
🍏 Apple to launch a new iPad and a new iPad mini with bigger screens, says Ming-Chi Kuo. New affordable 10.8 inch iPad and 8.5–9 inch iPad mini (MacRumors).
🍎 Apple acquired NextVR for a suggested $100m which announced on its website it was shut. This might be about data or maybe another likely step towards Apple’s future AR and VR headsets. Reports are Apple is pushing ahead with two products, but who knows what consumers will see from the ‘Apple Glasses’ by 2022, which is the latest rumored date for being announced (Bloomberg).
👴 How to extend the life of your laptop (CNET).
🆕 Nvidia’s first Ampere GPU is designed for data centers and AI, not your PC (The Verge).
📺 Sony AR app shows if a new TV will fit your room: no more measuring (Engadget).
Inside HBO Max, the $4B bet to stand out in the streaming wars. The cast of Friends is just the start - great reading, save it for your weekend (Variety).
🆓 The Epic Games store was down for hours as everyone tried to get GTA V for free. Also, yes, GTA V is free on the Epic Games store!! Coming soon, from reports: Civilization 6, Borderlands - The Handsome Collection, and ARK Survival (The Verge).
⚔ Watch 18 minutes of new Ghost of Tsushima gameplay footage. I needed about 18 seconds before deciding I want to play (The Verge).
⌛ Ubisoft's educational Assassin's Creed tours are free until May 21st: learn Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece (Engadget).
🔋 Million-mile batteries: Why Tesla is so interested in 'Cell-To-Pack' batteries (Jalopnik).
⛔ Chrome will soon block resource-draining ads: Here’s how to turn it on now using Chrome flags (Ars Technica).
🚀 “How come the space station needs to fire a rocket regularly to stay in orbit, but dangerous space junk can stay up there indefinitely?” (r/askscience).
Via r/funny: “Today one of my 4th grade students renamed himself 'reconecting ...' on our Zoom call and pretended that he was having internet issues to avoid participating in our lesson.”:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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