☔ Good morning! Cold, rainy, windy, but cozy here. Down below you'll see the top-ranked movie on IMDB — do you agree?
Pixel 5 and 4a 5G reviews finally dropped and there’s plenty of strong scores in the 8/10 range floating around for both devices. The vibe I’m getting is the Pixel 5 is fine, but the 4a 5G is one of the best mid-range phones. Ever.
The Pixel 4a 5G at $499 is really in a different category. It cuts a few corners to be cheaper, with a bigger screen, and at $499, is mid-range pricing perfection.
The Pixel 5 is a little more finished and a little more pricey, but is raved about. At $699, it’s $200 more, and that $200 takes you further.
Google Pixel 5 initial review:The best premium Pixel
TechCrunch has a really nice review of the Pixel 5, too, getting right to the point about Google’s slightly unusual Pixel lineup that doesn’t have a lot between them.
Google Pixel 4a 5G review: Perfectly balanced, as all Pixels should be.
I’m just going to quote the praise here from the review:
OnePlus held the launch event for the OnePlus 8T yesterday, with a new design and shape, and a $50 price increase over the OnePlus 8, now starting at $749 unlocked.
So, what do you get for your money?
The ‘T’ models from OnePlus have rarely been must-upgrades, if you already owned the previous model. For everyone else, there’s a new contender.
For everyone else, the OnePlus 8T is an interesting choice and likely to appeal even with the price jump.
One more thing: OnePlus confirms a smartwatch is coming.
⛔ OnePlus won’t preinstall Facebook apps on its new phones, OnePlus 8T included. The problem was it couldn’t be removed once it was preinstalled... (Android Authority).
📁 Samsung explores a Xiaomi-like dual folding phone design (Android Authority).
🍎 iPhone 12 Pro models have 6GB of RAM, iPhone 12 and 12 mini remain at 4GB (MacRumors).
♻ The iPhone 12 ships without a charger. Will it curb E-Waste? (Wired).
🏎 Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit review: A simple racer that can feel like magic, but a few downsides too (The Verge).
🗞 Per CNBC: “Facebook and Twitter decided to limit the distribution of a New York Post story that claims to show “smoking gun” emails related to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son. The editorial decision to reduce the spread of the story, which provides minimal evidence, is a significant one for Facebook.” (CNBC).
📹 Zoom news: OnZoom is a new tool to let paid users charge for admission to online events (like conferences or fitness classes) (Business Insider). And, Zoom will begin rolling out end-to-end encryption next week, with a technical preview first. Plus some more features like immersive backgrounds (Android Authority).
🚒 The LAFD just hired America's first firefighting robot (Engadget).
🗻 Please enjoy: “Tokyo’s Internet Jesus uses secret creed to command 101 CEOs”. He’s the boss of 102 companies. Really. (Business Week).
🚀 A Soyuz capsule just made a record-breaking 3-hour flight to the ISS. An impressive effort with its latest manned mission (Space).
⚡ First room-temperature superconductor reported: superconductivity is exciting again. (Ars Technica).
🐅 Hidden camera's hugging tiger wins wildlife photo award, runners up are amazing too! (BBC).
🤖 AI can now remove moving images from video. Genuinely mindblowing (YouTube).
🌠 “We are scientists on the OSIRIS-REx mission, NASA's first mission to collect a pristine sample of an asteroid to return to Earth for future study. The first sample collection attempt is October 20. Ask us anything!” (r/askscience)
IMDb turns 30 years old this Saturday, after launching on 17 October 1990. That surprised me. Everyone knows it’s been around forever but this is ancient.
And it actually started before this, on Usenet, under classic Internet circumstances: the original founder, Col Needham, compiled “a list of actresses with beautiful eyes”.
In June 2020, IMBd tracked 4.9M TV episodes, 552,000 movies, and even 25,000 video games.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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