Finally, OnePlus Nord is everything we expected from the leaks and slightly frustrating long marketing cycle from OnePlus. (And let’s not speak of the AR phone launch, which required a dedicated app that kept crashing. The YouTube presentation worked, but without the AR effects.)
But all that aside, the key to the OnePlus Nord is how much you get for the price. And the price is looking pretty good:
Here’s an overview:
So, what’s missing?
OnePlus Buds, too:
👀 Huge Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leak spills glorious images, flagship features (Android Authority).
🔜 LG Velvet is coming to the US this week with an aggressive price: $599 (Android Authority)/
🔒 Gmail is about to start testing verification-like logos for email, in the coming weeks (Engadget).
🍎 Apple Glasses patent suggests any surface could become a virtual touch interface (MacRumors).
📸 Here’s a bold prediction: iPhones to get periscope telephoto cameras in 2022, says key Apple supply chain guru (The Verge).
🎵 TikTok news: investors in parent Bytedance are looking at upping their stake to majority ownership to weaken Chinese ownership arguments (The Next Web). It’s also hosing down complaints with jobs: TikTok says it’ll be hiring 10,000 staff in the US in the coming years (Axios). It has now been banned from US Federal devices (Android Authority).
🦃 Walmart will close stores on Thanksgiving, end Black Friday tradition (Business Insider)
⚡ San Diego Comic-Con goes virtual today for the first time, 350 panels free, how to watch (CNET).
🎮 Xbox’s Summer Game Fest event has 70 demos of new games you can try now (The Verge).
🛬 The last Qantas 747 flight is taking place today (Twitter). As it flew out of Sydney to the Mojave desert, it followed a route that drew a Kangaroo in the sky. Just zoom out to east of Australia to spot it, or watch this gif (Flightradar24).
🚢 Also in goodbyes to early giants, the first luxury cruise megaship, the Sovereign of the Seas, built in 1988, has arrived in Turkey where it will be scrapped. Mega cruise ships easily outclass this giant now, but she was the first! (maritime-executive.com)
🌋 Active Venus volcanoes make super hot, thick gas planet even more unwelcoming (CNET).
🥼 Science solves the mystery of goosebumps. The way I read it, goosebumps promote more hair growth during colder seasons. Brr. (news.harvard.edu).
📦 “What life changing item can you buy for less than $100?”(r/askreddit). This post is ridiculously popular right now, with more than 40,000 comments so combing it will take time. A few popped up that I heartily endorse: motion sensor night lights, good kitchen knife or two, carbon monoxide detector, and a good shower head. Mind you, my knives are a little blunt at the moment.
🍏 The very good Apple weekly newsletter (Substack) among other useful bits this week, has an interesting graph looking at US Apple store closures vs US COVID-19 hospitalizations:
I’m very sorry to tell you that the smooth handfish has been declared as the first modern-day marine fish extinction (CNET).
This odd-looking guy walked on its fins and was documented in Australia back in 1802 by a French naturalist.
Stay walking on those fins little dudes,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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