☄ Good morning! I finally got a photo or two of Comet Neowise. I just need to get them into an editor to soup up the shots a bit, but I’ll share here this week!
OnePlus Nord reviews dropped this morning! The focus for the reviews looks to be on compromises. Is it worth saving that $200 from the OnePlus 8? Or should you just get a flagship? That is, assuming you can get it, given it’s not yet slated for US release.
Here’s a selection of reviews (and scores where available):
What it all means:
🏆 Your Best of Android Reader’s Choice winner (after 45,000 votes) is the OnePlus 8 Pro (Android Authority).
💻 Lenovo Flex 5G review: Insane Windows laptop battery life, at a $1500 cost (Android Authority).
📆 We asked, you told us: 2019 was the worst year in smartphone history (Android Authority).
🤯 ASUS ROG Phone 3 has a hidden 160 Hz screen mode (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple now sells a $129 Thunderbolt 3 Pro cable. The weird thing? It’s not cheap but there’s no competing option that offers the same for less (The Verge). USB-C is quite the mess.
🍄 Massive Nintendo leak reveals early Mario, Zelda, and Pokémon secrets. This is all about classic games that never were, well worth a look (Polygon).
🤔 “Intel’s decision to consider outsourcing manufacturing heralds the end of an era in which the company, and the US, dominated the semiconductor industry.” (Bloomberg). Mark Cuban chimed in, too (Twitter).
🍏 20 years ago, Steve Jobs built the ‘Coolest Computer Ever.’ It bombed (Wired).
🎮 Mysterious white next-gen Xbox controller appears online (The Verge).
🔓 Digital banking app Dave confirms a security breach: hacker published 7.5M or more personal records, including physical addresses, on a public hacking forum (ZDNet).
⛔ India has banned 47 more apps, mostly cloning restricted Chinese services. 275 more are on the radar (TechCrunch).
📺 Roundup of the many trailers unveiled this weekend during Comic-Con@Home (Ars Technica).
⛴ Apple eyes new streaming strategy after Tom Hanks drama breaks records (Fast Company).
😎 Our old buddy Adam Doud really loves Beatsaber and reckoned he was pretty good. But was he this good? (Twitter).
🚀 NASA's Mars rover Perseverance launches this week (space.com).
🌌 The North Poles of Jupiter's moon Ganymede probed, for the first time ever (nasa.gov).
📚 Here’s a list of 50 authors with 50 sci-fi stories shorter than novels (blogspot). Plus discussion here (HN).
🗻 “Why do mountains have peaks instead of having "flat tops"?” (r/askscience).
All the best for the start of your week, that hopefully doesn't see a Gary battle...,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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