☕ Good morning, Nick here! Tristan is on his way back to Australia, so I’ll be your guide for the next few days. I’m working on a baby-related 4 hours of sleep, so bear with me.
Folding phones were the latest and greatest thing in 2019, and the pull is so strong that even drug lords are getting in on the action:
The phone, which is surprisingly/suspiciously cheap for a folding phone, also has a surprising amount of thought put into it.
There are two models available, and both come with a custom case and free shipping:
And there's no saying what will happen if you do hand over your money! Not that you can, because the site is currently a mix of both up and then suddenly down, presumably because people's interest is too high? (And only their interest, mind you...)
🔬 Archivists Are Trying to Make Sure a ‘Pirate Bay of Science’ Never Goes Down. 33 terabytes of scientific knowledge is on the line (Vice).
🚫 Trade war for dummies: The Huawei Mate 30 contains no US parts, but US gov’t might still not be happy (Android Authority).
💔 Tinder says 'there are definitely registered sex offenders on our free products' (Business Insider).
🎮 How the PlayStation’s DualShock shaped modern controllers. I’m still partial to Xbox controllers, but you gotta give credit where credit’s due, 25 years later (The Verge).
🍎 Here’s what happened at today’s Apple special ‘event’ in New York. Spoiler warning: It’s pretty much nothing (9to5Mac).
📱 Apple’s rumored Mini-LED iPad and MacBook Pro could arrive in 2020. Apple’s answer to OLED could arrive as early as next year (The Verge).
🤥 Defiant Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook policy to allow false ads (The Guardian).
🤔 Tired of fielding questions from nosey (and informed) family members at Thanksgiving, Facebook created a chatbot to help employees respond to questions like “Is Facebook destroying democracy?” (New York Times).
🤖 Amazon Rolls Out Quantum-Computing Service (Wall Street Journal).
🛰️ NASA spacecraft finds crash site of Indian lunar lander (The Verge).
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are finally behind us, but Adobe Digital Insights put together a report on spending with tons of interesting tidbits.
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That's all for today! Hope your December is off to a great start.
Nick Rowan Fernandez, Senior Writer
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