The big keynote opening of Google I/O headed up by CEO Sundar Pichai saw a whirlwind 1-hour 40-minute presentation packed with a range of updates, surprises, new releases, and confirmation of a bunch of stuff we previewed yesterday.
Perhaps the biggest news that exists more underneath the surface is that Google has pivoted on privacy, right now:
The hardware highlights:
The other big announcements:
The vibe from the ground:
📂 Google is working on a foldable phone, but you won’t see it soon (AA).
💻 Google’s head of hardware is betting big on “ambient” computing (The Verge).
🚕 Waymo and Lyft partner to scale self-driving robotaxi service in Phoenix (TechCrunch).
🐭 20 years ago, Microsoft introduced its optical mouse, killing off the old dirty ball mouse - remember those? (Gizmodo).
💸 One of the world's largest crypto exchanges, Binance, hacked to the tune of $40 million (Gizmodo).
💨 Cray, AMD to build world’s fastest supercomputer for US government (Ars Technica).
💳 San Francisco bans cashless stores, joining Philadelphia (SF Examiner).
💤 Researchers identify sleep as a reason why personality traits predict longevity (bps.org.uk).
🛰 We’ll soon know the exact air pollution from every power plant in the world: why that’s huge (Vox).
💺 Is conference room air making you dumber? (NY Times).
🎮 Apex Legends is coming to mobile (Engadget).
🤦♂️ Meanwhile PUBG Mobile is now the patriotic ‘Game for Peace’ in China (Engadget).
📽 Disney: Star Wars and Avatar movies coming every Christmas until 2027 (CNET).
🐩 Why “Game Of Thrones” keeps cutting direwolf scenes (Elle). Somehow, despite the dragons, they cost too much?
🌌 What makes Jupiter's giant red spot red? Well, it’s not always red (r/askscience).
🤔 “You're transported 200 years into the past with a fully charged smartphone but no charger. What do you do?” (r/askreddit)
Did you know that giraffes don’t have the same patterns?
Have a good Wednesday!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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