🎁 Good morning! It’s OnePlus Nord launch day, where finally everything will come out of the box as we see a new mid-range contender. Watch the launch livestream here from 9:30AM ET (3:30 PM CEST, 7PM IST).
Two bits of Google Pixel related news:
The other bit of news is where the Pixel photography professor ended up, and what might play out:
5️⃣ Samsung says it will unveil five ‘power’ devices at August 5 Unpacked event (Android Authority). Here’s a low-res peek of the Galaxy Fold 2, too, which appears to confirm a much bigger front screen on the device. And here’s Samsung’s own tease (Twitter).
📉 The iPhone SE is the highlight of a grim US smartphone market: Most phone makers took a steep hit in Q2, including Samsung and LG (Android Authority).
⌚ WatchOS 7: Soon, your Apple Watch will know just how fit you really are. Is that a threat? (CNET).
📅 Windows 10X might not arrive until 2021 (The Verge).
☁ Microsoft-owned Minecraft will finally stop using Amazon AWS, and switch to Azure. Only took six years! (CNBC).
💸 Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase says it prevented 1,000 customers and $280,000 in Bitcoin being sent to the Twitter hack address, by limiting transactions to that address. Which is more centralized administration than the ideal blockchain world, but preventing scams may be the best reason for a little oversight?
🦜 The creators of Monument Valley have a new game out later this year: Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, vastly different to anything from Ustwo we’ve seen before. iOS first, and it may be a long wait before it hits Android (Android Authority).
🚲 Former Soundcloud founders have a new e-bike subscription service called Dance, launching here in Berlin today (TechCrunch). Interesting: e-bikes are great, but at a few thousand euros, iffy resale, and depreciation, plus theft problems, they are a risk. This idea of a subscription could work. I also really like what Dutch-based startup BikeFair.org is doing, offering only legal bikes in a fresh and friendlier marketplace.
🚫 Robinhood cancels UK launch after first delaying launch, as it reels from operational problems (Sifted).
🚀 SpaceX pulls off its first double fairing catch after a Falcon 9 launch (Engadget).
🌓 MIT and Mozilla release deepfake video of 'Nixon' announcing NASA Apollo 11 disaster, showing the ‘disturbing power’ of deepfakes (CNET).
🛰 Zoom Earth: Website lets you look at close-to-live satellite photos of Earth’s surface (zoom.earth).
🕕 Want to slow down time? Use a really slow clock that tracks the moon or just the year (Wired).
🚱 “I spent a day drinking thick water, the worst hydration life hack ever” (Mel Magazine).
🤔 “What has simultaneously gotten worse and more expensive?” (r/askreddit).
There’s a nice bit of data here on the price of a cup of coffee, what contributes to the cost, the money flow, and perhaps unsettlingly, how much the farmer gets (r/dataisbeautiful).
The data comes from the Financial Times citing Allegra Strategies and the International Trade Centre, and it looks something like this (it's a short animation, and I don't want to spoil it).
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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