I’ve been saying it for a while, but the Google Pixel 4a really is right around the corner. And at $349, it’s going to be an interesting device.
Why $349, exactly?
📷 Samsung's latest 50MP camera sensor prioritizes low-light performance over big numbers (Android Authority).
🔜 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Plus camera details leak, new sensor incoming (Android Authority).
📵 OnePlus to temporarily disable the OnePlus 8 Pro color filter camera, which provided a round of tech amusement at its ‘X-ray’ abilities, evidently bad enough PR that it’s been turned off (Android Authority).
🆕 Um, Walmart’s $99 Android tablet ...actually looks pretty good? (Ars Technica).
📈 Something different I wrote: How to invest as a beginner. Not advice, just the start of ideas and introduction to useful things like ETFs (Android Authority).
📺 A key Disney exec in streaming missed out on the Disney CEO role, and has now left for… TikTok. Lots of reactions heard around Twitter, as ByteDance move further to push TikTok into the US. Also interesting: it’s incorporated in the Cayman Islands (TechCrunch).
🔓 The FBI cracked the iPhones of the Pensacola shooter without Apple's help, but it is mad at Apple and talking about legislative moves (Engadget).
⛏️ Minecraft just won’t stop: It’s now topped 200M unit sales, up from 100M in 2016, and with monthly players rising in April, has reached 126M monthly players (GeekWire). I remember when the $2.5B Microsoft paid in 2014 for Minecraft and Mojang seemed an enormous amount.
🗣 How a Chinese AI giant made chatting—and surveillance—easy: a profile of voice-computing company iFlytek (Wired)
🚕 Uber cuts 3,000 more jobs, and will shut 45 offices (WSJ, $). And, over 500 people in the US news media were laid off last week, too, including a few friends at Quartz (Axios).
🚗 Tesla's 'full self-driving' package will cost $1,000 more by July, no word yet on the monthly subscription cost angle mentioned last month (Engadget).
🏎️ On that note, watch this electric drag racing record (silently) fall: 201 miles per hour (Jalopnik).
📚 Bill Gates is back with his annual summer reading list, plus TV shows, and suggested we all play Bridge (gatesnotes.com).
📺 Wired’s Cartoon of the Day is all too real.
🌓 NASA released the Artemis Accords: Guidelines for humans to abide by in space, for agencies and private companies (Science Alert).
🥚 “What is the worst thing you have done because you got confused between items in different hands?” (r/askreddit). (Lots of “I cracked an egg, poured out the egg into the trash and put the shell into a bowl” type situations to enjoy.)
This is 2Africa, an enormous new subsea cable bringing more internet capacity to Africa and the Middle East, measuring 37,000 kilometers (22,990 miles) in length, and with a design capacity of up to 180Tbps.
Here’s the chart:
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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