🌅 Good morning on the autumnal equinox!
A busy day for pre-orders if the next-gen Xbox is your thing. Or, if Tesla’s Battery Day is your thing, it kicks off at 4:30pm ET / 1:30pm PT. More on that below.
Leaks for the Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 are coming in thick and fast now, with the reveal event a week away tomorrow.
But more important is pricing, and European sticker prices may have just surfaced via reliable journalist Roland Quandt.
Google’s Pixel reveal event, along with the expected reveal of the already teased new smart speaker and new Chromecast, is set for September 30, at 2 PM ET, so circle that date for confirmed pricing and availability details.
💰 Microsoft buys Bethesda in $7.5 billion deal: The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, and Doom might eventually be Xbox exclusives, it is less about that and more about Xbox Game Pass growing bigger. And, games currently announced as PlayStation 5 exclusives will be honored as such, for now. Comparatively: Star Wars sold for $4.05B in 2012, Marvel for $4B in 2009, both to Disney. Gaming sure is big. (Android Authority).
📈 Here’s more on why Microsoft paid big for Bethesda (The Verge).
🔜 It’s official: The OnePlus 8T will be revealed on October 14th (Android Authority).
📅 Also, it's official: the Xiaomi Mi 10T will be revealed on September 30th (Android Authority).
📁 The world’s first foldable phone has a sequel: the Royole FlexPai 2, and it might not be awful this time! But it’ll be $1,500 or so (Android Authority).
🔨 See inside the new Apple Watch Series 6 with iFixit’s latest teardown. Battery size boosts are in the 40mm (8.5% more capacity) and 44mm (3.5%) (iFixit).
🐭 Logitech’s new MX Anywhere 3 mouse has buttons to control Zoom calls (Engadget).
🕵️♀️ Android 11 — ‘The Ars Technica Review’ is rarely worth missing, and this one details all those quality of life improvements (Ars Technica).
🍎 Report: New 5.4-inch iPhone to be called ‘iPhone 12 mini’ (MacRumors).
🔋 How to watch Tesla’s Battery Day Event — and what to expect. Elon Musk has already warned that tech on show won’t be in production until 2022 (Wired).
📺 Quibi, the short-content startup that has had a tough time since launch, is exploring “strategic options” including a potential sale (Wall Street Journal).
🥃 A new tool detects counterfeit whiskey without opening the bottle, not a dram wasted (Wired).
🌌 “If there is indeed microbial life on Venus producing phosphine gas, is it possible the microbes came from Earth and were introduced at some point during the last 80 years of sending probes?” (r/askscience). (The answer is no, btw, but it is interesting!)
Something different here posted to our old favorite r/dataisbeautiful: “My wife made this blanket that indicates a certain temperature for every day of the year: 2016 Pennsylvania:”
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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