🎁 Good morning! Another day of intriguing new concepts in gaming. Meanwhile, my house now does indeed own Untitled Goose Game, from Monday’s newsletter.
Microsoft has announced its game-streaming service, Project xCloud, will go live in October, with a bunch of caveats.
Reminder: This is basically a play-your-Xbox-games anywhere streaming service, akin to Google Stadia, but based on Microsoft’s Xbox ecosystem.
But today Microsoft is testing the waters, and these are the details of what’s happening:
By the way, Microsoft flips Apple off?:
📁 Ongoing Samsung Galaxy Fold review: Day 1 — Initial impressions (Android Authority).
🔧 Samsung will charge a special one-time fee to fix Galaxy Fold screen. It’s the second time you need to worry about (Android Authority).
🕹 Asus ROG Phone 2 review: Finally nailed the gaming phone (Android Authority)
🆚 Google Play Pass vs Apple Arcade: The battle of the curated app subscriptions (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple says a bug in iOS 13 may grant ‘full access’ to third-party keyboards by mistake (TechCrunch). A second major bug. iOS 13 isn’t looking great (Twitter).
🤖 Boston Dynamics’ Spot is leaving the laboratory, and while the company has done an amazing job of making us think fondly of its curiously animal/human-like robots, these are coming to a workplace near you, if not a battlefield. Until the battery runs out, anyway (The Verge).
🏥 Amazon launches Amazon Care, a virtual medical clinic for employees (CNBC). With Amazon, it starts in-house, and then quickly rolls out to the public. That’s how AWS started. Watch this space.
🏢 WeWork CEO Adam Neumann steps down (CNBC).
👨🔧 Mario Kart Tour out now on iOS and Android. Free to play, in-app purchases, and here’s everything you need to know (no offline play, no multiplayer yet, by the way, and there’s a new and terrible $4.99 subscription model I just can’t stand for unlocking 200cc karts) (Android Authority).
(Image via Guinness World Records)
Here's something fun: From smashing tiles to driving sheds: the weird world of wacky record breakers (The Guardian).
This is a rather enjoyable short series of interviews and photos with weird world record holders from Vegas to Britain:
What would be your world record attempt? I’d have to say mine, right now, would be something involving something the most cups of ginger tea in a single morning.
Yours giddy with nutrients,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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