Good morning! The Huawei Mate 40 launch event happens later today, keeping the run of new important smartphones going… although not quite what it was.
Quibi is dead. It is not a surprise.
It wasn’t good, it wasn’t well-executed (no screenshots?!), and the content was a true mixed bag with few gems.
A fairly sad official announcement from Quibi HQ capped off the venture, which said it was winding down, and included the following quote:
The true Quibi post-mortems, via later books or documentaries, will be interesting.
🍎 Oops: Apple revealed Qualcomm’s own 5G modem roadmap and naming convention (Android Authority).
🗣 You might not need “Hey Google” to use Google Assistant on Smart Displays, with ultrasound potentially being used to activate the device (Android Authority).
🔜 Ahead of the reveal, Huawei Mate 40 Pro: Everything we know so far (Android Authority).
📈 Indian smartphone shipments reach record high in Q3 2020, after lockdown lows (Android Authority).
🏠 Jony Ive is bringing his design talents to... Airbnb. Reminder, Ive was key in the iOS 7 refresh, which gave the iPhone a much more modern look (The Verge).
🚗 Car design is about to change forever, and apparently, the design of the future is a ...skateboard? (FastCo).
🔋 Tesla produced and delivered a record number of cars this quarter, but growth isn’t exactly a rocketship as competitors line up (Engadget).
🤖 Also, here’s even more detail showing how hard autonomous driving is: Watching unlisted driving videos from GM's Cruise autonomous cars reveals some alarming behavior (Jalopnik).
⛏ Stunning images show NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft stirring up rocks on an asteroid (The Verge).
🤔 What even is friction, anyway? (Wired).
🐞 Diabolical ironclad beetles inspire tougher joints for engineering applications (Nature).
🛒 Banksy's ‘Show me the Monet’ painting sold for $9.81 million at auction. The auction lasted eight minutes (The Guardian).
🚿 People are sharing the weirdest photos they found in real estate listings. I’ve lived in a place with the shower in the kitchen. It was...ok (deMilked).
⚙ ELI5: “What do washers actually *do* in the fastening process?” (r/explainlikeimfive).
The iPod turns 19 tomorrow! It’s fun to think how far tech has come since that moment, especially when you look at the entry and quotes on Wikipedia:
Bonus: What your favorite iPod says about you (Gizmodo).
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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