👋 Good Monday morning! I bought a reclaimed wood table on the weekend - who knew second-hand wood could be so expensive? On with the day...
The geek world is excited, and quite fairly: the Raspberry Pi 4 is here, and it brings many new exciting upgrades for tinkers, hobbyists, and first-timers wanting an inexpensive way to try things that they didn’t expect.
First, the news:
What it means:
What you can do:
🕙 Samsung Galaxy Note 10: What we expect (Android Authority).
🎧 Sony WH-1000XM3 vs. Bose QC 35 II: which should you buy? (AA).
📸 Review: Samsung has massively improved the Galaxy S10’s low-light camera quality since launch (XDA).
🍎 Apple’s 16-inch MacBook Pro could land in September (The Verge).
🔌 USB inventor admits that the plugs are annoying, but now we know why it was built like this: cost savings (BoingBoing).
⛓ How does Facebook's Libra Blockchain work? Gary Explains! (YouTube).
🦆 Robot 'duck' keeps weeds out of rice paddies by muddying waters (Engadget).
🌠 Amateur photographer captures brilliant meteor falling over northern Australia (SMH).
🤑 U.S. Senators to introduce bill that would require big tech, including Google and Facebook, to show the types of data it collects, its uses, and its dollar value (Axios).
🔒 “I’m a journalist but I didn’t fully realize the terrible power of U.S. Border officials until they violated my rights and privacy” (The Intercept).
🧶 Ravelry, a social network for knitters with 8 million members, banned users from showing support for Donald Trump on the platform (Business Insider).
✨ Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is out now — here’s everything you need to know (AA). (I’m playing as of yesterday, but I’m not yet hooked like the early Pokémon GO days).
🎈 Here's each U.S. state's favorite Pixar film, according to Google Trends (cabletv.com).
🛫 Electric planes, flying taxis, supersonic jets: Paris Air Show highlights of the future of flight (Fortune).
🔋 On that note, 170 electric planes are currently being designed and built (Roland Berger).
🧱 How robots are rapidly transforming the construction industry (BBC).
⛽ NASA's Mars Curiosity rover detected a spike in the levels of methane on the planet late last week, which might point to life, or something else - NASA is working on figuring it out (Gizmodo).
💧 Scientists map enormous undersea fresh-water aquifer off U.S. Northeast (Columbia).
🤔 In HBO's “Chernobyl,” radiation sickness is depicted as highly contagious, able to be transmitted by brief skin-to-skin contact with a contaminated person. Is this actually how radiation works? (r/askscience)
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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