👋 Hi there! It's Thursday.
My only news is that my sister spent an hour chasing a spider the size of a small dog out of her house in Australia. Good times, apparently!
We have quite detailed news about at least three new smartphones to consider this morning, and they’re all exciting in their own way.
Probably the least expected of them all is the Motorola Razr revival as a $1500 foldable smartphone.
Razr - what you need to know:
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and Google Pixel 3 Lite leaks:
There’s been some big leaks for these two hotly anticipated devices as well.
🍏 Apple CEO Tim Cook writes for TIME. The words iPhone, iOS, and Apple, are never used - it’s about legislation (TIME).
🍎 Also, Apple reportedly plans to slow down hiring after weak iPhone sales (The Verge).
🔋 Tesla unveils first home charging station that can be plugged into a wall outlet (TechCrunch).
🔊 MPEG-H audio is going to completely change how our media sounds. I’m excited for the technical details, but the reality is going to be great. Watching live sport and want to mute the commentators? This audio technology will let you do it. And it’s going to roll out everywhere: Gary Explains (YouTube).
📳 Android Q leaks: Dark theme, desktop mode, more privacy (Engadget).
📲 OnePlus in 2019: A force to be reckoned with (AA).
👆 Here’s how Xiaomi has improved its in-display fingerprint sensor (AA).
💳 Mastercard will stop free trials from automatically billing you once they’re over (The Verge).
📈 Google is raising prices on GSuite (TechCrunch). First price rise in a decade, probably good news for competitors, like Microsoft and Office 365.
🏘 Microsoft puts in $500m for affordable housing in Seattle (The Seattle Times). (As one person joked, that’s enough for six new small apartments!)
🔇 Next Windows 10 version will let you search without Cortana’s involvement (Ars Technica).
🧂 The dirty truth about turning seawater into drinking water (Earther).
🚀 NASA may decide this year to land on Saturn's moon Titan (Space).
🛣 LSU's bendable concrete could fix America's crumbling infrastructure (Engadget).
👍 More than $300 billion was spent on clean energy in 2018, less than 2017, but now with more gigawatts for your buck (Bloomberg).
🧠 Finally, an online personality test that isn’t completely fake (FiveThirtyEight). (My results suggest a Ned Flanders-like agreeableness, but I'm not always an organized person... )
Remember when Slack changed its logo and people became upset? Actually, it’s not much of a throwback, given it happened about 13 hours ago, at the time of writing.
People are upset, because people hate new things.
Have a good one! Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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