☕ Good morning! It’s Samsung Unpacked day! The big show kicks off at 11am PDT, 2pm ET, 7pm London, 8pm Berlin, and a bright and early 6am in Sydney.
On the day we expect Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Z Flip, and its new Galaxy S20 flagships, enough reviews of the foldable clamshell Moto Razr are now out to say that it’s not something many people should buy. If any.
Droidlife: “The Most Unpleasant Phone I’ve Used”
Android Authority… ?
🔋 Pixels don’t have the best battery life, but Google is working on a solution: ultra low power mode (Android Authority).
🙅♂️ Intel, Vivo, MediaTek latest MWC dropouts (Android Authority).
📶 Samsung’s Galaxy S20 is a make-or-break moment for 5G. Which is not a point of view I agree with: 5G isn’t going to just pack up and go home if the S20 has troubles. But it will tell us something about how well 5G has been implemented by carriers (The Verge).
🕵️♂️ Interesting cyber forensics in the DOJ report: hackers ran 9000 SQL queries, created an archive of 49 directories, split into 600MB segments, and were downloaded from the Equifax network to a Dutch server via HTTP. Time between detection and removal was about 45 days, and it took two years to indict the Chinese military. Also: Equifax used the username/password combination “admin” and “admin” on a key portal. (DOJ).
😬 Google’s head of human resources is stepping down. The HR team’s goal is to be “the champions of Google’s culture” and it seems like there have been a few issues there lately... (TechCrunch).
⚖ Reports: Judge to rule in favor of T-Mobile and Sprint merger, which is probably not good for consumers (NY Times).
📺 Nielsen: Total TV shows and movies available to watch increased 10% in 2019 thanks to streaming wars. When is saturation point? (VentureBeat).
🤝 IBM picks Slack over Microsoft Teams for its 350,000 employees - a big win for Slack here(The Verge).
🌝 NASA puts a price on a 2024 Moon landing—$35 billion (Ars Technica).
🚀 The first crewed SpaceX flight could happen around May 7th - Boeing’s recent faile hangs over this (Engadget).
✉ In their 2020 annual letter titled “Swing for the Fences”, Bill and Melinda Gates look at 20 years since founding the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. $53.8 billion spent on global health and development (gatesnotes.com)
🛰 “How much erosion does the international space station experience as it moves through the upper atmosphere?” (r/askscience) - with a response from a guy who did his PhD on the very topic!
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