🚴 Happy Friday! It’s been a long week for anyone, let alone the people at CES, bless them all. But especially if you’re me and lost your gloves and had to ride home in the snow yesterday. Brrr.
⚠ Last call! The Android Authority Google Pixel 3 XL giveaway ends on Sunday. I hope you’ve entered by now, and as I keep saying, I hope you win.
Investigations from both The Information and The Intercept released yesterday are wildly scary: Ring, the maker of smart doorbells with video cameras for so-called security, allowed random employees to watch customer videos, including live feeds. From your house!
🆕 Report: Apple plans three new iPhones in fall of 2019. Two high-end with OLED displays with one including a triple-rear camera, and another LCD iPhone XR, but with dual-camera (WSJ).
📲 Nokia 8.1 Plus leaks show the most modern-looking Nokia phone yet, complete with punch hole display (AA)
🏆 Android Authority’s CES Awards for 2019 (AA). (The Whirlpool Connected Hub Wall Oven is actually wild: it detects the food you’re cooking, and even if it’s frozen or fresh.)
⚖ Google shareholders file lawsuit over payouts to execs accused of sexual misconduct (AA).
🗣 “If we had a say, this wouldn’t have happened: Reflecting on the #GoogleWalkout lawsuits” (Medium).
📶 Xiaomi hopes to sell more smartphones as 5G closes in - this piece suggests that’s wishful thinking (Bloomberg).
💻 On that note: PCs have a lesson for the smartphone industry (Bloomberg).
💻 The best laptops from CES 2019 (The Verge).
🚧 VLC reaches three billion downloads, will soon add AirPlay (Engadget).
🤞 Phone companies pinky swear they'll stop selling your location data, for real this time (Gizmodo). This follows the excellent Motherboard article earlier this week - see, journalism can make a difference!
🔧 And again, on that note: American phone companies are literally letting their networks fall apart (Motherboard).
🔌 America’s electricity grid has a vulnerable back door—and Russia walked through it (WSJ)
❌ Over 80 US government websites are down because security certificates expired, and there's nobody around to renew them (ZDNet).
🌌 Mysterious 'Cow' blast in space may reveal birth of a Black Hole (Space).
🚀 Elon Musk shows off the first SpaceX Starship test vehicle (Engadget)
💄 P&G’s Opté wand is like a real-life beauty filter for your face and skin (VentureBeat). Unfortunately the refills are called “Opté Precision Serum” and that sounds very expensive.
🎮 Amazon developing its own game streaming service (The Information - paywall).
📺 Also, Amazon is streaming its TV and movies via IMDb, free. (CNBC)
🕹 Bungie takes back its Destiny and departs from Activision (TechCrunch).
🤳 Hate social media but can’t let Instagram go? This app is for you (FastCompany).
🤔 “TIL that “Genuine” leather does not mean “real” leather and is instead a grade of quality, it also happens to be the lowest quality leather available.” (r/todayilearned)
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