👋 Welcome to Thursday and welcome to August. This is your August. You got this.
Apple iPad competitors haven’t been many, or good.
While there are loads of very cheap and very average Android tablets that you can watch Netflix on and check the weather, new premium competitors like the while the iPad continues.
Samsung hasn't given up though, as it has just announced a new premium tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. And the Tab S6 looks good, even if it’s a touch expensive. Let’s take a look.
Specs, pricing, availability:
🔜 Google is testing a new Play Pass subscription service for both games and premium apps on Android, 10-day free trial (Android Authority).
😎 Also, Google’s summertime deals are here with Google Play Store deals on apps, games, movies, and more (Android Authority).
💰 Asus sold so many ROG Phone 2s so fast it had to apologize (Android Authority).
🆕 Looking for an ethical smartphone? Fairphone 3 is on the horizon (Android Authority). A really interesting concept, and the Fairphone 2 sold out earlier this year!
🔎 7 times Google was behind the curve with its Pixel phones (Android Authority).
🛴 One month with a Bird rental scooter: Far worse than a bike (The Verge).
🚲 Also, Lyft has taken its bikes in SF offline after two fires (San Francisco Examiner).
🌴 Instabeach: an exclusive, invite-only annual party hosted by Instagram for 500 “top creators”, along with plus-ones (The Atlantic). For the first time, the press was invited to the place where everyone is an influencer.
👨✈️ Drone pilot training – from beginner to commercial drone pilot license (DroneRush).
💸 Remember we linked to a guide to making a claim regarding the Equifax hack? Yeah, uh, you’re probably not going to get your $125 from the Equifax settlement, because Equifax (Ars Technica).
💻 Microsoft found a guy called Mackenzie Book, aka “Mac Book,” from Australia. He’s in the new Mac vs. PC ads, and believe it or not, he prefers the Microsoft Surface Laptop.
🌞 LightSail 2 spacecraft successfully demonstrates “flight by light” (planetary.org).
🌕 “Oh my god stop it with the fake moon names what the hell is a Black Moon' that isn't anything” (Gizmodo). It started with the blue moon, then the super moon, and then it became super blood wolf moon, and now it’s completely out of control.
⛅ Harvard scientists will lead effort to inject particles of calcium carbonate into the atmosphere and study their effects on incoming sunlight: geoengineering from sci-fi is becoming real (Nature).
📺 Which TV show has the best Pilot episode? (r/askreddit)
Remember when Twitter wasn’t dominated by K-pop (Korean pop music)?
Finally, someone has at least a partial explanation:
Here are some other K-pop facts:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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