👋 Hiya! Lots happening, but here’s a taste of what goes on ‘round these parts.
Yesterday, Acer announced the Swift 5, the world’s lightest 14-inch laptop, at 900 grams or just under two pounds. Hooray!
But, within hours, Asus announced the world’s newest lightest 14-inch laptop, at 880 grams, the AsusPro B9. Classic technology wars.
A big day for Samsung already. Here we go:
Galaxy Fold, in brief:
Galaxy A90 5G, in brief:
New Samsung Blockchain phone, in brief:
🍎 Report says Apple to release new 4.7-inch display iPhone in spring 2020. Smaller, cheaper! (MacRumors)
🔓 If you ever shared your phone number with Facebook, there’s a good chance it’s now available on the internet, as a huge database of Facebook users’ phone numbers were found online (TechCrunch).
💻 The new magic number for gaming laptops is 300Hz displays, as 240Hz displays are now so old (Android Authority). I’ll try and check one out and see if I can spot any differences, but a total of almost zero games support it, and it makes your GPU crazy hot. Not ideal in a laptop.
📲 Asus ROG Phone 2 price, release date for Europe, and Ultimate Edition announced (Android Authority). The original ROG Phone 2 is called the Elite. One with 1TB of storage and faster 4G LTE connectivity is the Ultimate Edition. Starts at €899 or around $990.
🕔 Leaked Sony Xperia 5 images suggest a smaller flagship, but not a Compact model (Android Authority).
🤷♂️ Honor Play 3 announced: More of a Redmi Note 8 rival than gaming phone. Also, I guess Honor just skipped the Honor Play 2? (Android Authority).
🔐 All the key Android 10 privacy updates explained (Android Authority).
⏸ YouTube making major changes to kids video policies, will pay $170 million fine (Android Authority).
📺 Amazon launched more goodies at IFA, and the Amazon Fire TV Edition range adds 15 new devices, including the Fire TV Cube 2nd Gen, which has a lot of processing power to stream 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR, and it takes voice commands. (Android Authority).
🚫 After a string of hacks, including Twitter’s own CEO, Twitter has turned off Tweet via SMS, or text message (Twitter).
🍎 This cool guy made an iPad/Mac hybrid device. macPad? In any case, clever stuff (r/apple).
🕹 Nintendo Direct: All the big stuff from the presentation, including SNES games, ‘Overwatch’ port, new Smash characters, and more (The Verge).
🛴 Welcome to San Diego. Don’t mind the scooters (NY Times).
😂 “I broke the Official Jeremy Renner App by posting the word "Porno" on it” (Deadspin). Quite the tale, probably borderline NSFW, and the update is that the app is now gone for good.
🦜 Why are birds, animals, and fish so much more colorful near the equator than farther away from it? (r/askscience).
Philips has a range of smart lights, called Philips Hue. And in a nice throwback, what’s old can be new again, as the company has now released old school style smart bulbs.
Have a bright, bright, sunshiny day - or at least turn up your lightbulbs.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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