This is stretching the boundaries of this newsletter, which brings you news and views in tech you can use, in theory. If there’s a takeaway, it’s 6G is coming by 2028. You can move on.
But if you want the details: Samsung has delivered some of the first widely published detail into 6G, in a white paper [PDF] available now.
Yes, yes we’re still waiting for 5G in mid-2020, but 6G isn’t just about the next barrier of speeds:
Examples of Samsung defined 6G performance requirements:
So how can 6G be used in the near-future? 16K VR and holograms of course:
🤦♂️ Google accidentally puts Pixel 4a images on Canadian version of Google Store (Android Authority). Here, the image can still be loaded in full resolution (google.ca).
💵 iPhone owners affected by ‘Batterygate’ can now file for a settlement. You’ll be rich! By rich, I mean a $25 payment, some months away, US only. But hey! (Android Authority).
🤔 This is super unlikely buuuut, a Razer Phone 3 prototype may have surfaced in a Chinese online market (Android Authority).
🕵️♂️ Google offers not to use Fitbit data for ads to avoid EU probe: “This deal is about devices, not data … ” Google told Reuters (Reuters).
🛒 Amazon introduces Dash Cart: a reinvented shopping cart that brings an Amazon Go store to wheels (CNET).
🍔 Your next White Castle slider could be cooked by a robot (Engadget).
😢 Mythbusters host Grant Imahara dies at 49, what a sad shock (The Verge).
🎯 Facebook data again shows how digital ads backed by rich personal data can be weaponized in politics. The story: Trump's campaign micro-targets more ads to less people: 68% of Trump's ads are seen fewer than 1,000 times vs 34% for Biden's. But the key is targeting, narrowing, and focus for these Trump ads. Fascinating. (Bloomberg).
🎧 SiriusXM enters the Podcast Wars: paying up ~$325M for Stitcher (Gizmodo).
💰 ARM could be up for sale again, or even IPO? I wonder how Apple feels about this given its investment into Apple silicon, based on ARM. (CNET).
📉 Prepare for AI to produce less wizardry: A new paper argues that the computing demands of deep learning are so great that leaps in progress are slowing down (Wired).
🚀 Sadly, none of the big rockets we hoped to see fly in 2020 actually will (Ars Technica). Today’s scheduled SpaceX Falcon 9 launch has been postponed, too.
🧱 Reinventing the brick: we've been using the same bricks for over 5,000 years, which is great and all, except for needing a hot, clay-fire furnace (CNN).
🔇 Noise-cancelling windows halve traffic sounds even when they're open. Mind you, what you or I might believe is still a window after 24 loudspeakers are installed may be different to academia? (NewScientist + Nature).
🦴 This 1.4 million-year-old hand axe was chipped off a hippo femur (Ars Technica).
🤔 “Why are The Philippines spelled with a "ph" yet Filipino is spelled with an "f" ?” (r/nostupidquestions).
🧬 "The Human Genome Project cost $2.7 billion. 20 years later, it costs <$1000 to sequence the genome. Was the cost of the project fundamentally necessary for subsequent progress, or could we have "waited" for the technology to become cheaper?" (r/askscience).
The music industry is doing just fine, thanks for asking:
Here’s the same data in more broken down detail:
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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