We’ve talked about the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook too many times, but for a device that’s $999 it was meant to be the next coming of the Pixelbook.
To recap in 14 words: Samsung bet on a premium Chromebook, when most Chromebooks are $500, or much less.
In more words:
What else they’re saying:
Also: The Asus Chromebook Flip C436 is also now out, starting at $799. Another intriguing, expensive Chromebook. Only a few reviews I saw are available and the bad news is that it also has poor battery life.
💰 Galaxy S20 Ultra or Z Flip: Which $1,400 Samsung phone should you buy? If any? (Android Authority).
🆕 The TCL 10 Series will be out in Q2: self-branded TCL smartphones including 5G, and Pro model, pricing starts at $449 down to $249 for the cheapest model, with the 5G model not as widely released. (Android Authority).
🎁 You can now get Google Play Pass for free for one month. Play Pass is still US-only, which is still such average work from Google. Apple Arcade is much more widely available. (Android Authority).
🔓 After just six months of simple insecurity, Google has sent out a fix for the Pixel 4 eyes open problem. Not like this Google: it was an oversight that it wasn’t right at launch, it’s a problem it took this long to fix (Android Authority).
📵 WhatsApp puts new limits on the forwarding of viral messages to fight misinformation (Android Authority).
📹 All Microsoft events will be digital-only until July 2021 (The Verge).
😷 What to know if you're wearing a cloth mask in public (Lifehacker).
⚖️ A new weapon to fight arbitration: sheer volume (NYTimes).
💸 Here’s a new interview with SoftBank’s Masayoshi Son: WeWork, his Vision Fund, and expectations 15 companies in his portfolio will go bankrupt.
🏡 Airbnb raised $1 billion amid fallout from COVID-19 (CNBC). Here’s how Airbnb has been struggling (CityLab).
🎶 ‘One World: Together At Home’ concert will be streamed by just about every platform including TV, Apple, YouTube, Twitch… Saturday, April 18 (Engadget).
🏎️ Bubba Wallace rage-quit a NASCAR esports race, then lost his sponsor (Ars Technica).
🚀 After deeply (deeply!) troubled first flight, Boeing will refly Starliner without crew. The right call! (Ars Technica).
🥡 Here’s every US State’s most-popular take-out dish during March with COVID-19: Pad Thai vs French Fries vs Bowls (travelandleisure.com).
🌕 Tonight’s supermoon is the biggest and brightest of the year! (Space.com) - it may be especially clear given reduced pollution in some parts of the world...
🖍️ “What are some things that continue to work even when broken?” (r/askreddit).
Here’s my favorite real-life chart from the past week: a plot all of condiments in a household’s fridge based on sodium levels vs enjoyment (r/dataisbeautiful):
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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