Good morning this Thursday!
🏎 Interview admission story, as promised: I had an my first ever interview with a rising Formula 1 driver, just ahead of the Melbourne Grand Prix.
I was very nervous and my interview involved me interrupting the driver so frequently (with friendly questions and helpful banter!) that I had almost nothing to show from a 15-minute sit-down. I finished in last place at work that week.
Remember back in December, when Samsung proudly announced it was launching the Galaxy A8S, and that it was partnering with “Supreme,” the cult skatewear line known entirely for its logo, and exclusive gear? But it was the wrong Supreme, with two random “CEOs” coming on stage?
It’s a rich, fun story - and it’s all above-board, a legal fake.
Here’s how the loophole worked in this story:
Supreme is a rip-off anyway:
The upshot: In any case, Samsung has moved on, finally putting an end to that embarrassment. The story of legal fakes and Barbara Kruger’s awe-inspiring rant will live with us, though.
🎶 Bizarre Google Play Music issue means it can’t cast 2019 music (Android Authority).
🤳 One of the LG G8 selfie cameras pulls off some neat tricks for facial recognition (AA).
🌃 Xiaomi bringing Mi Mix 3’s Night Mode to Mi 8 Lite camera (AA).
🔡 Hackers now use Google Translate for phishing scams (AA).
⚖ Facebook's data gathering hit by German anti-trust clampdown by the Bundeskartellamt, or Federal Cartel Office, after a three-year investigation (Reuters). Facebook issued a statement in response, noting: “The Bundeskartellamt underestimates the fierce competition we face in Germany,” also pointing out 40% of Germans on social media don’t use Facebook. There’s really no competition for Facebook in Germany here - Lokalisten, a similar app, closed in 2016. It’s a blatant reach, and older Germans just don't like Facebook's snooping. Bless.
🍎 Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking, and there's no way a user would know (TechCrunch). A lapse by Apple here.
🚨 NY cops insist Waze users stop snitching on DWI checkpoints (Gizmodo). “Driving under the influence is entirely indefensible, but it’s hard to imagine how the NYPD could legally enforce this demand.” Indeed.
🧹 Skype’s new background blur helps you avoid cleaning your house or office (The Verge).
💁♂️ Instacart revises pay policy after accusations of tip stealing (Engadget). Credit to Instacart freelancers who didn’t back down on this one.
🌪 Climate change or “just the weather?” Here’s how to answer that (Ars Technica).
🐝 Australian scientists trained 14 honeybees to do simple arithmetic with color-coded shapes, raising questions about how “hard” math and numerical concepts for non-humans (phys.org).
💓 New pacemakers draw power from the heart's beat, which could mean the end of battery replacement surgeries (Engadget).
🌊 $19 million ISS toilet dumped two gallons of 'water' on crew (Engadget). It’s fixed now, thank goodness for those astronauts.
🍅 “Stop buying canned, chopped tomatoes” (Skillet). Hmm.
📺 The Simpsons renewed for 31st and 32nd season on Fox, extending run as longest-running primetime show in history (Variety).
🎮 Why Fortnite, made by Epic Games, may be the future of entertainment, not a fad (REDEF), by AmazonStudio’s former head of strategy.
🤔 What's a trap that almost everyone will fall into at some point in their lives? (r/askreddit).
Remember when it was a big deal that Safari would offer ‘Do Not Track’?
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Apple is removing this feature because it failed, and for some interesting reasons:
Have a good day!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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