☕ Good morning! Post-CES blues are here, or perhaps post-CES relief. Until MWC just over a month away, concepts can go back to work inside factories and become real products.
🦁 Final Brave browser update from my trial this week: I don’t think I can switch. It's good, and fast, but it's built on Chromium anyway. The opt-in ads via Brave Rewards have started working, and I’ve been offered pop-ups to cryptocurrency stuff and mobile games, for a total of 4c. Brave is definitely better with that 'feature' turned off. As for what's next, I’ll probably go back to a mix of Firefox and Google Chrome - I want to use Firefox more, but still need Chrome plugins for some work applications.
At CES, serious work gets done alongside robot toilet roll delivery robots. Apparently, and enjoyably, the serious work includes secret meetings, which have become not-so-secret, blurry photos from secret meetings included.
The first name isn’t totally unexpected. The Samsung Galaxy S11 has, for about a month, had an alternative name of the Galaxy S20 swirling around. It appears that’s now confirmed - RIP 11.
📖 LG V60: another dual-screen LG flagship phone coming to MWC 2020? (Android Authority).
🧼 The best (and worst) of the weird tech we saw at CES 2020: PhoneSoap, Mutrics Gaming Glasses, and more (Android Authority).
🤔 Amazon warned online shoppers using Honey, the browser extension for comparison shopping and rewards (acquired by Paypal for $4B in November), that it was a “security risk” (Wired).( I said the same back in February last year, but Amazon’s own browser extension is no better!)
🎉 Google's CES booth was more show than substance (Engadget).
😬 “Would you put your family on a  Max simulator trained aircraft? I wouldn’t,” one Boeing employee said to another in February 2018. The response: “no.” (Reuters). (Late last year, a senior Boeing executive told The Seattle Times that documents containing messages from the 737 Max’s senior technical pilot might lead to bad press for Boeing. Yup.)
Vice has details about a surveillance vendor that works with US government agencies, selling surveillance products including a child’s carseat, Tombstone Cam, and the Shop-Vac Covert DVR Recording System, which houses a camera, DVR, and battery in a Shop Vac vacuum cleaner (Vice). Arguably, worse/weirder stuff is on Amazon.
📽 All the movies you should give a damn about in 2020 (Gizmodo).
🏡 I’m not sure exactly, but Pokémon Home's cloud transfer service, which launches next month, is a fascinating way to take your Pokémon collection between Pokémon games (Engadget (And presumably Nintendo will make you pay).
🛴 Lime left 12 markets and fired 100 employees - 11 of them are all-year-round fair weather cities, which is unusual. The first of the escooter stumbles? (Axios).
🍃 This blew me away: Installing air filters in classrooms has surprisingly large educational benefits (Vox).
A meticulously updated database of 'Jeopardy!' questions, run by die-hard fans, is pretty good stuff if you want to try US-centric trivia.
Have a grand weekend,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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