💸 Good morning! Oh boy it’s tax time here. Thoughts and prayers for my weekend appreciated.
Oh hey the new Sony WH-1000XM4 are out!
We’ve been seeing some clues that the already excellent Sony WH-1000XM3 were being upgraded, and the new XM4s build on what was already very good.
But now the WH-1000XM4 is bringing a refined design, better ANC, new features including multi-device support, and all at the same price at around $350.
⛔ US President Trump has issued executive orders with effective bans of TikTok, WeChat, set for September 20. The detail is that Trump’s Executive Order focuses on blocking all transactions with Bytedance, TikTok’s parent corporation, and WeChat. The WeChat detail is new, but crucially the other aspects of Tencent’s business are not included, meaning its ownership of Riot Games and major stake in Epic Games, which makes Fortnite, are not affected, Yet, at least. And, the ban won’t apply to TikTok if the ByteDance-owned app is acquired by a US company (CNET).
💰 On that note, Microsoft is now looking at buying all of TikTok’s global operations, not just select countries (Engadget).
📈 Pixel 4a is already on Amazon, Best Buy’s bestseller lists (Android Authority).
🆕 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus hands-on: A cunning copycat (Android Authority).
🎧 Samsung Galaxy Buds Live review: Bold beans battle the AirPods (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple’s getting weird: Apple has confirmed cloud gaming services like Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, and Google Stadia, violate its App Store guidelines. Why? Because Apple cannot review each game offered. That makes it an Android exclusive, for now (Android Authority).. Apple doesn’t review every song offered by Spotify or TV show offered by Netflix. Games are different, but these games are streamed not installed. Weird grey areas at play here, I’m not sure that this is tenable by Apple - but read their statement and Microsoft’s statement here (The Verge).
🍏 Apple 27-inch iMac review (TechCrunch).
🎁 The macOS Big Sur public beta is now available (Engadget).
😬 Intel investigating breach after 20GB of internal documents, source code, and data leak online (ZDNet).
🧬 Scientists have had to rename 27 human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates. Superb. (The Verge).
😢 The physics of the Beirut explosion (Popular Mechanics).
🔦 The GoPro Zeus Mini flashlight is as versatile as it is expensive (Jalopnik).
🆓 Y Combinator Startup Library 2.0: free resources for startups, founders (YCombinator).
🧊 Appreciate the miracle that is ice (LifeHacker).
🚀 SpaceX launches 57 more Starlink satellites, lands rocket at sea (Space).
🧠 Eli5: What makes a 64bit OS better than a 32bit, and how does it relate to a bit? The top answer is brilliant and simple (r/explainlikeimfive)
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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