🤔 Good morning! This fact puzzled me today: Scraunched, strengthed, scratched, screeched, scrounged, squelched, straights, and strengths. What are they? Apparently, the eight longest monosyllabic words in English, and all begin with the letter S.
Not for the first time, a major industry player is working on making holograms happen.
Sony’s new idea is a $5,000 15.6-inch display, built on a metal wedge, with stereoscopic 3D.
What it does:
🔌 Samsung mocks Apple’s lack of charger, but how long until it backpedals? (Android Authority).
💬 Google is finally going to close out Hangouts sometime in 2021. Chat will become Hangouts. Chat is part of Gmail. Hangouts disappears. We ...think? (Android Authority).
🔎 Google Search is getting new AI tools to decipher your terrible spelling (The Verge).
🍎 Early iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro AnTuTu benchmarks are at odds with Apple's claims for the A14 Bionic. Better, yes, but not 50% better? Will wait for more official benchmarks (notebookcheck.net)
💰 This is really interesting: Microsoft will give GameStop a share of Xbox’s digital revenues, which is, I think, unprecedented. And proves that physical retail is important enough that even Microsoft feels compelled to support it. We don’t know the magnitude of GameStop’s cut, either. (Ars Technica).
🎮 Sony gives in-depth look at PlayStation 5 UI in new video. 11 minutes of menus would normally not be interesting, but Sony’s new interface is much busier than the sparse PS4 (The Verge).
📃 Twitter updates its 'Hacked Materials' policy after NY Post controversy (Engadget).
🎪 “I cannot in good faith recommend this Japanese desk tent”. The video is the kind of deadpan dry humor I needed (Gizmodo).
📨 There’s “an email to a former board member” doing the rounds of VC Twitter and it is excruciating to read (Twitter).
😬 The dire working conditions for Ring’s call center employees in the Philippines (NBC).
🌋 Old Faithful might not survive global warming (Earther).
🤔 “What's older than we think?” (r/askreddit).
Simone Giertz built a photo booth that lets her dog take selfies, with a benefit of treats, of course!
What’s fun is Giertz didn’t go further than using Lego to build the structure, and Lego Mindstorms for the mechanics and camera setup in part. (Actually, I guess it’s an ad for Lego, but hey, it works!)
It’s all very cute, as you can see here:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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