✅ Thanks for all the survey help this week! Today’s nugget of insight from your suggestions: roughly half of you are interested in tech deals. I’ll do my best to track semi-regular deals, but only if they’re very very good.)
The Nokia 9 PureView has been pretty hotly anticipated over the months for its flagship status, and of course, the camera array on the back:
🔥 Just in: Spotify has gone nuclear on what it calls Apple’s anti-competitive behavior: timetoplayfair.com. This is going to be big - Spotify has also just filed an antitrust complaint to the EU (WSJ).
📶 Galaxy S10 5G to have 2.7Gbps top speed in South Korea (ZDNet).
📂 It looks like Motorola’s foldable phone won’t follow Samsung/Huawei in being top-of-the-line, looking like much more of a value device, if this choice in Qualcomm Snapdragon processors is accurate (AA).
📺 Spotify Premium will now include streaming TV provider Hulu for free (AA).
🎧 Elton John's concert sounded better with these special headphones. Here's why (CNET).
🍦 LG's SnowWhite is like a Keurig or pod system for ice cream (Engadget).
💻 Google has reportedly shifted dozens of employees out of its laptop/tablet hardware division which seems to naturally mean we might see less Pixel laptops and tablets in future (AA). Pixel Slate and Pixelbook devices don’t appear to have sold well, judging by this news.
🎤 Google’s new voice recognition system works instantly and offline (if you have a Pixel) (TechCrunch).
🚮 Chrome extension from Google is trying to filter out toxic comments (CNET). Extension called "Tune" lets you automatically hide the worst posts on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Try it here. (I’ve installed it out of interest. Will this improve the discourse?)
🎮 Halo's Master Chief Collection is coming to PC! Including ‘Halo: Reach’! And it’ll even be available on Steam! “Microsoft brings Halo to Steam, pigs fly” is how The Next Web very precisely headlined the big news (no word on price or availability yet).
🕹 Google teased us more with a video ahead of its gaming announcement at GDC next week, including a microsite with sign-up (AA).
🔪 Uber Eats is offering ‘ghost kitchens’. Here’s how that could change food delivery (TheSpoon).
🐘 Japan team edges closer to bringing mammoths back to life (Nikkei).
🎯 Here are all the incredible (and often excruciating) details from the College Admissions Bribery Scandal (Deadspin). Juicy, depressing.
💬 A blog post titled ‘Graying Out’ by Tim Bray, an influential person in tech over the years, offers a nostalgic wander through a time when instant messaging services mattered, and what happens when people you know slowly migrate away from chat services, as technology changes, and goes ‘gray’.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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