There’s nothing quite like being stuck on hold when you really need to speak to someone to get help. Let alone the terrible music loops that you often get. Well, that might be changing.
Google Assistant’s “Hold My Phone” feature:
🍊 Also: Check out the Google Pixel 4 in flashy new coral orange (Android Authority).
🤔 Huawei could let Mate 30 users install Google apps after purchase, with a workaround solution (Android Authority).
⚡ Xiaomi introduces 30W wireless charging at its Mi Charge Turbo event. Wireless! Without wires! Most phones can’t do that plugged in (Android Authority). There’s a new wireless charging consortium in China as well.
🥇 Best of IFA 2019 Awards: The best new tech at Berlin’s big trade show (Android Authority). Some really interesting designs and features, and not just smartphones!
🎧 Best new audio products out of IFA 2019 via SoundGuys (Android Authority). Sony 360 Reality Audio really was weird and fun to try.
📂 Video: I spent 2 hours with the Huawei Mate X at IFA 2019! (Android Authority).
🤦♂️ The stakes are too high for Apple to spin the iPhone exploits (The Verge): An irritated Apple tried to explain away the exploits discovered by Google by attacking Google in a truly weird/baffling response. This analysis shows why that’s wrong.
🍎 Apple has finally decided to stream a launch event more widely, will broadcast its iPhone 11 event on YouTube for the first time (YouTube). Back when PCs+Android were more or less blocked from watching, before Edge support, we had to use VLC player or just watch on a friend’s iPhone.
👮♂️ And finally on Apple: Apple, Foxconn broke a Chinese Labor Law to build latest iPhones (Bloomberg).
🏧 How China is cashing in on group chats (a16z.com).
🕹 Nintendo explores 'bendable' Switch controllers (Engadget).
🚕 Volocopter wants to offer a big ol’ drone as a taxi and has raised $55m to become a flying taxi service in three years (TechCrunch).
🔋 Super interesting: Why no one is beating Tesla's range (Jalopnik). It’s not just range that matters, in short.
➕ We now know 42 is the sum of three cubes: 42 = (-80538738812075974)^3 + 80435758145817515^3 + 12602123297335631^3. (Twitter). This is another number provenwin on the road to prove that every other whole number can be written as the sum of three cubes. Which doesn’t really matter, but it’s nice to know.
🚗 “Why, after quick deceleration in most vehicles, is there a sudden lurch in the opposite direction to the initial direction of travel after the vehicle has come to a stop?” (r/askscience). Some genuinely amazing answers.
PlayStation tried to pin a name on the 'X' button and it didn't go so well (Mashable).
Yours in pointlessly clinging to certain names for no real reason,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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