Last year the Analogue Pocket was announced for 2020, er, well now it’s coming in 2021 thanks to the supply chain problems in our world.
Now we know it’ll be $200, and it’s either blowing your mind or it’s a curiosity: why would anyone pay $199 for a handheld console that just plays old games?
Well my friends, classic games do still rule. And this device does everything collectors and emulation fans will want it to do.
Please note this isn’t even my thing and I’m kinda excited for it. It’s just a very cool device that hits a certain target audience right on the head.
What it is:
Why it matters:
🎧 Xiaomi is eyeing the ability to store earbuds inside your smartphone. Nice idea, another example of innovation, but not sure it’ll go anywhere (Android Authority).
⌚ Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 leaks in hands-on video: Watch it here! (Android Authority).
🏡 Google officially extends its work from home policy through to July 2021. Given Google has, y’know, some data, this is significant (Android Authority).
🔋 Quick Charge 5: Qualcomm’s 100W+ charging will go from 0-50% in 5 minutes (Android Authority).
🗣 The Alexa app, a hot mess, has now been redesigned. Interestingly, third-party voice apps have been dropped way down the order, meaning Amazon is signalling that ‘skills’ are struggling (TechCrunch).
💻 Rumors: New Intel iMac coming as soon as this week, redesign unlikely (9to5Mac).
🍎 Apple design history: Handles (Twitter).
♻ Big leadership shakeups at Intel in response to huge delays: Dr. Murthy Renduchintala to leave, Dr. Ann Kelleher to lead push for 7nm and 5nm processes (Engadget).
👨✈️ A cyberattack on Garmin disrupted more than workouts: aviation services, flight planning and mapping (Wired).
🍃 Offshore wind in Europe won’t need subsidies much longer (Ars Technica).
🌅 What the Afghan opium industry can teach us about solar power (BBC).
👨🌾 Vertical farms could grow all the wheat we need—but at a crazy-high energy cost, and with many unanswered questions (Earther).
🤘 Lollapalooza 2020 is streaming a special four-day broadcast for free on YouTube this year (YouTube).
🌊 Google is building a new private subsea cable between Europe and the US (TechCrunch).
🤔 Tesla Cybertruck’s steel will change color if you hit it with a flamethrower, but you definitely shouldn't (CNET).
🛫 Airbus' self-flying plane just completed successful taxi, take-off, and landing tests (Business Insider).
🤖 “I Remain Unsettled By These Robots” (Jalopnik).
🤔 “Has anyone else been on their phone for hours just switching between apps and trying to find something to do without actually doing anything? Is this the new normal?” (r/nostupidquestions).
⚾ Blaseball is new, fun, and a weird browser game. Like if fantasy baseball was played in Night Vale, if you know the Welcome To Night Vale podcast, which I first heard a few days ago! (Blaseball.com). (Thanks to Joey for the tip!)
Here’s the five largest companies in 2010 vs 2020, via r/dataisbeautiful:
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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