Navigant Research published its annual leaderboard for the development of automated driving technology this morning, via CNET.
So, is Navigant being too harsh?
🍎 In case you missed it: All Apple stores (outside of Greater China) are closing until March 27th, which means approximately 450 stores in 23 countries (Twitter, Tim Cook).
👋 Also in case you missed it, Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board (Ars Technica).
💻 WWDC has also been moved to online-only, with Apple’s announcement not once mentioning COVID-19, simply talking online being a "new experience" and "innovative." Yeah. Like everyone else... (Apple).
📸 Google Camera app bombarded with negative reviews due to broken Pixel 2 camera (Android Authority).
🔥 LG V60 international giveaway! (Android Authority).
🆕 Oppo Find X2 Pro review: Fast, fashionable, and fantastic (Android Authority).
📽 Huawei P40 series video teaser gives us tantalizing glimpses, little else - looks like we’ll be getting three versions: Huawei P40, the P40 Pro, and P40 Pro Premium Edition (Android Authority).
🤳 Crazy idea: Why don’t we scrap selfie cameras completely? (Android Authority).
🧪 Verily, an Alphabet moonshot company, has launched Project Baseline, a pilot COVID-19 screening and testing website in the San Francisco Bay Area. Get screened and get tested for free, if you live in the project areas. Somewhat dubiously, Project Baseline first asks you to sign in with your Google account. That’s a privacy risk and not HIPAA-compliant (projectbaseline.com, more about the project here).
😓 And here’s an overview of the actual COVID-19-related work Google is doing, which isn’t quite the “comprehensive” testing initiative mentioned by President Trump on Friday (The Verge).
🏠 Silicon Valley was first to send workers home: It’s been messy. Apple staff can't log in remotely to secret projects and are forced to work on campus, Google offices look like “a crime scene”, with equipment missing and snacks raided (WSJ, $).
👍 Airbnb lets customers cancel bookings for free amid coronavirus pandemic (The Next Web).
🎮 Record numbers of people were using Steam over the weekend: Almost 20 million people were gaming, and CS GO hit 1 million players for the first time ever over the weekend. (IGN).
🚀 “Liftoff! Disregard”: Watch SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket abort a planned launch at the last second (YouTube).
👨✈️ It’s time to resurrect the airship hospitals: quarantining the sick in floating hospitals was an idea 100 years ago, but today it might be more valid. Unclear if really feasible or not, but interesting (OneZero).
🐶 Why do dogs have such extreme diversity in size, shape, and attributes when compared to cats? (r/askscience). I’ve always thought it was funny that dogs could recognize other dogs despite some looking like good boy aliens.
📷 Speaking of: Uncanny portraits of perfectly symmetrical pets (Wired).
Here’s the March 2020 version of the Boardroom Suggestions meme:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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