👋 Good morning! Thanksgiving and Black Friday are already looming over us, but ahead of that, there’s a Cybertruck, a Mavic Mini, and more fun for your Friday.
Tesla’s Cybertruck really is something.
Elon Musk launched the truck at an event in LA last night, and even after all the Blade Runner references and hints at something really different, I’m not sure anyone really expected this:
Truly unique, and you’ll either love it or hate it - more on that later.
First, the details.
I hit up our good friend and colleague Jonathan Feist over at DroneRush.com to give us an answer to a burning question: is the new DJI Mavic Mini, for just $399, a good idea for a Christmas present for someone? Who should buy it, and who should not? Should families chip in to get the household a Mavic Mini?
Here’s Feisty on what's good:
“The new DJI Mavic Mini is almost exactly the drone we've all been waiting for:
DJI Mavic Mini notes:
Should you buy the DJI Mavic Mini?
You get what you pay for with technology, and we're extremely excited that the DJI Mavic Mini brings the barrier to entry for a quality drone down to just $400.”
One more thing: Feisty admitted that the DJI Mavic Mini you see on DroneRush.com is his own! He didn’t want to have to send back a review sample, and plonked his own money down.
🆕 This is the Samsung Galaxy S11: Five rear cameras, Note 10-style punch hole (Android Authority).
📶 AT&T to launch consumer 5G next month with maps and phone in tow (Android Authority).
🧓 HTC shouldn’t go all-in on nostalgia and expect it to be a long-term solution (Android Authority).
📈 Apple’s special treatment: Trump administration doesn’t want to give Samsung an edge over Apple (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple’s software releases have been bad, with iOS 13 upgrades introducing both major and minor bugs. Finally, Apple is doing something about it, overhauling its approach before iOS 14 (Ars Technica).
⌚ Also, Monica Lewinski is throwing down Apple knowledge: “i was today years old when i realized the clock icon on the iphone [clock app] also gives you the time — ie it moves. you’re welcome.” (Twitter). (Also, the waveform showing on the icon for the Voice Memo app is the word “Apple”.)
😎 Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx VR trailer is out, showing that it will take place between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2 (YouTube).
🔎 Finland has an app showing shopping's true carbon footprint (Bloomberg).
🍄 “Why hasn't fungus taken over the world yet? Why are plants so dominant comparatively?” (r/nostupidquestions).
Of course Friday Fun was going to be the jokesters having their way with Musk’s Cybertruck, which The Verge summarised well. I think my favorite, aside from highlights below, is that “it looks like an angry triangle”:
And this tweet from ex-Deadspin (sportswriter) David Roth:
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Have a great weekend when you get there,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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