Welcome to Wednesday!
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Yesterday’s leaks proved to be true! We now have details on what will make the Snapdragon 855 tick. Remember, this system on a chip (SoC) will almost certainly be powering major flagships next year, including the next Samsung Galaxy Note and S (in the U.S.), the next Pixel, the next OnePlus, LG, HTC… really everything but the next Huawei flagships.
In any case, more details will be more officially revealed today, with the Snapdragon Summit in Hawaii all this week.
I’m left unconvinced by a study doing the rounds from DuckDuckGo, which says Google reportedly personalizes search results even when you’re in incognito mode (DuckDuckGo Blog):
Remember, there are a very large number of ways to track you, as the EFF shows.
📳 This is Samsung’s 5G smartphone prototype (Android Authority)
👬 This is the dual-screen Vivo Nex 2 (Android Authority)
📺 PSA: Tom Cruise wants to fix your TV by turning off motion smoothing (Engadget)
📟 Japan's final pager provider to end its service in 2019 (BBC) (At least there’s still an emoji for it)
🕶 Bose’s $199 audio-based AR sunglasses are available for preorder (The Verge). The glasses work with Google Assistant/Siri to tell you via audio what you're looking at, give you directions, or play music. Interesting, but I wouldn’t pre-order until you know if they’re any good.
🌱 Cyborg houseplant can drive itself toward the light it craves (Gizmodo).
🍎 Apple resorts to promo deals, trade-ins to boost iPhone sales (Bloomberg). Apple offering discount promotions and buybacks is very un-Apple-like, and tells us an awful lot about struggles to shift iPhones.
🚀 The resupply mission to the ISS by SpaceX is go for today at 1:16 EST, with a 90 percent chance of favorable wins (NASA).
🌑 Bringing balance to the universe: New theory could explain missing 95 percent of the cosmos (and Einstein’s “biggest blunder” could be proved right) (Phys.org)
🎮 Finally, after two years of waiting, Pokémon Go trainer battles are coming later this month and we now know how they’ll work (The Verge)
🏪 Epic Game store opens with much fairer Steam-like store platform (Venture Beat).
😴 Students given extra points if they met "The 8-hour Challenge" -- averaging eight hours of sleep for five nights during final exams week -- did better than those who snubbed (or flubbed) the incentive (Baylor).
🛏 On that note, why do hospitals hate sleep so much? (Mother Jones)
The Curiosity Rover spotted a shiny rock on Mars. There shouldn’t be a shiny rock on Mars.:
So what is it? NASA suspect it’s a meteorite. Curiosity will do some chemistry work and we should find out before long. But until then, feel free to speculate wildly.
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