👋 Good morning! Tristan here and back with you again, after a week on the coast of Denmark. Aside from the rain, it was lovely, thank you, and thanks to Nick for taking over while away.
Likely, if you’re Stateside, you’re back to reality after what was hopefully a fun and safe July 4 weekend. Let's take a look at what's happening...
Boeing’s legendary 747, first built in 1968 and built continuously since then, is finished. No more. Dead*.
The final 747 variant in production at Boeing, the 747-8F freighter jet, will reportedly cease production as fresh orders come to a halt.
(Photo credit: Lufthansa/Oliver Roesler)
And, as Jalopnik points out, for real this time. No, really!:
🆕 New Samsung Galaxy phone might get close to the 7,000mAh battery barrier (Android Authority).
🆚 “I wish the OnePlus 8 Pro was more like the Oppo Find X2 Pro” (Android Authority).
💸 TikTok predicts staggering loss of cash following India ban (Android Authority).
🔑 What are Apple Car Keys (CarKey) and is there an alternative on Android? (Android Authority).
📺 LG CX OLED TV review: New paper-thin C-series is really expensive, but it looks really, really good (Wired)
⛔ US sanctions make Huawei more of a security risk: UK to phase out Huawei network infrastructure, including already installed 5G, by end of 2020, says leaked report (Bloomberg).
📋 LinkedIn and Reddit are the latest apps snooping on your copy/paste clipboards. Most breaches seem unintentional or designed to help with user interactions, but apps are being rapidly changed to avoid looking problematic (Gizmodo).
🔎 Apple seems to have lifted a ban on fun: The comeback of fun in visual design in macOS 11 Big Sur (Apply Pixels).
🤖 Nice insight into Sony’s secret weapon for PlayStation: a nearly all-automated factory, that pumps out a new Playstation every 30 seconds (Nikkei).
🥗 Uber reportedly acquires Postmates for $2.65 billion (NY Times).
🧬 Florida becomes first state to enact DNA privacy law, blocking insurers from genetic data (Washington Examiner).
🎲 A look into the wild economy of tabletop board game funding (NPR).
🩳 Who has Short Shorts: Elon Musk sells them for real at $69.42 (Bloomberg).
🌟 A newfound exoplanet may be the exposed core of a gas giant: 734 light-years away there’s a planet missing an atmosphere, and it could be the first-ever spotted (ScienceNews).
🌌 People have committed more than $300,000 for a NASA-designed perfume that smells like space. Spoiler: “The smell of space has been compared to many things over the years, including “seared steak, gunpowder, hot metal, and arc welding on [an astronaut’s] motorbike.” Mm, the smell of hot energy and radiation (Gizmodo).
🚀 Rocket Lab’s 13th launch ends in failure, after rocket experiences problem mid-flight (The Verge).
🥼 “Covid-19 is accelerating human transformation - let’s not waste it”: The Neobiological Revolution is here (Wired).
🌞 “Could solar power be used to cool the Earth?” (r/askscience). Kinda?
All the best, catch you tomorrow!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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