The news reverberating around is that come 2021, Samsung could follow Apple in killing the in-box phone charger. That means if you buy a new phone, you’ll only get the phone in the box, not the charger.
Apple’s starting it it:
Samsung’s doing it too:
Not a huge deal, but..:
🆕 Right on cue: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus announced, cracking the 3GHz barrier and with a 10% GPU bump. The first 865 Plus phone looks set to be the Lenovo Legion, to be launched on July 22, a rival to the ASUS ROG Phone 3 (Android Authority).
🔜 Android 11 Beta 2 is out, with Google now saying it’s a stable release that can be relied upon by developers. And while there’s some minor user changes, the best fix looks to be much-improved media controls (Android Authority).
🍀 Thunderbolt 4 is coming. Here’s everything you need to know: USB4 compliant, longer cables, and Apple has said it’ll include it with Apple Silicon which is good and not hugely surprising because Apple has always supported and adopted Thunderbolt (and, hey, it is royalty-free!). But, USB-C cable confusion will still reign: it’s not USB4 per se, and standardization still isn’t quite there (Android Authority).
🚦 Google Maps is starting to show traffic lights on Android (Droid-Life.com)
🍎 More hints that Apple will offer Mini-LED displays in screens in 2021 Macs (MacRumors).
📉 Quibi’s finally charging people after its 90-day trial expired. The problem is 92% of early users were lost (The Verge).
💌 Tinder starts testing video dates for face-to-face chats. Face, sure. (Engadget).
🐤 Twitter is working on some kind of mysterious subscription feature, may end the ‘this site is still free’ meme (Gizmodo).
🌬 Sony has launched its wearable air conditioner called Reon Pocket that can cool or heat for about $130 (Interesting Engineering).
🔠 Scrabble players move toward banning 200+ slurs from tournament play (Ars Technica).
📺 3D TVs didn't die: they just ended up in cars (Gizmodo).
🚀 Weather put a halt to yesterday's SpaceX Starlink launch, no fresh date for next launch yet but Friday is already looking better (Twitter).
💧 Generator developed for harvesting energy from rainfall droplets, still super early stage for now (Phys.org).
🏆 “What’s your greatest internet accomplishment?” (r/askreddit).
This week, back in 1928, the first sliced bread machine was announced to the world on sale: the Kleen Maid Sliced Bread machine, designed by Otto Rohwedder.
Automatic pre-sliced bread at a uniform thickness proved, as you might know, to be a success!
But it took some time:
Rise and grind, no more loafing around!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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