✨ Good morning! It’s half past August! I’m back trying to finish Breath of the Wild for the second or third time. Must… resist... sidequests...
Here’s something: ZTE's Axon 20 5G smartphone will be the first in the world with an under-display camera, launching Sept 1. Finally, we get one in a consumer device!
And yet again it’s China:
Axon 20 5G details:
📶 AT&T 5G test drive: After a couple of weeks testing AT&T’s 5G, it’s not the next-gen network we were promised (Android Authority).
🤔 What would a Google version of Apple One look like? Yes, Google One does exist, but add in a YouTube tier or two, Stadia, Play Pass, and could this tempt you? (Android Authority).
🔜 Google Pixel 4a 5G: Everything we know so far — despite its name, it won't just be a Pixel 4a with 5G support (Android Authority).
📉 How the price of Google Pixel phones changed over the years (Android Authority).
📚 Onyx Boox Nova 2 review: “I unabashedly love this Android E Ink tablet” (Gizmodo).
🦊 Mozilla and Google renew Firefox search agreement, which keeps Google as the default search engine in the Firefox browser (The Verge).
🆚 Also, Google is fighting Australia on a news media bargaining code, calling it 'unfair' and saying it threatens free Search and YouTube results (Engadget).
📨 Tired of Gmail? Try a privacy-first email provider (Wired).
👨✈️ Drone maker DJI, with 14,000 employees, is having to cope with changing political pressures affecting its tight grip on the drone market (Reuters).
📝 A college student used GPT-3 to write fake blog posts and ended up at the top of Hacker News. Sadly I missed it at the time to say if I’d have figured it out. Certainly readable, with some clumsy moments. (‘Wait, it’s all GPT-3? Always has been.’) (The Verge).
👀 Ex-Amazon, Ex-Googler, and always spicy Steve Yegge has published his first new blog in years, this one on the baffling insistency of Google’s approach to deprecating its own features in Google Cloud. Yegge is one of the few bloggers that’s an instant-read even when talking about a platform I don’t use, and when it’s a 15-minute read (Medium).
📅 In case you missed it: Trump gives TikTok a new deadline: 90 days instead of 45, meaning a November 12 deadline. US Election Day is November 3, by the way (The Verge).
🚁 NASA powers up Mars helicopter Ingenuity as it travels through space (CNET).
📡 SpaceX Starlink speeds revealed as beta users get downloads of 11 to 60Mbps, as low as 31ms latency (Ars Technica).
🌐 Laplace, one of the great 18th-century physicists, first predicted the existence of a chorus of atmospheric waves that swoop around Earth. 220 years later, scientists have finally found them (Nautilus).
🧪 Saliva-based COVID-19 test, partially validated through testing on NBA players, gains FDA emergency use authorization (Stat).
🧴 “Why is it so hard to find the word “Shampoo” or “Conditioner” on the bottles?” Not many answers here, but a lot of complaints! (r/nostupidquestions).
All the best!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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