☕ Good morning! Tristan here, back on deck. I’m very grateful to both Bogdan and Scott Adam for their safe hands while I was away. (Oh, and Slovenia is beautiful, by the way!)
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On Friday we heard rumors that the new Google Pixel 3 Lite, the expected mid-range Pixel, was going to be called the Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL. (I heard Adam Doud on our podcast beg that this naming convention wouldn’t be real, but it seems like it is.)
The best leakers in the business are now putting out more detailed information, too.
The details out now:
Will this device sell?
Google’s keynote at GDC is coming today at about 10am PDT, and we’re seeing some big clues about their expected hardware and streaming gaming offering, including the logo - 'S' for stream?:
(via Keith Andrew on Twitter)
🍎 iPads! Apple quietly released a refresh of its iPad Mini and iPad Air yesterday, retooling their existing hardware with better internal specs, and display, without changing the base prices: $399 and $499 respectively. Curiosities: the Pencil 2 isn’t supported, now there’s five different iPads, and all kinds of different configurations and charging ports. The Verge has a nice wrap of it all. My simple take: more price points are not bad, but it’s all more complicated than it should be though.
🦈 A new Xiaomi Black Shark 2 gaming phone has been announced (AA).
🎮 Call of Duty Mobile revealed: classic CoD comes to mobile as a free-to-play shooter (AA).
🤦♂️ MySpace lost 12 years of user content: photos, music and videos (Engadget).
🤖 Facial recognition overkill: How deputies cracked a $12 shoplifting case (CNET).
🖥 Raspberry Pi has a new competitor - the new Nvidia Jetson Nano, a $99 AI computer for everyone who wants to try machine learning and computer vision (AA).
💻 Ray tracing is unexpectedly coming to a whole lot of older GPUs (Gizmodo).
🔫 As an example of what the above means in reality, here’s how Quake 2 looks ray-traced (PC Gamer).
💪 “Aurora”: America’s first exascale supercomputer to be built by 2021 by Intel, Cray, for Department of Energy (The Verge).
🔝 On that note, here are the top 500 supercomputers in the world (top500.org).
🧲 Magnetoreception in people might be real! Scientists find new evidence that humans are (unconsciously) sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field, brain waves dramatically change in limited test subjects (The Conversation).
🌠 NASA: A massive meteor exploded over Earth, but almost no one noticed (CNET).
🌎 Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego? (Google Earth).
🆕 Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1 (TechCrunch).
📼 The last Blockbuster on Earth (AP): “The computer system must be rebooted using floppy disks that only the general manager — a solid member of Gen X — knows how to use.”
A moving bar chart known as the Bar Chart Race is the chart of the hour has popped up suddenly as the way to show how things change over time.
From goals scored at the same age comparison of top footballers (aka Messi vs Ronaldo) to this fresh comparison of the world’s largest cities over time, via a nice post on Observable HQ by John Burn Murdoch - click to watch the whole thing from 1500 to 2018.
Have a good one!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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