Welcome to Wednesday!
❄ Hope you’re staying safe if you’re almost anywhere within North America during this polar blast.
Apple reported Q4 earnings last night and as it warned, iPhone sales were bad. But the business looks just fine, and I’ve explored that in some detail.
Here are two things you need to know:
🕵️♂️ An extraordinary story broken by TechCrunch: Facebook pays teens and adults to install a VPN that spies on them with near “limitless access”. (TechCrunch). Facebook hid its identity, used intermediaries, kept it off the official App Store, and is paying peanuts. Facebook, within a few hours, announced it was shutting this down on iOS, while the “Research program” continues on Android. (Why? My colleagues at Android Authority are asking) Also, @chronic breaks down Facebook’s statements in response.
📲 Samsung Galaxy M20 review: Finally a credible threat to Xiaomi (Android Authority).
📈 Also, Samsung is now offering a 1TB storage chip for smartphones (AA).
📸 Pocophone F1 tested by DxOMark: Do you get what you pay for? (AA). Big gains can be made here in a Poco F2 we’ll hopefully see in 2019.
📨 Google revamps Gmail for Android and iOS (AA). Dark mode soon, I hope.
🎶 It’s time to pay serious attention to TikTok (TechCrunch).
🛫 Elon Musk’s private jet appears to make frivolous flights, including a huge number of 20 mile flights which basically serve to reposition the jet for faster airport access for Elon (WashPo).
📺 Foxconn reconsidering plans to make LCD panels at Wisconsin plant (Reuters).
🔫 PUBG's new tool will show you kills caught on Twitch streams (Engadget).
🕹 The 25 best games on the Nintendo Switch (CNET).
🚗 Porsche’s new all-electric sports car: unlimited charging through the US, for three years (TechRadar).
🧠 Thought-to-speech breakthrough: Thinking thoughts and having them said out loud could change the lives of many soon, and create new tech later (Columbia University).
🌌 Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras (The Register).
🤔 You get 1 wish, but 65% of the entire population also gets exactly what you wished for. What’s the wish? (r/askreddit)
A topical Wednesday post: How much snow does it take to cancel schools in your area? (By Alexandr Trubetskoy)
Have a warm one! Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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