☔ Happy Friday! It’s raining, there are leaves on the ground, it’s time to get cosy.
In this week's slightly different DGiT Intelligence we tackle the announcements from OnePlus, from its (very energetic) launch yesterday in India, which unveiled both the new OnePlus 7T, and the new OnePlus TV range.
I had some hands-on time with the 7T in Berlin a few weeks ago, and David Imel from Android Authority had more than a week with the device to get a review out to go along with the launch, so we know enough to call this an Intelligence section. Here's how it looks:
What you need to know:
But the story isn’t quite over.
OnePlus, a longtime no-nonsense brand, has turned confusion up to the maximum.
Riddle me this:
Also, the OnePlus TV:
📂 Ongoing Samsung Galaxy Fold review: Day 3 – Core capabilities tested (Android Authority).
😲 Meanwhile, in less good news, an experienced Fold reviewer struck a problem: My Galaxy Fold display is damaged after a day (TechCrunch). Wait, I’m not shocked at all.
🆕 Mere days after Redmi 8 launch, Redmi 8A Pro spotted on official Xiaomi website (Android Authority).
📉 Google celebrates 21st birthday with 21% discount in EU (Android Authority). Ends today at 11:59PM.
🎮 Google Assistant has gained support for the Xbox One (Android Authority). “Hey Google, play Gears of War 5 on Xbox” will now work, if you allow it.
👍 Facebook is officially starting to hide Like counts on posts, first in Australia starting today, September 27th (TechCrunch). Just like Instagram.
📝 HP’s new Chromebooks support the universal stylus standard (The Verge).
🎶 Tidal brings its streaming music and videos to Roku (Engadget).
🚖 Uber’s new app redesign, in testing, includes public transit, combines ride-hailing and food delivery, and more. (Uber).
🤦♂️ Also, uh, Uber stopped its own investigators from reporting crimes to the police (The Verge). The comments on this article are pertinent.
🔓 DoorDash had a breach data breach affecting 4.9M: Users who joined the platform before April 5, 2018 had their name, email and delivery addresses, order history, phone numbers, and hashed and salted passwords stolen (TechCrunch).
🚗 Tesla just released a big software update that allows (some of) its cars to drive themselves in parking lots aka Smart Summon (Business Insider). It should be fun to see this in action.
👨✈️ Boeing overestimated pilots’ ability to handle misfires on 737 Max, NTSB says (CNBC).
🎵 How TikTok holds our attention (The New Yorker).
🤔 “Every country has an example name. For example, America has John Smith. What is your country’s John Smith?” (r/askreddit). In Germany it’s Max and Erica Mustermann, which means “Exemplaryman”, and I’ve seen it on every example fake ID ever.
To give you an idea of what I listen to for fun, here’s the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR hitting the track at the Hungaroring, sounding, as Jalopnik note, just like a Star Wars ship (although thankfully not like a TIE-fighter).
Highspeed electric whine is to be embraced in 2019, as sportscar EVs run high RPMs, race as fast as we’ve seen from any car, and don’t bother with noise-reduction like a production model.
Although, of course, this is closer to the peak of a true aural experience, from the crazy time when 24 Hour of Le Mans teams spent more than F1 teams, and the days when a Peugeot 905 (with a 3.5L V10 based on Formula One) sounded like an absolute monster.
Have a great weekend,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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