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Qualcomm announced its next-generation flagship chipset, the new Snapdragon 888, which will power most good Android flagships in 2021, and take the fight to Apple’s A14 chipset. This time, though, it’s made by Samsung, not TSMC, and there’s a bunch of details to get into.
We’re still waiting for a keynote presentation to deliver more details later today, but what we know so far from the Day 1 keynote (YouTube) is looking good.
The big jump forwards for the Snapdragon range may well be here. It could well be a monster chip for 2021 flagships:
Brands on board:
Also: No word on a new desktop chip, yet.
📈 Report: Xiaomi has incredibly lofty smartphone shipment goals for 2021 (Android Authority).
🔉 Google Pixel 5 may soon gain a smart automatic equalizer feature: Adaptive Sound (Android Authority).
💻 Desktop mode pioneer Motorola is finally bringing the computer-like experience to modern phones — like Dex, but Moto (Android Authority).
🔓 Holy moly: iPhone zero-click Wi-Fi exploit is one of the most breathtaking hacks ever. Really! It’s crazy reading: “Wi-Fi packets could steal photos. No interaction needed. Over the air.” (Also breathtaking: a 30,000 word post where a Google researcher detailed it all in full) (Ars Technica).
🗺 Now Google Maps has its own news feed called ‘Community Feed’ for local areas — rolling out globally right now (blog.google).
🍎 Siri boss Brian Pinkerton is leaving Apple to join Roku (Apple Insider).
👛 Facebook Liba is no more. It’s now Diem, because Libra was basically cursed for Facebook after regulators tore it apart, I think. Calibra is now Novi, too (CoinDesk).
📡 Puerto Rico's iconic Arecibo Observatory radio telescope suffered a catastrophic collapse yesterday, sending the 900-ton antenna into the dish. Here’s how it looks from a drone POV (YouTube).
🔋 Hyundai reveals the EV platform for its 23 upcoming vehicles (Engadget).
💰 Salesforce announces it's buying Slack in a $27.7B deal (TechCrunch).
👎 Microsoft will apparently fix the creepiest part of Its 'Productivity Score' thing. Hooray for journalism. (Gizmodo).
🥇 600 “young entrepreneurs, activists, scientists and entertainers” featured in the 10th Annual Forbes 30 under 30, congrats to them. YouTubers like MKBHD and MrBeast were listed, and the list is pretty impressive across so many facets of life. (How are they all so young!)
👍 The UK has approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use as soon as next week (BBC).
🔊 The annual Spotify Wrapped is out. My top artist: Tame Impala. Also, more than 7,000 minutes of podcasts and I only switched to Spotify halfway through the year. Hmm. (Spotify).
🎄 Microsoft is selling an ugly MS Paint sweater and part of the proceeds benefit Girls Who Code (The Verge).
🤔 Six-word Sci-Fi stories: ‘“Enjoy,” it said, and ate Mars’ (Wired).
🦴 ELI5: “Why do joints make a "cracking" noise for certain activities such as walking up stairs, but have no actual pain associated with them?” (r/explainlikeimfive)
Spaceflight does some weird things to astronauts’ bodies, and we’ve known that for a while.
But now the biggest-ever study of astronaut health (MIT), thanks to identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly, gives us clues on what to look for in future long-haul space missions.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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