By the time a new smartphone reaches the FCC for required certifications, it’s close to launch. And that’s the case for Samsung’s next device, which is expected to be the Galaxy S10 Lite, with model number SMG770F.
It’s weird, though:
🎫 Google’s Duplex can now book cinema tickets in the US and UK, after first being teased back at Google I/O 2019. 70 cinemas/ticketing services are compatible (Android Authority).
📈 Subscription service fatigue: what’s the future if everything is becoming a monthly payment? (Android Authority).
⛅ Who is Google Stadia even for? (Android Authority).
🎟 Google announces new political ad rules: limiting microtargeting, prohibiting deep fakes and false claims. That’s going to impact politics in unintended ways (New York Times).
🚕 Uber plans to record audio of rides in the US, for security (Gizmodo). Also: ‘Uber did not address questions about how it plans to address ethical and privacy concerns.’
🔊 Sonos buys a voice-assistant startup to improve voice control for its speakers. Think less Alexa-style AI and more speaker-related voice capabilities (Engadget).
🍯 Chrome extension Honey got bought by PayPal for an insane price: $4bn (TechCrunch).
😬 Also, I like saving money but I don’t like Honey, as I explained a while ago: What does a dollar-saving coupon plugin really cost? (Android Authority).
🍎 “PopSockets made an AirPods grip, and it is godawful” (The Verge).
🔧 No, Apple isn’t opening a new manufacturing plant in Texas - it’s been there since 2013 (Ars Technica).
🚫 And: Apple has locked Guilherme Rambo out of his developer account since September (Daring Fireball). Rambo has published multiple scoops about unreleased Apple products by examining beta software.
🚀 SpaceX’s prototype Starship rocket partially bursts during pressure testing, not completely unexpected (The Verge).
🔪 Opensource office software LibreOffice teased Microsoft after Office 365 crashed for four hours (Twitter).
🤦♂️ My buddy TechAltar stumbled onto terrible community management by Xbox (Twitter - NSFW?).
🐨 A video of a brave woman saving a koala from Australia's terrible bushfires has gone viral (9News).
🤔 “Does anyone else purposely not click on the first one or two links that pop up on Google if they are ads, even if they take you to the same place?” (r/NoStupidQuestions). Lots going on here, as a surprising amount of people click or don't click depending on their opinion of the company that paid for that top spot.
The oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the Great Pyramid of Giza, which was also the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years (a record unlikely to be broken):
Recently, a recreation by Neomam Studios for, erm, Budget Direct in Australia, sought to show the world how the Great Pyramid looked 4,500 years ago (image credit to Budget Direct):
A true pyramid scheme to appreciate,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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