🌆 Thursday! Remember when I said I pined for New York City? I asked a kind, anonymous Android Authority colleague to remind me why it’s a bad, terrible place.
🤔 Despite it all, the list finished with: “it's simultaneously the worst and the best place.” Send in your NYC (or any other place!) love/hates, if you like.
The reason smartphone sales have been in decline in most parts of the globe is that most people already own one that’s good enough for most purposes. 5G and folding displays do represent bold new features, but it’s all a bit early, while faster/stronger/better cameras are just enough to get people to upgrade every so often, rather than yearly.
Smart speakers and smart displays, on the other hand, are firmly in growth mode. That market grew 96 percent year-on-year. Even Apple’s HomePod is on the up, according to new data from Strategy Analytics.
The smart speaker wars:
What does it all mean?
📶 A new 5G OnePlus phone is coming this year and everyone will be able to get it (Android Authority).
📚 Pretty much all the info on the Motorola One Zoom (aka One Pro) just leaked (Android Authority).
🌈 Region-exclusive smartphone colors need to stop, please (Android Authority). Agree!
📁 The Huawei Mate X foldable smartphone seems to be delayed until November, meaning Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might still beat it to market (TechRadar).
🔧 HMD Global will continue to support its first-gen Nokia phones for another year (XDA). Credit where it’s due, that’s not bad.
🔋 Apple explains why iPhones now show an ominous warning after ‘unauthorized’ battery replacements (The Verge).
💳 Apple’s new credit card comes with forced arbitration—here’s how to opt out via chat app (Ars Technica).
🕹 Sega Genesis Mini with 42 games, launching September 19, proves Sega is ready to take its legacy seriously (Polygon).
🔓 Found: World-readable database used to secure buildings around the globe (Ars Technica).
📦 Amazon will now donate excess and returned products instead of trashing them (Amazon).
📹 Google Nest camera users can no longer disable the status light (Engadget).
🔜 Headline: Huawei starts research on 6G internet. Reality: Maaaybe by 2030? (CNET).
⛅ The world's first solar road has turned out to be a colossal failure: falling apart, generates less than 50% of promised power output (Business Insider).
🛰 The death of a NOAA weather satellite as seen by amateur enthusiasts (Hackaday).
🏎 Formula 1's underdogs struggle with the technical challenges of the sport (Engadget). Nice insights, including: "Compared to 2014, the power output [in 2019 cars] is 109 horsepower greater using the same amount of fuel.”
🎈 Uber is no longer buying $200,000 of balloons per year, and Pop! Goes the Uber (Gizmodo). $200k is a lot of balloons.
🤦♂️ No one really lives in the Arctic. Yet scientists have found microplastics in snow and deep ice cores up there, meaning the stuff is airborne. And that’s scary, for all kinds of reasons (Science Mag).
🐶 Non-Americans, does your culture have "old-fashioned" dog names, such as Fido, Rex, Spot, Rover, etc, and what are some? (r/askreddit).
Remember when our elders told us to get off our computers and go outside, like they did?
Here’s something curious, via The Economist:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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