👻 Good morning! It’s Pac-Man’s 40th birthday today, more on that below!
Programming note: Monday is Memorial Day, so enjoy your long weekend, and this newsletter will be back on Tuesday.
I had the realization yesterday that we all have to think about TikTok, now.
Novak’s deep dive, The Rise of TikTok and Understanding Its Parent Company, ByteDance on his Substack is basically required reading. I’ve pulled out just a few notes and highlights below, but the whole thing will set you straight.
🤔 Samsung’s “mission-ready military smartphone” is ...a regular S20 with lots of hype? (Ars Technica).
💻 Lenovo Chromebook Duet review: “almost nothing else competes on the value here” (Android Authority).
👂 Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: Comfortable design you’ll either love or hate, some Gen-1 design decisions, and at a cost (The Verge).
🕵️♂️ Vivo has explained the gimbal-tech we talked about earlier week, with loads of hardware insight, including the refined OIS-like setup, with up to three degrees movement on both the X- and Y-axis tilt, which is about three times more than OIS. That makes for a thick, big module or housing, a real technical challenge (Engadget).
📶 AT&T might finally ditch deceptive 5G E branding (Android Authority).
♿ Google highlights wheelchair accessibility info with new Maps feature. If you’re a Google Local Guide, you’ve been answering questions about wheelchair parking and accessible entrances for months (TechCrunch).
🍎 The iPhone SE is a real threat to Android in India (Android Authority).
📺 Apple TV Plus is still looking for its big win: Interest in shows on Apple’s service has mostly trended down, while the real test will be when $0 annual trials turn into $4.99 monthly fees (The Verge).
👓 Gizmodo sums up the increasingly weird Apple Glasses leaks, asking: “Are you shitting me?” The latest weirdness is that Apple will supposedly be making a special edition pair that will look like Steve Jobs’ glasses, which is leading to disagreements between Apple reporters, with words like “complete fiction” being used (Gizmodo).
🍎 Students are failing AP tests because the College Board website can’t handle iPhone HEIC photos (The Verge) plus discussions here (r/Apple).
🕶 Magic Leap raises $350 million and puts layoffs on hold (The Information).
🏡 Facebook wants to be a leader in remote work for up to 50% of its staff, but pay will be “localized,” based on where you live, implying Bay Area workers might take a pay cut, but the cost of living will plummet too. Facebook said it will also hire remote staff “aggressively,” a complete shift from no-one remote working in recent years (TechCrunch).
💸 This should instantly become the industry standard: Netflix is preparing to cancel dormant subscriptions, if accounts haven’t been used in more than a year: “At Netflix, the last thing we want is people paying for something they’re not using.” (Netflix.com).
🗺️Get Civilization VI, a $60 game, free from Epic, right now (CNET).
🧲 If you melt a magnet, what happens to the magnetism? Does the liquid metal retain the magnetism or does it go away? (r/askscience).
It’s Pac-Man’s 40th birthday! As part of the celebrations, Bandai Namco and Amazon just announced Pac-Man Live Studio, a just-announced game with multiplayer support for endless runs, Mario Maker-style custom maps and uploads, and somehow, all on Twitch.
Bonus: Pac-Man, the Japanese game that took over the world, turns 40 (Kotaku).
Great weekend ahead!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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