🐶 Good morning! First, cute snoring video (sound on) of Batman, the dog we were looking after this week.
Second, tomorrow marks the autumnal (or spring) equinox depending on where you are. Please plan accordingly!
And third: Xbox Series S and X pre-orders open tomorrow, at 8am or 9am your local time, check here for retailers and times.
Sorry but the TikTok and WeChat saga is continuing, amid new strangeness.
In short, the White House managed to get neither TikTok nor WeChat banned on China-owned apps on Sunday, but that’s partly because the White House made its own confusing call on TikTok
Here’s where we’re at:
Reactions from the tech community? White-hot in their fury:
📺 Would you have tried a rebooted Xperia Play 2? This might be a first glimpse of the cancelled slide-out gamepad (Android Authority).
👎 Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review: Overpriced and underbaked — the vanilla Note 20 disappoints. (The Note 10 Plus might be better, and way cheaper now!) (Android Authority).
📺 It’s time Google took streaming seriously with its new Chromecast (Android Authority).
🗣 The Android 11 interview: Googlers answer our burning questions: Android engineers Dave Burke and Iliyan Malchev return for the yearly Q&A (Ars Technica).
🤝 Google brings back humans to take over moderating YouTube content from AI (Digital Trends).
🤦♂️ Twitter has had its AI decimated by viral tweets over the weekend, as clear evidence showed it favors white faces over any other race, especially notable for how it ignores Black faces: Twitter is investigating its image preview AI (The Verge).
📦 Sony apologizes for botched PlayStation 5 pre-orders, with more consoles available soon (Engadget).
📈 On that note, it seems only a quarter or less of PS5 consoles made available are the digital-edition, which Sony may not have expected (Ars Technica).
📏 And finishing that line, here’s a great thread with scale mockups showing how the PS5 and the new Xbox consoles look when on your entertainment console, based on their real sizes (Twitter).
🔋 EV startup Nikola founder Trevor Milton has stepped down after fraud allegations and regulator probes (FT).
😎 Behind Facebook's giant bet on hardware: beating Apple and Google to next-gen tech? (Axios)
📺 Marvel's old-timey new trailer for WandaVision on Disney+ is now out, but no release date yet (YouTube).
🤔 Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities (Wired).
🎮 “What was the first video game you felt was a work of art and not just something to play for fun?” (r/askreddit).
How it feels:
All the best,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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