☕ Good morning! Hello! Exciting times with Toshiba's breakthrough and ZTE deals today, plus I’ve been meaning to tell you I’m heading back to Australia next week, for just about the whole month of December. But I’ll be cranking out the DGiT Daily from Down Under as per usual, aside from a few days of travel. It’ll be great!
ZTE is getting into the giving with a hot deal on two smartphones. Check it out, or keep reading for the full scoop!
The sound of a single drop of blood might raise you Theranos/Elizabeth Holmes Redux hackles, but lo, a new and legitimate hope:
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🆕 Google (finally) reveals its new tech Ambient Mode for Android device in action, compatible devices including Android 8.1+ devices (Android Authority).
📱 Honor View 30 announced: Kirin 990, 5G, triple cameras for under $500 - China only? (Android Authority).
📦 Black Friday memory card deals: select Samsung cards on sale now (Android Authority).
📺 There's a new way to get Disney+ for free: Chromebook buyers from Nov. 25 to Jan. 31, 2020 get three months for free (Android Authority).
💵 Ryan Reynolds believes in Mint Mobile so much that he bought it (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple begins exports from India as Foxconn starts making iPhone XR (Times of India).
💡 Alexa is coming to low-spec devices like light switches and thermostats, as hardware requirements drop (Engadget).
⛅ Google addresses complaints of sub-4K image quality on Stadia: "developers... will continue to improve their games..." (Ars Technica).
🔋 F-150 vs Cybertruck: Ford has asked Elon Musk for an apples-to-apples towing battle and of course Musk agreed (Engadget).
📤 The RISC-V Foundation, which sets standards for RISC-V semiconductor architecture, will move from the US to Switzerland amid concerns over potential US trade curbs (Reuters). Fear of eroding previously universal tech standards is real.
🔇 Rev offers a platform for freelance transcribers to tackle audio transcriptions, but its workers (‘Revvers’) can be exposed to deeply upsetting or criminal audio files, without warning (OneZero).
💱 Facebook's Viewpoints research app pays you to take surveys, now with (less) egregious privacy problems (Engadget).
👟 Amazon is taking on cult-like popular woollen shoes AllBirds with its cut-price AmazonBasics range, and AllBirds is both mad and roasting Amazon for its lack of sustainable sourcing (The Verge).
💚 Ekoru.org is live: a socially-conscious search engine, built on Bing, sending 60% of revenues to charity partners with zero platform tracking.
🎶 We almost never link to Kickstarters, but the Orba, a little handheld instrument that you shake, tap and twist, looks pretty cool? (Kickstarter).
🤔 “Google’s Next Moonshot: Union Busting”, by the Google Walkout folks (Medium).
🕹 Man spends $1.4 million on game character, which his friend then accidentally sold for only $552 (Kotaku). Also unusual: online mediation by a judge.
🌕 NASA’s space pallet concept could land rovers on the moon cheaply and simply (TechCrunch).
There’s a really interesting date video showing a number of causes of death worldwide, in comparison:
BROUGHT TO YOU THIS HOLIDAY SEASON BY ZTE
We’ve long crossed the threshold where buying a flagship phone made fiscal sense. Mid-range used to mean ‘budget-tier,’ but stagnating specs and skyrocketing prices have created a mobile landscape where there’s not much practical difference between a $500 phone and one twice the price.
At this point, if you’re forking over $1,000 for a new phone every other year, you’re basically opting in to be an advertising unit for some of the biggest companies in the world.
ZTE has long been a champion of the midrange, but 2019 saw them rise in the public eye - especially with the release of the Axon 10 Pro, a flagship tier device at a price that eviscerates its competition.
The ZTE Axon 10 Pro sports specs that let it run side by side with the big dogs, but instead of gouging you with a ‘brand tax’ just to have Samsung or an apple stamped to the back of it, ZTE gives you what you’re paying for and lets you keep the rest.
This offering is especially tempting this Black Friday, since ZTE is knocking $50 off the price tag and throwing in a free case to boot. That’s right, this ‘flagship killer’ will only run you $499 for the next few days, so if you’re in the market for a smartphone, it’s hard to cite a better deal.
If that price tag is still a bit much for you, ZTE still has you covered. The ZTE Blade 10 is also going for $50 off, meaning you can pick it up for just $179. This more budget-conscious device still offers unbelievable specs for its range, and it makes an ideal first phone for teenagers.
Whether you’re shopping high or low, be sure to give this deal a look before buying a phone this holiday season. But don’t delay: this offer only lasts until December 5.
Tomorrow I'm including my favorite ever Thanksgiving related article, so tune in!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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