☕ Good morning! Slightly delayed today though late news about a possible US TikTok ban, which is worth a closer look...
TikTok is in the firing line, along with other Chinese social media apps, according to the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
In a TV cable news interview, Pompeo responded to remarks questioning if the US would ban TikTok, following TikTok being banned in India, and fresh discourse in Australian politics about similarly banning the social media app for its data collection.
Here’s the transcript of Pompeo’s response to the question of a US ban:
🕵️♂️ Galaxy Note 20 news: the Note 20 Ultra has been spotted in the wild with supposed real-world pictures emerge, and Note 20 Plus features were confirmed in a FCC listing, showing a new LED View Cover and the S-Pen, of course (Android Authority).
📈 Also: Samsung Electronics flags second-quarter profit jump on solid chip demand, one-off gains from Apple (Reuters).
🆕 Poco M2 Pro announced with big battery, fast-charging, under $200: it’s a better Redmi Note 9 Pro (Android Authority).
💫 The LG ‘Wing’: Everything we know so far about LG’s wild rotating phone (Android Authority).
📂 This could be Huawei’s answer to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: the rumored Huawei Mate V? (Android Authority).
📺 Super-efficient video format could make streaming 8K movies more practical: H.266/VCC, a boost over H.265/HEVC (Android Authority).
🎧 Deal: Superb Sony WF-1000XM3 earphones now just $169.99 (25%/$58 off) (Android Authority).
🍎 Keyboard and mouse gaming support on iPad OS coming soon (r/apple).
🍏 2003 Apple iBook works wonders for dyspraxia, ‘Why nothing focuses the mind like a bit of tech antiquing: “this iBook has allowed me to work effectively free from the noise of the modern connected world.”’
📺 Hamilton musical (acclaimed by all!) drives up Disney Plus app downloads 74% over the weekend in US (Variety).
🎮 Microsoft announces Xbox Series X games event for July 23rd: Halo Infinite the likely star (The Verge).
🤔 Secretive data startup Palantir has confidentially filed for an IPO (TechCrunch).
🚖 How much do Uber/Lyft drivers make? Two studies have been done in Seattle. One says the average Seattle driver makes $23.25 an hour, the other $9.73. Guess which study was funded by the ride-hailing companies? (Wired).
🚵♂ Pink snow in the Italian Alps is a cute sign of environmental catastrophe (Gizmodo).
🛫 Here’s a 1:60 scale Boeing 777 made entirely from manila folders. Mind-boggling. (lucaiaconistewart.com)
🔴 Curiosity rover starts its 'summer road trip' to its next Martian destination, dodging a wide patch of sand along the way (NASA).
Here’s an interesting chart race, showing the Top 10 Supercomputer Countries by performance share. Or, in simple terms, the countries with the most gigaflops of computing power available:
The image is too small to read, but the 4m long chart race is worth a look
This chart race starts back in 1993, and you’ll either want to jump straight to the last 10 seconds to see where we are now, or watch the full thing to see the history, rivalry, and changing scales of computing power growth.
Remember when a bunch of Playstations were rigged together to be a supercomputer? I wonder if anyone might try that with the PS5 later this year...
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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