🎁 Good morning! China’s big manufacturers are launching flagships again.
The Huawei P40 series launch is set for 9am ET today, or about one hour after this newsletter goes out, with Huawei putting on a full online event via YouTube. Huawei is going with “Visionary Photography” as the P40 tagline.
Xiaomi also has a global launch of its Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro tomorrow at 10am ET.
With the biggest tech news of the day happening an hour or so after the deadline here, I keep seeing a swell of good, interesting, and valuable tech and tech-adjacent news that matters.
Let’s take a look at some uplifting news.
The world's wind power capacity is up by a fifth after record year, adding 60+ gigawatts of generation, with record growth for offshore windfarms and “a boom in onshore projects in the US and China” (The Guardian).
Finally, a must see: Here’s what it looks like from space when everything stops (Bloomberg).
🔜 Leaked OnePlus 8 Pro press render leaves little to imagination (Android Authority).
🎧 Google Pixel Buds 2 pass through FCC, coming soon (Android Authority).
📁 Huawei Mate XS review: Know when to hold ’em and when to fold ’em (Android Authority).
🚨 77-year-old Spaniard fined for playing Pokemon Go amid coronavirus lockdown, telling police he was "hunting Pokemons (sic)." (Android Authority).
🤔 Apple considers delaying 5G iPhone 12 beyond planned September launch, other analysts disagree. Who knows. (9to5Mac).
🍎 Apple’s made a decision for Safari that will affect offline web apps, in order to promote even more privacy. Safari will now delete a site's local storage on a device after seven days of inactivity, which developers argued would actually harm privacy and not help users at all as it’s now a solution to save users repeated login hassles. The debate gets into the thick of it here, including an update from Apple which walks it back a bit, but lots of questions still up in the air and lots of anger (ar.al).
💻 Dell now lets you control iPhones from its PCs. Dell does it, the Mac does not. (The Verge).
🌍 European mobile carriers will share location data to track COVID-19 spread: promises to protect privacy (the data will be deleted once the crisis is over), but concerns remain (Reuters).
📉 88 out of top 200 US cities have seen internet speeds decline this past week, three cities by more than 40% (TechCrunch).
🚫 What it feels like to be laid off on Zoom during this crisis: 100 staffers of TripActions shared a call with their CEO. They were all fired on the call, together, on video (Protocol).
📺 Plex makes live TV free for three months via a blog announcement titled “Ok. So Here We Are” (Plex).
🎮 A hacker stole and leaked the Xbox Series X graphics source code, quite the tale behind this (Engadget).
“Facebook's Portal TV video chat device was mocked — now it's completely sold out” (CNBC). A) It took a pandemic to sell, B) If all 28 ever made sold out, that’s not a story.
📈 What the last few weeks have been like for the CEO of Slack, quite revealing (Twitter).
🐶 NYC has run out of dogs and cats to foster (Bloomberg).
🦷 “When people are in comas do the nurses brush their teeth?” (r/nostupidquestions).
Triscuit. The biscuit with a name that doesn’t mean three.
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