🌴 Good morning! Programming note: This newsletter will be back Monday. Until then, later today the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition launches, and there’s an Amazon hardware event tomorrow too.
Not for the first time, Tesla and Elon Musk delivered some big promises and details, but in true Tesla fashion, much is still years away. (To be fair, Musk did admit this in the lead-up!)
What Tesla announced— battery:
The affordable car is three years away (again):
Tesla's 1,100HP Plaid Model S sport sedan will arrive in late 2021:
Lithium mining, too:
Quick thoughts: Anything Telsa, especially those often over-hyped promises from Elon Musk creates a swift reaction, but much of the real detail is yet to be seen, so it's hard to gauge.
🔜 Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G announced: More choice for affordable 5G (Android Authority).
📺 Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite leaks: A rival to upcoming Chromecast? (Android Authority).
🤔 Samsung Galaxy Tab S7/S7 Plus review: The only Android tablets to buy (Android Authority).
⌚ Fitbit Sense review: A work in progress (Android Authority).
🎧 One of the best might be getting better as Jabra announces new Elite 85t earbuds, and ANC update for 75t earbuds (Android Authority).
🤞 Interview with Satya Nadella and Phil Spencer: How Microsoft's CEO, Xbox head say they won't screw up Bethesda (CNET)
📦 After delays, Amazon's Prime Day 2020 will start on October 13 (CNET).
😬 Oh no: “It looks like a bunch of soon-to-be-disappointed people accidentally bought Xbox One X’s today” (The Verge).
💰 Microsoft gets exclusive license for OpenAI’s GPT-3 language model, but the exclusive part is a little hard to figure out (Venture Beat).
🥇 A handful of new emoji coming to smartphones soon, ranked (Gizmodo).
📦 Overview of the state of bundles in 2020: Netflix, Disney, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft (Stratechery).
🐘 Air Shepherd: Leading rhinos and elephants to safety with the help of drones (reset.org)
🛰 Spacecraft DAPPER will study 'Dark Ages' of the universe in radio waves (phys.org).
🤕 “ELI5: Why does rubbing your head when you hit it make it feel better?” (r/explainlikeimfive)
I’ve been waiting to get to Wednesday to celebrate with you the awarding of the Ig Nobels, which celebrate research that “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think”.
The 30th annual Ig Nobels create headlines that are very funny, like ‘Poop knives win 2020 Ig Nobels’, and ‘Winning research Ig Nobel for showing worms vibrate like water’.
The Ig Nobel ceremony this year was hosted virtually, instead of the usual live event at Harvard University, but the winners had the usual flair for oddness.
The official site is a little dry but has it all there, including links to the studies:
Catch you next week,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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