☕ Happy Friday out there. I had that thing happen you only see happen to other people: a speedy truck went through a giant puddle and left me soaked last night. Honestly, I was mainly sad it wasn't on camera!
Also: I'm told mega-group BTS releases a new K-Pop album today, Map of the Soul: 7, and it's likely to break parts of the internet. It's already the most preordered South Korean album of all time.
Jeff Bezos’ new $10B Earth Fund has enough weight, theoretically, to not just make solar panels a little more efficient but really shake things up. Wired has a nice exploration of technologies that could change human history.
Here are a few:
Space-Based Solar Power
Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
Sustainable Hydrogen Production
🚫 Google puts the hammer down, bans 600 apps from Play Store for disruptive ads (Android Authority).
🔜 Galaxy S20 phones are available to pre-order now, and anyone who pre-selected (or pre-pre ordered?) has been given $25 additional instant Samsung credit. (Android Authority).
📸 These Galaxy S20 Ultra Space Zoom camera samples are amazing and a bit creepy (Android Central).
🍎 Apple discussing allowing iPhone users to set third-party web browsers and email apps as defaults - meaning the likes of Outlook/Gmail/Chrome/Firefox/Google Maps could finally become your default instead of Apple’s often neglected apps (Bloomberg).
🍏 Coming soon: 13-Inch MacBook Pro models with the old-style scissor keyboard, and Intel's 10th-generation ‘Ice Lake’ chips. Pricing will be interesting. (MacRumors).
🗣 Facebook will now pay you for your voice recordings (The Verge).
😎 HTC takes its own magic leap, announces Vive Proton prototype headset - no specs, price, or release window yet (Ars Technica).
⛅ Nintendo has a cloud problem (Gizmodo).
🎮 PUBG will finally let PS4 and Xbox One players party up together - still nothing for PC players but a good step (EuroGamer).
🚷 Game Developer's Conference 2020 (GDC) is set for March 16-20, but Sony and Facebook (Oculus) have now withdrawn due to coronavirus concerns (Engadget).
🥀 Google is disappointing the Stadia community by focusing on the future, while the right now withers (Engadget).
🗃 Gretel: A group of ex-NSA and Amazon engineers are building a ‘GitHub for data’ (TechCrunch).
🛏 What happens to your mail-order mattress after you return it. Note this isn’t always the case -- I bought a refurbished mattress from an online store after someone had returned it, with the body of the mattress reused. Worked out well! (fivethirtyeight.com).
😷 Awful online coronavirus hoaxes keep popping up (Recode).
💉 Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time (The Guardian).
🤔 “What “old person” things do you do?” (r/askreddit) - this answer made me laugh: “My husband looked at me the other day and asked if I was ready to go to sleep....it was 5:30 PM.”
'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater,' a video game that defined a generation, gets its own documentary!
Have a great weekend,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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