There’s been a little bit of a stir around wireless charging recently. OneZero, in a collab with iFixit, kicked things off with a piece looking at exactly how inefficient wireless chargers are.
And it’s a problem:
So, what does it all mean?
📸 We asked, you told us: It was close, but the Pixel 4a camera still trounced the iPhone SE (Android Authority).
👆 Weird option lets you access Xiaomi's in-display fingerprint camera (Android Authority).
⛅ You can beta test Microsoft Xbox xCloud today! August 11, for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate only, and you’ll need an Android phone as Apple continues to wall off the Xbox (Android Authority).
🎮 On that note: Apple goes to war with the gaming industry (TechCrunch).
🧾 E Ink demos a folding e-reader that can also take notes (The Verge).
⏩ Apple's upcoming 5nm A14 Bionic chipset will apparently set new performance standards (notebookcheck.net).
🍎 Tim Cook is now a billionaire, but not the Jeff Bezos founder kind: it’s rare for any non-founder CEO to hit a billion, but this is Apple (The Verge)
🆕 Nvidia teases August 31st event countdown ahead of rumored RTX 3080 Ampere GPUs (The Verge).
⌚ “Apple watchOS 7 is the dystopian software upgrade I didn't know I needed” (Gizmodo).
📌 After three years, Google reintroduces Google Maps for Apple Watch across the coming weeks (Ars Technica).
📶 More wireless spectrum unleashed for 5G: The White House announces a plan to speed up the rollout of 5G, by opening up to auction 100 MHz of mid-band spectrum, previously allocated to the military (Wired).
💻 Dell has a spicy new business-focused Chromebook: Latitude 7410 Chromebook Enterprise, with high-end specs, extra security, and a 2-in-1 configuration. Starts at $1,099 (Engadget).
🔋 First drive: The new 2021 Polestar 2 has a great cabin—and deep Android integration (Ars Technica).
🚕 California wins injunction against Uber, Lyft classifying drivers as contractors. Losing California might hurt (TechCrunch).
🌞 Greed may be good when it comes to solar power: Researchers find focusing on finances gets more people to install solar power, because based on economics, more people should have solar panels (Ars Technica).
🦊 Disney has no Fox left to give as it renames TV studio to 20th Television (The Verge).
🏃♂️ Running a marathon was never crazier or harder than during the 1904 St Louis Olympics. Bizarre, amazing: “...the second winner was high on rat poison” (ABC.net.au)
🤔 “ELI5: Why does adding @, &, *, #,%, etc make your password stronger?” (r/explainlikeimfive). The basic answer I think many of us know in terms of adding complexity but the responses go much further than what I’d realized about the shift away from this.
I watched this animated chart over and over — what on earth! Here are store locations of the 10 biggest fast-food chains in the US, visualized :
Bonus: “I wrote a script to parse over a million r/WallStreetBets comments, and am building a dashboard displaying live data. Here's WSB's sentiment alongside the S&P 500. ”
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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