🛫 Good morning! We get a new-smartphone breather, mostly because the world’s tech media is flying in to Barcelona today… next week will be another big one.
Apple and Goldman Sachs are readying to issue a joint credit card within six months, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Why would Apple owners join up?
📁 The problem with the Galaxy Fold (Engadget). "Samsung Unpacked was a masterclass in showing your good side.” As Adam mentioned in the podcast last night, it doesn’t fold flat. If it rocks while unfolded on your desk, that’s going to be a Bad Thing.
📸 DxOMark: Galaxy S10 Plus is the best overall smartphone shooter (Android Authority).
🔦 Light to partner with Sony to improve phone cameras (AA).
🔎 Facebook will shut down its spyware VPN app Onavo (TechCrunch).
🔉 Everything you need to know about Spotify's latest changes (Lifehacker).
🕹 Doug Bowser is the new president of Nintendo of America and the jokes are rolling in (Mashable).
🎮 Google might be releasing gamine hardware at its GDC event: ‘Yeti’ (9to5Google).
🏥 A study found people ask Dr. Google lots of health questions before going to the hospital, and tried to figure out what that means for healthcare in the future (EurekaAlert).
🤔 President Trump demands quick rollout of “6G” wireless tech, which doesn’t exist (Ars Technica).
🚗 Tesla’s Model 3 loses coveted Consumer Reports recommendation. Owners report problems with paint, trim, and electronics, Tesla says it’s already fixed those problems (on newer model cars, not for existing owners mind you).
✖ Google ends forced arbitration contracts for workers after uprising (Boing Boing).
🌠 Japanese Spacecraft successfully touches down on asteroid, captures sample of dust (Space.com).
🚀 SpaceX launched a trio of spacecraft, including a lander bound for the Moon (The Verge).
🦓 The surprising reason zebras have stripes (The Atlantic). (Biting flies don’t land as much, it seems. The camouflage angled was debunked years ago - who knew?)
🖋 Notes from Malcolm Gladwell's writing Masterclass – Part 1 (taimur.me).
🐊 The Google Doodle is for Steve Irwin’s 57th birthday today (Google.com).
🌏 30 of the most interesting random finds on Google Earth (BoredPanda).
Top three most clicked links this week:
🕵️♂️ Gary Explains: Is your smartphone spying on you? (AA).
🔴 With the best air pressure sensor ever on Mars, scientists find a mystery (Ars Technica).
💵 Security features of the $100 Bill from the microscope (r/Macro3D)
A storm dumped snow all over the Arizona desert - including 32 inches in a day at Flagstaff, Arizona - California, Nevada, and wider.
The most snow since 1937 when records began fell in Las Vegas, according to AP:
(Image via @eibetweenphotography)
All the best for a weekend without a weather record being broken!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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