🍎 Good morning! About six hours after this newsletter hits your inbox, Apple’s WWDC 2020 kicks off with a special keynote. Quick thoughts ahead!
Okay, that’s not the best re-use of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference acronym to question what’s coming... but it does point to a big change in computing. Today’s the exciting day, a genuinely interested WWDC ahead.
What to expect:
What we won’t see:
Watch: Apple.com, and given it's happening virtually, live blogs and Twitter will be blowing up reacting to what happens. Hashtag is #WWDC20.
🆕 LG Velvet unboxing and 24 hour impressions. There’s a vid too. (Android Authority).
📶 The cheapest 5G phone in the US, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, is now available with carriers, or for purchase for $599 (Android Authority).
📸 Your regular reminder: More phone cameras does not equal better quality photos (Android Authority).
4️⃣ “Call me crazy, but I think I’m trading in my Pixel 4 XL for the Pixel 4a,” writes my colleague Jimmy, and he’s onto something ...that is, if the Pixel 4a ever comes out (Android Authority).
💻 “We bought Walmart’s $140 laptop so you wouldn’t have to”: the Walmart EVOO EV-C-116-5 is roundly just terrible, and this review has many fun parts, including trying to run a battery test: “...the poor little EVOO struggled so hard to even start the test, that it had consumed more than 20 percent of the battery by the time the test was ready to run,” and one benchmark result that scores 0. Zero! Oh and the sheet of copper cooling! It’s great, read and enjoy (Ars Technica).
♨ Linus Tech Tips tries to fix the MacBook Air’s cooling and poses a fun conspiracy question: is Apple sandbagging the performance of its Macs to make its ARM-based laptops look faster and cooler? Realistically that's silly, the problem here is that Apple is compromised between peak CPU performance and not having the user feel the heat (YouTube).
♻ Samsung Blu-Ray players are getting stuck in endless startup loops and we don't know why (Gizmodo).
🚤 A wild look at Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s secret disaster relief team: high-speed super-yacht, a secret disaster strike force, and charity (The Daily Beast).
✈ General Electric wants to keep America's B-52s in the air until 2097 (Jalopnik).
⚛ CERN approves plans for a $23 billion, 62-mile long super-collider that makes the Large Hadron Collider look tiny (CERN) Here’s how big it will be (YouTube).
🎮 Epic removed police cars from Fortnite (Engadget).
🌊 19% of Earth's ocean floor is now mapped, up from 15% last year (BBC).
🕳 “Masterpiece of engineering”: Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge (The Guardian).
☀ Here are superb photos from the rare 'ring of fire' solar eclipse over the weekend (Space).
🚠 Scientists propose tethering asteroids to prevent Earth impacts (Engadget).
👃 A best/worst question: “Are our fingers proportional to our nostril size?” (r/nostupidquestions).
I keep making Monday Meme about sleep but here:
All the best for the start of your week,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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