✨ Good morning! Back from the Labor Day break and thanks to (almost) all the contributions to the Google doc from Friday Fun. It grew from pet photos to 111+ pages of all ...kinds of ...things. A Duck Sauce era emerged and largely disappeared, pet photos came and went, a lot happened. Thanks for playing! And RIP all those trying to load the document on a slow internet connection.
Last night some Xbox leaks revealed a bunch more about the upcoming next-gen Xbox, but not the Series X and its big tall cube console, but a much smaller console. And for the first time, a price: $299 for this smaller model, and the Xbox Series X for $499.
And, just to make it a big big day, the leakers released even more, with a full 1 minute 30-second presentation video revealing a stack of Series S spec information:
Xbox Series S:
🍎 The rumors are strong that Apple will announce a new Apple Watch and iPad Air as early as this morning. Some reporters on the Apple beat think it’s unlikely, but clues like the Apple Watch 5 being unavailable to buy from Apple directly do hint at something happening… (MacRumors).
🔎 Samsung patent points to a transparent phone straight out of sci-fi (Android Authority).
💸 Yet another LG Wing video leak now shows the rotating phone’s interface. Looks cool! (Android Authority).
🔫 PUBG Mobile quits Tencent Games in India to shed Chinese app tag (and current ban) (Android Authority).
🍏 Apple's 'floating' store in Singapore will open on September 10th (Engadget).
⚖ Google's antitrust battles: What you need to know (CNET).
📺 Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings has a book out, and he’s doing a press tour with lots of interesting bits coming out. First, interview with Netflix’s Reed Hastings on working from home (may be paywalled) (WSJ, $), and a wide-ranging Variety interview is good too. There’ll be more!
🏍 Japan's 'Big Four' motorcycle makers test swappable electric batteries (Interesting Engineering).
🚼 Doom kinda running on a ...pregnancy test? (Kotaku).
🥇 This is not a drill: Always wanted to own a jelly bean factory? Join this treasure hunt! You do have to buy in though, and US-only (delish.com).
🕹 “What video games show that graphics truly aren't everything?” (r/askreddit).
Here’s something I wouldn’t put a heap of stock into, but someone’s come up with how positively or negatively Apple's employees speak about internal culture topics vs other tech giants, using Glassdoor:
Here’s how it looks (r/dataisbeautiful):
Have a good one,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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