☕ Thursday’s tech news is finally taking a breather, with the bulk of CES announcements made already now. But there’s still so much to get into…
⚡ Second-last warning: the Android Authority Google Pixel 3 XL giveaway ends this week! I hope you win and rock that camera.
Xiaomi has launched both an expected and unexpected new device overnight, taking the covers off the new Redmi Note 7. Xiaomi repeatedly teased a glass smartphone with fancy colors and a 48-megapixel camera in the past few weeks, and it’s here. That's the expected part.
What's unexpected is how beastly this phone looks for just a $147 asking price (Android Authority).
What you need to know:
Who’s buying it, and who’s not?
📲 Samsung Galaxy S10 launch date: February 20, after MWC (AA).
💻 AMD announces the $699 Radeon VII: 7nm Vega, coming February (Ars Technica). Will it catch Nvidia’s RTX 2080, or surpass it?
👈 WhatsApp is testing fingerprint authentication on Android (AA).
🤔 AT&T exec defends fake 5G logo, despite other carriers slamming move (AA).
✏ Google Chrome Labs experiment is Etch A Sketch for your browser (Engadget).
🚲 Even bicycles have Alexa now, for some reason (Engadget)
👉 Amazon’s AWS is taking on MongoDB: “AWS gives open source the middle finger” (TechCrunch)
🔇 Bose invented a noise-cancelling system for cars (The Verge)
🌌 Swarm of mysterious radio bursts seen coming from deep space (National Geographic)
😣 Hubble Space Telescope's Camera suffers malfunction, may not be fixed quickly due to US government shutdown (Space)
🌐 The earth’s liquid iron is “sloshing around”, which is causing Earth’s magnetic field to act up and geologists don’t know why (Nature)
🙅♂️ Paris' first nudist restaurant closing after getting cold shoulder from diners (CBS)
👴 People older than 65 share the most fake news, a new study finds (The Verge)
🤬 The longest word used in British parliament is also really hard to say: floccinaucinihilipilification (BBC)
⚒ Also in British news: British Museum realises 'vase' is in fact an ancient mace-head displayed upside down (The Art Newspaper). Quote: “we realised how daft we’d been”, says Irving Finkel.” (Now that’s a name for working in a museum!)
💑 "Ladies, Jeff Bezos is on the market, what is your plan to reel in the richest man on the planet?" (r/askreddit and, erm, unexpectedly NSFW)
Look this isn’t really my thing, but I was assured this is a great throwback:
Here are “never-before-seen” photos of young celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and more, just hanging out, before social media ruined everything (The Hollywood Reporter). And, y’know, websites like The Hollywood Reporter, right?
(All photos were taken by a famous nightlife promoter in LA, apparently.)
Have a good one! Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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