K30 Pro: What you get
😎 Valve's VR foray Half-Life: Alyx is out and so reviews: “The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some,” says Ars Technica, “Half-Life: Alyx is the best that VR, and Valve, have to offer,” agrees Polygon, while Engadget says “Half-Life: Alyx is the flagship single-player experience that the VR industry needs right now.”
The only problem is you need a VR set, and the cheapest option in the VR biz is the $399 Oculus Quest which you can’t get right now due to the pandemic. VR is just pricey for mainstream gamers but for those already invested, you’ve got a game on your hands.
📸 Camera shootout: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra vs Apple iPhone 11 Max Pro. Both show amazing photography, with close results (Android Authority).
📺 Disney Plus is now available in the UK and most of Europe, and as a treat, here’s the best Simpsons episodes you can watch again (this list only touches on the mastery) (Android Authority).
💻 Microsoft warns Windows users of two security holes already under attack - a patch is likely April 14th (Engadget).
🍎 Apple’s App Store is finally launching in 20 new countries this year, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Serbia, Kosovo, Maldives, Morocco, and Rwanda, bringing it to 175 total countries. For what it’s worth, Google’s Play Store is in 138 countries based on its terms here (9to5Mac).
🍏 First 2020 iPad Pro order arrives ahead of schedule, offering early look at benchmark results: if they’re accurate, there’s not much difference with the new processors to the 2018/2019 iPad Pro (9to5Mac).
⌚ Apple Watch excluded from ongoing US tariffs on China imports, dodging 7.5% hit (Bloomberg).
🚢 Don’t bail out the cruise industry (The Verge). (About as close to politics I want to get on this newsletter but aside from that, until they’re battery-powered cruise ships are huge, dirty problems.)
✳ The great Albert Uderzo who drew the "Asterix and Obelix" comics has died. Merci! (dw.com).
🔊 The New York Times acquired Audm, a subscription app that turns longform articles into high-quality audio. I used this a bit but $9 a month was a little steep (TechCrunch).
🐶 Dogs Working From Home is the Instagram account we need (instagram.com)
🐈 “What is something that has aged well?” (r/nostupidquestions).
Everyone uses at least a few apps per day on their smartphone, so what’s changing during the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown? Here’s a look via appfigures.com, which provides data on app installs - note this data is iOS-only for now:
Bonus: Citymapper has released data on how mobility has changed in major cities due to coronavirus - Barcelona (3% of city moving compared to usual) and Milan(3%) really showing how locked down Spain and Italy are right now.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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