🎸 Happy Friday! Hope your week ends on a high. I think mine will, because TOOL has finally joined your digital music streaming service of choice (Instagram). (New album out on the 30th!)
Reports on Monday revealed that Apple employs human contractors to help improve its digital voice assistant Siri.
As Scott passed on:
Ultimately, it was a black eye for Apple given its privacy stance. And in response, Apple has acted.
🎧 Next week’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10 won’t have a headphone jack, judging by all leaks, images, and reports, which is still a divisive choice. Now the dongle Samsung will include in the box with the Note 10 has leaked. Samsung has long been one of the few makers sticking with the 3.5mm port.
Here are two views on the matter: “Dongle me this: Why I’m not mad that headphone jacks are going away” (Android Authority). And, the counter-argument, which I still find myself agreeing with: “I still miss my headphone jack, and I want it back” (FastCompany).
🔥 A real surprise: Ninja announces he is leaving Twitch to stream exclusively on Mixer (The Verge). Mixer is Microsoft’s mostly game streaming service. The as-yet-unknown money changing hands here is fascinating. Within 40 minutes of the news, Mixer was the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S, per Axios.
📈 If newly announced tariffs on China do come into force on September 1, per the Trump administration, the U.S. phone market is about to get even more expensive (Android Authority).
✨ Razer announces the Viper: A lightning fast mouse with optical switches for more/faster headshots (Android Authority).
🆘 New Android feature: With a tap on your phone, get help in an emergency (Android Authority).
📶 Ars reviews three cell signal boosters—and they actually work (Ars Technica).
🎁Intel's new 10-nanometer chips have finally arrived, which will give late-2019 laptops and notebooks much more battery life (Wired). Just in time for the holidays!
🕳 Elon Musk's Las Vegas tunnel kind of sucks? (Jalopnik).
🔠 Ugly Gerry - a font made up of gerrymandered U.S. districts (uglygerry.com).
💵 Goldman Sachs is spending $100 million to shave milliseconds off stock trades, although this isn’t about high-frequency trading (CNBC).
🤦♂️ “What is your "guess I can't go into that store ever again" story?” (r/askreddit).
Most clicked link of the week:
👍 Here are the best high-end phones that won’t break the bank (Android Authority).
Here are the most (and least) stolen cars in America, via the Highway Loss Data Institute:
And the fewest stolen cars starts here:
Have a great weekend - oh, and our Friday regular DGiT Intelligence spot will be back next week!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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