☕ Good morning. No flight to the UK for me later today, but the flight wasn't canceled, which made things complicated. In better news, fancy restaurants and caterers in Berlin are teaming up to deliver small treats and goods at reasonable prices. Creative approaches that spring out of the almost-lockdown everywhere are fascinating!
Coming to you soon: lower quality everything?
🔥 Deal: Google Stadia Premiere Edition for just $99 (save $30) - Stadia controller and a Google Chromecast Ultra in the package, and a couple of games for free. First Google Stadia discount, just in time for Doom Eternal out today. (Android Authority).
📉 Netflix will lower streaming quality in Europe so it doesn’t stress networks. I’ve tested it, and confirmed it’s in place as of now. Netflix use accounts for about 12% of worldwide download traffic per a recent study (Android Authority).
📶 On that note, Dish is letting the major US carriers borrow spectrum during quarantine data crunch (The Verge).
🔉 Curiously though, music streaming may actually be falling because of coronavirus (Quartz). Possible reasons: self-isolation, mood, less people active, restaurants/bars not streaming… is Spotify a work tool rather than a home tool? Interesting.
🎁 Nokia 8.3 5G announced alongside new Nokia lineup including Nokia 5.3, Nokia 1.3, and Nokia 5310 (Android Authority).
📤 These would’ve been Essential’s next phones: PH-2 and PH-3 designs revealed by a designer at Essential (Android Authority).
🤦♂️ GameStop tells staff it won’t close stores because they’re ‘essential retail’ (Android Authority).
🤸♂️ Best home gym and fitness equipment: While AA is a tech site, you should see the guy that wrote this (Android Authority).
🤔 Why we don't name diseases after places anymore (LifeHacker).
🎶 Every concert you can live stream on March 20, 2020: wow, there’s loooads, including Ultra Music Festival from 5pm ET. (CNET).
😷 Is COVID-19 transmissible through mosquitoes? (r/askscience). (Probably not, it seems).
Here are US supermarket sales increases for the week ending March 7th week, compared to the same period in 2019, from Nielsen data, via r/dataisbeautiful:
Have a great, safe weekend!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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