📦 Good morning! Singles Day (11/11) is on Monday so if you’re shopping for something and can’t wait until Black Friday, hold out a little longer.
🧱 Also, this weekend marks 30 years since the Berlin wall fell, so there’s a bunch of events happening in the city. Lots of nice coverage, but this is a nice personal story from one of the first East Germans to cross the border (FT).
Here’s something unsettling that took some time to figure out over the past day or so: across the US, people received strange texts from friends and family. 168,149 mysterious texts were sent in the early morning, due to a “maintenance glitch”.
Android Authority’s Andrew Grush is back for DGiT Intelligencec to talk portable storage in the form of SSDs. I was actually asking Grushie for myself a few weeks ago, because I really liked the look and speed of some new SanDisk options. Here we are now with a look at the best three SSDs on the market:
“Over the last few years, SSDs have caught up significantly to the older style big HDDs in terms of pricing and storage options. For the longest time HDDs were still the better option, simply due to the fact you’d get so much more storage for much less money.
As the laptop market continues to outpace the desktop market, we’ll focus on external options. Here are the three options we recommend:
3. Coming in at number three we have the Adata SD600Q External SSD.
2. Taking second spot is the SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable External SSD (in the photo above).
1. Coming in at number one we have the Samsung X5 Portable SSD, a perfect option for gamers in particular.
📺 Disney+ is out in the US next week, and we now have a date for the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and France: March 31, 2020 (Android Authority).
⛅ You can now download the Google Stadia app from the Play Store (not on iOS yet) although there’s not much to see. I logged in, was told I “cannot swap Google Accounts after signing up,” which is fine, and was asked to enter an invite code, which owners of the Stadia Founders and Premiere edition kit will get when it arrives (Android Authority). It’s a 16-digit code, so guessing it might be hard.
👜 Ready to see the world? Here are the best travel gadgets (Android Authority).
🤖 Interesting: U.S. safety investigators report that the problem for self-driving car manufacturers and software is not the trolley problem around deciding who to save in an accident but “between being caution and offering “competitive advantage” (OneZero).
🆕 YouTube’s homepage redesign is going live now, people will see bigger thumbnails and fewer videos (The Verge).
💻 Microsoft bet against Intel with its new Surfaces with AMD and Arm/Qualcomm chips — and it lost: buy the Intel-powered Surfaces, not the others, for now (The Verge).
📺 Study finds that 66% people are willing to go see Marvel and Star Wars movies in theatres, but just 27% will go to a theatre to see a DC movie and are happy to wait at home - lots more data about streaming vs cinema habits, too (Flixed.io).
🍏 Also, Apple confirms all four of its launch TV+ series will return for second seasons (The Hollywood Reporter).
⚰ More Deadspin obituaries: The death of the rude press (New Republic).
🌡 “Is something only warm to the touch, i.e I touch with my finger, if that object is warmer than my body temperature which runs at 37 C/98.6F?” (r/askscience).
Elon Musk says building the first self-sustaining city on Mars will take 1,000 Starships and 20 years, writes TechCrunch:
Bonus: The weird world of marriage proposal consulting (InsideHook). (Blame or praise Instagram!)
Have a great weekend!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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