Today’s newsletter is early because NASA’s Perseverance rover on Mars is set to fly its $85 million Ingenuity helicopter this morning. (Still cheaper than a single CH-53K King Stallion)
Timing-wise, it’s happening now in the bleary-eyed AM in the US, and it’s not exactly 8K drone footage that we’ll be watching — instead it’s more like a data download to assess, but the NASA control room will be watching, and as NASA said itself, you only get to fly on a different world once.
Here’s what’s happening:
Ingenuity was set to fly on April 11, after a test on April 9, but NASA needed to push the flight back after some problems with the command sequence, that were later identified, fixed, uploaded, installed to the helicopter, and re-booted.
Here’s when it’s happening today:
📉 The chip shortage has caused at least one new flagship phone to go out of stock (Android Authority).
📸 Samsung could skip 3D ToF sensors for its Galaxy S22 phones (Android Authority).
🔌 OnePlus Warp Charge 65 review: How to do proprietary wired charging in 2021, with 65W for OnePlus gear, and backup 45W USB Power Delivery PPS for universal USB-C gadget charging (Android Authority).
📁 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: 6 things we want to see (Android Authority).
🔋 This electric fastback is the next Audi A6 e-tron, due in late 2022. By the way, this week is the Shanghai Auto Show, so expect even more EV announcements (Ars Technica).
🥽 Facebook says no Oculus Quest Pro this year, meaning the Quest 2 is the main event for a long while yet (The Verge). While we’re here, Facebook is set to announce audio-only products …aka copying Clubhouse? (Reuters).
💸 Why it’s misleading for Apple to say ‘Apple Music pays twice as much per stream as Spotify’ (Variety).
😬 Two die in Tesla crash in Texas with no one at the wheel: “There was no one in the driver’s seat,” Sgt. Cinthya Umanzor of the Harris County Constable Precinct 4 said (Reuters).
💲 New York caps the cost of broadband for low-income families (Engadget).
💍 Amazon has canceled its Lord of the Rings MMO game, due to a contract/IP dispute (The Verge).
🖨️ Adobe co-founder and inventor of PDFs Charles Geschke dies at age 81 (Gizmodo).
🎨 Novel hydrogels can safely remove graffiti from vandalized street art (Ars Technica).
🐝 “Do honeybees, wasps and hornets have a different cocktail of venom in their stings or is their chemistry pretty much all the same?” (r/askscience).
I’ll be livestreaming this thing too, any minute now…
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor