Ingenuity became the little helicopter that could yesterday, the first aircraft to make a powered, controlled flight on another planet.
While the watch-along and confirmation of flight data early yesterday was great, the images and video of Ingenuity rising three meters (10 feet) and hovering for a solid 30 seconds, for 39.1 seconds of overall flight were pretty amazing:
A few other little details:
Quick fire rumors:
I’ll be watching with interest around how Apple positions the Mini-LED evolution to displays. Is it the promised land, or just a sidenote?
📷 Google Photos tweak could make it more useful for storing documents (Android Authority).
⌚ Fitbit Luxe announced: A more fashionable fitness tracker for $150 (Android Authority).
🔫 Apex Legends is coming to Android and iOS with a “new but original” approach for touch controls (Android Authority).
💻 Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 4 review: Nearly perfect (Gizmodo).
🆙 PlayStation Store for PS3, PS Vita will not shut down, Sony announces, after controversy (Polygon).
🔋 Toyota’s first electric vehicle will hit the road in 2022: the bZ4X is the first of seven ‘Beyond Zero’ EVs from the Japanese giant. Also, Mercedes-Benz unveils the EQB, its first electric SUV for the US market in 2022 (Engadget).
🚗 Who will win the self-driving race? Eight possibilities, from Argo to Zoox (Ars Technica).
🛢️ It’s been one year since oil prices went negative. Traders learned that “Oil prices not only hit rock bottom, but they also broke the rock.” (Marketwatch).
🎙️ Mark Zuckerberg wants you to talk: CEO of the social media giant announced a suite of new audio features. Who will use them? (Wired).
🎤 Reddit also announced an audio product: Reddit Talks, a clone of Clubhouse for subreddits (TechCrunch).
🔒 UK invokes national security to investigate Nvidia’s ARM deal, which increasingly looks more unlikely (Reuters).
🛰️ Amazon announced its Project Kuiper satellite constellation, a Starlink competitor, will first be getting to space via ULA Atlas 5 rockets, with nine launches booked (Amazon).
🧠 “ELI5: How does the body decide where to add or take away fat when gaining/losing weight?” (r/explainlikeimfive).
This map shows all of the earthquakes with a magnitude greater than 4.0 on the Richter scale over the last 20 years, using data from the US Geological Survey, and plotted with Python via PythonMaps:
All the best,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor