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August 20, 2021
Hi there! Read on to discover why Elon Musk said "humans will be able to run away from the robot or overpower it."
We should be glad for Epic v. everyone
Fortnite on the play store
Ryan-Thomas Shaw / Android Authority

These Epic lawsuits have been massive eye-openers. Theres almost a story out of every unredacted email as we watch CEOs, VPs, and founders do business, always in the best interest of their businesses.

Sean Hollister at The Verge is hot on the trail of court documents out of Epic v. Apple and Epic v. Google, and as he writes: the whole Epic v. Google lawsuit, which seemed a sideshow to the Apple App Store arguments, finally makes sense.

  • Really, though, the ol playful, fun, colorful and friendly Google pulled every trick it could.

Now, remember, complaints are assembled to look bad for the defendent, which is why being a judge is tricky.

But, in brief, heres what Google allegedly did to stop Epic (and Samsung, by the way) launching an anti-Play Store effort to prevent contagion risk (Im just going to quote large portions from the article as to what Google was doing here):

Google somehow knew about Epics sideloading plans for Fortnite Mobile, despite this command from Epic CEO, Tim Sweeney:

say nothing till it ships
Tristan Rayner / Android Authority
  • Now, of course, sideloading isnt even possible on iOS, which is why the Apple case has been bigger
  • But Google seems like it really, really wishes it wasnt possible on Android.
  • Not because it wants to protect users. But because there are billions at stake.
  • And, by the way, Epic is no golden child. It wants to make money too.

And, credit where its due, Hollister also dug up all the internal emails available (some 800 or so) to find more dirty laundry from the Apple case. Theres dirt on Microsoft, Sony, Google, Nintendo, Valve, Netflix, Hulu and more, encapsulated in a 107 things I learned post.

  • If youve been following along, youll know a swathe of this stuff, but things like Apple losing a game of chicken with Netflix have great revelations.

Motorola Edge (2021) hands-on impressions: Redefining the budget flagship? (Android Authority).

The OnePlus 9RT has leaked, an update to the 9R, coming soon, though probably just to India and China (Android Authority).

Xiaomi Mi 11T Pro specs: 120W charging with 120Hz OLED tipped (Android Authority).

New Steve Jobs email confirms Apple was working on an iPhone nano in 2010 (Android Authority). (Another Epic v. Apple revelation!)

Yes, LG is testing 6G speeds at terahertz wavelengths via Fraunhofer in Berlin. No, this isnt something thatll happen any time soon 2028, maybe? (Android Authority).

Intel has unveiled its 12th generation CPU architecture, to be available this fall: works like Arms big.Little configuration (Android Authority).

Dells new monitor lineup includes a $350 portable second screen (Engadget).

Amazon reportedly plans to open department stores, starting in California and Ohio (The Verge).

Amazon killed the name Alexa: Parents are fleeing from a name that can be, at best, a nuisance and, at worst, associated with subservience (The Atlantic).

Quakes 4K remaster is available now on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC for $10 (Engadget).

仄儭 Because of the oddities of incredibly rich people wanting to become richer: OnlyFans is banning Sexually-Explicit Content. Yes, really, though nudity is ok, somehow? It may also be Mastercard payment-related too, as banks pretend not to notice money flows until they do (Gizmodo). TechCrunch points out: This is cryptos opportunity of a lifetime.

The next big challenge for lunar astronauts? Moon dust(Wired).

Different cultures ask questions: Do Americans really have people whose job is to just stand at the entrance of a store and greet people? (r/nostupidquestions).

Friday Fun
telsa ai day
Tristan Rayner / Android Authority

At Teslas AI Day presentation, something that went for more than 2.5 hours, Elon Musk unexpectedly unveiled the Tesla Bot, a humanoid robot utilizing Teslas vehicle AI to eliminate dangerous, repetitive, boring tasks.

  • Itll use parts of Teslas AI competencies, and Musk said the company plans to have a prototype of the Tesla Bot ready by next year. (..Mmhmmm)
  • Its a 5-foot-8-inch robot with a screen for a face, weighing about 125 pounds and capable of moving about 5mph.
  • Musk joked: Its intended to be friendly, and that its small enough to be overpowered, which was also a joke I think?
  • A robot designed out of full-self driving AI sounds, well you first?
  • More flowing out of AI Day here (Electrek).

All the best overpowering our self-driving robot friends,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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