One of the big stories going around this weekend was via CNBC, with the spicy headline: “The tech industry is looking to replace the smartphone — and everybody is waiting to see what Applecomes up with.”
There’s also plenty of good discussion around the idea that smartphones can even be supplanted:
So, can AR get us beyond the smartphone with current technologies? Samsung is playing with ideas around and devices.
🎧 Leak: Coming third-gen Apple AirPods could adopt the Pro’s design, new case (Android Authority).
🗞 LG’s rollable phone project has been put on hold, according to reports from Korea (Android Authority).
📂 Report: Samsung moving full-steam ahead with S Pen for Z Fold 3(Android Authority).
🖊 Speaking of: why is there no real competition to Samsung’s S Pen? (Android Authority).
🔎 Samsung Galaxy SmartTag review: A clever Bluetooth tracker with one major flaw: the exclusivity to Samsung’s ecosystem (Android Authority).
👉 “Mark Changed The Rules”: It appears Facebook didn’t do anything by the book, just by feel, when considering if right-wing figures crossed the line. This report says Zuckerberg and Joel Kaplan, the vice president of global public policy, made these calls (BuzzFeed).
🔻 Dozens of Boeing 777 planes grounded in US and Japan after Pratt & Whitney engine failure (The Verge).
👿 Diablo II Resurrected tops BlizzCon 2021 announcement flurry — coming to just about all platforms (Ars Technica).
🎸 Also, Blizzard had Metallica stream a live show which rocked out, except the official Twitch stream replaced the audio after a few seconds… with, well, whatever this is. It’s very likely a copyright problem — Blizzard paid for the rights, but Twitch may have realised that all the re-streamers would get DMCAs, so Twitch likely made a choice here (Gizmodo).
🧠 The brain’s “background noise” may be more meaningful than first thought (Wired).
🚀 FAA ends investigations into SpaceX’s recent Starship launches (and crashes) (Engadget).
🦎 “What’s a cool fact about dinosaurs you know?” (r/askreddit).
First, no, Firefox didn’t kill off the Fox despite what a viral tweet suggested (Twitter).
And as for a good meme, well this is as old as time but the sun is just starting to angle in towards my winter setup …which means I’ll need a new spring setup:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor