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Tesla included images of its upcoming 2021 Model S refresh in an announcement last night, and wow, that steering wheel/yoke/thing.
The top-line news is that the refresh is interior and specs focused, and there are divisive decisions here.
Tweaks to the exterior are more standard:
Then there are controversial design decisions in the cockpit and interior:
(More on Tesla’s sales and quarterly figures below)
👉 WhatsApp is bringing biometric authentication to WhatsApp Web, Desktop (Android Authority).
📁 Samsung may share its foldable phone displays with rivals. (By share I’m sure we mean sell at healthy margin) (Android Authority).
💰 Global smartphone shipments: Apple takes top spot from Samsung in Q4 2020 (Android Authority).
🤝 Honor CEO expects to resume ties with Google soon (Android Authority).
⌚ Garmin Lily review: This wearable for women has all the basics. But basics only (Android Authority).
🍎 Apple researching ‘light folding’ to make periscope lenses for iPhone …just like we have now from Samsung, Huawei, and Oppo (AppleInsider).
📈📉 Apple, Facebook, Samsung, and Tesla all released quarterly financial results. The view-from-afar is that all did well, but limited sales forecasts for Apple and Facebook for the months ahead caused the market to react negatively.
🔎 More specifically, Samsung Electronics saw mobile revenue fall 11% year-on-year, and projected tech acquisitions to propel it into “future cars” (Reuters). Tesla reported its first annual profit as growth looked more like an S&P500 heavyweight car company, than a rising startup; reporting a profit off its regulatory tax credit sales (Jalopnik). Apple reported an all-time record quarter of $111.4 billion in revenue but didn’t offer a formal sales outlook (MacRumors). Facebook cautioned “significant uncertainty” in 2021 (The Verge), while reporting a decline in users in the US/Canada, even as usage soared. Also, Facebook once again pledged to depoliticize Facebook (Gizmodo).
⏳ Still no sign of Google apps being updated for iOS and its privacy labels (Daring Fireball).
🙅♀️ Discord banned WallStreetBets, and the subreddit chose to go private for about an hour. On the first, Discord enjoyed the growth until it didn’t, and once the community reached a tipping point of 250,000 live chatters, there’s little chance of coherent moderation. Which Discord couldn’t help with. On the second, r/wallstreetbets is back with a note that didn’t super explain why it went private, but hey, the GameStop fun continues (Ars Technica).
🌍 Earth at a cute angle: a fun argument for switching satellite imagery from top-down to off-angle. It hurts your brain for a second, but it’s compelling (Medium).
🤔 ELI5: “What is a hedge-fund?” (r/explainlikeimfive).
Benedict Evans has a new intriguing presentation (ben-evans.com) looking to the next 50 years of tech.
Here’s one graph (of the many, many) that fits today’s throwback theme of reminding us where we came from:
There are 130+ slides here so take your time!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.