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Welcome to March! And it’s a busy one for new smartphones, including, OnePlus, which has one of its most important launches in years.
It’s been tipped for months that OnePlus will drop its latest flagship range in the OnePlus 9 series this month, and possibly a smartwatch too. The latest date rumored is March 23 for launch, though nothing is confirmed.
What to expect:
9 and 9 Pro
No real word on pricing for any of these devices yet but it’s the big question.
📈 Xiaomi, not Samsung or Apple, is the maker taking most advantage of Huawei’s woes in Europe(Android Authority).
📅 Oppo Find X3 Series launch date announced, plus Pro specs revealed: March 11 is the date (Android Authority).
🔬 There are signs that the Redmi Note 10 series 5MP macro camera might actually be good. Until proven, I’d still rather a different extra lens… or a cheaper phonewithout one (Android Authority).
🗞 The Weekly Authority: Redmi K40, Steve Jobs and Apple Car potential, and more (Android Authority).
🔋 Verizon tweeted that consumers could turn off 5G to preserve battery life, and then regretted tweeting that and covered it up with mixed messaging (Mashable).
🍎 Report: iPhone 13 to offer 1 TB storage option, which would line up with Apple doubling the iPhone’s max storage timeline (9to5Mac).
👉 Good dive into real-world iPad Pro productivity/computing limitations: “Rumor has it a new iPad Pro is around the corner, which means Apple is about to make another big pitch for the iPad as a productivity and content-creation device. But … there are still a bunch of minor annoyances or “nope, you can’t do that” limitations that sabotage Apple’s intentions.” (Ars Technica)
📑 Facebook just admitted it has lost the battle with Apple over privacy: a new ad campaign that shows just how worried it is about Apple’s upcoming privacy changes (Inc).
👫 This is pretty weird: a new AI technique, “Deep Nostalgia,” brings old photos to life. Including very very old photos, which animate faces in a way that’s very cool, and a little bit weird. Also on the deepfakes front, the Tom Cruise one is tricking people/freaking them out (The Verge).
🔓 GabLeaks: Far-right platform Gab has been hacked—including private data, which is being made selectively available to “journalists, social scientists, and researchers” (Wired).
🚲 Lime bought Uber’s very good JUMP bikes, and has now made them better: new motor, better battery in the latest ebike, and coming to 25 more cities. These are easily first or second on my list of favorite e-mobility options! (TechCrunch).
📥 Here’s Warren Buffett’s annual letter, which came out this weekend [PDF], and talks about Berkshire’s 5% stake in Apple (CNBC).
💉 There’s an mRNA vaccine for malaria that looks very promising (Academic Times).
🔋 Lordstown Motors’ electric race truck is going to enter an off-road race, the San Felipe 250. Quandary: the race is 290 miles long, the truck has a published range of 250 miles, and that’s definitely not when going hell-for-leather. It’s most likely Lordstown will strip down the truck and/or add some spare battery? (Autoblog).
🧀 TIL that cheese is the most stolen food in the world: ~4% of global cheese supply is stolen every year (r/todayilearned).
With Twitter heading towards a new mode of operation featuring the same Twitter we know and love/hate, along with subscriber-only tweets, I can’t quite crystal-ball how it’s going to play out.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor