🔋 Good morning! So the new name of VW, the "Voltswagen of America" thing turned out to be ...an early April Fool's Day joke, or something. I am whelmed but many others are mad.
The first Xiaomi foldable phone is here, sort of. I mean it’s here: it was announced by Xiaomi, it’s official, but it isn’t coming to global markets, so it’s a China-only release, meaning you’ll need to grey import it if you really, really want it.
What it is:
Bonus: Xiaomi spent 20 minutes talking up a new logo. It’s the same logo, but rounded (The Verge).
🗄️ Google has a new app for organizing and saving important documents: Stack (Android Authority).
🆕 ARM introduces v9, its first new chip architecture in a decade that heralds the next-generation of smartphone CPUs: expect first devices in 2022 (Android Authority).
🎧 Report: The Pixel Buds A could be Google’s next true wireless earbuds, made more affordable (Android Authority).
📈 Google Nest Hub (2nd gen) review: cheaper and better than the original, and the sleep tracking stuff seems fine if you want it but the data isn’t mindblowing (Android Authority).
📌 Google is making some big upgrades to directions in Google Maps, including AR indoors directions, eco-friendly driving route options, and weather map layers (The Verge).
🍎 Apple has announced a virtual WWDC 2021: June 7-11, with iOS 15, macOS 12, watchOS 8 likely to be revealed. Also, the event announcements had a bunch of diverse memoji, which is normal for Apple, but every single one is wearing glasses. AR glasses? (Daring Fireball).
🧀 Apple patents the Mac Pro’s ‘Cheese Grater’ design for …iPhone? (MacRumors).
👻 Snap is pushing its hardware ambitions forward: AR spectacles in May, and a possible selfie drone? (The Information).
📦 Foxconn, the world’s biggest contract electronics manufacturer, revealed the ongoing chip shortage will result in it shipping 10% fewer products, and said the shortage would continue into next year (Reuters).
🚀 SpaceX loses another Starship prototype, as the landing sequence failed sometime during high orbit (Ars Technica).
🌸 Japan’s cherry blossom peak at their earliest since records began 1,200 years ago (BBC).
🥕 ELI5: “Why are fruit/vegetables so cheap despite the time and resources needed to produce them?” (r/explainlikeimfive).
Still, nowhere near as bad as an actual tweet sent by adults at US Strategic Command:
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor