🌞 Good morning! Back on deck to finish the week!
We all love a good leak and exclusive reports backed by anonymous sources. The best leakers stitch together a track record over time, and balance early leaks and reports with close-to-launch real data and information. It’s a balance of reporting and, at times, showmanship, as it’s fun to be a tech influencer, basically.
With all that in mind, some Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro design renders have hit the tech world, and there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical. But having said that, let’s take a look at what we have via Jon Prosser, who has a mixed record for Google leaks:
All in all:
💸 Google fined $123 million in Italy for abusing Android Auto dominance (Android Authority).
⚡ Motorola and GuRu team-up to bring over-the-air wireless power to smartphones, though no mention of timeframes… (Android Authority).
🔑 Apple AirTag review: Finding your lost keys has never been this easy (Android Authority).
🍎 Maybe it’s time for a HomePod fire sale, Apple? (The Verge).
👉 Lenovo’s new “Go” brand of travel gear kicks off with a wireless-charging mouse (Ars Technica).
🎧 Amazon’s new Echo Buds are “annoyingly good” for the price, even if you don’t at all embrace Alexa (Gizmodo).
⛓ Elon Musk decries bitcoin’s ‘insane’ energy use after Tesla payment U-turn (Reuters).
😬 Also: Tesla owner who “drives” from back seat got arrested, and his Tesla impounded. So, he bought another Tesla and then did it again (Ars Technica).
🔒 Fascinating: Colonial Pipeline paid the DarkSide hackers 75 Bitcoin or nearly $5 million in ransom almost immediately, but the provided decryption tool was so slow that the company had to use backups (Bloomberg).
🎮 “The PlayStation 5 is starting to look like the revolution it promised” (Wired).
🌭 A boring dystopia: “Get ready for in-car ads” (Gizmodo).
🚀 SpaceX charts a path for Starship’s first 90-minute orbital test flight (Engadget).
🔴 China’s Tianwen-1 mission will attempt a Mars rover landing today — reports suggest a 3:11 pm ET landing (CNET).
🗺️ “What is the thing that surprised you the most when you traveled to a country you had never been to before?” (r/askreddit)
Someone made an interactive model of all active satellites in orbit based on NORAD data (r/dataisbeautiful):
The gif does very little justice to the whole thing — I strongly recommend you click the link to view more
The author also posted some helpful FAQ info:
Have a great one!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.