Good morning! A little programming note that Paula Beaton is stepping up to The Weekly Authority this weekend moving forward, so give her a hand (and a read), for the Sunday catch-up on the week that was in tech and Android. I’m grateful!
Apple has settled out of court a class-action lawsuit that was filed by app developers, giving an array of moderate concessions and $100M to make it go away. (Apple’s daily cash profit is running at about $233M, a day.)
By the way: Tim Cook received $750M in Apple shares as part of his CEO compensation (BBC).
Oppo accidentally leaked the release date of Color OS 12 — and thus, Android 12, with Monday, September 13 now looking likely. Oppo’s digital assistant in China, Breeno, spilled the beans, but has been muted since (Android Authority).
Custom image processors look like they’re going to be a new avenue for smartphone makers: Now Vivo joins Xiaomi in developing a custom ISP, will debut with X70 series (Android Authority).
Netflix is testing its games! People with Polish Netflix accounts jump on the Netflix Android app and access two live games: Stranger Things 1984 and Stranger Things 3 which are downloadable, not streaming games, Stadia-style. Most probably, that sounds underwhelming but hey early days! (Android Authority).
Peloton lowers price of its Bike to $1,495, with price drops in other regions too (Engadget).
Google Sheets’ formula suggestions are like autofill for math (The Verge).
Zoom dysmorphia is following us into the real world: Eighteen months of using front-facing cameras has distorted our self-image (Wired).
MLK is coming to …Fortnite? “A new virtual in-game exhibit will pay tribute to the slain leader by exposing players to his speeches and crusade for justice” (Gizmodo).
Snapchat’s new AR features can identify the world around you: Expect to be surprised but don’t expect perfection (The Verge).
You can buy a Blue Origin model rocket that flies 400 feet in the air (CNET).
I’m really enjoying Michael Lewis’ Against The Rules podcast, as I catch up with the second season (though it was better before Pushkin put in 999 ads per podcast). Anyway, here’s something from him on sharing the extra cookie in life (Kottke).
“Why haven’t we invented a hangover cure?” (r/nostupidquestions).
The world’s most booked Airbnb if you didn’t already know, is pretty unexpected. Before scrolling down to read, just have a guess: Where it might be, if it’s cheap or expensive, something fancy in a major busy city, or a remote getaway…
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All the best,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
Credit: Hadlee Simons / Android Authority Vivo has reportedly announced its first custom ISP. This chip will handle camera-related tasks on the upcoming Vivo X70 series. The firm will be joining Xiaomi in offering an in-house ISP. Samsung and Huawei are two of the few Android players on the market right now offering custom chipsets,...
Credit: Eric Zeman / Android Authority Xiaomi announced the MIUI 12.5 Enhanced update in China earlier this month, promising a variety of system-related improvements and fixes. We didn’t get global details at the time, but the manufacturer has now revealed information on its forum. The company confirmed that the global version of MIUI 12.5 Enhanced...