Good morning! Keep reading for a link to a harp distortion video that’ll have you rocking out.
A report out of a US-focused wireless analyst suggests that the global chipset shortage is hitting the supply of lower-cost Android phones in the US.
The best line of the report, carried out by Wave7 Research and reported by PC Mag, is that a T-Mobile store manager told Wave7’s Jeff Moore that the shortage is affecting “everybody but Apple.”
Of course, it’s only one report, and a T-Mobile store manager in a different location might say something else. Outside the US, a Xiaomi factory has had to halt production on certain phones, with warnings that it is spreading, months after the first signs of shortages emerged.
From CNBC in late July, when Tim Cook was warning investors and analysts about shortages, saying silicon “supply constraints” will affect sales of the iPhone as well as the iPad:
On that note:
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 review: A watch built on promises (Android Authority).
Samsung’s new foldables already have 800,000 pre-orders in Korea alone (Android Authority).
Also, Samsung says it will hire 40,000 employees over the next three years in a $205B expansion, led by Samsung Electronics and Biologics (Bloomberg).
No more Mi: Xiaomi is ditching its Mi branding, will just be Xiaomi from now on. So, the Xiaomi Mix 4, and the Xiaomi 12 (Android Authority).
Instagram is killing age-old “swipe-up” call to action for links, replacing with “Link Stickers” (Android Authority).
Google is revamping Play Store app ratings: You’ll get localized app ratings, and device form factors will be taken into account for apps too (Android Authority).
OnePlus Buds Pro reviews are out: Seem fine, not great, not bad? (SoundGuys).
The Google Pay team is reportedly in major upheaval after the app’s revamp, slow progress (Business Insider).
Sony is quietly putting out a revised PlayStation 5 model: It’s 0.6 pounds lighter, which is considerable, has a better screw in the base, and may have a new wireless module. No word from Sony on what it all means, so we await teardowns to find out more… (Ars Technica).
Oops: A Razer bug let you become a Windows 10 admin by plugging in a mouse or keyboard (Bleeping Computer).
Review: Invoxia LongFi GPS Tracker — in short, this device connects to Helium’s peer-to-peer wireless tech based on LoRaWAN, where people set up hotspots all over the world, to earn crypto (Wired).
Spider-Man: No Way Home’s first (official) trailer is here (Gizmodo).
Gaming news is up this week as Gamescom kicks off on August 25, including an “Opening Night Live” show, there’s a 90-minute Xbox showcase today at 1PM ET (YouTube), Psychonauts 2 is released on August 25 on PC/Xbox/PlayStation 4 and has a bunch of 10/10 reviews (r/games).
Also, EA is opening the patents for some of its accessibility tech to other developers (The Verge).
SpaceX has already shipped 100,000 Starlink satellite internet terminals (Engadget).
Someone added the heaviest distortion pedal they could find … to a harp! (YouTube).
“Why doesn’t our moon rotate, and what would happen if it started rotating suddenly?” (r/askreddit).
Here’s something cool done by someone awesome — more on the person in a second.
What we have below is “The Humanity Globe,” showing the world’s population density (each dot is about 30 square km, using data from the gridded population of the world data set from SEDAC):
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor
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