Good morning! Choppy seas ahead for your electronics…
Today’s bit of bad news, if true, has been a long time coming, with DigiTimes ($) reporting the biggest semiconductor wafer fabrication player, TSCM, is flagging a price hike in 2022 of up to 20%:
Fitbit Charge 5 guide: What you need to know about Fitbit’s new fitness tracker (Android Authority).
Google Pixel 6 modem won’t be from Qualcomm, which makes sense given Samsung’s behind it, but it may mean it’s more of a Samsung-derivative chip rumor suggests (Android Authority).
Your smartphone might get ‘smart’ RAM soon with AI processing built-in, somehow? (Android Authority).
A decade and a half of instability: The history of Google messaging apps (Ars Technica).
Google and Microsoft will invest $30 billion in cybersecurity over the next five years: “That’s $10 billion from Google, $20 billion from Microsoft and $0 billion from Apple.” (Engadget).
US PC market grows 17% in Q2 2021 as laptop popularity booms: ~36.8 million units were shipped in the US for Q2, according to Canalys. Apple held down second, with Mac laptop shipments up 24%, though iPads sold less. Samsung numbers up 50% (ZDNet).
The biggest trailers and announcements from Gamescom’s two hour show, including Halo, Horizon Forbidden West, and Death Stranding. (The Verge).
Microsoft’s Panos Panay now directly advises CEO Satya Nadella: now an Executive Vice President (The Verge).
Gateway 14.1-inch Ultra Slim Notebook (2021) review: Legen-dairy budget laptop returns, though only to Walmart (CNET).
Kanye’s Donda Stem player is here: you can remix-it-yourself gadget (Engadget).
Pokémon Go changes gym, pokéstop distances after fan uproar (Kotaku).
The OnlyFans Porn Ban has been reversed, but good luck reassuring creators (Wired).
The first crewless electric cargo ship begins its maiden voyage this year (Engadget).
A crane system that lifts up blocks to create gravity-based renewable energy storage at grid-scale has received $100M in funding (pv magazine).
Dawn Aerospace conducts five flights of its suborbital spaceplane (TechCrunch).
The sinking of the Titanic (r/gifs).
It’s been 30 years since a 21-year-old Linus Torvalds sent a message to newsgroup comp.os.minix, starting the creation of Linux.
Here’s someone’s autographed printout:
Here’s hoping at least one of these emails you receive is considered even 0.01% as important in 30 years
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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