Hi there! Battery recharged, and thanks to Nick for covering. With Monday’s Labor Day holiday, I’ll send a shorter and sweet-as-ever version to start the week.
Virgin Galactic’s core spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, is now grounded pending investigations (Reuters).
Why? Well, it seems to stem from “The red warning light on Richard Branson’s space flight,” according to a detailed New Yorker report published this week on the famous/infamous Virgin Galactic flight earlier this year that took billionaire Richard Branson to the edge of space, beating out Jeff Bezos.
It’s a scathing report because it seems … unsafe, at best? In short, it’s reported that the flight didn’t go to plan, which isn’t wildly unexpected given the various firsts being achieved.
The New Yorker report further questions the safety culture of the company, which Virgin Galatic denied in various statements.
Samsung may add OIS, a flagship camera feature, in its mid-range and value Galaxy A series phones in future (Android Authority).
Amazon could launch its own Alexa-powered TV in the US very soon, made by TCL, but Amazon is making one itself… (Android Authority).
Why you should care about lossless Bluetooth audio (and why you shouldn’t) (Android Authority).
Microsoft may have just revealed Android app support for Xbox, which would be interesting (Android Authority).
WhatsApp cops whopping $267 million fine for breaking privacy laws in Ireland, but Facebook will appeal (Android Authority).
New details about Apple’s AR headset and its SoC suggests it’ll leave a lot of the processing to a connected iPhone, but will have unique focuses on “compressing and decompressing video,” and “transmitting wireless data between the headset and the host.” Which makes a lot of sense (Ars Technica).
Huge leak gives away tons of Apple Watch series 7 secrets, including details on the new bigger sizes, and even new watch faces (Android Authority).
After the iPhone 13, the future of Apple’s iPhone Mini hangs in the balance (CNET).
GM suspends production at North American plants amid ongoing chip shortages (Engadget).
A brief overview of IBM’s new 7 nm Telum mainframe CPU with 256 cores (Ars Technica).
Second time’s the charm: NASA’s Perseverance drills Mars rock, again, and it seems to have worked (Wired).
Please enjoy r/ReallyShittyCopper, a subreddit devoted to Ea-Nasir, “an Iraqi merchant circa 1750 BC, who sold exceptionally shitty copper,” which stems from the oldest known complaint ever made(Wikipedia).
“Can it be possible that the microphone in your phone is listening to you for targeted ads?” (Lots of interesting discussion, though the answer is no) (r/nostupidquestions). By the way, Reddit might launch an IPO? (Reuters).
Moonfall has been announced, a movie coming early next year. Moonfall is a disaster movie about the Moon falling(The Verge).
All the best here on Earth,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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