The Morning After: Google’s Pixel sales doubled thanks to the 3a


Check out the engine cam video.SpaceX sends its ‘Starhopper’ on an untethered test flight

After completing zero of two launch attempts on Wednesday, SpaceX went two for two on Thursday. Its Dragon spacecraft is making a third trip to the ISS, while its Starhopper test vehicle took a tiny untethered jump from its test pad in Texas (the picture above is from Wednesday’s fiery test that was aborted just as it began). Elon Musk tweeted jokingly afterward that “Water towers *can* fly haha!!,” then, more seriously, confirmed that a 200m test is scheduled to occur “in a week or two.”


Just in time for 5G.Apple acquires Intel’s smartphone modem business

Apple is buying the “majority” of Intel’s smartphone modem business for $1 billion. The deal will see Apple take on 2,200 Intel workers as well as equipment, intellectual property and leases. Apple expects the deal to close in the fourth quarter of 2019 so long as regulators approve the handover.


Shocker.Pilot crashes into sea trying to hoverboard from France to England

Franky Zapata was trying to become the first person to cross the Channel on a hoverboard, but he crashed into the sea while landing for a refueling stop.


Alphabet’s Q2 2019 earnings report is in.Google’s hardware division is recovering from slow Pixel 3 sales

While Google didn’t break out individual sales numbers during its parent company’s earnings call, CEO Sundar Pichai said it sold twice as many Pixel phones this quarter compared to a year ago. It sounds like the 3a strategy was a success.


Recommendations required.Is Google’s Nest Hub worth your $129?

Last October’s release of the Nest Hub (neé Home Hub) wasn’t Google’s first foray into smart displays — the company had already released the Home, Home Max and the Home Mini. They were all solid, if not outstanding, hits with reviewers. Senior Editor Nicole Lee praised its premium feel and slick integration with other Google products, but now we want to hear what you think.

Tell us all about it in a user review on our Google Nest Hub product page and give your fellow readers some advice. Your thoughts and opinions could be featured in an upcoming user review roundup.


We’ll explain how you can find one that fits your learning style.Back to School Guide 2019: The best note-taking apps for students

There are dozens if not hundreds of note-taking apps to choose from. All of them, unsurprisingly, promise to make you an organization and productivity guru. While it’s impossible to pick a single “best,” we’ve made some suggestions that are tailored to specific users, devices and learning styles.


Some of the specs can’t surpass its predecessors.Motorola’s $150 Moto E6 is less ambitious than the phones it replaces

Not everyone has $250 (or more) to drop on a new smartphone — that’s where the sixth- generation Moto E comes into play. It’s the latest entrant in Motorola’s popular low-cost line, and while it doesn’t pack many thrills, it might not be a bad choice for smartphone shoppers on a budget.

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The Morning After: San Francisco bans the sale of e-cigarettes


‘Did you… ‘

NASA just witnessed its biggest methane gas emission on Mars

Alright, stop giggling at the back. NASA confirmed that the Curiosity rover recently detected the “largest amount of methane ever measured during the mission.” The levels were enough to pause the rover’s activities as scientists sought more answers: Methane is a gas typically produced by life as we know it, after all, and it could well be a sign of life on the planet.


It will last for 48 hours from July 15th to 16th.

Amazon’s Prime Day will be two days this year

Like that friend that decides to have a birthday ‘week,’ Amazon has decided to stretch its annual conspicuous consumption sale across two days. Amazon’s annual Prime Day this year will start at midnight PT/3AM ET on July 15th and will last for 48 hours. If you wanted more options, good news: Target is planning to run its own sale across the same period.


The price is attractive, but the 1000XM3 is still the best choice for most people.

Sony XB900N headphones review: Solid noise cancellation for under $300

Billy Steele says bass lovers will have plenty to like about the XB900N’s emphasis on low-end tone. However, what you can get for $100 more on the 1000XM3 is worth the extra cost, especially in noise cancellation. Plus, the bass-heavy tuning isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking to save some money though, there’s a lot to like here.


Nice speed if you’re somewhere it’s available.

T-Mobile launches 5G in six cities, will start Galaxy S10 5G sales on June 28th

T-Mobile’s 5G network is active in parts of Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York, and now you can get Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G to connect to it. The carrier — which is still seeking approval for a merger with Sprint — says it won’t charge a premium for 5G, unlike some carriers, and that it won’t raise prices on plans for at least three years.


In a tweet, Netflix reminded users they can still watch the show ‘ad-free’ until 2021.

Netflix loses ‘The Office’ after 2020 to NBCUniversal’s service

Next year, NBCUniversal will launch an ad-supported streaming service, and once 2021 strikes, it will have “the number one series in subscription video on-demand” as an exclusive. That’s the time when Netflix’s deal to carry all nine seasons expires, and NBC will bring it home.


It can gather energy from the sun, but not a huge amount.

The Lightyear One is a solar-powered car with an eye-watering price

Dutch clean-mobility company Lightyear has debuted its long-range prototype car, the Lightyear One, with a range of 725 km (450 miles) and a small battery charged by sunlight or from conventional charging stations. The roof and hood of the car are covered with five square meters of solar cells beneath safety glass, which the company claims is “so strong that a fully-grown adult can walk on them without causing dents.”

If you want the Lightyear One, the reservation fee for one of the first 500 cars is a hefty €119,000, equivalent to $135,000, and delivery isn’t expected until 2021. A car that powers itself with green energy remains a unique proposition.

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The Morning After: AMD, NVIDIA and Intel do battle at Computex


Phones that do more and last longer are on the way.ARM’s latest Cortex-A77 and Mali-G77 chip designs promise 60 percent faster AI on phones

Wondering how the next generation of mobile phones will improve? The technology that companies like Samsung and Qualcomm rely on as a basis for new chips just got a significant boost, as the latest Cortex A-77 CPU claims 20 percent faster instructions-per-clock performance without hurting efficiency. Meanwhile, the Mali-G77 GPU design touts 40 percent faster overall graphics than the G76, a whopping 60 percent increase in machine learning speed and 30 percent better efficiency.


Taking aim at NVIDIA’s mid-range chips with Radeon DNA (RDNA).AMD’s first Navi GPUs are the Radeon RX 5000-series

As expected, AMD took the wraps off of its first 7nm Navi consumer GPUs at Computex, though the company is still playing coy with details. The Radeon RX 5000 series is the name of the new lineup, and the first featured card is the RX 5700, a mid-range offering that will go toe-to-toe with NVIDIA’s RTX 2070 GPU.

The company says we can expect 25 percent better performance-per-clock and 50 percent faster performance per watt with the new architecture, compared to its older Graphics Core Next technology, plus support for PCIe 4.0 and fast GDDR6 memory. For more details — or information on AMD’s plans to support ray-tracing technology — we’ll have to wait until E3.


More power.Intel’s latest Core i9 CPU can run all eight cores at 5GHz


It’s still early.Lenovo’s Project Limitless 5G laptop makes a lot of promises

For something named Project Limitless, Lenovo’s prototype 5G laptop has a lot of caveats. On the one hand, its Snapdragon 8cx is built to provide battery life that measures in days instead of hours with an improved GPU that can handle Chrome better. However, lingering concerns over app compatibility, an unexciting design and a shallow keyboard left Cherlynn Low with more questions than answers.


Now with ray-tracing.NVIDIA is bringing pro-level Quadro RTX GPUs to laptops

The mobile Quadro RTX 5000 (or 4000 or 3000, depending on your budget) edition is designed for professionals who do a lot of heavy graphics or video work. At launch, there are 17 laptops, made by seven partner companies, that will carry the new Quadro GPUs, which will be branded under the “RTX Studio” name. The company also claimed that the machines can run up to seven times faster than the equivalent MacBook Pro with 32GB RAM and AMD’s Pro Vega 20 GPU.

Laptops that are already lined up to add the new hardware include Acer’s ConceptD line and Razer’s Blade. The only thing we don’t know, however, is exactly how much the upgraded laptops will cost.

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