Your tech information digest, by means of the DGiT Daily tech publication, for Wednesday, 29 July 2020.
Bezos, Cook, Pichai, and Zuckerberg face Congress
Super brief right here as a result of it’s all about to occur:
- It’s an enormous day, as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google CEOs, aka Bezos, Cook, Pichai, and Zuckerberg, testify earlier than Congress. Members of the House judiciary’s antitrust subcommittee will likely be on the lookout for solutions, as they have a look at potential new and up to date antitrust legal guidelines that might restrict Big Tech for the primary time in many years.
- It will all be on Zoom so the visceral in-person views (and conventional Monopoly Man cosplayer) will likely be lacking, and it is likely to be somewhat extra restrained.
- It’ll be Jeff Bezos’ first look earlier than Congress. We’ve seen the others earlier than.
What do it’s essential to know?
- This might be the one primer you may learn forward of time: “What to Watch for in Congress’ Big Tech CEO Hearing” (Wired), though in case you don’t need the thick element but, the Gizmodo primer is somewhat quicker and extra apparent. Like, why isn’t Microsoft going to be there? (Actually, nobody actually is aware of.)
- Opening statements have already been made with TechCrunch pulling out the small print that matter. Apple is saying the smartphone market is fiercely aggressive and it could actually’t presumably subsequently be anti-competitive, Google is speaking rivals too, Facebook goes all-in on America vs. China, whereas tiny Amazon says it’s simply tiny: Amazon says it accounts for “lower than 1% of the $25 trillion world retail market and fewer than 4% of retail within the US.”
- Reports are lawmakers will deliver proof of “copy-kill-acquire” methods the place opponents are squashed via aggressive reactionary apps and techniques, or simply allegedly purchase issues to make them go away,
- When: it goes down at 12PM ET immediately, and you’ll watch freely under from YouTube. You know, the one owned by Google.
- The large query: Will something come of this?
Also: Apple threatens to take away Airbnb from App Store over digital experiences fee. Not a superb look. (MacRumors)
1. CES 2021 goes online-only, and also you already know why (Android Authority). This might be secondary information to if it was going to nonetheless occur in individual! But it’s a fairly big loss for the trade which met in Vegas every year to indicate off tech for the approaching 12 months and past, networked, and so forth. My colleagues are principally relieved given the stresses. Berlin’s IFA 2020 continues to be taking place, however with strict limits and controls.
2. This might be our first real-world have a look at the Galaxy Z Fold 2 (Android Authority).
3. OnePlus Nord vs iPhone SE fast digicam shootout: You choose the winner, and my choose leans in direction of the iPhone with the Nord simply being so tender. Here’s the Nord overview, too (Android Authority).
4. Sony’s Alpha a7S III is official and it’s constructed for recording 4K video, however not 8K (Android Authority).
5. LG’s upcoming 163-inch 4K microLED TV is good for these unadorned partitions in your new mansion (notebookcheck.internet).
6. Our information to selecting the most effective case to your new cellphone (Android Authority).
7. “This app is conserving my crops alive, no due to me.” (Gizmodo).
8. Gogoro Eeyo 1s is the lightest carbon fiber e-bike individuals have tried but (CNET).
9. Mellow made its ‘good’ sous vide machine (that’s been out since 2014) dumb, except you pay a month-to-month charge (The Verge). Also: Canadian good glasses going ‘offline’ (aka, turning into regular glasses once more) simply weeks after firm purchased by Google (CTV).
10. Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft has six passenger seats and many home windows: appears good, however these are renderings? (Ars Technica).
11. Mad scientists revive 100-million-year-old microbes, however concern not! (Wired).
12. World’s largest nuclear fusion mission begins meeting in France: “Nuclear fusion guarantees clear, limitless energy however, regardless of 60 years of analysis, it has but to beat the technical challenges of harnessing such excessive quantities of power.” Yup. (The Guardian).
13. I feel the Disco Goats are price watching immediately particularly (Twitter).
14. “We’re getting ready to launch NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover and Mars Helicopter Ingenuity. Ask Us Anything about our #CountdownToMars!” (r/askscience). 80% likelihood of favorable climate situations for the launch tomorrow.
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