Right here’s your each day tech digest, by the use of the DGiT Each day e-newsletter, for Wednesday, July 24, 2019!
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1. There’s a sequel to one of many worst smartphones of all
RED’s Hydrogen One telephone, launched in November final yr, was an unmitigated catastrophe.
- The telephone had loads of curiosity and hype, with press eager to see a telephone with new concepts.
- On launch, it then cratered: receiving opinions like “the worst tech product of 2018” from Mashable.
- Whereas it wasn’t a superb telephone, with a crummy show, unhealthy battery life, and older specs, the wildest half is that it was priced prefer it was made out of gold: beginning at $1295.
And whereas it’s enjoyable to dunk on Purple, most of all of the telephone was disappointing. Individuals wished the Hydrogen One to be good; it tried to do revolutionary issues. It ended up being extra of a model 1 idea telephone that was to be prevented
But RED isn’t giving up! There’s a Hydrogen Two telephone within the works.
- RED founder Jim Jannard (additionally the founding father of Oakley sun shades) wrote a fascinating forum post that pulled again the curtain.
- Jannard blamed an unnamed Chinese language unique design producer (ODM) for all types of points, whereas praising Foxconn, the assembler which additionally places collectively iPhones.
- “…our ODM which was responsible for the mechanical packaging of our design including new technologies along with all software integration with the Qualcomm processor, has significantly under-performed,” wrote Jannard.
- “Getting our ODM in China to finish the committed features and fix known issues on the HYDROGEN One has proven to be beyond challenging. Impossible actually. This has been irritating me to death and flooding our reactor”.
- (I have no idea what “flooding our reactor” means. This can be the primary time anybody has written these three phrases collectively on the web.)
- Jannard goes on: “For this reason, after months of vetting a new design to manufacture house, we have begun the work on the HYDROGEN Two, virtually from scratch, at a new ODM that is clearly more capable of building and supporting the product we (and our customers) demand.”
- The submit goes on to say that the promised digicam module for the telephone, which by no means appeared, is being redesigned as nicely.
- So… it appears that evidently no less than one purpose we’ll see a Hydrogen Two is that Jannard gained’t simply wave the white flag and let it die. Is that this ill-advised?
- Maybe it doesn’t matter. You may attempt once more when you could have a web price of $Three billion, even if you shouldn’t.
- However we’ll give the Hydrogen Two a good likelihood, ought to or not it’s vastly improved. Please amaze us, RED.
2. Important: Justice Department announces broad antitrust review of Big Tech (The Verge).
3. Google leaks Nest Hub Max release date, now set for September (Android Authority).
4. Three iPhone 11/XI models coming in September, with three cameras on the again (9to5Mac). Additionally, Apple denies favoring its personal apps over opponents’ in App Retailer search outcomes (The Verge).
5. Snapchat is out of the doldrums! It had greater than 200 million each day customers final quarter, up 8%. Nonetheless dropping cash, although. (Engadget). Fb and Tesla launch their earnings later right this moment.
6. Lastly, DoorDash caught enough heat to make it change its coverage: ideas made within the app will now go to supply employees quite than go to DoorDash (Engadget). Actual particulars are unclear, however good journalism wins right here I believe?
7. The man who built Twitter’s retweet button has regret (BuzzFeed).
9. Steer clear of Libra Cryptocurrency scams (Lifehacker).
10. Project Loon has been in the sky for 1 million hours and flown 40 million kilometers, and has insights to share (Medium). Absolute should learn in case you suppose you may be all for atmospheric winds.
11. Animals can’t adapt fast enough to climate change (Wired).
12. “How do you stop being a lazy useless piece of sh-t?” (r/askreddit). An aggressive title of a helpful Reddit thread to attempt to power your self to get extra carried out. We’ll have extra on productiveness come Friday!
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