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John Gruber on Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz’s Statement That He’s ‘Stepping Down’”

John Gruber: From a company-wide memo sent by Magic Leap founder Rony Abovitz Thursday: As we’ve shared over the last several weeks, in order to set Magic Leap on a course for success, we have pivoted to focus on delivering a spatial computing platform for enterprise. As nearly everyone has finally realized, our actual technology is nothing at […]

Apple and Google are launching a joint COVID-19 tracing tool for iOS and Android

Matthew Panzarino, writing at TechCrunch: The project was started two weeks ago by engineers from both companies. One of the reasons the companies got involved is that there is poor interoperability between systems on various manufacturer’s devices. With contact tracing, every time you fragment a system like this between multiple apps, you limit its effectiveness […]

Apple announces online-only WWDC 2020 due to coronavirus spread

Apple has announced that this year’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference will be held online due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. Scheduled to be held on an unspecified date in June, it will feature a “completely new online experience” that includes both Apple’s traditional announcement keynote and developer sessions. This June, WWDC20 brings a […]

Google Cancels Google I/O 2020: “Due to Concerns Around Coronavirus”

Corbin Davenport, writing for Android Police: Google I/O takes place near Google’s headquarters in California every year in the early summer, aimed at helping developers with their work and announcing new products. The 2020 event was scheduled to take place on May 12-14, but now Google has canceled it due to safety concerns. Google is sending […]

HQ Calls Game Over

CNN Business: The company behind the once-popular live mobile trivia game is shutting down, CNN Business has learned. HQ will part ways with 25 full-time employees. When HQ launched in 2017, its first game HQ Trivia quickly attracted millions of people across the world who stopped whatever they were doing twice a day to play the game […]

Nintendo Switch overtakes SNES with more than 52 million sold

Sam Byford, for The Verge: Nintendo had its strongest Switch quarter ever this holiday season, moving 10.81 million units to reach a total of 52.48 million sold as of the end of 2019. That means it’s now overtaken the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to become Nintendo’s third best-selling home console of all time behind the […]

The “Tragic” iPad

Ben Thompson, writing at Stratechery: Steve Jobs stepped onstage 10 years ago today to introduce the world to the iPad. It was, by his own admission, a third category of device that sits somewhere between a smartphone and a laptop. Jobs unveiled the iPad just days after the annual Consumer Electronics Show ended in Las […]

Google’s End of an Era

Alan Murray, writing for Fortune: Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from running Alphabet, leaving the company to Sundar Pichai. This likely signals the end of an era, when Google tried to solve a vast array of human problems under Alphabet’s broad umbrella—but pretty much failed to turn any of them into a profitable business. The […]

To cut down on bugs, Apple is changing how it develops its software

Ars Technica: The initial release windows of both iOS 12 and iOS 13 saw users complaining about a plethora of bugs both major and minor. Apple has plans to mitigate this problem when iOS 14 launches next year, according to sources who spoke with Bloomberg. People familiar with the shift told the publication that a major […]