Here’s your daily tech digest, by way of the DGiT Daily newsletter, for Monday, July 22, 2019!
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One of the great things about smartphones is the sheer scale of variety on offer:
The newest competitor here is the ROG Phone 2, the 2019 update to the gaming-focused smartphone line from ASUS sub-brand Republic of Gamers. It offers the best specs on Android right now.
Android Authority’s David Imel was on hand in Taiwan for the pre-briefing for the device, and the list of aggressive hardware decisions and ideas is long.
4. What is Vsync and why should you use it (or not) (Android Authority).
5. Want to do crimes? Upgrade to 5G, apparently (Gizmodo).
6. A lot happened at San Diego Comic-Con. Marvel announced “Phase 4” of the MCU, which includes five movies and five Disney Plus series, including “Doctor Strange 2”, and Natalie Portman as female Thor in “Thor: Love and Thunder”, and Marvel’s Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner (Polygon). Also, we saw the first trailer for “Star Trek: Picard” (YouTube), and a tonne more, nicely rounded up on The Verge.
7. What are click farms? A shadowy internet industry is booming in China (Yahoo).
9. After fourth annual Hyperloop competition sees speeds of 288mph from a Munich university, Elon Musk says next SpaceX Hyperloop competition will be in a six-mile, curved tunnel (TechCrunch).
10. A US Navy ship used a new drone-defense system to take down an Iranian drone (The Verge).
11. A New York Times reporter worked delivering food for apps including Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Postmates in New York City, and detailed the story, including the nefarious ways tips are skimmed (NY Times).
12. “What’s something that seems fun, but is actually terrible?” (r/askreddit). First comment: “New Year’s Eve in Times Square.”
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