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Microsoft Redo-ing Edge; A Galaxy S10+ Glimpse; Apple Goes to Court; Inside the Clown Car Satellite L
 

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December 7 · Issue #122 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Microsoft Redo-ing Edge; A Galaxy S10+ Glimpse; Apple Goes to Court; Inside the Clown Car Satellite Launch; Hands on Apple Watch ECG App

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Chrome wins. Three years ago, Microsoft introduced its first new Web browser in 20 years: Microsoft Edge. It was designed to supplant Internet Explorer (still hidden on Windows 10 to this day) and beat back Google Chrome, which had arrived with zero market share and subsequently grabbed two thirds of it. The big pitch for Edge was that its engine was lighter and faster than Chrome, making it more processor- and energy-efficient. Unfortunately, it took forever for extension support to arrive and Edge was less stable than Chrome. Three years later and even though Edge ships with Windows 10 and is the default browser, it has just 4% desktop market share. Now, Microsoft has given up. Sort of. It’s opening the Edge hood, pulling the custom-made engine and replacing it with Chromium, the same one at the heart of Chrome. The change will make Edge more stable and cross-platform compatible…and probably less edgy.
Microsoft Edge goes Chromium (and macOS) – TechCrunch Microsoft Edge goes Chromium (and macOS) – TechCrunch
Next Galaxy. Samsung has about as much luck as Apple at keeping secrets. Rumors about the capabilities and design of its eagerly-anticipated Galaxy S9+ follow-up have been flowing for months. Still, it’s rare to catch what might be a photo of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ design. Is this 3-camera (on the back!) device the real deal? You be the judge.
This might be our first look at the Galaxy S10+ and its triple-lens camera – BGR This might be our first look at the Galaxy S10+ and its triple-lens camera – BGR
The Upgrade. There’s a very important antitrust case working its way through the highest court right now. A group of people are trying to convince the 9 justices that they should have the right to sue Apple directly for what they see as a monopolistic hold on apps for your iPhone and iPad. I’ve taken a hard look at this and, I promise you, if it goes their way, it could be ruinous for your iPhone experience.
Apple’s App Store Is the Monopoly You Want – The Upgrade – Medium Apple’s App Store Is the Monopoly You Want – The Upgrade – Medium
Clown Car. Earlier this week, SpaceX launched one Falcon 9 rocket carrying a dizzying 64 satellites (actually small-sats) that, once the rocket hit orbit height, were almost immediately launched into space. There are million things that could go wrong with a plan like this and, yet, so far, they have not. This story explains how they did it. Fun for space nerds.
How SpaceX Launched 64 Satellites Into Orbit on a Falcon 9 | WIRED How SpaceX Launched 64 Satellites Into Orbit on a Falcon 9 | WIRED
Heart health. Earlier this year, I reviewed Apple’s brand new Apple Watch Series 4, a solid upgrade to their popular wearable that didn’t break any design ground (better screen, a bit lighter and thinner), but did promise some very impressive heart-monitoring, AFib-catching capabilities – most of which weren’t ready yet. Yesterday, Apple delivered a watchOS update that lights up the Series 4’s EKG-reading capabilities, as well as new heart rhythm-tracking features for all Apple Watch version. I tried it out on my own heart.
Hand and Heart on Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG App – Lance Ulanoff – Medium Hand and Heart on Apple Watch Series 4’s ECG App – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
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