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Headphone Jacked; VR Viewer; Google on the Hill; Tearing into the ISS


December 12 · Issue #124 · View online
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Headphone Jacked; VR Viewer; Google on the Hill; Tearing into the ISS

Will they or won’t they. It’s been a while since Apple remove the headphone jack from its iPhones. At first people were appalled. Now they simply buy AirPods. Not every handset manufacturer fell in line on this shift. Samsung, notably, still ships its flagship smartphones with 3.5 mm ports. However, the Samsung Galaxy S10, which should arrive early next year, is on the bubble. Most think Samsung will finally abandon the port. Others aren’t so sure and now they’re looking to third-party case manufacturers for hints about future designs and features.
Leaked images say the Galaxy S10 will have a feature that’s no longer available on iPhones – BGR
Virtually there. Watching someone playing a game while wearing a virtual reality headset is one of the 21st Century’s oddest experiences. They’re completely immersed in an environment you can’t see and, if we’re being honest, look a little crazy. One company is taking on this challenge by creating a digital portal into a third-party VR experience. Viewr will let you see exactly what your VR headset-wearing friend is up to through a tablet. I don’t think it’ll be as much fun as being a part of the VR, but at least you’ll know why your buddy keeps swinging their arm that way.
Viewr gives friends a window into what you are doing in VR | VentureBeat
Google on the Hill. Yesterday’s Capitol Hill testimony by Google CEO Sundar Pichai was, for the most part, uneventful. Pichai handled the committee’s questions with relative ease. House Representatives showed how little they understand about technology, there was no smoking-gun moment on political bias or even data privacy, and we learned that Google is, for now, not planning to launch a search engine in China.
Google's Sundar Pichai was grilled on privacy, data collection, and China during congressional hearing 
Space hunt. Watching a cosmonaut use a knife to hack away at the exterior of a spaceship – while it’s in space – is s sight I never thought I’d see, and yet that’s exactly what happened yesterday. The space walker was investigating the source of a mysterious hole that popped up on a spaceship attached to the International Space Station, causing a potentially serious air leak. NASA and its partners already sealed the round hole from the inside, but everyone wants to know where it came from. Hence, the hacking.
VIDEO: Cosmonauts Slice Spacecraft For Clues To Cause Of Mysterious Hole : NPR
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