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SpaceX Cuts; Samsung Galaxy Leaks; Bandersnatch Suit; HomePod Change


January 14 · Issue #134 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

SpaceX Cuts; Samsung Galaxy Leaks; Bandersnatch Suit; HomePod Change

Space is hard. Getting rockets and people to space is intricate, risky business. It’s also hugely expensive. That’s one of the reasons NASA started working with private companies like SpaceX to keep the space race alive. But just because it’s private doesn’t mean SpaceX is shielded from the skyrocketing costs of pushing further out into the universe. Its Starlink satellite project and, especially, the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), which is a core part of CEO Elon Musk’s interplanetary space flight plans, cost billions. Now, to keep these projects moving and stay solvent, the company has laid off 10% of its workforce. Teslarati has tried to dig into the financial reasons behind this big cut. FWIW, the cuts do not appear to be slowing down SpaceX operations. Yesterday, NASA and the space company detached the Dragon module from the International Space Station and the module splashed down overnight.
SpaceX lays off 10% of staff by email as Falcon Heavy, BFR, and Starlink ramp up
Moar Phones. Late last week I got an invite to Samsung’s next big smartphone launch event in San Francisco. Samsung typically holds what it calls “Samsung Unpacked” events in New York and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but almost never SF. My guess is it’s doing so because Samsung has something very big up its sleeve: the foldable phone. Not that this is a secret. So many details about the folding Galaxy X, the Galaxy S10 (four or more cameras, anyone?) and S10 Lite have leaked already that it’ll be hard for Samsung to surprise us next month.
Loads of Samsung Galaxy S10 information has just leaked | TechRadar
Choose your lawyer. Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a one-of-a-kind TV-watching experience that asks you throughout to decide what your character should do, which then defines the trajectory for that adventure. It’s a complex and, I think, brilliant idea, but also, perhaps, someone else’s. According to the folks who brought your “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels in the 1980s, Bandersnatch is blatant rip-off. Of course, they are suing. Now, do you choose to: Settle or Countersue?
'Choose Your Own Adventure' Publisher Sues Netflix Over Interactive 'Bandersnatch' Film -
Single stream. A single user Apple Music subscription allows for one stream of music at a time. However, Apple HomePod users were, for a time, enjoying the ability to stream to the big-speaker device in addition to another Apple product (maybe a phone)….at least they were. Apple has quietly adjusted things so the HomePod falls into the same single-gadget streaming rules. Now, apparently, if you stream through your HomePod with your single user Apple Music account, you can’t also stream through an iPhone.
PSA: The HomePod now counts towards streaming limits with Apple Music
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