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Android Options; Self Driving Getting Smarter; The Fake Influencer; Star Wars
 

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May 23 · Issue #44 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Android Options; Self Driving Getting Smarter; The Fake Influencer; Star Wars

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Android options. There are Android people and there are iOS people. I’m generally in the latter camp. However, it’s hard to deny the wealth of choices and sheer variety available to Android adherents. Along with Samsung, there’s Motorola, HTC, LG, Sony, Xiaomi, Asus, Apex, Google, and OnePlus. Lately, I’ve been spending more time with a collection of Android handsets ranging in price from $250 (Moto G6) to over $1,300 (Google Pixel 2 XL). What strikes me about these devices is their quality and, increasingly, consistency. Few, if any of the handset manufacturers hid the Android OS (Currently 8.1 or Oreo) behind some junked-up overlay. Android is cleaner, clearer and does a much better job of highlighting hardware features. The new OnePlus 6, which I tried out earlier this week, is a good example of what an Android manufacturer can do to balance cost, quality, and capabilities.
With OnePlus 6, is OnePlus still asking you to settle? With OnePlus 6, is OnePlus still asking you to settle?
Coming through. I practice defensive driving because I know the other yahoos on the road are probably not going to check their rear or sideview mirrors before changing lanes. I assume they’re going to run me off the road. Self-driving cars are supposed to be better than that. And they are. In fact, most are so cautious, they rarely change lanes. If there’s a slow car in front of you, the autonomous car might just keep pace behind it. Now some MIT braniacs have figured out how to make a robot car change lanes more frequently to improve the driving experiences (it’s an algorithm, obviously), without decreasing safety. Toyota is sponsoring the research so expect it to arrive in real self-driving cars…someday.
MIT teaches self-driving cars to change lanes like real drivers MIT teaches self-driving cars to change lanes like real drivers
What is real. 1.1 million people follow fashion model and influencer Lil Miquela. She wears cool clothes, hangs with celebrities, worries about the world, and is 100% fake. Honestly, I took one look at her Instagram and knew Miquela wasn’t real, but there is a realness about her and her posts, all of which makes this tale that much more fascinating. 
Lil Miquela’s Body Con Job – The Cut – Medium Lil Miquela’s Body Con Job – The Cut – Medium
Pack yer bags. Disney’s huge dual-park expansion Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now has an official opening date schedule. First up for the immersive and gargantuan Star Wars experiences is Disneyland in summer 2019 and then Disney World in the fall of next year. This is not going to be a mini upgrade to the still-popular Star Tours (basically a step-inside VR experience). This is an entire place. They haven’t started selling theme park tickets yet, but I bet it’s packed to the gills for a year or more after opening. Seriously, who doesn’t want to be Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker or Han Solo? Speaking of which, who’s going to see Solo on Friday?
Opening Season Just Announced for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge | Disney Parks Blog Opening Season Just Announced for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge | Disney Parks Blog
P.S. Zzzzzzz to live.
P.S.S. Photoshop’s secret history.
Coming Up
WWDC. Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference starts on June 4th with an eagerly-anticipated keynote by Apple CEO Tim Cook and his executive team. It pretty much lays the groundwork for the next six months in everything from iOS to MacOS and watchOS (and much more). It can also tip Apple’s hand on the next big iPhone update. What will Cook say and what will it mean? Watch my feeds because I’ll be on the ground and sitting as close to the front row as possible for all the action.
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