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Huuge Plane; Russian Interference; Walmart eBookStore; Pixel Rumor
 

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August 22 · Issue #78 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Huuge Plane; Russian Interference; Walmart eBookStore; Pixel Rumor

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Flying monolith. Growing up, I was fascinated by the tale of the Spruce Goose, Eccentric Billionaire Howard Hughes’ ill-fated not-quite flying monstrosity. To be fair, the giant wood plane wasn’t bad too look at, but, flying just once, mostly failed to pass muster as a plane. The parallels between that bird and the one Billionaire Paul Allen is building — a plane with a wing-span somewhat larger than a football field that has taken years longer than expected to build and has yet to fly – are obvious. The Stratolaunch is supposed to ferry rockets high in the air, drop them and let them launch into space. Why are they doing this? Will it fly? This story has all the answers.
Building Stratolaunch, the Most Audacious Flying Machine Ever | WIRED Building Stratolaunch, the Most Audacious Flying Machine Ever | WIRED
The Russians are still coming. If you think Russia is done trying to interfere with U.S. elections, you’re wrong. Like other tech companies, Microsoft is now trying to track, capture and remove fake sites seeking to trick unsuspecting conservative voters into clicking and, maybe, accidentally downloading malware. This is surely a game of Whack-A-Mole.
Microsoft claims new evidence Russia tried to hack U.S. politics Microsoft claims new evidence Russia tried to hack U.S. politics
Buy the book. I gotta hand it to Walmart. The company has gotten super aggressive in its pitched battle with etailing giant Amazon. Now it’s opened an eBook store complete with 6 million titles that you can read on Kubo devices and an audio book subscription that significantly undercuts Amazon’s Audible offering. Don’t you just love competition?
Walmart takes on Amazon & Apple with iPhone ebook store launch Walmart takes on Amazon & Apple with iPhone ebook store launch
No wires. Fans of Google’s Pixel line could be in for a wireless treat, at least a wireless charging one. Fresh rumors point to the probability that the Pixel 3 XL (that’s the big one) will offer wireless charging. Virtually all competitive flagship smartphones already do, so this makes perfect sense. Speaking of wireless charging, how often have you misplaced your phone on the charging pad and woken up to find that the phone didn’t charge at all? Asking for a friend.
Latest Pixel 3 XL leak shows wireless charging in action Latest Pixel 3 XL leak shows wireless charging in action
P.S. How’s your Pixel?
P.S.S. The MacBook Air lives on, maybe.
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