I’ve been obsessed with Apple’s attempts to build its own cellular iPhone modem for years, ever since the company snapped up Intel’s smartphone modem business in the aftermath of its surprise legal settlement with Qualcomm. (It’s a long story, but my 2019 writeup has the background). Anyway, the latest news is that Apple is working on an in-house chip that would eventually offer Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular connectivity in one, further reducing its reliance on third-party chip designers. An earlier version of the component without cellular connectivity could be ready by 2025, Bloomberg reports.
On the entertainment side, Disney has released a new trailer for upcoming MCU film Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. It’s one of those trailers that — on its face — seems to give away a lot of the movie’s plot, so be warned. I was pretty cold on most of Marvel’s Phase 4 releases, but I remain hopeful that it’ll re-find the magic with the next one.
Finally, in advertising news we have a double whammy from YouTube and Meta. YouTube says that creators on its platform will now be able to make ad revenue from its TikTok clone Shorts, while Meta is rolling out a new ad distribution system in the US over accusations its previous iteration “propagated housing discrimination.”
For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:
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Making the switch could pull Apple away from its current reliance on OLED displays made by Samsung, LG, and others.
Twitter is making the algorithmic feed the default, though you can still switch to your reverse chronological feed with a swipe. The star icon that used to let you swap feeds is now gone.
The sudden purge throws Parler’s future into question.
Samsung is the latest tech company to return to in-person launches, starting with what will presumably be the Galaxy S23 series unveiling live from San Francisco.
- RThe judge who sentenced Elizabeth Holmes explains the reasoning behind his decision.
In November, Judge Edward Davila sentenced Theranos co-founder Elizabeth Holmes to 135 months, or just over 11 years, in prison for defrauding investors.
NPR reporter Bobby Allyn points out that he’s issued his full order explaining the decision (PDF), noting that Holmes was sentenced based on only about 10 percent of the money Theranos actually raised.@BobbyAllyn
Getting to that point, however, will require millions of dollars in filters and altimeter replacements.
- AChevy Corvette E-Ray will have an all-electric ‘Stealth Mode’.
We’ve already seen the upcoming “electrified” 2024 Corvette E-Ray thanks to accidentally leaked images. But now Chevy confirms the presence of an all-electric “Stealth Mode,” which is sure to further infuriate loud exhaust stans. The official reveal won’t come until January 17th, but until then enjoy this short snowy teaser.
- SSapphire Rapids is finally here.
Intel’s long-awaited server chips are shipping today after two years of delays. Three months ago, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told us how shipping Sapphire Rapids was necessary to rebuild Intel’s confidence — and customers’ confidence in Intel. The company told The New York Times a bit more about the delays, though it wouldn’t describe the final fatal flaw that pushed it from 2022 to 2023.
Direct connect without dongle or cable.
The iPhone 16 Pro, which isn’t expected until 2024, is rumored to come with under-display Face ID components that become unnoticeable once the display’s powered on.
Nikhil Wahi will serve 10 months after allegedly receiving tips from his brother about what cryptocurrencies were about to be listed on the platform.
Sackboy is hardly the most demanding game out there. But it was a fun sneak peek of what’s to come.
DJI’s latest gimbal provides one-handed lightweight stabilization and vertical mounting support for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.
- RA decades-old $400 million dollar dog story is getting a Netflix TV show.
This Tiger King-like trailer teases a story about a millionaire dog with Madonna’s old mansion, a personal chef, and maybe a cult.
A shocking, surprising and true story that reads like a fairy tale: Gunther, the German shepherd who inherited $400 million from a mysterious countess.
But here’s a spoiler: Gunther’s Millions is really about a long-running publicity stunt by the owner, Maurizio Mian, with no countess to be found.
However, My Best Buy members will no longer be eligible to earn rewards points starting in February.
At launch, the phone was only sold in Europe and Asia.
Humans have managed to turn back the clock on ozone destruction.
We round up all the new product announcements and look at what’s next for Matter as companies start to monetize this newfound interoperability.
The company is rolling back some ad targeting options, including removing the ability to advertise to kids based on gender.
- JThe sky’s no longer the limit for Starlink internet.
Soon, airBaltic will be the first European airline to provide free Starlink internet services across its entire Airbus fleet, according to an announcement from the popular low-cost carrier.
The airline is working with SpaceX to achieve the certifications required as Starlink Aviation is still subject to regulatory approval, and is expecting to begin installing the system sometime in 2023.
Amazon’s opening up Buy with Prime, pulling other US retailers into its ‘free’ shipping subscription
The company’s also rolling out a way for Buy with Prime merchants to add product reviews and ratings from Amazon to their own websites.
There’s a lot to like about Kobo’s Clara 2E. It’s waterproof, has a high-resolution display, and comes with audiobooks. Unfortunately, its slow performance is hard to ignore.
Twenty-one shows will now be available on European streaming service SkyShowtime after HBO Max’s restructuring last year.
- TSome Forza Horizon developers leave Xbox to form new studio.
Maverick Games is a new studio made up of some of the leaders behind Microsoft’s Forza Horizon series. Games Industry reports that the studio is led by Mike Brown, the former creative director on Forza Horizon 5. Other Playground Games veterans have also joined Maverick, who plan to create a AAA open world game. No news on what that game will be or when it arrives, but it will launch on “consoles and PC.”
As the Apple TV Plus thriller from M. Night Shyamalan kicks off its fourth season, the mysteries continue to pile up.