👻 Good morning! Tristan is here with you again. Many thanks to Paula for the coverage. And – it’s Friday the thirteenth! Avoid black cats…
Google I/O gets it working again
- There are Google tablets, again.
- Google Wallet has been announced once again.
- Casting to TV is important, again.
- You can customize your advertising experience again.
- And a few small pieces….
- Hindi points out that what he wrote is not intended to be negative against Google, as the governor runs Google ads that often reconsider what Google has changed, often for the worse.
- In fact, a lot of what Google does now is a good thing. Sure, I made mistakes, like when I somehow launched a useful Google Wallet in 2011 and then screwed it up for a decade or so.
- But making a mistake and changing apps and software for the worse is one thing, and saying: OK, we got it wrong, we’ll go back to what worked.
- This appears to be similar to what happens with the tablet as well. Google had a really decent tablet in the Nexus 7 and then abandoned it.
- It was a classic Google-y decision, stopping/starting an idea or products at the whim of any colored object that distracts the manager.
- Click to check out an Indian maven who takes charge of what’s happening here. He’s excited about a few things, wary of being overwhelmed by Google’s past and false promises.
- It’s a good tonic with sunset this week from Google!
- As for looking elsewhere, that explains why the Pixel 6a misses out on the best feature of the A-series.(the edge) It wasn’t bad. The A-series used to mean compromises on some key specs, but you’ve got the main Pixel camera. Now you get the main processor, and the camera is a step back. Is this what we wanted?
Musk puts Twitter on pause
I sometimes have to avoid reporting everything Elon Musk does with Twitter at any time to avoid having the entire newsletter be about ol’ Musky. But there is important news!
- Musk now says his deal to buy Twitter is “temporarily on hold.”
- He tweeted this morning,Twitter deal temporarily suspended Pending details supporting the account that fake/fake accounts actually account for less than 5% of users.”
- In the tweet there was a link to a file Reuters Report… from 10 days ago, age is in the Musk-Twitter stakes. This report, which came from Twitter’s own profiles, said Twitter has 229 million users.
- This does not make sense! It’s either a way to get out of the deal with the broader market, including his Tesla stock, or a move to negotiate Twitter’s price, or it’s a joke, or he’s tired of everything and wants something new. Nobody can know!
- By the way, the breakup fee if Musk walks away is $1 billion.
🎧 Sony launches redesigned WH-1000XM5 headphones – pre-order it now: $399 is steep, $50 more compared to XM4 is two eight-microphone processors to take in more noise cancellation (Android Authority). oh, oh, the edgeIt has a review already, noting that there are improvements, but no new features from slam dunk, and it’s no longer foldable which might bother you. EngadgetThe review was more enthusiastic on all fronts.
🤔 Here’s our Magic 4 Pro review, with a lot of “frustrating warnings” getting in the way of what the Honor phone does right (Android Authority).
🧼 “Is a bar of soap a breeding ground for bacteria?” (p. / ask).
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration has created a single image (top frame) of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, called Sagittarius A*, or Sgr A* for short, by merging images extracted from EHT observations. The main image was produced by averaging thousands of images generated using different computational methods – all of which fit neatly into the EHT data. This medium image retains the most common features in various images, and suppresses features that appear infrequently. Images can also be grouped into four groups based on similar features. An average representative image of each of the four groups is shown in the bottom row. Three groups of clusters show a ring structure but with different brightness around the ring. The fourth cluster contains images that also fit the data but do not appear as rings. Bar graphs show the relative number of images that belong to each group. Thousands of pictures fell into each of the first three groups, while the fourth and smallest group contained only hundreds of pictures. The heights of the bars indicate the ‘weights’ or the relative contributions of each group relative to the averaged image at the top. In addition to other facilities, the EHT network of radio observatories that made this image possible includes the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) in the Atacama Desert in Chile, owned and co-owned by ESO is a partner on behalf of the member states of the Europe.
Of course the most interesting thing this week is to look at another black hole: the Event Horizon Telescope takes a picture of a supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way. Here he is up!
- You’ll remember the first-ever image of a black hole: M87, which was exciting news to finally show its “first direct visual evidence” of a supermassive black hole.
- And the slightly more satisfying show was published a year later.
- Now there is an image of our supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*, pictured above.
- It is believed to be more than four million times the mass of our Sun, and was first observed in 1933.
- It is smaller but closer to us than the M87, which presented unusual challenges, as noted in six papers (six!) all published yesterday in a special issue of Astronomical magazine messages.
- Interestingly, we still don’t know how the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is oriented or how fast it’s spinning, but we’ll hopefully find an answer from this point on via the Event Horizon Telescope, which is actually a group of telescopes working together.
I wish you a wonderful weekend contemplating the universe,
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.