🍎 To catch you up if you missed it: The Epic v. Apple trial saw Epic largely fail to prove Apple was unfairly monopolizing apps with its App Store rules, saying “success is not illegal,” with complications around the arguments centering on video games, not apps, meaning Apple won 9/10 claims. Epic had a win in terms of Apple no longer being able to force developers to use in-app purchases, which is something, and may see similar from Google in time on the Play Store (Android Authority). But Apple keeps its 30% tax, and doesn’t have to change its rules around third-party app stores, both much, much bigger problems than an alternative payment setup. But, the case moves on: Epic has filed an appeal against Apple with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Apple may appeal the one major decision against it, too (The Verge). Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has been tweeting, too (Twitter). The Vergehas a detailed look at the rules, credit to them for following the case so closely.
📉 The Realme 9 series is only coming in 2022 due to the chip shortage (Android Authority).
🧱 Import a Xiaomi phone? Look out, the company is disabling some imported devices, though custom ROMs are helping (Android Authority).
📅 Android 12 stable release date looks set for October 4, not during September (Android Authority).
🔒 WhatsApp will add support for encrypted message backups, which, in part, closes a loophole law enforcement used to view WhatsApp messages from backups (Android Authority).
📉 Nintendo lowers Switch price across Europe ahead of OLED model, dropping about 10%. No word on US yet (The Verge).
📺 Stop mounting your TVs above the fireplace: Why it’s actually a terrible idea (CNET).
🍏 Apple has put out an official tech support note saying: Don’t attach your iPhone to motorcycles, mopeds, or scooters if you want the camera to last, as it can damage the gyroscope in the optical image stabilization. I’ve seen motorcyclists discuss this before, and there’s an industry devoted to vibration dampening, but some makes of smartphones are affected worse than others… (Gizmodo).
🎫You can now buy a $475 NFT ticket to see Beeple’s $69 million NFT at an IRL party (The Verge).
👟 Vienna Marathon winner disqualified for wearing banned shoes (Bloomberg).
📦 California Senate passes warehouse workers bill, taking aim at Amazon (Ars Technica).
🤔 A billionaire wants to build a brand new city in the American desert (The Hustle).
👂 “Why did it take 16 hours for the first message to cross the atlantic via a cable?” (r/askscience).