Smelly Glitter Bombs for Amazon? Ep. 20

Google to invest $1B in New Campus in New York City

  • The new campus will more than double its headcount in New York over the next 10 years.
    • Google currently has 7k employees in New York
    • 1.7 million square foot “Google Hudson Square) will be 2 building.
  • Apple announced they will build a new $1B campus in Austin Texas.
  • Amazon chose Long Island last month as the location for one of its new headquarters.

Samsung Kills Headphone Jack After Mocking Apple with A8s

  • Last week, Samsung introduced its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8s. Not only is it the first phone of theirs with a laser-drilled hole in the display for the front-facing camera sensor, but it is also their first phone to ditch the headphone jack.
  • the hypocrisy behind it: [The A8s] is also Samsung’s first smartphone without a headphone jack, much to the amusement of iPhone users, as Samsung has mocked Apple for over two years over its decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016, a trend that has continued through to the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. While on stage unveiling the new Galaxy Note 7 in 2016, for example, Samsung executive Justin Denison made sure to point out that the device came with a headphone jack. “Want to know what else it comes with?” he asked. “An audio jack. I’m just saying,” he answered, smirking as the audience laughed. And earlier this year, Samsung mocked the iPhone X’s lack of a headphone jack in one of its “Ingenius” ads promoting the Galaxy S9. *
  • Samsung isn’t the first tech giant to mock Apple’s decision to remove the headphone jack, only to follow suit. Google poked fun at the iPhone 7’s lack of headphone jack while unveiling its original Pixel smartphone in 2016, and then the Pixel 2 launched without one just a year later.

Lenovo built a slider phone with 12GB of RAM Z5 Pro GT

This is where the new Z5 Pro GT comes in:

  • loaded with up to 12GB of RAM — a new record for smartphones — along with up to 512GB of storage. It’s also the second smartphone confirmed to feature Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855 chipset, though unlike OnePlus’ yet-to-be-named flagship device, Lenovo’s slider won’t be packing 5G radio.

  • You get a 6.39-inch 2,340 x 1,080 AMOLED display, a 16MP + 24MP dual rear cameras, 16MP + 8MP (infrared) front cameras, 3,350mAh battery, NFC, dual nano SIM slots and a 3.5mm headphone jack dongle for the USB-C port.
  • Sadly, this also includes the awkward placement of the earpiece between the front cameras, which forces you to slide the screen down for phone calls. Worse yet, the lack of some US-friendly LTE bands means this phone is out of the question for a good majority of our readers, unless Lenovo has plans to bring it to the States later on
  • $640 for the 12GB RAM + 512GB storage top model

What is Google’s Project Dragonfly and Why the Controversy?

  • Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai came under fire on Dec 11 from the US Congress for its controversial Project Dragonfly.
  • Project Dragonfly is a top secret plan to create a filtered search engine for China.
    • The Great Firewall of China – Wikipedia, BBC, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
    • Search terms like Tiananmen Square protest.
  • History – Google excited China in 2010 due to the “Totalitarianism” of Chinese policies (Google co-founder Sergey Brin who grew up in the USSR).
  • Rumors of Project Dragonfly have spurned employee protests and resignations.
  • When Congress asked about Project Dragonfly, Pichai repeatedly said there were “no plans” to launch a search engine in China.
  • When pressed Pichai acknowledged the project had “over a hundred” people working on it.  He also called it a “limited effort” within the company.
  • Pichai stated, “Getting access to information is an important human right…We are always compelled, across the world, to provide access to information”
  • Is filtered access a “right” or a “wrong”?

The Boring Company to Open Test Tunnel Today on Dec 18

  • Elon Musk tweeted himself walking down the full length of the test tunnel under SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles.
  • The test tunnel is 2 miles long and will be open to the public.
  • The concept features a large “Skate” that can hold a car and can travel upto 155 mph (250km/hr).
  • The Boring Company currently has a contract to build a loop at O’Hare international airport in Chicago.  

Booby-Trapped Amazon Package Covers Thieves in Glitter and Fart Spray

  • Mark Rober is a Mechanical Engineer who spent 9 years at NASA (7 working on the curiosity Rover.
  • He was tired of getting Amazon packages stolen off his porch.
  • He even had security camera footage of the thieves but the police didn’t have time to look into it.  
  • He built a “Bait Package” that looks like an Amazon packages.
    • Has 4 cameras with GPS (to find the thieves and retrieve the package).
      • LTE connection to record the incident.
      • Uses accelerometer to know when the box is picked up and starts recording.
    • Has a glitter spinner that sprays as soon as someone opens the box.
    • Fart Spray (one pump will clear a room).  This does 5 sprays every 30 seconds.
    • The delivery label was from Kevin McCallister (Home Alone).
  • Checkout the video on Techspot.com
    • About 5 minutes of many thieves getting hit with glitter and fart juice.

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