The interesting thing about Monday morning is that, well, there was probably a lot that happened over the weekend. The good news is that now you can catch up on everything you missed from March 23rd-25th all in one spot.
Apple News: Today’s the Day
Apple is expected to announce its long-rumored streaming TV and news services at a 10:00 AM PT event today. We’ll be covering all the details here at HTG when it happens, but here’s what we “know” so far (based on rumors, that is).
First of all, the company’s news service is rumored to be $9.99 a month and offer users access to over 200 magazines and dozens of newspapers. There are some big names along for the ride, but early reports stated that other news outlets weren’t as pleased with Apple’s proposed terms—it wants 50 percent of the take. That’s pretty steep, but if it gets more people’s eyes on the content, it may still be worth it. According to an early report from 9toMac, magazine publishers were more than happy with the terms.
Otherwise, we expect to see Apple’s streaming TV service today as well. The company has been working on original content for over a year now, which will unsurprisingly be the launchpad of its new service. It’s also said that it will offer access to other services—like HBO, for example—for $9.99 a month (each).
While there could be other things thrown in (we all know how Apple loves to hold surprises till the very end), that’s the basic gist of what we expect to see.
Microsoft and Windows News: Chromium Edge Everywhere
More and more details are starting to trickle out about Microsoft’s move to Chromium for Edge.
- The Verge got an exclusive hands-on look at the first Chromium Edge builds, where writer Tom Warren walks you through some of the best features and what to expect. [The Verge]
- Shortly after that, the first Chromium Edge build leaked online. We don’t recommend downloading it, of course, as it’s nearly impossible to verify that this is indeed a legitimate leak. [The Verge]
- In less interesting but still sort of interesting news, Bing maps got route traffic coloring. It’s the little things, you know? [MSPowerUser]
- We might see a Fluent Design makeover to File Explorer this year. This would be interesting because compared to most other aspects of Windows, File Explorer is pretty antiquated. I just hope this new version has tabs. [MSPowerUser]
This Chromium Edge thing is undoubtedly interesting—a custom Edge version that will support Chrome extensions? Intriguing indeed. But as curious as I may be about checking it out, the idea of downloading a “leaked” browser with no way to confirm where it came from makes me feel itchy. That’s something I’m interested in, and you should feel the same way. Until there’s an official release, I say we all live this one vicariously through The Verge.
Google and Android News: YouTube’s Insane Traffic Numbers
YouTube’s web traffic report, Stadia backlash, and hands-on with Maps’ upcoming walking directions were all great talking points from the weekend.
- YouTube apparently makes up 40 percent of the web’s mobile traffic. FORTY. Just think about how staggering that number is for a minute—that’s almost half of all web traffic. To one site. [9to5Google]
- Speaking of YouTube, while its traffic is great, apparently its big-budget originals aren’t. So it’s canceling most of them and making them available for free. [Engadget]
- There’s still a lot we don’t know about Google’s upcoming game streaming platform, and that’s troubling to a lot of people—especially the ones who play games. [Kotaku]
- Gizmodo’s David Nield took Google Maps’ upcoming AR (augmented reality) walking directions for a spin over the weekend, which the company originally showed off at Google I/O last year. This seems really rad, especially in crowded places that can get terribly confusing. [Gizmodo]
- Maps is also getting the ability to add public events for some users. [Android Police]
- Google is currently testing a separate menu for extensions, which would honestly be great. Currently, all extensions populate either in the toolbar or clutter up the top of the menu, so keeping them tucked away somewhere else would be nice. [Techdows]
- In the ultimate cross-promotion, NBC shot an entire episode of The Tonight Show using the Galaxy S10+. I can’t tell if this is brilliant marketing or pure desperation from Samsung. [Engadget]
This weekend (and Monday morning) offered an interesting mix of news, but the highlight to me is definitely YouTube’s mobile traffic numbers. It makes sense, honestly, but what I’d really love to know is how much of that 40 percent is driven by little kids watching YouTube on their tablets or parent’s phone. Too bad there’s probably no way to pull that information.
Everything Else: AT&T’s 5G E Is Slower Than 4G, Two New Switches (Maybe)
Sony wants to tell us what’s cooking, Netflix is experimenting with weird show orders, and why you should avoid the “Florida Man Challenge.” And that’s just some of it.
- E3 may bring not one, but two new Nintendo Switches. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal (paywall), the company may announce a more affordable model alongside a more expensive one. [The Verge]
- A recents study showed that AT&T’s stupid “5G E” network is actually slower than T-Mobile and Verizon’s 4G networks. Why is that not surprising? [XDA Developers]
- Netflix is trying out various episode orders with a new anthology show. Since the storyline for Love, Death + Robots isn’t linear and each episode is its own story, the company is trying out different episode orders to see which one sits best with watchers. That’s neat. [The Verge]
- Sony is doing a State of Play broadcast today at 2:00 PM PST/5:00 PM EST, where it’s going to tell us the latest. This is most interesting since the company was one of the first to back out of E3 this year. Now, just give me a Last of Us Part 2 release date, please. [The Verge]
- Here’s a fun story: A woman was trying to frame her sister for a crime, but Facebook’s “People You May Know” suggestions foiled her plan. [Gizmodo]
- Finally, let’s talk about the “Florida Man Challenge.” You shouldn’t do it, and Ars Technica points out why. [Ars Technica]
When I first saw the headline for “Why you should steer clear of ‘Florida Man Challenge'” I groaned to myself. How could such a seemingly harmless challenge be something I “shouldn’t do?” Then I read the story and realized how such a “harmless challenge” could be used as something so much more—it could be used to get sensitive identifying data about you personally (like, you know, your birthday). Ars’ take on this is pretty spot on and something we should all think about moving forward. Good on you, Ars.
But I also want to talk about Sony’s event today. If I said I wasn’t completely and utterly fanboy excited about even the possibility of a The Last of Us Part 2 release date announcement (or, you know, more gameplay!), I’d be completely lying. I’ve never played a game that was more exciting and encapsulating than the first The Last of Us (I’ve played it through more than 30 times), and I’ve never been more excited for a sequel than this one. Anyway, that’s not really relevant to anything that you care about so I appreciate you letting me express my excitement.