Issue 1604 - Wednesday 11th May, 2022

In Today's Issue

The News

Apple discontinues the iPod touch, no more iPods now

Pour a 40oz on the curb for a fallen homie - the iPod touch has been discontinued, ending 20 years of the iPod as a thing Apple sells. The iPod touch is still for sale, but once stock runs out in shops it's gone for good. I don't know what else to write about the iPod that hasn't been said before, but damn it was a good little gadget. I still remember buying my first iPod in 2003 (a 10GB 3rd-gen), from Next Byte on Elizabeth Street with my freshly minted RMIT student card so I could get a discount. It was the first Apple product I owned and I think the first "big" tech purchase I made with my own money. Good times.

DJI Mini 3 Pro drone is the popular Mini 2's successor

DJI has announced the Mini 3 Pro, an update to the popular Mini range. The camera is upgraded with an f/1.7 lens, more flexible gimbal and slightly bigger sensor, flight time is increased over the Mini 2 by a few minutes (34 vs 31) and it still weighs less than 250g so it can be flown within 5.5km of an airport with the standard battery. It gains intelligent flight modes from DJI's other higher-end drones like Spotlight 2.0, Point of Interest 3.0, ActiveTrack 4.0 and MasterShots. There's also a new remote, the DJI RC, a lighter version of the RC Pro with a few less features. Pricing starts at $989, will ship next week.

Elon Musk adjacent news bulletin

There's a bit of Elon Musk related news around after he did a 90 minute interview with the Financial Times about the "Future of the Car", which went into areas not car related.

Something I Saw On The Internet

"Encryption protects our privacy where the law falls short"

Riana Pfefferkorn writes that there's never been a better time to reassess data privacy threat models with the imminent repeal of abortion rights in the US. There's heaps of data lying around on various US-owned systems that could be used to punish women thinking about or getting an abortion, so now is the time to implement strong end-to-end encryption and to minimise the amount of data systems collect. It's not too much of a stretch to imagine data being used against people in ways nobody imagined when it was haphazardly collected. That only works if calls to implement backdoors for cops and governments are resisted, so tell them to get fucked and protect our privacy.


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