Delicious Digest #24 - Sudoku, Solitaire, and Penguin Poop

A tasty newsletter of what I’ve seen in (mostly) tech & games and thought was interesting. This week: Sudoku, Solitaire, and Penguin Poop.

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😳 Must reads of the week

◼ The new trailer of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie “Tenet” premiered – in Fortnite. Link
I had some more thoughts on this, which you can find in this post: Link

◼ Facebook partners with Shopify to announce “Facebook Shops”, allows businesses to list their products directly on their Facebook Page, Instagram profile, Stories or in ads. Link

🗞 News

◼ “Facebook workers get remote work option – but it could come with a pay cut”. Lots of noise around the long-term implications of the forced large-scale “working from home” experiment. Link
See also: “Office work will never be the same”. Link (via Tom Storr)

◼ Then again, opinions stay divided: “Expectations of radical change in the wake of the pandemic are overblown – in-person working will remain the default paradigm”. Link

◼ Wired has a great deep-dive on the state of quantum computing. Still hard to tell whether this will be the next “cold fusion” or a true breakthrough (let alone when). Fun times! Link (via Miquel Masoliver)

◼ Quo vadis, Siri? Link

◼ Spotify has signed a deal worth $100m with Joe Rogan that will bring the most popular podcast on its platform. Is an “exclusive podcast” still a podcast or paid radio? Link

◼ Twitter is testing a new feature that lets users decide who can reply to their tweets. Link

◼ “The VR Winter”. As I said last time: if VR doesn’t lift off now, it never will. At least not in the sense we describe “VR” today. Link

🕹 Games

◼ Who needs Zoom when you have Red Dead Redemption 2? Link
And how about improvising improv: The Animal Crossing Improv Show, live on Twitch. Link (via Miroslaw Cholewinski)

◼ A teen programmer figured out how to use real-life self-driving car technology in GTA5. Link (via Aymeric Zhuo)

◼ NPD: Call of Duty Modern Warfare is the best-selling game year-to-date as well as for the 12-month period ending April 2020. Link

◼ “While Hay Day Pop is a solid, polished initial product, the road to success will be difficult.” Deconstructor of Fun on Supercell’s latest. Link

◼ Minecraft passed 200 million in unit sales and boasts 126 million monthly active players. Link

◼ Equally impressive: “Microsoft Solitaire turns 30 years old today and still has 35 million monthly players”. Link

😋 Tasty Tidbits

◼ Bill Gates summer reading list. Link

◼ “Anxious Anticipation”. Link

◼ Does the public understand logarithmic graphs used to portray Covid-19? Go on, take a wild guess… Link

◼ “Penguin poop creates a buttload of laughing gas, researchers find”. You can’t make this shit up. Link

◼ “You’re about to spend the next 25 minutes watching a guy solve a Sudoku. Not only that, but it’s going to be the highlight of your day.” Trust me on this. Link (Video)

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