Larry Page and Sergey Brin give Sundar Pichai control of Alphabet and Google
Alphabet has announced that Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down as the respective CEO and president of the company, with Google CEO Sundar Pichai taking the lead at both companies, effective immediately. Page and Brin will still be involved as co-founders, board members and shareholders.
The two outgoing execs explained this as a "natural time" to streamline management now that Alphabet is "well-established" and its various brands (including Google) are operating smoothly as independent companies. In a tweet, Pichai said, "We have a timeless mission, enduring values and a culture of collaboration & exploration."
Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon chips include two with built-in 5G
Qualcomm just outlined the performance landscape for many of 2020's Android phones. The upper mid-range 765 series represents Qualcomm's first systems-on-a-chip with integrated 5G, saving the phones from using separate, power-hungry modems to take advantage of next-gen wireless. That could extend battery life, of course, but it should also make 5G handsets more affordable. It also unveiled a next-gen 3D Sonic Max sensor whose ultrasonic tech has a recognition area 17 times larger than before, letting it authenticate with two fingers at once.
Google announces the top Play Store downloads of 2019
After Apple celebrated its best apps of 2019, now Google has a Play Store list. Google Play users voted for their favorite downloads in each category. Call of Duty: Mobile ranked as the top game, and GlitchCam -- which adds '90s-style effects to your videos -- was voted as the top app.
iFixit peeks inside the original PlayStation
Sony released the original PlayStation 25 years ago on December 3rd, 1994, and iFixit has marked the occasion by tearing down the very first Japan-only model, which never officially made it to other countries. It's amazing to see how engineers squeezed the CD-ROM, power supply and everything else into such a small space.
The Mercedes GLS is an exciting SUV that hides in plain sight
MBUX is still the best infotainment system on the road, and the E-Active Body Control makes short work of bumps in the road using cameras and 3D mapping. But expect to shell out a lot of cash for the chance to experience those high-end features.
Studio Ghibli's entire catalog will soon be available to buy digitally
Studio Ghibli's movies will finally be available for digital download starting December 17th. The studio's animated catalog includes classics like Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and Howl's Moving Castle, all of which will be available to purchase online from US distributor GKids. Later, the films will also be available on "all major digital transactional platforms," according to Variety. Just don't expect them to appear on subscription streaming services just yet.
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