The Microsoft Surface Duo is due to surface, and more tech news you need to know – Android Authority

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Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Monday, 10 August 2020.
There are fresh renders of the Microsoft Surface Duo — the dual-screen Android device first announced back on October 2, 2019. The renders are nice and all, but the device is no secret so we’re not peeling back the lid too far on these shots, which include the one below:
Anyway, possibly the bigger news is that AT&T has signed on to release the Surface Duo, which immediately adds relevancy and a sort of minimum viability to the whole deal.
What’s next:
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20: Is it okay to sell a $1,000 plastic phone? (Android Authority).
3. Here’s a controversial one: “The Galaxy Note 20 doesn’t come with headphones and that’s a good thing,” with the argument focusing on environmental benefits (CNET).
4. HUAWEI admitted its smartphone chips are running out under US sanctions (AP), making the HUAWEI Mate 40 its last phone with its in-house silicon designs. Can it survive without its custom Kirin chips? (Android Authority).
5. Meanwhile, Qualcomm wants the green light to sell 5G chips to HUAWEI (Android Authority).
6. Apple analyst says a WeChat ban on iPhones may impact shipments by up to 30%. Big if though: Is the ban going to affect Apple’s global App Stores, or just the US App Store? (MacRumors). Also: Apple takes legal action against a tiny company’s pear logo (iPhone in Canada). And: “How Tim Cook made Apple his own” (WSJ, $).
7. Also: here’s why Apple believes it’s an AI leader—and why it says critics have it all wrong (Ars Technica).
8. Microsoft’s new, cheaper Xbox Series S console confirmed in leaked controller packaging (The Verge).
9. Chinese hackers have pillaged Taiwan’s semiconductor industry (Ars Technica).
10. Toshiba is officially out of the laptop business. It made the first PC laptop back in 1985 (The Verge).
11. The mid-century battle in Japan to invent the automatic rice cooker (Atlas Obscura).
12. That Netflix “ta-dum” soundmark works great for TV, but not for theaters. Netflix commissioned Hans Zimmer to extend it for theaters (only) and, wow, that’s big IMAX energy (Twitter).
13. Lawn chairs and kitchen tables: Ergonomics in the involuntary work-from-home era (Ars Technica).
14. How to stay cool without air conditioning (Wired).
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