10 Things in Tech: Samsung's new phones
Let's get to it.
1. Samsung just unveiled its new phones. During its Galaxy Unpacked event yesterday, Samsung took the wraps off its latest line of phones, which includes the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra. Here's our rundown of all the phones:
- The Galaxy S22 Ultra has the most significant upgrades of the bunch, with new camera features and an S Pen stylus, which was once exclusive to Samsung's Galaxy Note series.
- We compared the $800 Samsung Galaxy S22 to the Apple iPhone 13 of the same price — and found that the Galaxy offers more premium features than the iPhone. See our full comparison here.
- The company also debuted its new Galaxy Tab S8 tablets, which are set to compete directly with Apple's iPad Pros. Starting at $700, what sets the tablet apart is its S Pen stylus — iPad owners who want to use the Apple Pencil have to buy it separately. Everything you need to know about the Galaxy Tab S8.
In other news:
2. Laid-off Peloton employees crashed CEO Barry McCarthy's first all-hands meeting. According to CNBC, a meeting that was meant to introduce the company's new CEO was cut short when former employees started firing off angry comments about this week's mass layoffs. Here's what went down.
3. Internal data suggests Amazon is a ways off from fixing its epidemic of workplace injuries. While Amazon's most dangerous warehouse got a little safer last year, regulators and experts say it is failing to address the root cause of injuries: its relentless pace of work. What's between Amazon and its goal of becoming Earth's Safest Place to Work.
4. Joe Rogan reportedly turned down a $100 million offer to move his podcast. The podcaster said he's not leaving Spotify for Rumble, a right-leaning video site, saying "Spotify has hung in with me, inexplicably." What we know about his decision.
5. Flashy crypto owners are becoming prime targets for violent crimes. As the cryptocurrency boom creates a new class of wealthy quasi-celebrities, criminals are seeing rich investors and techies as easy targets for robberies — and are turning to home invasions, kidnappings, torture, and even murder to steal their digital fortunes. The rise of crypto robberies.
6. A husband and wife accused of conspiracy to launder $4.5 billion in bitcoin has left those closest to them questioning what they knew about the pair. Heather Morgan and Ilya Lichtenstein were arrested by the US Department of Justice, thrusting them into becoming an object of public fascination.
7. A new startup lets remote employees work from idyllic locations. Catering to travelers who can work from anywhere, short-term rental company Wander provides furnished homes with fancy desks, fast internet, and Teslas. How to work from vacation.
8. Grindr is ramping up privacy to protect LGTBQ athletes competing in the Beijing Olympics. The dating app has nixed the "explore" function for users in the Olympic Village to help shield athletes from discrimination. Read more on the new privacy features.
Odds and ends:
9. Porsche proved that stopping to charge an EV won't kill the great American road trip. Last month, the company drove one of its electric Taycans from LA to NYC — and only spent 2.5 hours charging up. More on Porsche's cross-country charging record.
10. Apple will soon let shoppers make purchases by holding their iPhones together. The company announced it's launching a new payment feature, called Tap to Pay, later this year. The feature will let customers pay businesses by tapping their phones together. Take a look at how it'll work.
What we're watching today:
- Twitter and others are reporting earnings. Keep up with earnings here.
- A Google recruiter says he discovered he'd lost his job after a call with one of his candidates suddenly disconnected
- A Google employee of 11 years says he and his wife stared at each other in 'disbelief' when they realized they'd both been laid off by the company
- A Google engineer of 8 years says his 'spidey-senses' detected incoming layoffs — and felt 'isolated' when his 'faceless' severance email arrived
- US industry urges FM to rationalise, simplify direct and indirect taxes in India
- India issues notice to Pak seeking review, modification of Indus Waters Treaty
- Locals protest in Joshimath against slow pace of efforts to save town
- Cyber criminals syndicate operating from China and Dubai unearthed, had cheated 11,000
- Bank unions defer Jan 30-31 strike