Good morning, and it’s Friday.
1. Markets, and the Aussie dollar is rebounding ahead of a PMI deluge today, starting right here in Oz with August PMI data. Then we’ve got non-government Caixin PMIs for China, then Markit manufacturing PMIs across the US, UK and Europe. And tonight, we get the all-important US non-farm payrolls, where we should be able to see a “US under Trump” take you’re not seeing a lot of in the headlines, or in Australia, for that matter: more jobs, and wages increasing. But you can bet plenty of “deplorables” know all about it, because it’s all that’s important to them.
2. We know The Last Jedi has an evil BB-8 droid in it because we’ve got one:
It’s called BB-9E, and its makers Sphero gave us some play time. And then they revealed this other best smartphone-controlled Star Wars droid…
3. Former four-star US general Jim Mattis, who finished his storied 44-year army career as head of US Central Command, has been US President Donald Trump’s Defense Secretary since November last year. When it comes to leadership, few men are admired in the US as much as “the Warrior Monk”, leading some to wonder why he continues to serve under Trump? Mattis was asked why yesterday, and this is what he said.
4. Podcast! Yield or growth? Harvey Norman or Amazon? Stocks or bonds? It’s all in this week’s Devils and Details podcast, featuring James Whelan of VFS Group, and our own David Scutt and Paul Colgan. Catch us on iTunes or dive in:
5. The Project did a parody of the Coalition for Marriage’s “No” campaign ad, and it made people angry. Charlie Hebdo said God killed the neo-Nazis in Texas:
And people don’t want to stand with Charlie Hebdo any more. But amongst all the outrage, people are missing the most important bit – neither The Project nor Charlie Hebdo are actually funny. Ever.
6. Something else that isn’t funny:
Continuing coverage on 5 Live Sports Extra from the Oval on the major security alert after crossbow bolt is fired onto the field pic.twitter.com/KvQFrx459R
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) August 31, 2017
Crossbow bolts can kill. UK police believe this one was fired from outside The Oval. Play between Surrey and Middlesex was, unsurprisingly, suspended.
7. It’s official – Apple will reveal the iPhone 8 on September 12. According to numerous leaks it will look something like this:
Here’s everything we’re expecting to see. If you don’t like the look of the notch cutting into your screen at the top, best buy the black one. And seeing as it will cost you comfortably north of $1200, here are analysts suggesting Apple could soften the blow by making Apple Music free.
8. Free Apple Music or no free Apple Music, expect the iPhone 8 to sell by the container-load. Millennials have very different spending habits than their parents, and this new study from TransUnion shows why. Mainly because they’re not shy of a personal loan.
9. No, this is how you demolish a bridge:
Love your work, China.
10. The German team’s Hyperloop pod hit 320km/h in testing at SpaceX on the weekend. But Elon Musk just revealed the pods got a start with the aid of a “pusher pod”, designed by SpaceX and Tesla. So when everyone left, Musk and Co decided to give the pusher pod a run on its own – and it hit 350km/h. Over just 1.25km/h. The world’s fastest train does 431km/h.
BONUS ITEM: Redneck Army is Best Army:
— Michael Keyes (@michaelkeyes) August 31, 2017
Have a great weekend.
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