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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter with the best Android and tech news of the week. The 191st edition here, with the upcoming launch of OnePlus Nord N20, Sega’s Crazy Taxi reboot, HP’s foldable laptop and much, much more.
🚗 It’s been quite a week here, with breakdown and then more than four hours of waiting for a tow truck. On the plus side, not having a car means more time for gaming and the DIY that I’ve been putting off since before the pandemic…
Popular news this week
Anything you hate about Apple could change thanks to a leaked EU bill — could force Apple to open up its services and partner with competitors, affecting iMessage, FaceTime, and more. Nice: Judge says Apple must pay man $1,000 for not including a charger with iPhone – this is in Brazil, but will it set a legal precedent for other companies in the country? Apple is preparing some new features for the Apple Watch line, including satellite connectivity and a new power-saving mode. And the successor to Apple TV 4K could include a video camera and a HomePod speaker. Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 line could feature a new model, the iPhone 14 Max, with 1 6.7-inch screen, but take this rumor with a grain of salt. Apple’s MagSafe battery pack can charge iPhones faster with a new firmware update (7.5W, so 50% more power) — but you might want to put it off for a while, given the heat issues of the past. Most M1 Mac Thunderbolt 4 ports don’t support USB 3.1 Gen 2’s 10Gb/s transfers, according to testing. Finally, it seems that Apple’s M2 chip could continue to carry Samsung parts.
The ALAC bug left millions of Android devices vulnerable to takeover, with Qualcomm and Mediatek leading the way. The EU is forcing almost every manufacturer to use USB-C chargers for everything, with huge consequences for Apple. Motorola Moto G (2022) is here for $400, along with Moto G Stylus 5G (2022). And on April 28, there will be a new foldable from Huawei: the Mate XS 2 could be a foldable phone, only for China for now. Meanwhile, Vivo is preparing to launch the X80 series in China on April 25, with no word on a global launch yet. And Sony’s WH-1000XM5 headphones could have a sleek design and longer battery life. From Ars Technica: Smarthome company Insteon appears to be dead: “The app and servers are dead. The CEO has scrubbed his LinkedIn page. Nobody responds.” A report from The Elec suggests that HP is working on a 17-inch foldable laptop: 17 inches unfolded (11 inches folded), it will be a 4K OLED model, to be unveiled later this year or at next year’s CES. Powered chopsticks use electricity to make food taste 50% saltier. And Envision’s smart glasses for the blind can read documents, scan faces and aid navigation. Finally, hopes for small Android phones are thwarted by dismal iPhone 13 Mini sales in the US.
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Netflix announces it will look to offer cheaper, ad-supported plans after losing 200,000 subscribers, and makes it clear that password sharing won’t exactly remain free. And CNN Plus realized that no one wants it, is stopping on April 30, just a month after launch! Netflix has reportedly spent $30 million on every episode of the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things. It looks like the Minecraft movie is still a thing and Jason Momoa will star. Robert Morse, star of Mad Men and Broadway, dies at age 90. A new teaser for Chris Pine’s Dungeons & Dragons movie has been released, revealing the official title, which will be released on March 3, 2023. And a new Lightyear trailer gives us a better idea of Buzz’s adventures. Meanwhile, the first teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder landed in theaters on July 8. Ready for Russian Doll Season 2? It’s on our list of the best new TV shows to stream this week, along with season 2 of The Flight Attendant and more. Finally, our roundup of this week’s best new streaming movies includes Alice Wu’s romantic comedy Saving Face and zombie horror Virus: 32 (don’t watch it if you’re a cat lover).
Ayn Odin reviews are in: a Nintendo Switch with Android for under $300. Panic Playdate reviews are out too, though it’s hard to get your hands on one of these pocket-friendly handhelds — and reviews on the included games are here too . Netflix has announced a mobile game based on the popular card game Exploding Kittens, which will be released next month via the Netflix app (as well as an animated series). Meanwhile, Sega is restarting Crazy Taxi and JetSet Radio. Chris Novak, Xbox’s head of research and design, is leaving after nearly 20 years. And Assassin’s Creed Origins is coming to Xbox Game Pass sometime in the next two months. World of Warcraft’s ninth expansion was revealed on Tuesday: Dragonflight will focus on the return of the Dragon Aspects, the magical guardians of Azeroth. A new Star Wars game is coming from the studio of Amy Hennig: the creator of Uncharted has teamed up with Lucasfilm Games on the “rich cinematic action-adventure game.” The Meta Quest Gaming Showcase had plenty for us: Ghostbusters VR, Moss 2, and the first VR NFL game. Finally this week: Naughty Dog recruiter hints at more Uncharted games.
Eric Zeman / Android Authority
We’ll keep it short and sweet this week with a look back at one of the most memorable tech demo failures in history (and a few other corkers). Cast your mind back to April 20, 1998…
The COMDEX Spring 1998 and Windows World shows will take place in Chicago, and there will be a public demo of the new Windows 98. Bill Gates’ assistant, Chris Capossela (now Senior Vice President, Consumer Channels and Central Marketing Group, prepares the demonstration .
Then things go horribly wrong when connecting a scanner causes an operating system crash. Instead of demonstrating the plug-and-play capabilities that should have amazed audiences, there’s a blue screen of death (BSoD) instead, followed by lots of laughter. Then Bill Gates says, “That must be why we don’t ship it yet.”
However, that’s far from the only technical flaw that messes up a demo.
Honda Asimo demo failed
The 2006 Honda Asimo demo didn’t quite go according to plan. Picture this: you are a robot and your job is to walk up a flight of stairs in front of the audience. Only, it’s not that easy, and you fall down. Don’t worry – to save your embarrassment, the tech team simply puts up screens around you to hide from the crowd. The level of panic that ensues after this demo fails makes it truly memorable.
Apple’s WWDC Fails
Today, Apple’s events are slick and perfectly orchestrated, but it wasn’t always like that. Back in 2010 at the World Wide Developer’s Conference, Steve Jobs tries – and fails – to show off the new iPhone 4’s features if his Wi-Fi connection continues to fail.
Has a favorite tech demo failed? Share it with us in the comments.
April 28: OnePlus Nord N20 launch in US April 28: OnePlus event (India, 7pm IST) April 28: Huawei Mate XS 2 launch April 29: Nintendo Switch Sports released May 9-11: Qualcomm 5G Summit ( San Diego) May 11-12: Google I/O 2022 June 6-10: Apple WWDC 2022
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