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Redmi Note 10 Pro review: Revved up specs for a great price in that super competitive $300 or so range.
Xiaomi Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker review: Boom for your buck, looks like a winner.
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Samsung Galaxy S10 redux: The S10 launched two years ago. How does it hold up in 2023 against modern smartphones? At the price, pretty, pretty well.
HMD interview: Juho Sarvikas on what’s next for Nokia brand in 2023. This one isn’t unmissable, but a quickfire 14 minute video interview, or the written summary, tells you more about what’s coming.
Interview with Luminar CEO Austin Russell (The Verge), the youngest “self-made billionare” in the US at least. Luminar claims to have a “functioning LIDAR that works at 250 meters, which is a breakthrough,” and supplies Volvo, Audi, Toyota, and others. The questions here are super great, Russell’s answers are a bit long, but there is meat there.
“We’re living on a planet of ants“: New book offers a fun sounding overview of ant life cycles, communication, and colony formation (Ars Technica).
Two thoughts: Huge month, and 🍪1. Monster March
March is looking like an exciting month for the tech world.
Confirmed: Within a week we’ll see OnePlus announce its launch date and presumably its Hasselblad partnership, the Asus ROG Phone 5, along with the Oppo Find X3 series.
Rumored: There’s rumors suggesting we’ll aslo see the launch of the Samsung Galaxy A52, plus more limited availability devices including the supposed Xiaomi 10S and iQoo Neo 5
Launched: And that’s after we’ve already seen the Redmi Note 10 series, Realme GT, the Nubia Red Magic 6 with its 165Hz display and just earlier the Xiaomi Mi 11 series too.
It looks like both the value hunters and those demanding premium flagships will each get something to play for here.
At the top end, the OnePlus 9 Pro (please let the Hasselblad partnership be more than just branding) and the Oppo Find X3 Pro with a rumored “microscope”, plus the ROG Phone 5 should be beefier than ever if non-stop gaming is your thing. All will be Snapdragon 888 beasts.
In the lower tiers will be the interesting sounding OnePlus 9R, the Galaxy A52, and something like a Find X3 Neo and/or Find X3 Lite from Oppo, offering Snapdragon 765G-type SoCs.
In any case, busy month. Which will come out on top?2. Google, cookies, and why it matters
What might’ve once been slightly interesting — getting a dog food ad when you visit a dog food site — has become creepy. It makes you feel watched, and preyed on. Your personal interests become monetized.
This should not be normal. You have a right to privacy!
And you have a right to open the door to those you would like to hear from, too.
But the default shouldn’t be an open door.
So, is what Google is doing good? Well…..
The important quote:
“…[W]e continue to get questions about whether Google will join others in the ad tech industry who plan to replace third-party cookies with alternative user-level identifiers. Today, we’re making explicit that once third-party cookies are phased out, we will not build alternate identifiers to track individuals as they browse across the web, nor will we use them in our products.”
So, what now?
Here’s a clue from the WSJ:
Google still wins:
Like Apple, Google’s first-party data remains in-tact for its properties and apps.
So, via Android, and Google properties like YouTube, Gmail, Maps, and so on, Google has plenty of first-party data on you. Just like Apple does (Input).
March 8: OnePlus announcement — also this month: OnePlus 9 series launch?
March 8: Google Fit’s camera-based heart and breathing rate trackers arrive on Pixel devices.
March 10: Asus ROG Phone 5 launch.
March 11: Oppo Find X3 series launch.
Also in March: Rumored launch of the Samsung Galaxy A52 and Xiaomi 10S.Tech Tweets of the Week
The legendary chúng tôi is back, with the involvement of original founder, Billy Chasen:
Thank you all so much! The love and support is amazing. It’s good to be back!
— turntable (@turntablefm) March 4, 2023
Buuut you need a password to get in. But don’t worry, I’ve got your back.
Engadget’s Cherylnn Low breaks down the news: chúng tôi is back and chúng tôi is also coming back.
A big week, and what a super week we have in store — thanks for reading, and catch you in the next one.
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.
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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 199th edition here, with a possible farewell to Samsung’s Fan Edition, Pixel 6a unboxing, more Nothing Phone 1 news, and… a sentient AI?!
I finished The Quarry already, but still have to go back for all the different endings, plus some couch co-op. And yes, I confess, I did let Emma die…🤭
Popular news this week
Eric Zeman / Android AuthorityOnePlus:
OnePlus 10/10T renders and specs leak: Closer to the Pro model, with similar design, powerful chip, faster charging?Nothing:
Later in the week, we saw a first-look clip of the Phone 1. It glows.Xiaomi
Xiaomi 12 Ultra specs leak: Sounds like it won’t be a huge upgrade.Motorola:
The price of the Motorola Razr 3 just leaked, and it’s good news.
But first, what’s all this about websites having a carbon footprint?
The internet uses lots of electricity, a whopping 16.2TWh per year, more than the whole of the United Kingdom.
Gizmodo published an interesting piece about the internet being unsustainable, too.
And a 2023 report from The Shift Project revealed that digital technologies are responsible for 4% of greenhouse gas emissions, with their energy consumption increasing by 9% a year.
According to Website Carbon, “The average web page tested produces approximately 0.5 grams CO2 per page view. For a website with 10,000 monthly page views, that’s 60kg CO2 per year.”
There are plenty of ways to make websites more sustainable, from SEO optimization to reducing video and keeping images as minimal as possible, or switching to a green web host.
Simply: The more complex a website is, the more energy it takes to load, and the bigger its carbon footprint.
44.52kg of CO2 equivalent: That’s the same weight as 0.3 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 6,033 cups of tea.
48 billion bubbles.
Three trees: Our site emits the amount of carbon that three trees absorb in a year.
103kWh of energy: Enough electricity to drive an electric car 662km.
You’ll find much more information on sustainable skateboards, e-bikes, scooters, solar panels, and more over at Green Authority.
What about some other big sites?
PC Mag took a deep dive into the worst websites for CO2 emissions annually, shown above, and it’s hardly surprising that video-heavy YouTube is the top offender.
Wired UK had a great piece last year about the impact websites are having on the planet.
“According to figures from the HTTP Archive, websites have only become less efficient over the years: today, the average web page weighs in at around 2MB, compared with less than 500KB back in 2010.
“A simple, stripped-back website like Low Tech Magazine produces just 0.24g of CO2 per page view; in contrast, a site with video autoplay features, such as 11 Coffee & Co, generates a hefty 10.08g of CO2 per page view. (The website for Elon and Kimbal Musk’s foundation — comprised of seven lines of text on a white background — is among the cleanest on the web, producing only 0.39kg of CO2 per year.)”
Facebook is cleaner than 90% of sites tested, producing just 0.10g of CO2 for every visit and 11.86kg of CO2 equivalent (over a year with 10,000 monthly page views).
Perhaps shockingly (though we’re sure all those shiny images of vehicles has something to do with it) Tesla’s site was dirtier than 84% of web pages tested, producing 2.71g of CO2 for every visit and, over a year with 10,000 monthly page views, producing 324.75
kg of CO2 equivalent — t
he same weight as
sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for
cups of tea. I love tea, but that’s a lot.
Samsung and Apple both disappointed, Samsung came in as dirtier than 54% of web pages tested, producing 0.52g of CO2 per visit (62.81
kg of CO2 equivalent per year),
and Apple as dirtier than 50% of web pages tested, producing 0.47g of CO2 per visit or 56.76
kg of CO2 equivalent per year
(and neither use green hosting).Tech Calendar
June 13-20: Steam Next Fest
June 20-23: Collision (Toronto)
June 23: POCO F4 launch @ 8 AM ET
June 26-July 3: Summer Games Done Quick
June 28: HTCLog In To The Future launch event (Metaverse phone?)
July 5: ASUS ROG Phone 6 launch @ 8 AM ET
July 12: Nothing Phone 1 launch @ 4 PM BST (11 AM ET)
July 13: Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro launch
July 19: Stray lands on PS5, PS4, PC
July 28: Pixel 6a launch
August 10 (TBC): Samsung Unpacked? (new Galaxy foldables, Galaxy Watch 5 series?)
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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority , the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 247th edition here with some news about the Pixel 8’s wireless charging, the launch of the Motorola Razr and Razr Plus, a confirmed launch location for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5, the Meta Quest 3 launch, and more…
🚀 This week, I finally made it to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and it was every bit as good as I’d hoped. I might even go so far as to say it was my favorite of the trilogy?!
Popular news this week
Ever wanted a robot butler to do your household chores? Let’s face it, since seeing The Jetsons as kids, we’ve all dreamed of it — or maybe I’m showing my age here.
The good news is, the dream might be closer than you think, as London startup Prosper Robotics, founded by Shariq Hashme, a former OpenAI employee, is working on a “robot butler.”
Though the household robot isn’t ready yet, the company hopes to start alpha testing with the first models in around eight months, with the robot on the market in around two years time.
Hashme says it can do all the mundane household tasks we hate, from laundry to folding clothes, loading and emptying the dishwasher, cleaning floors and surfaces, and even preparing simple meals, like salad.
The robot runs on wheels, with two arms it can raise and lower to do jobs. Its “hands” can straighten bedding, fold clothes, or put away dishes.
It will come with a tool kit of up to 100 tools like a specialized mop or suction cups to help it perform tricky tasks (like removing Tupperware lids).
Because the robot can hold knives, there are some safety concerns, but the company sees the home helpers as being operated remotely initially, while their owners are out at work.
Hygiene was also a concern, but the robot will wear different sets of “gloves,” preventing any cross-contamination, and it can put these in the dishwasher for cleaning between tasks.
It’s not as high-tech as it sounds quite yet, though. We’re still some way away from full automation as there’s not much data available out there to train a household robot on. These robots learn from doing the same tasks over and over, so right now, some more complex tasks (like making a salad) will need to rely on human operators.
The company will charge a subscription fee to cover the robot’s insurance and maintenance, and to pay humans to teleoperate the robot using a VR interface. If you’re thinking this could be a privacy issue, Hashme says the interface blurs out text and human faces, but ultimately still allows a human operator to see inside your home.
The real challenge here is creating a household robot at a realistic price. Prosper’s butler will cost somewhere between $5-10k plus the subscription costs. So while it’s out of reach for many of us, we can expect to see it in the homes of those who can afford it in the next couple of years!
Social networking and the mobile context
There’s a growing call to deliver desktop experiences on mobile devices, and in general that’s a good thing. I don’t want to be limited to cut-down, plain-text “mobile” versions of websites when I have a large smartphone display and speedy 3G connection that could readily handle the full version, and the push for full-HTML browsers (and things like Flash support) has already trickled down from a must-have on smartphones to a common feature-phone element. What’s lagging behind, it seems, is an understanding of how mobile device use differs from desktop use, and nowhere is that more evident than in social networking integration. Several devices promise to bring your online social life to the screen that’s always with you, but the experience is patchy at best.
I’ve been playing with the Motorola DEXT for the past couple of weeks, the European version of the CLIQ (you can read our review here) and the first device to feature MOTOBLUR, the company’s attempt to corral social networks into one easily-consumed stream. Unlike HTC Sense, MOTOBLUR keeps network updates – which it calls “happenings” – front and centre, with a main feed of news together with individual widgets and inboxes for consuming them separately.
MOTOBLUR’s strength is its integration and breadth, or at least the promise of it. Like Sense, contacts using various different networks are combined into single address book entries – either automatically or manually – but there are far more platforms supported and Motorola are promising to add further networks (such as LinkedIn) as the system matures. Conversations started via one medium can, in theory, be continued from any other, and the record of “recent contact” for each person is carrier agnostic.
There’s also no thought to the relative load of each network. Sticking with Twitter and Facebook as our examples, there’s no way to tell MOTOBLUR that you’re more interested, say, in Facebook updates than you are tweets. I follow a few hundred people on Twitter but have kept my Facebook friends more sparse; it’s pretty easy for a status change from the latter to be lost among the flood from the former, when arguably it’s the close contacts on Facebook that I’d be more interested in hearing about. Other people might have the ratios reversed, or use other networks, but the overarching problem is the same: MOTOBLUR only uses time to organise content.
To be fair, it’s a problem shared by pretty much all of the “integrated” social networking aggregators on smartphones right now. Palm’s webOS and HTC Sense each deliver some degree of the same functionality (only Motorola attempt to throw everything together in one stream) but haven’t addressed the relative value issue. I raised it – separately – with Motorola at the launch of the DEXT and with HTC CEO Peter Chou at the launch of the HD2 (the first Windows Mobile device to feature HTC Sense), and their responses were pretty similar. Motorola pointed out that MOTOBLUR is a first-generation attempt at the mobile social networking issue, the undertone being that, like further platforms, they’d look to add in better handling of news later. Chou, meanwhile, admitted that the issue was something HTC engineers were aware of, and that iterations of Sense down the line would look to more intelligently manage social networks.
Neither could tell me exactly how it might be achieved, however, and in fact the most promising attempt I’ve seen so far has been from Nokia. Tucked into a corner of the Nokia Research showcase at the company’s The Way We Live Next 3.0 conference a few weeks ago was their Linked Internet UI Concept, a prototype software platform which attempts not only to funnel in social networking content but to recommend the information most relevant to the individual user. Running on a modified N900, the system both forms contextual links between content – so photos taken by, or featuring, the same person will be linked to the appropriate individuals, as well as geographically with other images taken in nearby locations – as well as learning the user’s habits and, over time, percolating the information it believes will be of the most interest to the top of the homepage.
Guido Grassel, leader of Nokia Research’s Web User Interface and User Experience team, explained that there are two main types of usage paradigm: either users take the time to flag up or “favourite” their key contacts, or they simply leave the system to handle them themselves. The Linked Internet UI Concept can cope with both: starred contacts are automatically given higher priority, or you can leave the device to learn what sort of information is of most use. Status updates from my Facebook friends, therefore, would gradually be given more priority than tweets; however the phone might also learn that certain people I follow on Twitter, or certain hashtags or geographical locations mentioned, are also of greater importance to me, and so make those more visible too.
Unfortunately there’s no real timescale to get the Linked Internet UI Concept off the prototype and into a shipping device. In the meantime, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that manufacturers and software developers realise that just because users demand the desktop experience on their mobile devices, it doesn’t mean a straight port across is sufficient. At the very least we should be able to flag up keywords – whether that be our own username, the name of our employer or the blog we write for, or the school or college we attend – as something we want highlighted. I want to be able to weight certain people or companies – either manually or, preferably, automatically – the news from and about which I’m most interested, and I don’t want to have to consciously shift between applications to consume, save or share that information.
MOTOBLUR – and HTC Sense, and webOS, and the rest – will get better, and platform developers themselves are learning that social networking integration is of growing importance to device users; Android 2.0, for instance, links address book entries with Facebook profiles, functionality that Google seems to have learnt from HTC and the rest but which now is baked into the core OS. What’s important is that while we use the same networks while mobile as we do while on our desktops and laptops, we do so in a different way. A straight port across isn’t good enough, and if we want use of these tools to spread beyond the power-users and the social-obsessed, they need to better cater to the bite-size demographic who aren’t willing to invest hours of eye-time into their phones.
Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586 Problems: Continuous Restarts, Faulty Apps and More
Microsoft announced a new build for Windows 10 Mobile, which goes by the number of 10586, a few days ago. It started to roll out to users of Fast Ring, and from today, it is also available for Slow Ring insiders. And while the new build fixed a lot of issues from the previous build, it also caused some new problems for Windows 10 Mobile insiders, so we created a list of all reported problems in Windows 10 Mobile Build 10586, so you won’t be surprised by these bugs.
You can also have a look at the many issues caused by Windows 10 1511. Here are some the reported bugs from Windows 10 Mobile build 10586:
After we released Build 10581 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring, we discovered a bug in the build that will cause the filesystem to become partially corrupted after doing a factory reset. For those of you who did a factory reset of your phone, you most likely did not notice this issue on Build 10581. Due to this bug however, upgrading to Build 10586 will cause your phone to go into a reboot loop after the upgrade completes – rebooting at the Windows or operator logo. To recover your phone, you can use the hardware key combination to reset your phone which will then put it at the OOBE experience on Build 10586. We highly recommend that you make sure you do a backup your phone before upgrading to Build 10586 due to this bug. Additionally, you can also recover your phone by using the Windows Device Recovery Tool to go back to Windows Phone 8.1 and then upgrade to Build 10586.
Deploying Silverlight apps through Visual Studio to your phone still won’t work in this build. This issue will be fixed with the release of Visual Studio 2023 Update 1 on Nov. 30th. You can deploy UWP apps to your phone without any issues.
There is a known issue where the tile for Insider Hub still remains under All apps but doesn’t open. Insider Hub isn’t included in this build. There isn’t a way to get it back unfortunately. However, it’ll return in a future flight! In the meantime, use Insider Hub on the PC as a workaround.
Some users have reported that they’re unable to use Maps and HERE maps after installing Build 10586: “Windows 10 (MOBILE) on Nokia Icon phone cannot open MAPS app. Is an update in process or should this application work?”
You might encounter continuous restarts after installing the new build: “updating to 10586 built preview, my 640 xl is restarting again and again for more then 2 hour what should i do, please help me its very urgent”
Some users have also reported that they’re even unable to install the new build due to an unexpected error 0x8024201f: “How update 640 xl from 10562 to 10586? An error message 0x8024201appear all the time… “
I am currently running OS Build 10.0.10586.11 on my Lumia 1520. As far as I can tell, there is no way to add credit cards to the current Wallet App, nor is there a way to turn on NFC Payments. I’ve got a secured SIM, and my carrier supports NFC Payments.
After solving the boot loop problem and the overnight fix for the Lumia app updates, there is only one problem remaining with my 930. The store takes very long to start, especially in weak signal areas (H/H+). Sometimes it takes over 10sec until the store is ready for use.
I have upgraded my Lumia 1020 to the 10586 build of Windows 10. After the upgrade, my Messaging app was completely unresponsive. Would take 80+ seconds to open the app, then again to open a thread, and again to send a message. So – last night I did a factory reset on the device. After the reset, now my Messaging app works quickly, however I’m missing a lot of history. The app did load history, but it did not load any history past Feb 2014.
As you can see, even if some people believe that Build 10586 is going to be a RTM build for Windows 10 Mobile, there still are a plenty of errors that need to be resolved by Microsoft before it releases the new mobile OS for good.
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Microsoft has now began rolling out Windows 10 build 14291 to PC and Mobile through the Fast ring of updates. This is the build number nine the company is releasing as part of the Redstone update, which will arrive in two updates in June of 2023 and the second update in Spring 2023.
In Windows 10 build 14291, Microsoft is bringing a number of improvements on Microsoft Edge, Maps, and Alarms & Clock apps. Japanese one-handed kana touch keyboard and Japanese Lined-mode Text Input Canvas. And the company is also introducing the new Feedback Hub app.Here’s what you will find new in build 14291 Microsoft Edge
Extensions: Similar to Chrome and Firefox, starting build 14291, the new default web browser for Windows 10 include support for extensions. There are only three basic extensions, including Microsoft Translator, Reddit, and Mouse Gestures. Insiders can download and install each extension individually.Maps app
On Windows 10 build 1291, Microsoft is also updating its Maps app for Windows 10 bringing a more “lightweight, scalable, and consistent UI as well as underlying architecture improvements and new features.”
Features include, turn-by-turn directions using Cortana, you can now search cities in 3D, you can access your favorites offline and add notes, and you will see labels for each search results on the map. For more details on all the new features and changes visit the Maps app blog.Alarms & Clock app
The Alarms & Clock app for Windows 10 now introduces a new inline time picker and tweaked design when creating and editing alarms and timers.Feedback Hub app
Microsoft has now merged the Insider Hub and Windows Feedback apps into as single app called the Feedback Hub. The new app is available for PC and Mobile and it includes all the features from the previous apps, plus a few new improvements. “When you open Feedback Hub for the first time, you will see a search box at the top so you can quickly find and upvote feedback items from other Insiders or submit new feedback. You will also notice that Announcements and Quests show up together in a single feed under “What’s new”.” Microsoft also added “a new description field so you can explain in more detail the feedback you are sending to us.”Fixes included on Windows 10 for PC
Microsoft finally fixed a UI glitch in the notification area (systray).
Now computers can connect to a Wi-Fi network using WEP encryption security.
Fixed an issue where the “X” to close the “Find of Page” toolbar in Microsoft Edge is displayed off screen on small tablets when in portrait mode.
When ejecting a USB drive the new icon should remain, instead of showing the old style icon.Known issues for Windows 10 build 14291 for PC
Some Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book devices still experience a freeze or hang and all input such as keyboard/trackpad and touch do not work. The workaround is to reboot.
PC may freeze when plugging in an Xbox One or Xbox 360 controller and other gamepad.
Some apps such as QQ are still crashing.
Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Internet Security, or the Kaspersky Total Security Suite installed on your PC there is a known driver bug that prevents these programs from working.
If Hyper-V has a Virtual Switch configured, you may see an error indicator (red-colored “X”) for your network adapter in the system tray. However, this is not an actual error and everything should be working as expected.Fixes included on Windows 10 Mobile
Phones can now connect to a Wi-Fi network using the old WEP encryption security.
Microsoft fixes an issue resulting in slower text input speed the more words were typed.
Word Flow recognition of longer words has been improved.
All apps list has been updated to now follow the “Make Text Larger” ease of access setting.
There is a fix for the Settings app when sometimes list unresolved app names under Extras.
The company has also fixed an issue where touch targets could be out of alignment in the Photos picker.Known issues for Windows 10 Mobile build 14291
After installing build 14291 and restore your phone from backup, then the restore will fail to install apps from backup.
If you use your phone with a Microsoft Band, then the band will no longer sync. As a workaround, temporarily change the language of your phone. You also can reset the phone to resolve the issue, but you may come across other issues.
Gadgets app won’t detect the Microsoft Display Dock on this build, and the latest firmware will not install either. If you have a dock which has already been updated to version 4, then this will not affect you.
Update & security on Settings has a new option to manage the Windows Insider Program, but it doesn’t work and it will crash the Settings app.
Update, March 24, 2023: Microsoft continues to expand Windows 10 build 14291 to more phones. Starting March 24th, the following handsets will be available to recieve Windows 10 Mobile builds from the Development Branch:
Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
BLU Win HD W510U
BLU Win HD LTE X150Q
Lumia 635 (1GB)
Lumia 636 (1GB)
Lumia 638 (1GB)
Lumia 640 XL
Lumia 950 XL
MCJ Madosma Q501
Keep in mind that your phone must have 8GB of free storage, the original software should Windows Phone 8.1, and the version number is 8.10.14219.341 or earlier.
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