The Weekly Authority: 📱 OnePlus Nord N20 on the way

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⚡ Welcome to The weekly authoritythe Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news of the week. The 191st edition here, featuring the imminent launch of the OnePlus Nord N20, Sega’s Crazy Taxi reboot, HP’s foldable laptop and more.

🚗 It’s been a whole week here, with a breakdown and more than four hours of waiting for a tow truck. On the plus side, not having a car means more time for play and tinkering which I have been putting off since before the pandemic…

Popular news this week

OnePlus Nord N20 Leak Renders 2

OnePlus:

Samsung:

Google:

Apple:

  • Everything you hate about Apple could change thanks to a leaked European bill – could force Apple to open up its services and work with competitors, affecting iMessage, FaceTime, etc.
  • Nice: Judge Says Apple Should Pay Man $1,000 For Not Including Charger With iPhone; it’s in Brazil, but will it set a legal precedent for other companies in the country?
  • Apple is readying a bunch of new features for the Apple Watch line, including satellite connectivity and a new low power mode.
  • And Successor to the Apple TV 4K could integrate a video camera and a HomePod speaker.
  • During this time, the The iPhone 14 line could include a new modelthe iPhone 14 Max, with a 16.7-inch display, but take that rumor with a grain of salt.
  • Apple MagSafe Battery can charge iPhones faster with a new firmware update (7.5W, so 50% more juice) – but you might want to wait to get it, given past heat issues.
  • Most M1 Mac Thunderbolt 4 ports do not support 10 Gbps transfers of USB 3.1 Gen 2, display the tests.
  • Finally, it looks like Apple’s M2 chip might continue to include Samsung components.

Space:

Somewhere else:

  • The ALAC bug left millions of Android devices vulnerable to takeover: Qualcomm and Mediatek got the upper hand.
  • The EU is about to force all manufacturers to use USB-C chargers for everything, with huge implications for Apple.
  • Motorola Moto G (2022) is here for $400, along with Moto G Stylus 5G (2022).
  • And a new foldable phone is coming from Huawei on April 28: the Mate XS 2 could be a foldable phone, only in China for now.
  • Meanwhile, Vivo is preparing to launch the X80 series in China on April 25, no word on a global launch yet.
  • And Sony’s WH-1000XM5 earphones might offer a sleek design and longer battery life.
  • Since Ars-Technica: Smart home company Insteon appears to be dead“The app and servers are dead. The CEO has cleaned up his LinkedIn page. No one is responding.”
  • A report of The elect suggests HP is working on a 17-inch foldable laptop: Measuring 17 inches unfolded (11 inches folded), it will be a 4K OLED model, to be unveiled later this year or at CES next year.
  • Electric wands use electricity to make food 50% saltier.
  • And Imagine smart glasses for the blind can read documents, scan faces and facilitate navigation.
  • Finally, the hopes of small Android phones dashed by dismal iPhone 13 Mini sales in the United States.

Movies/TV:

What to watch on Netflix

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  • Netflix announces it will consider offering cheaper, ad-supported plans after losing 200,000 subscribers, and clarifies that password sharing won’t exactly remain free-for-all.
  • And CNN Plus realized no one wanted it, shutting down on April 30 just a month after it launched!
  • Netflix would have spent 30 million dollars for each episode of the upcoming fourth season of Stranger Things.
  • Looks like the movie minecraft is still a thing and will star Jason Momoa.
  • Robert MorseMad Men and Broadway star dies aged 90.
  • A new teaser for Dungeons & Dragons by Chris Pine the film was dropped, revealing the official title, on March 3, 2023.
  • And one Lightyear’s new trailer gives us a better insight into Buzz’s adventures.
  • During this time, the first teaser for Thor: Love and Thunder landed, in theaters on July 8.
  • Ready for season 2 of Russian Doll? It’s on our list of the best new TV shows to air this week, along with The Flight Attendant season 2, and more.
  • Finally, our roundup of the best new movies streaming this week includes Alice Wu’s rom-com Saving Face and Zombie Horror Virus: 32 (don’t watch it if you’re a cat lover).

Games :

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Comments

OnePlus 10 Pro facing right with scissors

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Weekly Wonder

We’ll keep things short and sweet this week with a look back at one of the most memorable tech demo failures in history (and a few other stoppers). Think back to April 20, 1998…

COMDEX Spring 1998 and Windows World are taking place in Chicago, and a public demonstration of the new Windows 98 is planned. Bill Gates’ assistant, Chris Capossela (now Senior Vice President, Consumer Channels and Central Marketing Group, prepares the demo.

So everything goes horribly wrong when connect a scanner causes an operating system crash. Instead of demonstrating the plug-and-play capabilities that should have wowed audiences, there’s instead a blue screen of death (BSoD), followed by lots of laughs. Then Bill Gates says, “That must be the reason we’re not shipping it yet.”

It’s far from the only technological failure that spoils a demo, however.

Failed Honda Asimo demo

The Honda Asimo demo in 2006 did not go as planned. Imagine this: you are a robot and your task is to climb a flight of stairs in public view. Only, it’s not that easy, and you fall. Don’t worry – to avoid your embarrassment, the technical team will simply place screens around you to hide you from the crowd. The level of panic that ensues after this demo fails makes it truly memorable.

Apple’s WWDC Failure

Apple events are smooth and perfectly orchestrated these days, but it wasn’t always that way. In 2010, during the World Wide Developer’s Conference, Steve Jobs tries – and fails – to show off the features of the new iPhone 4 when its Wi-Fi connection keeps failing.

Have a favorite tech demo failure? Share it with us in the comments.

Technical calendar

  • April 28: US launch of the OnePlus Nord N20
  • April 28: OnePlus event (India, 7 p.m. IST)
  • April 28: Huawei Mate XS 2 launched
  • 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’s WWDC 2022

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