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🎮 I started the week with joystick drift on my PS5’s DualSense, which has now gone to PlayStation Hospital for repair. I have a spare, but hope he will be home soon!
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Popular news this week
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google:Google Docs is getting more support for markdown, using the autocorrect feature to convert the Markdown format. And nearly 14 years after its initial release, Chrome version 100 also comes with a refreshed logo.
Xiaomi:Xiaomi’s comments on claims that its devices slow down games but not benchmark apps essentially confirms that it slows down performance, but explains that it still offers several performance modes.
Vivo:Vivo has announced that it will be unveiling a new foldable one as specs and renderings have been leaked: the Vivo X Fold will arrive on April 11, although it will only launch in China for now and there are no plans for a global release. The specs look good though: it’s rumored to be an 8-inch LTPO QHD+ OLED display with ultra-thin glass (UTG), ultrasonic fingerprint scanning, 66W charging and 50W wireless charging powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC.
Elsewhere:Someone for some reason made an Android phone with a lightning port. The Redmi Note 11 Pro Plus has launched worldwide and offers 120W charging for under $400. And Dyson launched Zone, its air-purifying Bluetooth headphones that make you look a little Bane-esque thanks to the visor design. Meanwhile, Intel announced its new Arc A-series GPUs for laptops, featuring dedicated ray-tracing hardware and support for DirectX 12 — launching starts with Arc 3, designed more for creativity than gaming. WhatsApp voice messaging got better with six new features, including listening to a voice message from a chat, and a useful pause/resume recording feature when recording voice messages, which will be rolled out to all users in the coming weeks. And LG killed its phones and propelled Motorola into the top three in the US market in 2021. In addition, it sounds like a collaboration between Xiaomi and Leica is in the works. Windows 11’s dumbest problem is finally solved: It’s now a one-click process to change your default browser. It seems that people are receiving spam messages from their own numbers: mainly Verizon customers – Verizon’s responded, saying it is aware that “bad actors” are responsible for the forged messages, but there is “no indication that this fraudulent activity comes from Russia.” The company is actively working with law enforcement to find out who is responsible and put an end to the messages. Speaking of Russia, Russian developers are creating their own alternative to the Google Play Store: NashStore (“OurStore” in English). And TikTok is testing a Watch History feature so you can finally find that video you were sure you saved. Amazon Glow is now available to all consumers in the US, having launched by invitation six months ago. Finally: Do you want to have a burrito delivered by drone? For residents of Granbury, Texas, that could soon be a reality — Flytrex, an Israeli startup, already delivers meals by drone in North Carolina as part of its pilot program, and is now expanding to Granbury, just outside Fort Worth.
Gaming:Sony has announced its PlayStation Plus service, a competitor to Xbox Game Pass – available from June, with three tiers: Essential, Extra and Premium, starting at $9.99 per month ($24.99 per quarter, $59.99 per year), but falls short as new games won’t launch on the service at the same time as the retail release, unlike Xbox’s Game Pass. Meanwhile, Microsoft is reportedly launching an Xbox Game Pass family plan later this year, giving five users access to the service with one subscription. Speaking of which, Xbox won’t stop you from sharing clips to Twitter from your console: Microsoft’s latest Xbox beta software means you no longer need to use your phone to share content. Death Stranding Director’s Cut landed on PC on Wednesday, available through Steam and the Epic Games Store, including the “Ruined Factory” location, expanded storyline and new stealth missions, plus support for Intel’s new XeSS graphics technology coming soon. And the Breath of the Wild sequel has been delayed to 2023, Nintendo apologizing: “…we’ve decided to extend our development time a bit and change the release to Spring 2023.” Speaking of Nintendo, a new overview trailer for Nintendo Switch Sports has landed this week. E3 2022 has been canceled: We already knew the in-person event would be canceled this year, but now the digital version has also been cancelled, with ESA promising a triumphant return to Los Angeles in 2023. The second annual Meta Quest Gaming Showcase is set for April 20 – we hope to hear about GTA: San Andreas, as well as some new games from Vertigo Games, plus Among Us VR and Cities: VR have also been confirmed. Do you want to mow the lawn? Now you can on your console with the zen-like Lawn Mowing Simulator, which came out on Thursday for PS4 and PS5 and for a while had more Twitch viewers than Call of Duty: Warzone. Finally: The Horizon Forbidden West patch makes the game less shiny – the massive patch for PS4 and PS5 also fixes more than a dozen quests.
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority
Friday, April 1 was April’s Day of Fools, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite weird and wonderful tech jokes from the past decade:
Most of us know Waymo as the provider of fully autonomous taxi rides in major cities around the world. But in 2019, the company fooled us for April Fools’ Day by announcing pet-exclusive taxis. “If pets could travel in self-driving cars, where would they go?” Good question!
Have you ever wondered what the inside of an Egyptian tomb smells like? Google nose. In 2013, Google Nose Beta promised to provide a “scentsational” new search experience by allowing you to search for almost any scent. The “Google Arombase” had over 15 million “scentibytes” from around the world inhaled and indexed by its Street Sense vehicles. We actually wish this one was real…
OnePlus Warp car
In 2019, One Plus announced its Warp Car, a modular electric supercar made with SLS 3D and ABS 3D printing that you can build on at home. The car had no steering wheel, but relied on swipes on your (OnePlus) phone to steer and used the phone’s flashlight as headlights. You could apparently go up to 270 miles on a 20 minute charge, but you needed 20 Warp Chargers to charge the battery. You also had to be between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 8 inches to use it.
Internet of pants from Samsung
In 2016, Samsung released a press release for its “Internet of Trousers” smart pants. These include features like heart rate monitoring, a wake up reminder, and “Wi-Fly” that notifies you if your pants have been unzipped for more than three minutes. The pants could also detect if the waistband felt tight, after which they automatically alarmed your refrigerator to lock so that it could only be opened by an authorized person.
This year: Some of the favorites we spotted are included Razer’s HyperSense haptic suit, the Dyson zone headphones – oh wait, that wasn’t an april fools joke – and the Oppo Gotchaa small device with a refresh rate of 1422 Hz and a “very clickable button”.
Technical calendarApril 5: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga launches on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S April 11: Vivo X Fold unveiling (China only) April 20: Meta Quest Gaming Showcase @ 10:00 am PT May 9-11: Qualcomm 5G Summit (San Diego) May 11-12: Google I/O 2022
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Something extra: The first floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris was completed on this day in 1888 and you can dive deep into the details of the construction here.
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