⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 192nd edition here, with Android 13’s public beta, Musk’s Twitter purchase, Sony’s subscription stacking clampdown, and more…
🍦 I’m enjoying the UK’s long Mayday weekend — hoping for some sunshine so we can have ice cream at the beach!
Popular news this week
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- Elon Musk will officially buy Twitter: For $44 billion, and it’s unclear how this will affect Twitter in the short-term and long-term.
- Also, cybersecurity experts say Twitter could be more vulnerable to attack if Musk’s idea to make its tech open-source goes ahead, not to mention privacy concerns. Musk would potentially owe Twitter $1 billion if the deal falls through…
- Plus, Musk’s ideas for increasing Twitter profits could involve monetizing your Tweets, and increasing celebrity interaction.
- Entire Android industry can’t compete with Apple’s growth last quarter: Every Android manufacturer lost market share in Q1 2022.
- Hackers successfully duped Google, Apple, and others into giving up user data.
- Sony announced an Xperia event for May 11: Xperia 1 IV likely coming next month.
- And Amazon Prime Day’s coming in July, date to be confirmed.
- Huawei Mate XS 2 launched Thursday, the first out-folding design we’ve seen in some time, with a Snapdragon 888 4G Soc, 7.8-inch 120Hz foldable OLED display that folds to a smaller 6.5-inch 19:9 screen, and 4,600mAh-4,800mAh battery depending on model, but China-only for now.
- Vivo X80 series announced: Evolution, not revolution? A China-only release for now.
- Poco F4 GT launched: The best gaming phone on the market?
- The Huawei Band 7 and Watch GT 3 Pro launched too.
- And Honor grabbed the top spot in the Chinese phone market, unexpectedly, up from 5% market share a year ago.
- Plus, someone may have found Xiaomi’s next foldable phone hidden in MIUI code…
- Meanwhile, Snap’s tiny little camera drone Pixy, which ties in with Snapchat, launched for $230, only in the US and France.
- A change to WhatsApp disappearing messages is another reason to use Signal: WhatsApp will let users save disappearing messages, undermining privacy.
- Looks like across-the-room wireless charging products might not be coming this year after all: Belkin casts doubt on future release schedule for the chargers, which will use IR beams to “beam” power straight to a device from a power node in another location in the room.
- Wow: Japanese railroad builds giant gundam-style robot to fix power lines, controlled by VR.
- The Tokyo Vice season finale aired on Friday, so while we anxiously wait to hear if there’ll be a season 2, check out the true story of Jake Adelstein. If you haven’t seen the show, catch season 1 streaming on HBO Max now.
- The 13 best Nicolas Cage performances (and where to watch them), including Leaving Las Vegas, Face/Off, and more.
- Mashable’s review on The Man Who Fell to Earth is in: does justice — and then some — to the source material.
- Nintendo’s delayed its Super Mario movie to April 2023, but it’ll be worth the wait, apparently.
- And Netflix drops trailer, launch date for Money Heist Korean remake: June 24.
- Here’s what’s new on Netflix in May: Stranger Things season 4 (!), The Lincoln Lawyer, and a new Mike Myers comedy series.
- CNN Plus shut down two days earlier than planned on April 28.
- Missing Severance? Check out these 15 revelations from ‘Severance’ creator Dan Erickson’s Reddit AMA.
- Or check out the best new streaming movies this week, from queer teen drama Crush to Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express.
- Blizzard will reveal the first Warcraft mobile game on May 3, at 10 AM PT.
- Ubisoft shuts down online services for 91 games across multiple console and PC platforms, including Just Dance, Splinter Cell, Far Cry 2, and more.
- Sega’s pulling standalone Sonic games ahead of Sonic Origins’ arrival.
- Apple threatens to remove games that haven’t been recently updated from its store, devs are up in arms.
- Meanwhile, Sony’s building a game preservation team to keep old games alive.
- Speaking of Sony, it’s reportedly requiring some developers to create two-hour trial versions of their games as preparation for the upcoming PS Plus Premium subscriptions: will only apply to new games with a wholesale cost of $34 or more and isn’t retroactive.
- And Sony’s also clamping down on PlayStation Now subscription stacking to protect its upcoming Premium service: if you’re already subscribed, you’ll need to wait until June to redeem pre-paid cards.
- PlayStation Plus’ May games are Tribes of Midgard, Curse of the Dead Gods, and FIFA 22.
- Speaking of demos: The annual Tribeca Festival will feature a selection of games remote attendees can play online, including demos for Plague Tale: Requiem and Oxenfree II: Lost Signals — tickets on sale May 2.
- And PAX East is over for another year: Here are some of Ars Technica‘s favorite games from the event.
- Meanwhile, an Elden Ring VR mod is coming, and PC Gamer has some footage.
- And Vampire Battle Royale: Bloodhunt is free on PlayStation 5 now, unavailable anywhere else until October 2023.
- Finally: Nintendo Switch Sports landed and reviews are in.
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This week, settle in for a bit of a long read.
I’ve just finished listening to the podcast Hoax’s episode “Jimmy’s World,” about 26-year-old Pultizer Prize-winning (and losing) Washington Post reporter Janet Cooke. In case you haven’t heard of her, her story’s a pretty interesting one.
- On September 28, 1980, Washington Post readers were greeted with artwork for a story entitled “Jimmy’s World.”
- The story’s subtitle: “8-Year-Old Heroin Addict Lives For a Fix” made waves throughout the country.
- But it later became one of the largest journalism scandals of all time, something that we like to think wouldn’t happen today, with all the technology we have at our disposal for fact and background checking…
From the original article:
“Jimmy is 8 years old and a third-generation heroin addict, a precocious little boy with sandy hair, velvety brown eyes, and needle marks freckling the baby-smooth skin of his thin brown arms.
He nestles in a large, beige reclining chair in the living room of his comfortably furnished home in Southeast Washington. There is an almost cherubic expression on his small, round face as he talks about life — clothes, money, the Baltimore Orioles, and heroin. He has been an addict since the age of 5.”
Shocking. But was any of it true?
Who was Janet Cooke?
Janet Cooke had worked as a reporter for The Toledo Blade for a little over two years when she wrote to executive editor Ben Bradlee, enquiring about a job at The Washington Post, attaching her resume and six articles she’d written for The Blade.
- Bradlee was impressed that Cooke was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar in 1976 and offered her an interview.
- Two weeks later, Cooke impressed everybody she met. She was an articulate, well-dressed, striking black woman who seemed ideal for the job, particularly given the pressures to hire women and minorities.
- Cooke started work at The Post on January 3, 1980.
- Everyone had been so impressed by her, that nobody could really remember carrying out anything more than a cursory check of her references.
Cooke began working for The District Weekly under Vivian Aplin-Brownlee.
- Cooke wrote her first byline two weeks after she was hired — a story about a black beauty contest.
- It wasn’t until February 21 that her first major article was published — a story about Washington’s drug-infested riot corridor, thrusting Cooke firmly into the drug reporting scene.
- Cooke went on to write 52 more stories before “Jimmy’s World.”
- But behind the scenes, she was known for her dramatic flair. She was conspicuous, wearing designer clothes and “consumed by blind and raw ambition.”
- She even told others of her ambitions to win a Pulitzer Prize in three years and to be on the national staff in three to five years.
The story itself
Aplin Brownlee had heard talk of a new type of heroin on the streets. Cooke was sent to look into it, interviewing drug rehabilitation experts and social workers about heroin abuse in Washington.
- Cooke amassed two hours of tape-recorded interviews and 145 pages of handwritten notes, which landed on the desk of Milton Coleman, who’d worked at the Post since May 1976 and had taken over the City desk on May 26, 1980.
- By this point, heroin stories were running regularly, but when Cooke talked over the material with Coleman and mentioned an 8-year-old addict, he immediately knew it was a front-page story.
Cooke supposedly went on to have dinner with the heroin addict’s mother and visited their house, but nobody asked the boy’s or family’s name or address, and Cooke was promised confidentiality for her sources. She even claimed to have been threatened at knifepoint by the boy’s stepfather, and was sent to stay with another Post employee for two nights after the story was published.
The story’s details were extensive, with the first draft coming in at 13.5 pages long, describing the child, his clothes, and the family home in great detail. Somewhere along the way, everybody assumed Coleman knew who the kid was, but nobody ever asked about him.
- When the story was published on Sunday, September 28, 892,220 copies of the paper ran “Jimmy’s World” on the front page.
- Unlike today, when we could easily use the latest tech to check references, verify sources, and find out where this family lived, in the 1980s this was all taken at face value. There was no reason to debate whether this well-written story was true.
- Readers were outraged and wondered what was being done to find the boy. The story was sent to Nancy Reagan, the nation’s first-lady-t0-be, and letters came from all over the country demanding the police take action.
- Washington Police Chief Burtell Jefferson launched a citywide search for “Jimmy” the day after publication, offering a reward of up to $10,000.
There’s a lot more to the story than we can get into here, but the podcast episode is the best place to dive deep…
Uncovering the hoax
- One person never believed the story: Vivian Aplin-Brownlee said, “I never believed it, and I told Milton (Coleman) that. I knew her so well and the depth of her. In her eagerness to make a name she would write farther than the truth would allow.”
- Others, including Coleman and Woodward, never doubted Cooke, even following another of her sensational stories about a 14-year-old prostitute.
- When the paper was threatened with legal action, Coleman decided to visit Jimmy’s home with Cooke. A day later, Cooke claimed she’d gone to the house alone and found it vacant: the family had supposedly moved to Baltimore.
- On April 13, 1981, Cooke was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Jimmy’s World.
It seemed Cooke had committed the perfect crime until she was exposed just two days later. After the editors of the Post discovered Cooke had lied about her academic credentials, they demanded proof of Jimmy’s existence.
On April 15, in an interview with David Maraniss, Cooke finally admitted that her story was fictitious and offered her resignation.
The Post, humiliated, returned the Pulitzer.
- May 3: Blizzard reveals first Warcraft mobile game @ 10 AM PT
- May 9-11: Qualcomm 5G Summit (San Diego)
- May 11: Sony Xperia event @ 3 AM ET (Xperia 1 IV?)
- May 11-12: Google I/O 2022
- June 6-10: Apple WWDC 2022
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Enjoy the spring weather!
Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.
Wordle game help: 5-letter words with 'AME' in the middle – Dot Esports
Since its October 2021 release, Josh Wardle’s Wordle seems to have become the internet’s most popular word game.
Each day, a new five-letter word is the answer to the challenge, and players need to guess it in up to six tries. The word is the same for all players on the same calendar day and there are no clues but the letters themselves, which change colors depending on where they are in the word—and if they are in the word at all.
While Wordle may be a simple challenge on most days, there are times when you could get stuck. Maybe you found two or three letters, but you have no idea what your next guess should be, either because you can’t remember any words with that specific combination or because there are too many options to choose from. If that is the case today and all you have is “AME” right in the middle of the word, you can check the list below for inspiration.
Five-letter words with “AME” in the middle to try on Wordle
There are not that many options, but you will still need to narrow down the list to get the answer right. The first thing you can do is check all the letters that appear gray in your previous guesses, then eliminate all words that contain any of them. A second tip is to avoid plural forms. They are valid guesses if you need them, but Wordle will never pick a plural form as the answer to the daily puzzle.
If you’re still unsure and don’t want to wait until Wordle resets at midnight local time, you can always look up the answer to today’s puzzle (which we update around 12am CT) to avoid losing your streak.
New LoL champion Bel'Veth is a transforming Void nightmare – PCGamesN
The next champion coming to League of Legends is a powerful, menacing empress from deep within the heart of the Void. Bel’Veth, who Riot Games calls a ‘God of Oblivion,’ has debuted in her official cinematic trailer, and she is a terrifying and Lovecraftian monster capable of mimicking human features – but only as a lure, since her primary motivation is to consume everything and everyone.
The cinematic, which you can view below, begins with Daughter of the Void Kai’Sa alighting in the ruined city of Belveth, which is now completely overgrown with eerily luminescent Void flora. Led by a toy ship carried aloft by glowing butterflies, Kai’Sa enters a natural chamber – only to discover the walls are alive with Void-infused, skeletal arms.
Bel’Veth approaches her from a rift that opens behind Kai’Sa. “I am everything the Void has consumed,” she says ominously, striding forward. Bel’Veth is tall, and shrouded with a cape that wraps around her in tight layers. Two huge horns emerge from a piece of armour on her upper back. “Just as I devoured this city, I will devour your world.”
Here’s the cinematic.
Kai’Sa’s attacks are useless against Bel’Veth, whose face begins to peel apart to reveal a glowing fungal flower… which is positioned over her true face. It’s revealed as Bel’Veth’s cape opens: a monstrous maw lined with razor-sharp teeth. Terrifying.
You can read more about Bel’Veth’s background in the short story Pinwheel, written by Jared Rosen. It’s available on the official League of Legends site.
Leaks suggest Bel’Veth is an ability power/attack damage hybrid jungler champion, with her ultimate ability being her transformation into her ‘true’ Void form. However, none of that’s been confirmed yet, as Bel’Veth has yet to appear on the Leage of Legends PBE.
Experience Parallel Search Capabilities on the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 with Petal Search – Canada NewsWire
Adapting to the always-on lives of today’s consumers, Petal Search allows users to double their efficiency experience a new layout of a search engine.
With Petal Search now optimised for foldable screens, users can search for an array of topics ranging from news, apps, shopping, nearby services, and many more on the 7.8-inch True-Chroma foldable display of the new HUAWEI Mate Xs 2. With one tap on the search bar, the Parallel Search function is automatically activated as details of the search is smoothly displayed across both screens in a dual-window layout. This interactive design allows users to multitask on larger screens improving efficiency even during leisure browsing.
Petal Search provides consumers with the Parallel Search function, allowing different portions of the search services that the consumer is using to be displayed on both screens at the same time. Valuable information will be doubled, complicated operations will be reduced by half, and the efficiency will be improved by 100%.
Parallel Search allows users to instantly view search results on one screen while still scrolling through for further options on the other. For example, scroll through nearby food options on one screen, while displaying detailed information of a selection option on the other, deals, menu, food photos , reviews, ordering online, etc. With such a versatile layout, consumers are able to experience a smooth and efficient browsing experience.
With online shopping being the go-to for most, research shows that roughly 51% of consumers visit up to 4 sites before deciding to purchase a product (Source: People Comparison Shop). To aid consumers in their search, the new search function can display product details all on one page allowing easy comparison between 2 items. Furthermore, Petal Search allows users to run 2 search services simultaneously, such as video-streaming apps on one screen of the HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 while reading up on the latest news on the other.
All-In-One Search for an immersive search experience
With Petal Search’s Parallel Search function, consumers are able to choose between 2 different viewing modes. With the dual-window mode, consumers view different parts of the search on each screen increasing efficiency. Or if consumers require a better view, single-window mode provides a larger view for a more immersive search experience.
Enjoy an immersive search experience on the large screen of the new HUAWEI Mate Xs 2 with Petal Search’s All-In-One Search. By partnering up with over 3,000 top e-commerce, travel and local merchants, Petal Search optimizes shopping, travel and more than 20 other vertical search categories for users to search from.
Experience true search power when it comes to leisure. Find interesting deals, compare items and prices and much more without having to open additional tabs, when shopping online with Petal Search. Also plan your next holiday with Petal Search by comparing prices of flights and hotels all on one page. Come and take your search experience to the next level!
Based on Huawei’s 1+8+N all-scenario strategy and the adaptation capability of hardware and software, Petal Search aims to provide users with a seamless and consistent search experience.
To download and experience Petal Search, please visit: https://bit.ly/3rpGYGY
SOURCE Petal Search, Huawei
For further information: Lingling Wang, [email protected]
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