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Daily Authority: 🔋 Is Facebook killing phone batteries?
😎 Good morning, and welcome to Tuesday’s Daily Authority. It’s the last day of the month and though January hasn’t been a bad one, today we’ve got not one but two top stories for you, including some Facebook controversy.
Facebook’s battery controversy
If you’ve noticed Facebook being a battery hog, you might be onto something, as a former Facebook employee claims the company can secretly drain your phone battery.
- Data scientist George Hayward told the New York Post that Facebook is participating in “negative testing.”
- This is a form of software testing that applies unexpected behaviors and circumstances to an app or software to see how it copes.
- The former employee was fired for refusing to participate in the practice, believing it could be harmful.
- However, we may never know whether Hayward’s claim was true, as he only mentioned having seen a document entitled “How to run thoughtful negative tests” but failed to divulge any examples from the document.
- Negative testing isn’t uncommon or controversial, either, though if Facebook was deliberately draining phone batteries, that’s a definite no-no that could put people in harm’s way, for example, if they’re unable to use their phone in a life-or-death situation.
- Draining the battery in this way also means more frequent charging, contributing to battery degradation.
- If you’re noticing faster than usual battery drain, you might want to grab one of the best battery saver apps.
Samsung expects dip in smartphone demand ahead of Galaxy S23 launch
- It’s fair to say business hasn’t been booming for the world’s largest smartphone maker, with uncertain economic times, reduced chip demand, and a reduction in customers buying new gadgets all to blame.
- The company shared weak profit numbers, but the hardest hit was Samsung’s chip division, which saw profits plunge over 90% in Q4 2022.
- Samsung’s predicting smartphone demand won’t pick up until the second half of 2023, despite tomorrow’s Galaxy S23 launch.
- However, it’s not all doom and gloom, as the Galaxy S23 series and an enhanced product portfolio, including new PCs, wearables, and tablets should help sales expand this quarter.
- And it could mean we’ll see the Galaxy Watch 6 land earlier than expected this year…
⌛ Official Galaxy S23 images and details get leaked by AT&T ahead of Unpacked (Android Authority).
👀 A huge leak reveals the full list of One UI 5.1 features (Updated) (Android Authority).
👏 Coming this year: ‘More premium’ Nothing Phone 2 confirmed with US launch ‘number one priority’ (Android Authority).
📅 OnePlus all but launches the OnePlus 11R ahead of February 7 event (Android Authority).
📱 Triple OPPO-rtunity: Another ultra-premium phone could be getting a one-inch camera sensor (Android Authority).
💰 An “Everything” app: Twitter now wants to become a payments platform to compete with Apple Pay and PayPal (9to5Google).
🔐 The latest T-Mobile breach affected Google Fi customers too (Android Authority).
🎮 Don’t have a PlayStation 5 yet? PS5 supply has been increased, so it should be “much easier” to get one, Sony says (Gamespot).
🧟♂️ Finally: Tissues at the ready for The Last of Us Episode 3 — A supporting character gets a hopeful, and heartbreaking, standalone story (spoiler alert) (Rotten Tomatoes).
- The company Tweeted it’s seeing “an increasing number of voice cloning misuse cases.”
- Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that “deepfake” audio clips are simply the new deepfake videos.
- Motherboard revealed several 4chan posts with clips featuring voices generated by speech AI tools that sound like celebrities — including Emma Watson and Joe Rogan — saying or reading questionable things, though it’s not clear if all the clips used ElevenLabs’ technology.
- There will always be people using the latest tech to spread homophobic, racist, transphobic, or violent messages, but that doesn’t mean tools like this can’t be used for good.
- AI voice generators can be used for film and game voiceovers, audiobooks, and more, and it looks like 2023 could be the year we see more of them emerge.
- ElevenLabs is already coming up with ideas on how to prevent abuse of its technology, including requiring payment info or ID from users, additional layers for account verification, or even making users verify they own copyright for the voice they want to clone.
- This is why we can’t have nice things.
Have a great week!
Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.