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Also: Daylight savings might mess with whatever time you normally get this, but should settle out within a week or two.
Google had a bad weekend. And that’s not even mentioning that it didn’t win a dismissal of $5B lawsuit regarding incognito mode (CNET).
No, the real story is more about mistakes.
First, Pixel DST problems:
- People across North America reported that their Google Pixels missed the switch to daylight savings time. A bunch of Reddit threads popped up, with owners of the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4 series, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5 all reporting the issue, with Arizona a problem area in particular, along with areas in Canada.
- Most said a reboot fixed the problem, but stories of people missing work or struggling to know what the actual time was popped up.
- It’s a throwback to yesteryear when Daylight Savings Time bugs would come up on iPhones and Android devices, often wrong alarm times meaning earlier or later wakeups, time and again(The Guardian).
- Now, software developers will complain about timezones, daylight savings starting/ending variously across the world, and so on. It is not an easy problem. But it’s not exactly a hidden problem either.
- In any case, it seems like anyone who sets their time via the network-provided time and timezone — the normal and good default setting — might’ve struck the problem.
- The blame lies somewhere there, and I look forward to Google talking about the bug and/or just fixing it before Europe, the UK, Australia, and so on, make the switch back/forward depending on hemisphere later this month.
Google’s second slip-up was leaking the names of a bunch of coming unannounced phones. In a support document update to ARCore, its augmented reality platform, the docs list unreleased phones from eight Android OEMs, including:
- Asus Zenfone 8 Flip
- LG Stylo 7
- Motorola Moto G100
- Oppo Reno 5A and Oppo Reno 5 Pro Plus 5G Bosch
- Realme 8 Pro
- Samsung A82 5G
Spilling the beans:
- We’ve only heard a few small leaks about a Samsung A82 5G phone, likely a successor to 2019’s Galaxy A80; maybe coming out after the A52 and A72 expected to launch week.
- The Asus Zenfone 8 Flip hasn’t been announced or even officially teased yet so that’s a big mistake.
- At least Realme 8 Pro is launching this month, so that’s not such a slip.
- But LG’s Stylo 7, a 2021 edition of the LG Stylo 6, one of the only non-Galaxy Note phones to offer a built-in stylus, is also new.
- Then there’s the Oppo Reno 5 Pro Plus 5G Bosch… which could be anything. What’s Bosch doing there?
- In any case, Google removed all mentions of these devices in the docs, which more or less certifies it as an oopsie.
⌚ The OnePlus Watch launch date is now confirmed, will be announced alongside the OnePlus 9 series (Android Authority).
⚖ Xiaomi welcomes US judge’s ruling, temporarily halting its blacklisting (Android Authority).
📶 AT&T adds 5G to its legacy unlimited data plans, meaning no switching plans to get full speeds. Will all carriers follow? Extremely welcome news (Engadget).
🎧 Kuo: AirPods 3 mass production to start in Q3 2021 …which rules them out of a March 23 launch and looks more like September/October? (MacRumors).
📺 Netflix’s possible password-sharing crackdown has a silver lining: Enter two-factor codes? That’s …ok, maybe (Wired).
🔋 Kia shows off first full images of new EV6 electric car ahead of a March launch, date TBC (The Verge).
🤖 The NTSB has put the NHTSA and Tesla on blast for its limited regulation of autonomous driver assist systems and calls for stricter safety standards (Ars Technica).
📰 Microsoft and newspapers join forces to fight Google in the US, with it all sounding a lot like what happened in Australia with Facebook and Google (The Verge).
📸 Adobe adds “Super Resolution” to Photoshop, quadrupling pixel counts via ML, bringing the CSI “Enhance” jokes to life (PetaPixel).
💳 The biggest company in Silicon Valley that you can’t buy stock in? Stripe, now valued at $95B. (TechCrunch).
🛫 Air travel is picking up: TSA records highest passenger screenings in nearly a year (CNBC).
🚀 SpaceX just launched a Falcon 9 rocket on a record 9th flight and stuck the landing, as the Starlink constellation just keeps growing (NASASpaceFlight.com)
🍗 Erm, this guy tried and more or less succeeded to actually (well, technically) cook a chicken by slapping it (YouTube).
🧠 “What part of the brain handles translating mental math into written math formulas?” …and why am I missing it (r/askscience).
- Now, arguably, Forrest Gump, The Godfather, and for some people, The Lord of the Rings, are better than the books.
- The last one is most arguable though!
Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor