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This week’s popular news
- Pixel 6 users can be one step closer to Face Unlock.
- In the meantime, four Pixel 6a models have landed at the FCC, which suggests coming soon, and more release countries than the Pixel 5a.
- And the Pixel 7’s camera may offer only limited improvements compared to the Pixel 6, which may actually be identical to the Pixel 6 but depends on software and sensor upgrades for improvement.
- Unlimited Google Photo Storage is back, with one big caveat: for T-Mobile customers only, regardless of whether they own Pixel, for মাসে 15 per month (including 2TB Cloud Storage for Gmail and Drive and unlimited photo and video storage.)
- And using Google’s services to hunt down scammers: it is suing a person who has committed “puppy fraud” targeting at-risk residents of the United States.
- Also, Android 13 can provide better gaming performance.
- Also: Another small piece of evidence for the Pixel Watch.
- Finally this week: Google thinks calling a poultry expert might be a good way to let you know – the Little Signal test will show six gadgets, each with its own way of notifying users, from blowing in the air to casting shadows. Ghostly.
- The Vivo X Fold is the latest foldable, replicating the design of the Galaxy Z Fold 3, with a water-drop hinge design, exterior 6.53-inch FHD + 120Hz OLED panel, interior 8.03-inch 120Hz LTPO OLED panel, two fingerprint 1, Warning / Silent Slider, and more – but only for China.
- It’s official: the Poco F4 GT will arrive later this month.
- The Nubia Red Magic 7 Pro received a US launch, 800, for some great specs with a 660-inch 120Hz FHD + OLED panel with a 960Hz touch sampling rate, 5,000mAh battery and 65W charging.
- And good news for BlackBerry fans: a new phone like the BlackBerry Key 2 is coming – UniHertz’s Titan Slim will have a rectangular screen and a slim form factor.
- Meanwhile, two new Motorolas brake covers: a 144Hz Mid-Ranger and a 90Hz budget model.
- And WhatsApp has announced a big feature drop: new community features, emoji responses, the ability to share large files and more.
- Confused cops pull over an unmanned cruise vehicle which then goes over the lam.
- I think so Elon Musk is not joining the Twitter board All in all, though, he offered to buy Twitter for $ 54.20 a share.
- And LVMH, a luxury retailer, has been accused of illegally collecting customer data.
- YouTube has had big problems Tuesdays, including logging in, switching accounts, visiting the navigation bar and more. The worst though It’s over nowHere’s what you can do if it still doesn’t work for you
- And a list of an extremely rare first edition of The Great Gatsby $ 360,000.
Movies / TV:
- A proper Stranger Things 4 trailer is finally here.
- Speaking of trailers, the apocalyptic sci-fi thriller Yakamoz has landed a single for the S-245, showing claustrophobic, coming to Netflix on April 20th.
- And Craig Rosenberg’s Baseed on a True Story pickup, Jason Batman received a series order for executive production.
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was the biggest video-game adaptation debut, bringing in $ 71 million at the domestic box office last weekend.
- And Netflix now lets you give up two thumbs up for the things you love
- Fifa has launched its own streaming platform: Fifa Plus will currently stream 40,000 soccer / football live games annually with ads.
- Meanwhile, Collider has this great guide for lesser known studio Ghibli films.
- Northman hits theaters April 22 – Mashable Call it “brave, brutal, and still uncomfortable” but we’ll see for ourselves.
- Finally this week: for some unknown reason, Amazon has been rebranding IMDb TV as “Freeevee” since April 27th.
- The Kingdom Hearts 4 series was announced at Square Annex’s presentation as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, as well as the Kingdom Hearts Missing Link for iOS and Android.
- Meanwhile, the expansion of Cyberpunk 2077 is coming in 2023.
- Microsoft is rumored to be developing an upgraded chip for the Xbox Series X to improve power efficiency and make it cheaper to build.
- Nintendo Switch Sports is coming April 29th: a follow-up to Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, featuring six mini-games (including tennis, bowling, badminton, volleyball, soccer, and Chambra Sword dueling (though not baseball) this year, including golf. Will be added.
- The first episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and Thundercats, Bastion of the Beastlord, with the first episode, prepares for the 80’s cartoon nostalgia with a high fantasy co-op Donjion Crawler from Mithfors, indie studio Beamdog. Access the Epic Store April 20.
- And China’s gaming industry has begun to grow again, ending stagnation since last July with the approval of 45 new titles.
- Meanwhile, Epic Games and Lego are partnering on a metaverse for kids: details are scarce but the initiative promises to be family-friendly, with Lego and Sony investing $ 1 billion in each epic.
- And you could become a terrifying space pirate with No Man’s Sky’s new Outlook update.
- Also: Why is The Hell Alden Ring so popular?
- According to Meta Quest Gaming Showcase next week (April 20) and technology analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, we are seeing an announcement for an Oculus Quest 2 Pro, which will be released in the second half of 2022.
- Finally, Blizzard has set a time for next week’s World of Warcraft expansion: Tuesday, April 19 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 6 PM CEST – The leak suggests it will be called Dragonflight.
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The Apollo 13 crew returned safely to Earth.
As it turns out, this was an important week in the history of space, not one, not two, three important events and a conspiracy theory.
First, on April 12, 1961, 27-year-old Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space to orbit the Earth aboard the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 1. His flight lasted one hour and 48 minutes before re-entering the atmosphere. This will be his only flight, since he died in 1968 while he was piloting a plane that crashed near Moscow.
Here’s what you (probably) didn’t know about the first man in space:
- Gagarin did not always plan to become an astronaut – he trained as a steel worker.
- His words during takeoff: “Poehali!” (Let’s go).
- The rocket was an R-7 or “Semyorka” adaptive missile that carried the “Vostok” (meaning “East”) spacecraft.
- He could not actually be the first man in space. What are you waiting for?
Rumors spread that an astronaut had beaten Gagarin five days earlier, on April 7, and taken him into space. The man in question was experimental pilot Vladimir Ilyushin. In fact, some claim that the Illusion flight took place earlier, on March 25.
- Presumably, the flight did not go as planned, Ilyushin was badly injured and knocked unconscious in a hospital in Moscow – although the Soviet Union claimed he was being treated for injuries sustained in a car accident.
- The reason for Gagarin’s successful mission was to de-illuminate Illusion as “the first man in space”.
- Many journalists believed that the car accident was a cover story. Others believed Ilyushin was in a coma.
- Although no evidence was found of the April 7 flight, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) did not bring any.
In 1999, “The Cosmonaut Cover-Up”, a documentary on the Ilyushin / Gagarin conspiracy, claimed that Ilyushin “failed to get out of its capsule, crashed in China, and, after being taken prisoner, was finally returned to the USSR in 1962.” “Apparently, he refused to talk about the event on camera.
And it was far from the first Russian cover-up:
- The death of Valentin Bondarenko in 1980 made worldwide news. According to New York TimesHe died after a fire in 1961 during a 15-day low-pressure endurance test, and his picture was later removed from the training picture.
- In 1989, the world learned of a massive launchpad incident that killed 78 people in October 1960.
Perhaps there are many more facts that we do not yet know.
Space.com reveals some of the evidence that was leaked in the vicinity of the conspiracy:
Achilles and Giovanni Judica-Cordiglio, two former amateur radio operators, claimed to have recorded audio from an orbital capsule a few days before Gagarin’s flight. This is supposed to have happened earlier, in May 1960, when they heard the broadcast of a manned spacecraft, in November of the same year, picked up the SOS Morse code from a spacecraft having trouble leaving Earth orbit, and again in 1961, when they, annoyingly, suffocated an astronaut. He said that he heard the broadcast of death.
These have never been proven to be true, sadly, but if they did, it could mean that Illusion was not the first man in space.
- Former Soviet senior engineer Mikhail Rudenko claimed that astronauts were sent into space in 1957, 1958 and 1959 and that “all three pilots died during the flight and their names were never officially released.” The story was published on pravda.ru on April 12, 2001, although the site is known for the title Alien Encounter.
Ilyushin died in 2010 at the age of 82 and never admitted to going into space. Sadly, we may never know the truth.
Also in space history this week:
- April 13, 1970, was the “Houston, we have a problem here” moment, when an oxygen tank in the Apollo 13 service module exploded. Loss of electricity and oxygen forced the crew to abandon the command module of the lunar module, while NASA planned a rescue operation after being stuck for four days. All three astronauts have returned to Earth safely.
- On April 12, 1981, exactly 20 years after Yuri Gagarin’s space flight, NASA saw the launch of the first space shuttle mission STS-1, sending Colombia on its maiden voyage. The launch was originally scheduled for April 10 for two days, but was delayed.
- April 19: World of Warcraft Expansion Release @ 6 PM CEST
- April 20: Meta Quest Gaming Showcase @ 10 AM PT
- April 21: OnePlus Ace Launch (China) @ 7 AM ET
- April 22: The Northman opens at the theater
- April 28: OnePlus Event (India, 7 PM IST)
- April 29: Nintendo Switch Sports has been released
- May 9-11: Qualcomm 5G Summit (San Diego)
- May 11-12: Google I / O 2022
- June 6-10: Apple WWDC 2022
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