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Galaxy Watch 5 Pro spotted in a Samsung app, Classic version nowhere to be found

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Samsung may have accidentally given us a glimpse into its upcoming Galaxy Watch 5 launch, thanks to a listing found in one of its apps. An updated list of supported devices for the Samsung Health beta app now shows the rumored Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, all but confirming its existence.

The list was spotted by 9to5Google and includes all current and previous Galaxy Watch models. The Galaxy Watch 5 and its Pro variant are among them, with small thumbnails that appear identical to the Galaxy Watch 4 series. These thumbnails are likely just placeholders for the actual devices in the lead-up to the likely launch later this year.

That said, it’s interesting that both watches use what appears to be the same image, based on the Galaxy Watch 4 and its capacitive bezel. This is notable because rumors have suggested that Samsung would soon ditch the “Classic” line along with the physical rotating bezel, and the image seems to corroborate the rumors.

From Android Central

WhatsApp may soon introduce an undo option for deleted chats

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WhatsApp allows users to safely delete messages, both present in their chats and those sent to others. However, you can only imagine the feeling of horror that would descend if you accidentally sent something inappropriate to a group, only to press the “delete for me” option instead of “delete for everyone” — clearly a double whammy. Thankfully, this might become a concern of the past, as WhatsApp has plans to introduce a deleted message retrieval tool.

WABetaInfo, one of the most reliable sources for real-time updates on the instant messaging giant, spotted the feature in early testing, showing it off in a new screenshot. As seen in the image, when a user taps on the “delete for me” option, WhatsApp displays a pop-up at the bottom of the screen asking if one wishes to undo it. Like other messaging services like Telegram, users will have a few seconds to restore the chats, which they can keep or instead “delete for everyone.”

From Android Police

New MacBook Air ‘planned’ to be introduced at WWDC 2022, but multiple new colors are unlikely

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We’ve been hearing rumors about a new redesigned MacBook Air for some time now, and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has reported multiple times that there’s a high chance it will be introduced at WWDC 2022. Now the journalist has corroborated that the new MacBook Air was “planned” to be introduced at Apple’s developer conference. However, he claims that it may not be available in multiple colors as expected.

In a few tweets shared by Gurman on Friday night, he reiterates that the next generation MacBook Air “has been planned to launch at WWDC” next week. According to the journalist, the only reason why Apple would delay the launch of its new laptop at this point would be supply issues caused by lockdowns in China.

Right now, those who are looking for a new M1 MacBook Air on Apple’s website may have to wait up to 3 weeks to get their hands on it, as delivery times are higher than usual. Although Apple products have been facing supply constraints, the MacBook Air is the only Mac with longer delivery estimates, which corroborates the rumors of a new model coming at WWDC.

From 9to5Mac

Oppo K10 5G launching in India on June 8 with different design and specs

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Oppo launched the Snapdragon 680-powered K10 in India in March, and now it’s set to introduce the 5G version of the smartphone in the country next week – on June 8.

However, the Oppo K10 5G launching in India next Wednesday is different from the one announced in China in April. The Indian model has a flat design and sports a display with a notch instead of a punch hole. The smartphone also has two LED flash modules inside the rectangular camera island on the rear, which houses two cameras instead of three like the Chinese K10 5G.

From Gsmarena

Google Pixel 6a unboxing shows off the mid-range phone ahead of its launch

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We’re very much looking forward to the full launch of the Google Pixel 6a on July 28, but that’s still a way off. In the meantime, another unboxing video has surfaced that gives us a close-up look at this new mid-range smartphone from Google.

The unboxing comes from @anjangz on TikTok (via 9to5Google), and delivers everything that you would expect from an unboxing. There are actually four units included in the brief demo, all in the gray Charcoal version of the phone.

We get a brief shot of the phone turning on but there’s no glimpse of the software interface. We do get a look at the inside of the packaging, where a USB cable and USB adapter are clearly visible.

From Techradar

Majority of current-gen GPUs now selling at or below recommended price

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More AMD and Nvidia graphics cards are now at their recommended price – or have dipped below that level – than GPUs which exceed their MSRP, according to a new report; but it’s Team Red which offers the most competitive pricing.

This comes from Tom’s Hardware which crunched a load of data on sales to discover that for current-gen RTX 3000 and RX 6000 graphics cards in May, prices dropped by 15% on average compared to what retailers were asking in April.

As noted, just over half of current-gen GPUs are now at or below recommended pricing, although it’s AMD which is leading the way here, in that of its RDNA 2 offerings, only the RX 6800 and 6800 XT are now priced above their MSRP.

Unfortunately, most Nvidia RTX 3000 graphics cards are still over the MSRP, with Tom’s observing that the RTX 3050 through to RTX 3080 10GB models have their price bumped up by about 20% on average. That said, those cards are still seeing price drops compared to the previous month, and everything is moving in the right direction.

From Techradar

Google Contacts gets Wear OS 3 redesign, now distributed on Play Store

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Continuing the trend of new and redesigned apps for Wear OS 3 in the past year, Google has released Contacts to the Play Store with a revamped look.

As far as we can tell, Google Contacts on Wear OS 2 and earlier was part of the system and updated alongside it. Contacts now appear in the Play Store as its own app.

The design is pretty straightforward for Wear OS 3 with a search button as the first thing underneath the curved time. Contacts appear in pill-shaped containers with starred people displayed first. The person view hasn’t been too drastically updated with outline-style icons used throughout.

You can add contact complications to your watchface for quick calling or messaging. If an image isn’t used, the first initial of their name is used.

From 9to5Google

New York state passes first-ever ‘right to repair’ law for electronics

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The New York state legislature has passed the United States’ first “right to repair” bill covering electronics. Called the Fair Repair Act, the measure would require all manufacturers who sell “digital electronic products” within state borders to make tools, parts, and instructions for repair available to both consumers and independent shops.

Having passed the legislature, it is awaiting signature by Governor Kathy Hochul, who is expected to support the measure. The measure will take effect one year after it passes into law.

Self-repair groups like iFixit have applauded the ruling, calling it “one giant leap for repairkind” in a blog post following the announcement.

From The Verge

China to double wind, solar energy capacity by 2025

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China aims to double its wind and solar capacity by 2025, according to a new road map that also allows for more coal-fired power plants to bolster energy security.

The world’s biggest polluter earlier estimated it needs to double wind and solar use by 2030 to deliver on its pledges under the Paris climate accord.

The latest plan — if implemented — means China might reach that goal earlier.

But Beijing has also ramped up reliance on coal-fired power plants in recent months to support its ailing economy as the Ukraine war pushes up global energy prices.

The country’s central economic planner said 33 percent of power supply to the national grid will come from renewable sources by 2025, up from 29 percent in 2020, in a document released Wednesday.

From France24

Google disables RCS ads in India following rampant spam by businesses

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Google has halted businesses from using RCS for promotion in India, the company’s biggest market by users, following reports of rampant spam by some firms in a setback for the standard that the company is hoping to help become the future of SMS messaging.

Rich Communication Services, or RCS, is the collective effort of a number of industry players to supercharge the traditional SMS with modern features such as richer texts and end-to-end encryption.

Google, Samsung and a number of other firms including telecom operators have rolled out support for RCS to hundreds of millions of users worldwide in recent years. Google said last month that RCS messaging in the Messages app for Android had amassed over 500 million monthly active users.

At its developer conference last month, the company also urged that “every mobile operating system” (in a subtle jab at Apple) to support RCS, which is also aimed at helping businesses reach users in a more interactive way.

The problem, however, is that scores of businesses in India including top banks and other lending firms have been abusing the feature to send unsolicited promotional materials to any individual’s phone number they can find in the country.

From Techcrunch

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