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A South Korean survey was spotted that suggested Samsung might launch a 14.6-inch tablet in the near future.

Codenamed “Basquiat 3,” and likely part of the Galaxy Tab S8 series (with other codenames Basquiat 1 and 2), the device would reportedly center around a 14.6-inch, 120Hz OLED screen that’s larger than the Tab S7 Plus’ 12.4-inch display.

With the extra room comes more features too, including a second, 5MP ultra-wide camera to join the 8MP standard model, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

As the top-spec model (“Ultra”?), it’d also come equipped with 8/12GB of RAM and 128GB/512GB storage. Expect a max battery capacity of 12,000mAh, up from 10,090mAh in the current Tab S7 Plus.

Then there’s the chipset, which is universal to all three models, and potentially something like a Snapdragon 888 Plus chipset.

Price problems:

The survey also gave away or at least hinted at pricing, with Samsung possibly setting a starting price of about $1,320 for the 14-inch tablet in its home country. And that’s before LTE or 5G.

A 128GB Galaxy Tab S7 Plus officially sells for about $850, so the additional premium on the big boy would be pretty massive.

It might be great to have that much real-estate running Android apps, but the real issue is the lack of native support from many apps for larger size screens. It’s something our reviewers complain about with every Android tablet review.

As a laptop replacement, you’d also want a keyboard stand or “Book Cover Keyboard”, adding another ~$150 or so.

$1,500 for the Wi-Fi-only version, plus more for cell connectivity, would put it in a pretty specific niche echelon. Though if it’s running a 120Hz OLED screen it’d undoubtedly be big and beautiful, if not unwieldy in the hand.

And I guess Samsung could market it as towering over the iPad Pro in size… but still, it’s not the hardware, it’s the apps that are the problem.


📉 Grab a chair,  both Intel and Acer say the global chip shortage could be with us for some years to come (Android Authority). 

👉 AMD announced Samsung phones will get ray tracing, variable rate shading with next Exynos with AMD GPU (Android Authority). 

🖊 Leak suggests Galaxy S21 Ultra with S Pen failed to meet Samsung’s expectations (Android Authority). 

⛔ Yesterday, LG reportedly stopped producing smartphones — a Vietnam factory used for phone production was turned into a household appliance factory (Android Authority).

💻 Alienware’s X series offers its thinnest ever gaming laptops, with 360Hz screens and “smarter” cooling (Android Authority).

🚄 Also, AMD announces the Radeon RX 6000M series, mobile GPUs with RDNA 2 architecture (The Verge).

🆚 Also, Nvidia announced the new RTX 3080 Ti with 12GB of VRAM, priced at $1,199 and launching June 3rd. Just a hair short of a RTX 3090, but $300 cheaper, although getting your hands on one might be tricky… (The Verge).

🦠 Bacteria get a fresh gig as art restorers in Italy (The Verge).

🚖 Uber and Lyft rides are pricier due to a lack of drivers, and the waits are longer, too, due to a surge in demand (Engadget).

😬 Autonomous drone attacked soldiers in Libya all on its own (CNET).

🔋 Why electric cars will take over sooner than you think (BBC).

🍏 Facebook pays for study that says Apple’s iOS 14 privacy changes are bad (iMore).

📺 Somehow, your family’s old CRT TV is now the hottest gaming tech (Wired).

🔴 Perseverance spends 100 Martian days on Mars (BBC).

😷 “Can the COVID-19 have enough variants where it would be considered something new/different, and not be detected by the current tests? How do the tests not detect other types of coronavirus?” (r/askscience).

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Daily Authority: Ea’S Source Code Hacked, And More

According to posts on a dark web forum, someone is claiming to have obtained 780 gigabytes of data, including the source code for FIFA 21, along with EA’s Frostbite game engine, used by FIFA, Battlefield, Madden, and more EA games.

Other proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits (SDKs) were also nabbed.

Vice first reported the attack, and noted that the hackers are trying to sell the data rather than hold it to a cryptolocking ransom as we’ve seen more recently:

“Along with their forum posts the hackers shared a small selection of screenshots claiming to demonstrate their access to EA data, but did not publicly distribute any of the internal data itself. Instead, the hackers are, at least ostensibly, trying to sell the information.” 

EA said, in a statement to the outlet: “We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen. No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy. Following the incident, we’ve already made security improvements and do not expect an impact on our games or our business. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation.”

More and more brazen:

Last year, Nintendo, Valve, and Ubisoft alone suffered similar data breaches, while CD Projekt Red was hit by a ransomware attack this year.

But the specific data that EA has confirmed to be hacked is juicy: source code access can open up worlds of interesting scenarios for programmers, who can figure out new cheats, how to get around anti-cheat software, or less nefariously, create mods.


EA is not exactly a company many will feel sorry for, having become addicted to microtransactions for fully-owned games.

Jokes doing the rounds point out that the hackers will be able to prove once and for all that FIFA 21 is the same as FIFA 20 which is the same as FIFA 19, 18, 17… before it…

Someone on Twitter joked: “Hackers ignored the NHL series, just like EA has done for the past decade”


📺 This was teased last year, but Microsoft is now officially making Xbox video game streaming devices, and trying to bring Game Pass to any device including smart TVs: “…[w]e’re also developing standalone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor, so if you have a strong internet connection, you can stream your Xbox experience” (Android Authority).

📉 Xiaomi’s 200W charging will decrease your battery capacity pretty quickly (Android Authority).

📈 The Android 12 beta is the most popular pre-release in Android’s history ‘by far’ (Android Authority).

📉 Galaxy Tab S7 FE lands in Russia, but chip shortage might delay it globally (Android Authority).

🆕 OnePlus Nord CE was announced: it brings back the headphone jack, but with sacrifices (Android Authority).

📦 The global chip shortage is creating a new problem: Fake components (ZDNet).

🍎 Apple hires former BMW executive and a co-founder of a self-driving auto startup for its rebooted car project (Bloomberg).

📺 Netflix: The Store. Netflix and Shopify team up to sell limited-edition merch (

🐳 Underwater nuclear bomb listening devices heard secret population of blue whales hiding in Indian Ocean (Livescience).

😬 Some people can’t get an FCC subsidy because “Street” isn’t the same as “St.” (Ars Technica).

🔋 Tesla shows off the $130,000 Model S Plaid’s performance at an event last night, with 390-mile range (Engadget). Also, a Tesla game controller was in use! (The Verge).

🌞 Solar eclipse from space! See a satellite view of the moon casting its shadow on Earth (video) (Space).

Friday Fun

Ok yes this is an Android Authority newsletter but credit where it’s due: an 18-year-old developer has faithfully created iOS 4 as an iPhone app called NewOS (The Verge).

Now, Apple doesn’t exactly allow you to download the app, but Zane Kleinberg, the developer, has made it available via GitHub for Xcode, and the NewOS app is available on Apple TestFlight.

I feel like I was using this just a few years ago, but iOS 4 was first shown off 11 years ago! 

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Daily Authority: The Switch Pro Drops Any Time Soon, And More

Nintendo Switch Pro soon

Well, well. Yesterday, we talked Valve working on various prototypes for a handheld, portable PC device, just like a Nintendo Switch. 

And the Switch is in the spotlight today, because there are serious hints that Nintendo may launch the Switch Pro ahead of E3.

The virtual E3 event is set for June 12, which is just over two weeks away. So, soon?


Bloomberg reported it first, then Eurogamer added confirmations with additional sources, more or less suggesting a release around “September or October”. 

What makes this really hot, though, is that some hints out there suggest the Switch Pro could even be announced as soon as today. 

Why today? There are hints. And with tomorrow the start of a holiday weekend in the US, it could be the right time.

Switch Pro details:

The big Switch Pro specs that have emerged are a swap to an OLED panel, sourced from Samsung, running at 720p. 

Plus there’s reportedly a big switch to NVIDIA Tegra graphics with DLSS, that will allow the console, when docked, to output 4K to a TV.

The current Switch will be quietly removed from shelves, though the Switch Lite will still be available.

No word on pricing, but “more than $299” is being reported.

As for the chip shortage hurting availability, Bloomberg’s report says this: “Production lines are better prepared for the potential component shake-up and the parts Nintendo is using are subject to less competition than those in its rivals’ more powerful consoles. Still, the company’s ability to meet consumer demand won’t be guaranteed.” 

And I mean, Nintendo admitted as much this month, already: “Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa said at its earnings press conference earlier this month that demand for the Switch remains high and the company wasn’t able to produce as many units as it wanted.”

About a year ago we talked about what we want to see in an upgraded Switch Pro console, including Bluetooth audio support, better Joy-Cons, and more.


👉 Google Pixel 6 series may use a GPU found in some Galaxy S21 models (Android Authority).

🎮 Sony hints at mobile games based on first party PlayStation franchises, and a PC version of Uncharted 4 has already been confirmed (Android Authority).

🆕 OnePlus TVs with 1080p camera, Google Duo support to launch soon (Android Authority).

🏀 LeBron James may have just proved the unannounced Beats Studio Buds are real (The Verge).

👍 Instagram will allow you to hide the like counter, or just keep it enabled. After initial trials to hide like counts, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri wants to let people choose (BBC).

🎞 Amazon’s $8.5 billion bet on MGM is the latest sign that tech is transforming Hollywood (Insider). For Amazon, it’s all about reducing Prime churn(Vox). Confirmation that Jeff Bezos will step down as CEO on July 5, too, after 27 years.

👀 This is amazing — and I missed it until just now, so bear with me if you’ve already seen it: For some reason, a Canadian get-rich-quick conference booked Edward Snowden, who proceeded to speak for a few minutes, before then sharing his screen with the audience to display a news article that exposed the host, at his own conference (Vice). It gets wild here at the 8 minute mark, including a view of the live chat of participants floored by the revelations (YouTube).

😬 “Lemonade: JK, JK, we don’t use facial recognition to reject your insurance claims” (Gizmodo). The neo-insurer had weirdly bragged that the company uses “AI” to identify more than 1,000 “non-verbal” cues that “traditional insurers” might not be able to pick up on. Which is a dystopian hell, if it’s even close to being correct.

🌓 Here’s some blood moon pics from last night (Gizmodo).

📻 “ELI5: Why, although planes are high tech, do their speakers and microphones “sound” like old intercoms?” (r/explainlikeimfive).

It was hotly anticipated as the flagship Android phone, with months of speculation leading to the launch on May 2.

It had a 4.8-inch 720p display, 4G LTE model, with an 8MP rear shooter. It also came with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and saw major updates including Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Android 4.4 KitKat.

It retained the swappable battery setup so beloved early in the smartphone game, but the base 2100mAh battery was huge for the time, too. NFC was bundled in with the battery, too.

And it’s fun to read old reviews about how big it was, considering the 6.8-inch Samsung S21 Ultra people grapple with today.


Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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Daily Authority: Airtags Reviewed, Spacex Launch, Google’S .Ar Domain, And More

There are a few questions trying to be answered here.

Are they good enough to buy, how do they compare to Tile, are they particularly good in any way, and is there a true need, anyway?

The answers, I think, look like this: yes, well, in an Apple way – yes, and that really depends.

Probably the best of the reviews is from The Verge: 

“…I do think Apple has put together a thoughtfully designed system that goes a long way toward ensuring privacy and safety while still making it easier for you to locate your stuff.

AirTags are a very Apple-y Apple product, and that ends up being great but also just a little annoying (and, for third-party companies like Tile, troubling).”

Also: they scratch easily. “Sincerely, do not expect these to stay looking pristine for long — not since the weird early days of the iPod nano has an Apple product gotten scuffed this easily.”

And do you really need it?

The thing about Bluetooth trackers is that they suit a certain kind of person. 

Story time:

I lost my wallet for almost a month, during the earlyish pandemic lockdown time when I didn’t need it because I wasn’t going anywhere, but I sure couldn’t find it either.

(I did finally find it, I still remember the relief washing over me like a warm hug.)

That led me to buy and review the Tile Slim, where I said I like it for peace of mind, there’s little downside other than cost and eventually the battery wearing out. I tested it just now, it works. I’m glad I have it.

But I’d never really thought about tracking anything else….

Mashable’s review tackles these thoughts and does it well: 

Yeah sure, you’re likely to find a use for one of these, maybe for your keys or whatever.

But they’re just big/obtrusive enough to not be comfy in a wallet and you might already own a Tile. 

Bluetooth trackers have largely existed without excitement, and while precision finding with UWB is cool, others will do it too.

The other thing is Apple will be pushing its ecosystem. One of the originally potentially useful things with Tile is that anyone with the Tile app could help you find your stuff if it travelled away from you.

Apple is talking the same thing up, outmuscling Tile by saying “nearly a billion devices out in the world” can help to locate an AirTag.

That’s what Samsung did with its SmartTags too, helpfully working with Samsung phones, but only Samsung phones. Still, there’s a lot of those.

That’s the kind of selling point/peace of mind that Tile can’t really access.

Yet, in theory, it’s pretty easy for a thief to spot an AirTag on a bag of gear, and just yeet it?

That makes the use case… mostly keys?

“Nicolás David Kuroña said in his Twitter account @Argentop that “I want to clarify that I entered chúng tôi I saw the name of chúng tôi available and I legally bought it as appropriate!”. Domains listed on chúng tôi expire every year and must be renewed, but this time Kuroña was faster. “It is all legal !!,” Kuroña said.”

“Minutes after the maneuver, it was confirmed that Google recovered the domain.”

This kind of thing used to happen more. A mix of good samaritans and more opportunistic types bought domains like chúng tôi or famously, chúng tôi (CNET) when domains expired.

Have a fun weekend,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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Airport Authority: Meaning And Functions

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) was established on April 1, 1995, by an Act of Parliament under the Airports Authority of India Act, 1994, by combining the former National Airports Authority and the International Airports Authority of India. As a result of the merger, a single organization was formed with the responsibility for developing, improving, managing, and overseeing the nation’s civil aviation infrastructure, both on the ground and in the air.

The Indian Airports Authority is headquartered in New Delhi. AAI is in charge of 125 airports, including 26 civil enclaves on military bases, 07 customs airports, 18 international airports, 78 domestic airports, and 18 customs airports. The AAI is in charge of developing, improving, maintaining, and managing India’s civil aviation infrastructure. The main duty of the AAI is to provide Air Traffic Management (ATM) services over the airspace of the Indian Territory and the nearby marine areas.

Airport Authority of India

Section 3 provides for the establishment of the Airports Authority of India, which states that the Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, establish an authority to be known as the Airports Authority of India.

The Authority shall consist of

A Chairperson to be appointed by the Central Government;

Ex officio appointment by the Central Government of the Director General of Civil Aviation or an officer not lower in rank than the Deputy Director General of Civil Aviation;

The Central Government will appoint not less than eight and no more than fourteen members.

Section 4 provides for disqualification, and a person is disqualified from being appointed as a member if he- or she −

Has been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for an offense involving moral turpitude in the opinion of the Central Government; or

Is an undischarged insolvent; or

Is of unsound mind and has been declared as such by a competent court; or

Has been removed or dismissed from the Government’s or a body corporate owned or controlled by the Government’s service; or

Has a financial or other interest in the Authority that, in the opinion of the Central Government, is likely to impair the performance of his duties as a member.

Functions of the Authority

Section 12 of the Act provides for the functions of the authority and accordingly, some of the functions of the authority are as follows −

It is the responsibility of the Authority to effectively manage airports, civil enclaves, and aeronautical communication stations, subject to any rules made in this regard by the Central Government.

At any airport and in civil enclaves, the Authority shall be responsible for providing air traffic service and air transportation service.

Plan, develop, build, maintain, and repair airport runways, taxiways, aprons, terminals, and auxiliary structures;

Provide any technical, financial, or other assistance that the Central Government may deem necessary for such a purpose in order to establish airports or assist in the establishment of private airports.

Plan, acquire, install, and maintain ground aids, communication tools, beacons, and navigational aids at airports and other locations deemed necessary for the safe operation and navigation of aircraft;

In coordination with other agencies, offer facilities for search and rescue and air safety services;

Establish institutions, schools, or training facilities for its officers and staff to receive training in any area related to the goals of this Act;

Constructing a residential complex for its employees;

Establish and operate hotel rooms, restaurants, and restrooms at or close to airports;

Establish cargo complexes and warehouses at the airports for the processing and storage of goods;

Establish facilities for postal, money exchange, insurance, and telephone use by travelers and other people at airports and civil enclaves;

Make suitable preparations for watch and ward at the civil enclaves and airports;

Establish and manage heliports and airstrips;

Perform any additional tasks that the Central Government deems desirable or necessary for ensuring the safe and effective operation of aircraft into, out of, and through Indian airspace;

Establish workshops and training facilities


The Airport Authority of India, a significant organization, has a significant influence on the development of civil aviation in India. The AAI, a Ministry of Civil Aviation department, is in charge of managing, developing, and maintaining airports in India.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is the Airport Authority of India (AAI)?

Ans. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) is a statutory body responsible for the management and operation of airports in India. It was created by the Airport Authority of India Act, of 1994.

Q2. What is the objective of the Airport Authority of India?

Ans. The main objective of the Airport Authority of India is to provide safe, secure, efficient, and cost-effective air navigation services to aircraft in Indian airspace.

Q3. What are the functions of the Airport Authority of India?

Ans. The Airport Authority of India is responsible for the management, operation, maintenance, and development of civil aviation infrastructure in India, including airports, air traffic services, communication and navigation aids, and other aviation-related

Q4. What is the role of the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) concerning the Airport Authority of India?

Ans. The Airport Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) is responsible for determining and regulating the tariffs for aeronautical services provided by the Airport Authority of India.

The Weekly Authority: 📱 Snappier Snapdragon Chip


⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 195th edition here, with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, Pixel Watch specs, HUAWEI’s Mate XS2 global launch, and Rockstar’s upcoming Red Dead Redemption remake/remaster.

🍳 I’ve been feeling uninspired by breakfast lately, so reading The International Breakfast Project has given me some great ideas — this breakfast from Kazakhstan sounds delish!

Popular news this week

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Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset on Friday, with a claimed 30% efficiency improvement for the CPU and GPU, which, theoretically should result in notably longer battery life compared to standard 8 Gen 1 devices, and a number of other improvements, plus manufactured by TSMC rather than Samsung.

It also announced the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1.

We did benchmark the 8 Plus Gen 1 chip too.


OnePlus launched the Nord 2T on Thursday, with faster charging, a better processor, and more: likely not coming to the US, though.

And the OnePlus Ace Racing Edition is here, looks like a watered-down OnePlus 10 Pro.


The HUAWEI Mate XS2 launched globally: On sale in Europe from June, but will be about €600 more expensive than the Z Fold 3 at €1,999 (about $2,100)!

Plus: HUAWEI Watch GT 3 Pro, Watch Fit 2 launch globally.


Amazon refreshes Fire 7 tablet with USB-C, plus upgraded processor, RAM, and battery life, costing $10 more at $59.

And Amazon’s Fire OS finally ditches Android 9 Pie for something a bit more recent: Fire OS 8 will be based on Android 10 and Android 11, the first Fire OS upgrade in years.

According to the Institute for Supply Management, semiconductors are predicted to remain scarce through 2023, which could mean further price hikes on our electronics.

And industry sources say chip prices increased between 10% and 40% in 2023 — market intelligence platform Supplyframe’s Q3 Commodity Intelligence Quarterly report revealed component price hikes as high as 40% compared to the previous quarter, due to increases in manufacturer input costs, labor costs, and logistics costs to move products globally. Not to mention the pandemic and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine causing supply chain issues.

We’ve already seen Xiaomi’s global shipments of smartphones slump 17.8% last quarter, mirroring falls by OPPO and vivo — check out Tristan’s dive into smartphone sales in Friday’s Daily Authority for more on this,

The global impact of China’s zero-covid policy

For some of us, it may feel like the pandemic is over, but that’s far from the truth, with its impact still being felt worldwide, China’s zero-covid policy has led to strict lockdowns in many of its major cities, with a global impact on the manufacturing and supply of electronic goods.

China produces over one-third of the world’s electronic goods.

From 2023-2023, the UK imported £7.3bn of telecoms and sound equipment from China

And 24% of all machines and electrical products in the US are imported from China.

Shanghai produces around one-third of all China’s computer chips.

Earlier this month, several companies supplying components for Apple, including Pegatron, Compal Electronics, and Quanta Group, had to close their factories in Shanghai due to lockdown.

And fewer goods being manufactured means fewer goods traveling through Shanghai’s port: As of May 2, the port reported handling 23% less volume than on March 12, prior to the lockdown.

Even once the lockdown in China ends, the sudden surge of shipments could overwhelm US ports, which could mean weeks or even months of delays, adding to rising inflation.

Price hikes for consumers

It seems price hikes are inevitable, fuelled largely by the Chinese lockdown and the rising cost of components caused by the chip shortage. We’re already seeing devices launch with a higher-than-expected price, like the global launch of the HUAWEI Mate XS2 this week, which will cost you €1,999 (about $2,100) when it hits markets in Europe in June.

But if you’re losing sleep over price hikes and chip shortages, spare a thought for those looking to get their hands on IBM’s first electronic computer, the Model 701.

Announced this week in 1952 (May 21), the device signaled IBM’s move into the computer business.

But to rent one of these computers would have cost you a whopping $12,000 a month — around $117,000 today.

So I guess things aren’t really that bad?

Tech Calendar

May 24: Xiaomi Mi Band 7 launch (China)

May 24-27: Computex Taipei

June 3: The Boys season 3 hits Amazon Prime Video

June 6-10: Apple WWDC 2023

June 10: The Quarry released on PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One

June 10: Jurassic World Dominion in theaters

June 12: Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase @ 12 PM CT

June 20-23: Collision (Toronto)

June 26-July 3: Summer Games Done Quick

Tech Tweet of the Week

Classic Tom:

Cannes moderator asking about the dangerous stunts in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE: “You risk your life, monsieur. Why do you do it?”

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