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Android 11 update DP3 released: What’s new?

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The newest Google-made edition of mobile software, Android 11 DP3, was released today with little fanfare. This understates the importance of this release, as several features appearing this afternoon might well change the way you use your smartphone. One of the changes that might seem small now, but do mean big things for the future – like USB Ethernet tethering.

5. Ethernet tethering

This update adds Ethernet tethering to the “Hotspot & tethering” menu in Android settings. This option is toggled the same as Bluetooth tethering and USB tethering, but focuses specifically on USB Ethernet. You might need a USB-C Ethernet adapter to make this a reality, but it’ll work here, at last!

The implication here is that you’ll be able to use and/or share your 5G connection and/or your Wi-Fi 6 connection between mobile devices and your desktop or laptop device. Whatever’s fastest, you’ll be able to share, in as many ways as you like.

4. Chat Bubbles

There’s a new pop-up today for Chat Bubbles, with this newest update. Chat using bubbles, says the update. New conversations appear as floating icons, or bubbles. Tap to open bubble. Drag to move it. This works iwth Google’s apps – or, presumably, any other chat app that integrates the bubbles as Google suggests.

You might be reminded of another system very similar to this that’s been around for… several years. It was first called Chat Heads, introduced by Facebook with Messenger. That was back when Facebook thought it a good idea to introduce their own mobile software on top of Android – but… that didn’t turn out very well. Facebook Home was too all-encompasing for its own good.

Now Google lets you keep the best part for any other chat app. Just like Tasker did in the year 2019.

3. Gesture Sensitivity

The latest update brings some new adjustment levels for gesture sensitivity. Instead of including both left and right edges in the same batch, Android will (for phones that support the system) allow adjustments to Left Edge and Right Edge sensitivity (Low to High) for touch sensitivity for gestures.

2. Volume is Sound

If you’re using a Pixel device and you’ve loaded Android 11 DP3 today, you’ve likely adjusted your Sound levels. The menu that used to be titled Volume is now titled Sound. That seems to be the extent of the change, here.

Oddly, it would appear that each individual element on the list of Sound levels is still called “volume.” So you’ve got a Sound list of sliders, with titles Media volume, Call volume, Ring & notification volume, and Alarm volume. Probably better heirarchy this way – and less redundancy.

1. Dismiss notifications – ALL notifications

You can now dismiss “ongoing notifications” like never before. The notifications you’ve seen sticking around that you’ve only otherwise been able to remove by removing forever, entirely. Now you’ve got the opportunity to push those to the side – at least for a while. We’ll see how long this lasts.

If you’re looking for the link to the software itself, head over to Android 11 downloads for Pixel or go back to our first article for this release. There we speak a bit about why you shouldn’t download Android 11 yet – not unless you’re really, truly a developer with a green thumb for growing fixes.

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The First Tesla Semi Has Been Delivered After Lengthy Delays

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There had long been suggestion Pepsi would be one of Tesla’s biggest customers — with a subsidiary spotted installing charging stations at one of its plants and test driving the trucks earlier this year. Tesla also placed an order for 100 of the high tech trucks shortly after they were announced in 2017. In October, Musk confirmed the company’s first truck was almost ready for delivery, and it would be going to the soft drink manufacturer.

Today, Tesla finally made it official and delivered its first production semis to Pepsi. Speaking at the handover, which took place at a Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, Musk described his motivation for designing the truck. The Tesla CEO claims that trucks make up less than 1% of vehicles in the United States, but are responsible for a large chunk of emissions. Musk said it will both help the environment and improve the health of individuals living near highways. At the end of the presentation, Musk thanked Pepsico and described them as a “great partner.” 

The trucks’ keycards were then handed over to Pepsi’s representatives, followed by several high fives. The trucks’ first cargo run involved “an enormous amount of Frito Lays” which were handed out to people in attendance. Pepsi’s Kirk Tanner then took the mic and said: “I want to thank the people who have spent countless hours to make this a reality.” before thanking Elon Musk and the other Tesla representatives. Other companies are also interested in Tesla’s electric semi. Budweiser, Walmart, and UPS are amongst those who have placed pre-orders — with Budweiser ordering at least 40 of the large electric vehicles.

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Kanye West Is No Longer Buying Twitter-Rival Parler

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It’s unclear whether West’s recent controversies have anything to do with the Parler deal falling apart. In a statement shared with CNBC, Parler’s owner notes that the “decision was made in the interest of both parties in mid-November.” Parler says it will be on the lookout for the growth opportunities, without clarifying if it was looking for investors to scale up, or full-fledged buyers. The latter seems unlikely to happen, given the current state of layoffs in the tech industry and the looming fears of a recession.

Parlement Technologies reportedly had high hopes from its acquisition deal with Kanye West. Soon after the agreement press release went out, Parler sent out an email to its “VIP” users, offering them perks like a gold badge for being valuable personalities on the platform. Politico reports that the email campaign inadvertently revealed the personal contact information of nearly a dozen lawmakers and some well-known conservative personalities.

Citing an insider source, Axios reports that West’s unstable financial situation following the cancellation of lucrative deals with the likes of Adidas played a role in his Parler plans falling apart. In the meanwhile, West has returned to Twitter, after his account was restricted for a few weeks ago over sharing anti-Semitic remarks. West currently has a huge follower base of over 18 million on Twitter, which dwarfs the total number of users on Parler, as of December 2021.

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Elon Musk Says Twitter’s Potential Removal From iOS App Store Was ‘Misunderstanding’

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Barely two days after Elon Musk feuded with Apple publicly, he met with Tim Cook to settle the differences. “We resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so,” Elon Musk tweeted last evening. This was a few hours after he shared a video of Apple’s HQ to disclose the location of the meeting.

However, Elon Musk didn’t reveal if Apple will continue advertising on Twitter. According to the Washington Post, Apple was the biggest ad spender on Twitter in Q1 2022. It spent an average of $4 million per week to run ads on Twitter between January to March this year — this added up to about 4% of Twitter’s revenue. However, Reuters reports that Apple reduced its weekly ad budget on Twitter to $131,600 a few weeks after Elon Musk bought the social media company. We also haven’t heard from Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, about the agenda of his meeting with Elon Musk. 

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