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May 20, 2022, 5:30 PM

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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Qualcomm updates its AR Smart Viewer reference design with a higher-powered chipset, a Wi-Fi 6 / 6E and Bluetooth tethering system instead of USB-C, and more  —  But don't expect much battery life  —  Qualcomm is introducing a wireless version of its augmented reality Smart Viewer …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, promising 10% faster CPU performance, 10% faster GPU clocks, and up to 30% better CPU and GPU power efficiency  —  Bragging rights (and battery life?) for gaming phones  —  Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 set the stage for the biggest Android smartphones of 2022 …
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Report details the development of Apple's MR headset as sources say Jony Ive remains involved as an external consultant and the device is not focused on gaming  —  Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset.
Washington Post:
Court docs and a source: Larry Ellison participated in a November 14, 2020 call that focused on strategies for contesting the legitimacy of the 2020 US election  —  The billionaire GOP donor participated along with Fox's Sean Hannity and Sen. Lindsey Graham, according to court filings and a participant
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Kuo: Apple is working on an updated version of the HomePod for release in the Q4 2022 or Q1 2023  —  Apple is working on an updated version of the HomePod that could come in the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Aaron Tilley / Wall Street Journal:
Report: Microsoft hid Bing autofill in the US for politically sensitive Chinese names, affecting Windows search; Microsoft blames a technical error  —  Bing's autofill feature failed to make suggestions for terms that could be deemed controversial in Beijing, according to a cybersecurity and surveillance group
Kishan Vyas / XDA Developers:
Google says an upcoming Android 13 beta will provide native support for braille displays, letting users access Talkback without downloading a separate app  —  Over the years, Google has added many features to Android to make the operating system more accessible to people with special needs.
Timothy Craig / Crypto Briefing:
YC-backed DeFi startup Stablegains faces a lawsuit after losing $44M+ of users' funds by investing them in UST, despite previously claiming it was using USDC  —  Stablegains has been accused of misleading customers about where their money was going.  —  Key Takeaways
Carly Page / TechCrunch:
Conti urges Costa Rican citizens to pressure their government to pay a ransom, now doubled to $20M, and says it is “determined to overthrow the government”  —  Conti demanded $20M in ransom — and the overthrow of the government  —  It's been a rough start for the newly-elected …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Scharon Harding / Ars Technica:
HP refreshes its Spectre x360 laptop with Intel 12th Gen and AMD Ryzen 5000 CPUs, an Intel Arc GPU, a beefed-up webcam, and a quieter fan, starting at $1,650  —  HP Spectre laptops try out Intel discrete graphics, boosted webcams, new hues.  —  HP has revamped its Spectre x360 lineup of convertible …

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