All of my writing this week appeared over two days, and I wrote most to all of three of them on a single day–a pace that may have contributed to a couple of dumb mistakes in one of them.
2/8/2023: Google Releases First Android 14 Developer Preview, PCMag
Google gave me an advance on the announcement of the first developer-preview release of the next major version of Android. I took care to remind readers that their own Android phones might see Android 14 some time after it lands on Google’s Pixel phones–or might not ever see it.
2/8/2023: Qualcomm starts connecting the dots on 5G NR-Light, Light Reading
I got another advance briefing for Qualcomm’s news of an upcoming lower-power, cheaper and smaller X35 modem intended for connected gadgets that don’t need full 5G speeds. But Qualcomm was weirdly stingy on details about this hardware, such as any hard numbers for its size or power consumption.
2/8/2023: SpaceX COO Teases Starship 33-Engine Test Fire on Thursday, PCMag
I spent Wednesday and Thursday at the Commercial Space Transportation Conference, where SpaceX chief operating officer and president Gwynne Shotwell shared some news about that company’s giant Starship rocket during an onstage interview. I rushed to write that up but in the process I identified Shotwell’s onstage interlocutor as former congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama, not the Mike Rogers of Michigan who did the honors. And between writing the first paragraph and the third one, I somehow decided that Starship had 31 engines in its first stage, not the correct 33.
2/9/2023: 1Password to Offer Passkey-Only, No-Password Logins, PCMag
The PR people at 1Password gave me an exclusive on their news of an upcoming move to offer subscribers the option of authentication via the new passkeys standard–with no master password needed for this password-manager service.
2/10/2023: S03 E45 – SmartTechCheck Podcast, Mark Vena
My contribution to this week’s edition of my industry-analyst friend’s podcast was to discuss Washington’s escalating conflict with large tech companies, as seen in such developments as the Department of Justice’s antitrust lawsuit against Google and President Biden’s (brief) calls for digital-privacy regulations in the State of the Union address.