The Tesla Model 3 is revealed, Feature Drop is coming to your Pixel smartphones, this is the recap of the week

A prototype of the future Tesla Model 3 spotted in California, Google deploys its new update for Pixel smartphones, Twitter again victim of malfunctions, this is the recap ‘of the week.

If you own a Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, you’ll be pleased to know that Google has rolled out a new update for you that brings a host of new features to your smartphones. Elon Musk seems to have fired the Twitter engineers in charge of notifications and Tesla is said to be working on its future version of Model 3, scheduled for 2023. Finally, we are revealing the results of the Radeon RX 7090 XTX benchmarks to you this week.

Twitter victim of new technical problems

Technical problems continue to multiply on Twitter! Indeed, for a few days, the Twitter Spaces functionality has been down and the notifications no longer work. The company has not yet resolved the problem and has not spoken about these new malfunctions. It is rumored that Twitter’s setbacks are largely linked to the numerous layoffs initiated by Elon Musk, the new CEO of the social network having dismissed half of the employees, including many engineers.

Read: Twitter: Elon Musk fired notification makers, now they don’t work

Twitter logo on smartphone and Elon Musk in the background. Elon Musk joins Twitter board

News of the Tesla Model 3 2023

While a Reuters report mentioned a few days ago the arrival of a new version of the Model 3 in 2023, the Internet user omg_Tesla/Rivian unveils on Twitter a prototype of the future Tesla, spotted in a parking lot in California. If we are to believe the images shared, the 100% electric sedan could offer a new design and a camera integrated in the right front headlight.

Read: Tesla Model 3 2023: a prototype spotted with an all-new design

Credit – omg_Tesla/Rivian

Google rolls out Feature Drop update

If you’ve got a Pixel, it’s Christmas before its time as Google has just started rolling out the Feature Drop update, which brings a host of highly anticipated features. The update concerns the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro in particular, with the arrival of the free Google One VPN, the Clear Calling function and even labels for speakers in the Recorder app. Google is also taking advantage of the update to improve the security and privacy settings of its Pixel 7 Pro.

Read: Google Pixel 7: December update is packed with new features

Radeon RX 7090 XTX: a strong competitor for the GeForce RTX 4080

Our colleagues from Tom’s Hardware unveiled the benchmarks of the Radeon RX 7090 XTX and in view of the results, AMD could manage to compete with Nvidia. Indeed, the new high-end graphics card from AMD seems to offer performance almost equivalent to the GeForce RTX 4080, for a much more affordable price. If the leak from Benchleaks is confirmed and AMD offers better value for money, Nvidia has something to worry about…

Read: AMD: RX 7900 XTX benchmark leaked, Nvidia can really shake

Will we be deprived of Internet and telephone access in the coming months?

As confirmed by the government, power cuts are to be expected this winter. They will be scheduled and announced in advance and should not affect more than 4 million customers simultaneously, for a duration of two hours “. It remains to be seen what repercussions these cuts will have on society, both in terms of Internet and telephone access, transport and schools. Only priority users will be spared by these load shedding measures.

Read: Power cuts: what are the risks of being deprived of Internet and telephone access this winter?

Telephone antenna / Credit – 123RF

Our tests of the week

Sony Xperia 5 IV: compact size and quality experience

If you are looking for a compact and powerful smartphone despite everything, the Xperia 5 IV could seduce you. Sony offers a sleek and easy-to-use product here. We love its beautiful screen, its very pleasant interface, its autonomy and its photo results with the basic mode. We regret that the periscopic telephoto lens has disappeared, we note that the shots taken with the shutter release are often blurred and we would have appreciated discovering some accessories in the box. That being said, the Xperia 5 IV is a very good smartphone, available from 999 euros.

Read: Sony Xperia 5 IV test: a smartphone for experts… but not only!

Samsung Buds2 Pro: almost perfect headphones

Samsung keeps its promises with headphones that multiply functions and offer superb acoustics. If you have a Samsung smartphone, the Buds2 Pro are for you. Indeed, the Android user will benefit from all the functions exclusive to the brand’s phones, such as Audio 360 or geolocation. Autonomy, with and without ANC, is very good and wireless charging is particularly practical. Note that the Samsung Buds2 Pro are not suitable for all budgets since they are available from 199 euros on the manufacturer’s website.

Read: Samsung Buds2 Pro test, the premium headphones that take care of your ears… and you

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