Time-saver Rundown: May 11, 2022

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ABC News: $1 Billion Settlement for Surfside Condo Collapse

  • Nearly $1 billion has been awarded as a settlement following last year’s collapse of a Miami Beach condo building, the result of a class action lawsuit.
  • The 12-story residential Champlain Towers South partially collapsed at 1:15 in the morning on June 24 in Surfside, located six miles north of Miami Beach.
  • Victims ranged from young children to elderly couples.
  • The settlement covers survivors and family members of those who died.
  • Plaintiffs argued that poor construction and maintenance were the cause of the catastrophe.
  • The building was constructed in 1981, and was in the process of mandatory 40 year inspections when the collapse occurred.

Fox News: Joe Manchin Thwarting Democrat Abortion Bill

  • Moderate Democrat Joe Manchin stated he would oppose “The Women’s Health Protection act”, stating it doesn’t codify Roe but “expands abortion” by wiping out hundred of state laws.
  • His statement resulted in attacks from liberal journalists and activists, some of whom questioned his eligibility to remain in the Democratic party. A list of social media posts are available in the original article.
  • Manchin stated he is pro-life, but would vote for a Democratic bill that codified Roe v. Wade without expanding it because it has been “the law of this land”.
  • The act passed the house in 2021, but was blocked by the Senate in 2022.
  • It has been criticized by pro-life Republicans and Democrats as allowing abortions up to birth, and would force Christian doctors to perform procedures against their moral objections.

Engadget: Google I/O 2022 Conference

  • The conference returned to the historic Shoreline Amphitheatre to unveil several new releases.
  • The Pixel 6a stole the show, available for pre-order on July 21 at $449, and will feature the homegrown Tensor AI chipset, a 12 megapixel camera and the Magic Eraser photo editing tool.
  • The Pixel 7 was displayed ahead of their formal debut, and both devices will feature the next generation Tensor chip and be made of fully recycled aluminum. Pricing is still to be determined.
  • The Pixel Watch has been confirmed and will arrive this fall. It runs Wear OS 3 and integrated Fitbit as part of its software package. It will release alongside the Pixel 7.
  • The $199 Pixel Buds Pro will release this summer, with key features including multipoint connectivity, IPX4 waterproofing and active noise cancellation.
  • Android 13 is in Beta 2, and includes several features such as a new Wallet App, safety and security upgrades, and privacy protection. Tablet specific functionality is also included, and a brief demo of the Pixel Tablet was included, which is expected to be released in 2023.
  • Augmented reality smartglasses are on the list, which are designed to “break down communication barriers”. The prototype could transcribe spoken language with real time captions. No name or release date has been announced.

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