⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Srdtf News newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 199th edition here, with a possible farewell to Samsung’s Fan Edition, Pixel 6a unboxing, more Nothing Phone 1 news, and… a sentient AI?!
I finished The Quarry already, but still have to go back for all the different endings, plus some couch co-op. And yes, I confess, I did let Emma die…🤭
The PC Gamer showcase was also on Sunday: The Alters (from the producers of Children of Morta) was a standout, we saw Arma 4, and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 got a look in — far too many games to list here but GamesHub has a good roundup.
Tribeca Games Festival kicked off on Saturday, running until June 19, with timed playable demos of nine games including A Plague Tale: Requiem, As Dusk Falls, and Oxenfree 2: Lost Signals, but you’ll need to book tickets. (Oxenfree 2 was amazing!)
Plus, is a big Nintendo Direct coming? Rumors are circulating that it could be on June 29: we’d love updates on Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4, among others.
Video games are getting a grammy: From The Washington Post, “The Recording Academy has introduced a new award for Best Score Soundtrack for Video Games and Other Interactive Media that will be awarded beginning in 2023.”
Following Vice‘s post a couple of months ago about the environmental impact of NFTs, and the ongoing discussion surrounding it, we found ourselves wondering about the carbon footprint of websites, and the internet, something most of us use on a daily basis.
Have you ever wondered about a website’s carbon footprint? Website Carbon shows you exactly what the environmental impact of any website is, so we thought we’d test it out on Srdtf News‘s site, as well as a few other popular sites, and dive into the details.
But first, what’s all this about websites having a carbon footprint?
The internet uses lots of electricity, a whopping 16.2TWh per year, more than the whole of the United Kingdom.
Hurrah! Our website was cleaner than 76% of web pages tested. Not bad going.
According to the results, over a year, with 10,000 monthly page views, our site produces:
44.52kg of CO2 equivalent: That’s the same weight as 0.3 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 6,033 cups of tea.
48 billion bubbles.
Three trees: Our site emits the amount of carbon that three trees absorb in a year.
103kWh of energy: Enough electricity to drive an electric car 662km.
You’ll find much more information on sustainable skateboards, e-bikes, scooters, solar panels, and more over at Green Authority.
What about some other big sites?
Wired UK had a great piece last year about the impact websites are having on the planet.
“According to figures from the HTTP Archive, websites have only become less efficient over the years: today, the average web page weighs in at around 2MB, compared with less than 500KB back in 2010.
“A simple, stripped-back website like Low Tech Magazine produces just 0.24g of CO2 per page view; in contrast, a site with video autoplay features, such as 11 Coffee & Co, generates a hefty 10.08g of CO2 per page view. (The website for Elon and Kimbal Musk’s foundation — comprised of seven lines of text on a white background — is among the cleanest on the web, producing only 0.39kg of CO2 per year.)”
We had a quick look at some other sites and the results are pretty interesting:
Facebook is cleaner than 90% of sites tested, producing just 0.10g of CO2 for every visit and 11.86kg of CO2 equivalent (over a year with 10,000 monthly page views).
Perhaps shockingly (though we’re sure all those shiny images of vehicles has something to do with it) Tesla’s site was dirtier than 84% of web pages tested, producing 2.71g of CO2 for every visit and, over a year with 10,000 monthly page views, producing 324.75kg of CO2 equivalent — the same weight as 2.17 sumo wrestlers and as much CO2 as boiling water for 44,004 cups of tea. I love tea, but that’s a lot.
Samsung and Apple both disappointed, Samsung came in as dirtier than 54% of web pages tested, producing 0.52g of CO2 per visit (62.81kg of CO2 equivalent per year), and Apple as dirtier than 50% of web pages tested, producing 0.47g of CO2 per visit or 56.76kg of CO2 equivalent per year (and neither use green hosting).
June 13-20: Steam Next Fest
June 20-23: Collision (Toronto)
June 23: Poco F4 launch @ 8 AM ET
June 26-July 3: Summer Games Done Quick
June 28: HTC Log In To The Future launch event (Metaverse phone?)
July 5: Asus ROG Phone 6 launch @ 8 AM ET
July 12: Nothing Phone 1 launch @ 4 PM BST (11 AM ET)
July 13: Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro launch
July 19: Stray lands on PS5, PS4, PC
July 28: Pixel 6a launch
August 10 (TBC): Samsung Unpacked? (new Galaxy foldables, Galaxy Watch 5 series?)