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⚡ Welcome to the weekly authoritythe android authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news of the week. Issue 217 here, featuring Google Pixel 7 payment issues, Galaxy S23 specs, great news for Silent Hill fans, and more.
🎮 I’m very excited about the Silent Hill news, but now I’m looking forward to playing a similar horror game. Any recommendation for me? I tried The Medium, but I’m too much of a wimp (Although Alien Isolation was totally fine) 🙈
Hot news this week
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- Specs for the unofficial Essential Phone sequel arrive, but is it worth $1,000??
- Speaking of prices, Nothing Ear 1 gets a big price bump to $150.
- Android 13 support is coming to Windows 11 via WSAbut a release date is not yet known.
- Have you already switched to eSIM? Let us know by voting in our poll.
- Fossil smartwatches start receiving Wear OS 3 update with some big omissions: No access to Google Assistant.
- Nvidia “debuts” its 12GB RTX 4080 cardsaying it was not named correctly, after criticism he tagged the card with stats that exaggerated its performance.
- Verizon alerts prepaid customers to recent security breach: It appears that around 250 accounts were compromised.
- Starlink will officially launch Starlink aviation next yearoffering speeds of up to 350Mbps, with latency as low as 20ms, to aircraft equipped with its Aero Terminal.
- Y Uber will start showing you targeted ads bIt is based on where you go, while waiting for your trip and during your trip, which raises privacy concerns.
- Finally: Tired of folding clothes? AI breaks robot folding speed record.
- Masablehas the horrible The true story behind The Watcher’s John Graff.
- speaking of horror, Return to Silent Hill will bring Konami’s horror franchise back to theatersfifteen years after the 2006 film, with the return of director Christophe Gans, but still without a release date.
- And we have your inspiration to watch over the weekend: The best new streaming moviesincluding the horror sequel V/H/S/99, the Hulu original horror film Matriarch, and more.
- We also have the best new tv shows to streamincluding Amazon Prime Video sci-fi drama The Peripheral, and Empiree review is on Already.
- New trailer for Tom Hanks’ latest film, A Man Called OttoA remake of the 2015 Swedish comedy A Man Called Ove, itself adapted from Fredrik Bakman’s novel, Hanks stars as the grumpy, recently widowed man whose neighbors help him rejoin his local community.
- In other places, the 4K Chromecast with Google TV now receives Android 12with privacy settings and more.
- Did you break up with your partner? Netflix profile transfers are for you: You will be able to keep recommendations, lists, saved games and more.
- In the meantime, Netflix crackdown on password sharing to roll out globally in “early 2023” – This is how it could work.
- Konami confirms Silent Hill 2 remake is coming to PS5 and PCbut the release date is not yet known; we also saw reveals of three new games, Silent Hill: Fall of the cityfrom Annapurna Interactive and No Code, Silent Hill: Ascensioncoming in 2023, from the studio of JJ Abrams, Bad Robot and Genvid, and silent hill nby Ryūkishi07, an acclaimed creator of psychological horror visual novels.
- Razer Edge prices, specs revealed: Do you have an advantage over rival handhelds?
- Microsoft is building its own mobile game store to take on Apple and Google.
- Netflix is expanding into cloud gamingopens a new studio in Southern California.
- and we have a First look at the Dead Space remake: Very excited, us?
- Speaking of new games, French game publisher Focus has some exciting titles out now and coming soon: A Plague Tale: Requiem released on Tuesday, and bad westabout hunting vampires in the American Wild West, lands in November.
- Some great Minecraft news– Minecraft Dungeon Halloween additions, mobs of camels, a Batman DLC, and an in-depth look at Minecraft Legends, due for release in 2023.
- Finally, eurogamer has a clean summary of everything you missed on Thursday Resident Evil exhibitincluding an action-packed look at the new version of RE4, which will be released on March 24, more details on the long-delayed Re:Verse multiplayer, and more.
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This week we want to wish a very happy birthday to the console of many of our childhoods, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
- The NES was released in the US this week (October 18) in 1985.
- It had already been released in Japan in July 1983 as the Famicom or Family Computer, selling over 2.5 million units in its first year on sale.
- Where the Famicom was white, with red controllers and buttons, the NES was larger and mostly gray.
- The NES was initially only released in New York City, followed by Los Angeles in February 1986.
- The 8-bit console was not released nationwide until September 27, 1986.
- That same day, Nintendo released 18 games, including Super Mario BrosDonkey Kong Jr. Math, Hogan’s Alley, duck huntingpinball, wild gunslingerand more.
- The NES was the starting point for many popular franchises, with titles like Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and Legend of Zelda.
- But the console’s most popular game was Super Mario Bros, which to date has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and is the second best-selling video game of all time behind Wii Sports.
Here are some things we bet you didn’t know about the NES:
- A Nintendo World Championship cartridge once sold for $100,088 on eBay.
- Super Mario Bros has secret levels – you’ll need a top-loading NES, a Super Mario Bros. cartridge, and a copy of the NES game Tennis to access them, however, plus this guide.
- Yes, we all love Zelda, but in the past, the president of Nintendo’s state division thought the game was too text-heavy and too difficult to appeal to an American audience. This shows how wrong you can be!
- Nintendo created help lines for gamers: back in the ’80s, there was no internet to refer to when you got stuck in your game. Nintendo launched Powerline, a phone service where expert Nintendo gamers would help you. The service was restored in 2016 for a weekend just to celebrate the NES.
- Final Fantasy it’s a huge franchise these days, but it has humble roots as a single game on the NES. If you got bored of fighting dragons, you could take a break and play a traditional sliding puzzle minigame, although it was quite difficult to access: you had to press “A” and “B” together 55 times in a row while on a Ship. To think that nowadays we complain about the thumb of the players!
If you fancy some retro gaming, you can pick up an NES on eBay these days for between $50 and $150. Could you grab one of the best nes emulators for android, or you can just grab a Switch to get your Nintendo fix. We have rounded up some of the bThe best free Nintendo Switch gamesincluding titles like Brawlhalla and Pokemon Quest, in addition to the best Switch eShop games you should totally get today.
- October 26 at 7 pm (Pacific Time): Nothing Ear Stick launch event
- November 8th: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PS5, PC, Stadia and Luna
- November 9: God of War: Ragnarok launches on PS4, PS5
- November 9-11: Mediatek Executive Summit 2022
- November 15-17: Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit
- November 18th: The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me Launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC
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