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The Weekly Authority: 📱 Pick up a Pixel!

Catch up on what you missed at Google's Pixel event, S23 battery leaks, streaming Halloween horror, plus more top tech news.

Published onOctober 8, 2022

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⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 215th edition here, with Google Pixel event news, S23 battery leaks, CD Projekt Red’s new projects, and a robot-plant-machete hybrid (keep reading, and it’ll all make sense).

🎃 I’m starting Halloween early with a horror movie night with friends this weekend. We’ll be watching Netflix’s new horror, Mr Harrigan’s Phone, based on the Stephen King novella of the same name.

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Weekly Wonder

mr doodle house

Viral British artist Mr Doodle completed his biggest project to date, covering every inch of his 12-room $1.54m mansion in Tenterden, near Kent in England, with his signature black and white doodles.

  • Mr Doodle, real name Sam Cox, bought the house in 2020 and has covered every possible surface with his art — even the toilet and oven.
  • This is to the dismay of the previous owners, who apparently pleaded with him not to doodle in the house.
  • The massive project took two years to complete.
  • Cox used 900 liters of white paint, 401 cans of black spray paint for the exterior, 286 bottles of black paint for the inside walls, and 2,296 pen nibs.

Mr Doodle’s success is all down to his social media accounts. To date, he has 2.7 million Instagram followers and over 95,000 YouTube subscribers.

  • Cox has collaborated with brands like Puma and MTV Europe.
  • And by March 2021, he’d made almost $4.7 million in sales in just over nine months.
  • The artist made a two-minute stop-motion video of the process, which he shared in a now-viral Tweet.

We don’t recommend you try this at home, but if you’re looking to update your living space, you might want to consider setting up a smart home. Check out some of the best smart home devices, or read up on 5 things you should know before building an advanced smart home. We’ve even got the best budget devices for building a starter smart home, if you’re cash-strapped.

Tech Calendar

  • October 11 @ 1PM ET: Meta Connect Conference (new VR headset?)
  • October 12 @ 10 AM PT: Samsung Developer Conference
  • October 13: Pixel 7 on sale
  • October 26 @ 7PM PT: Nothing Ear Stick launch event
  • November 8: 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 15-17: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Summit
  • November 18: The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me launches on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC

Tech Tweet of the Week

Um, this seems safe 😅

Living plant controls a machete through an industrial robot arm
— Canneo (@canneo2103145) October 4, 2022

Have a great week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.