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The Weekly Authority: 🔑 Pixel Tablet's key connectivity spec

Plus ASUS Rog Phone 7 leaks, ASUS' Steam Deck competitor, a Furby world takeover, and more of this week's top tech news.
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April 8, 2023
Pixel Tablet and dock 2
Google

⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 239th edition here with Pixel Tablet connectivity specs, a look at that huge Galaxy Z Flip 5 cover screen, ASUS Rog Phone 7 leaks, ASUS’ Steam Deck competitor, and a Furby world takeover.

🐰 Happy Easter to you if you’re celebrating this weekend. I’m planning on enjoying the long weekend with Easter Sunday lunch and lots of chocolate eggs, of course.

Popular news this week

Pixel Tablet shot from Pixel 7 launch
Google

Oppo & OnePlus:

Motorola:

Movies/TV

dungeons and dragons
Paramount Pictures and eOne

Gaming: 

ASUS ROG Ally
ASUS

Reviews

The Google Pixel Buds Pro and Google Pixel Buds A Series wireless earbuds' in their cases.
Lily Katz / Android Authority

Features

Bing Image Creator on a phone showing one image of a blue AI creature with orange eyes in front of a display with zeros and ones
Rita El Khoury / Android Authority

Weekly Wonder

xbox remix controller
Xbox Wire

This week we’re loving Microsoft’s new, more sustainable Xbox Wireless Controller — it’s better for the planet, and it looks pretty good too.

  • With Earth Day right around the corner on Saturday, April 22, it’s a great time to grab a more eco-friendly controller for your Xbox.
  • One-third of the Remix Special Edition Controller is made from “regrind and reclaimed material.”
  • Regrind is raw material created by mechanically recycling Xbox One controller parts. This material can then be used in the creation of new controllers.
  • The controllers are also made with post-consumer recycled resins from things like CDs, plastic water jugs, and even car headlight covers. Pretty neat.
  • Each controller has its own unique look and feel. As Microsoft explains, the combination of recycled resins and regrind provides “custom, earth-tone colors with subtle variations, swirling, markings, and texturing.”
  • This Special Edition controller was inspired by natural landscapes, with the bright green taking inspiration from the lichen found in the Pacific Northwest Forest.
  • An eco-friendly controller needs planet-friendly power, so wave bye-bye to landfill-clogging disposable batteries and hello to an included rechargeable battery pack that lets you recharge while playing or once you’re done.
  • Each full charge takes around four hours, giving you up to 30 hours of gaming time.
  • Pre-orders for the controller open April 18, and it’ll set you back $84.99.
  • The only question is, which of the best Xbox Series X/S games are you going to play first? Why not check out some of the best Xbox indie games, like Hollow Knight or Firewatch?

Tech Calendar

  • April 13 @ 8 AM EDT: ROG Phone 7 launches
  • May 5: Hogwarts Legacy lands on PS4 and Xbox
  • May 9: HUAWEI Mate X3 and P60 series Europe launch
  • May 10: Google I/O 2023
  • June 5: Apple WWDC (Reality One or Reality Pro mixed-reality headset?)
  • June 8: Summer Game Fest
  • June 11: Xbox Games Showcase
  • June 12: Ubisoft event

Tech Tweet of the Week

i hooked up chatgpt to a furby and I think this may be the start of something bad for humanity pic.twitter.com/jximZe2qeG
— jessica card (@jessicard) April 2, 2023

Have an egg-cellent Easter break!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.