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The Weekly Authority: 📱 Flip 4, Far Out, and foldable patents

Z Flip 4 review, a Google foldable patent, Apple's Far Out event, a Days Gone movie, and more in this week's top tech news.
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August 27, 2022
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Ryan Haines / Android Authority

⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 209th edition here, with our Galaxy Z Flip 4 review, a new Google foldable patent, Apple’s Far Out event, and an upcoming Days Gone movie — plus much more.

👻 This week I’m off to the Edinburgh Festival to see (or should that be hear?) three of Darkfield‘s immersive shows, Eulogy, Flight, and Seance — and I’m not going to lie, I’m quite scared but also excited!

Popular news this week

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Samsung:

Google:

Xiaomi:

Motorola:

Apple:

Social media:

  • Did you get spammed by the Facebook bug that filled users’ feeds with endless posts from celebrity accounts?
  • Creepy: TikTok’s monitoring your keystrokes — The company’s in-app browser could be tracking your activity on outside websites and could even capture your credit card information or passwords.
  • Twitter security is a huge mess, according to whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, who’s just been fired as Twitter’s head of security and wrote a report outlining a whole host of issues, including that “more than half of Twitter employees had direct access to the service’s live code and data.”
  • Elon Musk subpoenas Jack Dorsey as he prepares for October 17 trial — the subpoena “seeks information related to false or spam accounts and information about how Twitter reports on spam accounts.”

Elsewhere:

Movies/TV:

Gaming:

Reviews

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Features

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Weekly Wonder

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Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

I’m still surrounded by moving boxes, so I thought for this week’s edition of the Weekly Wonder, I’d look at some tech-related things that can help with your move.

Last week my colleague C. Scott Brown wrote about moving house, and how he realized that saving tech product boxes was useless.

  • I must admit to being guilty of hoarding tech product boxes myself, with a “never know when it might be needed” mentality.
  • However, they’re definitely an extra thing to sort and pack amongst a mountain of stuff, and ultimately I realized that the smaller I can get that mountain, the less stressful my move will be.
  • I’ve binned about 90% of my tech boxes, keeping just a couple for larger items that are still in warranty, but they double as packaging for moving the items, so I figure that works.

We asked you if you kept your tech product boxes, and it turns out very few of you actually throw all your boxes away, with the majority (45.2%) saying they only threw out some of their boxes. Almost as many of you (44.5%) kept all your tech boxes, with just 10.3% of polled readers saying they threw all their boxes out — and that’s probably a sensible choice if you’re battling limited storage space.

Moving with your smart home tech

There’s so much to think about when moving home, like migrating your smart home tech, as well as considering home security for your new place.

  • Smart doorbells, thermostats, locks, and outdoor security cameras — as well as other hard-mounted products — can all be cumbersome when moving, so it may make more sense to leave them behind.
  • It’s often easier to invest in a new wireless security camera, smart video doorbell, or window coverings like smart blinds or shades rather than taking your existing smart home tech with you, though that can be prohibitive given the seemingly endless cost of moving.

Luckily, that’s not an issue for my move — I’m relocating from an older property that doesn’t even have electric lighting in all the rooms, let alone any smart home tech setup.

One thing I’m definitely aware of through all this, though, is the importance of getting enough sleep to combat the stress of moving. Sleep tracker apps are really helpful here, as are meditation apps — Calm has been helping me stay sane, but there are plenty of other good choices out there.

Roll on moving day!📦

Tech Calendar

  • Now until August 28: Gamescom
  • September 1: OnePlus 10T pre-orders open (US)
  • September 1 @ 3 AM ET: Sony Xperia launch event (Xperia 5 IV?)
  • September 2-6: IFA Berlin
  • September 6: Huawei Mate 50 series launch
  • September 7 @ 10 AM PT (1 PM ET, 7 PM CET): Apple’s Far Out event
  • September 10 @ 9 PM CEST: Ubisoft Forward showcase
  • September 29: OnePlus 10T on sale
  • October 6: Pixel 7 launch? (TBC)
  • October 13: Pixel 7 on sale? (TBC)
  • 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 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

TikTok taking over all forms of culture pic.twitter.com/6ZjOMzuihn
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) August 23, 2022

Something extra: It’s not happy hour, it’s yappy hour! Check out these pups having the time of their lives while their owners grab a drink at this beach bar.

Have a wonderful week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.