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The Weekly Authority: ☕ T time for OnePlus

OnePlus 10T launch, possible Pixel 7 dates, a new game from Witcher 3 devs, the Predator prequel, and more top tech news.

Published onAugust 6, 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 206th edition here, with the OnePlus 10T launch, possible Pixel 7 launch and release dates, a new game from Witcher 3 developers, and much more…

📚 I’ve been taking a break from gaming this week and doing lots of reading after discovering a new, totally magical bookshop on a recent trip to Edinburgh.

Popular news this week

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Geralt fights a monster in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt


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  • OnePlus 10T review: Unpolished Power — “It takes more than a fast chipset and even faster charging to create an all-rounder” (Android Authority).
  • HUAWEI Freebuds Pro 2 review: A compelling package — “The Freebuds Pro 2 sound great and have plenty of features, but they’re not without flaws” (Android Authority).
  • Acer Chromebook Spin 513 (2H) review: Reworking the basics — “The slow flash memory and middling processor mean it’s not the best for heavier workloads, but for students and casual users, the Spin 513 (2H) is a good choice” (Android Authority).
  • Lenovo Tab M10 HD Review — “It certainly looks and feels good for its price, and it really doesn’t cost very much at all. However, its positioning as a budget media player is undermined by a lowly display, terrible performance, and mediocre battery life” (Trusted Reviews).


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Weekly Wonder

An Apple self driving test vehicle
Jean Bai
One of the test vehicles Apple is using for autonomous driving.

Following on from Wired‘s feature about EV makers figuring out what women want, a study by Pew Research has revealed that women are more skeptical of self-driving cars than men. And it’s not just driverless cars — overall, women are more skeptical than men about the uses of artificial intelligence.

  • The study showed 37% of men think driverless cars are a good idea, while only 17% of women agree.
  • Over 50% of women said they wouldn’t feel comfortable driving on a road alongside self-driving cars, compared to just 35% of men.
  • And only 27% of women would actually be willing to ride in a driverless car, compared to 46% of men.
  • Women are also more likely than men (33% vs 20%) to think that self-driving cars could lead to an increase in auto crashes.

This applies to driverless public transport too, with over 50% of women opposing the use of self-driving technology for buses compared to just 35% of men.

What about other uses of artificial intelligence?

The study also showed:

  • Only 42% of women in the US said tech has had a positive impact on society, compared to 54% of men.
  • Women are also less likely than men (13% compared to 22%) to express excitement rather than concern about the increased use of AI in daily life.
  • And over 30% of women surveyed said they’re unsure if police using face recognition technology is a good idea, compared to 22% of men.

The design of AI technologies

Women also showed more concern for who’s involved in the design and implementation of AI technologies.

  • More women than men (67% vs 58%) said they felt it was important for social media companies to include people of different genders and races when designing their algorithms.
  • Women are also more doubtful than men that AI computer programs are able to consistently make fair decisions when faced with complex situations. Only 22% of women surveyed said they thought it was possible to design AI programs that could consistently make fair decisions, compared to 38% of men.

Personally, I think driverless cars are a good idea, but I’m not sure how I feel about anything larger like an autonomous bus or truck. And I wonder whether there’s such gender disparity over uses of AI in the home, like robot vacuum cleaners or robot lawn mowers?

Tech Calendar

  • August 10: Samsung Unpacked (Galaxy Z Flip 4, Fold 4, Galaxy Watch 5 and Watch 5 Pro?)
  • September 1: OnePlus 10T pre-orders open (US)
  • September 2-6: IFA Berlin
  • 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

Tech Tweet of the Week

Doc Brown in Back to the Future

Who’d have thought the lottery was a good way to catch time travelers?

The “lottery as a way to catch time travellers” theory is incredible. I will be writing fan fiction for my newsletter based on these tweets:
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) August 3, 2022

Something extra: From The Hustle, this week in 2017, Luis Fonsi’s Despacito became the most-watched YouTube video of all time, with 3 billion-plus views. What’s the most-watched video today? Baby Shark Dance (sorry in advance!)

Have a great week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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