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The Weekly Authority: 🌍 The best of MWC 2023

Plus Pixel Watch components costs, launch deets for OnePlus' first foldable, an Elden Ring expansion, and more top tech news!

Published onMarch 4, 2023

best of mwc
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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 234th edition here with all the best of MWC 2023, the cost of Pixel Watch components, launch deets for OnePlus’ first foldable, an Elden Ring expansion, and much more!

📚 I’m back from my Scottish sojourn, laden down with books from the crime writing festival I attended up north to add to my TBR pile, and there are a lot of dystopian titles there. Perhaps it’s no wonder, given the world we find ourselves living in!

Popular news this week

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Weekly Wonder

Want to go to space but don’t have billions in the bank? Japanese start-up Iwaya Giken, based in Sapporo, aims to “democratize space” and make space travel accessible to all.

  • The company’s Open Universe Project, which commenced in 2012, has just reached completion.
  • It has created a two-seater 1.5 metre drum-shaped cabin designed to seat one pilot and passenger.
  • The cabin will be lifted 15 miles above ground by a helium-filled balloon, and since this isn’t a rocket or spaceplane, no special training is required for space tourists.
  • Taking off from Hokkaido, the flight will take around two hours to ascend, with one hour of viewing time followed by a one-hour descent back to Earth.
  • The company revealed its project at a press event in Tokyo and hopes to bring the boarding price down from 24 Million yen ($180,000) to an as-yet-undisclosed five-figure sum.
  • It has some stiff competition already from World View Enterprises (Arizona), which is developing a similar stratospheric balloon tour for $50,000 per person, with a 6-12 hour flight time.
  • Other competitors include Space Perspective, charging $125,000 per passenger to transport you to the stratosphere in comfort.
  • You can apply until the end of August for flights taking off early next year, with the first five lucky passengers to be announced in October.
  • The prices are a far cry from what Blue Origin charges — even its “cheapest” tickets cost upwards of $1 million, with Virgin Galactic offering rides to the edge of space for $450,000.

Tech Calendar

  • March 7: The Outer Worlds: Spacer’s Choice Edition launches (PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC)
  • March 15: Samsung event (TBC, could see Galaxy A34 and A54)?
  • March 17: Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon lands (Nintendo Switch)

Tech Tweet of the Week

In 2017, Apple filed a patent for a way to turn your iPhone into a Macbook.
How? There’s a laptop casing and you dock your iPhone in the trackpad section (and the phone provides the processor, memory and storage). We need this.
— Trung Phan (@TrungTPhan) March 2, 2023

Something egg-stra: 🥚 This man celebrated Easter early by breaking into a UK industrial park and stealing over $38,000 of Cadbury Creme Eggs and other chocolates (h/t The Hustle).

Have a most eggcellent week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

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