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The Weekly Authority: A turbulent week for Twitter

Plus a cool Xiaomi concept, a Pixel 7 Pro durability test, and a faster way to walk.

Published onNovember 5, 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 219th edition here, with Pixel 7 Pro durability tests, Twitter verification tomfoolery, a crazy Xiaomi concept, and more.

🤝 Hadlee and Jonathan here for this week’s edition, covering for Paula. We’ve got a lot to get through this week, so let’s get on with it!

Popular news this week





Social media:






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  • Staring at a small screen all day? You’ll probably enjoy this laptop: “In short, the ASUS Zenbook 17 Fold is a solid, if not fantastic, PC, that’s completely overshadowed by its main selling point — that beautiful folding screen.” (Android Authority)
  • Apple TV 4K 2022 review: “Its performance is top-shelf, and the rest of the experience is a treat as well.” (Tom’s Guide)
  • Shockz OpenRun Pro review: “They’ll probably never sound as clear as in-ear headphones with top-notch isolation, but it’s the very lack of isolation that makes them shine.” (Android Authority)
  • Fitbit Versa 4 review: “The Versa 4 is a confusing step back as a smartwatch and only an average fitness tracker.” (Android Authority)
  • Nothing Ear Stick review: “For an open design, I’m impressed with how comfortable and secure these earbuds are, along with how good they sound without having to position them in a specific sweet spot.” (Trusted Reviews)


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Weekly Wonder

Like the idea of moving fast but don’t want to use a scooter/bicycle or break out into a jog? That’s where the quirky Moonwalkers come into play, strapping on to any pair of shoes.

  • New Atlas reports that these are somewhat similar to strap-on roller skates.
  • However, you actually need to walk while wearing them rather than skate.
  • The team claims a 250% increase in walking speed too, owing to the “AI drivetrain.”
  • You can stop in less than a meter from top speed and it automatically controls your speed when going downhill.
  • What if you need to negotiate stairs? Well, a foot-driven gesture lets you switch to locked mode to do just that.
  • Expect a range of up to six miles with USB-C charging taking 1.5 hours.
  • The Moonwalkers are currently available for $1,099 on Kickstarter, and it’s achieved over $243,000 of its $90,000 goal.

Tech Calendar

  • November 8: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PS5, PC, and Luna
  • November 9: God of War: Ragnarok launches on PS4, PS5
  • November 9-11: MediaTek Executive Summit 2022
  • 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
  • November 28 to December 2: Amazon Reinvent

Tech Tweet of the Week

This format has resulted in loads of funny tweets:

Twitter laid me off today. If you know of any open positions for project managers or senior software engineers, let me know. I was in charge of the feature that made sure every time you tweeted about climate change you were served a fossil fuel ad.
— David Ho (@_david_ho_) October 30, 2022

Something extra: It’s the beginning of the American Indian Heritage Month, and we’d like to say hello to all the indigenous folk in our audience! Did you know Motorola added a Cherokee language option to its Android 12 phones earlier this year?

Have a great week!


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