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The Weekly Authority: 💻 Google parts with Pixelbook

Google parts with Pixelbook, OnePlus 11 Pro renders leak, Sony's State of Play highlights, and speedier cup noodles.
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September 17, 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 212th edition here, with Pixel 7 storage options, OnePlus 11 Pro renders, Sony’s State of Play and Nintendo Direct highlights, an “easier” way to make cup noodles, and more.

🥶 This week I’m feeling quite smug to be writing this from the comfort of my new couch, in my new apartment. Ok, so I’m still not unpacked, but I made it! In other news, the temperature here in Scotland dropped to 6°C this morning, so I may need to unpack my sweaters first…

Popular news this week

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Sony:

  • At Tuesday’s Xperia event, Sony announced the Xperia Stream, a cooling accessory for the Xperia 1 IV with a variety of ports, but no word on pricing or availability yet.

Xiaomi:

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Social media:

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Elsewhere:

Movies/TV:

The White Lotus on HBO Max

Gaming:

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Ubisoft

Reviews

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Ryan Haines / Android Authority
  • Samsung Galaxy A23 5G review: Searching for the middle ground — “Its sizable crisp display and equally large and long-lasting battery are excellent among budget phones, though it has some rough edges in tender spots” (Android Authority).
  • Honor MagicBook 14 (2022) review — “A solid productivity laptop, offering fast processing speeds, a great port selection, and good battery life. Its design isn’t so impressive, failing to stand out from rivals such as Apple and Huawei” (Trusted Reviews).
  • MSI Summit E16 Flip Evo review — “A classy, fairly long-lasting semi-portable performance laptop with a large 360-degree 16-inch screen. The display of the version reviewed is not mind-blowing and you’d hope to see a glass touchpad at this level, but MSI has made few mistakes with this solid all-rounder” (Trusted Reviews).

Features

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Apple

Weekly Wonder

This week we’re wondering about the point of Thanko’s Cup Noodle Machine. Why does it exist? What’s its purpose? Exactly how much time is it supposed to save you? Who are these people that are too busy to boil water? Keep reading and you’ll find out exactly what we’re talking about.

Rise of the ramen

  • Cup noodles, instant noodles, ramen… whatever you call them, there’s no denying that this staple student food has become a quick go-to snack for many.
  • Love them or hate them, cup noodles are here to stay — they’re cheap, cheerful, and delicious, even if they’re not the healthiest choice.

Easier than boiling water

Since preparing cup noodles involves nothing more than peeling open the lid of the cup, boiling some water, adding it to the cup, and waiting for the ingredients to rehydrate, why would anyone create a gadget designed to simplify that process? Japan’s Thanko obviously thought the task could be easier.

  • The Makasetei looks a lot like a Keurig coffee machine.
  • This one takes noodle cups, not pods, though.
  • Just pop off the plastic seal, place your noodle cup on the device, lower the mechanism, add water, start the machine, and set a timer.
  • The Makasetei will automatically boil the water, add it to the cup, and then let you know when your noodley-goodness is ready.
  • It doesn’t exactly sound like one of the best smart kitchen tech products around.
  • Though Thanko’s no stranger to quirky gadgets, from its folding fan umbrella to its car rice cooker (yes, really).

We should add, the Makasetei will set you back $45, which seems like a lot to spend on a task that could easily be achieved with an electric kettle. Not to mention the kitchen counter real estate it’ll take up. True, it might come in handy if (like me) you’ve just moved house and have no idea which box you packed the kettle in. Or if you don’t own an electric kettle. And for those with a serious cup noodle habit, well, we guess it’s a bit of a novelty. Still… $45!

Tech Calendar

  • September 29: OnePlus 10T on sale
  • October 6 @ 10 AM ET: Pixel 7 launch
  • October 11 @ 1PM ET: Meta Connect Conference (new VR headset?)
  • October 12 @ 10 AM PT: Samsung Developer Conference
  • 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 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

Tech Tweet of the Week

what the metaverse would look like in the real life pic.twitter.com/N6UT3TM8ip
— MrMimi ⭕️ (@MrMimiEth) September 8, 2022

Have a great week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.