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⚡ Welcome to The weekly authoritythe Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news of the week. The 217th edition here, with Google Pixel 7 payment issues, Galaxy S23 specs, great news for Silent Hill fans, and more.
🎮 I’m really excited about the Silent Hill news, but now I’m craving a similar horror game to play. Recommendations for me? I tried The Medium, but I’m too ugly (even though Alien Isolation was totally fine) 🙈
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- Specs are coming for the unofficial Essential Phone sequel, but is it worth $1,000?
- Speaking of price, Nothing Ear 1 gets a huge price hike to $150.
- Android 13 support is coming to Windows 11 via WSA, but no release date has yet been announced.
- Have you switched to eSIMs yet? Let us know by voting in our poll.
- Fossil smartwatches are starting to get the Wear OS 3 update with a few major omissions: No access to Google Assistant.
- Nvidia is “re-launching” its 12GB RTX 4080 card, claiming it was incorrectly named after being criticized for labeling the card with stats that exaggerated its performance.
- Verizon is alerting prepaid customers to a recent security breach: it appears that approximately 250 accounts have been compromised.
- Starlink officially launches Starlink aviation next year, delivering speeds of up to 350 Mbps, with latency as low as 20 ms, to aircraft equipped with its Aero Terminal.
- And Uber will start serving you targeted ads based on where you’re going, while you’re waiting for your ride, and while you’re traveling, raising privacy concerns.
- Finally: Tired of folding laundry? AI breaks robot folding speed record.
- Mashablehas the horrifying true story behind John Graff of The Watcher.
- Speaking of horror, Return to Silent Hill will bring Konami’s horror franchise back to theaters, fifteen years after the 2006 film, with director Christophe Gans returning, but no release date yet.
- And we’ve got your weekend viewing inspiration: the best new movies streaming, including horror sequel V/H/S/99, Hulu’s original horror movie Matriarch, and more.
- We’ve also got the best new TV shows to stream, including Amazon Prime Video’s sci-fi drama The Peripheral – and empireThe review of e is already available.
- A new trailer has been released for Tom Hanks’ latest film, A Man Called Otto, a remake of the 2015 Swedish comedy A Man Called Ove, itself adapted from Fredrik Bakman’s novel: Hanks plays the grumpy man and recently widowed whose neighbors are helping bring him back to his local community.
- Elsewhere, Chromecast 4K with Google TV is now getting Android 12, with privacy tweaks and more.
- Did you break up with your partner? Netflix profile transfers are made for you: you will be able to keep recommendations, lists, game saves, etc.
- Meanwhile, Netflix’s password-sharing crackdown will roll out globally in “early 2023” – here’s how it could work.
- Konami confirms Silent Hill 2 Remake is coming to PS5 and PC, but no release date yet – we also saw the reveal of three new games, Silent Hill: Townfall, from Annapurna Interactive and No Code, Silent Hill: Ascension, coming 2023, of JJ Abrams’ studio, Bad Robot, and Genvid, and Silent Hill f, of Ryūkishi07, an acclaimed creator of psychological horror visual novels.
- Razer Edge price, specs revealed: Does it have the edge over competing handhelds?
- Microsoft is building its own mobile game store to take on Apple and Google.
- Netflix expands into cloud gaming and opens a new studio in Southern California.
- And we got our first look at the Dead Space remake: Excited a lot, were we?
- Speaking of new games, French game publisher Focus has some interesting titles currently available and coming soon: A Plague Tale: Requiem launched on Tuesday, and Evil West, about vampire hunting in the American Wild West, lands in November.
- Some big Minecraft news: Halloween-y Minecraft Dungeon additions, camel mobs, a Batman DLC, and an in-depth look at Minecraft Legends, launching 2023.
- To finish, Eurogamer has a neat roundup of everything you missed in Thursday’s Resident Evil showcase, including an action-packed preview of the RE4 remake, launching March 24, more details on the long-delayed Re:Verse multiplayer, and Moreover.
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This week we would like to wish a very happy birthday to the console of many of our childhoods, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES).
- The NES was launched in the United States this week (October 18) in 1985.
- It had already been released in Japan in July 1983 as the Famicom or Family Computer, selling over 2.5 million units in its first year on sale.
- Where the Famicom was white, with red controllers and buttons, the NES was larger and mostly gray.
- At first, the NES was only launched in New York, followed by Los Angeles in February 1986.
- The 8-bit console was not released nationwide until September 27, 1986.
- On the same day, Nintendo released 18 games, including Super Mario Bros, Donkey Kong Jr. Math, Hogan’s Alley, Duck Hunt, Pinball, Wild Gunman, etc.
- The NES was the starting point for many popular franchises, with titles including Final Fantasy, Castlevania, and Legend of Zelda.
- But the console’s most popular game was Super Mario Bros, which has sold over 40 million copies worldwide to date – and it’s the second best-selling video game of all time behind Wii Sports.
Here are a few things we bet you didn’t know about the NES:
- A Nintendo World Championship cartridge sold for $100,088 on eBay.
- Super Mario Bros has secret levels: you’ll need a top-loading NES, Super Mario Bros cartridge. and a copy of the NES Tennis game to access it, along with this guide.
- Yes, we all love Zelda, but at the time Nintendo’s National Division president thought the game had too much text and was too hard to appeal to an American audience. This shows how wrong you can be!
- Nintendo created gamer helplines: In the 1980s, there was no internet to consult when you were stuck on your game. Nintendo launched the Powerline, a telephone service where gamers who knew Nintendo games could help you. The service was relaunched in 2016 for one weekend only to celebrate the NES.
- Final Fantasy is a huge franchise these days, but has humble roots as a unique game on the NES. If you got bored fighting dragons, you could take a break and play a traditional puzzle mini-game, although it was quite tricky to get into – you had to press ‘A’ and ‘B’ together 55 times in a row while on a boat. To say that we complain about the gamer’s thumb these days!
If we get you in the mood for some retro gaming, you can pick up an NES on eBay these days for anywhere between $50 and $150. You can grab one of the best NES emulators for Android, or you can just grab a Switch to get your Nintendo fix. We’ve rounded up some of the best free Nintendo Switch games, including titles like Brawlhalla and Pokemon Quest, as well as the best Switch eShop games you should totally get today.
- October 26 at 7 p.m. PT: Nothing Ear Stick Launch Event
- November 8: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PS5, PC, Stadia and Luna
- November 9: God of War: Ragnarok is coming to 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 is out on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and PC
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