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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 221st edition here, featuring Google’s Black Friday deals, all the drama unfolding on Twitter, bad news for Blizzard players in China, and more.
🛒 This weekend, I can’t wait to relax before the Black Friday madness hits! I also spent a lot of time thinking about online privacy, following the announcement that Google will pay $392 million in a record-breaking privacy agreement. This got me wondering how many sites hold our data and how secure is that data really? We shouldn’t lose sleep over this, however, not when services like Incogni exist. On that note…
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Popular news this week
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- Netflix now lets you kick moochers out of your account.
- Speaking of Netflix, here are the streamer’s best mystery movies to check out, from The Woman in the Window to the bizarre Netflix exclusive The Good Nurse.
- Plus, if you’re looking for something to watch this weekend, our pick of the 21 best Peacock movies should give you plenty of inspiration.
- Even more inspiration: We’ve got the best new TV shows to stream this week, including Netflix’s 1899, as well as the week’s best new streaming movies, like period drama The Wonder, starring Florence Pugh.
- A timely addition: YouTube TV gets a little new feature that makes a huge difference.
- Loving the sex life of college girls on HBO Max? Check out these similar shows.
- Amazon is ordering several Marvel-Sony shows, starting with Silk: Spider Society, developed by The Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang alongside Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
- Pixar has released a teaser for Elemental, its upcoming animated feature, set in “Element City, where the inhabitants of fire, water, earth and air live together”, on June 16, 2023 .
- Bradley Cooper is ready to play the role of Frank Bullitt for Steven Spielberg.
- Finally: a Streets of Rage movie written by the creator of John Wick is on the way.
- Control 2 is officially signed, although it won’t be available for a while yet.
- The Game of the Year nominees are up for The Game Awards 2022: Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, A Plague Tale: Requiem, God of War Ragnarök and Xenoblade Chronicles 3, with winners to be announced on December 8.
- The Witcher 3 next-gen update for PS, Xbox Series, and PC lands December 14free for anyone who owns the game.
- Here’s everything we know about PSVR 2 so far – and what we want to see.
- A match made in hell: ROG Phone 6 gets a Diablo Immortal Edition, complete with Diablo-themed packaging, accessories and more.
- Dethroned: PewDiePie is no longer the king of YouTube, with MrBeast overtaking the YouTuber by several thousand subscribers.
- Here’s everything coming to and leaving Xbox Game Pass in the coming weeks, including text-based point-and-click adventure game Norco.
- Speaking of Game Pass, Microsoft shelved the Game Pass streaming box because it was too expensive.
- Meanwhile, Samsung is extending cloud gaming to its older smart TVs, with new apps like Xbox Cloud Gaming, Amazon Luna, GeForce Now, and more.
- Also this week: Blizzard games going offline in China as NetEase ends 14-year deal — Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Warcraft 3: Reforged, StarCraft, Diablo 3, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch 2 will all end to work in China, but future releases of World of Warcraft: Dragonflight, Hearthstone: March of the Lich King, and Overwatch Season 2 will continue – Diablo Immortal is unaffected.
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It’s been a year since Waymo announced its custom robotaxi for its ride-sharing service, and this week we finally got a look at the vehicle.
- The robotaxi is the result of an OEM collaboration with Geely, specifically Zeekr, and “designed in Sweden”.
- “Waymo Driver” technology is integrated into all facets of the vehicle, from the sides and corners to the roof.
- Most notably, the steering wheel is entirely absent; instead there is simply a screen between the two front seats.
- This will display self-driving status, music controls, and progress maps.
- There are other screens in the second row, behind the driver and front passenger seat.
- You can experience the robotaxi for yourself in this video.
Facing the future
Instead of the seats being reversed, like in most self-driving vehicles, the seats here face the road. Waymo said it was “to help raise awareness and prevent motion sickness”.
- The company’s tests revealed that people want to see what’s happening in front of them, even if they’re not driving themselves. We agree on that.
- The vehicle also has sliding doors front and rear, which should make it easier to get in and out, as well as tons of cargo space.
Don’t expect to be picked up by this robotaxi just yet. Although it will eventually be part of the US Waymo One fleet, it could be some time before it hits the roads near you, with vehicle availability set for “in the coming years.”
- November 22: Evil West is out on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and PC
- November 25-28: Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) Sale
- November 28-December 2: Amazon reinvents
- December 2: Callisto Protocol is launched on PS4, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X and PC (not in Japan)
- January 5-8, 2023: CES 2023 (Las Vegas)
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I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving for next week,
Paula Beaton, editor.