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Welcome to The Weekly Authority, I’m Tristan Rayner (@tristanrayner on Twitter), with your wrap of the top Android and tech news from the week, plus one deeper dive each week into what’s happening and what matters.

Let’s get started with the news, keep scrolling for the Black Friday guide.

Popular News

New M1 Macs achieve some pretty big goals for Apple: borderline unbelievable performance from even low power chips, crushing the competition from Intel and AMD, and setting itself up to dominate other laptops in the performance and battery life stakes. A great spark for Arm-based processors on desktop may be the chance for the likes of Qualcomm and Google (rumored to be working on its own chips) to step up for mobility (November 18, 2023).

HUAWEI split off HONOR and sold it to a large Chinese consortium. Only limited details have emerged as to what that all means, but a $15B price tag indicates plenty of hope for more smartphone sales. HONOR later confirmed it’ll work with “partners to continue providing security updates and after-sales service for existing smartphones and those that are currently on sale.” Still a lot of unknowns. Will it have any access to HUAWEI hardware or software? Will it regain access to Google Mobile Services? (November 16, 2023).

The Google Pixel 4a in Barely Blue (for a limited time) surprised this week, given all reports were that Google killed it off. Definitely not a huge fan of devices coming out with nice color options only after the early adopters have jumped in, but I’ll let this one pass: the Pixel was already massively delayed (November 16, 2023).

Amazon now selling prescription drugs online (Business Insider) is a big deal this week, especially with discounts for Prime members for people paying without insurance. Healthcare is huge and Amazon’s focus on customer service could mean good things for the wider industry. That said, Amazon is becoming more like Buy n Large, if you get the Wall-E reference (November 17, 2023).


There were big leaks around the coming OnePlus 9 flagship. First were renders of the design via OnLeaks, with Steve Hemmerstoffer revealing CAD renders of the 2023 all-glass flagship at Voice. The report set a March 2023 launch date, and dropped specs like a 6.7-inch display with punch-hole in the top left, with the curved glass design to return. The general tone? A mix of 8 Pro and 8T designs, nothing wild.

Adding to the OnePlus 9 news is 91Mobiles with a leak drop of camera specs details, including a 48MP primary sensor with 12MP output and 6mm focal length, plus a 48MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, up from the 16MP lens from the 8T. There a “live-image” of the camera module too but caution is required here, given no one really knows what is happening with final prototypes (November 21, 2023).

Samsung’s first in-display camera phone may be coming with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, to give the foldable screen an all-display look, likely with a mild drop in selfie camera performance. Given you can take selfies with the rear cameras and see yourself in the front display, this all makes too much sense (November 19, 2023).


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The N100 just doesn’t get it done convincingly, and the iPhone 12 Mini convinced a small-phone fan this week:

OnePlus Nord N100 review: Oh dear. The compromises on camera, design, and performance are too much. Spend a tiny bit more to get way more for your money. — Ryan Thomas Shaw.

Another in our iPhone 12 series reviews: iPhone 12 Mini review: A pint-sized powerful phone in a world where most flagship phones are getting a little too big to easily handle.  — David Imel.

Zepp Z review: Another gorgeous smartwatch from Huami, decent features, but way overpriced, no NFC, and no apps. – C. Scott Brown.

Instant Authority: Black Friday/Cyber Monday tips and tricks

Black Friday, coming up this week on November 27th, feels more like Cyber Monday this year. Deals are more focused on online purchases, and the whole extravaganza has become a full week, or even month — we’re already seeing plenty of great early deals. There are no rules anymore.

What is there to know about Black Friday in 2023? How can you get ready for the big holiday sales? What’s affected and what’s not? Price matching, extended return policies, tips, and more: here’s our guide to getting a deal.

In-store deals

Some stores will be open. While major retailers are keeping their physical stores closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2023, on Black Friday, stores will be open. Walmart and Best Buy open from 5AM.

Given the pandemic and shifting focus to online deals, we expect “in-store only” specials to be extremely limited.

Price Tracker Extensions

There are an array of price tracking extensions and plugins that can helpfully let you know if a deal is really a deal.

We strongly recommend getting a price tracker extension at least while shopping during this time.

Camelizer (from old faithful CamelCamelCamel) and Keepa both track pricing on Amazon which is super helpful to check if you’re actually getting a good deal and how pricing changes month-to-month.

I use Camelizer and have always enjoyed CamelCamelCamel for its sheer simplicity and independent nature.

Here’s why CamelCamelCamel got the name, too.

For a long time, I’ve suggested avoiding or at least understanding what coupon plugins like Honey are doing with your data. Maybe the best in-between would be to use similar only during Black Friday week.

The best deal sites

While we’ve got you covered for tech right here, deals aren’t just in new smartphones, headphones, TVs, and laptops.

Dealnews and Kinja deals offer similar services, but forums aren’t as busy.

Watch out for holiday-specific models

Retailers and manufacturers always want to offer a juicy deal. One trick they sometimes use is taking big name brand products and offering tweaked models at a cheaper price that are just like the regular products but with a few features left off.

There’s a valuable Reddit discussion on this explaining how this can work with TVs, which have huge discounts because they package up lower-tier displays, or drop the number of HDMI/USB ports, to reach cut-price offers.

It’s all in the model numbers, so keep an eye out if you see a too-good-to-be-true deal and the model number doesn’t come up in reviews or at other retailers.

Price matching

You might spot a great deal, but not at your favorite retailer. You might be able to change that with price matching. But there are always rules for price matching and the policies are usually enforced. Having your original proof of purchase on hand is just the start.

Normal price-matching retailers:

Target: A Price Match Guarantee that is still valid over the holiday period! Target’s guidelines state it will price match, with a list of limitations, including matching only certain online retailers. Holiday sales including Black Friday are valid at any lane, all the way to December 24 price matching.

Best Buy: Best Buy’s Price Match Guarantee is a favorite for many but during this period it looks all-but impossible. Best Buy has an exclusion list for price reduction items during Black Friday, and in its Black Friday Ad T&Cs writes the following: “Price Match Guarantee does not apply to … our competitors’ items for sale the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving and is not valid on prior purchases.”

Walmart: Mostly bad news here. chúng tôi has a Price Match Policy for one item per customer per day and is only applicable to certain online retailers. There’s also a long list of restrictions and sadly there’s also no price match on items “related to Black Friday and Cyber Week” even including pre-Black Friday event prices.

Newegg: Black Friday Price Protection offers automatic refunds. It’s more of a promotion than a policy, and is only valid on eligible products displaying a certain badge. It’s only for those products on Newegg.

B&H: Case-by-case basis only.

Amazon, Costco: No price-matching policies.

Popular brand stores:

Microsoft: While Redmond doesn’t usually offer price matching, it is during this season on its own store at least: “If you find Microsoft Store offers a better price on a product purchased at Microsoft Store between now and Jan 3, 2023, we’ll refund the difference.”

Apple: Usually, Apple doesn’t touch special sales like a Black Friday deal. However, Apple does offer price-matching if you’ve already bought an item and you see it cheaper elsewhere within a 14-day window.

Google: No price-matching policies.

Dell: Price-match policy that doesn’t apply from Thanksgiving Day through to Cyber Monday.

Shipping and returns

With the expected heavy demands on e-commerce and online shopping, and COVID-19 related staffing issues, express shipping may face bottlenecks. Maybe don’t press your nose against the glass once you hit buy on that shopping cart this year.

Return policies are a little more generous this time of year, though. Here are the extended shipping policies from the big guns:

Amazon: Anything bought between now and December 31 can be returned until January 31.

Apple: Products bought between now and December 25 can be returned until January 8.

B&H:  Most items can be bought between now and January 1 can be returned until February 8.

Best Buy: Some items bought between now and January 2 can be returned until January 16.

GameStop: Unopened items can be returned by January 15.

Newegg: Some items can be returned until January 31.

Walmart: Extended returns depending on normal return windows — e.g. buy an item now, if your standard return window is 14 days, you can return until January 8, 2023.

Features & Opinion

The OPPO-ification of OnePlus is getting worse — by Igor Bonifacic, November 22, 2023.

My opinion on this opinion: What made OnePlus great was its simplicity in its flagship-killing approach. With lots of change amid the new Nord line, it’s not that OnePlus is in a state, nor that it can’t add new product lines and go for value phones. It’s that the DNA of the company has changed, like when it pushed Amazon’s shopping app to devices. Ouch. That’s so against basic user trust built up in the company.

Tech Tweets of the Week

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Tech calendar

Coming up this week:

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 launch (November 26).

Black Friday (November 27).

Cyber Monday (November 30).


This month, we’re giving away three prize packs! Enter the November giveaway for your chance to win.

First prize: OnePlus 8T and an AA hoodie

Second prize: Garmin Venu and an AA hoodie

Third prize: Sony WH-1000XM4 and an AA t-shirt

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Xiaomi Mi 11 review: It’s a Snapdragon 888 powerhouse with great display, but other than the MIUI skin, the only hesitation is the camera.

Next up, good reviews here of interesting ecosystem-only plays:

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag review: A clever Bluetooth tracker with one major flaw: it only works in the Samsung ecosystem, meaning you really need a Galaxy smartphone. We’re much more interested in the Samsung Galaxy SmartTag Plus with UWB, whenever it finally drops…

Apple TV 4K review: This set-top box has aging hardware boosted by a best-in-class ecosystem. Supposedly, the refreshed 2023 Apple TV is due for a spring launch, but who knows? It could be 12 months away.

That led to a bunch of reminiscing and thinking about the master marketer and visionary of Apple, Pixar, and so on.

Something I’d recommend spending a moment on: a recorded Clubhouse discussion called Steve Jobs Stories. You can jump straight into the 1.5 hour YouTube clip here too. (

(I enjoyed one where Andy Hertzfeld, an original Mac team member at Apple, at a dinner with Jobs who worth about $300M, was forced to pay for the meal because Jobs didn’t have a wallet).

Anyway, Steve Levy, the editor at large of Wired, has a weekly column and in this one he touched on his last ever conversation with Jobs, an informal chat in the year he died.


People kept asking [Jobs], he said, if Apple was going to design a car. “If I were 10 years younger and healthier,” he said, “I’d do it.”

Apple does look set to do it. And make no mistake, it’s both years away and monumental; it’s possibly just as monumental in the next decade as Tesla has been in the past decade.

Levy again:

“In 2023 I visited Bill Ford, chair of the company bearing his name, and asked him what he thought about Telsa. He gave it measured praise, as if it was just another competitor that had come off a conventional assembly line. I wanted to shake him. It’s not about drivetrains, Bill, it’s a paradigm shift!“

Can Apple deliver something more than another electric car? Betting against it seems unwise, argues Levy. It’s hard to disagree.

Tech Calendar

March 4: Realme GT 5G launch

March 4: Realme Note 10 Series launch

March 10: Asus ROG Phone 5 launch

Expected in early March: Oppo Find X3 Pro launch

Here’s a tip too: lots of interesting news in early March.

Tech Tweets of the Week

Fry’s Electronics’ closing is the end of an era. An era when you went to an Aztec temple to be yelled at by a man in a vest for not knowing enough about computer parts, picked up a motherboard from a guy who lived in a cage then got air freshener in a cat food can.

RIP a legend. chúng tôi

— Jesse Thorn (@JesseThorn) February 24, 2023

Another fun week in tech — thanks for reading, and catch you in the next one.

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor.

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Best Buy Black Friday Deals: Kitchen Gadgets, Tvs, And More

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You’re not standing outside of Best Buy in the cold on Thanksgiving this year because the big blue retailer is dropping its biggest discounts online. Many of the deals are already live and Best Buy has been updating its sales with new products across the board on a very regular basis. We’re keeping track of the new deals as they appear and dropping the best ones here to help you save your budget while you go in on some leftovers.

You can get JBL’s extremely powerful Bluetooth speaker for nearly half-off this Black Friday. It has a huge battery life, a reliable Bluetooth connection, and a built-in, multi-colored light display to go with your tunes.

This is one of Best Buy’s top TV deals for this year. With 4K resolution and a LED display, you get high-quality viewing every time. Gain access to Fire TV and control it using Alexa. Plus, you can enable parental controls and mount it to your wall.

That price tag may still be high, but this is a huge discount on Samsung’s new Neo QLED TVs. Samsung just unveiled this tech at CES earlier this year and it produces picture quality that gives OLED a run for its money.

This Crock Pot multi-cooker helps maximize your kitchen abilities, operating as a pressure cooker, yogurt maker, sauté pan, and more. It offers a quick clean function to remove any remnants of your last meal, and it also provides 15 pre-set cook functions, from Simmer to Dessert.

Best Best Buy Black Friday TV deals

LG 65-inch Class C1 Series OLED 4K TV $1,799 (Was $2,099)

Samsung 55-inch The Frame TV $999 (Was $1,499)

Samsung 75-inch Q80A QLED 4K TV $1,699 (Was $2,699)

LG 70-inch NanoCell 75 series 4K TV $749 (Was $1,199)

Sony 55-inch Bravia XR A80J Series OLED 4K $1,399 (Was $1,799)

Sony 65-inch Bravia XR X90J LED TV $1,199 (Was $1,499)

Insignia 58-inch F30 Series 4K Smart Fire TV $349 (Was $579)

Hisense 70-inch A6G 4K Smart Android TV $549 (Was $849)

Samsung 70-inch 4K crystal UHD Smart TV $599 (Was $749)

Best Buy Black Friday kitchen deals

Yummly Smart Meat Thermometer $89 (Was $129)

Ninja Mega Kitchen System 72-ounce Blender $99 (Was $199)

Ninja Foodi 6-in-1 8-qt. 2-Basket Air Fryer $129 (Was $179)

Insignia 8-quart digital multi-cooker $39 (Was $119)

Bella Pro Series 6-quart Digital Air Fryer $45 (Was $99)

KitchenAid Pro 5 Plus 5-quart Stand Mixer $219 (Was $499)

GE Profile Opal 24-pound portable ice maker $579 (Was $629)

Best Best Buy Black Friday headphone deals

Apple AirPods 2nd generation $119 (Was $159)

Apple Air Pods Pro $189 (Was $249)

Apple AirPods Max $479 (Was $549)

Jabra Elite 85T True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds $149 (Was $229)

Beats Studio Buds wireless earbuds $99 (Was $149)

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 wireless earbuds $119 (Was $149)

Sony WF-1000XM4 True Wireless Noise Canceling InEar Headphones $248 (Was $279)

Beats by Dre Beats Studio3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones $169 (Was $349)

Best Buy Black Friday electronics deals Best Buy Black Friday Amazon deals

Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet $44 (Was $89)

Best Buy Fitness Black Friday deals Best Best Buy Black Friday smartwatch deals

Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch $129 (Was $179)

Garmin Venu SQ GPS Smartwatch $129 (Was $199)

Samsung Galaxy Watch4 Aluminum Smartwatch 40mm BT $200 (Was $250)

Moochies Smartwatch Phone for Kids 4G $100 (Was $130)

Best Best Buy Black Friday smart home deals

Netgear Nighthawk AX5200 Wifi 6 router $149 (Was $299)

Nest Mini (2nd generation) with Google Assistant $25 (Was $50)

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) $20 (Was $40)

Best Best Buy Black Friday laptop deals

HP 14-inch 2-in-1 Touchscreen Chromebook $359 (Was $449)

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 12.4-inch Touchscreen Laptop $549 (Was $699)

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14-inch 2-in-1 4K laptop $1,349 (Was $1,749)

Best Best Buy Black Friday monitor deals 

Dell 24-inch LED Curved gaming monitor $179 (Was $249)

Acer Nitro XV271 27-inch HD 280 Hz monitor $299 (Was $399)

Samsung Odyssey Gaming CRG5 24-inch curved monitor $149 (Was $279)

FAQs Q: When is Black Friday 2023?

Black Friday 2023 is on November 26th. That said, the actual date isn’t nearly as important as it used to be. Black Friday is now more of a month-long deal and sale party, so keep an eye out for discounts coming from every direction from the moment Halloween ends until the bitter end of Cyber Monday.

Q: What is Black Friday?

Black Friday’s historical meaning traces back roughly half a century when it referred to a day full of heavy traffic and also the day in which businesses in the US started turning a profit for the year. It refers to the Friday after Thanksgiving. Most of that is irrelevant now, though, and Black Friday has become shorthand for the shopping frenzy that happens between the end of October and the beginning of December.

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The Weekly Authority: Galaxy A Launched, Xiaomi 12

⚡ Welcome to The Weekly Authority, the Android Authority newsletter that breaks down the top Android and tech news from the week. The 186th edition here, with Samsung’s new A series phones, Xiaomi 12 first impressions, and that Netflix sharing crackdown…

🦕 I’m now many, many hours into Horizon Forbidden West and showing no signs of coming up for air — could somebody bring me snacks? It’s that good.

Popular news this week


Xiaomi 12, 12 Pro, and 12X launched globally on Tuesday, but no Ultra phone (likely later this year): A Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip for both the 12 and 12 Pro, with a new Sony IMX707 main sensor for the Pro, plus faster charging compared to last year’s Mi 11 Ultra (and fast chargers in the box!). No IP rating, though, no autofocus on the ultrawide, and only a 2x telephoto lens.

Xiaomi Watch S1 (and S1 Active) also launched this week, available throughout Europe this month.

Yet another Xiaomi launch: The Redmi K50 and K50 Pro, with two MediaTek Dimensity flagship SoCs with QHD+ displays, sizeable batteries, and fast wired charging: China-only for now but could launch globally as rebranded devices sometime in the future.


OnePlus Nord 3 specs leak: Another rebrand could be on the cards, as specs look very similar to previously leaked realme GT Neo 3 specs.


Apple might use older chips in its cheapest iPhone 14 models: The upcoming A16 chip will reportedly be reserved for its Pro models, while other models stick to the A15 processor found in the iPhone 13 series.

The Mac Studio and Studio Display went on sale from Friday, with reviews already in.

Apple’s hold on App Store set to face significant challenge from new European law: new legislation would “direct Apple to allow software to be downloaded outside its cash-generating App Store and limit how companies impose their own payment systems on apps,” according to the WSJ.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 revisited: The good and the bad over six months later — It’s not perfect, but it’s probably the most fun you’ll have with a phone, if you can get over that battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Plus review: Hitting the sweet spot — “This is a powerful slate with an excellent widescreen display, an included S Pen, and plenty of extras to entice would-be buyers, though it hits the ceiling of what’s possible on Android tablet software and mobile processors.”

Mac Studio review: More than a Mini — “Apple’s new desktop and Studio Display are aimed at content creators who need more than a Mac Mini, but not quite a full Mac Pro desktop” (CNET).

Who invented Daylight Saving Time?

Many credit Benjamin Franklin as being the brain behind the idea of Daylight Saving Time. While it’s true that he did write a satirical essay on the topic in 1784, he didn’t actually suggest DST, either as a joke or a serious idea. Instead, the first person to propose the idea was actually an entomologist (an insect biology specialist) in New Zealand, in 1895.

George Vernon Hudson worked a day job at the Wellington Post Office.

Hudson found he didn’t have enough daylight hours after work to collect insects for his studies.

He proposed a two-hour Daylight Saving Time for New Zealand, arguing that the benefits to the population were many:

When the idea was first presented to the Royal Society of New Zealand, Hudson was openly mocked, and many thought the proposal unnecessary and confusing. With time, attitudes changed and his idea was adopted by many nations, including New Zealand in 1927.

The Waste of Daylight

Some years later, William Willett proposed his own idea for a scheme that would see clocks altered by a more modest 20 minutes.

Willett was a keen golfer who despaired at having his evening round of golf cut short by the encroaching dark.

Willett wrote a pamphlet called “The Waste of Daylight.“

He wrote: “Standard time remains so fixed, that for nearly half the year the sun shines upon the land, for several hours a day, while we are asleep. And is rapidly nearing the horizon, having already passed its western limit, when we reach home after the work of the day is over.“

He had a point!

The British parliament considered Willett’s proposal in 1908, but the bill was never passed, though Willet lobbied for it for the rest of his life.

A few more facts

Did you know that Austria and Germany were the first two countries to adopt Daylight Saving Time?

This happened in 1916 as a wartime measure to conserve energy, with many other countries in Europe following later.

The UK adopted DST in May 1916, the US in 1918.

In 1919, following the end of the war, Woodrow Wilson put an end to DST in the US.

It wasn’t until 1942 that DST was brought back to the US, then known as “War Time,” and it has stuck around for most of the country ever since.

Daylight Saving Time was standardized by Congress in 1966, when the Uniform Time Act was passed. Prior to this, DST started and ended on different dates across various US cities and states, causing chaos. This Act didn’t make DST mandatory though, so states that didn’t wish to implement it, like Alaska and Arizona, weren’t forced to.

Fast forward to today

Today, 127 years after Hudson first proposed his idea for Daylight Saving Time, it’s in effect in 70 countries worldwide.

If current legislation proceeds, Americans may no longer have to change their clocks twice a year. According to some, that could be good news for our health as we’ll (supposedly) stick to the same sleep schedule every night. When we shift our clocks forward one hour in spring, that hour of sleep is lost for many of us, and we start feeling jet-lagged and out of sync. Then there are those who believe permanent DST would be bad for our health.

Whether you’re in support of the proposal or not, bear this in mind. In the 1970s, there was a period where daylight saving time was permanent for 16 months. A poll revealed only 30% of Americans approved.

Tech Calendar

March 23: Nothing event with Carl Pei keynote.

March 24: Halo TV show lands on Paramount Plus

March 25: Ghostwire Tokyo released for PS5/PC

By end of March: OnePlus 10 Pro global launch

April 1: Galaxy A53 on sale (T-Mobile and Verizon from March 31)

May 11-12: Google I/O 2023

Tech Tweet of the Week

me: excuse me i ordered coffee and this is beer?

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🎮 I’ve been making the most of my new PS Plus subscription: So far I’ve finished Spider-Man: Miles Morales and am now working my way through Wytchwood, which is a strangely satisfying little game.

Popular news this week


OnePlus could take the POCO approach, make Nord an independent brand, which could mean a bigger offline presence and more ecosystem products.


Nothing’s announced an NFT giveaway but fans aren’t happy.

The world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator is the size of a city, measuring 17 miles long (27km).

It’s located at CERN near Geneva in Switzerland, buried 300 feet below ground.

Over 12,000 scientists are involved in research there.

What does the LHC do, and why?

In simple terms, without getting too physics-y, CERN says:

“The LHC boosts particles, such as protons, which form all the matter we know. Accelerated to a speed close to that of light, they collide with other protons. These collisions produce massive particles, such as the Higgs boson or the top quark.”

The LHC has had two previous runs, from 2009-2013 and 2023-2023.

During those initial runs, particles collided at around one to two trillion electronvolts.

This time around, upgrades mean increased compactness, so particle beams are denser with particles, plus energy range is spiked, which increases the probability of a collision, providing the potential for more particle interaction.

Scientists want to smash protons together at up to 13.6 trillion volts on this run (record-breaking levels), in the hopes of producing particles we’ve not yet observed.

This run is expected to last for four years, after which the LHC will again go offline for upgrades, with the next cycle beginning in 2029.

What have we discovered so far?

The LHC has led to the discovery of over 50 new subatomic particles.

Most famously, on the last run in 2012, scientists discovered the Higgs Boson particle, also known as the “God particle,” which gives all other particles their mass. At the time of its discovery, the name “God particle” led to some conspiracy theorists believing the LHC could rip a hole in the fabric of the universe, create alternative realities, or even end the world. And that’s still the belief of many people today.

On this run, we’ve already discovered three new exotic particles: a pentaquark and two tetraquarks.

These are ultralight particles that are so far thought to be what provides dark matter, a substance that makes up around 27% of our universe, but which has never been seen by scientists.

Astrophysicist Dr. Katie Mack calmed fears online that we could be heading for an Upside Down-style scenario: “Allow me to reassure you: even though the LHC is the most powerful particle collider on Earth, it is barely a game of marbles on the cosmic scale.”

But the conspiracy theorists persist, and here are just a few examples:

Stranger Things Season 4 Part 2: 😝

On July 5 at CERN “The large Hadron Collider will be colliding particles at the highest energy we have ever done before” chúng tôi

— Danielle Elwood (@Danielle_Elwood) June 28, 2023

Me waking up in 2065 in a different dimension because I drank on the 4th of July after y’all told me not to because of CERN. chúng tôi

— virginia finkle (@finKlEiNhoRN22) July 3, 2023

Some folks over on Reddit are also getting quite stressed that we’re going to see more Mandela Effect scenarios.

Tech Calendar

July 12: Nothing Phone 1 launch @ 4 PM BST (11 AM ET)

July 12-13: Amazon Prime Day

July 13: Samsung Galaxy XCover 6 Pro and Galaxy Tab Active 4 Pro launch

July 19: Stray lands on PS5, PS4, PC

July 28: Pixel 6a launch

August 10 (TBC): Samsung Unpacked? (new Galaxy foldables, Galaxy Watch 5 series?)

September 10 @ 9 PM CEST: Ubisoft Forward showcase

November 8: Skull and Bones release date on Xbox Series S/X, PlayStation 5, PC, Stadia, and Luna

November 9: God of War: Ragnarok launches on PlayStation 4 and 5

Tech Tweet of the Week

Something extra: Check out the scariest near-crash on Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta yet.

Have a sunny week!

Paula Beaton, Copy Editor.

Black Friday Minecraft Deals 2023

Black Friday Minecraft Deals 2023

Minecraft is everywhere so now we look at all the Black Friday deals available to it

Looking to mine and craft, we bring you the best Black Friday Minecraft deals of 2023. As one of the most popular games, it comes in various forms and versions, so we look at everything you can find with the branding on it.

Spreading far and wider the game has reached far and wide so there is plenty to look forward to. So we gather up what you may find out there.

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Best Minecraft deals 2023

Although it’s not yet the big day, that doesn’t stop early deals from coming through. So if you’re wondering if you can be cheeky and pick up Minecraft deals cheaper earlier then this is the place to look. As with so much merch around for the brand, it means there are plenty of products for you to enjoy. So if that’s either the game, Lego, or other merchandise.

Where to find the best Minecraft Black Friday deals 2023

When it comes closer to Black Friday you may start to wonder where you can find the best deals for Minecraft. So to save you time we gather up the best places to find those deals. As although there are many places to find them, it comes down to just a few that offer the best options.

As our team of experienced and knowledgeable team knows their way around the sales we can find the best places to find these deals. So here is our shortlist of Minecraft sales.

Minecraft Black Friday sales shortlist

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Minecraft – Nintendo Switch

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Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition – PlayStation 4

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Minecraft Dungeons Hero Edition – Xbox One [Digital Code]

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Minecraft Story Mode Season 2 – Nintendo Switch

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43% off

Minecraft Java Edition PC

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Minecraft Xbox One

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Minecraft Dungeons Xbox One

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Black Friday itself is on the 25th of November in 2023. So that’s when we can expect to see the majority of deals come out, especially in brick-and-mortar stones. However, online we have the luck of not having to go out and visit those. This does also give us the benefit of earlier Black Friday deals coming out.

So it would not be weird for some opportunities to come out earlier. Therefore we expect some Minecraft Black Friday sales to start at least a week earlier. Which is on the 18th of November.

How to get the best Minecraft Black Friday deals in 2023?

When it comes to searching around for the delas, there is a lot to go through. With so many retailers and products on sale, it can be a bit daunting looking for your next choice of the deal. So if you are out looking for Minecraft Black Friday deals, then there is a lot of offers to have to skim through to get to the one you want.

So when it comes to loking, be sure to know what you’re after. If it’s the game know which platform you want and which version. If that is the PC, Xbox or Switch, and Java or Bedrock its best to know. Then you also want to browse around for the best option for that choice, so so you want to look around our top retailers looking for your choice so you can get a set price. As well as keeping an eye out on early picks and any spot deals that may come around.

Features to consider when looking for Black Friday Minecraft deals

When it comes to picking out your next Minecraft Black Friday deal, then there are a few considerations that you will have to decide between. Firstly you want to consider what pick you want, such as whether are you looking for a version of the game or product. And then if it is the game, which version? As there are a lot of picks, running from the different consoles, and then versions like Java or Bedrock on PC, and then other games, like Dungeons.

Another factor is the pricing, and if you are getting the best price for what you’re looking at. If you are looking for a Lego set then there are many places to look at where to find the best pricing on it. So make sure to look around and find a good set that you will enjoy for a good price.

Black Friday Minecraft FAQs

Does Minecraft have Black Friday sales?

Yes Minecraft does have Black Friday sales. If the game itself won’t go down, many retailers will offer promotions on it. It will tend to offer sales in the shop as well if you have the Bedrock versions so be on the look out for good options.

Is Minecraft ever discounted?

Yes occasionally Minecraft will be on sale. Although maybe not directly many other retailers will offer better deals on the game than Microsoft may do.

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