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I’m the founder of GiXiO, the publisher of SlashGear - An open source advocate, Linux geek, high performance computing engineer and consumer technology journalist based in Japan.

Windows 7 end of support countdown starts with nagging reminders

Windows 7 end of support countdown starts with nagging reminders

They say that all good things must come to an end. What they often fail to say is that what follows may not exactly be better or even just as good. After a disastrous Windows Vista release, Microsoft was able to salvage its reputation with Windows 7. Given how Windows 8, 8.1, and now 10 have substantially changed things, not many users were keen to move on from Windows 7. They soon won't have any choice if they still want to receive critical updates and Microsoft will start repeatedly reminding them of that.

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Motorola One Vision coming with Samsung Exynos processor

Motorola One Vision coming with Samsung Exynos processor

While fans are still wondering what form Motorola's 2019 Moto Z phone will take, it seems that the company is also busy preparing another odd option to this year's roster. Perhaps to show that the Motorola One series isn't just a one-time thing, the OEM is reportedly ready to launch a new model called the Motorola One Vision. Sounding more like a VR headset than a phone, this Android One handsets as a few interesting quirks that set it apart from its older siblings, including its choice of processor and a punch-hole screen.

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Moto Z4 render looks very familiar, causes some confusion

Moto Z4 render looks very familiar, causes some confusion

Motorola's big 2019 splash so far has been limited to its mid-range Moto G family. It still hasn't announced a high-end flagship from the Moto Z series, the line of smartphones that are promised to be compatible with the extremely few Moto Mods available in the wild. It will probably launch one soon if this lone render of a Moto Z4 is any indication. That said, its appearance and its naming are already causing some confusion, raising questions about Motorola's strategy for this year.

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Pixel 3a, 3a XL details: what to expect from Google’s mid-range

Pixel 3a, 3a XL details: what to expect from Google’s mid-range

The Pixel 4 is already generating some discussion thanks to some unofficial renders but Google still has one last hurrah to give before it closes the Pixel 3 chapter. Yes, the Pixel 3a and 3a XL, formerly Pixel 3 Lite and 3 Lite XL, have yet to break cover but that might not be long now. And when they do, there might not be much left in the way of unexpected features thanks to a few key details that have leaked about this mid-range phones.

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Instagram Checkout launches so you won’t have to leave the app

Instagram Checkout launches so you won’t have to leave the app

After getting your and your friends' data and bombarding you with ads, the next frontier for social networks is getting users to shop on or through them. Not even Instagram, who has evaded most high profile scandals last year, isn't immune from that desire. Granted, it already has a shopping feature but with the new Checkout feature that's rolling out, it will keep users from having to jump to brands' own online stores and, consequentially, keep most of the data for itself.

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Galaxy A40 details fully revealed by Dutch retailer pre-order

Galaxy A40 details fully revealed by Dutch retailer pre-order

If this pre-order page is legit, then the Galaxy A40 might be really close to launching even before the Galaxy A90 debuts next month. That might be for the best as the Galaxy A90, if it indeed has a rotating popup camera, is bound to steal the spotlight. Judging by all the details now available, that might not be hard to do as the Galaxy A40 could be the most forgettable member of Samsung's Galaxy A series.

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Pixel 4 renders surface and the reactions are amusing

Pixel 4 renders surface and the reactions are amusing

Forget the Pixel 3a and 3a Lite. OK, maybe don't forget them if you're still looking for a budget Pixel phone. Google's unusual mid-range phones are still nowhere to be seen but that's not stopping some from speculating about the next premium models. Some sketches of the alleged Pixel 4 recently came out and some claim them to be the real deal. Unsurprisingly, someone made beautiful 3D renders out of those and Netizens' reactions are probably not what you'd expect.

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Atari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen, delayed to end of 2019

Atari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen, delayed to end of 2019

Before Bitcoin was making headlines, the most revolutionary thing to happen in our modern world was crowdfunding. It made dreams possible but also robbed some not only of their aspirations but also of their money. Some crowdfunded projects, however, do seem to carry on and on and on, almost forever. One of those might be Atari's VCS gaming console which is being delayed to by a few months to provide what Atari promises to be a significant upgrade to the PC gaming console.

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Galaxy A40 to only sport dual cameras on its back

Galaxy A40 to only sport dual cameras on its back

It seems that Samsung is back to its old ways of flooding the smartphone market with every variation possible. This time, it's using its Galaxy A series as a test bed for different styles and technologies, perhaps seeing which ones will resonate with customers. It has just announced A Galaxy Event next month for what is believed to be the Galaxy A90. It may not be alone, though, as renders for a certain Galaxy A40 have popped up, though not with glad tidings.

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Galaxy A90 invite practically confirms popup camera

Galaxy A90 invite practically confirms popup camera

Samsung isn't one to be completely subtle when it comes to its official teasers. It pretty much confirmed its folding smartphone's appearance in last month's Unpacked ads. Late last year, it also teased "A Galaxy Event" that unveiled the new Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9, the latter with Samsung's first quad-camera setup. Now it has A Galaxy Event scheduled next month and it might already be teasing the phone's signature feature.

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Windows Defender for Chrome and Firefox requires Microsoft Edge

Windows Defender for Chrome and Firefox requires Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has given its best, and sometimes its worst, to put its Internet Explorer past behind it and push Microsoft Edge to its users. It has failed and is reworking Edge to use Chrome's engine instead. In yet another admission of defeat, it will be making its Windows Defender Application Guard browser extension, previously exclusive to Edge, available for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The catch? You will still have to bear with using Edge when it determines you're visiting an untrusted site.

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Google Play Store apps claim they can upgrade you to Android 9 Pie – Avoid them!

Google Play Store apps claim they can upgrade you to Android 9 Pie – Avoid them!

With the rollout of Android Q beta to a select few, there was naturally a revival of interest in Android 9 Pie's rollout as well. A few of the high-profile flagship models have already gotten their freshly baked update but majority are still munching on Oreo cookies or even nutty Nougat. Those might have become impatient and have started looking for alternative solutions. Unfortunately, a few unscrupulous developers are taking advantage of them by presenting very fake apps that promise to do the impossible.

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