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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.

Huawei’s Harmony OS phone won’t be showing up this year

Huawei’s Harmony OS phone won’t be showing up this year

Huawei may have yet dodged the bullet, if only for a short while. The reprieve that it may receive will allow it to continue supporting existing customers of existing products. That, at least, gives it more time to prepare its options, especially when it comes to smartphone software. Despite analyses and theories in the past few months, Huawei is publicly saying it isn't looking to putting out a phone running its homegrown Harmony OS. At least not this year and not unless its forced by US sanctions.

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Windows 10 Preview can automatically restart some apps at startup

Windows 10 Preview can automatically restart some apps at startup

Computers today are super powerful and yet at times they can also be frustratingly simple-minded. Truth be told, you really need to tell them what to do or, at the very least, have software that lets you do so. Sometimes even something as simple as starting up the same apps after you restart the computer is something that doesn't come naturally to some operating systems. Actually just one operating system. Thankfully, it seems that Windows 10 is finally catching up with that in next year's major update.

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Nokia 7.2 and its triple cameras accidentally confirmed

Nokia 7.2 and its triple cameras accidentally confirmed

HMD Global is set to unveil a handful of Nokia handsets at IFA 2019 next month but it may not have a model that's worthy of competing with the big guys like the newly announced Galaxy Note 10. That isn't HMD Global's main market anyway but it still has at least one, maybe even two, Nokia phones that could try to make a case for flagships. The Nokia 7.2 was at least rumored to have a new design and even three cameras, both of which have now been confirmed by an unexpected source.

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LG K50S and K40S mid-range phones lead company’s IFA 2019 charge

LG K50S and K40S mid-range phones lead company’s IFA 2019 charge

IFA 2019 is a few weeks away so, unsurprisingly, those companies who aren't too preoccupied with Gamescom this week have started preparing their wares and their press team for the upcoming international electronics show. LG has, of course, started teasing its new dual-screen LG V or G series but it is now fully announcing two phones to be part of the show. These aren't your LG flagships though as the K50S and K40S are your average mid-range smartphone affairs.

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Apple TV+ download and streaming limits leak out

Apple TV+ download and streaming limits leak out

After months perhaps even years of rumors and waiting, Apple has finally confirmed its video streaming service last March. It's still a good three months away but that only gives the Internet more time to gather leaks and tips. The latest to come our way is about the service's caps on downloading videos for offline watching and streaming simultaneously on different devices. The exact details are still vague but, suffice it to say, Apple TV+ might offer a familiar experience when it comes to limiting how subscribers access those videos.

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OnePlus TV will launch in a single market at first

OnePlus TV will launch in a single market at first

OnePlus has always painted itself as somewhat of an industry rebel. With a slogan like "Never Settle", it challenged the mobile market status quo and launched a premium flagship smartphone with a price to die for. It now wants to do the same for what it bills as a stagnating TV industry. The rules of the game, however, are slightly different which is why the company is making what is perhaps its most unusual business decision so far. The OnePlus TV will, for a while, be limited to one and only one market: India.

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Cerebras WSE’s giant chip with 1.2 trillion transistors is made for AI

Cerebras WSE’s giant chip with 1.2 trillion transistors is made for AI

The current trend in computing has been to reduce the size of components for both space efficiency and manufacturing considerations. All of that while not sacrificing the processing power needed even for the most intensive computing use cases. For AI and machine learning, however, the power needed goes beyond what regular commercial processors can offer given that trend. That is why young company Cerebras has developed a new "AI-first" chip that throws that convention out the window with what is probably the largest chip ever built.

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Final Fantasy VIII Remastered pre-orders start as launch draws near

Final Fantasy VIII Remastered pre-orders start as launch draws near

As far as Final Fantasy games are concerned, the remake of the most beloved Final Fantasy VII title is perhaps the most awaited launch among fans. Given that it will take a bit longer for that to happen, Square Enix and Sony are trying to fill in the gap in the meantime. That gap will be filled by the Final Fantasy VIII Remastered which will bring the fantasy love story a bit of refined graphics and some modern features as well.

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Razer Phone Android 9 update rolled out and paused over Game Booster bug

Razer Phone Android 9 update rolled out and paused over Game Booster bug

Razer has recently taken some flack over its half-hearted commitment to supporting its existing Android phones, especially its first Android phone. The company has seemingly finally heard those cries and has started rolling out Android 9 Pie for the Razer Phone 1. Unfortunately, despite the long wait, it seems that Razer may have still let a major bug through, forcing it to halt what should have been good news for the phone's owners.

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Smart assistants are unwitting accomplices in new generation of scams

Smart assistants are unwitting accomplices in new generation of scams

AI-powered smart assistants like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri are plenty convenient, especially when automating tasks with a single command. With their integration into phones, it's almost too easy to simply tell them to ring up not just family and friends but also businesses. Unfortunately, smart as they are, they can't always verify that the number they're calling is legit and this has lead to what may be the next wave of scamming and phishing strategies that is starting to become more popular.

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Apple Safari to have tracking protection that could break some sites

Apple Safari to have tracking protection that could break some sites

Web browsers, particularly Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, have lately taken stronger actions against unscrupulous, not to mention potentially illegal, tracking by websites and third parties. Curiously silent is one browser maker who has painted itself as the champion of privacy in the modern digital and tech world. Apple, however, was simply waiting for the right moment to announce its own new policy against the misuse of tracking and cookies. But while it might be the harshest and strictest policy among web browsers, it could also be one of those that breaks the Internet the most for users.

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Nokia 7.2 leak points to a big design change

Nokia 7.2 leak points to a big design change

HMD Global has, by now, made about a dozen Nokia smartphones but, save for the odd Nokia 9 PureView, not many of them can be considered eye-catching or visually unique. That may be changing next month when it unleashes yet another handful, including the Nokia 6.2 and Nokia 7.2. And if these leaked renders of cases for the Nokia 7.2 are correct, then the smartphone maker is ready to make a few changes to its mold.

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