Author Archives: Ewdison Then

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.

Disney+ 50-million milestone could give Netflix reason to worry

Disney+ 50-million milestone could give Netflix reason to worry

Almost everybody knew that Disney launching its own streaming service would be big. They just disagree whether with will be a big success or a big flop. There are, of course, still some who doubt about the longevity of Disney+, predicting that the hype and the numbers would soon dwindle. At least for now, that isn't yet the case as Disney celebrates reaching another milestone that could push Netflix to take more drastic measures.

Continue Reading

Surface Duo camera sample casts doubt on photography prowess

Surface Duo camera sample casts doubt on photography prowess

We have yet to see foldable phones, the one with single foldable screens, reach their full potential but they aren't the only novel devices consumers have been teased with. While not as revolutionary in terms of novel technology, dual-screen devices like the LG V60 ThinQ and especially the upcoming Microsoft Surface Duo offer a different solution to a slightly similar problem of screen space versus portability. While Microsoft is inspiring some confidence by pushing developers to prepare for that future, its latest teaser may be a disappointment to those who expect great things from the dual-screen Android phone.

Continue Reading

Firefox Search Bar gets an upgrade in version 75

Firefox Search Bar gets an upgrade in version 75

We do a lot of things on the Internet and, these days, we do a whole lot more. For many people, that basically means communicating with others and browsing the Web. While the web browser itself has become the home for much of that, one part of it has actually become the unsung hero of the Web experience. That's why Mozilla is giving Firefox's search bar some much-needed attention to make it easier to search for things, even pages you may have forgotten are already opened.

Continue Reading

Galaxy Chromebook with 16GB of RAM may be in the works

Galaxy Chromebook with 16GB of RAM may be in the works

The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook is quite the looker with its Fiesta Red hue and it does have some muscle to show for with the 10th gen Intel Core i5. But with a $1,000 price tag, you'd expect it to give a bit more. Sadly, one aspect where the Chrome OS convertible falls short of expectation is RAM but that may not be for long. That is if it's really the case that the company is preparing a variant that offers 16GB of RAM instead of just half.

Continue Reading

Samsung tablets will soon come in 12.4 and 11-inch sizes

Samsung tablets will soon come in 12.4 and 11-inch sizes

Remember the Galaxy Note Pro and the Galaxy Tab Pro? Back in 2014, these 12.2-inch Android tablets were a laughing stock but they may have just been too ahead of their time. Today, Apple has released no less than four 12.9-inch iPad Pros to much success, hinting the time might be ripe for a large Android pro tablet yet again. Unsurprisingly, Samsung might be the first or even only one to jump on board again.

Continue Reading

The Roku Channel is now in the UK just in time for binging

The Roku Channel is now in the UK just in time for binging

Video streaming services are on the rise, especially with everyone forced to keep themselves distracted from the urge to go out. Services have expanded their content selection and even their free trial periods but Roku is making an even bigger leap almost literally. It has just crossed the gigantic pond known as the Atlantic and is bringing its catalog of free content to those stuck inside their houses in the UK.

Continue Reading

LG G9 or its replacement could be announced in May

LG G9 or its replacement could be announced in May

LG already announced its early 2020 flagship but, breaking its almost decade-long tradition, it launched a member of the V series first, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G with Dual Screen. This naturally added fodder to rumors that LG is retiring its premium G brand or at the very least demoting it to something on a lower tier. Whatever decision it has made, we might finally find the answer in a month's time.

Continue Reading

Xbox April update brings a Simplified Guide and UI changes to Insiders

Xbox April update brings a Simplified Guide and UI changes to Insiders

Recent global events have thrown many schedules and plans into disarray, even in the ordered chaos of the gaming industry. Games are launching late (some postponed indefinitely) while there are worries that new consoles would similarly be delayed. Fortunately for Xbox gamers, Microsoft continues to trudge the path towards new features for its Windows-based operating system and has announced some key changes that Insiders will be seeing ahead of everyone else.

Continue Reading

Zoom security lapses now include exposing videos online too easily

Zoom security lapses now include exposing videos online too easily

Video chats and video conferencing are the hot things in today's locked down world. Services old and new have risen to the challenge of connecting people even when they can't meet face to face physically. Not all of those products, however, can be considered foolproof and trustworthy, no matter how popular they are. In fact, one that has become the most popular is now also the most notorious as the direct and indirect results of Zoom's lax security continue to pile up.

Continue Reading

Tesla ventilators are made from Model 3 parts

Tesla ventilators are made from Model 3 parts

In addition to testing kits and protective equipment, one of the pieces of equipment that is suddenly in short supply around the world is ventilators. These machines are critical in helping those already severely infected by the COVID-19 virus breathe and fight for their lives but their shortage is costing lives daily. Companies are now scrambling to try to fill in the need and carmakers like Tesla are doing so using the materials that they already have at hand: lots and lots of car parts.

Continue Reading

iPhone 12 Pro leak points to long-awaited LiDAR feature

iPhone 12 Pro leak points to long-awaited LiDAR feature

The iPad Pro's inclusion of a LiDAR system wasn't exactly unexpected but it was still surprising to some extent. Leaks have hinted at Apple taking the professional tablet's cameras in that direction but more probably expected the technology to come to the iPhones first. It turns out that, probably due to scheduling, the iPad Pro was only getting a head start and the iPhone 12, specifically the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, will be getting that same camera and sensor combo for improved 3D object identification.

Continue Reading

Skype Meet Now lets you video chat without sign-ups or downloads

Skype Meet Now lets you video chat without sign-ups or downloads

While some work that has been taken home can often be done solo, employees in more collaborative offices often need more than just email or text messages to communicate. Sometimes even real-time team chats aren't enough, especially for those used to looking for visual cues on their teammates' faces. Video conference services are, of course, a dime a dozen but some claim to be easier to use than others. There is probably nothing easier, though, than just sending a link and nothing more which is exactly what Skype's new feature promises.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 Next