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Ewdison Then is 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. He was heavily involved in open source projects such as Fedora Linux, Blue Linux, and FoxServ WAMP stacks. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

Apple CarPlay on a Tesla made possible with this hack

Apple CarPlay on a Tesla made possible with this hack

Tesla might be most controversial for its misunderstood and misused self-driving features, but for a certain number of car owners, its biggest is simpler. Tesla still refuses to play ball with Apple and add support for CarPlay or even Apple Music, no matter how loud its customers clamor for it. It doesn't seem that things will be changing soon, so a developer tried to take matters into his own hands with relative success.

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Fortnite on iPhone is back thanks to NVIDIA GeForce NOW

Fortnite on iPhone is back thanks to NVIDIA GeForce NOW

Although Epic Games has long bemoaned the state of affairs on app stores, particularly the Apple App Store, it was Fortnite's banishment from iOS that became the metaphorical straw that broke the camel's back. This event gave rise to a number of lawsuits not just in the US but also around the world, challenging the legality of Apple's App Store practices. The battle is far from over despite existing judgments, and Fortnite remains officially absent from iOS. Amid all of this, NVIDIA's GeForce NOW streaming platform will bring the battle royale game back to the iPhone and iPad in an indirect way.

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No, there wasn’t an iCloud Private Relay bug in iOS 15.2

No, there wasn’t an iCloud Private Relay bug in iOS 15.2

Apple has always painted itself as a champion of user privacy, going above and beyond to provide features that protect its customers from prying eyes. It has become both popular and unpopular for its hard stance on encrypting its iPhones, but those protections don't apply to the data that goes out of the phone and over the Internet. That is what Apple's new iCloud Private Relay was made for, but it seems that it has been causing some confusion, leading people to blame either an iOS 15.2 bug or T-Mobile.

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The Razer Zephyr made claims it can’t back up

The Razer Zephyr made claims it can’t back up

Razer is best known for its gaming-centric computer products, but it has also been making headlines for some of its more unorthodox ideas. One, in particular, didn't have anything to do with gaming directly but was more timely and relevant than any of its other products. Unlike its past concept designs, Project Hazel went on to become the Zephyr mask due to popular demand. Ironically, its popularity is now waning because of Razer's misleading and potentially harmful marketing.

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Elon Musk reveals another Tesla “Full Self-Driving” price increase

Elon Musk reveals another Tesla “Full Self-Driving” price increase

Tesla may be credited for turning the automotive industry on its head and pushing forward battery-powered cars and power solutions, but that might not be what it's remembered for. Company CEO Elon Musk has long been promising a future of fully autonomous cars, but its Full Self-Driving (FSD) feature, despite the name, barely makes the grade. The capability has been one of Tesla's most controversial features, and the controversy just keeps coming with this latest pre-announcement from Musk.

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Apple is reportedly metaverse averse – for now

Apple is reportedly metaverse averse – for now

The Metaverse is the newest buzzword in tech and media these days and, unsurprisingly, a lot of companies have tried to touch that topic at CES 2022 in the past week. Even car maker Hyundai had something to say about it, showcasing how its newly-acquired Spot robot from Boston Dynamics could be used for its future vision of the metaverse and what it's referring to as "metamobility." While many companies are eager to jump on the trend, one very important name is going the opposite direction, with Apple reportedly taking a hands-off approach to the metaverse.

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OWC Atlas Pro flash storage solutions try to keep up with 8K trends

OWC Atlas Pro flash storage solutions try to keep up with 8K trends

TV makers and content publishers have been trying to push 8K screens and videos to the market even though 4K isn't yet the de-facto standard. While there's nothing wrong with setting your sights on higher things, aggressive and fast marketing has left some content creators struggling to catch up. While there is equipment that allows even amateurs to capture photos and videos in glorious 8K resolutions, the bottleneck comes when it's time to move those over to computers for the final touches. That's where this new series of memory cards and card reader products come in, delivering the speeds needed to keep the creative juices flowing.

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NexMonitor and NexPad have a trick to turn your phone into a workhorse

NexMonitor and NexPad have a trick to turn your phone into a workhorse

Smartphones today, at least the high-end ones, are powerful enough to be our desktops. Some manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei have even taken that literally with their own systems for turning their smartphones into desktops. Strangely enough, these companies didn't try building a hardware and software ecosystem around these features, which could have made it easier for users to actually embrace the hybrid lifestyle and workflow. Fortunately, that also leaves the market open for other players like Nex Computer, which is announcing two new ways to be productive with your phone.

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Alienware Polaris eGPU concept is more than just a hardware upgrade

Alienware Polaris eGPU concept is more than just a hardware upgrade

Gamers are often stereotyped as reclusive people that sit for hours on end in the dark with the monitor as their only source of light. That couldn't be farther from the truth, of course, and PC gamers, in particular, buck the trend when it comes to being more design-conscious than most desktop or laptop users. For example, they love seeing inside their towers, and they love the play of colorful lights from RGB LEDs. They're also more receptive to unorthodox shapes and designs. Dell gaming brand Alienware is bringing its new design language to its graphics amplifier, giving it a facelift that really brings the "alien" to Alienware.

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Linksys Hydra Pro 6 router wants to make Wi-Fi 6 more accessible

Linksys Hydra Pro 6 router wants to make Wi-Fi 6 more accessible

There has been a lot of talk about 5G as the future of wireless communication, but it isn't the only next-gen technology that will connect devices today and in the years to come. Wi-Fi 6 (a.k.a., the 802.11ax standard) is also starting to make its way to computers and laptops, but its adoption at home hasn't exactly been as fast. Part of the problem is with the prices of routers that support Wi-Fi 6, an issue that Linksys is now trying to solve with its latest router for homes and even businesses.

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Surface Duo skipping Android 12 may be blessing in disguise

Surface Duo skipping Android 12 may be blessing in disguise

As innovative as the Surface Duo might have been, it received mostly negative feedback, thanks mostly to its software. While Microsoft addressed many of the hardware disappoints with the Surface Duo 2, the software experience still left a lot to be desired. The company received a lot of flak for the delay of the long-overdue Android 11 for the original Surface Duo, but now it seems that they will have to wait even longer for the next update after that.

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AirPods Pro 2 rumored to feature lossless audio support

AirPods Pro 2 rumored to feature lossless audio support

It's really amazing how far Bluetooth earphones have come in so short a time, in no small part thanks to Apple. The iPhone maker's push to banish headphone jacks from mobile devices pushed wireless audio technology to quickly evolve in just a span of four years or so. As iconic as they may be, the AirPods don't actually support the best audio technologies that Apple has to offer. The next-gen AirPods Pro, however, could nab one Holy Grail of music streaming, but Apple will have to first overcome significant hurdles to make that happen.

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