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.

Raspberry Pi 4 finally gets an official case fan

Raspberry Pi 4 finally gets an official case fan

The Raspberry Pi 4 is arguably the most powerful iteration of the popular single-board computer or SBC. The Raspberry Pi Foundation definitely turned it up to 11 with the memory options, ports, and processor, making the tiny computer a more viable desktop alternative. Unlike more established desktops, however, the RPi 4 might have some problem keeping its cool under prolonged heavy loads. For that purpose, the RPi Foundation has, at long last, launched an official fan that easily integrates into the official case for the Raspberry Pi 4.

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Xbox Series X|S get helpful indicators in November 2020 update

Xbox Series X|S get helpful indicators in November 2020 update

The new Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles have just started shipping out eager gamers but that doesn't mean that Microsoft will be taking it easy. In fact, there is even more work to do as it tries to address issues and questions about the supposedly most powerful console's puzzling performance for some optimized games. Needless to say, keeping the consoles updated is a non-stop task, and the latest November 2020 updates for the Xbox platform show how a few new features could go a long way in improving gamers' experiences.

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OnePlus 9 Pro renders prepare us for what’s coming

OnePlus 9 Pro renders prepare us for what’s coming

Samsung might be starting 2021 with a bang but its rivals won't be far behind. Although CES and MWC next year might still be held mostly online, other phone makers will most likely take the opportunity to debut their own early 2021 champs around that time. That includes OnePlus, who might go back to launching two models in one batch and fresh new renders of what is claimed to be OnePlus 9 Pro 5G have surfaced to show what it might look like in March.

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Nintendo Switch Fortnite Bundle flaunts uniquely decorated console

Nintendo Switch Fortnite Bundle flaunts uniquely decorated console

It's that time of the year when things suddenly drop their prices for a short while, whether or not they're in the US. For a few years down, Cyber Monday regularly followed hot on the heels of the insanity of Black Friday. This year might be even more special, considering how more digital content is being consumed these days. Of course, games are the prime suspects, especially this year with the launch of next-gen consoles. Not to be left behind in the news, Nintendo isn't just slashing a few of its games' prices, it's also launching a special edition Switch catering to fans of one of the most popular video game this year.

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Hacker sells Microsoft, Office 365 credentials of C-level executives

Hacker sells Microsoft, Office 365 credentials of C-level executives

Data breaches are neither new nor spectacular, at least until the names and accounts of higher-ups get dragged into the news. For example, a recent Twitter hacking incident that involved the accounts of very high-profile users made it big in the news and led to arrests faster than your usual hacking. Now it seems that the accounts of possibly hundreds of high-ranking executives in countries around the world have also been compromised and a lone "threat actor" is making the bold move to sell this information in the dark corners of the Web.

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iPhone 12 on DxOMark falls way behind its siblings

iPhone 12 on DxOMark falls way behind its siblings

Apple's new iPhones this year might have 5G support as their headlining feature but they might be better remembered for their photography capabilities. At least as far as the biggest and most expensive iPhone 12 Pro Max is concerned, Apple is catching up with the top performers in DxOMark's benchmarks. Not all 2020 iPhones are created equal and not all of them have the same cameras. While the iPhone 12 Pro models are just two points shy of each other, the non-Pro iPhone 12 might leave some mobile photographers a bit wanting.

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Microsoft Project Latte rumored to bring Android apps to Windows

Microsoft Project Latte rumored to bring Android apps to Windows

Like it or not, Microsoft Windows still has the majority of the computing market but not having all of that market probably still worries Redmond. Winning over Mac users is probably a lost cause but users of other platforms are fair game. Microsoft has already started wooing Linux users, especially developers, and soon it might give Android users even fewer reasons to pick up their phones if this rumored Project Latte ever finishes brewing.

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Samsung tri-fold phone, rollable tablet teased in official images

Samsung tri-fold phone, rollable tablet teased in official images

Samsung still needs to check off a few things from its list before its foldable phone could be truly considered complete but that isn't stopping it from cooking up other things. Of course, with a company as big as Samsung, it is often working on other things in the background, things that may never see the light of day. Often, we only get glimpses of them in patents but Samsung's display-making arm is more than happy to share its future visions.

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2021 iPad Pro could have custom Apple mmWave 5G module

2021 iPad Pro could have custom Apple mmWave 5G module

Although it's difficult to top the waves that Apple made with its M1 Silicon this year, its early 2021 device lineup won't be slouches either. There will be new iPad Pros that will use a new display technology but that might not be its only claim to fame. According to the latest tip, these high-end iPads won't just have 5G support nor just mmWave 5G even. They will, in fact, be the first to test Apple's in-house 5G antenna-in-package or AiP.

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Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop 4 leaks hint at modest upgrades

Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop 4 leaks hint at modest upgrades

With all that's happening in the Mac market the past weeks, it's almost too easy to forget other manufacturers have their own new wares to show. Intel is, of course, making sure no one forgets by making a lot of noise about its 11th-gen processors and new Intel Iris Xe graphics. One company that has been unusually silent, however, is Microsoft, whose line of Surface products used to be the talk of the PC town. Microsoft seems to be taking a more modest strategy if these leaked photos and information about its upcoming Surface computers are anything to go by.

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Star Wars Squadrons gets 4K, 120fps on Xbox Series X only

Star Wars Squadrons gets 4K, 120fps on Xbox Series X only

New console hardware almost always means more power. That power, however, is lost if the software, that is, games, don't take advantage of it. That naturally requires releasing new titles and updating old ones that exploit all that new processing muscle, which is what EA is doing for Star Wars Squadrons running on next-gen, actually now current-gen, hardware. But just as these new consoles aren't exactly equal, neither are these next-gen improvements that could leave some feeling a bit jealous.

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Chrome Actions will turn the address bar into a command prompt

Chrome Actions will turn the address bar into a command prompt

The web browser address bar has long ceased simply being a place where you type in a website's URL or address. In fact, there is a growing trend these days to actually hide those addresses in the address bar, ironic as that may sound. That input field has pretty much become a mini search engine where you type what you're looking for without having to go to Google or Bing explicitly. In the current Chrome release, it will even let you type in commands to control the browser without having to go through menus and settings.

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