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.

OnePlus 6 and 6T Android 10 Beta goes live

OnePlus 6 and 6T Android 10 Beta goes live

With the buzz going on around the OnePlus 7T, it's not really surprising if owners of the company's previous models feel a bit left out. That has always been the complaint about manufacturers but OnePlus has always painted an image of its self as a rebel and a non-conformist. Hot on the heels of the OnePlus 7T's debut, OnePlus promised that even the OnePlus 5 will get its turn with Android 10 but, at least for now, it's the OnePlus 6 and 6T's turn first.

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Pixel 4 snubbed 5G because Google isn’t convinced it’s time yet

Pixel 4 snubbed 5G because Google isn’t convinced it’s time yet

The Pixel 4 has almost all the staples of a late 2019 flagship phone except for two things. It strangely missed out on the Snapdragon 855+ but even more strangely skipped adding 5G support. For a company that lives and breathes the Internet and a major proponent of pushing communication technology forward, that is an almost glaring omission. It turns out, the tech giant isn't at all impressed at the rollout of 5G networks in the very few countries that even have it.

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Pixel 4 new Google Assistant requires Gesture Navigation

Pixel 4 new Google Assistant requires Gesture Navigation

One of Android 10's new features is its full gesture navigation system. While it definitely improves on the initial implementation in Android 9 Pie, some users may not be completely sold on it yet. Some might even find it physically difficult to swipe and swipe and hold around. Pixel 4 owners, however, may not have much choice, that is they want to use the all-new Google Assistant. It turns out, Google is locking them into using Gesture Navigation, regardless of how they call the powerful AI assistant.

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Galaxy Fold 2 could feature world’s first under-display camera

Galaxy Fold 2 could feature world’s first under-display camera

Simply based on rumors, the Galaxy Fold 2 could be the most ambitious phone to come to the market. Either that or it will eclipse its predecessor as Samsung's biggest embarrassment. Samsung is seemingly putting some of the most novel and most experimental features ever known in the industry, not even including the foldable screen itself. The latest word is that Samsung's next foldable phone will be its and the industry's first phone to have a camera under an unbroken and hole-free screen.

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iOS 13 is already on 50% of all iPhones, 33% iPads with iPadOS

iOS 13 is already on 50% of all iPhones, 33% iPads with iPadOS

It was off to a rough start but, almost mirroring the phenomenon surrounding any Apple product, iOS 13 has still managed to garner mass appeal. At least that's according to Apple's chart, showing how many of its devices is already running its latest mobile platforms. Yes plural, because Apple is putting iPadOS on its own chart which presents a smaller but still impressive slice. Especially considering how tumultuous the past few weeks have been for iOS users.

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Google Stadia Controller wireless function only works with Chromecast Ultra

Google Stadia Controller wireless function only works with Chromecast Ultra

You might be excited over Google's promise of PC gaming anywhere on any device, in which case you might be pretty excited for Stadia's launch on November 19. Maybe you've even invested in a Founder's Edition bundle to get the best TV gaming experience. If you were, however, hoping to experience Stadia from your Pixel phone or Pixel Chromebook, there is one caveat you might have to keep in mind: you will need a USB cable to use that Stadia Controller on those devices.

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Huawei reports solid smartphone growth despite US blacklisting

Huawei reports solid smartphone growth despite US blacklisting

Huawei is not a publicly-traded company which means, among other things, it is not legally required to makes its financial information public. In fact, it never did until just this year, conveniently coinciding with the ban that the US imposed on Huawei from buying American goods. This was most likely a strategy to show how the company can continue to operate in the face of such a predicament and its Q3 2019 numbers for smartphone shipments suggest exactly that.

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Windows Phone 8.1 will be deader than dead come December 2019

Windows Phone 8.1 will be deader than dead come December 2019

Lumia owners, both from Nokia and Microsoft, your days are numbered. At least if you're still running Windows Phone 8.1. It might be a shock to some that that version of Microsoft's defunct mobile OS still exists and still runs. It might not be a shock, however, to hear that Microsoft is pulling the plug on it this year. Fortunately, Redmond has a bit of mercy and a path forward for the few still holding on to some of these phones for dear life.

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League of Legends Wild Rift is a separate LoL for mobile and consoles

League of Legends Wild Rift is a separate LoL for mobile and consoles

With the popularity of battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite, it's almost too easy to forget that Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas or MOBAs once ruled gaming industry news. Unlike PUBG and Fortnite, hits MOBA titles like Dota 2 and League of Legends missed the opportunity to jump on the mobile gravy train. LoL developer Riot Games is making up for lost time with League of Legends Wild Rift which is both LoL for mobile and consoles but also not LoL for mobile and consoles.

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Instagram finally lets you manage third-party app access

Instagram finally lets you manage third-party app access

Instagram remains one of the most popular image-centric social network today and perhaps the only Facebook property (aside from Oculus) that has remained largely untouched by privacy scandals. Its association to Facebook and its popularity, however, also makes it a prime target for less conscientious people who'd love to pilfer users' private information at every opportunity. Despite that imminent danger, it is only today that Instagram is rolling out a very basic switch to let users disconnect their app from any app they may have authorized in the past.

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AMC Theaters on Demand embraces the streaming revolution

AMC Theaters on Demand embraces the streaming revolution

Just as mobile was seen to have challenged the PC and then digital camera markets, video streaming has put not just cable operators but also movie theaters on notice. The latter still do exist and enjoy some loyal customers but ticket sales are causing theater chains to worry about their future. Few, however, are willing to throw in the towel and admit defeat. AMC, one of if not the largest chains in the US, is surprisingly going against the flow and will play for both teams, offering its own Video on Demand service really soon.

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Sharp 8K TV touts its own ARM processor for high computing performance

Sharp 8K TV touts its own ARM processor for high computing performance

CEATEC 2019 is naturally filled with technological wonders, some of which look too futuristic to be available today. In a sea of such forward-looking prototypes and products that may or may not hit the market, Sharp is bringing a comforting and familiar presence in the form of an 8K TV. Make no mistake, however, as this 8T-C70BW1 8K LCD TV AQUOS does have a special trick inside, an ARM system-on-chip (SoC) that could make it one of the most powerful computer TVs in the market.

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