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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.

Pixel 3 price cut could herald the coming of the Pixel 3a

Pixel 3 price cut could herald the coming of the Pixel 3a

Price cuts on smartphones aren't that rare. Some even do it just weeks after initial launch as a sort of course correction for having too high a price tag. There are also the occasional promos and deals to mark some holiday or event. Sometimes, however, such discounts, like what the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL now enjoy, are seen as a sign of things to come. Especially when we're just weeks away from what could be the mid-year Pixel 3a pair.

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Huawei EMUI 9.1 Android experience coming to 49 phones

Huawei EMUI 9.1 Android experience coming to 49 phones

As great as its phones maybe, Huawei and, by extension, Honor devices are at times criticized for their software, specifically the EMUI custom Android experience. It is one of the most heavily customized ROMs which has the side effect of being slow to update. Huawei, however, has a surprise for its faithful users as it announced that the latest version of EMUI will be coming to dozens of its phones, a gesture that should put OEMs with fewer phones to shame.

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Nintendo Labo VR mod prepares for Breath of the Wild update

Nintendo Labo VR mod prepares for Breath of the Wild update

In just a few days, Nintendo will be rolling out an update to two of the Nintendo Switch's most iconic games. That update will bring a new mode to Super Mario Odyssey and Zelda: Breath of the Wild. a mode that will let users see them in a different way. And what better way to see those new worlds, or at least Hyrule, than with a VR headset. Nintendo just recently unveiled a cardboard one. Fortunately, one eager beaver set out to modify that plain DIY box and make it an almost true VR headset.

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OnePlus 7 Pro is shaping up to be a true flagship killer

OnePlus 7 Pro is shaping up to be a true flagship killer

OnePlus has always prided its phones as flagship killers but, after the first two or three generations, it has mostly become known for offering a more affordable alternative to premium models. OnePlus phones can match the basic specs but they sometimes fall behind in features. With the OnePlus 7 Pro, however, the company might have yet another raging success, provided all these leaks are correct and if the price is right.

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Pixel 3a and 3a XL renders won’t win design awards

Pixel 3a and 3a XL renders won’t win design awards

Smartphone users these days are easily wowed by gorgeous-looking phones that take equally gorgeous-looking photos. While having both style and substance in one product is ideal, there are some that may be willing to sacrifice a bit of glam for more muscle, especially if the price is right. That might be the appeal that the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL will make because, at least based on this latest image, they're not exactly going to be that memorable in terms of design.

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LG V40 ThinQ DxOmark camera score spells trouble for the company

LG V40 ThinQ DxOmark camera score spells trouble for the company

The folks over at DxOMark are now quite famous for their smartphone camera benchmarks that cover quite a wide range of brands. Noticeably missing from those reviews, however, are LG's flagships. To date, at least with its new-ish grading system, there are only three LG smartphones on its list. And the latest it has reviewed, the LG V40 ThinQ from late last year, doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the brand.

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Xiaomi Amazfit Verge adds Alexa, iOS calling support

Xiaomi Amazfit Verge adds Alexa, iOS calling support

Unlike on smartphones where you basically only have two racehorses, the smartwatch market is teeming with choices. That's true even for the choice of smart assistants on your wrist. While Siri and Google Assistant do have the lion's share of the market, there are quite a number of wearables that lean towards Amazon's helper. Xiaomi-branded Amazfit Verge is one of those and it has just received an update that brings Alexa to your wrist and more.

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Sonos speakers now let Alexa control your Apple Music

Sonos speakers now let Alexa control your Apple Music

Apple has truly pulled down walls when it shook hands with Amazon to integrate its Apple Music service on Echo speakers. That despite the two having competing music streaming services. Now that bridge is extending even outside of Amazon's direct territory. The latter promised non-Amazon Alexa-powered devices will soon support Apple Music control as well and, nearly four months after its promise, it's finally happening on Sonos' speakers.

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Nintendo Switch 2 will be smaller, more powerful version on hold

Nintendo Switch 2 will be smaller, more powerful version on hold

Nintendo struck gold with the Switch and while the portable console has some shortcomings, it seems that Nintendo isn't completely ready to move on just yet. Even if it means continuing to produce Nintendo Switch with hardware exploits that allow them to be rooted and flashed. There are, of course, rumors of a new and improved Nintendo Switch but, according to a Japanese news report, that isn't what the next generation will be.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity free for a week on PCs to honor Notre Dame

Assassin’s Creed Unity free for a week on PCs to honor Notre Dame

Monday saw one of the world's most historic and most artistic structures succumb to a devastating fire. In addition to the outpouring of emotion and support, the Internet was also flooded with examples of how the Notre-Dame de Paris has influenced the arts and culture over the centuries, from novels such as the Hunchback of Notre-Dame to games like Assassin's Creed Unity. The latter is one of the most recent recreations of the iconic cathedral and now developer Ubisoft is giving everyone a chance to behold the majesty of Notre-Dame, even if only virtually.

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Galaxy Buds update brings Bixby voice control and improved gestures

Galaxy Buds update brings Bixby voice control and improved gestures

With the attention given to the second gen AirPods and rumors of a Microsoft Surface Buds, it's almost too easy to forget that Samsung has had one like those for a few months now. As if to remind the public that the Galaxy Buds are a thing, it's pushing out a new update that's a rather sizable one despite the small file size. Now those who don't want to or even can't reach up to tap their buds can now control them with their voice thanks to Bixby integration.

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Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robots work together to pull a truck

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robots work together to pull a truck

Santa would probably want a pack of SpotMini quadrupedal robots for himself for Christmas. That is if he ever decides to change careers and drive a truck that can break down any time in the middle of nowhere. That's when he'd wish he'd gotten robot dogs instead of fleshy reindeer because, as Boston Dynamics' latest video shows, these can haul an entire truck. Then again, the reindeers could have made the truck fly.

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