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.

Nintendo Switch upgrade program rumor shot down by Nintendo

Nintendo Switch upgrade program rumor shot down by Nintendo

Despite the newfound prestige and popularity that Nintendo now enjoys because of the Switch, in some ways, it is still the same Nintendo that some have grown to love to hate. The company can be quite old-fashioned in its business practices, which may have benefits in terms of stability and predictability but not in keeping up with the times or blazing a new trail. Just when everyone thought that it will be leading a new trend of upgrading old consoles, it quickly and officially dashes all hope of trading in an old Switch for a new one.

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Moto Z2 Force 5G Moto Mod support confirms end of the line

Moto Z2 Force 5G Moto Mod support confirms end of the line

Motorola is expected to launch at least two more "One" smartphones within the next few months but their existence might hint at the end of the company's Z series. Although the Moto Z4 did launch just last May, it was far from being a flagship contender in 2019. In terms of the Z family, the rugged "Force" series often carries the torch for high-end specs. But with the announcement of support for Motorola's 5G add-on, it seems that Motorola fans can stop hoping for a new Force still to come.

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Huawei Mate 30 could boast very fast wireless charging

Huawei Mate 30 could boast very fast wireless charging

Samsung has finally updated its smartphone charging capabilities, which means its competitors have to step up their game. With so much at stake, Huawei definitely has to put its best foot forward with the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. When it comes to charging, that might indeed be the case with a recent leak hinting that the embattled Chinese maker's next flagship phone will support the fastest wireless charging you can get in the market.

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Garmin has at least four smartwatches heading to IFA 2019

Garmin has at least four smartwatches heading to IFA 2019

Garmin is no longer just about GPS navigation in cars. It isn't even about golf watches. An almost unlikely player in the wearable market, Garmin has started making smartwatches and fitness wearables to jump on that still unstable industry. Despite the uncertainty and the number of players already in the market, Garmin is showing no hints of slowing down. In fact, it might have as many as six such wearable devices coming next week, and four of them have already been leaked.

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Nest cameras status lights will always be on when in use

Nest cameras status lights will always be on when in use

Smart thermostat maker Nest has gotten a lot of criticism after it was acquired by Google. Users and fans expressed even more fears and disappointment when Google practically signed its death sentence when it put all its smart home products under the Nest brand. Most worried about the privacy implications of devices that constantly monitor people's presence and activities being under Google's great eye. Nest is now making a change to its line of cameras to address those concerns but has ended up infuriating users instead.

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OnePlus 7T Pro could launch globally with 5G later this year

OnePlus 7T Pro could launch globally with 5G later this year

With the Galaxy Note 10 out of the way, news about future smartphones are starting to flow in. LG already started teasing its IFA 2019 bet while the Motorola One Zoom has already been fully leaked. Now OnePlus isn't going to be left behind and even has its own smart TV in the works. But perhsp more interesting to smartphone users, OnePlus has practically admitted that will be launching its second 5G phone in the last quarter, this time to the rest of the world.

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HTC Wildfire X launch signals the start of the end of a brand

HTC Wildfire X launch signals the start of the end of a brand

HTC's mobile business has long been in predicted to be on its way out but, year after year, the company seems to survive, even if barely. The company still hasn't launched a noteworthy smartphone this year but it seems to be taking a different strategy to make up for nearly absent smartphone sales. The HTC Wildfire X was just launched in India but while it may bear the name and some looks of the Taiwanese company, that may be the only thing HTC about it.

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Apple and Spotify reportedly negotiating for a Siri parley

Apple and Spotify reportedly negotiating for a Siri parley

While Apple is positioning itself as the champion of privacy, other companies are accusing it of monopoly and unfair business practices. Its biggest accuser in that regard is, surprisingly or not, the music streaming giant Spotify. The two have been locked into a war of words that has already reached the ears of EU regulators. It seems that the two are willing to compromise on a few key points without actually backing down from their positions.

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OnePlus TV is real and coming soon but its logo is the first to arrive

OnePlus TV is real and coming soon but its logo is the first to arrive

It seems the trend among smartphone makers is to try their hands at expanding their screens and expanding into the smart TV market. Huawei subsidiary Honor has just revealed its Honor Vision and, not to be outdone, OnePlus is about to do the same. It has now practically confirmed the existence of its first TV products but, without actually divulging anything, it is taking time, a lot of time, to talk about its name and its logo.

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LG G8X’s Korean name reveals its ties to V50 ThinQ

LG G8X’s Korean name reveals its ties to V50 ThinQ

LG's teaser for IFA 2019 started with a bang but then seemed to sizzled into a dud. The company hinted very clearly that its September event will involve another dual screen setup. Not a foldable phone but one with a second screen accessory. Rumors have named that phone as the LG G8X but shares more in common with the LG V50. It isn't that surprising then, that LG is now reported to be naming the exact same phone as the LG V50S ThinQ at least in Korea, cementing its image as a step up from the early 2019 flagship.

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TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug will snub Apple HomeKit ecosystem

TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug will snub Apple HomeKit ecosystem

The smart home ecosystem has practically settled into three camps revolving around the top AI assistants. Some of those products remain rooted to one camp but the enterprising ones try to cover all the bases. For a time, it seemed that TP-Link's popular smart plug would try to woo both Amazon and Apple customers with a single product. Those hopes have now been dashed as the network hardware maker silently announces the Kasa would no longer call HomeKit its home.

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Tasker Chat Heads for Any App brings floating bubble for all

Tasker Chat Heads for Any App brings floating bubble for all

Facebook introduced the concept of floating circles for its Messenger app on Android and it was one of the earliest divisive features of the social network. That UI has persisted and has, in fact, been imitated by other apps as well. To some extent, it is even the basis of Samsung's floating windows implementation. Not everyone is a fan but those that are probably wish every app behaved the same. Now they can, provided they're willing to go through the process of setting up the Chat Heads for Any App addon for Tasker.

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