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.

2019 iPhone cases will highlight what Apple will try to hide

2019 iPhone cases will highlight what Apple will try to hide

It seems that square camera bumps are in. At least if you ask Apple and Google. Although Huawei can perhaps be credited/blameed for starting that trend but few probably expected the two biggest tech companies to follow. And even fewer probably expected both Apple and even Google would put the unusual design on the corner. And yet that is exactly what will happen in a few months though Apple is believed to use some magic to make those two to three cameras nearly invisible. Unfortunately, case makers will put the focus back on them instead.

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Galaxy Note 10 coming in late August with slim bezels

Galaxy Note 10 coming in late August with slim bezels

The Galaxy Note 10 was at the center of controversy because of some of the changes that Samsung will allegedly be introducing in this year's S Pen phablet. Fortunately for Samsung, it seems that Google has now taken the spotlight with the Pixel 4. It seems that we won't have to wait long to finally see what the Galaxy Note 10 has in store but, at least based on this new leak, it might not be all that bad if super thin bezels are your thing.

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Uber Elevate wants to start delivering Big Macs via drones by summer

Uber Elevate wants to start delivering Big Macs via drones by summer

Uber's growing empire has been besieged numerous times and in numerous but that hasn't stopped the company from dreaming big and trying to be big. While it's self-driving plans are still undergoing scrutiny, a part of its company is setting its eyes on something less controversial and potentially more lucrative, too. Uber sets its sights on the the clouds with its Elevate aerial arm and its plans to deliver food on rooftops in just a few months.

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Wear OS Tiles finally has an manager app on phones

Wear OS Tiles finally has an manager app on phones

Google hasn't exactly been the most consistent when it comes to its wearable platform. It rebranded Android Wear to Wear OS and changed the way the OS looked and behave. But after a brief period of activity, it let things slide again. Last month it attempted to revive interest in the platform with its new Tiles UI. Unfortunately, the initial rollout was incomplete and it's only now that a feature enabling Tiles to be moved, added, and removed from your phone is rolling out little by little.

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Moto Z4 has a secret feature if you have a Microsoft Surface Pen

Moto Z4 has a secret feature if you have a Microsoft Surface Pen

When the Moto Z4 launched just two weeks ago, there wasn't much applause for the rather disappointing Motorola "flagship". Aside from the Moto Mods support and the capability to get a 5G connection in the future, the Moto Z4 is pretty much a mid-range phone that fails to reach up to expectations of a 2019 flagships. It might, however, have an unpublicized feature that may make it a little more interesting to a certain class of users: active stylus support.

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Pixel 4 is shaping up to be Google’s most controversial phone yet

Pixel 4 is shaping up to be Google’s most controversial phone yet

It seems that the second half of the year will see phones with divisive features. Samsung is rumored to be removing the headphone jack and adopting an unpopular camera design for the Galaxy Note 10. The iPhone 11 is also expected to have an even more controversial camera design, adopting a square bump at the corner. Now it seems that Google will be following the trend and will be kicking up a storm. And the Pixel 4's corner square camera bump is just one of many.

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iCloud for Windows is now in the Windows Store

iCloud for Windows is now in the Windows Store

The three big tech companies, namely Google, Apple, and Microsoft, can best be described as being best frenemies. They are rivals and critics in the industry but also can't but help cooperate with each other to some extent. Usually that involves making services and apps available on the others' platforms even if they're dying to keep them exclusive. The latest proof of that unavoidable cooperation is the all new iCloud app for Windows that has just became available on Microsoft's app Store.

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Huawei asks developers to publish on its own AppGallery store

Huawei asks developers to publish on its own AppGallery store

It has been a few days since Huawei hit the news in any major way but that doesn't mean its battle for survival has stopped. With just a little over a month before the ban takes full effect again, The company may be scrambling to prepare everything it needs on all fronts, from fighting the executive order to defending its position in organizations and alliances to rallying support from key players in the market. Part of the latter seems to involve trying to convince Android app developers to publish their software on its own app store, undoubtedly in preparation for switching away from Google's.

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Xbox Backward Compatibility adds last games as work on Scarlett begins

Xbox Backward Compatibility adds last games as work on Scarlett begins

They say that all good things must come to an end but Microsoft is making sure it won't end on a sad note. Xbox One's Backward Compatibility program surprised the industry for pulling off something some thought would be both technically infeasible and also a bad business move. Over that time, the program has added more than 600 titles from the original Xbox, a.k.a. the Xbox Classic, and the Xbox 360, becoming available to all generations of Xbox One consoles. Sadly, that library will no longer grow after this week but Microsoft promises not to worry because it'll be back soon.

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Pine64 Linux PinePhone could get Moto Mod functionality

Pine64 Linux PinePhone could get Moto Mod functionality

With the focus given to Huawei's US ban, there has also been some discussion about Android, Google's hold on the platform, and truly free (as in freedom) alternatives to the world's biggest mobile OS. There has never been a shortage of alternative mobile platforms, many of them revolving around Linux, but there has been a dearth of companies making devices that run and support such platforms. Pine64 is one of those few and it is now sharing some development in its quest to make a privacy-respecting open source smartphone.

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Bethesda at E3 2019: new games and updates coming

Bethesda at E3 2019: new games and updates coming

It's that time of year again for the gaming industry to have their time in the spotlight. Microsoft fired the opening salvo and Bethesda followed with guns blazing. Its new Orion game streaming tech and DOOM Eternal details might be the biggest news on its portfolio but they are far from being the only ones. Be it upcoming games or updates to existing ones or even remakes of old favorites, Bethesda has something in store for gamers in the coming months.

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Nokia 3.1 comes to the US via special AT&T and Cricket models

Nokia 3.1 comes to the US via special AT&T and Cricket models

HMD Global has no shortage of smartphones that appeal to all ranges of the market. More than just their affordability, this new breed of Nokia phones have been popular for their clean Android experience and fast software updates. Unfortunately for those in the US, not all those phones are made available to them. But while the arrival of the Nokia 3.1 via two US carriers sounds like good news, it does come a year after the phone first came to market.

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