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.

Apple Silicon GPU for ARM Macs could present some problems

Apple Silicon GPU for ARM Macs could present some problems

Apple's official move to its own processors in future Macs and MacBooks has been one of the most-talked topics in tech news for the past weeks even it has been long-rumored anyway. A victory for the ARM CPU architecture and a blow to Intel, Apple's Silicon will have repercussions for everyone involved in the Mac ecosystem in more ways than one. Some of them will be good and some will take time to be accepted. There will also be other with perhaps unseen or at least unsaid consequences, like how the new chips could drastically change the Mac's capabilities in more than just performance.

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Huawei’s ARM-based desktop PC could leave you scratching your head

Huawei’s ARM-based desktop PC could leave you scratching your head

A lot of focus has been placed on Huawei's predicament regarding its smartphones and networking business vis-a-vis US trade bans but those aren't the only things the company is worried about. It has also started to dabble in the PC market and it will face the same restrictions when trying to get its hands on Intel or AMD silicon and Microsoft software. Its solution is, of course, to roll out its own replacements for those but one review of a Huawei PC doesn't inspire confidence in its chances.

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Pixel 5 development tipped to still be in flux despite leaks

Pixel 5 development tipped to still be in flux despite leaks

The Pixel 4a is terribly delayed and, if things happen in order, the Pixel 5 might come even much later than usual. Either that or both phones will launch side by side, which is an equally strange situation. There have been very little in the way of leaks about the Pixel 5 aside from its probably mid-range specs. Renders of what is claimed to be the Pixel 5 and its dubious nature has sparked discussion on the rather uncertain situation that the phone's development is currently in right now.

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Galaxy Fold 2 will get a bigger charger for a smaller battery

Galaxy Fold 2 will get a bigger charger for a smaller battery

A lot of focus is being poured on the Galaxy Note 20 even though it won't be the only thing Samsung will reveal next month. That may be understandable considering it will be the more "normal" of the two. The Galaxy Fold 2 will, of course, be a head turner but its price tag will surely be a downer as well. That said, Samsung may have one more upgrade planned for its third foldable phone, one that is almost ironic considering it cut down its battery a bit.

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Mac ThiefQuest ransomware should be a reminder that no one is safe

Mac ThiefQuest ransomware should be a reminder that no one is safe

Long gone are the days when Windows is the only vulnerable operating system or at least the most reported one. Mac and Linux computers have their own share of vulnerabilities, some worse than others, but recent times have made them just as enticing to data and money thieves as Microsoft's platform. And then there is Android and iOS which is home to even more personal and sensitive data than our desktops and laptops. A new ransomware has popped up that specifically targets Macs and its mere existence is reason enough for both users and developers to wake up and be on guard.

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OnePlus narrowly escapes another security breach

OnePlus narrowly escapes another security breach

Some people take it as a badge of honor when you've become big or popular enough to be the target of attacks. Considering how OnePlus is slowly becoming such a target, one could assume it has definitely crossed that threshold. Unfortunately, it also means that the company has to step up its efforts in making sure that most of its biggest security holes are not left open for long. Sometimes it may not be directly in control but it still has the responsibility of safeguarding its customers' information. Fortunately, it was able to plug up such a gaping hole in this latest case before the cat got out of the bag, at least as far as we know.

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Google Chrome will soon eat up less of your laptop battery

Google Chrome will soon eat up less of your laptop battery

Chrome is probably the most used web browser on all platforms but it's not exactly because it is the perfect browser. Although it has considerably improved over the years especially in memory management, it's still notorious for being a huge drain on battery life, something that the pre-Chromium Microsft Edge tried to capitalize on. That may soon be a thing of the past if the latest update makes it to the stable version of Chrome, saving users 30 minutes to even 2 hours of battery life even with dozens of tabs open.

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Honor X10 Max 5G giant debuts alongside smaller Honor 30 Lite 5G

Honor X10 Max 5G giant debuts alongside smaller Honor 30 Lite 5G

Phablets have one the moment Apple swallowed its own words and launched a plus-sized iPhone in 2014. But while phones sporting at most 6.5-inch screens have become common, those with displays spanning 7 inches have all but disappeared. Honor is bringing that back with the 7.09-inch Honor X10 Max 5G but, at the same time, is offering something lighter in size, specs, and price with the Honor 30 Lite.

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LG B Project rollable phone may launch early next year

LG B Project rollable phone may launch early next year

Although some may praise Samsung for innovations like the Galaxy Fold, LG perhaps deserves some commendation for launching more "experimental" smartphones in the market, even if they end up being a flop. From the misnamed curved LG G Flex to the modular LG G5 to its recent batch of the dual-screen accessories for its phones, LG seems to be less averse at putting money where its mouth is when it comes to radical innovation. In fact, despite its current financial situation, it may be launching its craziest phones yet, including a rollable phone in early 2021.

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Olympus software turns some OM-D cameras into webcams

Olympus software turns some OM-D cameras into webcams

Olympus might have called it quits making cameras themselves but it hasn't exactly walked out of the camera market completely. In addition to focusing on interchangeable lenses, no pun intended, the company continues to support its existing cameras already out there in the wild. In fact, it has even announced a new feature that puts it on the same level as its rivals, allowing owners of some of its OM-D shooters to use those for video conferences or live streaming at home.

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Nintendo game codes can no longer be sold by European retailers

Nintendo game codes can no longer be sold by European retailers

Digital distribution of games has definitely made it easier to acquire games without having to worry about physical media that may be damaged for good. It's a double-edged sword, though, as publishers and game companies can decide to remove access to digital titles and that's that. This greater control on the part of companies reared its head once again, this time in Europe where Nintendo is no longer allowing retailers to sell digital download codes for its first-party games.

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Apple reportedly rushing suppliers to prevent iPhone 12 delays

Apple reportedly rushing suppliers to prevent iPhone 12 delays

There has been no shortage of rumors that this year's iPhones could be delayed by a few months. Some even paint a worst-case scenario of an early 2021 shipping date. Apple, of course, would have none of that and is reportedly pushing its supply chain partners to make up for lost time. Whether that will be enough to narrow the delay is just one question. Whether it will cause some lapses in quality or safety is perhaps the more important consideration.

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