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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.

Surface Duo proves to at least be somewhat durable

Surface Duo proves to at least be somewhat durable

The dual-screen foldable Surface Duo may hold promise but its current execution has left many giving it an uneasy thumbs down. While there has been a lot of criticism over the state of its software, most reviewers have actually been rather impressed by the quality of the phone's design. But will that design stand up to the test of time and back pockets, an important question to be asked of a $1,400 phone? Fortunately, we have JerryRigEverything to test that for us without finding out the hard way ourselves.

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Galaxy S20 FE prices and hands-on video leak ahead of launch

Galaxy S20 FE prices and hands-on video leak ahead of launch

The Galaxy S20, particularly the Ultra variant, was panned for being excessive and while the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, in particular, stepped back a bit, it was still regarded to be too much. Sales of Samsung's flagships might be seeing a downward trend this year but the company's revenues might still be salvaged by what could actually be its best smartphone of 2020, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition or FE. Presuming, of course, these latest details are on the mark.

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PlayStation 5 NCC photos emphasize its massive size

PlayStation 5 NCC photos emphasize its massive size

Sony's upcoming console hasn't been without its fair share of controversy even as fans start counting down the weeks before the PlayStation 5 launches. The design of the console itself was already a point of heated discussion, with some loving it and others mocking it. One thing that may not have been given much attention, however, is the size of the console even after Sony gave the figures. Thankfully, Taiwan's NCC has published photos of an actual PS5 that really puts that size into perspective.

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Google Pixel Buds 2 update fixes one of many audio issues

Google Pixel Buds 2 update fixes one of many audio issues

It was really no surprise that Google would jump on the true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds trend popularized by the Apple AirPods but there have been concerns whether it could pull off a decent job. The Google Pixel Buds touted smart features like Google Assistant and even Google Translate integration but audio quality has been less than impressive. In fact, the Pixel Buds (2020) have been marred by quite a number of audio problems and the strangest one finally just got a fix.

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Canon EOS Webcam software adds new cameras, video recording

Canon EOS Webcam software adds new cameras, video recording

Even while travel and work restrictions slowly start to be lifted, the "new normal" not just for the workplace but for communication in general has become more virtual than ever before. From built-in webcams to smartphones, it has become more common for people to resort to video chat and conferencing services to connect with family and colleagues. Jumping quickly on that opportunity, Canon has announced the stable version of its EOS Webcam Utility for Windows with one notable new feature added.

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Chromebook gaming gets a bigger push with Google Play premium section

Chromebook gaming gets a bigger push with Google Play premium section

Chromebooks started out as affordable low-powered cloud-centric laptops designed more for basic school and office work. These days, however, they've pretty much become powerhouses, especially considering the number of operating systems and apps they can support. Despite all that, Chromebooks aren't exactly seen as fit for gaming, an image that Google wants to change with a new premium gaming section on Google Play Store that highlights the best Android games for Chromebooks.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset aims for a different crowd

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Gaming Headset aims for a different crowd

Bose's QuietComfort 35 II, or simply QC35 II, has more or less been the standard of many Bluetooth ANC headphones, making the top of many charts of many sites and reviews. It has been nearly three years, however, since the QC35 II first launched, and many new ANC headphones, both wireless and wired, have popped up over the years, including Bose's own first QuietComfort earbuds. Now the company is trying to bring back the magic of the QC35 II but with a single new feature that tries to appeal to gamers more than audiophiles.

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Microsoft invites web apps to support Surface Duo and Galaxy Z Fold 2

Microsoft invites web apps to support Surface Duo and Galaxy Z Fold 2

The Microsoft Surface Duo and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 have been compared and contrasted but, curiously, Microsoft doesn't think they're that different, at least not from an app development point of view. That's actually a good thing because that means that Microsoft's own app development tools could be used for both devices. That seems to be the spiel it is making with its new experimental Web APIs that it says will help web app developers target foldable phones, whether they have one, two, or even three screens.

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Facebook Infinite Office tries to sell the idea of VR productivity

Facebook Infinite Office tries to sell the idea of VR productivity

Virtual reality has always carried the stigma of being more of an entertainment-centric technology. With Facebook at the helm of one of the two biggest VR platforms today, that identity seems to get even more cemented, just with a dash of social networking on top. At Facebook Connect, what was previously and lovingly called Oculus Connect, the social media giant unveiled a new Infinite Office feature that is clearly trying to say that VR is for serious work, too.

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Windows 10 Your Phone Apps feature rolls out to Samsung phones

Windows 10 Your Phone Apps feature rolls out to Samsung phones

When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 20 last month, it revealed a new feature that is one of the fruits of its closer partnership with Microsoft. Your Phone, which is Microsoft's bridge to the Android world, would allow individual Android apps to be launched in their own windows. That period of exclusivity to the Galaxy Note 20 is over and the Apps feature is now rolling out to more Android phones, as long as those phones were made by Samsung.

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Google Drive will soon delete files in trash after 30 days

Google Drive will soon delete files in trash after 30 days

Living in a digital age makes it almost too easy to accumulate clutter in the form of files, especially given how small these files can be. That's true for files you keep locally on your laptop or phone but cloud storage still comes at a cost, even if it's offered for free. To ensure you don't run out of space just because of the trash you've gathered over the months, Google Drive will soon implement a policy that will automatically delete files in its Trash forever after 30 days.

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Razer Kishi controller is now available for iPhones

Razer Kishi controller is now available for iPhones

Its Apple's time to shine today, bringing a plethora of new devices and services with one notable absentee. The iPhone 12 is still nowhere to be seen but that isn't exactly a surprise. That does give some accessory makers more time to prepare for the big event but Razer isn't wasting time, at least not for existing iPhones. Three months after it first launched, the gaming company is finally bringing its Kishi universal gaming controller to iPhones, just in time for potential new Apple One subscribers.

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