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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.

Windows 95 Electron app now lets you play Doom, Wolfenstein 3D

Windows 95 Electron app now lets you play Doom, Wolfenstein 3D

In the old days, and still occasionally these days, id Software's original Doom game has been the litmus test of whether something is worthy to be called a computer or not. It has been installed on ATMs and even the MacBook's Touch Bar, proving the case. But how about playing Doom on an OS running in a browser running on an OS running on a computer? Well, you can do that now, too, thanks to version 2 of Felix Rieseberg's Windows 95 Electron app.

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Apple first AR marketing lead shows its serious about AR

Apple first AR marketing lead shows its serious about AR

Apple never really jumped on the virtual reality bandwagon, even when smartphone-powered VR headsets and experiences exploded for a short while. Instead, Apple is putting its eggs in the augmented reality basket, going as far as saying it is the future. Now it has taken one concrete step closer to that future by moving long-time iPhone executive Frank Casanova to handle its product marketing for all things related to augmented reality.

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Galaxy S10, S10e try to look cool in Blue renders

Galaxy S10, S10e try to look cool in Blue renders

Not a fan of a color that will make your phone look like an oversized candy lemon candy? Fortunately, Samsung is going to offer the Galaxy S10e in more color options. It's not as many as the iPhone XR, sadly, but if you prefer a more subdued but still eye-catching hue, then the Blue color option might be your best bet. But what if you want something better and more expensive than the Galaxy S10e? Good thing, then, that the Galaxy S10 will come in blue as well.

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WebXR Device API to let browsers access VR, AR hardware, sensors

WebXR Device API to let browsers access VR, AR hardware, sensors

Browsers these days are so powerful you can almost do anything in them. Yes, sometimes even run older (ancient, really) operating systems in a browser tab. Want to play 3D games? Google's Project Stream is working on that. How about virtual and augmented reality experiences? That's in the works, too. And with the new WebXR Device API on its way to become a standard specification, there might be a time when all you need for VR and AR is a portable headset and a web browser.

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Pixel 4 could finally have true dual SIM support

Pixel 4 could finally have true dual SIM support

Aside from having a normal and an XL model, it seems that Google isn't really a fan of having two of something. It doesn't have two main cameras nor does use the full extent of dual SIM capabilities. One of those might be changing in the upcoming Pixel 4 phone later this year and, no, it won't be the cameras. A Googler commenting on a source code change for Android Q let it slip that the 2019 Pixel will have "dual SIM functionality", which hopefully means the true dual SIM capabilities users expect these days.

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New Horizons final Ultima Thule images reveal true shape

New Horizons final Ultima Thule images reveal true shape

Given the vastness of outer space, it's no surprise we know very little about it. Most of the time, we can only make guesses based on images our terrestrial telescopes and a few orbital satellites have captured of celestial objects few spacecraft have reached. It wasn't until New Horizons made its historic flyby of Pluto that we finally got our up-close look at the demoted planet. Now New Horizons is bidding farewell to another long-distance neighbor, but not before throwing scientists new puzzles to munch on about the odd Ultima Thule.

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Apex Legends only took 3 days to reach 10 million, Fortnite took 2 weeks

Apex Legends only took 3 days to reach 10 million, Fortnite took 2 weeks

Apparently, gamers aren't tired of battle royales just yet. The young genre, led by the likes of Epic Games' Fortnite and lone wolf PUBG, is the hottest thing in gaming these days and anyone and everyone is trying cash in on it. Just three days ago, game developer Respawn Entertainment, makers of Titanfall, launched its free-to-play version set within the same universe and within that time frame, it reached a player milestone that Fortnite also did only after two weeks.

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Apple to developers: disclose screen recording or be removed from App Store

Apple to developers: disclose screen recording or be removed from App Store

It has probably a frustrating start of the year for Apple. Never mind the ongoing iPhone ban in China and Germany or disappointing sales of its recent iPhone models. The company has recently been besieged left and right with privacy bugs and unscrupulous app developers. Fortunately, the company is mostly quick to act and put its foot down and it makes its stance regarding the latest screen recording exposé clear. App developers should comply with App Store Guidelines or be ejected from it.

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Instagram to completely remove graphic self-harm images

Instagram to completely remove graphic self-harm images

It turns out that a "sensitivity screen" wouldn't enough after all. In reviewing the role it may have played in a recent teen suicide, Instagram has reportedly thought of putting a blurry block on top of graphic images of self-harm and suicide. But given the complexity of balancing equally valid concerns, Instagram is setting its foot down on a simpler solution. Graphic self-harm photos are out. Non-graphic ones are allowed but you'd be hard-pressed to find them.

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Huawei P30 skipping MWC, to debut next month in Paris

Huawei P30 skipping MWC, to debut next month in Paris

If you were expecting Huawei to unveil its latest flagship later this month, you might be disappointed. Yes, the beleaguered Chinese company is expected to show off a prototype of its folding 5G smartphone at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, but those who prefer to see a finished and polished product will have to wait for another month. In a completely unrelated press release, Huawei accidentally revealed that the announcement of the Huawei P30 will take place not in Barcelona but in Paris and not in February but in March.

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Nokia 9 PureView press render leak confirms the insanity

Nokia 9 PureView press render leak confirms the insanity

Some may consider last year's MWC to have been bordering on boring but this year promises to be anything but. Of course, there's the promise of foldable phones and at least two button-less, seamless phones. But going beyond those, there are also the likes of the Nokia 9 PureView to make heads turn. Teased by HMD Global itself and now confirmed by an "official" press render, the penta-lens smartphone demonstrates how things can turn when you pull out all the camera stops.

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LG G8 ThinQ to have front-facing 3D time-of-flight camera from Infineon

LG G8 ThinQ to have front-facing 3D time-of-flight camera from Infineon

With just a few weeks left before MWC 2019, LG has begun its breadcrumb-style of drumming up hype for its upcoming flagship smartphones. Last time, it focused on its first 5G phone, believed to be called the LG V50 ThinQ, which will launch alongside its usual G series flagship. Now the company has given that phone an unsurprising name, the LG G8 ThinQ, and is showing how its time-of-flight front-facing camera will set it apart from the competition.

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