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.

Nreal Light AR glasses are coming to the US

Nreal Light AR glasses are coming to the US

Some consider AR or augmented reality to be the next step forward in computing. Unlike VR, AR mixes the real and the digital in an almost seamless manner, at least ideally speaking. That goal is difficult to pull off, however, with bulky and heavy headsets that require you to be chained to a desktop or a laptop. Lightweight and "normal-looking" AR glasses are the dream for this field of computing and Nreal might be bringing exactly that to the US and Europe in the next quarter.

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Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN2 brings Dual Pixel Pro AF, staggered-HDR

Samsung 50MP ISOCELL GN2 brings Dual Pixel Pro AF, staggered-HDR

When Samsung launched its first 100x Space Zoom camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra last year, it was criticized for neglecting one important aspect of digital photography, the autofocus performance. Since then, Samsung has been careful to improve AF in its flagship phones and its next one might take it to the next level, or so Samsung boasts. Going beyond its own Dual Pixel brand of PDAF, Samsung is announcing a new 1.4μm 50Mp ISOCELL GN2 sensor that carries a Dual Pixel Pro version of its AF tech, along with other tricks that improve the sensor's low-light performance.

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Netflix can automatically download videos you never heard of yet

Netflix can automatically download videos you never heard of yet

Netflix is still the king of video streaming but, let's face it, not everyone can actually afford to be streaming all the time. Internet connectivity is still not a constant and buffering during streaming can easily ruin the mood. That's why even the streaming king embraces downloading videos and its latest upgrade to that feature can make Netflix feel either smarter or more intrusive, depending on what it thinks you might like.

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Spotify Clips are like Snapchat Stories for artists only

Spotify Clips are like Snapchat Stories for artists only

It's Spotify's big day today, not only boasting of its large library of content and roster of artists on its platform, it also announced new features, like its HiFi lossless streaming. One feature that didn't get the spotlight has actually been in limited testing for a few months but is only now getting a formal name. Spotify Clips is now rolling out, at least if you're an artist, and like everyone else, it's taking a page out of Snapchat's book.

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Boeing 777 planes in the US, Japan grounded after engine failure

Boeing 777 planes in the US, Japan grounded after engine failure

Boeing's almost cursed 737 MAX is slowly starting to return to service but it seems that the aircraft maker has another headache coming. Fortunately, there were no lives lost before Boeing learned about what could be another faulty component that could have just as deadly consequences if left unchecked. Dozens of Boeing 777 planes have been temporarily put out of service after a flight from Denver had one of its engines failed in a rather dramatic way just after takeoff.

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ZTE under-display camera to get another chance next week

ZTE under-display camera to get another chance next week

One of the holy grails of smartphones, aside from foldable and rollable screens, is a camera that completely hides underneath the screen. This solves a few design problems surrounding bezels and cutouts but might actually be harder to pull off those flexible displays. ZTE was bold enough to actually start selling its first attempt in the ZTE Axon 20 5G, which turned out to be quite a dud. That hasn't dampened its enthusiasm for under-display cameras or UDC which will get a second-gen version at MWC Shanghai in a few days.

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Rare Dinosaur Planet for Nintendo 64 released unofficially

Rare Dinosaur Planet for Nintendo 64 released unofficially

You might not be familiar with the game known as Dinosaur Planet and it won't be surprising or shameful. The game was never released, at least not the way it was intended, but its history and influence are the stuff of game development campfire stories. The 3D RPG that was originally intended for the Nintendo 64 was but a footnote in gaming history but, thanks to the hard work of preservationists, it is now possible to take a peek at what became an important part of the Star Fox series, though not always in good ways.

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Samsung AR glasses concept videos look very ambitious

Samsung AR glasses concept videos look very ambitious

Every major tech company except Google might be working on some AR headset or another. While Google may have dropped the ball, rumors about Apple's own AR glasses refuse to die. Naturally, Samsung won't be left behind, at least not for long. It has, after all, already dabbled in virtual reality and it might be looking into jumping into augmented reality if these leaked concept videos indicate the company's future vision for such wearables.

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Watch the new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo EV crossover hit the road

Watch the new Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo EV crossover hit the road

Porsche has shared one of the first official shots of the upcoming Taycan Cross Turismo, the all-electric wagon-crossover sibling of the Taycan EV. Based on the striking Mission E Cross Turismo Concept shown off back in 2018, it's a more upright, more practical version of an electric car than the Taycan, with Porsche sharing a few new tidbits as we wait for full launch details.

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Panasonic Nicobo robot is supposed to be a cat that can fart

Panasonic Nicobo robot is supposed to be a cat that can fart

Japan is famous and notorious for products and trends that just blow the mind, in good or bad ways or both. Sometimes, those ideas do strike a chord in people from both halves of the world, making some wish those were easily accessible. Panasonic's latest crowdfunding experiment seems to fit the bill, presenting a robot cat with some interesting features. But whether Nicobo actually looks like a cat and whether its random flatulence can be considered special is still to be determined, it's hard to deny how the "thing" seems to be attracting some very positive attention.

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Microsoft Office LTSC and Office 2021 details revealed

Microsoft Office LTSC and Office 2021 details revealed

There was a time when Microsoft's supremacy in the productivity suite market was challenged by the likes of Google Docs and even open source office suites like OpenOffice and LibreOffice. That phase, however, has come and gone and Microsoft Office still remains the household name in that arena. Unfortunately, it also remains one of Microsoft's more complicated and confusing products, offered in a dizzying array of options. There's always room for more, of course, and Microsoft just what's coming for its "perpetual" release of its Office suite.

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Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, Tab A7 Lite might be on the way

Galaxy Tab S7 Lite, Tab A7 Lite might be on the way

Samsung just recently announced an update for the Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+ that might make some finally decide to grab one. If you're still on the fence for one reason or another, however, you might want to hold off for a little while longer just enough to see what's coming next. No, it won't be a Galaxy Tab S8 yet, presuming that's how Samsung will name its next flagship Android tablet. There might be, instead, two "Lite" tablets coming our way that may be a better fit for those with more constrained budgets.

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