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.

More Google Stadia details are coming at Gamescom 2019

More Google Stadia details are coming at Gamescom 2019

Google Stadia has become one of the hottest news in the gaming industry, at least one that doesn't have a lot of controversies attached to it. The game streaming platform is set to launch in a few months and there are still some details left unknown. Those details, or at least some of them, may be coming in two weeks' time when Google takes the stage just before Gamescom commences to hold its next Stadia Connect presentation.

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HTC phones pulled from the UK due to patent dispute

HTC phones pulled from the UK due to patent dispute

HTC's smartphones are already having problems selling on their own, the last thing the company needs is have them pulled from a major market. It's not the US, admittedly, but having all HTC phones suddenly become unavailable in the UK is now small matter. Especially if the Taiwanese company has been discovered to have disregarded a supposed change that would work around a patent it may have infringed.

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LG IFA 2019 invite isn’t subtle about the hints

LG IFA 2019 invite isn’t subtle about the hints

It's still early August but someone seems to be pretty excited about September. Perhaps trying to steer attention away from Samsung's Unpacked event on 7th August, LG has published an article on its Korean website that is practically its public announcement of its press event at IFA 2019 which is still a whole month away. And in that "teaser", LG throws not so subtle hints at what to expect from the OEM in the latter part of the year.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV will have two successors

NVIDIA SHIELD TV will have two successors

After NVIDIA bowed out of the mobile rat race, it didn't completely step out of the Android market. In fact, by removing smartphones and tablets from its attention, it was able to pour all its focus on the NVIDIA SHIELD, an Android TV device that just keeps on giving nearly five years later. That said, the device is showing its age and there have been signs of a new NVIDIA SHIELD but, apparently, it won't just be one but will have two models coming hopefully really soon.

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Android Q AMA reveals desktop mode vision, time-based dark mode problem

Android Q AMA reveals desktop mode vision, time-based dark mode problem

In just a few weeks, Google is expected to finally reveal not just Android Q's full name but also its final form. No need for leaks here since Android's open source nature has practically made those new features and changes visible to everyone willing to dig them up. What the public isn't privy to, however, is the thinking that went behind those. Fortunately some of the engineers behind Android Q have gone on Reddit to answer some of those questions, hopefully to the satisfaction of Android users.

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Nintendo Switch third-party dock bricking explained by an engineer

Nintendo Switch third-party dock bricking explained by an engineer

There is a rather big market for third-party Nintendo Switch accessories but the one thing that continues to worry Switch owners is the charging dock. Nintendo's Official version is large and expensive but third-party options risk bricking the gaming handheld. The latter has largely been blamed on Nintendo's implementation of the USB-C Power Delivery feature which is believed to be non-compliant with the standard spec. According to an electrical engineer, however, those third-party docks might be the ones to blame instead.

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Inventor Franky Zapata rides jet-powered flyboard across the English Channel

Inventor Franky Zapata rides jet-powered flyboard across the English Channel

Mankind has always had an obsession with flying. Not just in large metal vehicles, which is probably just a compromise. In both science and fiction, people have tried to develop machines that would propel their bodies into the air and, ideally, let it stay there until they reach their intended destination. It's no Iron Man suit, but French inventor Franky Zapata may have just made some of those dreams come true when he took his kerosene backpack and crossed the English Channel on his futuristic flyboard.

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Galaxy Note 10 price leak sparks more hope for US buyers

Galaxy Note 10 price leak sparks more hope for US buyers

The Galaxy Note 10 announcement is close at hand and, if rumors are correct, its retail launch won't be too far behind. Rumors and leaks, of course, aren't always on the mark but there are some that we wish were indeed the case. One of those is the price tag attached to these flagships and the last word is thankfully a good one. But while it won't be as expensive as initially thought, it could leave some to wonder if it's because Samsung skimped on a few fan favorites.

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Google Files Android app gets a dark theme to celebrate 100M users

Google Files Android app gets a dark theme to celebrate 100M users

Smartphone storage is getting a lot cheaper these days but they still haven't become cheap enough for budget phones to boast even 64 GB of storage. Google created the Files Go app to help owners of such phones to manage their files. It turned out that even those with loads of data storage space wanted in on those features and Google was only too happy to oblige. Now simply called "Files", the app now boasts of 100 million users and Google is celebrating by introducing two new features.

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Razer Viper mouse boasts optical mouse switches for faster response

Razer Viper mouse boasts optical mouse switches for faster response

In competitive gaming, the difference between victory and defeat is a matter of speed. Not just in the speed of the computer or the speed of reaction. It's also about the speed of the input. That's especially true in PC gaming where mouse clicks need to be fast and precise. It's exactly for that purpose that Razer is launching the Viper mouse, touting its first optical switches for mice to reduce latency and increase precision.

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Google Titan Security Key brings 2FA on a dongle to more markets

Google Titan Security Key brings 2FA on a dongle to more markets

Passwords have long been considered by experts to be ineffective security measures but stronger alternatives are harder to come by. Phones and tablets and even some laptops may benefit from biometrics like fingerprints and faces but most computers today don't have the hardware nor the software to support those. Enter Google's Titan Security Key, which is basically a second key you can use to log into Google accounts. Now Google is spreading those keys outside the US to bring that same 2FA peace of mind to users in a few countries around the world.

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VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

VxWorks real-time operating system plagued with 11 critical 0-day bugs

When talking about bugs affecting operating systems, you often hear about Windows and Android, sometimes iOS, and, from time to time, even Linux. Rarely to RTOS, short for Real-Time Operating Systems, get any coverage. One RTOS, however, is used in so many critical computer systems in critical industries that big security bugs could prove to be catastrophic. That is apparently what faces users of equipment that run on VxWorks that has been reported to have no less than 11 zero-day vulnerabilities that have been around for the last 13 years.

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