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Ewdison Then is 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. He was heavily involved in open source projects such as Fedora Linux, Blue Linux, and FoxServ WAMP stacks. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

Google foldable phone tipped again in Samsung UTG display rumor

Google foldable phone tipped again in Samsung UTG display rumor

Samsung's next-gen foldable phones are less than a month away from being revealed, but they might not be the only foldable phones coming soon. These foldable devices will succeed or fail depending on the material used to cover the sensitive, flexible screens. According to industry sources, those phones will make use of Ultra-Thin Glass or UTG from Samsung, and one of those phones will be made by Google.

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Nothing and StockX will auction the first 100 Ear (1) ANC earbuds

Nothing and StockX will auction the first 100 Ear (1) ANC earbuds

Tech startup Nothing plans to launch its Ear (1) earbuds on StockX first, with the first 100 units of the wireless 'buds tapping the retailer's DropX system. The first sales will begin on July 19, 2021, with the initial 100 sets of earbuds individually numbered.

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Firefox 90 SmartBlock 2.0 lets you log in with Facebook in Incognito mode

Firefox 90 SmartBlock 2.0 lets you log in with Facebook in Incognito mode

The most basic kind of protection against tracking that web browsers offer is Private Browsing mode, a.k.a. Incognito Mode that often blocks third parties and even the browser itself from tracking your movement through the Internet. This basic privacy measure isn't perfect, and it also causes some functionality to break. Unfortunately, one of those is being able to sign in to sites and services using a Facebook account, a problem that Firefox 90's new SmartBlock 2.0 is finally fixing.

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Facebook Groups Experts get a badge that proves their knowledge

Facebook Groups Experts get a badge that proves their knowledge

There seems to be a Facebook Group for almost anything under the sun, creating communities around all sorts of subject matters. Many groups, however, are also created to help and inform each other about certain topics, and some members of those groups may actually be more knowledgeable than others. Facebook is now allowing group admins to identify and recognize these "Group Experts", making it easier for others to spot who to ask about their burning questions.

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OnePlus Nord 2 display leak confirms a camera downgrade

OnePlus Nord 2 display leak confirms a camera downgrade

A recent teaser coming from OnePlus itself revealed that the OnePlus Nord 2's screen would be pretty much on par with its predecessor. That is, of course, a simplification since they do differ ever so slightly in dimensions. They do also have one very obvious difference, at least based on the latest unofficial images of the phone's front. While it will still sport a punch-hole cutout in a corner, the OnePlus Nord 2 will take a step down in terms of cameras.

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Google Whitechapel successor might use AMD graphics tech

Google Whitechapel successor might use AMD graphics tech

One of the news that fans of Google's Pixel phones are looking forward to is the company's long-rumored self-designed processor. After Apple launched its M1 Silicon to many accolades, it seems only natural to suspect Google won't be far behind. That might come in the form of "Whitechapel," a.k.a. the GS101 (Google Silicon), which is already proving to be a mixed bag according to leaks. Those disappointed by rumors of the chip's performance might want to look forward to the future instead, with a Google chip combining Samsung's and AMD's technologies.

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Speedtest for Videos is now on Android

Speedtest for Videos is now on Android

Most people only start to fret about their Internet's download speeds once those actually dip to the point of being noticeable. Ookla's Speedtest has long been regarded as one of the go-to tools for benchmarking those speeds, though not without some controversy and criticism. These days, however, raw download and upload numbers are less important than how those speeds will affect their video streaming binge. That's why Ookla expanded its Speedtest app to include tests for video streaming, a feature that is finally available on Android months after its initial announcement.

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Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL names accidentally confirmed by Google

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL names accidentally confirmed by Google

What's in a name? Depending on the context, it could mean the world, or it could mean nothing. A number denoting the generation or model of a smartphone can be critical, but, depending on how it's used, a "Pro" and an "XL" could mean the same thing anyway. That is the dichotomy that fans of Google's Pixel phones now find themselves in after the company itself accidentally revealed that the larger and potentially better-equipped Pixel 6 could be called the Pixel 6 XL after all.

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Yongnuo YN455 mirrorless micro four thirds camera runs Android

Yongnuo YN455 mirrorless micro four thirds camera runs Android

Smartphones were thought to displace entry-level digital cameras sooner or later, but there was a time they were almost positioned to literally do that. The flexibility and openness of the Android mobile platform made it ideal to be used in devices beyond phones and tablets, including digital cameras. At one point, it almost seemed like Android-powered cameras were going to start a new breed of mobile photography tools until they abruptly vanished. Now some manufacturers seem to be reviving this eccentric family of devices, with the Yonguo YN455 as its newest member.

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FIFA 22 promises to deliver realistic gameplay in October

FIFA 22 promises to deliver realistic gameplay in October

Team contact sports might be one of the most challenging video games to make when it comes to simulating reality. In addition to the AI controlling players on both sides, players have become more discerning and demanding when it comes to imitating the fluid and sometimes unpredictable movement of athletes, especially those that are supposed to mimic real-life people. That is the challenge that EA Sports is rising to meet with FIFA 22 and its "next-gen HyperMotion" tech that will be launching next quarter.

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Twitter on iOS could soon support Sign in with Apple

Twitter on iOS could soon support Sign in with Apple

There are innumerable online services and apps these days that it is almost impossible to keep track of all the usernames and passwords for them. Thankfully, some of those services allow you to sign up and log into their network using a Google account or, sometimes, a Facebook account. Two years ago, Apple launched its own take on that convenience with "Sign in with Apple," and Twitter might be adopting the technology to help make it easier for both old and new users to jump on board with their iPhones and iPad.

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Virgin Galactic successfully brings Richard Branson to space and back

Virgin Galactic successfully brings Richard Branson to space and back

Space travel and space science have seen several historic milestones in the past years, from reusable rockets to the first space helicopter on Mars. But while others have their sights on longer travels, exploration, and colonization, some companies are aiming to start a new commercial industry a bit closer to Earth. Virgin Galactic just took one step closer to that goal in its latest test flight that carried not just any human into space but its own founder, Sir Richard Branson.

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