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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.

Apple reportedly rushing suppliers to prevent iPhone 12 delays

Apple reportedly rushing suppliers to prevent iPhone 12 delays

There has been no shortage of rumors that this year's iPhones could be delayed by a few months. Some even paint a worst-case scenario of an early 2021 shipping date. Apple, of course, would have none of that and is reportedly pushing its supply chain partners to make up for lost time. Whether that will be enough to narrow the delay is just one question. Whether it will cause some lapses in quality or safety is perhaps the more important consideration.

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Pixel 3a and 3a XL have been discontinued, Pixel 4a may be near

Pixel 3a and 3a XL have been discontinued, Pixel 4a may be near

All good things must come to an end, they say, and as far as the recent Pixel lineup is concerned, the Pixel 3a siblings may have been one Google's better ones. Despite the less powerful specs, it was generally better received than the Pixel 3 and definitely more than the Pixel 4. Now, however, the smartphones have officially been discontinued, bringing some hope that its successor, the Pixel 4a, may finally be around the corner.

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Google Sheets will soon auto-complete your data for you

Google Sheets will soon auto-complete your data for you

Some people might laugh at it but spreadsheets are still the most popular and most widely-used tools for handling data. That's sometimes even when dealing with tons of data, which is definitely no walk in the park. But while the concept of a table of data is admittedly old-school, it doesn't mean spreadsheets have to stay locked in the past. In fact, Google is announcing three new features for Google Sheets that makes it feel like it has a mind of its own, one that's fortunately designed to help you.

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NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 AX4200 mesh slashes features to slash the price

NETGEAR Orbi WiFi 6 AX4200 mesh slashes features to slash the price

The rise in the use of streaming services and video conferencing has most likely put increased stress on home networks. The promise of 5G is great and all that but when it comes to meeting the Internet needs of all devices at home, WiFi 6 is the technology being pushed for that. Given the complexity of use cases as well as house layouts these days, a simple and single WiFi 6 router may not even be enough. Enter NETGEAR's new Orbi WiFi 6 Tri-band AX4200 mesh system, now in a more affordable package but also with less muscle than its other Tri-band mesh system.

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Niantic Labs’ new CATAN AR game is just the tip of the iceberg

Niantic Labs’ new CATAN AR game is just the tip of the iceberg

It's actually not exactly news that Niantic Labs, creators of the famed Ingress, Pokemon GO, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite AR games, have been working on a new title and what that title would be. It is, however, fresh news that it will soon be opening it up for beta testing. While that may already be big news for fans of the board game franchise, what Niantic also mentioned in passing might actually have even bigger implications for the still struggling AR market.

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Ford F-150 debuts B&O Unleashed’s 18-speaker system

Ford F-150 debuts B&O Unleashed’s 18-speaker system

Last week, Ford announced one of its most notable newest vehicles, the 2021 F-150 pickup. The first in its series to offer a full hybrid option, the truck boasts of the latest in automotive and manufacturing technologies. It turns out, there was one innovation that was not so silently sitting inside that didn't get much traction. Now partner HARMAN is making sure everyone hears, figuratively and literally, about the 18 Bang & Olufsen speakers that you can deck your hybrid pickups with.

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Galaxy Note 20 reportedly fixes one major Galaxy S20 flaw

Galaxy Note 20 reportedly fixes one major Galaxy S20 flaw

It is increasingly apparent that the Galaxy Note 20 is Samsung's "mea culpa" over the Galaxy S20, at least when it comes to its features. While the price will most likely be just as high as the Galaxy S20, thanks to the S Pen, but it might be cutting down on some of the more excessive features of its predecessor. It will also be addressing some of the complaints with the Galaxy S20' supposedly great camera, particularly that sensor's biggest flaw when it comes to staying focused.

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Galaxy A42 5G could boost Samsung’s mid-range portfolio

Galaxy A42 5G could boost Samsung’s mid-range portfolio

If you haven't yet heard by now, Samsung's best selling 5G phone in the past six months isn't the Galaxy S20. Sure, the company's high-end phone does have its fair share of buyers but even Samsung has practically admitted defeat in making its sales numbers not sound so terrible. The 5G-enabled Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 are, instead, some of its more popular handsets this year so far. And that may be giving Samsung the confidence to further push that mid-range series with what could be its most affordable 5G phone yet.

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Galaxy Fold Lite is reportedly postponed to 2021

Galaxy Fold Lite is reportedly postponed to 2021

If foldable phones look and sound like luxuries few people would be able to get their hands on it's because that's exactly what they are. The combination of their price and fragility pretty much ensures that these will never be commonplace, at least in the foreseeable future. Samsung, which helped spur the foldable phone market in the first place, was expected to also push more affordable foldable phones as well. Unfortunately, now it seems that won't be the case this year as plans for what was believed to be the Galaxy Fold Lite 4G is reportedly being put on hold.

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iPhone SE 2020 DxOmark score is on par with its price

iPhone SE 2020 DxOmark score is on par with its price

For the past few months, the biggest threat to the Android smartphone market isn't any of the iPhone 10 models. The launch of the newest iPhone SE proved to be more successful than even Apple expected, combining iOS' best features with a price tag to die for. But while the iPhone SE 2020 proved to be "just right" for budget-conscious iPhone buyers, there might have been some lingering doubts about performance in one of the most popular uses of smartphones these days. DxOMark puts both front and back cameras of the smaller iPhone through the wringer to finally answer those questions.

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Surface Duo app groups reported to pair two apps together

Surface Duo app groups reported to pair two apps together

If the rumors are correct, we might finally be hearing the official word on the Surface Duo in a few weeks. While the hardware is pretty much already known, save for confirmation of those specs, the software is still pretty much a mystery outside of the parts that Microsoft tried (and partly failed) to show off. Now one more part of that end user experience is being leaked and it's one that tries to take advantage of the device's unique form factor that you won't find in most Android devices.

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mophie and InvisibleShield launch UV sanitizers for phones and more

mophie and InvisibleShield launch UV sanitizers for phones and more

The COVID-19 coronavirus may have made many people more conscious about what they touch or hold but not everyone may give their smartphones a second thought in that regard. Almost like extensions of ourselves, most of us probably take for granted how our electronic companions can also become havens and carriers of disease-causing bacteria. Not all common methods of cleaning surfaces may be safe for smartphones which is why ZAGG brands mophie and InvisibleShield have come out with portable solutions to sanitize phones, keys, and even credit cards safely.

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