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.

Essential Phone 2 and 3 prototypes show what could have been

Essential Phone 2 and 3 prototypes show what could have been

The Essential PH-1 was, for a brief moment, a shining example of what Android phones should aspire to be, especially when it came to software updates. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, however, the company folded and was unable to release any other product. That's not to say the company didn't have any other products in the works and now a former designer has shown off briefly the phones that could have come after Essential's first.

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Purism Librem Mini is a privacy-focused Linux mini PC [UPDATE]

Purism Librem Mini is a privacy-focused Linux mini PC [UPDATE]

It seems that we have gotten past the obsession with dongles that gave rise to small HDMI PC sticks. Thanks to the popularity of set-top and smart TV boxes as well as the revival of the Mac Mini, we're back to being fascinated with small boxes that act as full-blown desktops, sans the discrete graphics card. Comparing Purism's latest product to the Apple Mac Mini probably isn't too far-fetched but the Librem Mini does have the advantage not only in power but in the promise of control, security, and privacy.

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7.5-inch e-paper display gets both data and power from NFC

7.5-inch e-paper display gets both data and power from NFC

There has been a small but prominent rise in interest in e-paper technologies like E-Ink due to their simplicity, energy-efficiency, and extensibility. Tablets and even phones using this kind of display are no longer unheard of, though rare, and that represents just one innovation in that field. Another, courtesy of a company named "Waveshare" is looking into how digital paper screens can operate without any batteries. All they will need is an NFC receiver.

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GameStop to launch DOOM Eternal before Animal Crossing for crowd control

GameStop to launch DOOM Eternal before Animal Crossing for crowd control

Social distancing, while not the only preventive measure advised, goes a long way in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That guideline is hard to observe, however, when crowds rush and squeeze in line for what may be an in-demand product. That's why GameStop is announcing that two games launching on March 20 won't be launching at the same time in the hopes that the crowds will be split more or less in half during in two days.

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GOG Stay At Home collection has free PC games to while the time away

GOG Stay At Home collection has free PC games to while the time away

Staying indoors has forced some people, sometimes almost comically, to think of ways to keep themselves from going crazy. There's always Netflix and Disney+, of course, but some of those experiences get old easily after watching them once. There are more interactive forms of entertainment, the ones we call "games", and Good Old Games is dusting off its shelf of free games and presenting them as a more engaging way to keep sane and, at the same time, mentally active to some extent.

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GitHub Android and iOS apps arrive just in time

GitHub Android and iOS apps arrive just in time

The COVID-19 pandemic has done more than just lock people in their houses. It has also forced many businesses to rethink their workflows and discovering some of it can actually be done online at home. Working remotely, however, has always been one of the staples of those working in the IT industry. Many software developers, in particular, have been able to take their work on their laptops and now GitHub is giving them the ability to do some of that work on their phones, too.

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Half-Life: Alyx launch date gets very specific

Half-Life: Alyx launch date gets very specific

Despite our very global world, it's sometimes too easy to take for granted that time isn't the same across the world. When companies announce dates, they often neglect to add additional information like timezones and presume everyone is on the same page as them. Worse, they don't even mention what time something may take place, which is especially true for product launches. Fortunately, Valve is giving everyone detailed information so they can prepare their alarms and the VR headsets, presuming they already have one.

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No Man’s Sky update adds bobbleheads to your cockpit

No Man’s Sky update adds bobbleheads to your cockpit

Staying at home for prolonged periods of time may suck but it may also be an opportunity for some people to do things they normally couldn't get to in the hustle and bustle of regular daily life. Like for example, binging on the shows you've always wanted to watch or spending some quality time with your favorite game. Some content creators and distributors have rushed pushing new content to offer some much-needed distraction and No Man's Sky creator Hello Games is no exception.

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2020 LG OLED TVs US pricing and launch dates announced

2020 LG OLED TVs US pricing and launch dates announced

While the entertainment industry, particularly theaters and film production, has been hit hard by this virus pandemic, some are finding a new wave of customers and users, mostly because those are stuck at home. Streaming and Video On Demand (VOD) services are on the rise and, unsurprisingly, it is also an opportunity for some brands to put their best products forward to help people while the days away, just like LG's latest generation of LG TVs coming very soon to the US.

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Universal Picture films are coming to VOD early, including those still showing

Universal Picture films are coming to VOD early, including those still showing

COVID-19 quarantines are forcing people to suddenly look for ways to keep themselves from going crazy over a prolonged period stuck at home. For better or for worse, this has become an opportunity for streaming and video-on-demand services to offer something to ease the pain. Disney has already released its record-breaking Frozen 2 on Disney+ and the last major Star Wars film on digital this week. Now Universal Pictures is doing something that seems magnanimous but also deals a heavy blow to an already ailing theater industry.

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PlayGalaxy Link game streaming shutting down just four months after launch

PlayGalaxy Link game streaming shutting down just four months after launch

Streaming is a hot topic in the entertainment industry and it has lately seeped into games as well. It is, however, not something everyone can jump into considering the resources needed to support such a business. That may be the consideration behind "internal changes" over at Samsung that has resulted in the decision to ax the company's "sort of" game streaming service, PlayLink Galaxy, just four months after it went live.

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Windows 10 is now on 1 billion devices that could break after any update

Windows 10 is now on 1 billion devices that could break after any update

Microsoft is proudly announcing that Windows 10 has reached a historical milestone. The latest version of its operating system is now on more than one billion devices all over the world. Although not completely unexpected, it's admittedly an impressive statistic. And when you consider how Windows 10 continues to be one of Microsoft's most troubled releases in its history, it may even seem like a miracle it reached this point.

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