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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.

Huawei EMUI 10 Android 10 update: who’s in and who’s out

Huawei EMUI 10 Android 10 update: who’s in and who’s out

Every new Android release is a guessing game for smartphone owners. No, it's not really about what dessert it will be named after, which no longer matters starting this year. It's more of whether and when their phone will get the latest Android version. Few manufacturers can be considered to be consistent, though some are unfortunately consistent at being bad about updates. At a time when its ability to support its Android phones is being put into question, Huawei is revealing which phones will be getting Android 10, which is part of a larger EMUI 10 update. Unfortunately, it doesn't really say when it'll happen.

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Huawei Kirin A1 chip is made for wearables and earbuds

Huawei Kirin A1 chip is made for wearables and earbuds

Huawei has started to portray an image of independence from US companies, at least as far as some hardware components go. It has touted its own Kirin system-on-chip (SoC) to rival Qualcomm's and even Samsung's and Apple's on the smartphone side of things. Now it's doing the same for wearables with the newly revealed Kirin A1. But more than just a processor for smartphones, Huawei is billing it as the first chip to support both traditional smartwatches and fitness trackers as well as Bluetooth earphones and headphones.

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SpaceX Starship update: in-orbit refueling, interplanetary trips

SpaceX Starship update: in-orbit refueling, interplanetary trips

SpaceX recently bagged two successful hops of its single-engine Starship prototype and, for Elon Musk, that's more than enough to hop onto the next thing on its list. In contrast to the small jumps that Starhopper made, SpaceX's ambitions go beyond the Moon and Mars. Delivering on its promised update, Musk revealed to the public SpaceX's vision of how to get humans in orbit and beyond and it will take at least two Starships to make it happen.

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PlayStation Hits welcomes 7 more hits to PS4 lineup

PlayStation Hits welcomes 7 more hits to PS4 lineup

There will always be games that achieve a level of prestige that makes them almost immortal. Sadly, the rules of the market, not to mention the lifespan of physical installation media, prevent these titles from truly lasting forever. Fortunately, Sony has an exclusive club made up of its top-selling games for each console generation. Today, it has grown its PlayStation Hits to include seven more games in the US covering a variety of genres and themes.

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Pixel 4 Motion Sense gestures might work in some countries only

Pixel 4 Motion Sense gestures might work in some countries only

Google's next Pixel is just a few weeks away but there's almost nothing left to surprise the crowd thanks to an endless stream of leaks. Actually, there is still room for the final details of features and availability and it might not all be good news for Pixel fans. According to yet another leak, the Pixel 4's already confirmed Motion Sense gesture control won't only be limited to a few apps as already expected but also limited in countries where it will work.

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Huawei Mate X 2 foldable phone might support a stylus

Huawei Mate X 2 foldable phone might support a stylus

Huawei has yet to launch its first foldable phone, which is now expected to happen sometime next month. But, as suggested by previous leaks, the Huawei Mate X may already be obsolete in a few months after it launches. In addition to an upgraded chipset, presuming the Mate X launches only with a Kirin 980 processor, Huawei might be planning an immediate follow-up that could stow a stylus in its frame.

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Galaxy Fold display damage shows up after one day of use

Galaxy Fold display damage shows up after one day of use

There's a reason Samsung is putting out videos and articles on how to properly take care of and use its foldable phone. The Galaxy Fold is probably the most fragile phone in the market today and everything that you knew about smartphones, Android or otherwise, may not all apply. That, however, may also apply to the way the Galaxy Fold is made in the first place, as one early owner of the phone unfortunately discovered.

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iPhone 11 with iOS 13.1 warns users about third-party screen repairs

iPhone 11 with iOS 13.1 warns users about third-party screen repairs

Like many large manufacturers, Apple has never been a fan of people repairing its products, especially iPhones, on their own. Whether it's to protect their reputation, cover their legal bases, or simply create another source of revenue, Apple has always discouraged third-party repairs and, worse, non-genuine replacement parts but it can't exactly crack down on those with lawsuits. What it is doing, in this latest case, is to make sure iPhone 11 owners are always reminded they aren't using sanctioned Apple services or parts like screens.

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Apple Watch 5 teardown is a very familiar affair

Apple Watch 5 teardown is a very familiar affair

The smaller electronic devices get, the more sophisticated their components become. The more sophisticated components are, the harder they are to repair or replace. Those statements apply all too well even to Apple's latest smartwatch, the Watch Series 5. The good news is that most of the knowledge that was gained in tearing down the Apple Watch 4 exactly applies to the Apple Watch 5. The bad news is that none of the parts can be reused.

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Galaxy Tab S5e coming to AT&T when the Galaxy Tab S6 is already out

Galaxy Tab S5e coming to AT&T when the Galaxy Tab S6 is already out

Samsung is one of the very few OEMs remaining who continue to make Android tablets and, this year, it has two to offer the shrinking market. The Galaxy Tab S5e was launched earlier this year but was quickly upstaged by the Galaxy Tab S6 barely two months ago. AT&T may not have gotten the memo and is only now launching the Galaxy Tab S5e as a gateway to its video streaming content and communication services.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G and Mi Full Screen TV bring saner products to market

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro 5G and Mi Full Screen TV bring saner products to market

Xiaomi just revealed the Mi Mix Alpha phone but despite the buzz that it's wrap-around screen is getting, it's ultimately still an experimental and impractical phone. Fortunately, Xiaomi does have some new products coming and the 5G model of the Mi 9 Pro and a new 4K TV capable of playing 8K videos are immediately more useful for majority of the consumer market.

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Canoo makes a spacious EV available as a subscription service

Canoo makes a spacious EV available as a subscription service

Electric vehicles, which paves the way for self-driving cars, was supposed to revolutionize the market and the way we get around places. But despite the advancements in that area, the process of actually getting a car, even an EV, has remained completely the same. One startup, however, is daring to shake things up and push the envelope of what we call transportation today. In two years' time, Canoo will have launched not only the world's first subscription-only EV but also an EV that looks and feels more like a lounge than a car.

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