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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.

Galaxy Note 10 could have insanely fast charging

Galaxy Note 10 could have insanely fast charging

Simply based on rumors alone, popular opinion on the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 has been rather unflattering. Yes, it might have a smaller punch hole dead center on its face but everything else about the phablet seems to be worrying the line's fans. Finally offering unreleased phone a reprieve, a new leak seems to hint that it will have something very few phones today have. That said, Samsung's allegedly super fast charging could also backfire and raise even more concerns.

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Gmail, Snapchat, Apple services went down due to Google Cloud issues

Gmail, Snapchat, Apple services went down due to Google Cloud issues

The "Cloud" has become the de facto method of delivering Internet services and apps. There are a small number of cloud providers around but the most popular have been Amazon and Google. Even Apple, which has its own cloud services, actually uses Google's backend for some of those. While cloud computing has simplified the way software is delivered, the current state of business means that when one of the major cloud services goes down, it takes a lot of other services down with it as some users have found out this weekend.

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Galaxy M40 muddles the lines between budget and mid-range

Galaxy M40 muddles the lines between budget and mid-range

There is a lot of discussions now around the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 because of some unpopular rumors. There's, of course, the now notorious Galaxy Fold and the current Galaxy S10 king. There's even the Galaxy A series that has become Samsung's playground for experimental features. Some might think that Samsung may have forgotten it has one other letter in its alphabet soup but the recently revealed Galaxy M40 proves that it has big but slightly confusing plans for that series.

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This Galaxy Note 10 leak could be its most damning

This Galaxy Note 10 leak could be its most damning

The Galaxy Note 10 is already causing quite the commotion and that's just from rumors alone. It already started with some disappointment about not having a 64 megapixel camera which was only worsened by what some fans perceive as a terrible camera design change. Those may have nothing on these two new tidbits, however, that could be the phablet's most divisive change yet. According to sources, the Galaxy Note will have neither a headphone jack nor physical buttons, presenting an almost seamless body. Almost but not quite seamless.

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mophie 2019 powerstation universal batteries fully embrace USB-C

mophie 2019 powerstation universal batteries fully embrace USB-C

Once considered a mark of desperation, external batteries or power banks have become a fact of mobile life. They now come in all capacities and sizes but not all of them offer the same capabilities or support all charging cases. With its new line of powerstation "universal battery" packs, mophie is providing a USB-C port that can charge the battery itself as well as other devices.

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Fitbit Pay adds 7 transit systems to its list

Fitbit Pay adds 7 transit systems to its list

Fitbit has always been a contrarian. When people said smartwatches are on the way out, it launched its own smartwatches. When the market seemed to coalesce around Apple watchOS and Wear OS by Google, it struck off on its own with its own wearable OS. And despite the handful of mobile payment systems competing in the market, it jumped into the fray with its own Fitbit Pay, an investment that may be paying off now that you can pay for your rides in seven systems around the world.

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Redmi K20 Pro puts the OnePlus 7 Pro on notice

Redmi K20 Pro puts the OnePlus 7 Pro on notice

Before OnePlus, there was Xiaomi. The Chinese manufacturer was notorious for affordable flagship phones that sold, and still do sell, like pancakes. Since then, however, Xiaomi has also stepped up the price ladder, which made room for its new sub-brand Redmi to take over. The latter has now come out with the Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro, the latter of which it bills as the true flagship killer. And, in a way, it is trying to one-up OnePlus in all but one aspect.

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Pokemon Sleep, Pokemon Masters lead brand’s latest mobile push

Pokemon Sleep, Pokemon Masters lead brand’s latest mobile push

Perhaps finally realizing the money and fame to be made on mobile, The Pokemon Company is now flooding the smartphone market with experiences that go beyond simple mini-games. In addition to Pokemon Rumble Rush that's slowly rolling out to some markets, the company teased new experiences and a new game centered around mobile devices, including one that seems to be the anti-thesis to Pokemon GO.

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Galaxy Fold delayed yet again and it’s probably for the best

Galaxy Fold delayed yet again and it’s probably for the best

There's no denying that, at least for techies, the idea off a foldable device is dreamy. But like many dreams, turning them into reality requires hard work, patience, and time. Samsung may have ignored the latter two and tried to rush its Galaxy Fold phone to market with disastrous results. Now it seems that even its June launch date is proving to be too optimistic but a longer wait is definitely better than multiple $2,000 disasters.

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YouTube Gaming app is finally closing up shop this week

YouTube Gaming app is finally closing up shop this week

YouTube may be the king of Internet videos but when it comes to live streaming game (and sometimes other creative endeavors), Twitch, now owned by Amazon, still lords it over many of its competitors. Naturally, YouTube wanted to challenge that status quo and make itself the hub of all gaming-related video activities. Its solution of a standalone YouTube Gaming app failed and it is now shutting that down at the end of the month.

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ASUS ZenFone 6 gets a 30th anniversary edition, selfie camera review

ASUS ZenFone 6 gets a 30th anniversary edition, selfie camera review

ASUS's doesn't always come up in smartphone news. Its longest time in the mobile spotlight was during its PadFone and Intel Atom days though some still regard it is as better brand when it comes to affordable flagship phones. Now it may have yet another thing going for it as it grabs DxOMark's highest score for selfies. And just in time, too, as ASUS announced the ZenFone 6 Edition 30 which commemorates the company's 30th anniversary by offering more storage inside.

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Qualcomm and Lenovo reveals the world’s first 5G laptop

Qualcomm and Lenovo reveals the world’s first 5G laptop

Because of its immediate connection with mobile network carriers, 5G is often thought of as an upcoming revolution in smartphones. However, it's also promised to drastically change the face of computing, from traditional computers to the Internet of Things. So far, however, we've only seen smartphones and networking equipment with 5G capabilities and almost nothing else. At Computex 2019, Qualcomm and Lenovo announced their joint Project Limitless and their first baby, the world's first 5G-enabled laptop.

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