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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.

iOS 12.4 fixes 4 out of 6 “interactionless” iMessage security exploits

iOS 12.4 fixes 4 out of 6 “interactionless” iMessage security exploits

Apple is pretty conscientious about rolling out security updates but, for one reason or another, some users may not be as enthusiastic about installing them. Some may have been burned by previous updates that may have caused more problems than they fixed. Such users, however, may want to immediately update to iOS 12.4 as soon as the coast is clear. It turns out that the maintenance update contains fixes to at least for critical security bugs that, according to the researchers that discovered them, could have been valued at $5 million or more.

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Honor Smart TV features an odd popup camera

Honor Smart TV features an odd popup camera

Honor is probably known for two things in the smartphone world. First, it is a known Huawei sub-brand. Second, it sells smartphones like crazy thanks to affordable prices that, ironically, rival its parent company. That may no longer be enough for Honor, though, and it is now jumping on the smart TV scene. But it isn't just presenting a simple and straightforward smart TV though. Almost mirroring its smartphones, Huawei's "Smart Screen" will be touting features such as an AI-empowered processor and even a popup camera.

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Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Watch Active 2 could set a disappointing tone for Unpacked 2019

Galaxy Tab S6, Galaxy Watch Active 2 could set a disappointing tone for Unpacked 2019

Samsung has a busy week ahead before it unveils its second big smartphone of the year. But before it fully announces what is one of its worst kept secrets, it is going to formally reveal its other worst kept secrets. Samsung has released a teaser video for two other Galaxy devices that will be announced tomorrow and next Monday and it's pretty obvious that it will be all about the Galaxy Tabs S6 and Galaxy Watch Active 2, respectively. But instead of drumming up hype for the Galaxy Note 10, the two could have a dampening effect on the excitement instead.

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MediaTek Helio G90 chipset shoots for the gaming smartphone market

MediaTek Helio G90 chipset shoots for the gaming smartphone market

The mobile gaming market remains a lucrative one despite having a very different business model from conventional PC or console gaming industries. While game developers and publishers are trying to aim for wide audience reach, supporting even mid-range phones for mass appeal, smartphone makers are naturally trying to push premium phones that promise to deliver "console-quality" graphics. And to power those smartphones, MediaTek is announcing the G90 Series with the silicon and the software to cater to the needs and demands of gamers.

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Samsung triple screen phone patent swivels out like a fan

Samsung triple screen phone patent swivels out like a fan

What if you could design products with little thought for market viability or sometimes even technical feasibility? What if you had near limitless freedom to dream big? While patents still need to be grounded on reality, they're often an opportunity to put big ideas on paper, no matter how mind-boggling they may sound. Samsung has definitely had its fair share of odd patents but this triple screen patent filed by Samsung Display probably takes the cake in terms of strangeness and head-scratching.

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Tesla Megapack large-scale batteries to power utility-size projects

Tesla Megapack large-scale batteries to power utility-size projects

Tesla may be best known for its electric cars but an important part of that equation is the battery. And for Tesla to truly become a credible proponent of eco-friendly transportation, it can't settle for just any batteries but has to make its own. Developing sustainable energy sources not just for its cars but for other projects has become just as important for Tesla as making EVs and it as just announced it biggest battery yet. With the Megapack, the company is aiming to help power up utility-scale projects quickly, efficiently, and environment-friendly.

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Royole FlexPai almost impresses in durability

Royole FlexPai almost impresses in durability

Samsung may have taken the lion's share in the foldable phone attention, and not in a good way, but to be fair, it wasn't actually the first to put out a commercially-available foldable phone. That distinction belongs to the relatively unknown Chinese company Royole who launched the FlexPai earlier this year. And since it's the only one that's available now, it also has the privilege being the first to be given a durability test from JerryRigEverything.

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Surface Hub with Salamander tilting stand could resurrect an old dream

Surface Hub with Salamander tilting stand could resurrect an old dream

While Google is probably guilty of killing no small amount of apps and services, Microsoft may be notorious for killing popular dreams. That happened recently with the Windows 10 Mobile and, less recently, the Courier tablet concept. But long before these two, Microsoft was already making tech lovers drool with the Surface table. Microsoft didn't kill the Surface name but used it instead for tablets with a "T". Now it might be coming back full circle with a partnership that turns the biggest Surface into a makeshift but very expensive Surface Table.

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OPPO “Waterfall Screen” phone teased by company VP

OPPO “Waterfall Screen” phone teased by company VP

How far will manufacturers go to get that 100% screen to body ratio? Some have employed popup cameras to reduce top bezels while others like Samsung have cut holes in the screen itself. OPPO, on the other hand, is adopting a number of designs and technologies and its latest is going to be another head turner. OPPO vice-president Brian Shen took to Weibo to show off a phone bearing what's being dubbed the "waterfall screen", which is basically a screen whose sides almost fall off over the edge, disappearing from view.

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Tesla cars will soon stream YouTube and Netflix but only when it’s safe

Tesla cars will soon stream YouTube and Netflix but only when it’s safe

It seems that Elon Musk envisions Tesla's cars as more than transportation machines. Not so long ago, the electric car maker started adding the ability to play games on cars' displays. That naturally requires more interaction than some drivers and passengers might be comfortable with but what about passive forms of entertainment? That may be the line of thinking behind the visionary's revelation on Twitter that cars will soon play videos from Netflix and YouTube but not while it might be dangerous to do so.

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All 2020 iPhones to have 5G support

All 2020 iPhones to have 5G support

It was expected news but it was still big when it landed. Apple had purchased a great portion of Intel's smartphone modem business. That was largely seen as a move to secure Cupertino's independence from other manufacturers. It might sound a bit too soon but that acquisition might already have its effects as early as 2020. According to Ming-chi Kuo, next year will finally see the arrival of 5G functionality to iPhones. And not just the expensive ones, mind, but all three iPhone models.

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Equifax settles with FTC over data breach, claims process started

Equifax settles with FTC over data breach, claims process started

The past few years have been unkind to people's private information. But while Facebook's privacy lapses are deplorable, the data breach of credit report company Equifax in 2017 is even more frightening because of the potential misuse of stolen information. After two years of investigations, the company has finally settled with the FTC and is now starting to process to let affected users claim a piece of that settlement money as compensation for their woes.

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