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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.

LG G7 Fit arrives in the US half a year after debut

LG G7 Fit arrives in the US half a year after debut

Looking for an LG-branded smartphone that looks premium but won't break your wallet? While such phones do exist, they often exist in markets outside the US. That almost seems unfair considering not everyone can afford the high-end models these companies put out in the US. Good thing, then, that one of LG's mid-range phones is now available from Best Buy if you're OK with buying a phone at more than half the price of an LG G8 ThinQ but with less than half the features.

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HTC apps’ disappearance from Google Play Store raises concerns

HTC apps’ disappearance from Google Play Store raises concerns

Samsung may now be the biggest Android smartphone maker but it wasn't the first to believe in Google's dream. HTC, which built up its empire around what was back then called Windows CE, was the first Open Handset Alliance to come out with the worlds first Android phone, appropriately named the HTC Dream. Now that dream seems to be on the verge of collapse as HTC struggles to make a profit from smartphones. Removing its apps from the Google Play Store isn't helping inspire confidence either.

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16-inch MacBook Pro with all new design might not come this year

16-inch MacBook Pro with all new design might not come this year

The biggest MacBook Pro prediction this year has just been debunked by the very person who made the prediction. While details are still very thin at the moment, that's definitely what it feels like upon learning that Ming-chi Kuo himself has revised his forecast, saying that the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the one with an all-new design, won't be landing in stores this year. The good news is that it might still be coming after two years.

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Ecobee smart home security camera could come with Alexa

Ecobee smart home security camera could come with Alexa

Almost like rival Nest, ecobee has focused its portfolio on smart thermostats. In the past two years, however, it has expanded in two big ways. It has integrated Amazon's Alexa into its latest thermostat and, as of last year, started offering a smart switch as well. It seems that the company will soon be breaking ground again with a new smart home product, an indoor security camera that might, of course, have Alexa inside as well.

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Windows 10 will soon let you pull out USB sticks at any time

Windows 10 will soon let you pull out USB sticks at any time

One of the first things that new computer users are warned in the age of external USB storage is to "eject" them before removing them. On Windows, that usually means going through the "Safely Remover Hardware" option. While that may have been the advice for generations, it may no longer be technically necessary on Windows. So starting version 1809, Windows 10 will default to a mode that will let you remove USB storage any time you want.

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Notch Pie app adds a battery indicator to waterdrop cutouts

Notch Pie app adds a battery indicator to waterdrop cutouts

One of the things that irk some users the most about notches is that they are pretty much dead space that eats into the screen. Not that there would be much screen space around it otherwise. Somewhat ironically, Samsung's punch hole displays have sparked some creative ways to use that space, one of which is a battery indicator. A new Notch Pie app tries to do the same for phones with waterdrop notches but it takes a bit of work to get it right.

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Galaxy S10 ultrasonic fingerprint scanner fooled by 3D printed mark

Galaxy S10 ultrasonic fingerprint scanner fooled by 3D printed mark

After years of delays, Samsung finally jumped aboard the fingerprint-on-display (FoD) train but it may be costing users more than they're willing to pay. Thanks to its new "Infinity-O" punch hole display, it has made face recognition practically useless as a security feature. Now there is at least one experiment that tries to prove how its ultrasonic fingerprint sensor is actually less secure than regular optical ones.

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Tesla will soon let you play Super Breakout in your car

Tesla will soon let you play Super Breakout in your car

You shouldn't be using your smartphone while driving and you most definitely shouldn't be playing games while your hands are on the wheel. But what if you're just sitting there, parked and waiting for someone? Rather than do something stressful, like being productive, Tesla is offering the next best thing: playing old-school Atari games on your electric car's dashboard, using that steering wheel as a giant controller.

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Galaxy A90 video shows rotating popup camera trick

Galaxy A90 video shows rotating popup camera trick

Next week, Samsung and OPPO will compete for the market's attention when both of them unveil their respective solution at solving the bezel problem. While the OPPO Reno has been leaked to have an odd uneven popup camera, the Galaxy A90 may have something that is more eccentric. It has been leaked from the start to have a popup camera that also rotates but no one has really been able to say how. Now a new video allegedly shows the multi-step process you'll need just to take a selfie with the Galaxy A90.

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Galaxy Note 10 to put four cameras in larger model

Galaxy Note 10 to put four cameras in larger model

In the past, the Galaxy Note series would sport features that the next Galaxy S line would then adopt afterward. This time, it seems that the roles have reversed and that the Galaxy Note 10 will be following the Galaxy S10 before it. Not only will it have more than just one Galaxy Note 10 model, industry sources now say that the S Pen-enabled phablet will have three or four cameras, depending on which size you'll be getting your hands on.

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iPad mini 5 continues to impress in bend test

iPad mini 5 continues to impress in bend test

While Apple's iPads are famous for being extremely thin, they are also notorious for being extremely thin. With a large surface area than a smartphone, the probability of the slate bending and even breaking is equally larger. The thinnest iPad of this generation, the iPad Pro, met a catastrophic end in the hands of JerryRigEverthing's Zack Nelson. The YouTuber has now subjected the 2019 iPad mini to the same torture to see if old school is still the best school.

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WhatsApp finally lets you decide who can add you to groups

WhatsApp finally lets you decide who can add you to groups

With all the controversy that continues to hound Facebook, it's almost too easy to forget about the other social networking services it owns. Instagram remains ever so popular and some still resort to WhatsApp for their messaging needs. The latter, however, has had its fair share of privacy-related scandals but now it's taking a step forward in that arena by giving users more control over the groups they are invited to join.

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