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Ewdison Then is 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. I was heavily involved in open source projects such as Fedora Linux, Blue Linux, and FoxServ WAMP stacks. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

Surface Duo 2 might be arriving this Fall with better specs

Surface Duo 2 might be arriving this Fall with better specs

Samsung and some manufacturers, including Google, seem to be heading towards a foldable phone future. Microsoft is, as well, but it has a very different definition of foldable. It describes its Surface Duo as a "dual-screen foldable" and admittedly made quite a good case for it nearly two years ago. Its delivery, however, was anything but convincing and it was pretty dated even before it went out the door. For those still holding a torch for the device, the Surface Duo 2 could prove to be what Microsoft's first dual-screen foldable should have been, and, based on the latest leak, it should be arriving soon.

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Sony Airpeak S1 drone debuts to take Alpha cameras to new heights

Sony Airpeak S1 drone debuts to take Alpha cameras to new heights

Drones for pros and consumers are nothing new and neither are drones with cameras covering a wide range of qualities. Most of these drones come with their own cameras, however, and few actually let you use whatever professional camera you may already own. That's what makes Sony's first foray into the world of drone photography interesting in that it is designed to be used with a different camera, specifically Sony's own interchangeable-lens Alpha cameras. In fact, the Sony Airpeak S1 drone doesn't come with a camera or even a gimbal of its own.

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TikTok and WeChat are safe in the US but still under scrutiny

TikTok and WeChat are safe in the US but still under scrutiny

Before 2020 ended, TikTok's fate in the US hung in the balance of a few court orders and the results of the elections. It was able to get a slight reprieve when the Biden administration took over, raising hopes it would finally be let off the hook. Part of that did come true when President Biden signed a new Executive Order that drops the bans on TikTok, WeChat, and AliPay. That said, they're still not out of hot water as they will still be investigated on their alleged ties to the Chinese government.

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OnePlus Nord 2 specs leak hint at a mighty MediaTek 5G phone

OnePlus Nord 2 specs leak hint at a mighty MediaTek 5G phone

OnePlus already confirmed its next Nord series phones but it has also teased one that's yet to come. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G won't exactly be the OnePlus Nord OG's successor but more like a distilled version of it. There will still be a OnePlus Nord 2, or at least the leaks and rumors claim, and this latest information dump reveals not only a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G process but could also have high-end components that will give the mainline OnePlus phones a run for their money.

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Steam on Linux NVIDIA DLSS support coming to some Windows games

Steam on Linux NVIDIA DLSS support coming to some Windows games

Valve has long been trying to get game developers and publishers to see Linux as a serious and profitable gaming platform and not simply because it loves the open source operating system. It basically wants games to be free from their reliance on Windows and Microsoft's development frameworks and, eventually, to have them available on its own Linux-based Steam OS. Steam OS and Steam Machines have largely failed but Valve seems to still be pushing for Linux support for Windows games and its latest attempt is to get NVIDIA's fancy DLSS technology to work on some of those titles.

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CTL Chromebox CBx2 might be the most powerful Chrome OS desktop yet

CTL Chromebox CBx2 might be the most powerful Chrome OS desktop yet

Chrome OS devices have earned the reputation of being low-power and low-cost computers mostly because of how most Chromebooks, especially the first one, were precisely those. These days, however, Google and its OEM partners have been trying to raise the profile of Chromebooks and Chromeboxes by providing beefier hardware components. That, of course, also means raising prices and that combination is perhaps best seen in CTL's newest Chromebox CBx2 which may have the hardware to rival even some gaming computers.

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Google Search Choice Screen to be free for rival search engines

Google Search Choice Screen to be free for rival search engines

Google might be the most popular search engine in the world but it is hardly the only one. There are several of those around, some trying to survive in their local markets against the might of Google's resources. In Europe, the tech giant was legally forced to present Android users with a Choice Screen, letting them select the browser and search app of their choice. That choice didn't come without cost for those search engines, however, but now Google is removing the hurdle that forced those search engines to pay to be even on that Choice Screen list.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 price rumor sounds too good to be true

Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 price rumor sounds too good to be true

The Galaxy S21 series looked solid but recent reports whisper about its less than impressive sales figures. The Galaxy Note 21, however, is already confirmed to be a no-show this year, to be replaced in part by an admittedly interesting Galaxy S21 FE or Fan Edition. That makes Samsung's two upcoming foldable phones its most exciting devices this year but they are also dreaded to be its most expensive. A recent report now suggests it won't exactly be the case and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 may actually be cheaper than their predecessors.

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Google Meet backgrounds on Web and Android get more interesting

Google Meet backgrounds on Web and Android get more interesting

Video chats and conferences have been around for a long time but Zoom might be credited for making it trendy during the pandemic. It also made people realize that not everyone may have space, much less a wall, fit for such online interactions, and, soon, almost all video chat services have started allowing users to change their backgrounds. Google Meet has also had that capability for a while now but it's only now that its Android app is getting that feature even as it expands the Web version's capability to go beyond static images.

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Nest smart displays to get Google Duplex support, Guest Mode upgrade

Nest smart displays to get Google Duplex support, Guest Mode upgrade

Google Assistant has always revolved around voice interactions but Google was able to give it a face in the form of smart displays. Now falling under the Nest smart home brand, Google has provided some visual feedback to augment Google Assistant's capabilities in your house. Not all smart Assistant features are available yet on those smart displays, however, and one upcoming addition will make booking tables at restaurants a breeze. At least when Google Duplex does finally arrive on the Nest Hub Max and its kin.

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Galaxy S21 FE price leak is unexpectedly encouraging

Galaxy S21 FE price leak is unexpectedly encouraging

Although it is hardly ideal, most of us have probably accepted the reality that each new phone is going to be more expensive than its predecessor, with very few exceptions. That's especially true when the next-gen model sports more features or upgraded hardware, which is often the case for most phone series anyway. That's why it sounds almost too good to be true that Samsung's next Fan Edition phone might actually cost less than its predecessor, potentially making the Galaxy S21 FE one of Samsung's most popular "normal" phones this year.

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Grid 4S hands-on and eyes-on – tech history meets art

Grid 4S hands-on and eyes-on – tech history meets art

Many of us probably have our favorite phones and gadgets we'd like to preserve for posterity and nostalgia even if they don't even turn on anymore. Most of those, however, end up forgotten in drawers where they can even become potential fire hazards. The folks over at Grid Studio, however, have come up with a very tasteful and beautiful way of preserving pieces of smartphone history that can also be quite informative as well. Enter the Grid 4S which takes one of Apple's most important iPhones, takes it apart, and enthrones it in a hand-assembled masterpiece of industrial art fit for any iPhone or Apple fan's living room.

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