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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 to also lose Samsung, SK Hynix memory chips due to US ban

Huawei to also lose Samsung, SK Hynix memory chips due to US ban

The walls are seemingly closing in on Huawei as the beleaguered Chinese company continues to lose suppliers and potential reprieves in light of the US' increasing export restrictions against it. Next week will see the implementation of new rules that would prevent Huawei from having access even to semiconductors and materials needed to manufacture its products and it seems that South Korean companies Samsung and SK Hynix are among those withdrawing their products from a lucrative customer.

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OPPO ColorOS 11 races to be one of the first to roll out Android 11

OPPO ColorOS 11 races to be one of the first to roll out Android 11

For the longest time, smartphones from Chinese brands have been regarded as nothing more than iPhone copycats, both in hardware design and in software user experience. That is mostly history by now, with almost all the major brands like OPPO and Xiaomi moving away from that stereotype and developing their own distinct identities and features. This year, OPPO is taking things further by doing what few of its peers usually do to become one of the first smartphone makers to make the shiny new Android 11 available to users, at least in beta form.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera trick revealed in macro shot

ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera trick revealed in macro shot

ZTE claims to have successfully pulled off what other companies like Samsung are taking forever to do. Of course, we're still waiting for hard, real-world evidence that the Axon 20 5G's under-display camera is all that it's advertised to be. ZTE is wasting no time trying to prove that it's theory is sound but one pair of photos may reveal just exactly what the ZTE Axon 20 5G's under-display camera looks like, up-close, personal, and with a flat color background.

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Fitbit SpO2 watch face makes it easier to track blood oxygenation

Fitbit SpO2 watch face makes it easier to track blood oxygenation

While almost all of us know how oxygen is vital to life, few probably realize that the oxygen is actually distributed throughout our body via our blood. In addition to metrics like heart rate or even ECG, blood oxygen saturation has become one of the easiest ways to detect abnormalities in our bodies. Fitbit is now making that even easier with a new "Signature" SpO2 clock face designed exactly for that purpose.

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US ban on chipmaker giant SMIC could put Huawei in dire straits

US ban on chipmaker giant SMIC could put Huawei in dire straits

The US government has hundreds of companies on its so-called Entity List and a good number of them come from China. One of the highest-profile names on that list in recent years has been, of course, Huawei. But if you thought the US was done with China's biggest phone and network manufacturer, it seems to be moving to squeeze out any remaining life from Huawei. Its rumored next move, however, could provoke China to finally retaliate and throw the global economy further into chaos.

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Apple Watch Series 5 out of stock, hints imminent Apple Watch 6 launch

Apple Watch Series 5 out of stock, hints imminent Apple Watch 6 launch

Apple has had a habit of taking things down before launching new things. It often takes the online Apple Store down for a while just before it makes new products available. Now it seems it is practically taking down the availability of the current-gen Apple Watch Series 5, a tactic manufacturers employ when a new model is about to launch. That is naturally adding fuel to the speculation that the Apple Watch 6 is coming sooner rather than later.

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Minecraft PS VR is finally happening this month

Minecraft PS VR is finally happening this month

When Microsoft acquired Minecraft creators Mojang, some might have presumed the company would be restricting the highly popular game to its own platform and other "friendly" platforms. Few probably predicted that Microsoft would actually expand Minecraft's reach not just to other platforms, including its PlayStation rival, but would also take the open-world sandbox games to places and use cases its original creators probably never imagined. That said, one platform remains absent from Minecraft's list but that will finally change this month when Minecraft lands on PlayStation VR.

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EA pulls UFC 4 in-game commercials after massive backlash

EA pulls UFC 4 in-game commercials after massive backlash

Advertisements have been around since the earliest days of mass media and they have reviled just as long. While some ads can be tasteful, ingenious, and even entertaining, most are just "in your face" attempts to grab consumers' attention. While those have more or less been accepted facts of life in some media, like print and the Web, other channels actually have ways to make consumers' voices be heard, something that EA Games learned the hard way in its latest attempt to put full-on commercials in the middle of a video game.

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Galaxy S20 Fan Edition leak could irk Galaxy Note 20 owners

Galaxy S20 Fan Edition leak could irk Galaxy Note 20 owners

It's not unusual for Samsung to launch a "lite" version of its flagship models, although the name has varied from time to time. Long rumored to be in the works, the Galaxy S20 Fan Edition or FE might be close to finally launching and when it does, it might prove to be controversial to some of Samsung's customers. While the phone is definitely "Lite" in some aspects, there are also some specs that put it above the more expensive base Galaxy Note 20 model.

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LG Wing name is official, will rotate its second screen next week

LG Wing name is official, will rotate its second screen next week

LG has a habit of practically announcing almost all the new features of a smartphone in the days leading up to its actual announcement and it seems it will be doing it again. This time it has not only confirmed the LG Wing's key feature, it has also confirmed what most have already presumed to be its name. Of course, there was still a possibility that it was just a codename but now LG has officially put its stamp on the LG Wing as the name of its first Project Explorer device.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series to get 5G capability next year

Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 series to get 5G capability next year

Qualcomm may have the lion's share of the smartphone processor market but there is still one segment that it doesn't have a firm grasp on. On the lower and budget tiers, MediaTek's processors are often the go-to solutions, often because of their affordability rather than their features. With MediaTek aggressively pushing its 5G-capable Dimensity processors on high and middle tiers, Qualcomm is now trying to hit where it hurts by promising a 5G Snapdragon 400 series chip next year.

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Facebook Messenger now limits forwarding just like WhatsApp

Facebook Messenger now limits forwarding just like WhatsApp

It may not yet have that unified messaging platform that it's rumored to be so eager to have, but Facebook is at least trying to unify some of behavior across its various social networks. Earlier this year, its instant messaging property WhatsApp started to put caps on how many times a message can be forwarded and now Facebook is doing the same for its own Messenger all for the sake of curbing misinformation.

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