Author Archives: Ewdison Then

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.

Google Stadia canceled Founder’s Edition pre-orders now allowed to reorder

Google Stadia canceled Founder’s Edition pre-orders now allowed to reorder

Google has had a rough time during the launch of its Stadia game streaming service but, to its credit, it is also trying to do good by those that got the shorter end of the stick through no fault of their own. It is, for example, allowing Stadia Pro subscribers to refund their purchase of two games that will become free next month anyway. Now it is also giving canceled pre-orders a chance to reorder the Founders pack and try their luck a second time around.

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Galaxy S9 Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta begins with some bad news

Galaxy S9 Android 10 One UI 2.0 beta begins with some bad news

Samsung has traditionally been regarded to be quite slow in rolling out major Android updates but while it still can't beat Google, it has admittedly started doing better. It already kicked off beta tests of One UI 2.0 with Android 10 for its 2019 flagships and has started giving its 2018 phones, particularly the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, some attention as well. Sadly, it seems that it may be starting off on the wrong foot by not including one feature that has made the much-reviled Bixby some usefulness.

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Steam Controller has been discontinued and is now at its lowest price

Steam Controller has been discontinued and is now at its lowest price

Valve is perhaps best known for the Steam PC games store and Half-Life. Some may even know it for Team Fortress, the Source engine, and the first Portal game. What the company isn't really known for is its hardware, like the Steam Machines and the physical Steam Link. Now yet another such product is about to bite the dust as the eccentric Steam Controller's price drops as Valve clears out its stock.

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Galaxy Fold gets Dex on PC feature, PlayGalaxy Link coming soon

Galaxy Fold gets Dex on PC feature, PlayGalaxy Link coming soon

The purpose of the Galaxy Fold and the main reason why it costs $2,000 is to offer mobile users a larger screen when they need it while still have something they can, very gently, stow in their pockets when they don't. Mobile screens, however, will never be big enough for some activities, especially when compared with even a laptop screen. Fortunately, a new update for the most expensive consumer Samsung phone ever offers exactly that by letting the Galaxy Fold takeover a PC or Mac.

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Next Xbox won’t have a VR focus because nobody is asking for it

Next Xbox won’t have a VR focus because nobody is asking for it

It may seem that VR is once again dead but it still continues to flow steadily in contrast to the flood of hype and news a year or so ago. Adoption of the technology, however, has mostly converged around PCs or, in some cases, standalone headsets. Virtual reality on consoles seems to have largely missed the window of opportunity and it doesn't seem like it's going to pick up the pace any time soon. In fact, Xbox's Phil Spencer practically shot down the idea that the next Xbox console, codenamed Project Scarlett, will even have a VR aspect to it.

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PinePhone Linux phone can somewhat run regular Linux desktop apps

PinePhone Linux phone can somewhat run regular Linux desktop apps

When smartphones first arrived, it was perhaps not that strange that the devices ran programs that were vastly different from the ones our computers. The portable bricks were different enough to bypass our expectations of computers and we were perfectly fine with having disconnected experiences between the two. These days, however, both devices and users have changed and some do want to have the exact same apps on both their smartphones as well as computers. Neither Android nor iOS have been able to fully accomplish that but one still experimental phone is close to making that geek dream come true.

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IPv4 addresses in Europe are now all used up, IPv6 adoption still low

IPv4 addresses in Europe are now all used up, IPv6 adoption still low

To the majority of computer users, the Internet is an almost magical place where you type in human-readable addresses in a browser and then get served with the corresponding web page. Behind the scenes, these web addresses or URLs as they are known actually map to four groups of three digits that serve as the site's machine address. While these addresses may just be numerical and virtual, there is actually a limit to how many of them there can be and Europe has just run out of IPv4 addresses even while the IPv6 successor remains practically ignored.

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Surface Duo and Neo will support existing apps but only on one screen

Surface Duo and Neo will support existing apps but only on one screen

While foldable phones like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, and, soon, the Motorola Razr remain the dream of phone makers, consumers may be more interested in more practical and less costly solutions. We're still not sure if Microsoft's upcoming dual-screen devices are going to be any of those but, considering their Courier inspiration, the Surface Neo and Surface Duo have unsurprisingly generated a mix of excitement, curiosity, and also some skepticism. In its first public call to app developers, Microsoft is clearing the air by promising that existing apps will work on these unconventional devices but only if they don't want to offer a better experience on dual-screen tablets and phones.

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Galaxy S11 could feature laser autofocus on top of PDAF

Galaxy S11 could feature laser autofocus on top of PDAF

It's never too early for a new Samsung Galaxy leak, especially considering the next flagship could be unveiled as early as February. That actually leaves less time to form a complete picture of the Galaxy S11. Thanks to a few renders and common expectations, we may already be prepared for what's coming next. And that may include a subtle change to an already unfamiliar new camera system for the next Galaxy.

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Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 update breaks File Explorer search

Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 update breaks File Explorer search

That didn't take long. Windows 10 updates have become somewhat of a joke, breaking as many things as it tries to fix, all despite Microsoft's stated goal of making Windows more secure and more stable with its "Windows as a Service" strategy. The company has just started rolling out the latest and last major feature update for the year and while there have been no major file-deleting issues reported so far, smaller issues are starting to pop up just as the newest Windows 10 makes its way into more and more computers.

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Nokia 8.2 announcement next week could have a lukewarm reception

Nokia 8.2 announcement next week could have a lukewarm reception

Nokia, along with Motorola, was once one of the darlings of the mobile industry, back when smartphones were still the stuff of science fiction. The Finnish company made a few detours, including a brief stint at Microsoft, before finally licensing its name to HMD Global. For a time, the new Android Nokia phones seemed poised to reclaim their prestige but the interest around the affordable phones have seemingly trickled down. It is against that backdrop that the Nokia 8.2 may launch next week, perhaps a wake up call for HMD Global to pick up the slack.

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Facebook internal face recognition app could identify employees and friends

Facebook internal face recognition app could identify employees and friends

The furor around Facebook and its many privacy transgressions seem to have died down a bit recently. You only hear about Facebook in the news lately whenever CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress or when a scandalous revelation makes headlines again. One example of the latter is an internal app that allowed Facebook employees to use facial recognition on their co-workers. And while the app has supposedly been discontinued and never publicly released, the mere fact that Facebook had such an app might already be enough to raise red flags yet again.

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