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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.

Samsung foldable gaming phone patent is intriguing

Samsung foldable gaming phone patent is intriguing

Samsung is already set to launch its first foldable phone this year but why stop at just one? In typical Samsung fashion, it could have another one in mind. That’s at least based on a patent for yet another foldable phone that puts a small twist to the concept. In addition to folding the opposite way from what Samsung teased late last year, this foldable device seems to be earmarked for gaming, complete with gamepad controls that may actually be too small to be comfortable.

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iRobot Terra is the robot lawn mower to complement your Roomba

iRobot Terra is the robot lawn mower to complement your Roomba

Even before smart homes were a thing, iRobot has been making autonomously moving cylinders and boxes that leave families fewer reasons to argue over chores. Over the years, the Roomba has become a household name, literally and figuratively, for such robots. Now iRobot is taking the technology and lessons it learned from inside homes to the outdoors. With the iRobot Terra robot lawn mower, not only will you be able to escape the hassles of mowing, you will also escape the tangles of boundary wires.

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Samsung 1TB UFS chip practically confirms Galaxy S10+ rumor

Samsung 1TB UFS chip practically confirms Galaxy S10+ rumor

Unlike LG, Samsung isn’t one to always drop hints or pre-announce products and features. What it does, however, is announce the components that usually end up on its next flagship phone. In this case, the Korean manufacturer is announcing the mass production of is embedded Universal Flash Storage chip or eUFS with a capacity reaching 1 terabyte. And while that may already be an important achievement in itself, it’s even more interesting because of the rumors surrounding the upcoming Galaxy S10+.

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Facebook pays users to install a VPN that collects their data

Facebook pays users to install a VPN that collects their data

How much is your privacy worth? For some people, it’s the price they pay in exchange for free services. Others, however, seem to be willing to give more in exchange for actual cash. And, unsurprisingly, there are those willing to actually pay users for that. And it should be no surprise that Facebook is one such company that is willing to shell out what is perhaps its spare change just to get users to install a seemingly innocent VPN app that, in reality, sucks up all information it can from the user’s iPhone or Android phone.

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Japan to hack into IoT devices to make 2020 Olympics more secure

Japan to hack into IoT devices to make 2020 Olympics more secure

Japan seems to have a reputation for being a technologically advanced country more than most. It might surprise, even shock, some, however, how behind it is in some aspects. That, unfortunately, may have come to light in recent weeks as Japan prepares to host the Olympics next year. And one of its steps to ensure the security of the event is to try and hack into local IoT devices to weed out those with insecure software.

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Galaxy S10 launch date set for early March, “Lite” name still in doubt

Galaxy S10 launch date set for early March, “Lite” name still in doubt

It’s less than a month before Samsung finally unpacks its early 2019 flagships, so naturally, the rumor mill is working overtime to bring any and all tidbits about the Galaxy S10 and its various models. Not that there’s much left to be said about them. While most of the details about the smartphones have become common knowledge, one thing still remains undecided: what the smallest, cheapest Galaxy S10 model will be called.

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Intel foldable phone patent shows how to make it usable

Intel foldable phone patent shows how to make it usable

There is no shortage of patents on foldable phones and tablets and this year we’ll finally see some of them come to light. The first iterations are, however, expected to not be the foldable phones of fiction and dreams. Because if it comes to a design that makes that foldable device usable and perfect, then Intel’s 2017 patent probably comes closest to that ideal all in one mobile device.

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Android Q features Face ID, app updates rollback, and background location access

Android Q features Face ID, app updates rollback, and background location access

The ball has started to roll for Android Q development and more than its dessert name, Android users are, of course, more curious about the new features it would bring. And while it’s too early in the development process to set anything into stone, some of the features gleaned from the AOSP version of Android Q do make us long for the future. Presuming all these make it to the final version, of course.

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VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 beta brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

VIZIO SmartCast 3.0 beta brings AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support

TVs are no longer just the entertainment hubs of the home, some have even become smart home hubs. But while smart TVs have all sort of Internet-connected features, not all of them are able to support all the streaming services and sources one might like. The next best thing is to stream videos and audio from your phone to the TV and as of SmartCast version 3.0, VIZIO’s smart TVs will be equipped to handle almost all content sources, including iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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iOS 12.2 Downtime to let users set limits per day

iOS 12.2 Downtime to let users set limits per day

Smartphone companies have started taking the almost ironic yet beneficial stance of giving users the ability to limit their use of smartphones. These often involve setting time limits on how long you use an app or, more commonly, block off time when apps would be unavailable. For iOS users, the latter comes via Screen Time’s Downtime settings and, as of iOS 12.2 beta, it will be giving users more fine-grained control over such limits on a per-day basis.

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Galaxy A9 Pro (2019) is the global version of Galaxy A8s outside of China

Galaxy A9 Pro (2019) is the global version of  Galaxy A8s outside of China

Samsung was slow to accept the inevitable and embrace the notch but when it finally did, it did so in a way few probably wished it did. It introduced the Infinity-O type screen that exchanged the notch for a circular cutout, a.k.a. the punch hole (or hole punch) camera. First to debut in the Galaxy A8s last month, the same eccentric design has now landed in Korea in the form of the Galaxy A9 Pro (2019).

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Huawei 5G phone at MWC 2019 will have two special features

Huawei 5G phone at MWC 2019 will have two special features

With MWC 2019 closing in, it’s not at all unexpected to hear smartphone makers starting to drum up the hype around their upcoming smartphones. Also unsurprising, a lot of them are buzzing around 5G. LG has already officially confirmed it will be announcing one next month and Vivo’s new “waterdrop” APEX 2019 Concept will also be its first 5G phone. Naturally, Huawei is also chiming in, but the 5G phone it will show off at MWC will have more than just one talent to show off.

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