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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 Galaxy Fold 2 could be a RAZR-like clamshell

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 could be a RAZR-like clamshell

Samsung has yet to actually launch its first foldable phone in the market and yet now it is tipped to already be preparing for its next one. Granted, it might be easier to now move forward thanks to the very hard lessons it learned from the Galaxy Fold. Still, it might be tempting fate by jumping unto a new foldable phone, and one with a completely different form factor at that.

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Google Play Store counterfeit apps are tarnishing Android’s credibility

Google Play Store counterfeit apps are tarnishing Android’s credibility

Google never misses a chance to talk about improved security on Android and, to some extent Chrome, especially when it means talking about AI and machine learning to no end. News after news of malicious apps getting into Google Play Store, however, almost throws all of that out the window. Google Play Store is supposed to be Android's most secure and safest source of apps but a new study shows that more than 2,000 of those apps are not only counterfeits but potentially harmful apps as well.

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KitchenAid Smart Oven+ connects with Google Assistant, Alexa, our house

KitchenAid Smart Oven+ connects with Google Assistant, Alexa, our house

Everything is connected today, and not just the obvious culprits like phones, computers, and TVs. These days, even refrigerators and ovens are connected to the Internet or to each other. The latter is what KitchenAid is trying to sell with the new Smart Oven+. First shown of at CES 2019, the smart single or double wall oven allows users to control it through various means, from touch to phone to even, of course, voice.

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Chrome OS will show Android cloud storage apps in Files app

Chrome OS will show Android cloud storage apps in Files app

From the very beginning, Chrome OS and Chromebooks were envisioned to be cloud-centric, which is why the early models had very measly internal storage. It may have been a bit ahead of its time and Chromebook makers eventually crammed more gigabytes inside devices. Fast-forward a few years later, cloud storage has become a critical piece of modern workers' lives and now Chrome OS is putting them these services to the forefront of its native Files app. That is if their Android app supports its.

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Galaxy Note 10 won’t be affected by Galaxy Fold when and if it launches

Galaxy Note 10 won’t be affected by Galaxy Fold when and if it launches

The Galaxy Note 10 is expected to launch in less than two months but that isn't the only Samsung phone that has yet to hit the markets. Now more than a month or two late, the ill-fated Galaxy Fold has yet to see the light of day on retail shelves. Word on the foldable phone's launch have flip-flopped depending on who you ask but a new unnamed Samsung official is saying that the company is quite confident that neither product will affect the other's launch.

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NBA 2K19 is so realistic it now shows unskippable ads

NBA 2K19 is so realistic it now shows unskippable ads

Some games like Minecraft are perfectly fine with stylized graphics. Others, however, want to be as close to reality as possible. That's probably nowhere truer than with sports games, considering they pretty much try to recreate reality as faithfully as they can. It seem that 2K Games has gone over and beyond photorealistic graphics and is making NBA 2K19 as close to reality as possible, including the commercials.

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Xiaomi CC9 and CC9e to kick off new “chic and cool” sub-brand

Xiaomi CC9 and CC9e to kick off new “chic and cool” sub-brand

Xiaomi, already one of the biggest names in the Chinese smartphone market, has just recently spun off its Redmi line into its own sub-brand. That, however, isn't stopping the company from creating yet another brand. Mirroring what OPPO is doing with the Realme brand, Xiaomi has created a new "CC" line of phones that are supposed to target a young market that values looking cool and creative as much as taking and spreading pretty selfies.

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Steam to drop support for Ubuntu but Linux users shouldn’t panic yet

Steam to drop support for Ubuntu but Linux users shouldn’t panic yet

The majority of the time that Linux gets dragged in the spotlight is when there are high-profile security bugs that remind people how Linux practically runs the world behind the scenes. This time, however, the controversy is ironically around one of the operating system's weakest points: gaming. A Valve developer just "announced" on Twitter that the company will be dropping support for future releases of Ubuntu and, as expected, it has driven Linux users into a slight frenzied panic.

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Galaxy Note 10 non-Pro won’t have a microSD card slot [UPDATE]

Galaxy Note 10 non-Pro won’t have a microSD card slot [UPDATE]

If one is keeping score on Samsung's changes to the upcoming Galaxy Note 10, the phablet might already be turning out to be a disappointment at worst and an ambiguous product at best. Some things, like cameras and physical buttons, are at least not as bad as initially rumored but there are still some aspects that could disappoint long-time fans. That seems to now be even truer with the non-Pro version of the Galaxy Note 10 which is now believed to be ditching yet another "old" smartphone feature.

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Chromium-based Microsoft Edge lands on Windows 7 and 8 in unstable form

Chromium-based Microsoft Edge lands on Windows 7 and 8 in unstable form

When Microsoft finally sucked it up and abandoned its homegrown web browser engine for Chromium, it opened a veritable floodgate of features. Not only did it get a browser that works with the majority of the world's web pages, it even gained support for popular extensions right off the bat. It also acquired the ability to be everywhere, even on Apple's macOS. And, almost coming full circle, it has started to support even its old systems, namely, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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Nintendo Switch Mini leaked product images give a Nintendo 2DS vibe

Nintendo Switch Mini leaked product images give a Nintendo 2DS vibe

There are two consistent rumors about the Nintendo Switch. One is that there will be a more powerful successor coming really soon. The other is that there will be a smaller budget version before that happens. Naturally, Nintendo hasn't confirmed either and is pretty content with how much the current Switch still makes it millions. One accessory maker, however, may have blown the cover off the Mini console, if you're willing to give it that much credence.

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Avengers: Endgame returns to theaters next week with post-credit scenes

Avengers: Endgame returns to theaters next week with post-credit scenes

Doctor Strange may have said that they are at the endgame, but for Marvel Studios that is hardly the case. Although it has almost been two months since the final Avengers film (that we know so far) premiered, it will surprisingly return to the big screen for a short while. Not just for those who haven't seen the film yet but for those willing to pay and sit for three hours again just to catch the new post-credits scenes.

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