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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.

Final Fantasy VII retells its epic story on Switch and Xbox One

Final Fantasy VII retells its epic story on Switch and Xbox One

There are more than fifteen major Final Fantasy titles and innumerable spin-offs but the most famous one of all is probably Final Fantasy VII with its iconic characters that have seen more than one incarnation in other games. The first in the franchise to jump ship from Nintendo to Sony, FF7 is almost ironically making its way back home with the release of the game on the Nintendo Switch but is also setting foot for the first time on Microsoft's Xbox One system.

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Huawei FreeLace wireless earphones has a few tricks up its sleeves

Huawei FreeLace wireless earphones has a few tricks up its sleeves

Wireless earphones come in all shapes and sizes but they all have a few traits in common. For one, they can be a pain to pair given how Bluetooth pairing works. They can also be a pain to recharge when it does finally come to top them off. Huawei boasts that it has solved those and more problems with its new FreeLace wireless pair. That said, at least one of those will only make sense if you have not just any Huawei phone but one with its latest EMUI software.

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Firefox Lockbox password manager now on Android

Firefox Lockbox password manager now on Android

Web browsers have long offered the convenience of remembering the passwords you need to access websites and syncing them across all devices that the browser is available on. The problem, however, is when you need to log into mobile apps for the services whose passwords you have already stored on your browser. You could opt to migrate to a dedicated password manager or you could, instead, install Mozilla's Firefox Lockbox, its once experimental password manager that is now available for Android users.

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Magic Leap NBA app puts up multiple virtual screens in your room

Magic Leap NBA app puts up multiple virtual screens in your room

Virtual and augmented reality are most often associated with games but that dismisses too easily the non-gaming applications of the technology. One of the most common is the ability to put up more screens than you can have room or budget for actual physical monitors. AR company Magic Leap has taken that idea and made it accessible to developers and publishers through its Screens framework. That, in turn, has given birth to this new NBA app that might make hardcore basketball fans want to buy an expensive AR kit.

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Sony RX0 II claims smallest 4K compact camera title

Sony RX0 II claims smallest 4K compact camera title

When people talk about compact cameras, they usually mean the now phone-sized digital boxes that are starting to be displaced by smartphones. Back in 2017, however, Sony tried to redefine compact to really mean compact, like action camera size compact. That was the RX0, which set its lens on GoPro's dwindling market share. A year and a half later, Sony is proving it wasn't just a one-time thing. The new Sony RX0 II is just as small as the last one but, this year, it's packing a 4K sensor inside.

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AirPower does exist according to AirPods box

AirPower does exist according to AirPods box

Apple just had its services-centric event and, as expected, no new hardware was announced. Unless you count a plastic card as hardware. Expected but still disappointing, no mention was made of Apple's most fashionably late product. But if its existence was still in doubt, Apple itself has confirmed it, albeit indirectly. Some have already received their second generation AirPods and, lo and behold, Apple has kindly included a diagram of the AirPower on the box.

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Google Maps public events can now be added by Android users

Google Maps public events can now be added by Android users

Google Maps is one of those little things that have changed the world forever. It has taken navigation that was previously only available via subscription to professional services and made it accessible to all. Part of its success, however, was how it practically crowdsourced gather data that would have statically been impossible for Google to do on its own. In line with that, it seems that Google is adding yet another crowdsourcing feature that would allow almost anyone to add an event for everyone else to see.

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Sony Xperia 1 screen will be in 4K almost all the time

Sony Xperia 1 screen will be in 4K almost all the time

The Xperia 1 is perhaps one of Sony's strangest handsets yet. As if its still identifiable Sony design weren't enough to set it apart from the crowd, its ultra wide, or ultra tall, CinemaWide 21:9 display makes it stand out literally. That, however, isn't the screen's only huge feature. It also boasts of a 4K resolution that, for the first time, is being used as the phone's default resolution all the time.

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Boeing 737 Max stall-prevention to be less aggressive with new fix

Boeing 737 Max stall-prevention to be less aggressive with new fix

You'd think that, after all this time, we'd get the flying thing down to a "T". The Boeing 737 Max proved that isn't the case. The development of new aviation technologies might be a natural part of progress but it's not something that can be taken lightly considering the hundreds of lives involved. Sources claim that Boeing is ready to roll out sweeping changes to correct flaws in the stall-prevention system of the grounded new fleet but questions remain on why they passed certification in the first place.

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Motorola One Vision punch hole confirmed by 3D render

Motorola One Vision punch hole confirmed by 3D render

The processor isn't the only thing that Motorola is taking from Samsung for its unannounced Android One phone. A leak that dropped a few days ago revealed that Motorola might be the first phone maker aside from Meizu to use an Exynos processor from Samsung. A new render that claims to be the real Motorola One Vision now also confirms one other Samsung feature that will be available on the phone, making it the first Android One handset to have a punch hole style screen.

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Huawei P30 Pro camera hyping kicks into full gear

Huawei P30 Pro camera hyping kicks into full gear

In less than a week, Huawei will make its attempt to make you forget about the Galaxy S10, foldable phones, or even the fact that its flagships are not available in the US. That last part is going to bite consumers hard if the Huawei P30 and especially the Huawei P30 Pro are all that they're cracked up to be. With just a few days left, it's revving up the marketing machine and, unsurprisingly, it's pouring all its resources on advertising the phones' camera prowess.

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Razer and Tencent mobile partnership raises hope for Razer Phone 3

Razer and Tencent mobile partnership raises hope for Razer Phone 3

Gaming hardware maker Razer seems to be sending some fans mixed signals. It reportedly shuttered and reshuffled its employees away from its mobile division, causing concern over the future of the Razer Phone line. Now it has announced a partnership with Tencent, best known for publishing PUBG and Honor of Kings (a.k.a. Arena of Valor) to optimize the latter's games for the former's hardware. That, of course, has mobile gamers speculating that all hope is not lost and that a Razer Phone 3 might indeed be coming soon.

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