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.

Honor 9A takes a stab at the European market without Google

Honor 9A takes a stab at the European market without Google

Although Huawei is naturally in the spotlight when it comes to restrictions imposed by the US government, the effects also ripple out to its subsidiaries. Recently, even Kirin chip maker HiSilicon has become embroiled in the controversy and these two incidents will ultimately hit Honor hard. Just like its parent company, Honor is putting up a strong and brave face, pushing through with the global launch of its latest mid-range phone in Europe, bringing the Honor 9A's massive battery to a market still heavily dependent on Google apps and services.

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Amazon Prime Video could get 24/7 live TV soon

Amazon Prime Video could get 24/7 live TV soon

There has been a surge in the use of video streaming services, putting the video-on-demand market in the spotlight again. But while it has long had its own VoD platform, Amazon Prime Video's name still lagged behind Netflix and even behind the Disney+ upstart. Now it seems that the e-commerce giant is coming up with a new strategy to get the upper hand, one that ironically bets on one of the most traditional forms of video consumption around, linear TV.

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Next iPad Pros might feature LG mini-LED displays

Next iPad Pros might feature LG mini-LED displays

TV screen technologies are coming to mobile computers in more ways than one. Last year saw Samsung's launch of the first QLED screen on a laptop and this year might see the first mini-LED display on a tablet. That will come via Apple's new iPad Pros that are expected to debut later this year, utilizing LG's expertise and resources to upgrade what is already touted to be one of the finest tablets screens in the market.

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iOS 14 will let you double and triple tap your iPhone’s back

iOS 14 will let you double and triple tap your iPhone’s back

Apple has just teased bits and pieces of iOS 14 and, of course, most of its features are still left unsaid. You have big ones like the new home screen widgets and the ability to change an extremely small number of default iOS apps. Others, however, would be mostly up to developers to explore and dig up, like this odd but potentially handy option to get your iPhone to do stuff by simply tapping on its back.

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Nintendo might be calling it quits on mobile gaming

Nintendo might be calling it quits on mobile gaming

Nintendo was slow and late to jump on the mobile gaming market but it seems will be leaving it very early, too. One would think that the sudden surge in gaming across all platforms the past months would spur Nintendo to expedite the launch of its mobile titles. It is, however, taking the opposite approach and is seemingly winding down its mobile plans after the disappointing revenues of its mobile games and the spectacular success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Switch.

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iPhone 12 dummy models give a near-final look at Apple’s first 5G phones

iPhone 12 dummy models give a near-final look at Apple’s first 5G phones

WWDC 2020 is about to kick off in less than 24 hours and while Apple is expected to make big waves this week, the iPhones that some might be waiting for are still months away. Of course, if Apple is to meet its self-imposed deadlines, the design of its first batch of 5G iPhones should now be set in stone. Or in this case, metal and plastic models that will give accessory makers as well as the public a preview of what to expect come September's event.

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Motorola Edge Lite tipped to be coming amidst Edge+ screen woes

Motorola Edge Lite tipped to be coming amidst Edge+ screen woes

Motorola has been known for flooding the market with multiple versions of a single model and it seems that practice is seeping into its latest premium phones as well. It recently launched its new Edge and Edge+ flagships but there is now word that a new variant will be coming. Details are slim on what makes the phone "Lite" but it may come at a time when confidence in Motorola's flagship is dipping a bit low.

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13.3-inch MacBook, 24-inch iMac rumored to be first Apple ARM computers

13.3-inch MacBook, 24-inch iMac rumored to be first Apple ARM computers

The first few months of the year were rough for companies and organizations that regularly hold large events year in and year out. Most have canceled while others have put their events on hold, albeit indefinitely. Google did cancel its annual I/O developers conference but Apple is pushing ahead with an online version of its yearly WWDC. And it's a good thing, too, because it's now expected to make one of the biggest announcements in the company's history since the late Steve Jobs announced it would be abandoning the PowerPC platform for Intel.

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Motorola Razr 2 might not be coming this year after all

Motorola Razr 2 might not be coming this year after all

Although it shared the foldable limelight with Motorola earlier this year, it seems that Samsung might be the only one left on stage this year. It's expected to unveil not just one but two foldable phones in less than two months. And while it's not the only major smartphone manufacturer competing in that space, a new rumor claims that Motorola might be out of the picture at least until 2021.

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Star Wars: Squadrons gameplay trailer puts you in the pilot’s seat

Star Wars: Squadrons gameplay trailer puts you in the pilot’s seat

There are often two or three things that Star Wars fans would probably like to be in a game adaption of the space opera franchise. One is to be a Jedi Knight or even a Sith, something that most Star Wars games have already delivered on repeatedly. The other is a space fighter pilot, either for the Empire or the Rebel Alliance, a fantasy that EA Games will soon try to fulfill in Star Wars: Squadrons coming later this year.

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NVIDIA GeForce NOW welcomes Square Enix back to streaming service

NVIDIA GeForce NOW welcomes Square Enix back to streaming service

NVIDIA had a very high-profile launch of its GeForce NOW game streaming service, but probably not in the way that it had hoped. Just days after it made the service available to the public, big-name publishers yanked out their games over alleged contractual misunderstandings. Since then, NVIDIA has been working quickly to compensate for those losses and the return of Square Enix's biggest hitters could be the start of GeForce NOW's PR recovery.

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Dell Mobile Adapter Speakerphones makes for odd bedfellows

Dell Mobile Adapter Speakerphones makes for odd bedfellows

There has been a sudden rise in the popularity of video conferencing and remote meetings in the past months. There has also been a rise in work from home arrangements, many of which involve keeping a laptop stationary on a desktop with multiple peripherals connected to it. Dell thought it smart to capitalize on both use cases and hit two birds with one stone with the rather unusual concept of creating a multi-port adapter that also functions as a speakerphone.

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