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Ewdison Then is 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. He was heavily involved in open source projects such as Fedora Linux, Blue Linux, and FoxServ WAMP stacks. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

Vivo X70 Pro camera details and Pro+ “mirror” leak out

Vivo X70 Pro camera details and Pro+ “mirror” leak out

Vivo is gearing up to flex its mobile photography muscles in just a few days, barely a year after it launched the Vivo X60 series. In contrast to the last two X flagships, however, it seems that the Vivo X70 will be a bit more low-key, preferring internal upgrades over spectacular features. The Vivo X70 Pro+, however, could be the exception, relying on what some might see more as an unnecessary gimmick than a feature to die for.

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WhatsApp’s controversial new Terms of Service might be optional

WhatsApp’s controversial new Terms of Service might be optional

Although it wasn't completely unexpected, it still scandalized many when WhatsApp announced a policy changed that unsurprisingly favored handing some information over to its parent company, Facebook. After trying to clarify its position, the messaging platform opted to delay its implementation but eventually pushed a Terms of Service that limited features unless you accepted them. These events resulted in a number of migrations to other chat services, and WhatsApp is now reportedly making amends by making those terms optional except in one specific case.

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Huawei EMUI 12 brings a taste of HarmonyOS 2.0 to Android phones

Huawei EMUI 12 brings a taste of HarmonyOS 2.0 to Android phones

Despite and in spite of all the setbacks, Huawei continues to make smartphones and push its new Google-less mobile ecosystem to its customers. Sadly, that ecosystem, led by its homegrown HarmonyOS 2.0 for smartphones, is so far limited to dozens of devices in China only. That's just a small fraction of the number of phones it already has in the wild. Its stop-gap solution is to bring a glimpse of HarmonyOS to those smartphones through a new EMUI 12 upgrade that is coming soon.

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Vivo X70 to come with V1 custom image processor

Vivo X70 to come with V1 custom image processor

Photography is still a critical element in smartphones today, but the game has shifted away from simply bigger sensors or megapixel counts. More and more smartphone makers are developing new silicon in-house to meet their image quality requirements when off-the-shelf image signal processors or ISPs just aren't enough. Vivo is the latest to jump on that trend, with a new V1 image processor that's will debut in the Vivo X70 series coming soon.

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Pixel 5a overheating and touchscreen bugs are already on Google’s plate

Pixel 5a overheating and touchscreen bugs are already on Google’s plate

In just a few weeks, Google is expected to finally launch what could be its most exciting Pixel phone yet. Before that happens, however, it is pretty much pushing its 2020 5G phones off the stage, leaving the Pixel 5a (5G) as the sole remnant of that past (the non-5G Pixel 4a is still around, curiously). That is well and good for those that aren't interested in the Pixel 6, but unfortunately, the mid-range 5G Pixel phone is apparently experiencing several problems that can hopefully be fixed with software updates.

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Surface Duo 2 specs are still a bit disappointing

Surface Duo 2 specs are still a bit disappointing

Not everyone is a fan of single-screen foldables like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Huawei Mate X2. While most will probably want a larger screen, the drawbacks of such a device have always been deal-breakers for many consumers. Some, however, are more interested in a slightly different take on that problem, using two separate screens in one. So far, only the Microsoft Surface Duo represents that niche segment, and it didn't do quite a good job of it. The Surface Duo 2 might just be around the corner, but based on leaks, it could still fail to impress when it comes to certain features.

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Twitter Ticketed Spaces is now rolling out to some iOS users

Twitter Ticketed Spaces is now rolling out to some iOS users

After remaining almost stagnant for a few years, Twitter has picked up its pace and started implementing big changes to its social platform, perhaps spurred by the increased competition. Some of those experiments have flopped, like the short-lived Stories-like Fleets. Twitter, however, is still banking on its new audio-only features to become profitable. Of course, that will only happen if there's actual money involved, and that's exactly what Ticketed Spaces is meant to accomplish now that it's available to more users.

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Exynos 2200 graphics benchmarks are promising but premature

Exynos 2200 graphics benchmarks are promising but premature

Samsung's Exynos processor has had a topsy-turvy history in the past few years. It almost seemed like Samsung was on the road to catching up with Qualcomm, only for it to take a sharp nosedive with the Exynos 990 in the Galaxy S20 last year. The company is hedging its bets on its partnership with AMD to produce a processor that takes advantage of Radeon graphics technology. The Exynos 2200 might just be around the corner, and a recent benchmark seemingly proves its mettle, but some caveats have to be considered before giving it a blue ribbon.

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OPPO tablet leaked with a large screen, new ColorOS for tablets

OPPO tablet leaked with a large screen, new ColorOS for tablets

The tablet market seems to have experienced a renaissance, partially thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on work, education, and even lifestyles. Apple is unsurprisingly at the top, leading by a huge margin against the dwindling number of Android tablet makers. It seems, however, that manufacturers are also reconsidering their mobile portfolios in light of recent global trends, and OPPO, just after its sub-brand Realme, might be the latest to jump on that bandwagon soon.

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Galaxy S22 and S22+ telephoto zoom cameras to get an important upgrade

Galaxy S22 and S22+ telephoto zoom cameras to get an important upgrade

Depending on which aspect you look at, the Galaxy S22 series might be the best thing coming to Samsung or its biggest disappointment. The rumors around Exynos vs. Snapdragon chips, battery sizes, and cameras present a mixed bag of good news and bad news, but that's also a bit typical months before a new Galaxy flagship is actually released. The Galaxy S22+, in particular, seems to be getting the short end of the stick, but this latest rumor might give buyers something to think about early next year.

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Realme Narzo 50A design might leave you scratching your head

Realme Narzo 50A design might leave you scratching your head

We recently reviewed a pair of Realme phones that put the company's name under the spotlight. The Realme GT Master Edition and its more premium Explorer sibling are definitely head-turners, at least for their "Travel Suitcase" vegan leather rears. Realme's upcoming mid-range phone, however, will probably take the cake in terms of unorthodox design, with a dual-tone back and an odd fingerprint sensor placement that will make you wonder what Realme's designers were thinking when they conceptualized the Realme Narzo 50A.

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Windows 11 in React offers an appetizer on your web browser

Windows 11 in React offers an appetizer on your web browser

Web browsers are have gotten so powerful today that you can even run some operating systems in it, at least the older and lighter ones. Web technologies have also enabled emulators for games and other platforms and all sorts of technological experiments you probably wouldn't have imagined possible before. The latest insanity is actually running what looks like an instance of Windows 11 in a web browser, though it's really more like an interactive tour than an actual test drive of Microsoft's next operating system.

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