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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

Chromebooks will lose Microsoft Office Android apps support next month

Chromebooks will lose Microsoft Office Android apps support next month

Chrome OS has become a sort of "one OS to rule them all" in the past years. In addition to the usual native Chrome OS apps and web apps, it has also gained support for Linux and Android apps. With no small amount of work, it can even run Windows software to some extent. That, however, doesn't mean that the experience of apps from those other platforms is on par with full-blooded Chrome OS apps, and Microsoft seems to be using that to justify ending official support for the Android versions of its Microsoft Office and Outlook apps on Chrome OS starting September.

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YouTube Music Wear OS app arrives only for the Galaxy Watch 4

YouTube Music Wear OS app arrives only for the Galaxy Watch 4

The irony hasn't escaped most people's attention that Google's wearable platform doesn't have an app for Google's music streaming service. Adding insult to injury, Google did launch a YouTube Music app for smartwatches but only for Apple's smartwatches. At long last, a Wear OS version of that app has finally been announced and has started rolling out, but it still won't placate Wear OS owners because it will only serve the few dozen new owners of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series.

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SteelSeries app exploit needs physical access, doesn’t need a device (Update)

SteelSeries app exploit needs physical access, doesn’t need a device (Update)

It seems that the rather simplistic Razer zero-day vulnerability has opened a can of worms that may force accessory makers to rethink and reprogram their accompanying software. As one security researcher predicted, the vulnerability can be found in other peripherals that also install their own helper apps, including those from popular brand SteelSeries. While the same physical access to the Windows computer is still required, SteelSeries' vulnerability is potentially worse since it doesn't even require a SteelSeries device to trigger it.

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OnePlus Buds Pro snubs Google Fast Pair for its own solution

OnePlus Buds Pro snubs Google Fast Pair for its own solution

One of OnePlus' strengths has always been its commitment to a clean Android experience, one that has kept Android purists satisfied until recently. With OxygenOS 11, it seems that the company is slowly starting to move away from that identity to establish its own character, even if it means going its own path. Basing OxygenOS on OPPO's ColorOS is one thing, but it now seems that OnePlus is also willing to ditch other common Android conventions, like Google Fast Pair for its OnePlus Buds Pro that would have made it trivial to pair the earbuds with any Android phone.

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Firefox will block insecure downloads on HTTPS pages

Firefox will block insecure downloads on HTTPS pages

Slowly but surely, the Web has mostly moved to use secure HTTP or HTTPS as the default for browsing web pages. There are still a few exceptions, however, especially when talking about content that is downloaded via those supposedly secure web pages. It's no longer enough just to mark web pages as "secure" but also the resources that come from them. Starting next month, Mozilla will follow in Chrome's footsteps and will make Firefox block downloads on HTTPS pages that come from unsecured HTTP content.

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Xiaomi to ditch Mi brand as company overtakes Samsung and Apple

Xiaomi to ditch Mi brand as company overtakes Samsung and Apple

It has been a long-standing tradition that smartphone makers aside from Apple christen their smartphones with a specific brand reserved for their mobile devices. This was especially true for the likes of Samsung, which has other consumer electronics products in the market. However, some manufacturers like OnePlus saw the wisdom in a simple, Apple-like naming scheme that puts the brand front and center. While it may be too late for some companies, Xiaomi is making the unconventional decision to drop its "Mi" smartphone branding, now that its name is more or less well-known throughout the world.

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Pixel 5 and 4a 5G discontinued, paving the way for Pixel 6 launch

Pixel 5 and 4a 5G discontinued, paving the way for Pixel 6 launch

Google just launched the Pixel 5a (5G) barely a week ago, but its parents have already been given the pink slip. A more affordable version of the Pixel 4a 5G that shares some features with the Pixel 5, the Pixel 5a 5G is being positioned as the budget option for Android purists and loyal Google fans. Of course, it isn't the only Pixel phone to be offered this year, and Google is now clearing out stocks of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G to make room for what could be the most notable Pixel phones since the 2016 original.

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WhatsApp for iPad native app might be around the corner

WhatsApp for iPad native app might be around the corner

Although they have experienced a resurgence in popularity and sales, there are still a number of popular apps that either don't work natively on iPads are or don't work properly. Instagram is the poster child of the latter with its suboptimal experience of Apple's slates. WhatsApp, Facebook's other social media property, isn't following its sibling's footsteps and might have a native app for iPads and even Android tablets coming soon.

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Fitbit Charge 5 leak reveals the big changes coming

Fitbit Charge 5 leak reveals the big changes coming

After a rather awkward start, it seems that smartwatches have more or less become staple accessories these days. That said, some still prefer a less conspicuous but equally advanced wearable that can keep up with the most important things in their lives. Fitness trackers are still a thing, and Fitbit remains at the top of that market. Not everybody has been happy with the latest Fitbit Charge 4, however, but it seems that the company will be making up for it with the upcoming Fitbit Charge 5.

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Chrome on Android 12 will support multiple windows

Chrome on Android 12 will support multiple windows

Smartphones are getting more powerful and larger to the point that some of the hard limits of the past no longer really apply today. Multi-tasking has become more important as phones gain more RAM, and having more than one app open at the same time is a staple feature on tablets and the new breed of foldable devices. Despite those changes, mobile apps are still limited to the old "one instance" or "one window" per app convention from the first few years of smartphones. Google could be changing that with Chrome running on Android 12, allowing users to have as many as five instances of the web browser.

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Windows 11 Clock app with new Focus Sessions rolls out to Insiders

Windows 11 Clock app with new Focus Sessions rolls out to Insiders

Microsoft has been slowly teasing the built-in apps that will be coming with Windows 11, but most of those have been criticized for having only aesthetic changes. Microsoft Paint is one of the few that actually got more than just rounded corners or support for dark themes, but even that didn't satisfy Windows users or fans of the venerable painting program. Windows 11's Clock app, however, stands out from the crowd because of one new feature that apparently deserved its very own blog post.

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OnePlus 9 RT could be the company’s last numbered phone this year

OnePlus 9 RT could be the company’s last numbered phone this year

OnePlus's product lineup seems to be all over the place since last year. It started pushing the OnePlus Nord series while also taking a step back with the main "numbered" flagships. According to sources, there will be no OnePlus 9T this year, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's done with the 9 series. It might just launch a OnePlus 9 RT later this year that would mark the end of that series, though its availability will be just as limited as its immediate predecessor.

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