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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

Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

While most people have gotten their heads glued down to their screens in the past 23 months, others have looked up to the skies for a reprieve from the concerns on terra firma. Different people have taken up different hobbies to cope with the pandemic, and some have invested not only time but money in observing and capturing the night skies from their yards or gardens. Astrophotography and stargazing are not exactly beginner-friendly activities, especially if you have neither equipment nor clue. "Smart" telescopes were born from a need to address both concerns, and the Vaonis Stellina is one of the latest to sell that idea to a hobbyist market. Read on to find out how it fared in our tests.

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Pixel 6a renders look familiar but leaves many questions unanswered

Pixel 6a renders look familiar but leaves many questions unanswered

Google has developed a new tradition of launching an "a" model of the Pixel phone, usually aimed to be a more affordable version of its supposedly premium flagships. Last year's lineup blurred the lines a bit between the Pixel 5, Pixel 4a, and Pixel 4a 5G, but Google might be returning to normalcy once more. That is to say, it might be launching a Pixel 6a in the next few months, but this fresh set of renders bring more questions than answers.

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LG WebOS Smart TVs will soon have an NVIDIA GeForce NOW app

LG WebOS Smart TVs will soon have an NVIDIA GeForce NOW app

LG is clearly dead-serious about expanding its smart TV kingdom, not just in terms of hardware but also software. In addition to adding new apps and services to its smart TVs, like Apple TV+ and support for AirPlay 2, LG has also started licensing its WebOS platform to other smart TV manufacturers. Most of those new features have revolved around "passive" entertainment, but this newest feature treads into the realm of interactive content, with the upcoming arrival of NVIDIA's GeForce NOW game streaming to select LG smart TVs.

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Nreal Light AR glasses now available in the US through Verizon

Nreal Light AR glasses now available in the US through Verizon

Augmented reality or AR, sometimes called mixed reality or MR, is one of the holy grails in the computing industry, not just because of its entertainment value but its productivity potential as well. Unlike how VR pretty much requires occluding your vision completely, AR headgear can afford to be more lightweight and more comfortable than bulky VR headsets, and that is the proposition that Nreal is making with its Light glasses that is finally making their way to the US as it earlier promised.

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Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 camera rumors might cause worries

Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4 camera rumors might cause worries

The Galaxy Z Fold 3, for the most part, is Samsung's best stab at the foldable market, while the more affordable Galaxy Z Flip 3 is proving to be its most successful. There are, of course, some well-noted flaws, especially when it comes to the Galaxy Z Fold 3's cameras. Samsung was recently reported to have ambitious goals for next year's foldables, enough to produce almost 10 million units combined. Those ambitions, however, might be questionable if Samsung decides to push through with rumored plans to go all-in on its under-display cameras.

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Moto G Power 2022 offers a 4G phone in the age of 5G

Moto G Power 2022 offers a 4G phone in the age of 5G

Motorola is almost like the new Nokia, although Nokia is still somewhat guilty of launching innumerable models that almost make it impossible to keep track of them all. At least there are some Motorola phones that are distinguished by their year rather than a model number that doesn't give a clue when they were launched. Take, for example, this Moto G Power (2022) that will be launching early next year with specs seemingly hailing from last year.

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Galaxy Tab S8 could be delayed by new COVID-19 cases

Galaxy Tab S8 could be delayed by new COVID-19 cases

Samsung has, until recently, been doing quite well despite and in spite of two major global events that have affected lives and industries for the past two years. While the tech industry continues to struggle with the ongoing semiconductor supply shortage, the situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus has been alleviated a bit thanks to vaccines. It hasn't completely disappeared, though, and a rather unfortunate new incident at Samsung's HQ just proved that to be the case and could affect at least one upcoming product line.

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Qualcomm’s answer to the Apple M1 won’t happen until 2023

Qualcomm’s answer to the Apple M1 won’t happen until 2023

Apple's launch of its M1-powered Macs and MacBooks has definitely sent ripples in the computing market. It showed what the ARM architecture is capable of, going beyond smartphones and tablets, and it put Intel and AMD on notice. Those, however, aren't the only ones that might have felt threatened by Apple's growing reputation in the semiconductor space. Qualcomm doesn't seem to be fazed, and it isn't even rushing to rival the Apple Silicon, at least not until 2023.

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Windows Media Player is finally getting a long-overdue upgrade

Windows Media Player is finally getting a long-overdue upgrade

Like any other operating system, Windows has always come with its set of first-party utilities for the most basic needs, from calculators to media players to drawing tools. Most of these haven't seen any notable update in years, possibly decades, like the venerable Microsoft Paint that has remained the same since 2012 until recently. It seems that the next "old" app to get a facelift will be Media Player, which will finally become Windows' unified audio and video player once again.

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Windows 11 upgrade rollout is about to get more aggressive

Windows 11 upgrade rollout is about to get more aggressive

Given the brouhaha over the Windows 10 launch more than half a decade ago, it's a bit of a relief that Microsoft opted to be more cautious with Windows 11, at least at the start. It added a smidge of everyone's favorite magic sauce known as machine learning to determine which Windows 10 PCs are eligible to receive the upgrade. Now, however, it seems that the company is announcing that it will be pushing Windows 11 out faster than they previously planned, all thanks to the positive feedback that Microsoft says it has received.

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Pixel Fold cancellation is a missed opportunity for Google and Android

Pixel Fold cancellation is a missed opportunity for Google and Android

Samsung is betting heavily on foldable devices. After the so-far successful run of the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the company is reportedly allocating a huge chunk of its production numbers to next year's generation. It might not be the only one competing in that market soon, however, with the likes of OPPO, vivo, Xiaomi, and even Honor expected to soon make foldables more common, if not a bit more affordable.

One rumored player, however, might not be joining the game soon or at all, with word of the Google Pixel Fold's cancellation starting to go around the Internet. While it's not an unsurprising decision, it could be a rather unfortunate one that would have adverse effects down the line on Google and possibly Android in general.

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OnePlus 10 might try to steal Samsung’s thunder

OnePlus 10 might try to steal Samsung’s thunder

OnePlus once boasted itself as the "Flagship Killer" with a deadly combination of killer specs and a price tag to die for. In recent years, it has somewhat grown from its roots and even branched out to a new Nord mid-range line while chasing the high-end with its main series. The latter ambition will probably be best seen in the upcoming OnePlus 10 series that, based on early leaks, will take a page from Samsung's book not just in its design but also in its launch date.

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