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Juan Carlos is a senior editor for SlashGear, covering mobile and computing since 2013. He is an open-source contributor, a mobile app creator, and actively involved in the KDE Projects as a developer and documentation maintainer. He holds two degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science. Email

7 Reasons to Stop Using Microsoft Edge

7 Reasons to Stop Using Microsoft Edge

Microsoft is one of the granddaddies of the tech world, and one of its biggest claims to fame was Internet Explorer. Of course, that is history, and IE, as it would be known, became more of a liability in recent years before it was finally put to rest. Microsoft initially struggled with creating something to fill in the big shoes left by Internet Explorer, but it almost struck gold when it finally decided to build upon the open source Chromium browser for Microsoft Edge. Unfortunately, much of the good faith that Edge was able to build up is now almost completely lost, and we're laying out the reasons why Microsoft Edge is something you'll want to avoid for now.

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Chromebooks are about to level up

Chromebooks are about to level up

Chromebooks have seen a massive surge in sales since last year as many schools, families, offices switched to remote or at-home arrangements. This class of devices has always been designed and marketed for such situations, where most of the work and even play happens on the Web, either directly inside browsers or using Web Apps. Things have definitely changed a lot over the past few years, with Chrome OS gaining a lot of capabilities that might also require even more hardware power. Thankfully, that muscle is just around the corner from Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon Compute platforms, just in time for the potential arrival of Steam.

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Android 12L tablet-friendly OS starts here, with Lenovo

Android 12L tablet-friendly OS starts here, with Lenovo

Google made a rather unexpected but definitely welcomed announcement in late October that puts a better focus on Android running on large screens, which included not just tablets but also everyone's favorite foldables. Of course, the easiest devices to target with Android 12L are tablets, so it's probably no surprise that a tablet is also the first to get the special spin's first developer preview. As announced back then, the Lenovo Tab P12 Pro is getting that preferential treatment, but its availability almost makes it pretty pointless for many developers.

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Google brings Family Bell and BMW Digital Key to Android smartphones

Google brings Family Bell and BMW Digital Key to Android smartphones

To help you get more out of the upcoming holidays, Google is rolling out a few features that, while not entirely new, are making their first appearances on Android. The features cover a variety of categories, including new widgets to make an Android smartphone's home screen more useful, simplified reminders for the entire family, and even the ability to lock and unlock certain cars with a Pixel 6.

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Broken Amazon Appstore on Android 12 may mean trouble for Windows 11 [UPDATE]

Broken Amazon Appstore on Android 12 may mean trouble for Windows 11 [UPDATE]

It might not exactly be common knowledge, but Amazon, despite its notorious rivalry with Google, actually distributes Android devices and apps. In fact, it actually rivals Google in that area as well, with its own ecosystem of Android apps and services revolving around its own Android Appstore. That said, Amazon may not actually be known in the Android world for keeping up with Google updates, and a recent issue with that could have implications for one of Windows 11's headlining features.

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Chrome OS 96 brings more camera features and Android Nearby Share

Chrome OS 96 brings more camera features and Android Nearby Share

Although Google is perhaps best known for Android as far as operating systems go, it does have a number of platforms under its name. Chrome OS is perhaps one of the most sophisticated because of the number of other operating systems it can support, including Linux and Android. In some aspects, however, Chrome OS feels like it's still catching up to what some of its peers already have. With the latest version 96, Google Chrome OS is getting quite a few of those, including an almost unique ability to control an external camera.

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Nokia 9 PureView Android 11 isn’t happening, HMD Global offers discounts instead

Nokia 9 PureView Android 11 isn’t happening, HMD Global offers discounts instead

When HMD Global took up Nokia's legacy, it wanted to make a good impression in the Android market. It set out to outdo larger companies by offering something those behemoths are rarely able to, promising long periods of software updates or "pure" Android experiences. Over time, however, the Android landscape has shifted a bit, and more phone makers are starting to do right by their customers. Ironically, it seems that HMD Global is now experiencing at least one problem in keeping that promise and is advising people to buy a new Nokia phone instead if they really want Android 11.

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Honor 60 leaks hint at a forgettable upgrade

Honor 60 leaks hint at a forgettable upgrade

There was a point in time when Honor had quite the presence in the mobile market. While it still stood under the shadow of its former parent company Huawei, it was, in fact, responsible for almost half of the shipments that pushed the embattled Chinese company to second place. It nearly suffered the same fate as Huawei but managed to escape by being sold off to a consortium. While US authorities are still pushing to have Honor blacklisted as well, it's business as usual for the company. Unfortunately, that "as usual" also means putting out flagship phones that you can't buy, like the upcoming Honor 60 and Honor 60 Pro.

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GameSir T4 Mini Game Controller Review

GameSir T4 Mini Game Controller Review

Gaming saw a big uptick in the past two years, partly thanks to new consoles and partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a great time not just for games and consoles but also for gaming accessories that diversify the market with more options, particularly when it comes to input controls like keyboards, mice, and, of course, controllers. With many people going mobile again, the need for more portable accessories has also become more apparent. The GameSir T4 Mini is part of that new generation of controllers that has mobility at its core, and we take it for a spin to check whether or not it makes some compromises along the way to achieve its goals.

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Galaxy Note production has reportedly ended

Galaxy Note production has reportedly ended

As if Galaxy Note fans needed more reason to be glum this year, more news just dropped over the weekend that probably puts what might be the final name in the fan favorite's coffin. There have been numerous reports of the Galaxy Note line's demise, especially since it didn't make an appearance this year. With the Galaxy S22 Ultra expected to pretty much stand in its place, this report about Samsung ceasing the production of Galaxy Note phones is both expected yet also disheartening for Galaxy Note believers.

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TerraMaster F4-421 (2021) NAS Review

TerraMaster F4-421 (2021) NAS Review

The world today revolves around digital data and its processing, from the content we view on the Web to the new breeds of cryptocurrencies disrupting the financial status quo. While local data storage has become important even in the age of the cloud, data backups have become even more critical because of our dependence on our files for entertainment and work. As Network Attached Storage or NAS products have popped up left and right to cater even to home or small office users, we've test the new TerraMaster F4-421 2021 Edition to see if it fits the bill for a reliable on-site repository of your digital life.

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OnePlus 10 Pro specs leak hint at the smartphone market’s problem

OnePlus 10 Pro specs leak hint at the smartphone market’s problem

We get a new generation of smartphones every year, like clockwork, despite and in spite of global events like the COVID-19 pandemic or supply shortages. In the past, almost every new smartphone generation brought something new and exciting to the table, something that kept consumers at the edge of their seats and stuck with indecision whether to buy a new phone now or wait for the next big thing instead. That excitement seems to have mellowed down in the past year or so, and this unofficial information about the OnePlus 10 Pro could be indicative of a subtle malady is plaguing the smartphone market.

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