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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

MediaTek Dimensity 2000 leak shows a slight edge over Snapdragon 888

MediaTek Dimensity 2000 leak shows a slight edge over Snapdragon 888

With Google jumping on the mobile chipset bandwagon and OPPO reportedly following closely, Qualcomm is probably feeling some heat as new challengers try to infringe on its territory. Of course, the tech company has already been unseated for a few consecutive quarters by MediaTek, and the latter might be poised to make its biggest attempt yet. Early information about its upcoming Dimensity 2000 5G processor is starting to sound promising and, at the very least, could give the Snapdragon 888 some stiff competition next year.

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Gmail on the Web will make sure you have the right recipient

Gmail on the Web will make sure you have the right recipient

Despite the prevalence of instant messaging, group chat, and video conferencing platforms, email remains the standard of communication in the workplace, both within the same company and across different entities. The protocol hasn't exactly evolved over the decades, and users have been forced to rely on special features provided by email clients and service providers on top of the standard. Take, for example, today's update to Gmail on the Web that will help make sure employees and organizations send the right emails to the right persons.

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Android 12 might finally have native support for app cloning

Android 12 might finally have native support for app cloning

There was a time when it was almost normal to find out that people had two phones in their possession. The need to keep personal and professional lives separate on that level still exists in this age of dual SIM phones, especially since apps don't always support handling multiple accounts. Different manufacturers have applied different and inconsistent implementations, but it seems that Google is laying the groundwork for having multiple copies of some apps installed on the same Android user profile.

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Apple Mixed Reality headset design to cause production delays

Apple Mixed Reality headset design to cause production delays

Apple and its CEO Tim Cook have been big proponents of augmented or mixed reality of the more widespread VR technologies in the market today. Despite that, the company's AR products have been limited to what can be done and seen on an iPhone or iPad screen. While iOS' ARCore definitely has some potential, it will take a dedicated AR or MR device to truly bring that out. Unfortunately for those hoping for such a device, they might have to wait even longer for that to happen.

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Pixel 6 Tensor CPU design revolves around Machine Learning

Pixel 6 Tensor CPU design revolves around Machine Learning

This shouldn't really come as much of a surprise. Google is arguably one of the kings of machine learning (ML) and AI, technologies that it relies on to make sense of all the data it collects through the Internet. So when it revealed that it was making its own System-on-Chip (SoC) named Tensor, it was expected that the chip would have ML at its forefront. That's what Google is now confirming about the Tensor chip and its abilities while still playing a bit coy on the technical details.

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Pixel 6 features that have us very excited

Pixel 6 features that have us very excited

Apple just finished its Unleashed event that delivered almost everything that Mac fans have been wishing for and then some. While on a completely different device category, it definitely sets the mood for Google's Pixel event and raises expectations even higher. Of course, those expectations were already set by innumerable rumors, leaks, and teasers, some of them coming from Google itself. While the fine details have still to be officially confirmed, we know enough about the broad brush strokes to be eager for what could be the Android phone to beat.

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Google Play Data Safety starts accepting developer submissions

Google Play Data Safety starts accepting developer submissions

Privacy has become a hot topic in tech in the past few years, especially on mobile. Apple has even made it an important selling point for its products, especially iPhones and iOS. Google has been working to change the image of Android as a Wild West for privacy-violating apps, and it is introducing a new section on the Google Play Store to give users a clue on what apps are doing with their data. Of course, that doesn't happen by magic, and Google is now pushing developers to start submitting the required information before 2022 deadlines.

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Chrome OS might let you run your Android phones’ apps temporarily

Chrome OS might let you run your Android phones’ apps temporarily

Google practically has two major computing platforms, three if you consider the Web, and, once upon a time, these two didn't meet. Today, Chrome OS can almost be considered that one Google OS to rule them all, and its integration with Android is only about to get even deeper. There has been development afoot in a wider bridge between Chrome OS and a connected Android phone, and tomorrow might see a new feature that will finally let you mirror your Android phone's apps on your Chromebook.

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Galaxy S22 Ultra renders could trigger a specific phobia

Galaxy S22 Ultra renders could trigger a specific phobia

One of the Galaxy S22 series' most controversial leaked aspects has so far been its design. While the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22+ (or Pro) models are sticking to a similarly controversial design, there doesn't seem to be any consensus yet about the Galaxy S22 Ultra's camera bump. It was initially accepted that it would have an odd P-shaped island, but that theory is now being tested by a particular tipster. A third variant of that design is now being presented, and it might just be as divisive as all the others.

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Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro US prices are almost unbelievable

Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro US prices are almost unbelievable

The next few days will be rather busy for people in the tech market. Apple will be announcing new Macs powered by a new M1X (or M1 Pro/Max) chips, while Samsung might have a snorefest scheduled as well. Sandwiched in between is what might be Google's biggest show for 2021. The interest around the Pixel 6 and its Pro sibling is definitely high, and the latest leak for its US pricing could make it even higher just days before the phones officially debut.

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Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max might be the next MacBook Pro chips

Apple M1 Pro and M1 Max might be the next MacBook Pro chips

It's less than a day before Apple's next big event, but there seems to still be some time for a small little change to expectations. Of course, something as minor as a marketing name change won't really affect how the next batch of MacBook Pros will perform, but it could either clarify or confuse consumers about which model to get. Debuting with new Macs is Apple's next-gen Silicon, which might not be called the Apple M1X after all.

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Pixel 6 ads and specs leak sets the tone for next week’s event

Pixel 6 ads and specs leak sets the tone for next week’s event

There is pretty much nothing left for Google to surprise the virtual crowd next week when it reveals the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro. Those leaks, however, may have also worked in its favor to help hype up and generate interest in Google's next big smartphone. Of course, how those specs and features work together still needs to be put to the test, and this latest batch of leaks try to show you'll do exactly that.

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