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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

RetroArch emulator platform is now available on Amazon Fire TVs

RetroArch emulator platform is now available on Amazon Fire TVs

Gaming on the big screen in the living room isn't really new, but that has traditionally been the domain of gaming consoles. In recent times, however, even other gaming platforms, like PCs and even mobile, have started to make their presence on TVs known. Most of these games come from more modern titles that try to take advantage of every pixel that a 2K or 4K TV can offer. RetroArch, in contrast, is coming from the opposite end and is bringing the games of Amazon's Fire devices, including Fire TV.

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Digital Wellbeing Heads Up rolls out to more Android phones

Digital Wellbeing Heads Up rolls out to more Android phones

We live in a society where it's no longer unusual to see people's faces glued to their smartphone screens. While that may be a social issue most of the time, it can be a safety hazard when people do so while walking. A few months back, Google introduced a simple way to remind people to keep their heads up once in a while when moving around. That Heads Up feature is apparently starting to roll out to other phones that aren't Pixel phones, provided you have Digital Wellbeing installed.

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Samsung foldable displays will have 120Hz refresh rates

Samsung foldable displays will have 120Hz refresh rates

Although Samsung seems to have the lion's share of the niche foldable phone market, it might not be the only noteworthy game in town soon. A couple of new foldable devices are rumored to be launching within the next 12 or so months, but, ironically and unsurprisingly, Samsung will also benefit from those indirectly. Its display panel business will be the one providing foldable screens for these phones, and those screens might even boast fast refresh rates usually seen on conventional phones.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 launch date reportedly still undecided

Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 launch date reportedly still undecided

It seems that everything is set for Samsung's big event next month. Almost all the details about the two stars of that Unpacked show have already been leaked, including their prices. Although it's still unofficial, Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 are expected to debut to the public on August 11. All that's left is knowing when it will actually be available in the market, but based on rumors in South Korea, the company is considering delaying that launch by at least a week.

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Xperia 1 III premium flagship might get only one Android upgrade

Xperia 1 III premium flagship might get only one Android upgrade

For those following the smartphone market for almost a decade now, it's not unusual to hear Sony's smartphones getting price tags considerably higher than their competitors. At the same time, the company has been one of the very few among its peers that kept its doors open to Android ROM developers and modders. This paints a rather confusing picture of Sony's smartphone business, and this latest revelation doesn't help improve that image. According to its Dutch office, its latest Xperia 1 III high-end flagship will get only two years of monthly security fixes and one major Android update.

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iPhone 13 always-on display could finally happen this year

iPhone 13 always-on display could finally happen this year

Every year brings rumors and hopes of new iPhone features that never come. Last year, it was the iPad Pro ProMotion display tech that would have brought a 120Hz refresh rate to iPhones. That never happened with the iPhone 12, but that hasn't dashed hopes it will still come. The iPhone 13 could finally get that kind of screen, but the technology that will enable it could also bring a wanted but an also contentious feature, an always-on display system similar to the Apple Watch.

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Amazon Appstore Android App Bundle support will eventually happen

Amazon Appstore Android App Bundle support will eventually happen

Amazon's Appstore has been around for a long, long time, but it recently came under the spotlight with Microsoft's Windows 11 announcement. It will be the platform that will enable installing Android apps on Windows PCs, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions, especially regarding technical implementations. The Amazon Appstore itself hasn't exactly been renowned for its advanced features, but the e-commerce giant is now making a public commitment to bringing it up to speed with Google's next-gen Android App Bundle format.

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OnePlus Buds Pro adaptive noise cancellation will be its headline feature

OnePlus Buds Pro adaptive noise cancellation will be its headline feature

Truly Wireless Stereo earbuds are a dime a dozen these days. Some use their brand strength to catch buyers' attention and money, while others try to come up with gimmicks or feature buzzwords to stand out from the crowd. OnePlus' upcoming TWS buds will probably try to use both strategies. Based on its own teasing of its features, the OnePlus Buds Pro will be flaunting a newer, more advanced kind of noise cancellation technology to appeal to audiophiles.

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Pixel 6 XL could be the long-overdue Android’s flagship roadmap

Pixel 6 XL could be the long-overdue Android’s flagship roadmap

It's still a few months away, but rumors and leaks about the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 XL are starting to accumulate. The details we've heard and seen so far paint a picture of a unique phone, both inside and especially outside. It's definitely a head-turner, for better or worse, and something that Android users will probably be talking about for quite a while. And perhaps rightly so, because the Pixel 6, specifically Pixel 6 XL, could very well be the standard flagship smartphone that Android users deserve.

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Google Search protects your search history with these new features

Google Search protects your search history with these new features

Most people tend to use Google to search for anything they need information on, ranging from the mundane to the personal. Few people give a thought to how Google, by default, tracks those searches, one way or another, something that could induce fear and uncertainty in some users when they realize that fact. Fortunately, Google has become more responsible in handling that kind of data and giving users more control over their online lives. Now it is introducing new features in Google Search that will keep search histories safe from prying eyes, including Google's.

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Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

Windows 10 21H2 will be another scoped release focusing on polish

With the announcement of Windows 11, some people might presume that Microsoft will be focusing its efforts on Windows' next big installment, and they'd be right and wrong at the same time. Microsoft still has a commitment to service Windows 10 users, and not just with its usual security patches and bug fixes. In fact, the company just announced the existence of a Windows 10 21H2 feature update coming later this year. Don't expect big changes, though, as it will only have a scoped set of features delivered using "servicing technology."

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Pixel 6 XL telephoto camera could boast 5x zoom ultra tele lens

Pixel 6 XL telephoto camera could boast 5x zoom ultra tele lens

If you thought Apple was stingy when it came to camera hardware, then you may not have seen what Google has been putting on its Pixel phones. The first Google Pixel made headlines because of all the tricks it could do and the beautiful pictures it could produce with a single 12MP camera. AI and algorithms, however, could only go so far, and Google very slowly upgraded its cameras eventually. One of the biggest updates might be coming in the Pixel 6 XL, or Pro based on older leaks, that will have the line's first telephoto camera and a very powerful one at that.

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