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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

ASUS Chromebook with a 17.3-inch screen might be in the works

ASUS Chromebook with a 17.3-inch screen might be in the works

There is no shortage of Chromebooks in the market, as evidenced by recent figures from market analysis companies. Despite different brands or even form factors, most of them share similar traits with few exceptions. Most Chromebooks come with rather modest specs and conventional screen sizes. ASUS has been tipped to be preparing a Chromebook that diverges from at least one of those and could be one of the biggest Chromebooks, at least the ones that come in a laptop form.

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Arm v9 CPUs and new Mali GPUs try to steer computing away from Intel

Arm v9 CPUs and new Mali GPUs try to steer computing away from Intel

Apple's launch of its M1 Silicon and the following M1 Macs and iPad Pros has definitely raised questions about Intel's future in the personal computing space. Arm-based computers, not just phones, have suddenly become more interesting but their numbers and performance, especially on the Windows side, haven't exactly been that impressive. Some might say that Arm processors still have a long way to go but Arm's latest v9 generation of Cortex processors and Mali GPUs might be heading in that direction.

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Valve’s handheld gaming PC could take on the Nintendo Switch

Valve’s handheld gaming PC could take on the Nintendo Switch

Although gaming handhelds have been around since the days of the Nintendo Game Boy, the Nintendo Switch definitely kicked up interest by a notch, revealing a potentially profitable market for portable devices that can run AAA titles, even in medium or low settings only. That, in turn, has created a series of devices and concept designs inspired by the Switch, except running PC hardware and PC games instead. Given that trend, it's not surprising to hear that Valve, best known for the Steam PC gaming platform, is planning to jump into that fray and no later than the end of this year even.

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Anker PowerHouse II 800 Portable Power Station Review – For the Great Outdoors

Anker PowerHouse II 800 Portable Power Station Review – For the Great Outdoors

In an age where we rely perhaps too much on electrical appliances and electronic devices, having a power source available all the time has become even more critical. Going off the grid mostly only applies to just networks these days and while gasoline generators do still exist, they may not be the most practical and definitely not the safest. Portable Power Stations are what's in these days and there's almost one for every size and need. For those who prefer mobility over gargantuan batteries, Anker's new PowerHouse II 800 is offering another combination of portable power with an assortment of ports.

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Google Docs can now put images in front of or behind words

Google Docs can now put images in front of or behind words

Google created its Workspace suite, sometimes collectively known as "Google Docs", to take on Microsoft Office by bringing productivity to the cloud. There was a time when the market seemed to be on a verge of an office suite war and while things have settled down, no clear winner has emerged yet. Google Docs and friends have definitely come a long way but a new feature that was announced is setting the Internet ablaze but not in a flattering way for Google Workspace.

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Honor 50 Google apps support is still uncertain

Honor 50 Google apps support is still uncertain

When Huawei got slapped with severe US sanctions, it took down its many subsidiaries and business with it. That included Honor, which was expected to be a rising star before that fate befell its parent company. Late last year, Honor officially and legally cut its ties with Huawei, which freed it to make partnerships that the larger company couldn't. That seems to be true with Qualcomm, whose Snapdragon chip will power the upcoming Honor 50 series. Whether that phone will also see the return of Google Play apps and services, however, is still up in the air.

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Google News Showcase is now on the desktop

Google News Showcase is now on the desktop

Google and news have always been in a rather rocky relationship. On the one hand, people have started using Google, specifically Google Search results, to find the latest information and updates on current events or topics. On the other hand, news publishers have been complaining about how they're losing traffic because of that or how Google's snippets are infringing on copyrights. Google's solution is its News Showcase initiative and its featured news stories are finally coming to desktops after being exclusive to mobile for months.

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Bluetti EB70 Portable Power Station Review – Hitting the Sweet Spot

Bluetti EB70 Portable Power Station Review – Hitting the Sweet Spot

Portable power stations, the hulking versions of the power banks for smartphones you carry with you in your bag, now come in all shapes, sizes, and capacities. Almost all of them offer the same trifecta of portability, power, and safety though they mostly vary in how they balance the first two. Go too small and you won't be able to get much out of it. Put in too much, however, and it defeats the purpose of being portable, even if you have wheels. Offering a powerful battery that won't pull your arms off when you carry it is what the Bluetti EB70 Portable Power Station is trying to offer and we take it for a good spin to see if it is indeed the Goldilocks of its kind.

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Samsung Smart Monitors now have 43-inch UHD and 24-inch FHD options

Samsung Smart Monitors now have 43-inch UHD and 24-inch FHD options

Many monitors these days have gotten much better and much more advanced but the way they work has mostly remained the same. You plug in a video source, like a computer, console, or even a phone without which the monitor is basically useless. Late last year, Samsung launched a new breed of displays that, while also acting as monitors, can also serve their own content from other sources. These Samsung Smart Monitors are now growing with two new models covering the smallest and the biggest needs.

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Chrome crashing on Windows 10 and Linux now has a fix

Chrome crashing on Windows 10 and Linux now has a fix

A lot of people rely on the Web these days not just to say informed or connected but also to work. Web browsers have become critical pieces of software on any platform, so when those break, the Internet is filled with complaints and demands for explanations. That is what transpired over the weekend when Google Chrome on Windows 10 started crashing left and right. Google did quickly push out a fix and its solution is just as strange as the bug it fixes.

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OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Edition is coming but you can’t have it

OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Edition is coming but you can’t have it

OnePlus just loves tying up with companies to put their brand on its devices and spread its devices to fans of those franchises. It tried that tactic for a few years with racing car marque McLaren but that partnership ended last year. Now it seems to be cozying up to other companies, including CD Projekt RED and its controversial Cyberpunk 2077 game. As it did for one of its phones, it is now making a OnePlus Watch Cyberpunk 2077 Edition that you won't be able to get easily unless you live in China.

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Google Assistant might soon be able to turn off your Android phone

Google Assistant might soon be able to turn off your Android phone

Google's smart AI-powered virtual assistant has definitely gotten a lot smarter over the years but there seem to be some simple things it still can't do. One of those is apparently the ability to turn off your phone using just your voice, which does sound (no pun intended) redundant considering there is a power button. It turns out that Google Assistant might gain exactly that feature in Android 12 and precisely because it will be able to commandeer that power button for its self.

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