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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

OnePlus 8 and 8T OxygenOS 11 Beta updates bring fixes and Bitmojis

OnePlus 8 and 8T OxygenOS 11 Beta updates bring fixes and Bitmojis

OnePlus has always been quick to announce its Android updates and how regular and fast they push them out. Of course, it was also one of the first to jump on the Android 12 Beta train, announcing its availability for the OnePlus 9. In the meantime, however, it isn't abandoning owners of its 2020 flagships and has just rolled out the latest beta for the OnePlus 8, OnePlus 8 Pro, and the OnePlus 8T, which brings not just fixes but an odd new feature as well.

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CNA ransomware reportedly lands a $40 million payout

CNA ransomware reportedly lands a $40 million payout

Ransomware is nothing new and it targets individuals and big companies alike. Unlike with smaller infections, however, we often don't hear how those end, especially with large companies that get billed millions in dollars to free their files. Just like with any kind of ransom, authorities discourage paying those to discourage further behavior. It turns out that one of the US' largest insurance companies may have not heeded that warning and may have paid a hefty sum to get out of a ransomware situation.

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Chromebooks Linux support is going out of beta soon

Chromebooks Linux support is going out of beta soon

Although it has more market share, Chrome OS is closer to being the Google OS to rule them all compared to Android. Its ability to run apps from different platforms, including Android, Linux, and even Windows, makes it an all-in-one operating system for nearly every task possible. Of course, not all of those have the same level of stability and support and, in a few weeks, support for running Linux apps will finally be joining Android app support as it moves from beta to stable status.

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Opera GX Mobile gaming browser comes without game boosting perks

Opera GX Mobile gaming browser comes without game boosting perks

Opera is actually one of the oldest names in the web browser market, long before Chrome was even born. These days, however, it has been pushed to the sidelines but still manages to get a loyal following in some niche services and markets. One example of that is Opera GX, a browser designed specifically for gamers, that's now getting a version for Android and iOS. Strangely but not surprisingly, Opera GX Mobile is just getting its desktop counterpart's gaming looks but not the features that actually make it notable.

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OnePlus Nord 2 with MediaTek chip tipped again

OnePlus Nord 2 with MediaTek chip tipped again

Qualcomm may have much of the attention in the media when it comes to smartphone processors but it might be slowly losing ground when it comes to actual market share. Figures from the last few quarters revealed MediaTek's growing reach as more and more smartphone makers adopt its growing number of 5G processors. Some, like Xiaomi, were previously Snapdragon-only houses and soon OnePlus might follow that pattern with the Nord 2 and a Dimensity 1200 instead of a Qualcomm chip.

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Disneyland Avengers Campus will have WEB Tech accessories you can buy

Disneyland Avengers Campus will have WEB Tech accessories you can buy

Against all odds, and perhaps much opposition, Disney's parks have started opening up to visitors. Of course, some fans are incredibly excited over the new experiences that have still to open up for the first time. That includes the new Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park which will have one interactive ride that will have visitors blasting web from their wrists or repulsors from their palms. Presuming they have the $65 to buy those accessories.

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Galaxy Tab A7 Lite specs all revealed in newest leak

Galaxy Tab A7 Lite specs all revealed in newest leak

A lot of attention has been given to the Galaxy Tab S7 Lite or Galaxy Tab S7 FE, depending on which rumor you subscribe to, probably because of how close it is to the premium Galaxy Tab S7. Not everyone will be interested in such a big or potentially expensive tablet and might appreciate that there is also a Galaxy Tab A7 Lite coming with a smaller size, lower specs, and, hopefully, a more accessible price tag as well.

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The New Wear OS is still uncertain for old Wear OS smartwatches

The New Wear OS is still uncertain for old Wear OS smartwatches

A lot of excitement was generated over the renewed attention that was given to Wear OS by Google, including collaborations with Samsung and Fitbit to grow that platform in ways it should have years ago. With all the buzz and hype, however, comes the question of when this new Wear OS will actually launch. It's a given that it will be available on new models launching later this year but it is not yet known whether older smartwatches will be treated to the same features when the time comes.

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Google Nest and Android will support Matter IoT standard

Google Nest and Android will support Matter IoT standard

It was really not unexpected that the beginnings of the smart home market saw different systems that spoke different languages, a.k.a. protocols, to coordinate their activities. There were attempts to consolidate these different systems or at least support most of them one way or another. Matter, the new name of the Connectivity Standards Alliance, is the latest such attempt and it's coming not only to Android but also Google's Nest smart home platform.

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Android 12 Beta and the phones you can put it on

Android 12 Beta and the phones you can put it on

Once upon a time, pre-releases of Android's next version were available only to a limited few. Of course, Google's own Nexus phones, later Pixels, had first dibs on any development version but some big names in the Android empire also boasted that preferential treatment. Almost like a testament to Android's more open development strategy, a number of manufacturers have all but simultaneously announced the availability of Android 12 beta for some of the phones, some companies you might not have expected to just that early into a development preview in the first place.

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Windows 10 May 2021 update seals Windows 10X’s fate

Windows 10 May 2021 update seals Windows 10X’s fate

It might be Google's big day but the rest of the tech world isn't going to pause just for Google I/O. In fact, Microsoft curiously timed the announcement of Windows 10 version 21H1's rollout right on the day that Google is at the center of tech news. Regardless, many computer users will want to take note of this update in order to prepare for worst-case scenarios. Likewise, it also brings some sad news to those still hoping to see a Windows 10X in the future.

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Galaxy Watch with Tizen will get three years of updates

Galaxy Watch with Tizen will get three years of updates

Most of the rumors pointed to Samsung adopting Wear OS for its future smartwatches. They never anticipated, however, that the company would actually play a bigger role in Google's wearable future. It might sound comforting for Wear OS fans that a large company like Samsung would be investing heavily in the platform's future but it could also sound discouraging for those already invested in Samsung's Tizen-based platform. Samsung is throwing this group a bone by promising updates that will last three years, though that's really just two years now since the last Galaxy Watch.

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