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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

Apple AR headset will still need an iPhone to function

Apple AR headset will still need an iPhone to function

Just when you thought the days of smartphone-driven VR or AR headsets were over, Apple might come along and make it trendy again. Granted, the likes of the Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR failed because of how they strapped smartphones to your head to do everything. Apple, on the other hand, might be doing things a little differently. According to sources familiar with matters, Apple will be taking a mixed approach to its mixed reality headset that will still require an iPhone to be nearby to do its magic.

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Logitech Logi Bolt encrypts wireless keyboards and mice connections

Logitech Logi Bolt encrypts wireless keyboards and mice connections

The trend in computer-centric workspaces for the past years has been to declutter desks by either hiding those pesky cables or by going wireless. Of course, wireless keyboards and mice are nothing new, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and types of connectivity. Bluetooth peripherals save you USB slots but often at the expensive stability, while wireless receivers sometimes tend to be less secure despite their stronger connections. Logitech is now trying to combine the best of both worlds with a new Logi Bolt technology that basically uses a USB Bluetooth dongle to establish a secure wireless connection.

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DJI Mavic or Pro 3 leak reveals specs and design of next-gen drone

DJI Mavic or Pro 3 leak reveals specs and design of next-gen drone

DJI might be retiring its Mavic name, but that doesn't mean the line is going extinct. True, it has been three years since a "main" Mavic drone was launched, but DJI did launch a few drones in the meantime. Fans of the drone maker will probably be relieved to hear that a new product is just around the corner. And if this rather hefty leak is to be believed, the DJI Mavic 3 or DJI Pro 3 will be packing quite a punch when it comes to its specs.

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Chromebooks might use custom Google CPU in 2023

Chromebooks might use custom Google CPU in 2023

Many see Google, and technically many other companies, as always copying Apple's strategies, especially the successful ones. At the height of the Apple M1 hype, Google was rumored to be working on its own ARM-based silicon, one that would take on the Apple A series of processors that launched back in 2010. Of course, the M1 silicon was destined not for phones but for Macs, and now Google is reportedly eying a similar strategy that would see future Chromebooks running on Google-branded processors as early as 2023.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 survives Allstate drop and dunk tests

Galaxy Z Fold 3 survives Allstate drop and dunk tests

It may be $200 cheaper this year, but there's no denying that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 still surpasses regular smartphones of the same specs when it comes to price. You are, of course, paying for materials and technologies revolving around that foldable display, but that may also be a cause for great concern when it comes to durability. Samsung made big claims about the Galaxy Z Fold 3's increased ruggedness, and while JerryRigEverything already put that to the test, SquareTrade's Allstate has come up with more brutal ways to verify Samsung's boast.

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EcoFlow Delta Pro Power Station Review

EcoFlow Delta Pro Power Station Review

Recent weather disasters and natural calamities have made the need for emergency power even more apparent these days. While fuel generators have been the go-to solution for such situations, they are no longer viable options in terms of safety and reliability. Portable power generators are popping up left and right but rarely do these devices have enough power to truly run your home in an emergency. That's where EcoFlow's new Delta Pro portable power station comes in, stretching what "portable" means while also expanding what power stations are often expected to do.

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Android 10 update is never going to happen

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Android 10 update is never going to happen

Despite bowing out of the mobile market, NVIDIA managed to actually become an exemplar in the Android community, at least when it comes to software support. Years after it launched in SHIELD TV boxes, NVIDIA continued pushing updates both big and small beyond what most OEMs would have done in the past. Sadly, good things do come to an end, and the graphics tech giant has just confirmed that the SHIELD TV won't be getting Android 10, but that doesn't mean it won't be getting updates either.

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Galaxy Book Fold 17 could be Samsung’s first foldable laptop

Galaxy Book Fold 17 could be Samsung’s first foldable laptop

Microsoft may have given up on the idea of foldable Windows PCs, whether single or dual screens, but other OEMs have taken up the slack. Although ASUS' Project Precog dual-screen device is just a concept prototype, Lenovo did launch the ThinkPad X1 Fold and its foldable screen in the market last year. Now it seems that Samsung could be following suit to prove its expertise in all things foldable with a Galaxy Book Fold 17 that might be coming soon.

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Windows 11 Android apps support is coming much later

Windows 11 Android apps support is coming much later

The launch date of Windows' next big version has already been announced. While it's not as big an upgrade as Windows 10, Microsoft's Surface changes (pun intended) are enough to pique people's curiosities. Of course, there are underlying changes as well, but at least one major advertised feature of Windows 11 won't be available at launch time. Microsoft is pushing back the ability to run Android apps directly on Windows 11 PCs, with the final feature release slate probably sometime in mid-2022.

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Galaxy Watch 4 Walkie Talkie app catches up with the Apple Watch

Galaxy Watch 4 Walkie Talkie app catches up with the Apple Watch

Smartwatches have been around for years now, and Apple has managed to keep its spot at the top despite the number of Android Wear, now Wear OS, devices in the market. In terms of platform features, the Apple Watch is arguably ahead of the race, but Wear OS isn't that far behind. Samsung's new Galaxy Watch 4 series seems to push Google's wearable platform to new heights, and it is getting a long-delayed feature that, somewhat ironically, still leaves Wear OS one step behind.

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Google Assistant on KaiOS phones is losing some features

Google Assistant on KaiOS phones is losing some features

There was a time when Google planned on putting Android on feature phones, sometimes called dumb phones to contrast with the more predominant smartphone breed. Lacking touch screens, Android would have needed to be driven using physical D-Pads and buttons as well as using voice commands. Google eventually settled for integrating Google Assistant into another operating system designed specifically for those very low-end phones. That arrangement seemed to have worked well for quite a number of those phones, including Nokia-branded ones, but Google Assistant is reportedly missing a few features now without any explanation or warning.

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iPhone satellite features will be for emergency situations initially

iPhone satellite features will be for emergency situations initially

With barely a month left, a new insider tip about the next iPhone seems to have set the Internet ablaze. Rumors of iPhone 13 features revolving around low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites have unsurprisingly produced some speculation and pushed one company's shares up briefly. That said, newer information is now tempering those expectations, claiming that the feature might be limited to very specific scenarios and might not even arrive until next year.

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