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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

Spider-Man: No Way Home first trailer confirms some theories

Spider-Man: No Way Home first trailer confirms some theories

Popularizing the mid and end credits teaser trend, Marvel Studios has long developed hints of upcoming movies or shows to spark discussion among fans. Of course, not all theories developed around these teasers come to pass, but some tend to be right on the mark. The ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home pretty much sets the stage for the sequel, and much speculation has been generated on what role it plays in light of MCU's past and future shows. Now the first trailer for "No Way Home" seeming spoils the entire film, except that this is Marvel we're talking about.

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Razer mouse software bug easily grants Windows admin privileges

Razer mouse software bug easily grants Windows admin privileges

Although Microsoft has been working tirelessly to remove that stigma, Windows still retains the image of an operating system that is almost too easy to compromise. Many such exploits occur on the remote end when people click on suspicious links or download software from unofficial sources. There comes a time, however, that an exploit happens almost too easily, like when you plug in a Razer mouse that, in turn, starts a process that will let almost anyone with physical access to the computer get system-level administrator control.

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iPhone in-screen Touch ID won’t be happening this year

iPhone in-screen Touch ID won’t be happening this year

There has been a great deal of fuss around in-screen or under-display sensors, most of which are designed to remove bezels or even cutouts from a display. The first to go was the fingerprint scanner, now followed by the front-facing camera. Apple has long abandoned the former, preferring to keep a wide notch to power its Face ID replacement to fingerprint sensors. The company hasn't given up on Touch ID entirely, however, but its next evolution might not appear on the iPhone 13 later this year, after all.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard PS Alpha includes new Champion Hill multiplayer

Call of Duty: Vanguard PS Alpha includes new Champion Hill multiplayer

Call of Duty is one of the most iconic first-person shooters in recent years, spanning multiple mainline sequels and a Modern Warfare spin-off that has branched into a franchise of its own. After that modern diversion, developers Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch are going back to the original WWII setting of the game with Call of Duty: Vanguard. While the launch date is still a few months away, PlayStation gamers will be treated to an alpha version of the game, which will include CoD's new multiplayer mode, Champion Hill.

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M1X Mac Mini with added ports might be coming this Fall

M1X Mac Mini with added ports might be coming this Fall

The Mac Mini is perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the Mac family. Despite or perhaps because of its small footprint, many owners have used the small box in ways that Apple probably didn't initially design it for. Being one of the first to benefit from Apple's more powerful M1 Silicon only served to raise its profile as a multimedia workhorse, a reputation that Apple might actually build on with a new high-end Mac Mini that's coming in the next few months.

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SmartThings Edge lets smart homes work without an Internet connection

SmartThings Edge lets smart homes work without an Internet connection

Smart home devices and appliances can do a lot of impressive things, especially when they work together with a single command or automated scenario. Almost all of these smart home products and platforms, however, have an intrinsic and almost non-negotiable dependence on the cloud and, therefore, an Internet connection. Following trends in the IoT industry, Samsung is also evolving its SmartThings platform with a new SmartThings Edge framework that, in a nutshell, will allow such smart devices to work faster, more securely, and more reliably by taking the Internet out of the equation.

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Tesla Bot humanoid robot is Elon Musk’s latest obsession

Tesla Bot humanoid robot is Elon Musk’s latest obsession

The illustrious Elon Musk can be credited for many things, but the tech luminary has also been criticized for some rather unorthodox ideas, projects, and even statements. Best known for Tesla EVs, SpaceX rockets, and a Boring company, Musk is now setting his sights on what could be his most eccentric project to date, excluding the Neuralink brain chip. The man who has been publicly distrustful of AI has just unveiled the makings of a humanoid robot that, when taken together with the Starlink constellation of Internet-bearing satellites, would probably make some people worry about the future.

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Pixel 5a (5G) reportedly overheats when recording at 4K 60fps

Pixel 5a (5G) reportedly overheats when recording at 4K 60fps

Since 2013, Google has made 14 smartphones, the latest being the Pixel 5a which was announced just this week. Despite eight years of experience and multiple hardware partners, it seems that the tech giant still hasn't nailed quality down. There have been issues here and there across all Pixel generations, not all of which could be fixed by a software update. Just a few days old, some are already reporting problems with the Pixel 5a's camera, though the issue might have been present as far back as the Pixel 5 last year.

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Galaxy Z Flip 3 teardown shows plenty of graphite pads

Galaxy Z Flip 3 teardown shows plenty of graphite pads

While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 probably gets the lion's share of the attention, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is by no means an underdog. In fact, some early feedback would award the smaller foldable clamshell the "Buy" award for its price and practicality. The Galaxy Z Flip 3, however, is still a complex device that is still less durable than normal smartphones. That may mean it's also harder to repair, and, fortunately for us, PBKreviews went ahead and tested that theory.

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Twitter now lets users report misleading tweets

Twitter now lets users report misleading tweets

Social media is a powerful tool that enables ordinary people to cover news that mainstream outlets may not easily tackle. Just like any other tool, however, it can be used for both good and bad, the latter by spreading misinformation faster than actual, confirmed facts. Different platforms have different ways of dealing with this kind of behavior, whether intentional or otherwise, and Twitter is now giving its users a bit of that power to report posts that they might consider to be misleading rather than informative.

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WhatsApp disappearing messages might soon last up to 90 days

WhatsApp disappearing messages might soon last up to 90 days

Disappearing messages, once Snapchat's selling feature, is becoming more prevalent on almost all major messaging platforms that want to advertise their security and privacy features. Each platform naturally gives it its own spin, mostly in how long they allow messages to stay alive. WhatsApp, for example, is giving users more options to keep messages around as long as they want, even going as far as three months tops.

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Redmi 10 doesn’t sound like an entry-level smartphone

Redmi 10 doesn’t sound like an entry-level smartphone

The lines the divide smartphone tiers continue to blur as more powerful hardware components get cheaper and trickle down to lower tiers. It's easier to make comparisons when phones use the same brand of processors, but not so much when comparing apples and oranges. Take, for example, the latest Redmi 10 from the Xiaomi sub-brand. Billed as an entry-level smartphone, it definitely checks all the right boxes for something a little bit higher than what its price tag would suggest.

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