Author Archives: Satsuki Then

Satsuki Then is the editor-in-chief of SlashGear Japan - She is based in Tokyo and has been covering the consumer electronics industry since 2007.

Android 12 feature will free up storage space by hibernating apps

Android 12 feature will free up storage space by hibernating apps

Android fans are looking forward to Android 12 when it launches, and some details on features for the coming operating system have been surfacing. One feature that was discovered in an APK teardown for Android 12 is an app hibernation feature. The hibernation feature is designed to automatically hibernate unused apps to free up space on the smartphone.

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Researchers recover video footage from a wolf’s collar

Researchers recover video footage from a wolf’s collar

Researchers at the Voyageurs Wolf Project have shared the first-ever video footage from a collar placed on a wild wolf. The video shows the world from the wolf's point of view as it runs through the forest and lives its life in the wild. Researchers note that the wolf, called V089, is a lone wolf and knew how to hunt and catch fish.

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Facebook sends cease-and-desist letters to a pair of popular apps for Android

Facebook sends cease-and-desist letters to a pair of popular apps for Android

When it comes to using Facebook on Android devices, lots of people out there don't use the Facebook app. For many they prefer the interface offered by so-called wrapper apps such as Swipe and Simple Social. However, both of those apps recently disappeared from the Play Store.

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Amateur astronomers have great sky watching to look forward to this month

Amateur astronomers have great sky watching to look forward to this month

We're halfway through April, but amateur astronomers and backyard sky gazers still have some spectacles to look forward to in the nighttime sky. Starting on the 16th of April, the annual Lyrid meteor shower began. Each year that meteor shower kicks off when the Earth travels through what remains of the tail of a comet called Thatcher.

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Rubber shortage deals automakers another blow

Rubber shortage deals automakers another blow

Automakers around the US and the world are still trying to figure out how to deal with the shortage of microprocessors. The shortage of microprocessors has been severe enough that automotive manufacturers have been forced to slow or stop the production of some models in many instances. Despite the chip shortage still plaguing the industry, another problem has reared its head.

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Urbanista Los Angeles headphones charge using any light source

Urbanista Los Angeles headphones charge using any light source

There are plenty of noise-canceling headphones on the market today, and what they all have in common is an internal battery that has to be charged periodically. A company called Urbanista has revealed a new set of noise-canceling over-the-ear headphones called the Los Angeles, hailed as the first self-charging, wireless, active noise-canceling headphones. The company claims that headphones can charge themselves from sunlight or indoor lighting.

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Jungle Run game on the Apple App Store linked to a sketchy online casino

Jungle Run game on the Apple App Store linked to a sketchy online casino

Kosta Eleftheriou has made significant efforts to expose apps available for iOS devices that are scams. Recently, he discovered a game called Jungle Run that appears on the surface to be a standard 2D coin running game. However, in his investigation, Eleftheriou found that the game is linked to a crypto currency-funded casino based in Turkey.

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Bang & Olufsen Beosound Emerge packs big sound into a thin speaker

Bang & Olufsen Beosound Emerge packs big sound into a thin speaker

Bang & Olufsen has been making high-end audio gear and other products for several years. The company has announced its latest product, the Beosound Emerge, designed by Benjamin Hubert of Design Agency LAYER. Emerge is a home speaker that has a very slim silhouette while being able to deliver powerful sound suited to any space. Beosound Emerge aims to be a balance of beauty suited to an interior object combined with the performance of a speaker built for longevity.

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Indian jumping ants shrink their brains to become queen but can grow them back

Indian jumping ants shrink their brains to become queen but can grow them back

When it comes to ants, some are very small, like the fire ants that plague the Southern US, and some are quite large. One of the larger varieties of ant is the Indian jumping ant that is about an inch long. As the name suggests, the ants inhabit India's floodplains and can jump about four inches into the air and capture and kill prey about twice its size. The ants also have an incredible ability to adjust the size of their brains.

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GM launches Maps+ app-based navigation system

GM launches Maps+ app-based navigation system

GM has announced the launch of a new in-vehicle app-based navigation system called Maps+. The navigation solution upgrades capabilities for select model year 2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles. The system will be available by the end of 2021.

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Blue Origin New Shepherd NS-15 scheduled for launch on April 14

Blue Origin New Shepherd NS-15 scheduled for launch on April 14

Among the several companies that want to put humans into space is one called Blue Origin. It has a fully reusable rocket and capsule called New Shepherd, and its NS-15 flight is targeting a liftoff tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14, from Launch Site One in West Texas. The launch window opens at 8 AM CDT.

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Pagani Huayra Roadster BC “Supernova” one-off hypercar has been delivered

Pagani Huayra Roadster BC “Supernova” one-off hypercar has been delivered

Pagani makes some of the most exotic and fast hypercars in the entire world, and many of them are highly customized specific to their buyers desires. One such highly customized vehicle is a one-of-a-kind Pagani Huayra Roadster BC "Supernova" that was recently delivered to an entrepreneur in Toronto named Olivier Benloulou. The exterior of the vehicle was completely customized and is the only one of its kind.

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