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. Satsuki earns dual bachelors in early childhood development and communication studies from the University of North Texas.

Study finds mice can learn to manipulate dopamine impulses

Study finds mice can learn to manipulate dopamine impulses

A neurological messenger in the brain known as dopamine is described as the "feel-good" chemical related to reward and pleasure. Dopamine is present in the brain of humans and the brains of other animals, including mice. The purpose of the neurotransmitter is to carry signals between brain cells, and dopamine serves many functions, including aspects of cognitive processing.

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Google opens Android Auto beta testing to all

Google opens Android Auto beta testing to all

Android users who have wanted to participate in beta testing have the opportunity to beta test Android Auto. Google has announced that anyone with an Android phone can now register to be a beta tester for Android Auto. The program will give users early access to features and updates in Android Auto before they release it to the general public.

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MacBook Air rumor claims mini LED screen tech is coming

MacBook Air rumor claims mini LED screen tech is coming

Apple fans are always anticipating the next round of products from Cupertino. Recently, a new rumor began making the rounds that started with noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Today, Kuo issued an investor note that claims the next-generation MacBook Air will feature a 13.3-inch mini LED display. The current generation MacBook air uses a Retina display of the same size utilizing traditional LED backlighting.

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New data on nighttime weather on Venus gathered using infrared sensors

New data on nighttime weather on Venus gathered using infrared sensors

Astronomers have been studying various planets in our solar system for generations. While modern scientific instruments and telescopes have given us detailed information on planets, such as Venus, some aspects of planets in our social system have remained a mystery. One example is nighttime weather on Venus.

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Panasonic Toughbook G2 fully rugged two-in-one can survive in the field

Panasonic Toughbook G2 fully rugged two-in-one can survive in the field

Surviving a workday in the field is something that can be challenging for many laptop computers. Having to operate all day in hot, dusty, and often wet conditions is not ideal for most computers on the market. Panasonic has revealed a new Toughbook G2 for the US and Canada. It's a fully rugged two-in-one detachable tablet with an optional keyboard that features a modular design and user removable expansion packs.

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Instagram debuts Sensitive Content Control

Instagram debuts Sensitive Content Control

This week Facebook announced that it was launching a new Sensitive Content Control feature on Instagram. The new control allows users to decide how much sensitive content shows up in Explore. Facebook says it believes people should be able to shape Instagram into the experience they want.

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Huawei P50 Pro camera details revealed via a teaser video

Huawei P50 Pro camera details revealed via a teaser video

Huawei has a new smartphone expected to launch later this month, on July 29. The smartphone is expected to be the Huawei P50 Pro, and recently a teaser video was published that has given up some details on the cameras the smartphone will feature. Eagle-eyed viewers of the teaser video were able to zoom in to read some of the text next to the camera lenses.

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You can ask Samsung Bixby when the next Galaxy Unpacked event is happening

You can ask Samsung Bixby when the next Galaxy Unpacked event is happening

Fans of Samsung smartphones and other devices look forward to Galaxy Unpacked events each year. Galaxy Unpacked events are where Samsung's latest product offerings are revealed. At the coming Galaxy Unpacked event, a handful of highly anticipated products are expected to be revealed.

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Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker plays your music in style

Louis Vuitton Horizon Light Up Speaker plays your music in style

Louis Vuitton is a high-end clothing and accessory manufacturer with products that can cost huge sums of money. Typically, the name is associated with shoes, bags, and other clothing items. The Louis Vuitton name has now found its way onto a portable speaker for listening to music on the go.

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Report claims TSMC plans to build a new US factory

Report claims TSMC plans to build a new US factory

The chip shortage has impacted manufacturing operations all around the world. Industries that have been particularly impacted include US-based technology and automotive manufacturers. Automakers, including Ford and others, have been forced to produce vehicles missing critical microprocessors due to the shortage. This has left automakers unable to ship many vehicles and has impacted sales.

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Nintendo denies profit margin increase for OLED Switch

Nintendo denies profit margin increase for OLED Switch

Nintendo is taking Twitter to deny a report that was published last week that claims its profit margin will increase on the Nintendo Switch featuring an OLED screen. The report claimed that Nintendo was increasing the profit margin of the new model, and Nintendo said it wanted to "ensure correct understanding" for its investors and customers that the claim was incorrect.

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World’s first 3D-printed steel bridge unveiled in Amsterdam

World’s first 3D-printed steel bridge unveiled in Amsterdam

After four years of work, the world's first 3D-printed steel structure has been revealed in Amsterdam. The new 3D-printed steel footbridge was created with help from Imperial College London and was placed in the center of Amsterdam in a location dubbed a "living laboratory." The bridge was unveiled for the first time this month by Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. The bridge features a network of sensors installed inside that will allow researchers at Imperial College London to measure, monitor, and analyze the performance of the bridge over time.

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