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.

Google threatens to end search services in Australia over pending legislation

Google threatens to end search services in Australia over pending legislation

Google is fighting with Australia's government and has threatened to remove its search engine from the country if legislation passes that would force companies to negotiate payments with news media companies for listing their content in search results. Facebook has also threatened to remove news from its feeds inside Australia. If Google made good on its threat, 19 million Australians might no longer be able to use Google search.

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Samsung Display will mass-produce the first 90Hz OLED laptop screens

Samsung Display will mass-produce the first 90Hz OLED laptop screens

Samsung Display has announced that it will mass-produce the world's first 90Hz OLED laptops starting in Q1 of 2021. Initially, the company will produce "very large quantities" of 14-inch 90Hz OLED displays aimed at laptops and notebooks. According to Samsung Displaying CEO Joo Sun Choi, the screens will start production in March.

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VLC media player gains full support for M1 Macs

VLC media player gains full support for M1 Macs

One of the main tasks that many people perform on computers is playing various types of media. To support media playback, PCs and Mac computers need media players, and one of the most popular multi-platform media players is called VLC. The macOS version of VLC has received a significant update adding full support for the new M1 Mac computers.

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Google Maps adds new details in four major cities

Google Maps adds new details in four major cities

Google Maps is adding some new details in four major cities scattered around the world that will make it easier for people walking and using Maps for navigation. The new feature will help users get more accurate walking directions and time estimates for travel time based on where crosswalks are positioned. New details include crosswalks, pedestrian islands, and more.

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Belkin Soundform earbuds and Boostcharge mobile power accessories revealed

Belkin Soundform earbuds and Boostcharge mobile power accessories revealed

Belkin has unveiled new accessories in the audio and charging segments, including its Soundform Audio and Boostcharge mobile power accessories. The earbuds add new device location features that leverage Apple's Find My network, and the charger adds to the line of MagSafe compatible products. The first product is the Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds.

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Logitech debuts new video conferencing solutions for Microsoft Teams and Zoom

Logitech debuts new video conferencing solutions for Microsoft Teams and Zoom

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, many businesses have been forced to rethink how they operate on a daily basis. Meetings in years past that would've been performed in person are now performed using video conferencing solutions like Microsoft Teams and Zoom. Logitech has unveiled new videoconferencing equipment, including appliances and PC-based solutions meant to work with leading video conferencing services, including Teams and Zoom.

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Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E Mesh system supports the new 6 GHz Wi-Fi band

Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E Mesh system supports the new 6 GHz Wi-Fi band

Linksys has built a new mesh Wi-Fi system for home users with enhanced motion detection technology called the AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E. The new mesh Wi-Fi system leverages the newly opened 6 GHz band to reduce typically congested and unsteady Wi-Fi connectivity within the home or office. Linksys says 6 GHz delivers more bandwidth, increasing network speed and reliability.

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Sennheiser unveils new IE 300 in-ear headphones and car audio tech

Sennheiser unveils new IE 300 in-ear headphones and car audio tech

Sennheiser has announced its latest in-ear headphones called the IE 300. The company says the headphones have been meticulously crafted to offer nuanced natural sound on the go. IE 300 uses a new and refined version of its 7mm Extra Wide Band transducer for well-balanced sound and sonic accuracy. The headphones are aimed at audio enthusiasts looking for a hi-fi listening experience everywhere they go.

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JBL Reflect Mini NC TWS earbuds debut at CES 2021

JBL Reflect Mini NC TWS earbuds debut at CES 2021

JBL has unveiled new true wireless sport earbuds at CES 2021, winning a CES 2021 Innovation Award for "Best of Innovation." The earbuds are called the JBL Reflect Mini NC TWS and are aimed at users with an active lifestyle. The earbuds feature Active Noise Canceling with Smart Ambient.

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LG shows off the world’s first Eyesafe certified TV display

LG shows off the world’s first Eyesafe certified TV display

LG Display is one of the largest makers of displays for various uses in the world. Eyesafe is a company calling itself a leader in low blue light solutions for consumer electronics. LG and Eyesafe have announced the world's first Eyesafe Certified television display will be unveiled at CES 2021. The display will be used in a 65-inch OLED television.

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New Apple patents show future MacBooks may charge iPhones wirelessly

New Apple patents show future MacBooks may charge iPhones wirelessly

This week Apple was granted a pair of patents that have to do with two-way charging. Owners of some Android devices will be familiar with the technology, which is also called reverse charging. For instance, some Android smartphones can charge other smartphones inductively to share battery power when needed.

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IKEA’s cardboard console cutouts make it easier to pick the right entertainment center

IKEA’s cardboard console cutouts make it easier to pick the right entertainment center

When it comes to furniture that you have to assemble yourself, IKEA is probably the most famous retailer out there. The company tends to make furniture that's of decent quality while being notoriously difficult to assemble. Anyone on the hunt for a new entertainment center for the living room to hold a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X will want to know if the consoles will fit.

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