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Admin 3 is the founder of GiXiO, the publisher of 88gadget.info - An open-source advocate, Linux geek, high-performance computing engineer, and consumer technology journalist based in Japan. He was heavily involved in open source projects such as Fedora Linux, Blue Linux, and FoxServ WAMP stacks. Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

PS5 VR details leak from private developers conference

PS5 VR details leak from private developers conference

It's arguable that Facebook's Oculus now takes up the majority of the attention in the virtual reality market, but it is hardly the only major player. HTC is still actively working on Vive, and Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality also dips into that field. And then there's PlayStation VR, the only console-based system among the VR giants. With the new PlayStation 5 console, however, the interest in a VR system to match has also grown. Fortunately, Sony does seem to have big plans for what the PS5 VR will offer, both in hardware and content.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 with under-display camera might launch next week

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 with under-display camera might launch next week

It seems that the next trend in smartphones will be under-display (or under-screen) cameras or UDCs, at least as far as some manufacturers are concerned. Of course, ZTE fired the opening salvo last year with the Axon 20 5G and fired another round with the Axon 30 5G last month. Samsung is also rumored to be jumping on that bandwagon with the Galaxy Z Fold 3, and OPPO already revealed its third-gen under-screen camera (USC) prototype. Xiaomi, however, might beat them to the punch with the Mi Mix 4 next week.

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TikTok Stories tests posts that disappear after 24 hours

TikTok Stories tests posts that disappear after 24 hours

It seems that TikTok is finally ready to turn the tables on big rivals like Instagram, Twitter, and even YouTube. After having been copied repeatedly by those competitors, the once-embattled short video platform is now returning the favor by copying a feature that has become a staple for at least one of those social networks. TikTok is apparently testing out its own ephemeral Stories in an attempt to diversify its features and attract even more users to its platform.

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Spotify Plus to offer low-cost perks with ads

Spotify Plus to offer low-cost perks with ads

It seems that Internet services are starting to adjust their subscription plans to cater to more users without actually changing their premium prices. YouTube, for example, is testing a cheaper YouTube Premium Lite that removes only ads but keeps all other restrictions in place. On the other hand, Spotify seems to be coming from the opposite direction and is testing an even cheaper subscription tier that removes most of the restrictions but keeps the ads intact.

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OPPO Under-Screen Camera promises to fix the full-screen phone problem

OPPO Under-Screen Camera promises to fix the full-screen phone problem

ZTE just released its second-gen under-display camera (UDC) in the ZTE Axon 30 5G, but the jury's still out on whether it is indeed a worthy upgrade. In the meantime, however, it might be getting some competition. Samsung, for example, is expected to debut its own UDC implementation next week in the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Today, however, OPPO is also revealing what it says is its third-gen Under-Screen Camera (USC), claiming to have addressed all the flaws attached to such technology.

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Google sign-in on third-party websites will soon be easier

Google sign-in on third-party websites will soon be easier

Google has long offered something other than password managers to safeguard online accounts with its single sign-on (SSO) services. Users don't even have to create and keep their own credentials when signing up or signing into services that support these "Sign in with Google" APIs. The process for using that, however, hasn't exactly been seamless, but Google is now polishing off its multiple sign-in offerings under a single Google Identity Services roof and is making the sign-in process even easier.

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Galaxy S22 could come with a 50MP RGBW camera sensor

Galaxy S22 could come with a 50MP RGBW camera sensor

The battle over the best smartphone for photography is far from over, especially with the Huawei P50 Pro once again tilting the tides in the embattled Chinese company's favor. Smartphone cameras have gotten larger, more sophisticated, and sometimes a little bit insane, but some improvements don't always come from upcoming or future technologies. Samsung's phones have shown arguably positive performance in that arena, and its next Galaxy S22 flagship could be taking lessons from the past and use an RGBW imaging sensor to improve its chances in the future.

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Canceled Nokia 400 Android feature phone appears in hands-on video

Canceled Nokia 400 Android feature phone appears in hands-on video

Android can be found almost anywhere, especially in unofficial ports and sometimes strange places. It's still primarily an operating designed for smartphones, particularly ones that have a minimum set of hardware capabilities to be considered "smart." There was a time, however, when it seemed that Google was working on bringing Android further down the mobile food chain, running on something that's considered a "feature phone" by today's standards. That never came to pass, but a new video shows what could have been had the Nokia 400 launched with Android for Feature Phones running inside.

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Vizio WatchFree+ free streaming adds new channels, curated content

Vizio WatchFree+ free streaming adds new channels, curated content

There is no shortage of video streaming services to choose from these days, most of which have two things in common. They require a monthly subscription, and they have a "plus" appended to their names. TV maker Vizio, however, is following only one of those trends. It has recently announced that it is upgrading its WatchFree free streaming video service into "WatchFree+" without asking for anything in return. Except at least for your data that it uses to personalize the recommendations it makes to viewers.

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Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC earphones celebrate brand’s 75 years

Klipsch T5 II True Wireless ANC earphones celebrate brand’s 75 years

There is no shortage of truly wireless stereo or TWS earbuds these days from a wide number of brands. Only a few of those, however, can claim the prestige of a brand that has been around for decades in the audio market. Klipsch is one of those, and the company is celebrating having been around for 75 years, putting its name on a range of products that promise quality audio experiences in premium designs. To commemorate that anniversary, it is launching the TII True Wireless ANC earphones, bringing active noise cancellation technology to its most portable earbuds yet.

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New Mobvoi TicWatches won’t run Wear OS 3 at launch, upgrade in 2022

New Mobvoi TicWatches won’t run Wear OS 3 at launch, upgrade in 2022

Google turned the excitement around its next major update to its Wear OS platform and doused it with the cold water of uncertainty. After teasing the improvements that Wear OS 3 would bring to the table, Google left people hanging on whether existing smartwatches, especially those released within the past year and a half, would even get the upgrade. Mobvoi is one of the few that has publicly committed to Wear OS 3, but it seems that there's a small catch to its promise.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 price leak could dash hopes

Galaxy Z Fold 3 price leak could dash hopes

Based on leaks so far, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 sounds like the pinnacle of Samsung's foldable device dreams. In addition to high-end specs by normal smartphone standards, the foldable phone is expected to showcase the latest and greatest Samsung mobile technologies. One naturally expects this phone will cost more than its predecessors, but consistent insider tips give hope that Samsung would find a way to give it a more affordable price tag. A new leak revealing the Galaxy Z Fold 3's European price, however, begs to differ.

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