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I’m 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.

Google Meet noise filtering now on mobile, 60-minute limit coming

Google Meet noise filtering now on mobile, 60-minute limit coming

Video conferencing has grown into a huge market in the span of just a few months and not just in terms of software. In addition to a rise in demand for computers, dedicated video conferencing equipment, webcams, and even cameras that can be used as webcams have also started popping up left and right. Some, however, may still prefer to have their phones as their tool of choice and those are getting a small but useful new feature from Google Meet.

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Chromecast with Google TV already being sold ahead of announcement

Chromecast with Google TV already being sold ahead of announcement

If you thought Sony bungled up its PlayStation 5 pre-orders, then you might find yourself face-palming over this Google mess. To be fair, overeager retailers may have been the ones that jumped the gun with the PS5 brouhaha and they may be to blame yet again for pushing the "sell" button too early. It appears that both Home Depot and Walmart have already started selling the Chromecast with Google TV, a.k.a. "Sabrina", two days before Google even has the chance to fully reveal what it is.

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OnePlus IDEAS 2.0 to crowdsource OxygenOS’ next big features

OnePlus IDEAS 2.0 to crowdsource OxygenOS’ next big features

It may have had some lapses here and there, one thing that OnePlus has been doing right is taking its community's will to heart. The biggest example of that was the Always-on Display (AOD) implementation which, in spite of misgivings, it conceded to the community's strong wishes. That feature was born out of its IDEAS crowdsourcing campaign earlier this year and the company is now launching IDEAS 2.0 to let the OnePlus community shape OxygenOS' future.

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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 instability traced to capacitors

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 instability traced to capacitors

The GeForce RTX 3080 was expected to be NVIDIA's latest and greatest consumer graphics card so much so that it was quickly snatched up by bots when it launched. The consumers who were quick to get one, however, may now be regretting their haste. Reports about the card crashing under various conditions and heavy loads are flooding the Internet and a few tech experts and one graphics card maker have weighed in what could be the cause of this unfortunate mystery.

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Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T 5G leaked in full

Xiaomi Mi 10T and Mi 10T 5G leaked in full

With all the attention, good and bad, that the likes of the Galaxy Z Fold 2, Microsoft Surface Duo, and even the LG Wing are getting, it's almost too easy to forget that there are far more players in the smartphone market than these big guys. In China especially, Xiaomi's name still resounds loudly and it's about to remind the world why, but not before its Mi 10T 5G and Mi 10T Pro 5G get leaked with barely anything left to the imagination.

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Google could enforce stricter rules for Play Store purchases

Google could enforce stricter rules for Play Store purchases

The fight between Apple and Epic Games over Fortnite and app stores is getting uglier by the day. The latter has recently formed a coalition of other developers slighted by Apple's App Store policy, calling for fairness in the app ecosystem. That coalition pretty much singles out Apple in its statements and curiously makes no mention of Google. That, however, could be changing soon if it is really moving to enforce a policy that will give it more cuts from sales made within its Google Play Store.

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LG Wing teardown reveals its swiveling secrets

LG Wing teardown reveals its swiveling secrets

LG may have just upstaged Samsung and Microsoft in terms of putting out the most innovative smartphone of the year. Whether or not the LG Wing actually makes practical sense is a different question and doesn't really take away the fact that this odd contraption is not something many would have seen coming ever. But more than just the eccentricity of a swiveling phone, the LG Wing is also a design and engineering mystery waiting to be solved and, thankfully, we have JerryRigEverything for that.

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Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub envisions a hybrid workplace future

Lenovo ThinkSmart Hub envisions a hybrid workplace future

It may have sounded temporary at first but the COVID-19 pandemic is slowly changing work as we know it. It will be quite a while before we get back to "normal" but, even then, the workplace may already be a much different place than before. Trying to prepare for that future, Lenovo is pushing its new ThinkSmart Hub that promises to get your office ready for hybrid working arrangement, which practically means a lot of video conferencing.

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Amazon Alexa gains new abilities and more privacy controls

Amazon Alexa gains new abilities and more privacy controls

Amazon announced quite a handful of new products today, including some from its Ring subsidiary, but it isn't just bringing new hardware to its customers. The e-commerce giant also announced upgrades to the hands-free experience that powers many of its devices, giving the AI-powered Alexa more skills and more brains. Going beyond that, however, Amazon is also trying to address one of Alexa's most unpopular flaw: its privacy.

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Lenovo ThinkPads, ThinkStations can now have Ubuntu Linux pre-installed

Lenovo ThinkPads, ThinkStations can now have Ubuntu Linux pre-installed

While the year of the Linux Desktop remains a dream, awareness and adoption of this open source operating system has perhaps never been better. That's partly thanks to companies like Canonical that push Linux not only to businesses but also to consumers. The latter, however, would probably prefer not to have to install Linux themselves on their new laptops or desktops. With the latest fruit of the collaboration between the Ubuntu maker and Lenovo, they won't have to, presuming they're buying a new ThinkPad or ThinkStation.

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Kirby Fighters 2 launches on Nintendo Switch after premature posting

Kirby Fighters 2 launches on Nintendo Switch after premature posting

Who said fighting games had to be bloody to be serious? There is, of course, a good number of fighting games that take on more lighthearted and even whimsical twists and Nintendo fans will probably put Kirby Fighters in that category. Just hours after Nintendo itself mistakenly leaked its existence, Kirby Fighters 2 has been officially made available as a download-only game for Nintendo's only remaining console.

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Adobe Liquid Mode uses AI to make reading PDFs on your phone easier

Adobe Liquid Mode uses AI to make reading PDFs on your phone easier

We live in a digital and mobile world but, ironically, many of the things we deal with still aren't designed to fit both. Electronic documents that come in PDF form are one of the biggest offenders and while there is no shortage of PDF reader apps for phones, actually reading them on small screens is an entirely different matter. To address that problem, Adobe has embarked on a multi-year campaign to make PDFs behave better without actually changing them and the first stop in that journey is the new Liquid Mode for Acrobat Reader on mobile.

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