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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.

Nintendo adds copyright lawsuit against Switch hacker Bowser

Nintendo adds copyright lawsuit against Switch hacker Bowser

With a surname like "Bowser", many would probably presume you'd grow up to be a fan of Nintendo's products and franchises. For hacker Gary Bowser, however, that love may have manifested in an ironic way. Accused of being the mastermind behind the Team Xecuter hacking group, Bowser and a colleague were arrested and charged last year with 11 felony counts over the sale of Nintendo hacking tools. Nintendo has now added trafficking and copyright violation charges in an attempt to finally put a stop to what it has labeled as an international pirate ring.

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Galaxy S22 might skip the 3D ToF sensor yet again

Galaxy S22 might skip the 3D ToF sensor yet again

Samsung seems to be at a stage where it's rapidly playing around with its camera systems, quickly changing the formula based on what works and what doesn't. One of the puzzle pieces that has changed since last year has been its use of a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor or ToF which was present until the Galaxy S20 last year. Since then, however, the tech has been missing and it seems that next year's Galaxy S22 will miss out on it again, hinting at the end of its use at least for the time being.

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Tesla crash with two dead might have had no one behind the wheel

Tesla crash with two dead might have had no one behind the wheel

Fully autonomous or self-driving cars are both a dream and a nightmare. The stuff of science fiction still has a long way before becoming reality, especially with practical and legal hurdles that carmakers like Tesla have to overcome. Technologies like its Autopilot and upcoming FSD, short for Full Self-Driving, are meant to reduce vehicular accidents that are mostly due to human error. Unfortunately, as the most recent fatal crash demonstrates, it might not be enough to save humans from themselves.

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Facebook Clubhouse rivals to be announced next week

Facebook Clubhouse rivals to be announced next week

Clubhouse is the new kid on the social media block that everyone seems to want to be, acquire, or even kill. From Facebook to Twitter to even Telegram, social networking services are quickly jumping on the audio-only broadcast train, putting their own unique twists and features. There is perhaps no other social media company so intent in surpassing Clubhouse than Facebook, and the giant is set to announce not a single Clubhouse competitor but a handful of features that put audio front and center.

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Galaxy Z Fold Tab with tri-fold design could launch early next year

Galaxy Z Fold Tab with tri-fold design could launch early next year

Even with Huawei's, Motorola's, and now even Xiaomi's presence, it's hard to deny that, at least for the moment, Samsung has cornered the foldable phone market that it also created itself. It is close to launching third-generation models of its Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip phones but there are indicators that it isn't going to stop there. Aside from future rollable phones, the company has been known to be toying around with ideas for more foldable devices, one of which might even be arriving as early as next year's first quarter.

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iPhone 13 mini renders hint at a conspicuous camera redesign

iPhone 13 mini renders hint at a conspicuous camera redesign

Despite the popularity that its iPhone SE models enjoyed, last year's iPhone 12 mini failed to meet Apple's expectations. Sales of the smallest iPhone 12 were so low that the company reportedly slashed production by a large percentage. That said, it seems that it isn't giving up on the mini iPhone just yet and a new leak reveals that it will even stick to the same design in the iPhone 13 mini but with a change that can be immediately seen on the outside.

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Chrome tries to level up your productivity with these new features

Chrome tries to level up your productivity with these new features

A lot of people these days live in their web browsers. In addition to the usual culprits of social media, news, and cat videos (which never go out of fashion), browsers today enable a treasure trove of apps, from online office suites to advanced note-taking apps to, well, even games. Web browsers have pretty much become operating systems and, just like operating systems, keeping productive in those environments can sometimes be a challenge, which is why Chrome is introducing new features to keep the browser in check when you need to be in the zone.

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Microsoft Edge adds Password Monitor, smarter history search

Microsoft Edge adds Password Monitor, smarter history search

Microsoft seems to have found the perfect strategy for regaining lost ground in the web browser space. Although it does build on the work already done by Chromium developers, it still has managed to add features on top that seems to delight users on Windows and even macOS. Its latest set focused on how it plans to keep kids safe online and, consequently, how it will keep parents hooked on Edge but those aren't the only things that are rolling to Edge users both in terms of security and convenience.

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Chrome 90 makes HTTPS the default, brings AV1 codec for video chats

Chrome 90 makes HTTPS the default, brings AV1 codec for video chats

The Web has definitely become a very different place compared to just a few years ago. Security has always been a consideration but never has it been more critical than these days when more people work at home with less than secure Internet connections. That same change in work situations has bumped up the need for WebRTC, a technology that already existed long before video conferencing was hip. Addressing both those concerns, Google is releasing Chrome 90 in an attempt to make working for home more secure and less stressful.

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Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 teardown reveals beautiful complexity

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 teardown reveals beautiful complexity

Some smartphones are getting more interesting again after the market has seemingly plateaued in design and innovation. Leave it to gaming smartphones, however, to really take the cake when it comes to pushing the envelope not just in terms of performance but also in design. After the very first ASUS ROG Phone, it is perhaps Lenovo's latest Legion Phone Duel 2 that has the most peculiar quirks and features. And while it didn't survive the durability test, JerryRigEverything's teardown reveals just how unique the phone is on the inside.

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Huawei P50 might not come with a charger for a different reason

Huawei P50 might not come with a charger for a different reason

Always a trendsetter, Apple's removal of phone chargers from its iPhone boxes is already being copied by its rivals. Amusingly, those are the same companies, or at least one of them, that ridiculed the unpopular move. Samsung and Xiaomi, however, won't be the only ones following in Cupertino's footsteps and Huawei might be the next big name to remove the charger starting with the upcoming Huawei P50. That said, it wouldn't be for financial or environmental reasons like the others.

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Windows 10 on M1 Macs can run at native speeds with Parallels Desktop

Windows 10 on M1 Macs can run at native speeds with Parallels Desktop

The power of the Apple M1 processor has been demonstrated time and again by using the M1 Macs for cases Apple never intended, not to mention would allow. That includes running resource and graphics-intensive gaming emulators or other operating systems on top of the Arm-based macOS. Perhaps the most glowing example, and most damning for Microsoft, was running Windows 10 ARM on an Apple M1 Mac, something that can now be done officially with the latest release of Parallels Desktop.

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