Author Archives: Satsuki Then

Satsuki Then is the editor-in-chief of 88gadget.info Japan - She is based in Tokyo and has been covering the consumer electronics industry since 2007.

Elon Musk makes bold promises about Neuralink interface

Elon Musk makes bold promises about Neuralink interface

Elon Musk is most notably the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, but he has his fingers in several other pies. Musk has never been afraid to take to Twitter and drop tidbits of information about future products and technology from any of the companies he operates. He recently took to Twitter to talk about Neuralink, a company working on brain implanted interfaces for humans.

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New Android malware spreads via malicious WhatsApp auto-replies

New Android malware spreads via malicious WhatsApp auto-replies

A new and malicious Android malware was discovered on the Google Play Store. The malware was disguised as a Netflix content enabling app called "FlixOnline." The malware spreads itself via malicious automatic replies to WhatsApp messages sent to the user. Payloads for the malware are received from a remote command and control server.

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Fujifilm instax mini 40 is a retro camera that prints physical photos

Fujifilm instax mini 40 is a retro camera that prints physical photos

Fujifilm has announced the launch of a new instant camera that produces photos on physical film. The camera is called the instax mini 40, and it has a decisively retro style. Fujifilm says the camera supports mini-format film and will launch on April 21, 2021.

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Images of Sony Xperia 1 III smartphone leaked by case maker

Images of Sony Xperia 1 III smartphone leaked by case maker

Sony can't be pleased with case and accessory maker Olixar after it leaked images of some of its cases for Sony's coming Xperia 1 III smartphone. The rub for Sony was that not only did Olixar show off its clear cases, but the renderings show the Sony smartphone essentially naked ahead of the official launch. Reports indicate that the images leaked by Olixar look the same as some previous renderings of the device leaked in 2020 with at least one change.

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Aerion AS3TM is a supersonic passenger aircraft capable of over Mach 4

Aerion AS3TM is a supersonic passenger aircraft capable of over Mach 4

Aerion plans to launch a supersonic business jet for the wealthy in 2027 called the AS2. After the launch of the business jet, the company plans to turn its hand to something meant more for the masses. It's currently planning a supersonic passenger aircraft called the AS3TM that would carry 50 passengers at speeds over Mach 4.

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Mice have a brain circuit preventing them from choosing sick mates

Mice have a brain circuit preventing them from choosing sick mates

Neuroscientists at MIT have identified a circuit in the brain of mice that prevents the mice from mating with mice that are sick. Researchers in the study explored how the powerful instincts could be overridden in some cases. The scientists say that when male mice encounter a female mouse showing signs of illness, the male mice interacted very little with the female and made no attempts to mate as they normally would.

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Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ hits preorder

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ hits preorder

Samsung has been talking up its new Galaxy SmartTag Plus gadgets since the beginning of the year. When they were first talked about, the launch date was noted as coming soon. The Samsung Galaxy SmartTag Plus is now officially available for preorder, with an expected availability date of April 12, 2021. That's only a bit more than a week from now.

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Opera browser gets a speed boost on M1 Macs

Opera browser gets a speed boost on M1 Macs

Opera has announced that the Opera browser has improved performance on the new Apple M1 Mac computers. Opera now natively supports the newest Apple M1 processors. Apple moved its Mac computers from Intel to its own silicon chips giving it more control over the performance of Mac hardware and software.

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Evidence of 430,000-year-old asteroid impact discovered in Antarctica

Evidence of 430,000-year-old asteroid impact discovered in Antarctica

An international 000 of researchers led by scientists from the University of Kent and Imperial College London have discovered extraterrestrial particles in Antarctica pointing to a medium-sized asteroid impact on the continent. Researchers believe the impact occurred about 430,000 years ago, and the particles were discovered on the summit of Walnumfjellet Mountain in Queen Maud Land, East Antarctica.

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MIT robot senses hidden objects using penetrative radio frequency

MIT robot senses hidden objects using penetrative radio frequency

Researchers worldwide have been working hard to give robots the ability to better sense the environment around them. Before robots can work side-by-side with humans, they have to be able to sense humans and other objects for safety and to be useful. Researchers from MIT have developed a new robot able to sense objects, even if hidden from view, using radio waves.

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Tech to power wearable devices from radio waves developed by researchers

Tech to power wearable devices from radio waves developed by researchers

One of the biggest challenges for small wearable devices is how to power them. The smaller the devices are, the less space there is for batteries making runtime an issue in some instances. A group of researchers led by Huanyu "Larry" Cheng from Penn State University has developed a new method of powering wearable devices using energy harvested from radio waves.

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Among Us Airship map update is now available

Among Us Airship map update is now available

The popular videogame Among Us has an update that is now available to download that brings a new map. The new map is called Airship and is available on all platforms. Airship is the fourth map offered via free updates and is the largest map yet.

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