Author Archives: JC Torres


The Wolfe empowers Macs and MacBooks for gaming, VR

The Wolfe empowers Macs and MacBooks for gaming, VR

Laptops and notebooks are great for portable computing, but when you need the heavy artillery, you hare mostly out of luck. Unless you have one of those high performance gaming laptops that are so heavy and hot (literally) they might as well be desktops. Or you can back this Kickstarter almost ominously named the Wolfe, which gives Macs, MacBooks, or really any computer with a Thunderbolt 2 or 3 port, the graphics processing power to drive games as well as virtual reality experiences.

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Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

Samsung Gear S2, Fit 2 iOS support is now in beta testing

In little less than a week, Samsung is expected to unveil its next gen smartwatch the Gear S3. But before it takes the throne, it seems that Samsung will be giving the Gear S2 generation one last hurrah. In South Korea, it has started a beta program for testing iOS support for the Gear S2 smartwatch as well as the newer Gear Fit 2 fitness wearable, signifying the long-awaited iPhone support for Samsung’s wearable devices.

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Dropbox urges users to change old passwords, no hack happened

Dropbox urges users to change old passwords, no hack happened

There has been troubling rise of hacking incidents in the past two years or so, so when Dropbox, perhaps the most used cloud storage service in the world, starts sending prompts for users to change their passwords, there is naturally no small amount of worry spreading around. Dropbox does reassure its users that there has been no known intrusion or compromise. They’re just taking a precautionary measure considering how old most of the passwords were. And it might be a good idea to change yours today, too.

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HTC Desire 10 Pro leaked specs reveal a flagship device

HTC Desire 10 Pro leaked specs reveal a flagship device

With the HTC 10 reportedly not doing so well in the market, it seems that HTC will be trying to attack the problem from a different angle. By putting out another smartphone with almost the same high-end specs under a different name and, hopefully, a lower price tag. That might seem to be the strategy it will indeed be employing if the HTC smartphone spotted at GFXBench is indeed the HTC Desire 10 Pro, which would blur the lines between HTC’s two smartphone lines. And probably confuse buyers as well.

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iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

iPhone patent will collect thieves’ fingerprint, photo, data

“Apple Picking”, referring to the spate of iPhone thefts a few years back, might no longer be as common, but unauthorized physical access to smartphones and mobile devices is still pretty much a thing. Apple, how has been very aggressive with anti-theft measures, has apparently filed a patent that takes things a step further. Based on the patent, an iPhone, under a set of circumstances, could collect biometric information as well as photos of an alleged thief. Or basically anyone trying and failing to unlock the smartphone.

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LG V20 gets a “real” but grainy photo leak

LG V20 gets a “real” but grainy photo leak

3D renders, fabricated PR images, and mockups of upcoming smartphones are easy come by these days, so there is much to be said when alleged real-life photos of said devices pop up. Although we’re just a good two weeks away from LG’s scheduled unveiling, there’s still enough time for that kind of leak for the LG V20. Despite being rather grainy, it’s the discussion around what’s not in the photos that are, ultimately, what’s more interesting about it than the photo itself.

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Sony Xperia X Compact, XZ leaked by Sony’s own website

Sony Xperia X Compact, XZ leaked by Sony’s own website

Some say that good things come in threes and Sony seems to be a fan of that of late. It unveiled the Xperia Z5 line threes and the new Xperia X in threes as well. Going by that pattern, we presumed that the Xperia XA was taking the place of the company’s “Compact” model. Apparently not, at least based on the Sony’s own Dutch website. Keen observers have spotted links to a certain Xperia X Compact as well as an Xperia XZ, hinting that Sony is far from done with new Xperia X models this year.

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Android Nougat rollout allegedly hampered by Snapdragon 800

Android Nougat rollout allegedly hampered by Snapdragon 800

If you’ve been wondering, maybe even irate, that some rather capable Android smartphones, like the Nexus 5 or the HTC One M8, aren’t officially getting the latest Android 7.0 release, then LlabTooFeR might have the answer you’re looking for. But it won’t be the answer that you want. According to the leakster, many older smartphones dating 2014 and earlier are being left out of the Nougat party simply because Qualcomm won’t be releasing updates to the graphics driver of the Snapdragon 800 or 801 powering those devices.

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iOS 9.3.5 quickly released to block Pegasus spyware

iOS 9.3.5 quickly released to block Pegasus spyware

Apple has set itself up as one of the biggest advocates of privacy and security against government-sanctioned espionage, which is probably why it immediately jumped into action to plug up a serious security hole merely 10 days after it was reported. Just weeks after it rolled out iOS 9.3.4, Apple has issued a critical iOS 9.3.5 update in an attempt to block a malware nicknamed “Pegasus” which, in just one tap, could gain access to the iPhones and data of “high-value targets”, which is usually another term for political targets like dissidents and activists.

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Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Warranted or not, the phrase “Made in China”, even in tech, evokes all sorts of negative imagery and emotions, mostly related to the quality or originality of said products. Never mind that nearly almost all smartphones, including the iPhone, could trace their origins to China, be it from components, manufacturing, or both. That bias, however, has led many to underestimate, even ignore the slumbering dragon that has now woken up and is taking the smartphone market by storm, much to the detriment of the old guard like Samsung and Apple.

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Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10 leaked to be a high res Android slate

Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10 leaked to be a high res Android slate

Dell has already backed out of the Android tablet market and Samsung’s upcoming tablet flagship is probably mid-range at best. Some OEMs, however, haven’t thrown in the towel yet. At IFA 2016 next week, Lenovo is expected to unveil new tablets, including an Android one. And based on this leak, the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Plus 10 nis going to be a mixed bag, with its finest qualities being its QHD screen and generous 9,300 mAh battery.

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Moto Z Hasselblad camera mod gets leaked again

Moto Z Hasselblad camera mod gets leaked again

It almost feels like Lenovo and Moto have gone silent just after launched the Moto Z Droid editions in the US last month, but, if this leak is any indication, they might be catapulted back into the spotlight next week. Lenovo did tease that it had a few more Moto Mods for the Moto Z coming at IFA 2016, and one of those might be this Camera module that is consistently being marked as coming from famed camera maker Hasselblad. If true, then we might have the makings of another smartphone and camera maker partnership that would pique the interests of mobile photographers everywhere.

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