Author Archives: JC Torres


Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

Google settles patent squabble with Rockstar Consoritum

It seems that either Google or Rockstar (the industry consortium, not the game developers) has decided to throw in the towel. Details are still unclear on who called it quits first, but the fact of the matter is that, at least in the patent case filed in Texas, Google and Rockstar have reached an agreement to settle "all matters of controversy". It is highly likely that a large amount of money will also be involved. But what's even less clear is how it will affect Android, who is at the heart of the litigation.

Continue Reading

Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

Baidu Dubike smart bike teaser site goes live

We have a lot of smart objects in our lives these days. Smart phones, smart watches, smart homes, and a bit of smart cars. What about smart bikes? No? Well, Baidu thinks "yes" and its Dubike smart bike is now up for everyone to see. Or at least images and videos of it. The Dubike is indeed equipped with your standard fare navigation and tracking features, but it is a bike that does not easily reveal its geeky nature and looks like any classy, high-end bicycle.

Continue Reading

Destiny now has a Trial, Demo appetizer

Destiny now has a Trial, Demo appetizer

Online shooter Destiny might be one of the hottest games this year, but not everyone is prepared just yet to take the plunge. A plunge that will cost them $60, provided they already have the compatible consoles to begin with. For these types of gamers, Bungie is providing a cheap, in other words, free, way for them to nibble at Destiny for as long as they want, given a few restrictions. And they can even save their progress and reclaim it if and when they decide to buy the game after all.

Continue Reading

AMD reveals Carrizo, it’s first high-performance SoC, coming 2015

AMD reveals Carrizo, it’s first high-performance SoC, coming 2015

The lure of the mobile industry is so great that even giants in the traditional PC business are scrambling to leave a mark. Just like Intel, AMD is also developing its own system-on-chip or application processing unit (APU) that will power tablets, laptops, and all-in-one computers. At its Future of Compute event, the chip maker has revealed the Carrizo, a high performance chip, and its "mainstream", in other words, less performant, counterpart, Carrizo-L. The two chips are said to be ready to ship and be integrated into devices by the first half of 2015.

Continue Reading

Samsung, AMD team up to bring FreeSync to UHD monitors

Samsung, AMD team up to bring FreeSync to UHD monitors

In an almost surprising partnership, Samsung and AMD have announced that the two will be working together to bring the chip maker's FreeSync technology to the display manufacturer's upcoming line of Ultra HD capable monitors next year. The marriage of the two technologies will be targeting gamers and creative professionals who require not only accurate colors and high resolutions but also fluid frame rates. Though the combination sounds almost natural, the people involved and the timing could make one wonder if there are other factors involved.

Continue Reading

Google Play Music app update strengthens YouTube ties

Google Play Music app update strengthens YouTube ties

Google app updates aren't rare, sometimes happening weekly, but today's Play Music refresh is a bit noteworthy in light of recent events. YouTube's new Music Key subscription service already makes a reference to Google's own music streaming service and this app update goes full circle. Now Play Music users will be informed if the tune they're listening to has a corresponding YouTube video and provide a link to said video right then and there.

Continue Reading

Pebble update: multi-language, full Android notifications

Pebble update: multi-language, full Android notifications

The past few months have seen a flurry of new entries into the smartwatch market, with fancy shapes, faces, and colored screens. But one of the pioneers in that space, Pebble, still manages to hold its ground despite its geekier design and monochrome, but energy-efficient, display. Fans of the wearable device are now being rewarded for sticking with it through thick and thin. The latest update brings a major new feature to all users and one crucial feature on Android that will surely delight all users.

Continue Reading

Powerlace tries to bring the auto-lacing shoe to life

Powerlace tries to bring the auto-lacing shoe to life

Even after all these years, it seems that Marty McFly's gadgets still inhabit the dreams of geeks, inventors, tinkerers, and visionaries, from the near-impossible time-traveling car, to the almost possible hoverboards, and now to self-tying shoe laces. Former Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, who conceived Marty's "power laces", predicted that this type of footwear would be possible by 2015. Given the timetable for this crowdfunded campaign, that might actually come true. And what better name to call it than, what else, Powerlace, the auto-lacing shoe.

Continue Reading

Next Chevrolet Volt to offer better charging experience

Next Chevrolet Volt to offer better charging experience

For a hybrid electric vehicle like the Chevrolet Volt, or as GM would call it, "Extended Range Electric Vehicle", life revolves around charging the battery. Next to driving the car, of course. According to the car maker, owners just love charging their Volts, so much so that they barely make use of the range extender, a.k.a., the fallback internal combustion engine. That is why for the next generation Chevy Volt, they will be putting due emphasis on charging and will make that experience easier and more convenient than ever.

Continue Reading

Starbucks wireless charging begins nationwide expansion

Starbucks wireless charging begins nationwide expansion

Customers in 200 Starbucks branches throughout the Bay Area will now be enjoying the hassle-free and tangle-free benefits of wireless charging for their mobile device. The coffee chain giant has just taken off the covers from its initiative to bring Duracell's Powermat technology to its stores, potentially turning them even more into hubs for mobile users and workers. Now instead of becoming wall (or sometimes floor) huggers, customers might end up fighting over the specially designated tables to get their phones powered up for the rest of the coffee break.

Continue Reading

1 2 3 4 5 Next