Author Archives: JC Torres


DarNES: the insane implementation of Netflix on an NES

DarNES: the insane implementation of Netflix on an NES

Some people really just have a lot of time, or ideas, or both, in their hands. We've seen a lot of games lately that have tried to incorporate that classic 8 or 16 bit design into their graphics for the sake of simplicity, art, and nostalgia. But Netflix engineers Guy Cirino, Alex Wolfe and Carenina Motion wanted to take things even further. What if they could cram today's streaming content into that same retro experience. And they didn't stop at trying to emulate just the graphics. They actually worked on running Netflix on a NES console.

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Griffin WatchStand answers the call for Apple Watch docks

Griffin WatchStand answers the call for Apple Watch docks

Apple isn't putting out charging docs for its new Apple Watch, at least not yet, but we've said that you can make your own. Of course, you don't have to either, as there are many who are more than willing to deliver a ready to use product, for a price of course. Famed smartphone accessory maker Griffin is one of those first on the scene with its equally plain-named WatchStand, a rather unassuming post that holds not only your Apple Watch but also its partner iPhone.

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Apple videos show what Apple Watches are made of

Apple videos show what Apple Watches are made of

So Apple has finally released the final, or semi-final, details of the Apple Watch and many are probably left drooling over the smartwatches, or maybe fainting at the price tags. But if you're any sort of a design conscious user, you might just as well be interested in the thought and process that went into crafting this amalgamation of technology and art. Luckily for you, Apple has just released some videos that briefly explain the materials used in making the smartwatches, hopefully leaving you drooling again over such fine materials.

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Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

Meerkat lets you livestream videos over Twitter

With the rise of personal action cameras and, soon, VR headsets, livestreaming is taking a huge leap forward. We already have a lot of such platforms available, serving different needs, like Twitch and, of course, YouTube. But what if you wanted something a bit simpler, but also something that is as easily accessible as, say, your tweets? That is exactly what Meerkat is trying to offer. Users can simply start live streaming footage from their iPhone or iPad and broadcast it to their Twitter followers and for the whole world.

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Pebble belittles the competition, calls dibs on simplicity

Pebble belittles the competition, calls dibs on simplicity

Unless you've been asleep for the past 24 hours, it might have caught your attention that Apple has finally launched its own take on the smartwatch fad, not called an iWatch but simply an Apple Watch. Cupertino is just the latest but definitely one of the most high profile entries into a fledgling market segment that still has some scratching their heads, and Pebble claims to know why. It's because Apple, Samsung, and Google are practically putting smartphones on people's wrists, forgetting the watch part of the equation.

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Xbox One Master Chief Collection, March update launched

Xbox One Master Chief Collection, March update launched

March seems like a big joyous month for gamers, especially Xbox One fans and owners. The annual Game Developers Conference has just concluded last week, bringing inspiration, hope, and excitement to the industry. But for the Xbox faithful, there is even more reason to rejoice. Microsoft has just announced the availability of the long rumored and awaited Master Chief Collection bundle, bringing the iconic Halo titles together in a single package. Plus, the equally awaited March system update has started to roll out to users everywhere.

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ASUS ZenFone 2 launches in Taiwan, 4GB RAM model included

ASUS ZenFone 2 launches in Taiwan, 4GB RAM model included

At CES 2015 last January, ASUS made some rather interesting reveals when it came to its smartphone line. It had the ZenFone Zoom, for example, which took a page from Samsung's similarly named line of smartphone cameras. The other highlight, however, was the new ZenFone 2 flagship. In usual ASUS fashion, it married somewhat decent specs with an Intel Atom CPU rarely found inside smartphones. But perhaps more interesting is the 4 GB RAM inside, the highest in any phone. Now that is coming to Taiwan, but it isn't alone.

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DROID Turbo, Moto Maxx gets rebranded as Moto Turbo in India

DROID Turbo, Moto Maxx gets rebranded as Moto Turbo in India

As teased by Indian e-tailer Flipkart last month, the DROID Turbo is indeed coming to the sub-continent. Or rather the Moto Maxx. Or rather officially the Moto Turbo. They say that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and that is especially true here in this case. The DROID Turbo/Moto Maxx/Moto Turbo was one of 2014's surprises and less advertised treasures, but now it has to contend with a lot more worthy rivals, especially given its not so affordable price tag.

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Android 5.1 detailed, rolls out to Nexus and T-Mobile

Android 5.1 detailed, rolls out to Nexus and T-Mobile

After a bit of speculation and waiting, Google has finally given official word about the Android 5.1 update. Although it's a slightly bigger version bump than the maintenance releases, this upgrade isn't as spectacular as initially believed. That or Google is keeping things under wraps, leaving some treasures for us to discover on our own. That said, there are still a good number of changes in 5.1 that will appeal to both OEMs and users whatever the tier, from emerging markets to more seasoned ones.

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IMASD Click-ARM One promises the modular tablet dream

IMASD Click-ARM One promises the modular tablet dream

This year might be a year for modular mobile devices. Or at least the attempt to market these things. On the smartphone front, we have a lot of them, including Project Ara, Phonebloks, and PuzzlePhone. You even have laptops with OLPC Australia's upcoming XO-Infinity. Now even tablets are getting their chance too, with a limited edition Click-ARM One tablet which tries to deliver that modular tablet promise, but in a slightly different, and perhaps less convenient way that these other projects often try to sell.

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