Author Archives: JC Torres


iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

For once, this isn't actually about Apple actively blocking legally questionable apps from setting up shop in the iTunes App Store right from the start. This is about emulators for popular gaming consoles and handhelds no longer working because the upcoming iOS 8.1 update will finally plug up a vulnerability previously in place that allowed such apps to thrive. While good for security, it leaves users of such gaming apps out in the cold, with no way to get back in to enjoy older games again.

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New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

New Android L preview image greenlights 64-bit apps

Google has just given the go signal for developers to start giving some thought to making their apps 64-bit ready in time for the next Android release. This comes with the release of a new emulator image for Android L preview, confirming that the next Android version will indeed be ready for a 64-bit mobile world. Whether that will translate into something that end users will actually be able to notice and appreciate will largely depend on the marriage between the software and the hardware.

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HTC One M8 EYE shows up in HTC’s Chinese eshop page

HTC One M8 EYE shows up in HTC’s Chinese eshop page

HTC has just recently regaled the tech world with its new hobby, digital imaging and photography. While we did expect and indeed saw the teased HTC RE camera and leaked HTC Desire EYE, one thing that was mysteriously left out of the stage was another leaked smartphone. Now that device, the HTC One M8 EYE, is now official, but HTC strangely only launched it silently over its Chinese website. Perhaps its because, compared to the Desire EYE, the One M8 EYE is a less sensational smartphone.

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Bioshock makers join hands in surrealistic Black Glove game

Bioshock makers join hands in surrealistic Black Glove game

What do you do when the game development company you work for controversially closes up shop? Why band together to make a new game, of course! That is what some of Irrational Games' writers, artists, and developers, some of the very souls that have labored over Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite, are doing with Black Glove, described as an eerie, surrealistic game that gives a nod to the Arts and takes a few pages out of Bioshock's book, which is probably part of how its makers plan on making this game sell.

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Adobe Digital Editions caught calling home with user logs

Adobe Digital Editions caught calling home with user logs

Home and mobile users might be more familiar with Adobe's Acrobat software for reading PDFs, but those who live on ebooks, particular in the EPUB format, also live in another program called Adobe Digital Editions or ADE. Popular (relatively) and widespread, this program has just been discovered to have one frightening flaw. Apparently, ADE transmits the app's activity logs to Adobe's servers, presumably for copyright protection purposes, but also seemingly includes unnecessary user data. Worse, it transmits them in a manner that can be easily read by unauthorized snooping third parties.

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Myst tipped to be coming to a TV near you

Myst tipped to be coming to a TV near you

Those who remember a time when you put in CDs, not DVDs, into PCs in order to install and play a game may have just jumped for joy or at the very least sported mild amusement on their faces. Myst, one of the unexpected successes of the gaming industry in the last two decades, is now rumored to be making a return to mainstream consciousness. Not as a remake, not as a remaster, and not as a film either, but as a new TV series. Well, maybe with a new game as well.

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Galaxy Note Edge available in Japan starting 23 October

Galaxy Note Edge available in Japan starting 23 October

Since it's a limited edition smartphone, the availability of the Galaxy Note Edge is always going to be something worth noting. Quite surprisingly it isn't its hometown of Korea or the main markets of the US and the UK that will be getting dibs on the eccentric smartphone. Instead Samsung has first launched its curved edge screen smartphone in the Japanese market, supposedly owing to the country's culture of embracing the latest, and sometimes the strangest, technologies, which is what the Galaxy Note Edge definitely is.

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Ubuntu Touch on Meizu MX4 Pro sighted, still a possibility

Ubuntu Touch on Meizu MX4 Pro sighted, still a possibility

Back in February, Canonical promised that its phone-centric Ubuntu Touch will be making its way to actual retail smartphones later this year. But Canonical promises many things and with the year coming to a close, it seems that that promise might either be delayed or, worse, broken entirely. But behold, a device bearing the likeness of the Meizu MX4 but also bearing within it Ubuntu's mobile OS has just been spotted, fanning the flames of hope of a still possible Ubuntu phone soon.

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Google might have toyed with multi windows on Android

Google might have toyed with multi windows on Android

Our mobile devices inherently multitask on a technical level, but presenting a user-facing interface has always been a topic for much debate. Google has been known to disparage such multitasking features on Samsung's heavily customized TouchWiz experience, because it diverged from Google's vision of Android and because it was basically hacked on top of functionality and API that Android didn't officially support. Apparently, however, Google has softened it's opinion a bit and has been found to have experimented with split screen functionality on its own.

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Livestream update frees GoPro from PC shackles

Livestream update frees GoPro from PC shackles

What's more exhilarating than watching a death-defying GoPro action camera footage taken yesterday or even just earlier today? Why, watching a death-defying GoPro action camera footage as it happens, of course. An update to the Livestream iOS app has just made that possible, removing the computer from the live streaming equation. All you need now is a GoPro Hero and an iPhone.

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