Author Archives: JC Torres


Leaked app hints at Google’s “Project Fi” MVNO plans

Leaked app hints at Google’s “Project Fi” MVNO plans

Remember talk about Google's plans to take on mobile carriers? While the initial furor of speculation seems to have died down a bit, it seems that things are still proceeding as planned for Google, with an expected public announcement at the upcoming I/O 2015. A new leak has revealed some possible details about the service that would give consumers reasons to be hyped and carriers cause to worry. Aside from free calls and texts inside the US, Project Fi will only charge users based on data they actually consumed and even credit unused ones at the end of the month.

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New LG Music Flow speakers work with Google Cast

New LG Music Flow speakers work with Google Cast

LG is introducing seven new members to its Music Flow family of speakers. What makes these seven noteworthy, aside from being new, is that they are the first of their kin to support the Google Cast streaming technology. This means that users will be able to "cast" their music easily and effortlessly, not just from their Android smartphones and tablets, but also from iOS and Chrome OS devices. With the new Music Flow line, audiophiles will be able to enjoy the benefits of quality wireless audio, on top of LG's own special features.

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Bungie teases the days leading to Destiny Expansion II

Bungie teases the days leading to Destiny Expansion II

Destiny's Expansion II might be coming late, but Bungie is making sure you'll be entertained, or at least informed, until that day arrives. House of Wolves, the title for the next big installment of one of the hottest MMO's to hit the console, is arriving on May 19. While gamers eagerly, and perhaps nervously, await that promised update, Bungie will be filling in the lull, not by spilling all, but by teasing bits and pieces that will make up Expansion II. This is both to tease players as well as to avoid the nasty surprises that muddied Expansion I last year.

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Sony touts new HX90V, WX500 as smallest 30x zoom shooters

Sony touts new HX90V, WX500 as smallest 30x zoom shooters

Smartphones have started to eat into the digital camera market because of their portability and growing photography competence. That is why camera makers are trying to keep up, some by hunkering down on their professional lineup, others by further empowering their compact camera portfolio. Sony's two new cameras, the HX90V and the WX500, belong to the last group. These two are compact cameras that can boast of a few features that that Sony's premium RX and α (Alpha) lines flaunt around, including a strong 30x optical zoom and an 18.2 MP sensor.

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Researchers might finally have a fix for the color blind

Researchers might finally have a fix for the color blind

Despite our many advancements in technology, there are still some biological matters that continue to confound and befuddle us. It might come as a surprise to many that color blindness, a condition that affects more than 10 million in the US alone, is one of those. But hopefully not anymore. Jay and Maureen Neitz, husband and wife researchers from the University of Washington, may finally have a way to fix this genetic mutation to help those affected by it to see in color again. And it won't even require surgery.

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Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS will take a “new direction”

Monster Hunter Stories for 3DS will take a “new direction”

Monster Hunter is dead. Long live Monster Hunter. Or something to that effect. The next installment for the Monster Hunter franchise has just been revealed and its already causing a bit of a stir. First, it will be available for the Nintendo 3DS, no word yet on any plans to debut elsewhere. But perhaps more importantly, there are already hints in place that Monster Hunter Stories, as it will be officially called, will not be like the Monster Hunter that you might have grown to love, but one that its creators will take to a new direction.

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No surprise: Apple Watch bags 1M pre-orders on day one

No surprise: Apple Watch bags 1M pre-orders on day one

Despite some caveats and worries about supplies, it should come as a shock to no one except the hardest disbeliever that the Apple Watch did quite well on its very first day, at least as far as pre-orders are concerned. Sure, there might be a bit of incredulity, even perhaps shaking of heads, at the outcome, but this is Apple we're talking about. Although the company will most likely not release official numbers later on, research firm Slice Intelligence claims that almost 1 million pre-orders of the Apple Watch were made on Friday alone.

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Mortal Kombat X mobile makes you want to grab the real deal

Mortal Kombat X mobile makes you want to grab  the real deal

If all goes well, gamers will get their hands on the latest installment of the blood and gore Mortal Kombat franchise this week. But if you're still on the fence about spending some dollars on the game, maybe you'll want to get the free to play mobile Mortal Kombat X game just to whet your appetite. Or not. While the game does posses the characters, factions, locations, and some of the high quality graphics promised in MKX for consoles, that's basically all there is. It's as if the game was designed to disappoint and frustrate you enough that you'll want to really buy the full thing instead.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron clip hints why Hulk smash Iron Man

Avengers: Age of Ultron clip hints why Hulk smash Iron Man

If you thought the revelation of The Vision would be the last we'd see of teasers for Avengers: Age of Ultron, better think again. We still have a week or two (depending on where you live) so there's still plenty of room for teasers and potential spoilers. While this latest snippet isn't exactly an official trailer, it was shown in public at the recent MTV Music Awards for everyone to gawk at and chew on. It does contain potential spoilers about the until now unexplained confrontation between Hulk and Iron Man's Hulkbuster Armor, so be warned.

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Olympus Stylus 1s half a step up from its predecessor

Olympus Stylus 1s half a step up from its predecessor

Sometimes, a product can be so successful that it makes more sense to slightly tweak its design and improve on it rather than putting out a completely new generation product. That might just have been the line of thinking that Olympus employed when it revealed the Olympus Stylus 1s. As you can tell by the name, it has its feet planted firmly in the compact yet capable Stylus 1 that was launched last year. Of course, it has a few tricks up its sleeve to make it worth your while.

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