Author Archives: JC Torres


US Bank, MasterCard now supports Android Pay, Samsung Pay

US Bank, MasterCard now supports Android Pay, Samsung Pay

The initial furor over competing mobile payment systems may have died down just a wee bit, but that's because they're silently working to rope in support from more financial institutions and merchants. Although some might consider non-Apple Pay systems to not be that popular, that doesn't necessarily translate to reality. Take for example the recent announcement from US Bank that embraces both Android Pay and Samsung Pay, enabling the two mobile payment methods for the bank's MasterCard holders.

Continue Reading

Deus Ex GO gives cyberpunk a diorama-esque board game flair

Deus Ex GO gives cyberpunk a diorama-esque board game flair

Square Enix definitely has a new-found obsession for turning its franchises into "turn-based puzzle games", a.k.a. board games. Perhaps emboldened by the success of Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO, the game publisher is giving the same treatment to another major title: Deus Ex. Capitalizing on the upcoming launch of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Deus Ex GO will cater to mobile gamers who might not have that much time or resources for a full on Deus Ex game but still want to be immersed in the fictional cyberpunk universe of the game.

Continue Reading

Samsung Galaxy S8 could get 4K screen

Samsung Galaxy S8 could get 4K screen

Market analysis, wishful thinking, or both? Whichever the case, Samsung's 2017 flagship might very well bear, not the first, a 4K screen. That is the prediction being made by some analysts like UBI Research, based on trends and current production capabilities. While Sony was really the first OEM to have a 4K smartphone with the Xperia Z5 Premium, Samsung might have a better use case for that extreme high pixel density beyond simple video or photo viewing: virtual reality.

Continue Reading

Tomorrow is Motorola’s big day, here’s where to watch it

Tomorrow is Motorola’s big day, here’s where to watch it

June 9 will be an auspicious day for two companies. Well, a company and a half. It is the start of Lenovo's Tech World conference and, naturally, Motorola will be there, too. While Lenovo itself will have a few mobile devices to show off, Motorola has its own thing as well. Tomorrow, we'll finally get to see if the Moto Z, or maybe just the Moto X4, can really bring Motorola back to the top the way the RAZR did nearly a decade ago.

Continue Reading

Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

"The holy war is over!" Or so proclaims Nick Lee, the probably insane modder who just last April demonstrated how to get Windows 95 to run on an Apple Watch. But as if that weren't heresy enough, Lee did one even better: running Android on an iPhone. OK, it's not exactly like what it sounds, and there weren't any iPhones or Androids sacrificed to the cause. Like any good magic trick, the key is misdirection. In this case, the key is a rather conspicuous case that hides a board running Android, which is then mirrored to the iPhone's screen.

Continue Reading

World of Final Fantasy brings cute to PS4, Vita in October

World of Final Fantasy brings cute to PS4, Vita in October

The Final Fantasy series is popular mostly for its gripping story lines and memorable characters, no matter the visual form they come in. Whether it be the small, pixelated graphics of NES/SNES titles, the blocky 3D bodies of Final Fantasy VII, or the near realistic visuals of more recent installments, fans have flocked to Final Fantasy titles no matter what. Square Enix is probably banking on that loyalty when it launches "World of Final Fantasy", which will almost be hard to take seriously because of how adorable the characters look.

Continue Reading

CurrentC “Apple Pay rival” practically closes its doors

CurrentC “Apple Pay rival” practically closes its doors

Poising your new, still unproven, product as a rival of an existing popular one is a sure way to get noticed, one way or another. But it also sets up expectations that you not be able to meet, ending up with more than just egg on your face. That is pretty much what is happening now to CurrentC, the Merchant Customer Exchange's (or MCX) supposed Apple Pay/Android Pay rival. On its web page, CurrentC testers are not only informed that the beta test ends on June 28, but also that all accounts will be disabled.

Continue Reading

UK Commons passes Investigatory Powers Bill, no backdoor clause

UK Commons passes Investigatory Powers Bill, no backdoor clause

Apple may have scored somewhat of a victory in the name of security and privacy in the UK just as it somewhat did in the US just recently. December last year, Apple voiced out its concerns over the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill that would require companies to have backdoors to encrypted systems so that government access could be granted any time. That bill has now been passed by the UK's House of Commons but removes the sections that make such backdoors necessary, thanks partly to the opposition of companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many others.

Continue Reading

Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack voice calls finally available for all

Slack, one of the hottest tools in the realm of team and work communications has just flipped the switch to make its promised voice call feature available for anyone and everyone. It might seem almost antithetical to Slack's original, primarily text-based nature, but it is an admission that sometimes typed words or even images just aren't enough to get things rolling in the office. It is also a declaration of war and an incursion into the territory mostly dominated by Skype.

Continue Reading

Anki OVERDRIVE adds hulking big rig Supertrucks to its roster

Anki OVERDRIVE adds hulking big rig Supertrucks to its roster

Toys-to-life isn't dead, at least not yet. That is somewhat the hidden message that Anki is sending the market as it launches two new additions to its AI-controlled fleet of toy cars. These Supertrucks, the flaming red X52 and the cool green Freewheel, are meant to mimic the menacing forms of their real world big rig counterparts. However, they are able to accomplish what real, giant trucks should never be allowed to do: race on the road at neck breaking speeds and cause other vehicles around it to veer off the road to their demise.

Continue Reading

ZTE Spro 2 Android smart projector finally lands on T-Mobile

ZTE Spro 2 Android smart projector finally lands on T-Mobile

There is a saying that goes "better late than never". While that might be true in a lot of things, in business, especially a fast moving target like consumer electronics, the window of opportunity doesn't always stay open for late comers. So when T-Mobile proudly announces the arrival of the ZTE Spro 2 smart projector on its shelves, there is probably a bit of bewilderment why it took the Un-carrier more than a year to make it so. Still, better late than never.

Continue Reading

Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Pebble gets a new Weather app, Health gets more accurate

Just because Pebble is in the middle of a very hot and again wildly successful Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble 2 and Pebble Core, it doesn't mean it has forgotten about its existing throng of very loyal users. It has just announced the availability of Firmware 3.13 for existing smartwatches, as well as matching updates for its iOS and Android apps. It might not be as earth-shattering as the upcoming Actions feature, but it's still a refinement worth noting and a welcome reminder that Pebble hasn't forgotten its fans.

Continue Reading