Author Archives: JC Torres


Firefox Hello lets you make video calls without fuss

Firefox Hello lets you make video calls without fuss

Mozilla has just rolled out version 35 of the popular Firefox web browser and it is bringing in a handful of new features. Highlighting this release, however, is something that they have been working on for quite a long time now. Leveraging the power of what is called WebRTC (Real Time Communications), Firefox Hello lets users create and share video chats without the hassles of third party accounts, services, or plugins. All you need is a Firefox browser, and sometimes you don't even need that.

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Micromax revealed to be remotely installing bloatware

Micromax revealed to be remotely installing bloatware

Smartphone users are no strangers to bloatware, unwanted software installed by manufacturers or carriers on devices, be they laptops, tablets, or, most especially, smartphones. While some have resigned themselves to these as a fact of life, it seems that in other places, they have become more than just a simple nuisance. Indian OEM Micromax has been reported to not only install bloatware, it also installs these remotely without the user's knowledge nor consent, making this particular implementation border on being malware.

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Fujifilm FinePix S9900W, S9800 zoom to where the action is

Fujifilm FinePix S9900W, S9800 zoom to where the action is

If you always see yourself in a situation where that perfect shot is simply just out of your reach, then one of Fujifilm's latest digital cameras might be the perfect tool for you. The FinePix S9900W and S9800 are fine cameras in themselves, but their real vocation is in taking you, or your eyes, to where the action is happening. With a 50x optical zoom, plus Fujifilm's digital zoom, these two new FinePix cameras ensure that no subject is too far, or too near, for you.

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Xiaomi outs Hi-Fi Mi Headphones, more cramped Mi Box mini

Xiaomi outs Hi-Fi Mi Headphones, more cramped Mi Box mini

Today, Xiaomi not only debuted its super high end Mi Note phablet. It also revealed two new products that flaunted the companies manufacturing and engineering muscles. The Mi Headphones is designed withs superior audio quality in mind and goes quite nicely with the Mi Note's Hi-Fi audio promise. On the other hand, the Mi Box Mini probably doesn't deserve to be called a set-top box anymore. Not because it doesn't fulfill its purpose but because it's hard to qualify it under that category because of its ridiculously small size.

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80 lets you shoot anytime, rain or shine

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 lets you shoot anytime, rain or shine

With the growing use of smartphone cameras, people are becoming more accustomed to shooting pics and recording videos anytime, anywhere. But not all smartphone cameras are designed to be used in all situations, especially those that involve the elements. For those, you'd either need a super rugged smartphone or, better yet, aim for an even more rugged and dedicated camera. The XP80, Fujifilm's latest entry to the FinePix line, is one such camera that has been designed with both quality and extreme activity in mind.

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Xiaomi Mi Note crams all the buzzwords inside a phablet

Xiaomi Mi Note crams all the buzzwords inside a phablet

Xiaomi has indeed come out today with its Redmi Note successor and, quite surprisingly, it's not the Redmi Note 2. Going with a different naming scheme this time around, the Mi Note has the same message as the Redmi Note and Xiaomi's other flagships: you don't have to sell an arm or a leg or both just to get a high-quality smartphone. And with all the high-end features and details that Xiaomi is revealing about the Mi Note, that is very well a proposal that many will be willing to swallow.

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Folding@Home turns Xperia phones into Alzheimer researchers

Folding@Home turns Xperia phones into Alzheimer researchers

Most smartphone users don't use their devices while they sleep, unless they've mastered the arcane art of sleeptexting. Those devices sit silently and idly, lying in wait for the next time its owner's touch wakes it up. Now, however, those "wasted" computing power can be put to good use even while we slumber, by lending their processing power to more altruistic causes, studying proteins and helping in the fight against diseases like Alzheimer's, thanks to a new Folding@Home app now available on Sony's Xperia smartphones.

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Arduino-based KeySweeper charger sniffs MS wireless keyboards

Arduino-based KeySweeper charger sniffs MS wireless keyboards

For geeks and professional typists, the choice of keyboard is like religion and some of them adhere to the religion of Microsoft's Wireless Keyboard line. These users, however, now need to be rather aware, if not paranoid, about their beliefs. Samy Kamkar, a hardware enthusiast and security buff, has just developed an Arduino-powered contraption that can sniff out any and every keystroke done on any Microsoft Wireless Keyboard within range, rendering even the most secure of passwords useless. And it even functions as a real USB wall charger to boot.

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Pixel Qi has seemingly vanished without a trace

Pixel Qi has seemingly vanished without a trace

More than half a decade ago, an odd-named company became the center of attention and hype because of the promised holy grail of LCD displays. And although Pixel Qi was able to deliver, to some extent, that much sought after readability in whatever lighting condition, the company has failed to make a profit, enough to sustain its business in a viciously competitive display business. But while it has yet to issue a formal admission, provided the company actually does still exist, for all intents and purposes and as far as official communication channels go, Pixel Qi is practically no more.

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Windows Mobile 10 to displace overdue 8.1 GDR2 update

Windows Mobile 10 to displace overdue 8.1 GDR2 update

At Microsoft, it will not only be the stars that will be aligning soon, their version numbers will converge as well. At its anticipated January 21st event, the tech giant is expected to not only reveal the consumer preview of Windows 10, it will also disclose details of its mobile counterpart, the aptly named Windows Mobile 10. This latest version represents a slight rebranding of the mobile platform (from Windows Phone) as well as a skip in versions, from the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 expected back in October to number 10.

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