Author Archives: JC Torres


AT&T BlackBerry PRIV finally gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

AT&T BlackBerry PRIV finally gets Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Back in April, BlackBerry, who tries really hard to always be up to date with the latest in Android, finally released an update that brings Android 6.0 Marshmallow to its one and so far only Android smartphone, the BlackBerry PRIV. That said, it also mentioned that carriers themselves will only be rolling out the update starting May 3rd. Unsurprisingly, few actually followed that schedule. Now two months later, AT&T is finally making that promise real by rolling out Marshmallow and all the goodies BlackBerry included in that update.

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iPhone 7 claimed to get a bigger battery than predecessors

iPhone 7 claimed to get a bigger battery than predecessors

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus has had many leaks and controversies about its features, but one thing almost all of those have been rather silent about is its battery. That silence has just been broken, with a leak claiming that the iPhone 7 will indeed have a larger battery than the iPhone 6s before it. Although you would presume it to be a natural thing, given Apple's history, it just isn't so, making this definitely welcome news, or rumor rather.

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Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Review

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition Review

Despite Nokia ex-CEO Stephen Elop's boasts, the smartphone market has indeed become a two-horse race between Android and iOS. Of course, just because those two have pretty much cornered the mobile market doesn't mean there is no room for others, especially those that aren't aiming for world domination. At leat not yet. We're talking here about more unconventional, more "experimental" platforms like, say, Ubuntu Touch. Although already in the commercial market for more than a year, Ubuntu Touch's smartphone promise reaches its full potential in the more muscled Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition. But does this so far most powerful Ubuntu smartphone live up to the expectations it has set up for itself? It's time to buckle your seat belts and join us for another ride into the somewhat alien world of Ubuntu on Mobile.

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ZTE Axon 7 brings wallet-friendly premium specs to the US

ZTE Axon 7 brings wallet-friendly premium specs to the US

Around this time last year, ZTE surprised the US smartphone market by launching its first ever high-end Axon smartphone first in the US even before it opened it up to the rest of the world. Today it's doing something similar with the ZTE Axon 7, though the US can't really call dibs on this one. Nonetheless, it is still a bold and definitely groundbreaking move in a market littered with iPhones and Samsungs, offering truly high end features at nearly half the price of bigger players.

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Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

Andromium’s Superbook turns your smartphone into a laptop

While the likes of Ubuntu's Converence and Microsoft's Continuum promise to turn our mobile devices into PCs, there still exists a gap that needs to be filled to make that a reality. To be more specific, those promises don't exactly hold true when it comes to portability, as you need an external monitor, nor does it support one of the world's largest mobile platforms, Android. Superbook is an attempt to address that problem, with a plug and play device that lets you use your Android smartphone like a laptop, complete with a desktop interface and all the productivity that entails.

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Windows ransomware poser actually just deletes files

Windows ransomware poser actually just deletes files

There is a disturbing rise of malware of late, especially of the ransomware type, and no platform, not even macOS, is safe. Windows, of course, is notoriously easy to compromise, but it seems that some miscreants are willilng to go beyond orthodox ransomware tactics to make a quick buck. One such malware is being called Ranscam, which is a very apt name. While this malware does claim to have encrypted victims' files and hold them for ransom, in truth, it has already deleted those files and are simply trying to dupe those victims into paying to recover something that just isn't there anymore.

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Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

Even Apple is having a tough time selling PCs, says IDC

The term "PC" is hardly something anyone, especially Apple, would use to label its Mac computers. After all, it popularized the Mac vs PC ads. But for the sake of statistics and to show that everyone is affected by the PC slump, that is exactly what market analyst IDC did. Labels aside, IDC's figures do reveal how even Apple, whose Macs have traditionally done better even in the face of the PC market's decline, is having some number problems when it comes to shipments. Not exactly welcome news at a time when analysts are predicting continued slowdown of iPhone sales.

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Hangouts 11 on Android removes merged SMS, adds video messaging

Hangouts 11 on Android removes merged SMS, adds video messaging

Google just can't make it up its mind when it comes to its messaging services. It adds apps, removes features, merges, apps, removes features, and introduces duplicate features and apps. The latest example of that flip-flopping is with the Hangouts app on Android. Starting version 11, the app, which was initially a purely instant messaging app, will no longer show SMS and Hangouts messages in a single conversation. Before you sound the alarm, though, you can still send SMS from the app. They just won't take up the same space as Hangouts messages.

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Google Play family library lets you share with up to 6 people

Google Play family library lets you share with up to 6 people

Google has finally taken the covers off its family library system for its Google Play services. In a nutshell, the system will make it easier for parents, guardians, or maybe even a group of friends, to share content purchased from the Google Play Store. They also share a single payment method, which might prove to be a headache in some cases. Of course, the feature does have the necessary controls to rein in the spending or to keep the wee ones from seeing some things they shouldn't really be seeing just yet.

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Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Microsoft CEO: Pokemon GO, HoloLens are a perfect fit

Everything seems to be about Pokemon GO these days and almost everyone has something to say about it. It turns out, that's true even for Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Actually, that's not exactly surprising considering Pokemon GO and Microsoft do have something in common: the use of augmented reality. So it's also not surprising to hear Nadella confidently claim that Pokemon GO feels built for HoloLens, even better than any smartphone can ever hope to achieve.

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Moto G4, G4 Plus now available via Moto Maker

Moto G4, G4 Plus now available via Moto Maker

Dying to try Pokemon GO but also want a new Android smartphone to go along with it? As luck would have it, Motorola has just opened up Moto Maker to include its shiny new 4th gen Moto G, a.k.a. Moto G4 or Moto G4, and the Moto G4 Plus. Of course, you can also use any old smartphone (that has GPS) with Pokemon GO, but why compromise when you can get a shiny new Moto phone with a battery that will compensate for Pokemon GO's notorious battery drain, and won't have to spend your Pokeshop money just to get one. Plus, you get to personalize your design as well!

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DOOM, the remake, now supports the new Vulkan graphics API

DOOM, the remake, now supports the new Vulkan graphics API

Doom, the very first one, was widely regarded to have pushed the boundaries of PC gaming and graphics of that era, with its 3D graphics, 3D maps, networked multiplayer, and mature rating. Ever since then, id Software has been carrying on that tradition, like with RAGE's use of megatextures. Now under the ownership of Bethesda Softworks, that tradition continues with the announcement that the reincarnation of DOOM is now the first triple-A game to support the brand new Vulkan API, promising to deliver even better framerates, especially on slightly weaker hardware.

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