Author Archives: JC Torres

An open source contributor and holds doubly lethal degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science. When not working, he spends his time lurking and helping out in KDE Project.

iPhone 12 could be hiding reverse wireless charging after all

iPhone 12 could be hiding reverse wireless charging after all

Apple hasn't had that much luck with its own wireless chargers, at least if you look at the still MIA AirPower, so it was a bit surprising when it announced the all-new old-named MagSafe wireless charging system for the iPhone 12. That has almost made a lot forget about the wireless charging capabilities that have been rumored for iPhones since last year. Apple apparently didn't forget and may have sneaked in a reverse wireless charging feature that it may be reserving for new AirPods.

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Microsoft Edge campaigns seem to be designed to make people hate it

Microsoft Edge campaigns seem to be designed to make people hate it

On a purely technical level isolated from all contexts, the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser may actually have a lot going for it. It is compatible with almost all websites, thanks to the same backend that Google Chrome itself uses, and Microsoft has added features that improve performance or offer users a lot of conveniences. Unfortunately, perception can do a lot to make or break a product, regardless of its strengths, and Microsoft's aggressive push to bring Edge to Windows users' consciousness may ironically sour the web browser instead.

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OnePlus Watch rumored to have been scrapped again

OnePlus Watch rumored to have been scrapped again

OnePlus has dipped its hand into multiple cookie jars from a one-time toy drone to wireless earbuds. The one thing it hasn't done yet, at least not in a tangible, commercial form, is a smartwatch. Rumors of OnePlus' own smart timepiece have been circulating for years ever since the birth of the company and it seems that the situation won't be changing any time soon or at all. After a teaser of what may be the first OnePlus Watch, a new rumor claims that, once again, it might never be.

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MINISFORUM X35G Review: The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux Experience

MINISFORUM X35G Review: The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux Experience

Although not as common as towering desktops, the mini PC form factor has enjoyed increased popularity in recent years as consumers looked towards more general-purpose home computers. These relatively tiny PCs, however, are not exactly known for their performance and power, leaning more towards space-savings and power-efficiency, enough for basic computing tasks.

MINISFORUM, however, has long been trying to move away from such stereotypes with the likes of the H31G and its discrete NVIDIA GPU. With the MINISFORUM X35G, the company takes things in a slightly different direction, cramming in Intel's latest CPU generation and data storage tech to turn the small box into a capable workstation.

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Galaxy Z Fold 2 features now available on the Galaxy Fold

Galaxy Z Fold 2 features now available on the Galaxy Fold

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 is definitely a much-needed upgrade but that doesn't mean that the Galaxy Fold is any less capable. At least as far as core features are concerned, anything this year's foldable phone is capable of, the 2019 first-gen device can do just as well. Fortunately, Samsung sees it that way and has now rolled out an update to the Galaxy Fold that will let early adopters and believers squeeze out a bit more from their foldable phones. At least until the next year's model truly makes it feel obsolete.

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TCL rollable screen phone shows off another way to expand screens

TCL rollable screen phone shows off another way to expand screens

Foldable phones were mostly created to solve a size problem. People want large, tablet-sized screens but don't want to lose the portability and handiness of a handheld device. You might think that foldable screens from Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, and Royale might be the only answers but TCL is coming up with a rather intriguing alternative. Instead of folding a flexible display, TCL is showing off one that rolls in and out instead, creating what is pretty much the electronic equivalent of paper scrolls.

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Oculus Quest 2 rooting could bypass Facebook requirement

Oculus Quest 2 rooting could bypass Facebook requirement

The Oculus Quest 2 is an admittedly impressive kit as far as standalone VR systems go. Its otherwise positive debut, however, has been marred by controversy, confusion, and consternation over the requirement to have and use a Facebook account to even use the previously independent product. Unsurprisingly, there have been attempts to circumvent that requirement but the most successful one so far is also asking for trouble by jailbreaking the Quest 2 that will surely force Facebook to respond in kind.

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HAL 9000 crowdfunded replica will no longer deliver as creator goes under

HAL 9000 crowdfunded replica will no longer deliver as creator goes under

Although it has been misused and abused by well-funded companies, crowdfunding is, at its core, more like investing rather than pre-ordering a product. It always comes with the risk of failing, no matter how successful previous campaigns from the same group have been. There is no shortage of anecdotes about dashed hopes and even infuriated backers and the case of the HAL 9000 replica has just been added to that archive now that its creators have gone bankrupt and gone silent.

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Macs label HP printer drivers as malware, breaks printing for some

Macs label HP printer drivers as malware, breaks printing for some

Drivers are pieces of software that some hardware or application use to communicate with an operating system. In other words, a functioning and authorized driver is critical in making sure things like printers, scanners, game controllers, and other peripherals work with a computer's OS. Sometimes, drivers stop working because of bugs, which leaves users with hardware they can't use until it's fixed. The case with Macs and HP printers, however, is rather unusual because the root cause may actually be some miscommunication and oversight.

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LG TONE Free FN7 earbuds get ANC and a UV-C charging case

LG TONE Free FN7 earbuds get ANC and a UV-C charging case

There is a growing trend in the mobile accessories industry and it isn't related to any new wireless connection or audio technology. It is, instead, riding on the wave of health and sanitation-related accessories to address growing concerns about COVID-19 and other harmful micro-organisms. It isn't surprising, then, that LG's newest TONE Free truly wireless stereo earbuds are coming with its own bacteria-killing UVnano case but, fortunately, that's not the only new thing it has to flaunt.

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Surface Duo gets a big price cut and early buyers are up in arms

Surface Duo gets a big price cut and early buyers are up in arms

Things seemed to be going well for the Surface Duo despite its somewhat older specs, that was until reviews and reports started coming in that put the dual-screen foldable's price into question. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft appears to have decided to slash the price by a considerable amount barely two months after the product launched. More than the early price cut, however, early believers in Microsoft's promise are now complaining about what seems to be a disorganized and inconsistent policy in how to handle returns and refunds.

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Galaxy S21+ renders cement the odd new design

Galaxy S21+ renders cement the odd new design

It seems that Samsung has lately been aiming more for shock rather than wow factor in designing its smartphones. The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Note 20 carried a particular design that at least had people talking, even if not always favorably. The Galaxy S21 is shaping up to be no different, at least based on unofficial 3D renders. Now a third set of images have popped up for what is claimed to be the Galaxy S21+, further "confirming" how next year's very early trio might look like.

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