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.

Galaxy Watch 3, Apple Watch 7 might get blood sugar measurement function

Galaxy Watch 3, Apple Watch 7 might get blood sugar measurement function

While smartwatch makers have struggled for years to find a proper place for smartwatches, Apple pretty much created that space with a focus on health-related features that mere smart fitness bands couldn't offer. That has mostly revolved around functions for measuring and detecting heart-related conditions but a new report suggests that Samsung and Apple may be moving on to a much-needed functionality that will save potentially thousands of users from having to painfully draw multiple times a day.

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LG Rollable phone might not happen after all

LG Rollable phone might not happen after all

Although LG tried to start the year with a big bang, it seems that some of its boasts may have been a bit premature. After teasing what could be the world's first rollable phone, the company was suddenly rumored to be shutting down or selling off its ailing mobile business. As the rumors continue to pile up about LG's exit from the smartphone market, the fate of the LG Rollable now also hangs in the balance.

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Lylux cordless and bladeless hair dryer review

Lylux cordless and bladeless hair dryer review

We're seeing a steady stream of new products for personal and home use that all use the "smart" qualifier to indicate how intelligent they are because they connect to the Internet. Things don't have to be connected, however, to be useful. Sometimes, all it takes is the intelligent and creative combination of modern technologies to provide a more convenient and safer experience. That's the simple joy that the Lylux Hair Dryer is promising by putting together bladeless fans, cordless operation, and smart sensors to make drying hair even less of a hassle.

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Alphabet Loon Internet balloon “Other Bet” gets grounded forever

Alphabet Loon Internet balloon “Other Bet” gets grounded forever

Google is notorious for retiring apps and services, whether those were in wide use or not. That doesn't apply to just software either and the company has sunset more than a handful of unsuccessful hardware projects that would have caused smaller companies to fold. Not Google, of course, for whom experiments, big or small, are a fact of life. The latest to join the dreaded Google Graveyard is Loon, the moonshot turned "Other Bet" that would have brought the Internet to places where towers and cables dare not go.

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iOS 15 might finally drop iPhone 6s, iPhone SE (2016)

iOS 15 might finally drop iPhone 6s, iPhone SE (2016)

Apple is known and highly-praised for its commitment to support years-old smartphones, tablets, and computers, something that, unfortunately, hasn't caught on in the Android world. Even Apple, however, sometimes has to eventually cut off some older devices, though still not as fast or as often as even Google. Soon, that culling period might be happening again this year with the release of iOS 15 which may no longer support devices that are more than five years old by the time it rolls out.

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Google Duo on uncertified Android devices might also stop working

Google Duo on uncertified Android devices might also stop working

Android being open source software allows it to be installed on devices and used in cases that Google may have never imagined or allowed. Those include some set-top boxes, desktops, laptops, watches, single-board computers or SBCs, and everything in between. Google, however, does have a system in place that keeps Android from spiraling out of its control completely. One such system involves keeping Google apps out of these "uncertified" devices, like what it will be doing with Google Messages and, soon, Google Duo.

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Galaxy S10 One UI 3.0 Android 11 update pulled due to bugs

Galaxy S10 One UI 3.0 Android 11 update pulled due to bugs

Samsung has been making good on its commitment to roll out major Android upgrades faster, and while it's still not as fast as most would wish, it's still a lot better than Samsung's old ways. That said, there would inevitably be some bumps along the way and, unfortunately, it seems that Galaxy S10 owners had the bad luck of running into them. No sooner had Samsung released Android 11 for these phones did users run into numerous and seemingly unrelated problems, forcing the company to put a halt to the rollout.

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Browser maker Opera acquires GameMaker Studio developer YoYo Games

Browser maker Opera acquires GameMaker Studio developer YoYo Games

Some might say that the age of browser-based games is long gone, especially with the death of Flash that also heralded the demise of Farmville. At the same time, browsers and Web technologies have advanced to the point that more sophisticated games can be played on a browser, not to mention the growing market for game streaming through browsers. It is against this backdrop that Opera announced its acquisition of YoYo Games, most popular for its easy to use 2D game-making tool, but few are able to divine what Opera plans to do with it in the long run.

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Google Calendar now works offline on desktop Chrome

Google Calendar now works offline on desktop Chrome

Google has dozens of apps and services, some of them a bit esoteric while many are popular and useful for both end users and businesses. One thing that is common among most of these is the need for an Internet connection. Google, after all, is primarily an Internet company. That Internet connection, however, might not always be available or stable and, fortunately, Google is making one of its key apps available offline, at least for some set of users.

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Apple M1 Macs can now run Ubuntu Linux thanks to Corellium

Apple M1 Macs can now run Ubuntu Linux thanks to Corellium

The sheer impressive power of the Apple Silicon M1 processor has made developers, hackers, and tinkerers daydream about possible use cases beyond what Apple intended or would even allow. Some have already gotten Windows to run on it, in a virtualized environment fashion, of course. Now a few security researchers have also figured out how to run Linux directly on the hardware, albeit with a few catches that could still make it not that useful for a daily driver for Linux users.

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Firefox for Android very few extensions will be easier to install

Firefox for Android very few extensions will be easier to install

Most desktop web browsers have become fully-featured to the point that many extensions have sometimes become pointless or redundant. That's not the case on mobile where features that are available on desktop versions are often absent or technically impossible to implement. Extensions and add-ons still matter on mobile browsers and Mozilla is making a change that will make it easier for Android users to install those extensions, not that there are many of them in the first place.

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Honor V40 could be the first to have Google Play Store again

Honor V40 could be the first to have Google Play Store again

For the past year or so, Huawei has gained something like a reverse Midas touch, where every company and subsidiary under its name gets dragged into its US export ban. That included Honor, which has always been promoting itself as an independent but related brand from Huawei and has, to its credit, helped Huawei achieve the sales numbers it has been flaunting. That independence finally became complete two months ago when Huawei sold off its Honor business and that first fruit of that separation might be coming this week.

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