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.

Facebook app will soon play Spotify music with Project Boombox

Facebook app will soon play Spotify music with Project Boombox

Facebook is going all out on its new social audio thrust but not all of the music and podcasts it will play will be coming from its own users. While the social networking giant does have thousands of users who can create original audio content, other companies have the advantage when it comes to more established creators and channels. Almost like a jab at a common enemy, Facebook and Spotify are teaming up to bring the latter's wealth of audio content to Facebook users, all without leaving the app.

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SmartThings Find will warn you if a Galaxy SmartTag is following you

SmartThings Find will warn you if a Galaxy SmartTag is following you

Beating Apple AirTags to the punch, Samsung launched its Galaxy SmartTags last year to offer an alternative to the popular Tile trackers. The Bluetooth-enabled accessories worked in tandem with Samsung's improved SmartThings Find in order to create what is practically a crowdsourced network of users that can help locate any lost item, even if they're outside of Bluetooth range. That said, that system may have also raised some questions about privacy that Samsung will be addressing next week with an important update to SmartThings.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 might finally get IP ratings

Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 might finally get IP ratings

Fancy and interesting as they were, Samsung foldable phones raised many questions about their durability, especially after the first Galaxy Fold failed spectacularly in just a few weeks. Since then, Samsung has spared no effort to inspired confidence in the Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip lines by improving the mechanisms and protections used on the devices. There is still, however, some doubt about how well they'd fair with a bit of a splash or an attack of dust but those doubts might finally be dispelled in this year's generation of foldables. the first of their kind to get an IP rating.

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Galaxy Tab S7 Good Lock modules offer powerful customization options

Galaxy Tab S7 Good Lock modules offer powerful customization options

Despite cleaning it up, Samsung's One UI still adds a lot of changes on top of what is commonly known as the "stock Android" experience. For some Android users, that's already too much but others still crave more ways they can tweak their devices. Samsung's suite of Good Lock modules tries to offer those optional tweaks and power features and, now that Good Luck is compatible with Android 11 devices, owners of the Galaxy Tab S7 and Galaxy Tab S7+ can enjoy those options as well to increase their productivity.

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PS5 bags fastest-selling console in US history record from NPD

PS5 bags fastest-selling console in US history record from NPD

Its already delayed launch may have been considered by some a disaster and units are still difficult to come by due to various factors but Sony can rest a bit easier now that the PlayStation 5 is standing on very solid ground. Part of its supply problems can be attributed to higher demand and, according to the NPD research group, the PS5 is indeed the fastest-selling console in the US so far, and that's just within five months of being in the market.

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Peloton Tread+ owners urged by US regulator to stop using it

Peloton Tread+ owners urged by US regulator to stop using it

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people to spend most of their time indoors for more than a year now. That has, in turn, given birth to new products and services designed to be used inside the house, from new entertainment options to fitness equipment. Peloton has been riding the wave of that renewed interest in indoor exercise equipment but its latest connected treadmill, the Tread+, has been written off from the US CPSC's book for dozens of accidents, including one child's death last month.

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Android 12 Recycle Bin, automatic app translation seen in leaked build

Android 12 Recycle Bin, automatic app translation seen in leaked build

Thanks to its history, lineage, and convention, the Android mobile platform is closer to desktop operating systems compared to something like iOS or even the augmented iPadOS. Many of the conventions and features people enjoy on desktops are sometimes available on Android, though it often requires OEMs or third-party apps to implement them. Sometimes, however, Google itself eventually gives in and makes those features available for all Android users, like two that may be coming in Android 12 that will give users access to a "Recycle Bin" and get apps translated even if the developers didn't provide any translations themselves.

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iPhone 13 notch size compared to iPhone 12 looks significantly smaller

iPhone 13 notch size compared to iPhone 12 looks significantly smaller

Some say you sometimes need a bit of perspective to really appreciate how things are. In the case of subtler design changes, you often need a comparison to really see the difference. This year's iPhone is expected to remain mostly unchanged from last year's design except in one or two aspects, and these latest real-world photos show how the iPhone 12's notch looks almost gigantic compared to the more refined cutout of the iPhone 13.

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Nokia N-Gage games brought back to life with EKA2L1 Symbian emulator

Nokia N-Gage games brought back to life with EKA2L1 Symbian emulator

Although perhaps most notorious for turning the mobile market into a dumping ground for dozens of models, the old Nokia was also famous for some iconic phones as well as some innovations that were far too ahead of their time. Even before mobile gaming became the lucrative industry it is today, Nokia was actually the first to put out a proper gaming phone way before smartphones became the reigning device category. For those old enough to remember or those who want to see what the fuss was all about, a Symbian/S60 emulator now lets you turn your Android phone into the modern version of the Nokia N-Gage.

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Resident Evil Village demo coming, RE4 heading to Oculus Quest 2

Resident Evil Village demo coming, RE4 heading to Oculus Quest 2

Capcom has plenty of original IPs but Resident Evil is perhaps its most notable in terms of disturbing imagery and stories. It's a franchise that has gone beyond just games and even has its own live-action film series. In fact, it has one more coming, a reboot that will be joined by a Netflix CGI series. Those, however, weren't the only things announced at Capcom's Resident Evil Showcase, revealing details about the next major installment in the long-running series as well as its first VR incarnation.

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Galaxy Z Flip 2 might actually be called the Galaxy Z Flip 3

Galaxy Z Flip 2 might actually be called the Galaxy Z Flip 3

What's in a name, really, especially when it comes to smartphones. Although most follow a natural progression of numbers, some, like Chinese manufacturers, skip the number 4 due to superstition. There are also times when companies adjust their numbering, whether or not it makes sense, like what Samsung is reportedly doing this year. There will be no Galaxy Z Flip 2, sources say, and a Galaxy Z Flip 3 will launch with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 in July instead.

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ZTE Axon 30 Ultra to bring its three 64MP cameras to global markets

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra to bring its three 64MP cameras to global markets

An oddity a few years back, almost all smartphones these days have no fewer than two cameras. Some more eccentric ones even have five or more (if you consider 3D ToF sensors as cameras). In most cases, however, those cameras are often not created equal, with manufacturers favoring one mode of photography over another, which sometimes means lower picture quality in some modes compared to others. So that users won't have to choose, ZTE has made the rather unusual decision to give the Axon 30 Ultra not one not even two but three cameras, all with 64MP sensors.

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