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.

Samsung The Sero smartphone-friendly TV is finally available to buy

Samsung The Sero smartphone-friendly TV is finally available to buy

You'd be excused for forgetting about The Sero considering Samsung's dozens of TV models but you'd also be excused if its image was burned into your memory. First revealed at the end of 2019, The Sero debuted in the public's eyes at CES 2020. Almost six months later, the TV is finally up for grabs so that you and your family can enjoy all those tall, portrait videos and photos without having to turn your phone or your head.

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Android app that removes Chinese apps gets massive support in India

Android app that removes Chinese apps gets massive support in India

If the US government is bent on bringing Huawei to its knees through trade laws, India's citizens are taking a different route to show their protest against China. A new app has landed on Google Play Store that singles out apps that originate from China as a response to a call for Indians to boycott software made by Chinese citizens. That call seems to have resounded strongly as the app gathered now over 5 million downloads in just two weeks.

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Tesla autopilot fails to avoid overturned truck, crashes despite brakes

Tesla autopilot fails to avoid overturned truck, crashes despite brakes

Self-driving vehicles always look cool on TV and films but getting them right in real life no easy task. Considering the human lives involved, autopilot systems are often put under intense scrutiny to ensure nothing goes terribly wrong. Unfortunately, things do go wrong to different degrees, and, fortunately for one driver in Taiwan, the story didn't have a tragic ending, even if his Tesla met a different fate after crashing into the roof of a truck.

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iPhone 12 mockups suggest a small change that has a big purpose

iPhone 12 mockups suggest a small change that has a big purpose

Although things are looking rather bleak, especially in the US, one thing that hasn't changed is people's expectations of upcoming new devices. Whether those devices will be delayed or not is a different question but it at least seems that things are still on track for some of those big products for 2020. Aside from the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, the iPhone 12, whose name hasn't yet been confirmed, is expected to make a big splash with Apple's first 5G phones, a feature that has apparently forced apple to change a design that has been standard for years.

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Android 11 beta accidentally rolled out, here’s what changed

Android 11 beta accidentally rolled out, here’s what changed

Android 11's beta form was scheduled to be launched with some virtual fanfare but, in solidarity with those marching on the streets, Google decided to hold back on that event for a while. Someone at Mountain View, however, may have not gotten the memo in time to stop such a beta update from rolling out to a few developers. Fortunately for us, you can't simply pull out what's already installed on someone's device, giving the rest of us a preview of what's to come.

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Vivo X50 Pro is bringing its Gimbal Camera System to global markets

Vivo X50 Pro is bringing its Gimbal Camera System to global markets

Smartphone cameras have become truly amazing and sometimes even excessive in the past few years but there are still a few things they grapple with due to constrained spaces. It's really just a matter of time before those problems are solved, like how periscope-style lenses have addressed zooming in smartphones. With its new X50 series, Vivo is tackling the other side of the mobile photography puzzle, bringing a miniaturized gimbal to make short work of shaky hands and moving vehicles.

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PS Vita Killzone: Mercenary servers suddenly went dark

PS Vita Killzone: Mercenary servers suddenly went dark

It's no secret that Sony has officially pulled the plug on its last gaming handheld but that was really only as far as production of the PlayStation Vita and its cartridges go. One would expect the console to continue working with existing games though some Vita-related servers to eventually fold. Unfortunately for players of Killzone: Mercenary, that happened without warning even when those official servers were actually run by Sony itself.

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Half-Life: Alyx mod lets you play without VR but at a virtual cost

Half-Life: Alyx mod lets you play without VR but at a virtual cost

Half-Life Alyx is the first major game in the franchise to come out in years but its high requirements made it a no-go for many fans of the franchise. Valve may have boosted sales of its Index VR system and perhaps other compatible VR gear but that is still a small number compared to Half-Life fans still left hanging. Unsurprisingly, there have been a few attempts at getting Alyx to run on screens that are flat as pancakes but this Pancake FPS Starter Kit looks to be one of the most promising and slightly more confusing ones.

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Some Android phones can be crashed by this beautiful wallpaper

Some Android phones can be crashed by this beautiful wallpaper

Having pleasing or eye-catching wallpapers is a big deal for some people, be it on their computers or even on their phones. It's not uncommon for people to download random wallpapers from the Internet without a second thought. After all, what are the chances of a simple image wrecking havoc on a phone? Apparently, it's not as difficult as you might think now that it has been discovered that an image has the capability to crash a Samsung phone or even an older Pixel phone when you make it your wallpaper.

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Windows 10 May 2020 update: you might want to hold off for a bit

Windows 10 May 2020 update: you might want to hold off for a bit

Microsoft has just released the first major Windows 10 update of the year, version 2004 a.k.a. the May 2020 update, and, to no one's surprise really, there are a few issues that will cause users no small amount of headaches. There are no reports of disappearing files yet, thankfully, but some Windows 10 owners might want to hold off from updating immediately. Fortunately, this time Microsoft has found a way to inform users before they taking the plunge.

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Amazon and Apple operations scaled back amid growing civil unrest

Amazon and Apple operations scaled back amid growing civil unrest

The COVID-19 pandemic put a stop to much of the world's businesses and operations and it has only been recently that some have finally been able to reboot a small portion of their lives and work. But then a single even caused waves across the US and even the world, forcing companies like Amazon and Apple to scale back or even close their shops as the number of protests and violent incidents rise in the wake of George Floyd's death.

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Nokia C2 Tennen, C2 Tava, C5 Endi budget phones land on Cricket Wireless

Nokia C2 Tennen, C2 Tava, C5 Endi budget phones land on Cricket Wireless

Although smartphones have become more in demand these days, not everyone actually needs all the bells and whistles that will cost them an arm and a lag and who knows what else. Some people just need the basics of connecting to the Internet, watching HD videos on YouTube, and taking some passable photos. For these types of smartphone users, HMD Global's newest trio of Nokia-branded smartphones on Cricket Wireless might do the job without burning a hole in their wallets.

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