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.

Qualcomm QM215 to challenge MediaTek in Android Go market

Qualcomm QM215 to challenge MediaTek in Android Go market

Qualcomm may have the lion's share of the mobile CPU market, its reign is anything but secure. Samsung and Huawei have proven up to the task and Apple continues to embarrass it in both benchmarks and courts. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, long-time rival MediaTek has been the go-to for budget devices. Now it seems that the chip maker is taking steps to ensure that it will be the favored supplier even on low-tier devices like Android Go phones with an upcoming new QM215 chipset.

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Instagram fundraising stickers could come at the worst time possible

Instagram fundraising stickers could come at the worst time possible

Throughout the many tribulations and scandals that rocked Facebook and its properties, Instagram seems to have remained the one bright light in Facebook's storm. It isn't without its own issues, of course, but those have been relatively minor. Instagram remains popular, almost unchallenged, and in the perfect position to do some good. The social network is reportedly testing a sticker to let users donate to a charity that, while good on the surface, could raise some doubts given its parent company's behavior.

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This is why you shouldn’t microwave grapes

This is why you shouldn’t microwave grapes

Microwaves are pretty convenient in heating or cooking food, erasing notebooks, and some other odd uses but there are things you shouldn't put inside the device. Metal immediately comes to mind but, oddly enough, grapes are taboo as well. For years, there have been discussions on the hidden perils of putting the fruit in the microwave but now physicists may have finally come up with an answer to that mystery and, like any good scientific puzzle, could even be used for future technologies.

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Huawei P30 confirmed to snub MWC for Paris in March

Huawei P30 confirmed to snub MWC for Paris in March

Huawei isn't skipping MWC this year. In fact, it might have a more interesting device to show off. But if you were only interested in the Chinese OEM's next flagship, you might want to skip the event. Huawei has just released press invites to its P30 and P30 Pro event, hinting at how it will "Rewrite the Rules". And perhaps has part of that rebellion, it won't be holding the event at MWC or even on the same month, settling for the city of love instead.

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Palmer Luckey offers free Oculus Rift repair kit for audio problems

Palmer Luckey offers free Oculus Rift repair kit for audio problems

His last months in the now Facebook-owned company may have been filled with controversy but Palmer Luckey will forever be honored in history as having co-founded Oculus and pushing the virtual reality towards its renaissance. The tech pioneer hasn't been on the spotlight of late but he is by no means done with VR. In fact, he's now hitting the news again thanks to his admittedly generous offer of a repair kit to address loyal Oculus Rift users' audio issues.

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Sony MWC 2019 teaser confirms CinemaWide 21:9 display

Sony MWC 2019 teaser confirms CinemaWide 21:9 display

Sony's smartphones haven't generated much hype for a few years now, hinting at the brand's declining popularity. Once notorious for having the worst leakage problem among OEMs, it almost seemed that tipsters and leaksters have lost interest in Sony's upcoming phones. This year could be different, though, mostly thanks to Sony weird design choice. And thanks to its own official teaser for MWC 2019, we can now indeed expect its next smartphones to have ultra-wide, or ultra-tall, screens.

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Android tablets are losing steam, Chrome OS to the rescue

Android tablets are losing steam, Chrome OS to the rescue

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Tab S5e without much fanfare and it was received with equal amounts of interest. Granted, the tablet sounded more like an "economy" (Samsung will probably call it "essentials") edition of a proper Galaxy Tab S5, but the silent treatment closely echoes the reception of Android tablets of late, even from brands like Lenovo and Huawei.

Android tablets are, for all intents and purposes, dead and there is little to no hope of a revival. Chromebooks, or Chrome OS tablets, do seem to be the way forward but Google and its partners need to be careful lest they repeat the same mistakes all over again.

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16-inch MacBook Pro with new design is the biggest 2019 prediction

16-inch MacBook Pro with new design is the biggest 2019 prediction

Save for the replacement of all ports with Thunderbolt 3 ports, some MacBook Pro fans might bemoan that Apple's professional laptops haven't received a major evolution, let a lone a positive one. The new ports themselves might have split camps but the new Touch Bar and the new keyboards on the 2016 models have been nothing short of controversial. This year might bring a breath of fresh air if Ming Chi-Kuo is correct. This year will see not only a redesign of the MacBook Pro but also the biggest MacBook Pro size since 2012.

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Razer Game Store closing up shop after less than a year

Razer Game Store closing up shop after less than a year

The PC gaming market is undergoing some rather tumultuous changes. For years, it was just Steam and everyone else. Epic Games, however, is now challenging the status quo, testing loyalties, and potentially making smaller stores pointless. Whether that's what prompted Razer to shut down its Game Store in less than a year, we might never know. Then again, that Razer Game Store may not have been profitable in the first place.

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TCL patents a foldable phone that turns into a wristband

TCL patents a foldable phone that turns into a wristband

This is probably the year of the foldable smartphones, or at least the year that everyone starts talking about real products rather than just ideas. While Samsung and Huawei may be leading the pack, that's not to say others don't have their own say in the matter. TCL, a known brand when it comes to displays, smartphones, and TVs, has some ideas of its own and has, in fact, patented five of them in one swoop. Four of those designs may already look familiar and old to some, but the fifth is somewhat novel in that it wants to put your smartphone directly on your wrist.

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Facebook needs more than a fine to change its privacy ethics

Facebook needs more than a fine to change its privacy ethics

Facebook might be setting a new world record soon but not in a very good way. Reports indicate that it is negotiating with the US Federal Trade Commission over what could be the largest fine ever levied on a technology company, breaking Google's $22.5 million in 2012. But while the still non-final multi-billion dollar penalty is seen as a "day of reckoning" for the social network giant, it will take more than just monetary fines to make Facebook change its ways.

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LEGO Hidden Side combines AR game with physical building sets

LEGO Hidden Side combines AR game with physical building sets

We are still very far from that futuristic age where augmented reality almost becomes our reality, where every object or place can hold deeper value than what physical matter can contain. That doesn't mean, however, that we have to limit ourselves to fun but short-lived AR stickers and non-interactive dinosaurs. LEGO, the toy company that always puts itself at the STEM forefront, is showing what else can be down using AR with its new Hidden Side play theme, a ghost-filled experience that keeps one hand on the physical and another on the virtual, literally too.

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