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.

Epic Games Store is necessary but it’s tearing the community apart

Epic Games Store is necessary but it’s tearing the community apart

Epic Games is disrupting the gaming market and, just like any disruption, not everyone's too happy about it. It's easy enough to see the appeal of Epic's battle cry: better profits for developers and more choices for users. But in order to effect any significant change, Epic Games is employing some business strategies to get developers on its side. Those same strategies, however, are causing gamers and even some developers to draw the line in the sand, splitting the gaming community into sometimes very vocal camps.

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Chrome on Android’s history navigation gestures simplify one-hand use

Chrome on Android’s history navigation gestures simplify one-hand use

It's becoming more and more a gesture-based technological world, be it on large screens but especially on smartphones. As phablets become the norm, the ability to use our phones with one hand becomes increasingly more difficult, even for simple things like going back and forward through browser history. Fortunately, along with ditching the button-based Android navigation panel, Google has thought of giving Chrome on Android some more gesture-based actions, but you have to find them first before you can enable them.

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Galaxy A90 notchless infinity screen confirmed by Samsung itself

Galaxy A90 notchless infinity screen confirmed by Samsung itself

The fanfare over the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Fold may be over, but it seems that Samsung may yet have one more big thing coming in a few weeks. Unlike the 2018 Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9, the Galaxy A90 continues to be an interesting mystery. At least one mystery may have already been solved, though, and we have Samsung to thank for that. For a brief moment, a small footnote on its Galaxy A series confirms that the upcoming mid-range phone will, indeed, bear a "notchless infinity screen".

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Xperia XZ3 DxOMark score makes the case for an Xperia 1

Xperia XZ3 DxOMark score makes the case for an Xperia 1

Sony has many businesses but, apparently, they don't like talking to each other that much, at least not the mobile and imaging ones. The internal rivalry between these two divisions has resulted in Xperia phones that, to be blunt, don't live up to the company's camera reputation. How bad is it? Almost a year later, DxOMark reviews the Xperia XZ3 and it lands near the bottom of the list, surpassed even by the ultra cheap Xiaomi Pocophone F1 or phones from 2017.

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Some Nokia 7 Plus phones caught sending data to Chinese server

Some Nokia 7 Plus phones caught sending data to Chinese server

Mistakes and software bugs are a normal fact of life but some can be more damning than others. At a time when phone manufacturers, especially Chinese ones, are fighting to wash their hands clean of any perception of political bias, even an allegedly innocent mistake could become a PR and legal mess. That might be the situation Finnish company HMD Global might find itself in after it has been discovered that a number of its Nokia 7 Plus phones have been sending data to a still-mysterious server located in China.

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Huawei P30 Pro European prices leaked by eager retailers

Huawei P30 Pro European prices leaked by eager retailers

Not everyone is an Apple, Google, or Samsung fan. There are those that swear by other phone manufacturers, including one of the most controversial ones of late. The hype and excitement around Huawei's upcoming new flagships are starting to rise and some retailers may have gotten swept up by the Huawei P30 fever. With a week left before its scheduled event, two European retailers have accidentally pushed the "Publish" button, revealing the last piece of the puzzle that we needed: the price.

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AT&T and Comcast form first ever anti-robocall tag team

AT&T and Comcast form first ever anti-robocall tag team

Fraudulent robocallers, your days are numbered. Or at least that's what AT&T and Comcast are telling the sources of these calls designed to con people. In what is being touted as the nation's first, the two providers are joining forces to combat such kinds of robocalls by authenticating not just calls happen within their respective networks but also those that cross the lines between the two.

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Dyson V11 vac, Cool Me purifying fan, Lightcycle lamp break cover

Dyson V11 vac, Cool Me purifying fan, Lightcycle lamp break cover

While iRobot and its Roomba is the household name for robot vacuum cleaners, Dyson is the brand for fancy, hi-tech, and expensive home appliances, from cordless stick vacuum cleaners to bladeless fans to even "supersonic" hair dryers. The company has now come out with three new products to add to that list, at least two of which bear features that might be very familiar to those keeping tabs on the smartphone market.

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Google Doodle Bach tribute is its first ever AI experience

Google Doodle Bach tribute is its first ever AI experience

Ever dreamed of creating a musical masterpiece that would be remembered for centuries but don't even know how to play an instrument? While not everyone can be like the famed Johann Sebastian Bach, we thankfully now have technology that can turn even the most random of notes into a melody that may be worthy of an orchestra performance. At least if you use Google's upcoming Doodle tribute to Bach, which not only marks the musician's 334th birthday but is also its first ever AI-powered interactive experience.

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The Cloud is empowering but it’s also a double-edged sword

The Cloud is empowering but it’s also a double-edged sword

Google just announced its Stradia game streaming service and its perhaps one of the best examples of how far "The Cloud" has come. Online games are nothing new but few aside from text-based games are able to reduce the client side to a "dumb terminal". Cloud computing has undoubtedly changed the way we work, consume content, and interact with services. While it's hard to deny how powerful and liberating the technology can be, it also pays to take a step back to understand that it is far from being the panacea that some advocates would have us believe.

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Android to ask European users their preferred browser, search app

Android to ask European users their preferred browser, search app

While it remains mostly unchallenged in the US, Google has been facing tough opposition in Europe. It has fought and lost not a few legal battles with the European Commission, forcing it to change many of its practices and business strategies just for that region. Those changes aren't done yet and the latest might be more of a nuisance rather than an inconvenience. Without going into much detail, Google says that Android users in Europe will be asked which browse and search app they'd like to use, even if the majority of them will probably answer "Google" anyway.

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iOS 12.2 Beta 6 rekindles AirPower hopes

iOS 12.2 Beta 6 rekindles AirPower hopes

Apple has a big event scheduled next week and all signs say that it will be a media-centric one. If that were the only thing it announces, though, it will be severely disappointing many fans. Recent rumors suggest that a second gen pair of AirPods could very well be announced, or at least a wireless charging case. Now it seems, however, that the latest beta for iOS 12.2 includes hints that the elusive AirPower wireless charging mat might really be close to launching at long last.

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