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.

Xbox One adds fine-grained control over offensive text messages

Xbox One adds fine-grained control over offensive text messages

While not generally true, some gamers do have a reputation for having a rather loose tongue, especially during competitive gameplay. That's probably fine if you're simply among peers of the same age range but can be a problem when a more heterogeneous mix is involved. It especially becomes dangerous when there are younger gamers in play, like when using a family-owned console. At long last, Microsoft is finally giving Xbox One owners the ability to censor some potentially harmful speech and even gives an almost ridiculous amount of control over it.

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LG Android 10 preview program starts with LG G8 ThinQ this month

LG Android 10 preview program starts with LG G8 ThinQ this month

LG has probably overtaken Samsung as the OEM with the worse, though not worst, Android update scorecard in recent years. Fortunately, LG is neither blind nor deaf to the plight of its users. For one, it is announcing that the public testing period for its version Android 10 is nearly here. For another, it is giving hope that its other mid-range smartphones will soon be getting some updates before the year is over.

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Sony brings its 3D imaging tech to microscopes to help save lives

Sony brings its 3D imaging tech to microscopes to help save lives

Sony is perhaps best known for a wide range of electronics including TVs, the PlayStation, and, of course, cameras. All of these, though varied, have one underlying theme: faithfully and correctly reproducing and efficiently transmitting visual data. At CEATEC 2019, Sony wants to demonstrate its pursuit of delivering social value through its technologies in light of the Society 5.0 thrust. It turns out, it indeed already has the technologies need not only to better the human condition but also save lives.

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Bandai makes STEM fun with Algoroid, Zeonic programmable robots

Bandai makes STEM fun with Algoroid, Zeonic programmable robots

With a heavy focus on technology these days, kids that get exposed to related subjects at an early age get a distinct advantage over their peers. In the Society 5.0 future that Japan envisions, such subjects may, in fact, become a necessity. Educators, schools, and companies have long been pushing the STEM (now STEAM) category to acclimate kids better to sciences and maths. And what better way to capture kids' attention than by bringing the millennia-old benefits of play to combine toys and technology in the one thing that best mixes them both: robots.

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Microsoft bets on Windows 10 IoT, Intelligent Edge for a Society 5.0 future

Microsoft bets on Windows 10 IoT, Intelligent Edge for a Society 5.0 future

CEATEC 2019 is underway in Japan and more than just the usual tech trade show, the event has an underlying theme that promotes a rather idyllic and ambitious vision of the future. That is what Japan's Society 5.0 is trying to push, a society that harmonizes cyberspace and real space for the enrichment not just of individuals but of the entire society as well. That future relies heavily on technologies like the cloud and AI and, unsurprisingly, Microsoft is making a big push for its Intelligent Cloud and Intelligent Edge to power the future IoT-centric world.

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Razer Blade 15 Advanced debuts world’s first optical laptop keyboard

Razer Blade 15 Advanced debuts world’s first optical laptop keyboard

You may have already heard of optical mice, which have been around for decades. You may have even heard of optical keyboards, which have also been around for quite a while, at least on desktops. Razer, however, claims to have one-upped its rivals and, by extension, allows its users to gain an "unfair" advantage over their competition. It has just announced what it bills is the world's first optical laptop keyboard which can be yours provided you're willing to buy the only laptop it is available on.

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Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

Kyocera unveils world’s first gyro-based portable carbohydrate monitor

When talking about the convergence of consumer electronics and health, most will probably think of wearables like fitness trackers and smartwatches. These do often have a variety of sensors used to track vitals like heart rate or, in the case of the Apple Watch 4, ECG. But while these devices do give wearers an idea of their activity and heart health, they lack data on one important factor in fitness. That is why Kyocera has made a new system that can monitor your carbohydrate intake but is also small enough to slip into your pocket.

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ANA Avatar-in lets you “teleport” to places using robots

ANA Avatar-in lets you “teleport” to places using robots

As one of Japan's major airlines, All Nippon Airways or ANA knows just how many people wish they could go places easily. It also knows just how much that travel is beyond the reach of most people, even when it is necessary to reach out to or help a loved one. That is why parent company ANA Holdings is developing a new platform called "avatar-in" that will let you "teleport" your consciousness even when your body can't. And it is starting with a robot arm that can cook or even fish for you in your stead.

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Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta puts the spotlight on One UI changes

Galaxy S10 Android 10 beta puts the spotlight on One UI changes

Samsung has gotten a lot of flack for its heavily modified Android UX, formerly called TouchWiz. It has changed it ways and the software's name over the past years but, truth be told, it just can't full throw away all the custom changes and features it has accumulated over the years. Unsurprising, when it announces the start of the Android 10 beta program for the Galaxy S10, it focuses not on what Android 10 itself brings but what changes users can expect from One UI 2.0

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nubia Z20 is bringing its dual-screen to the US

nubia Z20 is bringing its dual-screen to the US

We've seen all sorts of solutions to the problem of relocating the front camera to make room for more screen. There are popups and flips and even holes in the screen. But while we await that fabled camera-in-display tech, there is one solution that is both the simplest but the oddest one of all: removing the front camera entirely. That is what the nubia Z20 proposes by having screens both front and back. And, fortunately, it's one of the most affordable solutions as well.

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Galaxy Fold Premier Service is now available for US owners

Galaxy Fold Premier Service is now available for US owners

The Galaxy Fold is arguably one of the most expensive non-gold, non-luxury smartphones targeted at the consumer market. It is also arguably one of the oddest and most unconventional out there. That was the bitter truth that Samsung realized after just a day of the first batch out in the wild. Expecting that buyers of the $2,000 phone will need special guidance, it has created its so-called Premier Service that is now finally available to US owners of the foldable phone.

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Google Pixel 4 availability details leak out just in time

Google Pixel 4 availability details leak out just in time

In a little over a day, Google will be holding its second-biggest event of the year after I/O. It is the event that lovers of Pixel devices in all shapes and sizes have been waiting for all year long to see if Google can indeed keep the Pixel flame burning, not to mention selling. Truth be told, there might not be much to wait for since the Pixel 4 has been leaked to ridiculous extents. All that's really left is for retail details to drop and, of course, there are now leaks for those, too.

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