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.

Chuwi MiniBook 8-inch laptop convertible starts pre-orders on Indiegogo

Chuwi MiniBook 8-inch laptop convertible starts pre-orders on Indiegogo

Netbooks may have gone the way of the dodo but, if some Chinese manufacturers are to be believed, small laptops are back in fashion. The likes of GPD and One Netbook have been making 7-inch laptops and have now jumped on the "8-inch or larger" train. The newest passenger to hop on board is Chuwi who just launched the 8-inch MiniBook on Indiegogo to accept pre-orders for the laptop that turns into a tablet.

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Kano PC is Windows 10’s entry into DIY computer world

Kano PC is Windows 10’s entry into DIY computer world

The Raspberry Pi was primarily intended for educational purposes but the Single Board Computer (SBC) kicked off a new niche market of affordable computing boards and even computers you can assemble yourself. There are a few players in the later segment but one of the longest to stay in business is Kano. The computing kit maker has now partnered with Microsoft to launch a DIY tablet/laptop hybrid for kids that runs, of course, Windows 10.

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ASUS ZenFone 6 flipping camera has a durability surprise

ASUS ZenFone 6 flipping camera has a durability surprise

ASUS has long been at the sidelines when it comes to smartphone news but its latest flagship could very well help put it back on the map. With certain core features like headphone jacks going away, the phone's mix of high-end specs and that 3.5 mm port could become a rarity this year. Its selling factor, however, is really its flip camera. But with its unique motorized mechanism comes concerns about durability. Fortunately, JerryRigEverything's Zack Nelson was curious enough to buy one and put it to the test for the rest of us.

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OPPO in-display camera could debut next week

OPPO in-display camera could debut next week

Despite having been around for almost two years now, notches still prove to be a controversial topic. Even more so punch-hole designs like Samsung's Infinity-O screens. When it comes to bezel-less displays without cutouts, the holy grail is to have the camera under the display. Samsung was rumored to be working on such a technology but now it seems that its Chinese competitors will beat it to the punch, with OPPO blazing the trail as early as next week.

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OnePlus 7 Pro will be getting these seven new features soon

OnePlus 7 Pro will be getting these seven new features soon

OnePlus may have come under fire for alleged deceptive marketing regarding the OnePlus 7 Pro's true photography capabilities. It also received a lot of complaints about issues with its touch screens. What one can't accuse the company of is turning a deaf ear to user feedback and doing nothing about them. To its credit, OnePlus has been pushing out updates to address some, not all, of those concerns and it is now going public with some features users can expect to arrive soon.

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Galaxy Note 10 Sound on Display could be its next big feature

Galaxy Note 10 Sound on Display could be its next big feature

The Galaxy Note 10 will be breaking away from its predecessors in more ways than one. While it will thankfully still keep its iconic S Pen stylus, Samsung will be throwing out the headphone jack and possibly some other front sensors. Word on the street now is that it will be throwing out another front-facing component and will, instead, hide the earpiece speaker under the screen.

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PCIe 6.0 promises super-fast speeds in 2021

PCIe 6.0 promises super-fast speeds in 2021

USB and to a lesser Thunderbolt often get the lion's share of attention when it comes to data transfer speeds between devices. But when it comes to ferrying data between a computer's internal components, PCI Express, more popular in marketing by its abbreviated "PCIe" name, is the name of the game. In order to catch up with growing demands for faster transfer of large files, the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) announced that, in two years, the spec will double its data rate up to 64 GT/s.

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Firefox emergency update patches active zero-day exploit

Firefox emergency update patches active zero-day exploit

Given how regularly browser makers like Google and Mozilla release new versions of their software, a sudden new release is almost surprising. Firefox 67.0.3, however, is no simple minor release. Users are urged to make sure they're running this latest version of the browser because while it seems to fix just one thing, it is a critical security fix that could cause users headaches or maybe even lost cryptocurrencies.

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watchOS 6 will let Apple Watch owners delete built-in apps

watchOS 6 will let Apple Watch owners delete built-in apps

Pre-installed apps, a.k.a bloatware, is one of the banes of smartphone life. Given its tight control over the out of the box experience, Apple devices are relatively free of "value-added apps" from most OEMs or carriers. That said, Apple does ship with a few utility apps that not all users may find value in. That's true even for Apple Watches but that will soon change when watchOS 6 is released, allowing users to remove some but not all built-in Apple Watch apps.

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Galaxy Note 10 launch date tipped, screen protectors confirm design

Galaxy Note 10 launch date tipped, screen protectors confirm design

The Galaxy Fold may be Samsung's most controversial phone yet but the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 is no less infamous. Even before it has a chance to prove itself, it is already being criticized for Samsung's unpopular changes. Of course, nothing is final until the day the Galaxy Note 10 actually debuts. According to the usual anonymous insider sources, that won't be long now and will even be held in the same place as its predecessor.

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Motorola One Pro could be the Android One phone to beat this year

Motorola One Pro could be the Android One phone to beat this year

Then Moto Z line could very well be on its way out. Not only did the Moto Z4 launch to be a rather mediocre flagship, but it could also be overshadowed by new Motorola One phones. Forget the Motorola One Action, which could be another mid-range handset. At least based on latest 3D renders, the Motorola One Pro could be the most interesting phone to come from the Android One family.

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Google and pharma company Sanofi team up for big data processing

Google and pharma company Sanofi team up for big data processing

Although tech companies like Google and Apple have dabbled in medical tech, they have mostly been limited to things like wearables or storing data in apps. At times, they even work on experimental devices like smart contact lenses. Now Google is putting another foot in the medical field, this time in the pharmaceutical field. It has partnered with drugmaker Sanofi in a new healthcare Innovation Lab to harness "emerging data technologies" to better understand diseases and, of course, patients.

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