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 sues Google over Fortnite removal over Play Store violations

Epic Games sues Google over Fortnite removal over Play Store violations

In just a few hours, the mobile app and gaming market exploded into a flurry of news, removals, and two lawsuits, all revolving around a single game: Fortnite. Epic Games, who has spoken out and moved against the status quo in the game and app store markets, made a daring move to implement its own direct payment system to bypass Google's and Apple's revenue split system. It isn't surprising that both Apple and Google have quickly removed Fortnite from their respective app stores but it's rather curious that Epic Games quickly sued both afterward.

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Wear OS update promises to be faster, support Snapdragon Wear 4100

Wear OS update promises to be faster, support Snapdragon Wear 4100

Android Wear, now Wear OS by Google, should have taken the wearable market by storm. For one reason or another, however, Android's wearable incarnation didn't take off as well as its mobile original, and Wear OS lagged behind Apple's watchOS and Samsung's Tizen-based OS in more ways than one. With Android 11 just around the corner, Google is reassuring the remaining Wear OS faithful that all is not lost and that the major update will finally bring much-needed performance improvements across the board.

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Galaxy Z Fold 2 teased by T-Mobile, crease and all

Galaxy Z Fold 2 teased by T-Mobile, crease and all

We already know much about how the Galaxy Z Fold 2 looks like, thanks to Samsung's own teaser, but that doesn't exactly give us an idea of how the phone will actually look like in real life. Samsung did put out an official teaser starring BTS but it was so brief and staged that it was hard to get a true feel for the phone. Thankfully, T-Mobile's Desmond "Des" Smith was kind enough to spend more than just a few minutes on the Galaxy Z Fold 2 to give us mere mortals a closer look at Samsung's next-gen foldable.

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Galaxy Buds Live teardown is revealing and almost painless

Galaxy Buds Live teardown is revealing and almost painless

Given their size, it's almost too easy to take Truly Wireless Stereo or TWS earbuds for granted, that is until you remember how much a pair cost you. Still, considering how relatively cheaper these tiny accessories are compared to the smartphones they're paired with, some people probably see all but the most expensive buds almost like disposable products. Of course, that doesn't mean they can't be repaired and Galaxy Buds Live, a.k.a. "Galaxy Beans", owners will be happy to know theirs is one of the easiest to repair in the market.

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Dropbox Passwords, Vault, and Backup go live for paying users

Dropbox Passwords, Vault, and Backup go live for paying users

Jobs that bosses insisted couldn't be done at home are now being done at home, as are jobs that normally done at home. The sudden rise in remote working setups has naturally resulted in a rise in the use of collaboration software and services, from video conferencing apps like Zoom to cloud storage services like Dropbox. The latter has recently announced new features that offer to keep your personal and work digital lives from descending into chaos and those tools can now be yours if you can pay the literal price.

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iOS 13.6.1 released to fix Exposure Notification, green tint bugs

iOS 13.6.1 released to fix Exposure Notification, green tint bugs

iPhone owners might just be waiting for iOS 14 to roll out one of the biggest changes to Apple's mobile platform in a long while. That, however, doesn't mean there's no longer any room for smaller releases, nor does it mean there is no need for those either. In fact, Apple has just released iOS 13.6.1 as a small yet important bugfix update that addresses an issue that could severely impact the efficacy of its new Exposure Notification framework for COVID-19 contact tracing.

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iPhone 12 Pro could slip even further according to new leak

iPhone 12 Pro could slip even further according to new leak

That Apple's 2020 iPhones won't be coming on time like most iPhones before it is pretty much accepted fact by now. That the company will be adopting a staggered announcement and launch strategy, however, is definitely unusual and speaks of the unusual times we find ourselves in. While devices aren't being pushed back to 2021, fortunately, some iPhones are coming later than usual, with the Pro models potentially launching in November at the earliest.

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Motorola Razr 5G could be coming in early September

Motorola Razr 5G could be coming in early September

Although it hasn't given the formal word yet, it's highly unlikely that IFA 2020 will take place in September as an in-person event, at least not in the capacity as all IFA events since 1924. That, unfortunately, means that companies that were planning on making a big splash in Berlin this year have to make do with their own separate and potentially online-only alternatives. Case in point, Motorola has apparently scheduled something for September 9 and it's probably no mystery what it will reveal then.

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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Adaptive Frequency screen can drop to 10Hz to save power

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Adaptive Frequency screen can drop to 10Hz to save power

Many high-end phones these days boast having 120Hz screens or even just 90Hz but there's one thing that they don't say and that users take for granted. These phones can only switch between two to three refresh rates ranging from the usual 60Hz to the fastest 120Hz. Samsung, however, believes it can do better and has developed a new Adaptive Frequency screen that can go a lot lower, helping the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G and future 5G phones more battery in the long run.

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Apple Music Web beta returns with a new tab and a new design

Apple Music Web beta returns with a new tab and a new design

For years, Apple has been rather selfish with its iTunes music experience, only begrudgingly allowing a Windows version for the sake of managing user's devices and music. With the launch of the Apple Music service, however, the company has started to accept other platforms to reach more subscribers, be it on Android or even on the Web. Apple Music on web browsers has long shed off its beta incarnation but now the testing version is back with a new look as well as a new tab for your listening pleasure.

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Russia’s claim of world’s first coronavirus vaccine raises alarms

Russia’s claim of world’s first coronavirus vaccine raises alarms

The world has more or less gotten used to the fact of the COVID-19 coronavirus plaguing almost all countries even as some of those continue to struggle to keep their infection numbers and, worse, death tolls in check. What was previously a race to bring order to a suddenly chaotic world has now become a race to find a cure or, at the very least, a vaccine to prevent infection in the first place. Russian President Vladimir Putin has publicly claimed the crown in that race, raising not just doubts but also deep concerns over releasing a vaccine that has not undergone proper and massive testing.

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Firefox maker Mozilla announces layoffs and big changes coming

Firefox maker Mozilla announces layoffs and big changes coming

All companies, no matter the size, have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Of course, smaller companies and organizations have had a more difficult time adjusting and coping compared to those with more resources to spare. Although not exactly tiny, the makers of the popular Firefox web browser is dwarfed by the giant that is Google and was already struggling to find stable revenue streams even before the coronavirus hit the world. Now Mozilla Corporation, the for-profit subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation, is announcing a "significant restructuring", including letting go of 250 people.

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