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 GBox Pro Review: lite mini PC for lite budgets

Chuwi GBox Pro Review: lite mini PC for lite budgets

News in the computing and tech world often highlights the spectacular and, sometimes, the extravagant. While it's understandable that we get attracted by shiny products and powerful devices, not all consumers are swayed by those factors. Some need simpler yet still usable computers that can not only fit their budgets but also fit their aesthetic tastes as well. Those buyers might want to take the Chuwi GBox Pro into consideration. Despite the "Pro" in its name feeling like a letdown, the small box still has a lot to offer those with more constrained budgets.

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Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

When Microsoft launched its own app store back in the Windows 8 and Windows RT days, it was criticized for being a practical ghost town. It has admittedly grown these days but it seems it's on the verge of shrinking again. Some developers seem to be advocating for Progressive Web Apps or PWAs, whether or not they are on the Store. The latest one to jump ship is Plex who just announced its shiny new desktop app while also announcing the death of its Windows Store app.

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Galaxy Note 10 Link to Windows works on older Galaxy flagships

Galaxy Note 10 Link to Windows works on older Galaxy flagships

Samsung may not have delivered the much-awaited wireless DeX connection but the Galaxy Note 10 did offer one convenient feature in that regard. Called "Link to Windows", it practically allowed any Windows or Mac to become a remote display for the smartphone's DeX mode. It was theorized the same feature would eventually trickle down to older premium models and that does seem to be the case but with just a little work and a download from an unofficial APK source.

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Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Microsoft has become notorious for its botched updates that have introduced bugs as much as they fixed others. Quite a few times, those updates cause the worst kind of computer crashes or lockouts. No one seems to be exempt from this problem, including Microsoft's own Surface customers. Now it seems that another update has rendered its powerful Surface PCs almost useless by having their CPUs throttle down to just 400 MHz.

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Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Considering its release schedule, Chrome OS doesn't get as much media buzz for each new version that gets rolled out. That doesn't make those releases any less substantial. In fact, the latest Chrome OS version 76 is one of the most notable ones, introducing much-needed features to turn the platform into a more proper competitor to the Windows and Macs. But more than just productivity features, Chromebook users can also be more productive in their entertainment activities.

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Nokia 8, 6, 5, and 3 get an extended year of security updates

Nokia 8, 6, 5, and 3 get an extended year of security updates

It seems that HMD Global is once again one-upping other manufacturers by showing them how to reward their faithful customers as far as software goes. Nokia phones have been carrying pure versions of Android unburdened by bloatware. That has mad it easier for the company to quickly push out updates but now it is doing one better. It has announced that its very first Nokia phones will be getting security updates until 2020, a year after it was supposed to stop. It seems, however, that some users still have questions and doubts about the company's commitment.

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Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

There's probably little debate that AI-powered smart assistants have become very useful. They started out as good fun but without much utility and have sometimes even become the butt of jokes thanks to misheard commands. These days however, the likes of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri have become a normal part of modern tech life, with or without smart speakers involved. But for all their usefulness and help, these services may have made people less vigilant about what they say and do and, it turns out, those secret utterances might not be so secret at all.

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GoPro Hero8, GoPro Max leaks reveal the next-gen action cams

GoPro Hero8, GoPro Max leaks reveal the next-gen action cams

There may now be many action cameras littering the market, especially cheap knockoffs, but the one that can be credited for having started them all is GoPro. It has quite the work ahead of it in terms of regaining its market share. Its next attempt has just been spotted in a few places on the Internet and details about the GoPro Hero8 as well as a GoPro Max are now leaking to whet the appetites of fans.

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June smart ovens reportedly preheats overnight on its own

June smart ovens reportedly preheats overnight on its own

Having connected bulbs and thermostats can be convenient and almost harmless when things go wrong. When you take the Internet of Things to stoves and ovens, however, you are taking things to a whole new level, especially when it comes to safety. Some homeowners might be a bit wary of such hi-tech cooking equipment and three cases of June Ovens turning on in the middle of the night are doing nothing to assuage their fears. June's response, however, is also classic.

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No Man’s Sky BEYOND is off to a rocky start

No Man’s Sky BEYOND is off to a rocky start

It seems that Hello Games will never really be rid of controversy wit its most popular title. At its infancy, No Man's Sky gathered no small amount of hype over is promise of a proceurally generated action-adventure survival sci-fi game. It's launch was met with severe criticism for having failed to make good on those promises. The game did improve over time, with the "NEXT" update bringing much of those into the game world. With the recently launched "BEYOND" update, the developers were finally hoping to be able to fully spread their wings to more ambitious pursuits. Unfortunately, it seems that the update is causing no small amount of headache among users on day one.

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Xperia 1 with Alexa built-in tries to woo a different class of buyers

Xperia 1 with Alexa built-in tries to woo a different class of buyers

The Xperia 1 was clearly made for entertainment. Sony brought its 21:9 screen to a mobile size and dubbed it a CinemaWide display. Even with the addition of 4K HDR, it may not have been enough to sell the phone as much as Sony would have hoped. Now the company is hoping a different kind of smartphone user to buy the Xperia 1. Appealing to smart home owners, the new Xperia 1 now comes with Amazon Alexa built-in, which subtly hints that Google Assistant is being pushed to the side.

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Samsung PlayGalaxy Link launch next month could one-up Stadia, xCloud

Samsung PlayGalaxy Link launch next month could one-up Stadia, xCloud

The gaming industry might soon be experiencing a new trend thanks to Google and Microsoft. The two are starting to more formally push their game streaming technology which, in itself, isn't completely new. It seems that Samsung is trying to jump on that trend with its own PlayGalaxy Link app but that, too, may actually be a simple "rebranding". Nonetheless, Samsung might have the edge over Google, Microsoft, or even Valve in this one crucial way.

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