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.

Vivo NEX 3 5G hands-on: a new face on a familiar soul

Vivo NEX 3 5G hands-on: a new face on a familiar soul

Vivo will probably be remembered, or blamed, as the one that started the whole popup camera mania. It didn't exactly catch fire but even larger OEMs like ASUS and Samsung have given it their own spin. Vivo, however, has been pushing the envelope of mobile hardware for years now, from deca-core processors to 8 or even 10 GB of RAM. With the Vivo NEX 3, the company is pooling together all its innovations into a high-end phone that looks both new yet feels familiar at the same time.

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PineTime is Pine64’s upcoming stab at an open source smartwatch

PineTime is Pine64’s upcoming stab at an open source smartwatch

There have been attempts at making and selling source open source-friendly devices, from desktops to tablets to, of course, smartphones. There are even open source and privacy-oriented smart speakers. All that's missing is a smartwatch, one that's not just a smartwatch OS slapped in proprietary hardware. Rising to that challenge is Pine64, creators of a line of ARM-powered open source friendly computing products. While it says that PineTime smartwatch is just a side project, interest could catapult it to an actual product in the very near future.

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Nokia 7.2 US pre-orders begin at B&H Photo, Best Buy

Nokia 7.2 US pre-orders begin at B&H Photo, Best Buy

At IFA 2019, HMD Global announced a handful of handsets. Undoubtedly, the Nokia 7.2 is the most interesting of its Android batch of smartphones, featuring a mid-range processor paired with a hot new 2019 design. For Nokia fans, it's mostly a done deal and all that's left is for the company to launch in the US. Details of those have yet to be made official but a few retailers have disclosed pre-order details early.

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OnePlus 7T leaks paint a complete picture including one sad detail

OnePlus 7T leaks paint a complete picture including one sad detail

With all the high-end phones coming out the past weeks, OnePlus will soon remind consumers that one doesn't necessarily need to spend so much on a premium mobile device. The OnePlus 7T may look like a small step up from the OnePlus 7 but that is to be expected given the company's strategy. But while some might be looking forward to upgrading to the late 2019 models, those in the US will have a bit hard thinking to do since one model won't be available to them.

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Pixel 4’s latest leaks come with one disappointing news

Pixel 4’s latest leaks come with one disappointing news

Another day, another set of leaks for Google's worst-kept secret of 2019. It's probably for the best since fans will have an idea what they're getting into before the day arrives. So far the leaks have been to everyone's expectations, but that doesn't mean there are no disappointing turns. In fact, even in this latest flood of new information, there is one small detail that makes the Pixel 4 look less competitive than this year's late 2019 flagships.

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Pandora finally has a Windows desktop app

Pandora finally has a Windows desktop app

Many of the popular streaming services were born from and thrived primarily on mobile. Some have even taken an exclusive stance on having a mobile-only presence. that may make some sense with audio streaming, where users are most likely to use their phones to interact with the app and service. But in a day and age of multi-device ownership, some would also like to listen to their tunes when they're on their desktops or laptops. Following its release on the macOS, Pandora is finally giving Windows users their turn with a standalone app for Microsoft's OS.

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Pixel 4 XL appears again in Vietnam, gaming prowess shown off

Pixel 4 XL appears again in Vietnam, gaming prowess shown off

The Pixel 4 continues to be Google's worst kept secret this year and it doesn't seem like the leaks will stop flowing until the phones are announced next month. It seems that the biggest source of leaks, particularly hands-on videos, are coming all the way from Vietnam where non-final versions of the Pixel 4, in this case the Pixel 4 XL, are showing up to tease what's coming really soon.

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Google One now backs up Android photos and MMS

Google One now backs up Android photos and MMS

With Google's many products and services, you could be forgiven for forgetting there's such a thing as Google One. Launched more than a year ago, the service offered subscribers some data storage at a price. In addition to being something like Google Drive, Google One also acted as storage backup for Android phones. Now Google is expanding the feature set a bit by covering data that is precious to Android users like their photos and multimedia messages.

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Fujifilm X-A7 brings an all-new CMOS sensor with copper wiring

Fujifilm X-A7 brings an all-new CMOS sensor with copper wiring

Despite what naysayers have proclaimed in the past, smartphones have not completely wiped out even the entry-level cameras. In fact, it has only pushed camera makers to step up their game even with its amateur-oriented shooters, endowing them with features not even the highest end smartphone can ever get. In that vein, Fujifilm is annoucing the new X-A7 mirrorless digital camera that boasts an image sensor with high megapixels and a relatively rare feature to boot.

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Civilization VI adds its own brand of Battle Royale gameplay

Civilization VI adds its own brand of Battle Royale gameplay

You know that battle royale is THE thing in gaming when even games that you'd least expect adds a battle royale mode. That's the head-scratching revelation that game developers Firaxis made in its September 2019 update for Sid Meier's Civilization VI. More than just the usual fixes and balancing changes, the update's new Red Death feature turns the normally peaceful and relaxing game into a massive battle for survival.

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Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL hands-on videos confirm panda color, 90 Hz screen

Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL hands-on videos confirm panda color, 90 Hz screen

The Pixel 4 hasn't launched yet but it has already beaten the Pixel 3 in one factor. It may have just successful dethroned last year's Google flagship as the company's worst kept secret. Although the scandal of leaked handsets may not be as sensational, there doesn't seem to be any shortage of unofficial information about the 2019 smartphone. Now just a month before its official debut, both sizes of the Pixel 4 have shown up in a pair of almost extensive hands-on videos that may equally satisfy and disappoint fans.

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Disney+ on Android launches early for the Netherlands

Disney+ on Android launches early for the Netherlands

At long last, Disney finally announced its long-rumored video streaming service to rival Netflix and other VOD businesses last month. It's still quite a while before it formally launches to initial markets, which leaves plenty of time for more tidbits to fall from the rumor grapevine. Pretty soon, however, we can get first-hand information as the app has reportedly launched in the Netherlands where lucky testers can try out the service for free at least for two months.

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