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.

AirPods 3 leak shows important design changes

AirPods 3 leak shows important design changes

For years, Apple's AirPods were the TWS (Truly Wireless Stereo) earbuds that people tried to copy, almost to the point that some that don't even look like AirPods have been labeled as counterfeits by some authorities. That despite how the design was largely ridiculed during its early days. Surprisingly, Apple changed that a bit last year with the AirPods Pro and now it seems that the changes will be trickling down to its next affordable pair of earbuds.

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Samsung Wear OS smartwatch rumor is splitting the Internet

Samsung Wear OS smartwatch rumor is splitting the Internet

Samsung was actually the first manufacturer to come out with an Android-based smartwatch even before there was Android Wear, now Wear OS by Google. It used a modified version of Android that, unfortunately, meant Samsung had to do things its own way yet again. Eventually, it decided to just ditch Android altogether, aside from at least one model, and created its own experience around Tizen OS. Now, however, a single rumor has users taking sides on whether Samsung switching to Wear OS is a good thing or not.

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Hyperkin RetroN Sq console lets you play Game Boy cartridges

Hyperkin RetroN Sq console lets you play Game Boy cartridges

Up until recently, there has been almost an obsession in the gaming industry for retro consoles. While these throwbacks, which often came in smaller forms of the original design, let you relive and replay games of the past, they were pretty much locked down to what few games their manufacturers chose to etch into their data storage. Hyperkin Lab, in contrast, makes a business out of putting old consoles in new forms and its latest RetroN Sq does that for the Game Boy in a less portable form.

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Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II to get a firmware update next week

Nikon Z 7II and Z 6II to get a firmware update next week

Once upon a time, cameras were products that you buy with a fixed set of features that never changed, forcing you to buy a new one once you've outgrown what your trusty partner offered. These days, however, camera makers have taken a page from smart devices to offer some new or improved features via a simple and free firmware update. Some even make it feel like you've bought a newer model. That might not be what Nikon will bring to its Z 7II and Z 6II mirrorless cameras next week but it's still a substantial firmware upgrade nonetheless.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests

ZTE Axon 20 5G under-display camera flops in DxOMark tests

Last year, ZTE boasted about having accomplished what even the likes of Samsung still failed to do. It brought the world's first commercially available under-display camera on a smartphone and explained how it pulled off this difficult trick. As much excitement as it generated, it also raised doubts on how it would work in practice. Early feedback was less than encouraging but perhaps the most damning comes from DxOMark's review that almost put the ZTE Axon 20 5G at the bottom of its selfie list.

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Samsung accused of aggressive background app killing in Android 11

Samsung accused of aggressive background app killing in Android 11

Samsung and Android seem to have a love-hate relationship. It has certainly gotten better at keeping in line with Android standards, best practices, and updates even while it continues to form its unique identity with its One UI user experience. It's by no means as bad as the TouchWiz days but there are still some cases where Samsung prefers to do things its way. Those don't always end up well, as illustrated by the case where, at least starting Android 11, Samsung's divergence from stock Android has been observed to be too aggressive and too excessive in killing background apps.

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WhatsApp to wean users into inevitable privacy policy change

WhatsApp to wean users into inevitable privacy policy change

Facebook isn't one to back down from a fight or making controversial changes, at least until its hands are forced by laws. Even as it faces inquiries and lawsuits about its alleged monopolistic business practices, it is still pushing through with unpopular actions that practically put its mark on everything it owns. The Oculus Quest's new multi-user support, for example, is still tied to Facebook accounts, and WhatsApp is now resuming the journey to revamp its privacy policy to favor Facebook.

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Nikon 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor boasts 1000 fps shooting

Nikon 1-inch stacked CMOS sensor boasts 1000 fps shooting

While smartphone makers are still playing the megapixel game, camera makers are looking into other aspects of digital photography that can still be improved. Nikon, for example, just boasted the development of a new stacked CMOS sensor that can shoot high-resolution images, up to 4K in fact, at a rate of 1,000 frames per second. While that a\lone might already be impressive, it isn't the only feat that this sensor is capable of.

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Twitter Voice DMs available in a few countries

Twitter Voice DMs available in a few countries

For the longest time, Twitter has stuck to its core identity of a social network that revolves around bursts of short text posts, sometimes accompanied by photos or videos. Recently, however, it has been striking off in other directions, from Instagram Stories-like Fleets to Clubhouse-like Spaces. It seems to have a fascination with the power of the human voice given the new features it has been experimenting with, the latest of which allows users to send voice messages in at least three countries.

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Splatoon 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch next year

Splatoon 3 is coming to the Nintendo Switch next year

It was definitely a big day for Nintendo as it unloaded over a dozen updates and news for games on the Nintendo Switch. We've already seen the popular Fall Guys' arrival on the console as well as the somewhat controversial announcement of the Skyward Sword HD Remaster. What headlined Nintendo's Direct Showcase, however, was actually the wacky, whimsical, and explosive Splatoon 3 that will be breaking out into new territory next year.

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Google Fi adds more mid-range Motorola phones to its team

Google Fi adds more mid-range Motorola phones to its team

Google would have probably preferred if its users went all-in on its Internet services, mobile network, and phones but it knows it doesn't always get all three. Even those subscribed to its Google Fi service might not be big fans of Google's own Pixel handsets. To be a decent carrier, Google Fi has to offer a few more phones from other brands and it is now expanding its Motorola offering with three new mid-range handsets for every need and budget.

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TerraMaster F5-422 NAS Review

TerraMaster F5-422 NAS Review

The past few months have seen many office work and processes move into homes because of the ongoing pandemic. Even before that, however, the volume of content we produce and consume even at home has made conventional storage solutions, like the HDDs and SSDs in desktops and laptops, no longer adequate. Modern work and lifestyles have given rise to smaller and more affordable Network-Attached Storage or NAS products targeting homes, whether for work or personal use. The TerraMaster F5-422 is one such NAS and we take a good look at what it delivers to your setup at home.

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