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.

Microsoft Edge is now more popular than Firefox thanks to Google Chrome

Microsoft Edge is now more popular than Firefox thanks to Google Chrome

The browser wars may not be truly over yet but it has taken on a slightly different turn. Internet Explorer has been laughed out of the arena, practically leaving Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox at the top with a large chasm between them. Now Firefox has suddenly found itself dethroned from its already precarious position by the upstart Microsoft Edge. Ironically, that is mostly thanks to Google Chrome, to be more specific its open source Chromium base.

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Windows 10 KB4541335 is an optional update you might want to skip for now

Windows 10 KB4541335 is an optional update you might want to skip for now

Barely two weeks ago, Microsoft pledged to put optional updates to Windows 10 on hold. The reason, it explains, is to ensure that users will be left with stable and functional computers during this time of increased dependence on such devices and on the Internet. Unfortunately, it has strangely decided to do so starting only next month. Even worse, one such optional update is already causing chaos by rendering Windows 10 computers practically useless.

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Galaxy Tab S6 finally gets Android 10 and One UI 2.1

Galaxy Tab S6 finally gets Android 10 and One UI 2.1

When you buy a flagship device, you build up an expectation that device would be supported with timely updates. That's especially true if the device is barely a year old. Of course, some companies, like Apple, Google, and the late Essential, are better than others while some, like Samsung, are improving yet struggling to change old habits. The Galaxy Tab S6, for example, is not just Samsung's latest tablet, it is also one of the few remaining premium Android tablets in the market and it's only getting the latest Android update half a year after Android 10 was released.

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Galaxy S20 with Exynos 990 benchmarks fall behind Snapdragon 865 variant

Galaxy S20 with Exynos 990 benchmarks fall behind Snapdragon 865 variant

For years, Samsung Mobile has been dancing between two mobile processors, the Snapdragon chips from Qualcomm as well as the Exynos from its own sibling, Samsung Electronics LSI. In the past, the difference between the two chips in the same phone models hasn't been that noticeably but that gap seems to be getting wider and wide. Matters have seemed to come to a head this year with the Galaxy S20 and its Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 variants. According to benchmarks and user testing, the two couldn't be further apart in terms of performance.

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Chrome SameSite Cookie changes rolled back to keep the Web stable

Chrome SameSite Cookie changes rolled back to keep the Web stable

The Internet has taken on a critical role in the past weeks thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, too, is the software that connects us to the Internet and to each other. During these days, it would be difficult to have such technologies break down left and right if it can be helped. That's why Google has been making a few changes to its policies, including rolling back the privacy-related changes it has been enforcing through its SameSite Cookie policy, even if it means leaving users open to such abuses just for a while.

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Moto G8 Power Lite is finally official after all the leaks

Moto G8 Power Lite is finally official after all the leaks

The almost insane amount of leaked information in the mobile market has definitely changed the industry in subtle yet important ways. More often than not, consumers may have already made up their mind about a product, simply waiting for official confirmation about this or that feature. More often than not, those leaks are on the mark and leave nothing left to be surprised about. A prime example is the moto g8 power lite that has finally been revealed but not before the Internet has had their fill of apparently accurate unofficial information.

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Amazon Blink Mini keeps an eye on your home from the inside

Amazon Blink Mini keeps an eye on your home from the inside

Many people are being advised or even forced to stay indoors but that doesn't mean you can be lax about home security. Keeping tabs on what happens indoors, especially at night, can sometimes be just as important as knowing what goes on outdoors. Fortunately, indoor cameras are often less sophisticated and less expensive than outdoor ones. Especially when you take into account the latest Blink Mini camera from Amazon, offering many basic features at the fraction of a price of its rivals.

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Microsoft dual screen device patent turns the hinge into a third screen

Microsoft dual screen device patent turns the hinge into a third screen

There is a lot of fuss over foldable devices and their flexible, bendable screens but those aren't the only new things in town. LG kicked things off last year with the LG V50 ThinQ Dual Screen and sometime later this year we'll finally see the Surface Duo and, later on, the Surface Neo in the wild. One problem with the latter dual screen implementations, however, is the hinge that bridges and at the same time divides the two screens. It seems that Microsoft may have an idea on how to turn this liability into a potential strength.

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PinePhone UBports Community Edition brings back an old but ongoing dream

PinePhone UBports Community Edition brings back an old but ongoing dream

Linux phones like the PINE64 PinePhone and Purism Librem 5 may be the hot topic in the free and open source community but they are hardly the first to take a stab at that dream. Just a few years back, Canonical, makes of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, decided to take a whack at creating a mobile Linux platform, Ubuntu Touch. It failed but the open source community took over the helm, paving the way for a new partnership that has now resulted in the PinePhone UBports Community Edition.

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OnePlus 8 gets highest DisplayMate score before it’s even launched

OnePlus 8 gets highest DisplayMate score before it’s even launched

It has become a tradition for some manufacturers (except Samsung and Apple it seems) to get some benchmarking sites to help hype up a product with their reviews. Often, however, these reviews come after the product gets announced though are definitely some that publish their super early thoughts on Day Zero. DisplayMate is once again bucking that trend by announcing that the OnePlus 8 is its new darling, more than a week before the phone even gets announced.

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2020 iPhone SE is the name we can finally settle on

2020 iPhone SE is the name we can finally settle on

Apple is still pushing through its product launches, unsurprisingly, though that doesn't really speak for how much inventory it will have at that time. With the new iPad Pros out of the way and the next iPhones still months in the making, Apple fans are looking to the iPhone 9 or iPhones SE 2 for the next big affordable thing. That name has always been surrounded by confusion and contention but it seems that there is finally a third option that sort of makes sense.

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Call of Duty creator Activision cleared for depicting Humvees in-game

Call of Duty creator Activision cleared for depicting Humvees in-game

You often see disclaimers in videos or games that similarities to real-life people are purely coincidental in a work of fiction. There are times, however, when such content is intentionally designed to bear similarities to real-world people or objects. Sometimes those are products of licensing agreements and partnerships. AM General, the maker of one of the most identifiable military vehicles in the world, wanted something along those lines when it sued Activision for putting Humvees in Call of Duty games. A judge, however, ruled that the game developer has a First Amendment right to do so.

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