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.

Rockstar launches its own launcher and store, gives away GTA San Andreas

Rockstar launches its own launcher and store, gives away GTA San Andreas

It seems that the days of Steam being the de facto PC launcher and game store is now over. Epic Games exposed kinks in its armor now almost anyone and everyone wants to set up a store of their own. The latest to join that train is Rockstar Games who just announced its Game Launcher that, unsurprisingly, seems to revolve around its biggest franchise, Grand Theft Auto.

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Surface Pro 7 Surface Pen could have a few tricks up its sleeve

Surface Pro 7 Surface Pen could have a few tricks up its sleeve

Smartphones have been on the front page of tech news for the past weeks and will continue to do so until next month. There might, however, be a brief pause in early October when the consumer electronics world shift its focus to computers and software coming from Microsoft. Redmond is expected and hoped to announce a great many things, some of them too good to be true. Whether the new Surface Pen falls under that category or not remains to be seen but, if rumors are indeed correct, it will be the most interesting Microsoft stylus to date.

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OPPO SuperVOOC boasts of super fast wired and wireless charging speeds

OPPO SuperVOOC boasts of super fast wired and wireless charging speeds

For all their power and capabilities, smartphones are severely limited by their batteries that, in turn, dictate how long they can remain useful in a day. Battery technology hasn't exactly progressed as fast as other components and, until the day it does, both consumers and manufacturers are at the mercy of band-aid solutions like power banks and fast charging. The latter is especially important for users that don't want to carry bulky banks but also want as little downtime as possible. To that end, OPPO is announcing three new flash charge technologies to alleviate the pain of hugging walls.

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Steam Library’s long-overdue makeover is now in public beta

Steam Library’s long-overdue makeover is now in public beta

Despite the challenge that Epic Games raised against it, Valve's Steam remains the digital game distribution platform of choice for the majority of developers and publishers. That, however, doesn't mean it offers the best experience when browsing and looking for games. After 16 years, Valve is finally changing the face of Steam and those who want to try it out can now do so. At their own risk, of course.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro leaks in full with bad news for Europe

Huawei Mate 30 Pro leaks in full with bad news for Europe

The Pixel 4 has had its time in the spotlight as far as leaks go. Huawei, however, has an event scheduled this Thursday so it is grabbing attention away from Google for a while. Unsurprisingly, unofficial information also abounds for the Mate 30 Pro and its siblings. There's always room for more, of course, but unfortunately, not all news is good news, especially for those in Europe dying to get their hands on the latest from the embattled Chinese manufacturer.

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Galaxy S and Galaxy Note merger now makes more sense

Galaxy S and Galaxy Note merger now makes more sense

For the past two years or so, there have been rumors of Samsung either merging the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines or axing the latter. Galaxy Note users find that proposal almost unacceptable, especially considering it might involve "downgrading" their beloved line to a smartphone without an S Pen. But considering Samsung's trends from the past years, that might actually be the inevitable and best outcome, provided it does make one concession towards lovers of the productive and creative stylus.

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Google Pixelbook 2 “Atlas” 4K screen unofficially smiles for the camera

Google Pixelbook 2 “Atlas” 4K screen unofficially smiles for the camera

Google may have called it quits on making Pixel and Chrome OS tablets but it hasn't given up yet on Pixel laptops. It has been almost two years since the first Google Chrome OS laptop launched and the Pixelbook hasn't had a proper successor. That may finally be changing this year when, along with the Pixel 4, Google launches the Pixelbook 2. It may not be enjoying the same flood of leaks as the Android smartphone but there is no shortage of information about the laptop that is now fighting for the spotlight once again.

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OnePlus phones may be available from Verizon next year

OnePlus phones may be available from Verizon next year

OnePlus may be relatively new in the game compared to fellow Chinese manufacturers but it has one important advantage over the likes of Xiaomi or Vivo or even Huawei. It is available to US buyers and, as of last year, even from T-Mobile. That's just one US carrier among many, however, and its exclusivity with one carrier may be hurting OnePlus' chances at even bigger sales in the country. Fortunately, it seems that OnePlus is moving to indeed expand its reach starting with Verizon.

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Xiomia Mi 9 Lite is just the Mi CC9 for Europe

Xiomia Mi 9 Lite is just the Mi CC9 for Europe

Xiaomi is the new Samsung, at least as far as flooding the market with smartphones is concerned. Not content with its own Mi brand, it spun off its budget brand Redmi to be its own thing. And then it launched the new youth-oriented CC brand. But, as they say, all things come full circle and, now, Xiaomi is launching a new Mi 9 Lite in Europe which is in truth just a rebranded Mi CC9.

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Motorola launches six Android TVs in India

Motorola launches six Android TVs in India

It seems that some Android makers have found a new market to take their expertise now that the smartphone market has become even more congested. Xiaomi was one of the first to launch an Android TV of its own and OPPO makes no secret that it will be launching its own take later this month exclusively in India. Preempting that, Motorola has just announced not just one but six Android TV sets also for the Indian market.

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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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