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.

Apple acquires Xnor.ai leaving Wyze cams blind to people

Apple acquires Xnor.ai leaving Wyze cams blind to people

Apple buys smaller tech companies from time to time, as its own PR would reply to inquiries. It's no that often, however, that you hear of such an acquisition causing a different company direct problems. That's exactly the strange situation behind Apple's reported purchase of Seattle-based startup Xnor.ai which is apparently the real reason why Wyze is losing a key feature of its smart security cameras.

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Google Advanced Protection can now use Android, iPhones as security keys

Google Advanced Protection can now use Android, iPhones as security keys

Having a Google account can open up doors to not just Google's own services but third-parties that use its single sign-on feature as well. That makes it even more tempting for hackers to compromise such an account and potentially pilfer critical and even risky personal information. Google's Advanced Protection Program aims to harden Google accounts from such attempts and it is now making it dead easy to set up one as long as you have an Android phone or even an iPhone.

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Google Play Store will no longer tell you when apps are done updating

Google Play Store will no longer tell you when apps are done updating

Notifications are the bane of mobile life and numerous tools and articles have been made to help people get them under control. Many apps and mobile platforms themselves actually have functionality to turn off or at least dial down such notifications but the mere inertia needed to configure them has, unsurprisingly, turned many away. Now Google is taking matters into its own hands by removing one of the Play Store's update-related notifications though the end result might still be debatable.

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Chrome Apps support on web browser ends this year, 2022 for Chrome OS

Chrome Apps support on web browser ends this year, 2022 for Chrome OS

Google is one company that doesn't shy away from killing off products, whether or not people have become dependent on them. Sometimes, like with the case of Google+, the impact may not have been so severe. Other times, it sends users into a riot, like with Inbox by Gmail, Chrome Apps sit somewhere in between but, as always, Google's word is pretty much final and users will have to bid farewell to these apps as early as June this year.

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Google Phone app could implement call recording soon

Google Phone app could implement call recording soon

Recording phone calls is a very touchy subject. On the one hand, it definitely has practical uses, especially when recording phone interviews or meetings. On the other hand, it also raises a few privacy concerns. The latter may be one reason why Google hasn't provided an official feature on Android to record calls but, based on some Google Phone app analysis, it might slowly be working towards finally fixing that long-standing problem.

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Google wants third-party cookies out of Chrome in two years

Google wants third-party cookies out of Chrome in two years

Google seems to be putting its products on a sugar diet. First, it gets rid of Android's dessert names, now it wants Chrome to go cookie-free. Granted, web cookies have gone beyond being useful to the point of being a liability. And Google should know, considering how close it is not just to the Web but to the whole advertising industry that corrupted those cookies. Now it's making rather bold moves that will shake up that very industry by removing support for cookies from one of the world's most used browsers.

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Sony Wireless Shooting Grip is made for its mirrorless cameras

Sony Wireless Shooting Grip is made for its mirrorless cameras

Smartphone cameras may be ubiquitous and have significantly improved over the years but they're still a long way from overthrowing professional equipment, even the more handy ones. Mirrorless cameras are often the go-to products for on-the-go photography gear but, despite their portability, can still sometimes be a pain to hold, especially over long periods. That's why Sony has just announced the GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip which it touts as the best hassle-free grip in its arsenal, mostly because it doesn't use any cables to work.

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iPhones can now be used for Google account two-factor authentication

iPhones can now be used for Google account two-factor authentication

The competition between tech companies can sometimes be so vicious that it's surprising when one adopts are at least allows the use of a rival's technology. In this connected age, however, such cooperation and interaction are inevitable, especially when you're trying to be present even in your competitor's platform. Fortunately, Google doesn't seem to be averse at using iPhone's security hardware when securely logging into Google accounts on your desktop.

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Galaxy Z Flip screen and battery might not be so bad after all

Galaxy Z Flip screen and battery might not be so bad after all

If you simply base it on fan renders, Samsung's second foldable phone will be awesome. But if you base it on the previous Galaxy Fold and a few leaks, the Galaxy Z Flip might be something of a mixed bag. As we move closer to the announcement and launch of the foldable flippable phone, more details are starting to come in and, based on this latest pair, the Galaxy Z Flip might indeed offer an overall better experience than its predecessor.

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macOS Pro Mode could make MacBook Pros more gaming-worthy

macOS Pro Mode could make MacBook Pros more gaming-worthy

For generations, MacBooks have been seen as a status symbol, used by both casual computer users and professionals alike. One class of users that have not exactly taken to Apple's notebooks are gamers. For one, the number of high-profile titles for Mac OS X, now macOS, has traditionally been small. For another, MacBooks, even MacBook Pros, have not exactly been noteworthy for their performance especially when it comes to games. That has started to change with the launch of the 16-inch MacBook Pro last year and it seems that Apple will be pulling some software tricks to capitalize on the new notebook's muscles.

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Super Nintendo World sounds like it will be crazy fun

Super Nintendo World sounds like it will be crazy fun

Japan is known to be the home of manga and anime, ramen and sushi, maid and cat cafes, and Pikachu and Mario. All save for the last pair can practically be found everywhere in the country but you have little chance encountering a Pokemon or an Italian plumber in the wild. Not unless you enter Super Nintendo World that's set to open in Summer, just in time to welcome athletes and tourists for the Tokyo Olympics in July.

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MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard could be the promised 13-inch model

MacBook Pro with Magic Keyboard could be the promised 13-inch model

Apple is equally famous and notorious for its obsession with design and, in particular, making things as slim as possible. Sometimes that has breathtaking results but there are other times when it becomes an infuriating experience. One of the most recent cases, which has actually resulted in a lawsuit, is Apple's reviled butterfly keyboard switches. Apple has finally reverted to using scissor switches in the 16-inch MacBook Pro and now it seems that a new model will soon be out with that same Magic Keyboard.

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