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.

Galaxy Note 10 availability details leak to complete the picture

Galaxy Note 10 availability details leak to complete the picture

The Galaxy Note 10 has been leaked to death by now, but one thing that was left undecided was its launch date and price. Samsung has already announced when the phone will be unveiled but, as always, the exact details of when it would hit shelves have yet to be revealed. With less than a month left, that information is coming out to give prospective buyers the chance to save up and prepare for the most expensive Galaxy Note phones yet.

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Minecraft Earth details dropped as closed beta draws near

Minecraft Earth details dropped as closed beta draws near

Niantic Labs' third smartphone-based AR game didn't exactly bring in as many players or revenue as Pokemon GO but the Harry Potter franchise still has enough fans to get the game by at least by word of mouth. That could be giving developers at Microsoft-owned Mojang some anxiety over their own still upcoming title. To whet Minecraft fans' appetite and, at the same time, publicize the game, Microsoft is dropping a few more tidbits about how Minecraft Earth will play out once the the Closed Beta rolls out next month.

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Konami’s TurboGrafx-16 mini launch details arrive

Konami’s TurboGrafx-16 mini launch details arrive

The latest entry to the retro mini console is just around the corner. Well, if that is a very big corner and you have no problem waiting for a year before you get your hands on one. If you do have that much faith in Konami, you'll be able to put in an order for the TurboGrafx-16 mini to play 50 classic titles next March. Actually half that many titles only unless you speak English and Japanese.

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Hayabusa2 makes second touchdown on Ryugu asteroid and sends pictures

Hayabusa2 makes second touchdown on Ryugu asteroid and sends pictures

As if landing on large planets weren't difficult enough, the space scientists and engineers in at JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) wanted to land a spacecraft on an asteroid. In fact, it wanted to do it twice, on the same moving asteroid. Mind-boggling but definitely epic and, fortunately for JAXA and its probe, that is exactly what happened. The very proud space agency just announced that its Hayabusa2 successfully hopped on the asteroid Ryugu for the second time and it sent home pictures to prove its short adventure.

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Galaxy Note 10 poses for the FCC to confirm rumors

Galaxy Note 10 poses for the FCC to confirm rumors

In less than a month, Samsung will take the veils off its third flagship of the year, with the Galaxy Fold taking the place of second. By now, however, almost everything about it has been unofficially revealed by rumors and leaks. Of course, those are all unofficial, no matter how credible the source may be. It's still unofficial but leaksters don't have anything on the FCC who may have given the public the closest it could get to official confirmation.

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President Trump dislikes cryptocurrencies, warns Facebook about Libra

President Trump dislikes cryptocurrencies, warns Facebook about Libra

Cryptocurrencies have always been regarded with skepticism and suspicion ever since Bitcoin started hitting mainstream news. It has gained more momentum and support around the world but, unsurprisingly, governments are more cautious about officially acknowledging the technology. The latest to join those voices is none other than US president Donald Trump who, in a series of tweets, expressed his dislike of Bitcoin and its kin and also took the opportunity to bring up Facebook's new Libra "virtual currency".

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Galaxy Fold seen in the wild brings hope of imminent launch

Galaxy Fold seen in the wild brings hope of imminent launch

There is still ongoing doubt that Samsung will be able to still pull off its first foldable phone. All that the public has is the word of some Samsung execs and some leaks that claim the Galaxy Fold redesign is ready to go into mass production. Now it seems there is tangible or at least visual proof that it might indeed be the case as a Galaxy Fold was spotted in India. Presuming, of course, it's the new Galaxy Fold.

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Windows 10 Preview expands phone mirroring, passwordless login

Windows 10 Preview expands phone mirroring, passwordless login

Microsoft may have thrown in the towel as far as its own mobile platform goes but it is making up for lost time by connecting Windows 10 more intimately with smartphones. That comes via the Your Phone app which is getting more features at every turn. The latest is the Phone Screen Mirroring function that Microsoft is now rolling out to more Surface devices in the latest Insider Preview for the next version of Windows 10.

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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro finally gets a 4G LTE version

Mobvoi TicWatch Pro finally gets a 4G LTE version

Smartwatches are still pretty much seen as extensions of smartphones but, little by little, they are becoming independent smart devices in their own right. The first and most crucial requirement to make that happen is the ability to connect directly to the Internet without a smartphone. That comes via a 4G LTE connection which is exactly what the new Mobvoi TicWatch 4G/LTE brings to the table one year after the original launched.

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Android malware Agent Smith replaces legit apps with infected copies

Android malware Agent Smith replaces legit apps with infected copies

It's not uncommon to hear of some form of Android malware wreaking havoc on users' lives. Some of these even manage to get into Google Play Store, much to the platform maker's shame. This new strain of virus at least doesn't come from Android's canonical app store but its effects are no less destructive. In fact, it can manage to replace apps you did install from Google Play Store with infected duplicates, which is why its discoverers have dubbed it "Agent Smith".

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Google didn’t remove photos of Clinton and Epstein that never existed

Google didn’t remove photos of Clinton and Epstein that never existed

As the entity with the biggest influence on what we discover on the Internet, Google is seen both as custodian and also censor of the Wide Wild Web. The latter is an especially thorny subject when it comes to political topics, with the search giant accused of favoring either left or right wing agendas. One of the latest controversies involves images of former US President Bill Clinton and Jeffrey Epstein that certain parties claim have been removed by Google from its search results. The truth, however, might be too simple to be believed.

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Google Home allegedly records clips without trigger, sends to contractor

Google Home allegedly records clips without trigger, sends to contractor

Just three months ago, Amazon was revealed to be sending its presumed anonymous and very private Alexa recordings to humans that listen to and process the audio to help the assistant become smarter. It turns out that it might not be alone in doing so. A new report claims that even Google may be guilty of the same thing, with Google Home recording clips even without the customary "Hey Google" trigger.

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