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.

Google Pay international send money feature launches with limited reach

Google Pay international send money feature launches with limited reach

Google recently retired its old Google Pay app and with it the ability to send and receive money, at least on that old app and website. To make up for that, Google is announcing a new feature in Google Pay that expands that money transfer feature beyond the borders of the US. Unfortunately, as it stands, it's a one-way street that has very limited availability, at least as far as this first phase of the rollout goes.

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Galaxy Tab S7 XL Lite will be the odd name of a mid-range tablet

Galaxy Tab S7 XL Lite will be the odd name of a mid-range tablet

Samsung is one of the few device makers still manufacturing and selling tablets, at least under its own name. In fact, it litters the market with tablets that all start to sound and look the same, especially if you don't note what year they were made. It seems that Samsung will be taking a very short hiatus from that and will be giving its next tablet a name that you might remember because of how almost ridiculous it sounds.

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Vivo X phones will get three years of Android upgrades

Vivo X phones will get three years of Android upgrades

Android has long been criticized for its fragmentation, especially when it comes to OS updates. New iOS versions are almost always installed within just weeks after its release while some Android phones are still left with versions two or three years old. Of course, part of the problem lies with manufacturers that updated slowly or even rarely. Recently, however, these companies have been stepping up their commitments and Vivo is the latest to promise three years of major Android OS upgrades, at least for its flagship phones.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold PC Mode is a Galaxy Z Fold 3 must-have

Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold PC Mode is a Galaxy Z Fold 3 must-have

Xiaomi formally jumped on the foldable phone train this year and, at least at first glance, looks a lot like what Samsung and, later, Huawei already had. Xiaomi was seemingly just aiming for brand recognition than features. That said, the Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold finally just got a feature that does give it unique feature of its own. Ironically, this new PC Mode that turns the phone into a tablet PC is something that Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold doesn't have despite being the creator of the similar DeX Mode.

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Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 might launch in August

Galaxy S21 FE, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Flip 3 might launch in August

It seems that Samsung is really trying to step up its schedule this year, but perhaps not too early as expected. Initial reports claimed that Samsung's next Unpacked event would take place in July, considerably earlier than it had ever done in the past years. A new report now says that the event will instead be in August again but, more importantly, Samsung will reportedly have three phones to launch, all of which are meant to fill in the gap that the Galaxy Note will leave this year.

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Windows 10X cancellation shows it can’t outgrow the desktop

Windows 10X cancellation shows it can’t outgrow the desktop

A lot of companies from all industries were hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some have been able to recover while others closed for good. Some were forced to shift their priorities and delay or completely scrap plans. Thanks to a global shortage in semiconductor components, tech companies are now being hit even more, one way or another. Those factors are reportedly behind Microsoft's decision to indefinitely put Windows 10X on hold but that is actually a symptom of an even bigger problem, one that will probably see Windows forever stuck to desktops and laptops. perhaps even on Intel's and AMD's x86/x64 platforms only.

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Sharp Aquos R6 leak hints at Leica collaboration

Sharp Aquos R6 leak hints at Leica collaboration

Although a well-established name in the photography industry, Leica has mostly been known in the smartphone market through Huawei's flagship phones, particularly the ones that took the top spots in benchmarks. That exclusive partnership has pretty much ended and other phone makers have been quick to pair up with the camera and optics maker. Apparently, OnePlus isn't the only one aiming for that distinction and Sharp's next premium phone might also bear Leica's name, though perhaps in an odd way.

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Apple AirTag can be hacked but it’s not as bad as it sounds

Apple AirTag can be hacked but it’s not as bad as it sounds

Given its hard stance on security and privacy, it's really no surprise that Apple's latest accessories are being put under a microscope, both technically and even legally by the likes of Tile. The AirTag trackers, after all, are in a prime position to become spying tools and some hackers and security researchers seem to want to test whether that will indeed be the case. Based on a revelation over the weekend, the AirTag could indeed be reprogrammed but the process and the end result might not yet be worth the worry.

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Nokia Android 11 update delays made official

Nokia Android 11 update delays made official

Although it does try its best to update its dozens of phone models, it seems that this strategy is catching up to HMD Global. Despite its boast of shipping pretty much vanilla Android, the company is struggling to keep its phones up-to-date with the latest release of Android. Now nearing the middle of the year, HMD Global is releasing a revised timeline for its Android 11 updates and it isn't looking good for the company's reputation.

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OnePlus Theme Store might be coming with Android 12

OnePlus Theme Store might be coming with Android 12

Perhaps more than any major smartphone maker, OnePlus is pretty proud of how community-centric it is. In fact, there have been times when it was the community's voice that was heard over the company's own decisions, at least in places where the two could meet halfway. That happened when OnePlus put the much-requested Always-On Display or AOD feature to a community vote and the company is again heeding its users' request for a theme store that may be coming in the next major upgrade for Android and OxygenOS.

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Chromebook docking stations are coming to support work from home

Chromebook docking stations are coming to support work from home

Chromebooks have been recorded to have had a growth spurt since last year, perhaps brought about by work from home and remote schooling arrangements. Of course, using laptops at home isn't new for Windows and Mac users but Chrome OS is relatively still new to this use case. That use case often involves tethering the notebook down with external displays and peripherals, something that a new generation of docking stations that Work with Chromebooks will be attempting to address.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G modem flaw puts Android users at risk

Qualcomm Snapdragon 5G modem flaw puts Android users at risk

Manufacturers and network operators have been pushing 5G technology hard, even throughout a pandemic that forced some industries to stall for a while. Now it seems, however, that one of the most critical pieces of hardware that enables that technology for users might be putting them at risk as well. Qualcomm's 5G modem reportedly has a very severe flaw that can be exploited through Android, putting potentially hundreds of thousands of users at risk.

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