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 removed Shadow game streaming app to block Microsoft xCloud

Apple removed Shadow game streaming app to block Microsoft xCloud

Apple has very strict app store policies that it credits as the reason that it is able to offer high-quality and safe experiences on iOS. Those policies, however, have also been criticized by developers are self-serving, inconsistent, and monopolistic, traits that Epic Games is using against the iPhone maker in its high-profile lawsuit. The game developer, however, isn't the only big company that had problems with Apple's App Store rules but, in an almost odd turn of events, Microsoft inadvertently got a competing game streaming app banned when it was making its case for Project xCloud on iOS.

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OnePlus Watch Always-On Display finally arrives in latest update

OnePlus Watch Always-On Display finally arrives in latest update

Although it wasn't its first wearable, OnePlus' first smartwatch wasn't as warmly received as its smart fitness band. Perhaps it was partly due to high expectations for a wearable that was hoped to be launched nearly half a decade ago. While the OnePlus Watch has been panned for its lackluster experience, the good news is that the company is quick to push out updates. The latest, in fact, brings one much-requested feature that puts it on par with most smartwatches, but the cost of battery life.

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Twitter rolls out longer image previews

Twitter rolls out longer image previews

Twitter is used for many things and despite not being as image-centric as Instagram, some artists and photographers still use the platform to show off their stuff. That's despite how Twitter's image processing has long been a gripe among artists, from its low-res requirements to its unpredictable cropping. In the past few weeks, Twitter has addressed both those and its latest gift is to no longer crop most images, though abusers won't be able to get away with gaming that new system.

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Stadia product head departure might raise more doubts

Stadia product head departure might raise more doubts

With a company as large as Google, people come and go often. Sometimes that even involves people in high-ranking positions or high-profile roles. But when an exec of an already controversial division leaves, it's hard not to take notice. That might be the kind of publicity that John Justice is now getting after Google confirmed his departure. After all, not only is Justice a VP at one of the world's biggest tech companies, he is also the Product Head of Stadia, the game streaming service that many will now doubt will survive for long.

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Galaxy S8 software support officially ends after four years

Galaxy S8 software support officially ends after four years

Samsung was traditionally the poster child of how not to do Android updates but that seems to be really a thing of the past. It is, of course, trivial to promise updates beyond the customary two-year period but Samsung's actions speak louder than words. Not only has it been pushing out monthly updates more regularly, it has also extended that software support coverage for up to four years. Proving that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge last year weren't just flukes, Samsung ends support for the Galaxy S8 today, four years after the phone first launched.

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New iPad mini still coming this year, foldable iPhone in 2023

New iPad mini still coming this year, foldable iPhone in 2023

The iPad mini was noticeably absent during Apple's big event last month. That's not exactly surprising as the company seemed to focus more on its more powerful products, particularly the iPad Pros with Apple M1 silicon. That doesn't exactly mean that the iPad mini that has been appearing in rumors since the start of the year will be a no-show. Instead, Ming-Chi Kuo says that the smaller slate has just been delayed to sometime later this year.

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Twitter Spaces is now available but only if you’re popular

Twitter Spaces is now available but only if you’re popular

The onslaught against Clubhouse's probably short-lived dominance continues as more and more social networks start rolling out their own take on social audio spaces. This time it's Twitter's turn to join the fray by making Spaces available for all. That, however, does come with a caveat that does still limit who can use the audio-only feature to those that have hundreds of followers that would supposedly justify having a Space in the first place.

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Proscenic S1 Cordless Vacuum Review – Lightweight Household Helper

Proscenic S1 Cordless Vacuum Review – Lightweight Household Helper

Our houses are being filled with smart devices but there are still some household tasks that can't simply be solved by those. Sure, a robot vacuum cleaner can handle most floors without breaking a sweat or a circuit board but beds, couches, and cars still require more specialized equipment. It doesn't have to be connected to the Internet to actually be great at what it does and the Proscenic S1 3-in-1 cordless vacuum cleaner is perhaps the testament of how a simple appliance can still be "smart" with just the right combination of features.

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Clubhouse Android beta has started for a select few

Clubhouse Android beta has started for a select few

Just like TikTok a while back, Clubhouse's popularity is forcing many competitors in the social networking space to come up with their own killer audio-only service. The fact that Clubhouse has ruffled bigger players' feathers while still being limited in reach is nothing short of a miracle but its lead isn't going to last long. Android users are starting to clamor for their chance and the young social network has finally started the road towards its expansion, at least for a chosen few.

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Huawei Mate X2 foldable phone has some durability surprises

Huawei Mate X2 foldable phone has some durability surprises

Although it has the lion's share of the attention, Samsung is hardly the only one making foldable phones. There's, for example, Royole's FlexPai and, despite troubles with supplies, Huawei's Mate X. The latter just had its true second-gen model, one that goes in the opposite direction from the first Huawei Mate X's "outie" fold. The design, however, isn't the only thing that has changed with the Mate X2 and, fortunately, the changes that come with the redesign also made it a lot more durable in the process.

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Huawei P50 design leaked hands-on photos still looks unsettling

Huawei P50 design leaked hands-on photos still looks unsettling

We've seen our fair share of new and odd camera bump designs but it seems that the Huawei P50 will take the cake this year. Its phone cameras have always been known for their performance, at least until the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra dethroned it on DxOMark this year, so it doesn't really need to do some fancy design gimmick to sell it. It might be, however, aiming for a shock factor to get its upcoming flagship to get noticed, even if its means being ridiculed for it, like what is already happening with real-world photos of the Huawei P50 that just got leaked.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 leaks show S Pen, Under-Display Camera

Galaxy Z Fold 3 leaks show S Pen, Under-Display Camera

Now that Samsung's "most powerful Galaxy" products have been revealed, all eyes will be turning to its next big event in about three months. That will be, of course, the pair of foldable phones, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3, the latter reportedly skipping a number to match the former. Many of their expected features have already been leaked but now a few marketing materials show off some of those, including what may be an under-display camera for the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

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