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.

PlayStation 5 dev kits are more interesting than the final design

PlayStation 5 dev kits are more interesting than the final design

Back in the early days of gaming consoles, each box, if you could really call them a box, exuded some personality with a unique and almost eccentric design. Perhaps due to the changing aesthetic tastes of the gaming market, that design trend stopped after the first Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Leaked patents almost suggested that the PlayStation 5 could once again sport a rather unorthodox form, something confirmed by this latest leaked photo. Sadly, the photo is reportedly that of a dev kit, which doesn't bode well for what the PS5 will actual actually look like.

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Samsung Android 10 update schedule doesn’t include Galaxy S8, Note 8

Samsung Android 10 update schedule doesn’t include Galaxy S8, Note 8

Samsung may seem to be turning a new leaf as far as Android updates go. While not exactly speedy, it does try to roll out monthly security patches more regularly than some of its competitors. It has also become a bit more public about its major Android updates, which suggests some level of confidence it can deliver on those promises. It has recently pushed a notice to its Samsung Members app that reveals when it plans to push Android 10 updates to which devices. Sadly, it seems that two two-year-old flagships aren't on the list.

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Linux phones need to succeed and it isn’t just about privacy

Linux phones need to succeed and it isn’t just about privacy

Android and iOS may be the mobile platforms today but there have always been attempts to push other horses into the race. Most of them used the Linux kernel just like Android but a few were more direct efforts to bring some of the Linux desktop stack to mobile in one form or another. Thanks to changes in the industry, particularly in electronic components and production, there has been a steady rise of such attempts to create true Linux and truly open source phones, with Purism's Librem 5 and PINE64's PinePhone leading the way. These are primarily targeted at a small hobbyist market and at users that value privacy and security above all else. But while those are valid and desirable goals, it's actually important that these Linux phones become more mainstream in order to cultivate a healthier and better mobile market in general.

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Android lets you do these crazy cool things on your phone

Android lets you do these crazy cool things on your phone

Android is a powerful platform that has lots of potential to enable all kinds of unique experiences. Unfortunately, most of that potential goes unnoticed and unused by a large majority of app developers and users. While technically capable, it is difficult but not completely impossible to live and work completely on an Android device, be it a phone or especially a tablet. Fortunately, there are indeed a few remarkable things that Android lets you do that you won't be able to on that other popular mobile platform.

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Surface Duo and Surface Neo need these 4 things to truly take off

Surface Duo and Surface Neo need these 4 things to truly take off

Foldable phones are a hot topic in the mobile market but they are still far from something that most consumers will be able to use, let alone afford. It will be quite a while before flexible screens become reliable and durable enough to meet the standards of those who can afford them. In the meantime, a different breed of foldable phones, those with dual screens, is sparking up some interest, especially with Microsoft's long-awaited Courier, or Surface Duo rather. That admittedly eccentric and niche phone runs the risk of becoming a spectacular dud unless Microsoft takes the time to learn from LG's dual screen foray.

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Chuwi MiniBook, HiPad LTE, GBox Pro remind users there are always other options

Chuwi MiniBook, HiPad LTE, GBox Pro remind users there are always other options

It's not unusual that big brands like Apple, Samsung, Microsoft, Lenovo, and the like get the lion's share of the attention and the sales. They are industry giants for a reason but their imposing stature could lead some to believe that they are the only ones out there. The holiday shopping season is upon us and these large corporations are putting their big marketing machines to work overtime. Companies like Chuwi, however, are giving consumers a nudge to remind that they might not need to go bankrupt, provided they're willing to make a few compromises.

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You can’t do real work on Android, at least not all of it

You can’t do real work on Android, at least not all of it

While not an Apple hater, I personally prefer more open or at least less restrictive platforms and devices. That primarily translates to Linux and open source software on the desktop and Android on mobile. But if there's one thing I have always been jealous of Apple's mobile ecosystem is how it has grown to enable more complex uses and workflows, especially on iPads. It's no longer so ridiculous or so rare to find people who are proud to proclaim that they do their work or even live solely on an iPad, specifically an iPad Pro. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of Android.

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Google Stadia on non-Pixel phone possible with root for now

Google Stadia on non-Pixel phone possible with root for now

Stadia is easily one of Google's most controversial products of late, and, fortunately, not because of any privacy concerns. But despite the rocky start and loads of disgruntled subscribers, a less vocal number of Founder's Edition buyers are reporting mostly positive experiences. That may be enough for some Buddy Pass recipients to be excited about the service but may find some requirements, like a Pixel phone, to be beyond their budget. Fortunately, it seems possible to run Stadia on any Android phone, provided it has been rooted.

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Motorola One Hyper with popup camera coming next week

Motorola One Hyper with popup camera coming next week

Motorola may have made headlines because of its unconventional take on the Razr revival but that foldable phone is still months away. It is also something that Motorola's core market might not be able to even afford. Although its brand has declined in the past years, Motorola's name still holds some weight in the mid-range smartphone market. It will be to this market that it will launch next week what is being called the Motorola One Hyper, its first to sport a popup camera.

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Huawei confident it can still be No. 1 even without Google

Huawei confident it can still be No. 1 even without Google

The tech market seems to be divided on opinions about Huawei and its chances of survival in light of the US blacklist. Some think it is indeed guilty of spying or at least illegal business practices while others, including Microsoft, thinks it is being treated unfairly. Some believe that Huawei is standing strong in the face of adversity but others suspect Huawei is spinning numbers in its favor. Despite all that uncertainty, Huawei seems pretty confident it can still reach its goal of being the top smartphone vendor even without Google's help.

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Samsung PlayGalaxy Link Beta begins: What you need to know

Samsung PlayGalaxy Link Beta begins: What you need to know

It probably was never a secret that Samsung was getting ready to take on the game streaming market in a slightly different way. Until today, however, it wasn't exactly formal nor actually available to use. After months of unofficial news, Samsung is finally flipping the switch and starting the beta testing phase for PlayGalaxy Link and the company confirms some good news for those without a Galaxy Note 10 to use for the unique take on gaming on the go.

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New NVIDIA SHIELD Remote coming in 2020 but old model already gone

New NVIDIA SHIELD Remote coming in 2020 but old model already gone

It isn't uncommon for companies, especially those with fewer resources to devote to multiple generations of products, to discontinue an old model once a new one becomes available. The common practice, however, is to make sure that the new one is really available to consumers before yanking the old one out of the picture. Whether by mistake or by design, that isn't the case of NVIDIA's new SHIELD Remote and anyone who needs to buy one will have to wait for the new Remote to start shipping in about two months' time.

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