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.

Huawei Mate X may launch with newer Kirin 990 processor

Huawei Mate X may launch with newer Kirin 990 processor

There may be marketing benefits and bragging rights associated with launching first and launching early but there are also practical advantages to taking a step back. Samsung may have unintentionally saved Huawei the headache of discovering weaknesses in the material and design of foldable phones. And now by launching in late 2019, the Huawei Mate X may also benefit from using a yet to be announced Kirin 990 system-on-chip.

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Apple Watch 5 out next month with OLED screen, titanium and ceramic case

Apple Watch 5 out next month with OLED screen, titanium and ceramic case

A lot of attention is naturally given to the upcoming iPhone models, especially considering the rather controversial design change on its back. Fans of Apple's wearable products, however, may have been slightly worried about the lack of rumors on the Apple Watch. Better late than never, those are finally dropping in and, if they are on the mark, this year could see yet another big change for the Apple Watch.

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Cook tells Trump that tariffs will hurt Apple’s competition with Samsung

Cook tells Trump that tariffs will hurt Apple’s competition with Samsung

US President Donald Trump is prepared to make the hard decisions in the country's trade spat with China. It seems, however, that he might be willing to yield some ground if those decisions actually put big US companies at a terrible disadvantage. That is practically the image painted by Trump's statements, saying that Apple CEO Tim Cook made a very compelling argument on how the upcoming 10% tariff could adversely affect its competition with Samsung who isn't affected by such tariffs at all.

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Huawei to get 90-day extension, company’s fate remains in limbo

Huawei to get 90-day extension, company’s fate remains in limbo

The news around the Huawei controversy may have wound down a bit after the company was granted a small reprieve and hope of an eventual exception but things are about to kick up again tomorrow when that initial grant of mercy ends. Huawei was initially granted a 90-day exception to purchase some, but not all, American products it needs to maintain its business, including Google's Android software, but that time will end August 19. Sources, however, claim that Huawei will be granted another temporary general license for yet another 90 days.

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Chuwi GBox Pro Review: lite mini PC for lite budgets

Chuwi GBox Pro Review: lite mini PC for lite budgets

News in the computing and tech world often highlights the spectacular and, sometimes, the extravagant. While it's understandable that we get attracted by shiny products and powerful devices, not all consumers are swayed by those factors. Some need simpler yet still usable computers that can not only fit their budgets but also fit their aesthetic tastes as well. Those buyers might want to take the Chuwi GBox Pro into consideration. Despite the "Pro" in its name feeling like a letdown, the small box still has a lot to offer those with more constrained budgets.

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Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

Plex’s new desktop app snubs Microsoft Store

When Microsoft launched its own app store back in the Windows 8 and Windows RT days, it was criticized for being a practical ghost town. It has admittedly grown these days but it seems it's on the verge of shrinking again. Some developers seem to be advocating for Progressive Web Apps or PWAs, whether or not they are on the Store. The latest one to jump ship is Plex who just announced its shiny new desktop app while also announcing the death of its Windows Store app.

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Galaxy Note 10 Link to Windows works on older Galaxy flagships

Galaxy Note 10 Link to Windows works on older Galaxy flagships

Samsung may not have delivered the much-awaited wireless DeX connection but the Galaxy Note 10 did offer one convenient feature in that regard. Called "Link to Windows", it practically allowed any Windows or Mac to become a remote display for the smartphone's DeX mode. It was theorized the same feature would eventually trickle down to older premium models and that does seem to be the case but with just a little work and a download from an unofficial APK source.

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Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Surface Pro 6, Surface Book 2 locked down to 400 MHz

Microsoft has become notorious for its botched updates that have introduced bugs as much as they fixed others. Quite a few times, those updates cause the worst kind of computer crashes or lockouts. No one seems to be exempt from this problem, including Microsoft's own Surface customers. Now it seems that another update has rendered its powerful Surface PCs almost useless by having their CPUs throttle down to just 400 MHz.

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Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Chrome OS 76 introduces new features for work and even for play

Considering its release schedule, Chrome OS doesn't get as much media buzz for each new version that gets rolled out. That doesn't make those releases any less substantial. In fact, the latest Chrome OS version 76 is one of the most notable ones, introducing much-needed features to turn the platform into a more proper competitor to the Windows and Macs. But more than just productivity features, Chromebook users can also be more productive in their entertainment activities.

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Nokia 8, 6, 5, and 3 get an extended year of security updates

Nokia 8, 6, 5, and 3 get an extended year of security updates

It seems that HMD Global is once again one-upping other manufacturers by showing them how to reward their faithful customers as far as software goes. Nokia phones have been carrying pure versions of Android unburdened by bloatware. That has mad it easier for the company to quickly push out updates but now it is doing one better. It has announced that its very first Nokia phones will be getting security updates until 2020, a year after it was supposed to stop. It seems, however, that some users still have questions and doubts about the company's commitment.

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Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

Smart assistants may have made us more lax about privacy

There's probably little debate that AI-powered smart assistants have become very useful. They started out as good fun but without much utility and have sometimes even become the butt of jokes thanks to misheard commands. These days however, the likes of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri have become a normal part of modern tech life, with or without smart speakers involved. But for all their usefulness and help, these services may have made people less vigilant about what they say and do and, it turns out, those secret utterances might not be so secret at all.

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GoPro Hero8, GoPro Max leaks reveal the next-gen action cams

GoPro Hero8, GoPro Max leaks reveal the next-gen action cams

There may now be many action cameras littering the market, especially cheap knockoffs, but the one that can be credited for having started them all is GoPro. It has quite the work ahead of it in terms of regaining its market share. Its next attempt has just been spotted in a few places on the Internet and details about the GoPro Hero8 as well as a GoPro Max are now leaking to whet the appetites of fans.

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