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’s appeal to Android developers won’t work without these key factors

Huawei’s appeal to Android developers won’t work without these key factors

Word on the app dev street is that Huawei is trying to discreetly woo Android app makers to publish their wares on the Chinese OEM's app store. It isn't yet making a big campaign probably for fear of kicking up a media storm. Not that it was able to avoid that anyway. It really surprised no one that it's trying to sell the idea of reaching millions of devices across the world but unless Huawei offers a few missing pieces, its call will fall on deaf ears.

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DJI RoboMaster S1 crams education and competition inside a robot tank

DJI RoboMaster S1 crams education and competition inside a robot tank

DJI is perhaps best known for its drones but, at its core, it is a robotics company. It has dabbled in every aspect related to robotics, from computer vision to AI to mechanical engineering. While those have been mostly applied to hobbyist and professional unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs (a.k.a. drones), it has yet to tap one budding market in the robotics industry: education. That changes today with the introduction of the RoboMaster S1, the company's first robot designed for entertainment and education.

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Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini is the latest entry to the retro console race

Konami TurboGrafx-16 Mini is the latest entry to the retro console race

Nintendo, Sony, Sega, SNK, and even Atari have all put out their attempts at reviving old, beloved consoles and making them new. While Atari's VCS is a full-sized modern version of its iconic entertainment system, the rest have opted to shrink their revivals down in both size and the games they can play. Konami, who is probably better known for making games than any actual console, is jumping on the latter bandwagon with the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, a console that few might actually remember.

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Galaxy M40 prefigures Samsung’s unpopular but expected direction

Galaxy M40 prefigures Samsung’s unpopular but expected direction

The rumors about the changes that Samsung will be making to its smartphones are starting to flood in. The Galaxy Note 10 has been rumored to ditch the headphone jack but it might not be alone. The Galaxy S11 might face a similar fate and now it seems the trend won't be limited to the high-end. Samsung just announced the Galaxy M40 in India and China and, more than having triple cameras, it will go down in history as the first mid-range Samsung phone without a headphone jack.

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Galaxy A50 leads mid-tier Galaxy A series entry into the US

Galaxy A50 leads mid-tier Galaxy A series entry into the US

Samsung has no shortage of smartphones covering all price tiers and needs but, at least in the US, it has been focused on selling its high-end Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. Not everyone, however, wants an expensive phone and those turn to other brands for their fix. Perhaps finally realizing the lost opportunity, Samsung is bringing its latest Galaxy A phones to the US market, starting with the Galaxy A50 and what Samsung positions as a versatile camera and all-day battery life.

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Facebook Portal will get a successor despite privacy concerns

Facebook Portal will get a successor despite privacy concerns

It's not exactly a great time to be associated with Facebook right now. With the controversy it's knee deep in, almost everything it touches is held suspect for potential privacy violations. Even more so its own products like, for example, that video-calling smart speaker with a display known as Portal. Despite and in spite of all that, Facebook seems to be going full steam ahead with its Portal platform, going as far as announcing a new device coming later this year.

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Xbox Gamertags will now let you use the name you really want

Xbox Gamertags will now let you use the name you really want

These days, people usually equate "online identity" with things like avatars or bitmojis. At the most basic level, however, an online user is almost always identified by their online handles or nicknames. In the Xbox world, that name is called "Gamertag" and it's going through a rather major change. Now only will it now let gamers use characters from among 10 new supported alphabets, it will also let you grab a Gamertag that might already be used by someone else, but with one minor catch.

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Galaxy Fold is still coming, new date to be announced really soon now

Galaxy Fold is still coming, new date to be announced really soon now

You can probably tell that an idea is huge and also right when both manufacturers and consumers refuse to let go even after a catastrophic disaster. Despite the embarrassing failure of the Galaxy Fold, even earlier reviewers with broken units admit they still believe in the vision. Some consumers are of the same mind and would probably still get one, provided Samsung gets its act together. And the Korean manufacturer suggests it might already have and will, in fact, drop some big news in the coming weeks.

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Final Fantasy VIII is finally getting Remastered, not a remake

Final Fantasy VIII is finally getting Remastered, not a remake

Astute gaming industry observers not familiar with the Final Fantasy series might notice something strange in Square Enix's latest movements. Over the years, it has made nearly all of its titles available on mobile and PC and those that aren't fit to be ported have received some slight brush up. That was true for almost all titles save for one: Final Fantasy VIII. Without really giving any reason why, Square Enix is finally giving that installment some long-overdue attention in the Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, which, unlike Final Fantasy VII, is not a remake.

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AMD Radeon RX 5700 GPU, 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X CPU debut at E3 2019

AMD Radeon RX 5700 GPU, 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X CPU debut at E3 2019

E3 is naturally focused on all the new titles and updates to make gamers drool but, also naturally, those games are only made possible by the hardware that runs them. Game streaming services promise to make client hardware less relevant but, until that day comes, gamers will continue to need the beefiest components for the most demanding games. It's no surprise, then, that AMD is using that opportunity to reveal its combo of a new RDNA-powered graphics card and third-gen Ryzen desktop processor to promise the ultimate gaming platform for PC enthusiasts among the E3 2019 crowd.

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Galaxy Note 10 charging might not be so fast after all

Galaxy Note 10 charging might not be so fast after all

The rumors and leaks about the Galaxy Noe 10 just keep on coming and they're painting an unflattering picture of Samsung's next flagship. The changes that Samsung is introducing are being met with unfavorable reactions while the things it will be keeping are similarly looked down on. Following on the heels of what we've heard so far, the Galaxy Note 10 is no believed to have "just fast" charging and not the super fast charging it was rumored to have.

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Game streaming is the future but it will isolate more players

Game streaming is the future but it will isolate more players

With E3 2019 underway, there is naturally a lot of focus put on the latest trends in the industry. One of that is game streaming, which has gotten a large seal of approval when Google formally announced the upcoming launch of Stadia. Game streaming has the potential to break down device borders and simplifying playing games the way Netflix simplified binge-watching. But while the nascent technology does hold promise, it could end up isolating more players than it tries to pull in.

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