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 P40 leaks include a new P40 Pro Plus 5G

Huawei P40 leaks include a new P40 Pro Plus 5G

Despite the ongoing pandemic, many businesses around the world still try to continue operating as normal. In the tech industry, that means still launching products on schedule whether or not people will be able to buy them immediately anyway. Given its pre-existing predicament, availability of Huawei's phones outside of China has always been a problem anyway but that clearly won't stop it from launching not two but three phones next week, including an oddly named new model.

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Huawei AppSearch helps users look for apps without Google Play Store

Huawei AppSearch helps users look for apps without Google Play Store

It's hard being a Huawei or even Honor fan outside of China these days. While the companies' phones are great, their latest models are devoid of any trace of Google. This has forced owners to search for apps from other and multiple sources, some of them less trustworthy than others. In order to get such users accustomed to relying on Huawei for their Android app fix, the company is making available a separate AppSearch app that is pretty much Google Search for Android apps outside of the Google Play Store.

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Instagram is testing its own style of disappearing messages

Instagram is testing its own style of disappearing messages

Snapchat's ephemeral messaging feature was such a hit that it didn't take long for other social networking services to try and copy it. Instagram is often regarded to be Snapchat's biggest fan (in terms of copying features) but there is one feature it hasn't copied yet. That may be changing soon as Instagram has been revealed to be finally testing its ephemeral messaging system which may or may not resemble other implementations out there.

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Windows 10 version 1709 End of Service extended to October

Windows 10 version 1709 End of Service extended to October

COVID-19 measures, many of which have involved voluntary or imposed quarantines, have made software become even more critical to people's lives. Ensuring that they have access to stable and secure versions of most used programs, like web browsers or, more importantly, operating systems is even more crucial during this period, To take a load off people's already stressed minds, Microsoft is holding off from putting version 1709 of Windows 10 to pasture until near the end of 2020.

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GameStop considers itself essential retail, orders stores to stay open

GameStop considers itself essential retail, orders stores to stay open

There is a bit of confusion and even apprehension these days, especially with non-uniform and sometimes inconsistent ordinances regarding what should or should not stay open. You would think that common sense would prevail but we as a race haven't exactly been known for that. Many states have declared that only essential retail stores should remain open. Apparently, GameStop considers itself such a critical part of life that it has reportedly instructed employees to defy law enforcers in order to stay open.

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Camera Go brings a simpler app for Android Go Edition phones

Camera Go brings a simpler app for Android Go Edition phones

With all the focus on powerful high-end smartphones these days, it's almost too easy to forget that many in the world can't even afford, say, a OnePlus or an OPPO let alone a Samsung or an iPhone. Even some of the mid-range phones might not be accessible to certain people, which is why Google is still pushing its Android Go Edition phones to these markets. Part of that push is the creation of light and simple versions of popular apps and, this time, it's the Camera app that's getting a diet.

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Google Play Games to get a curious “Play Together” social feature

Google Play Games to get a curious “Play Together” social feature

Thanks to the prevalence of all sorts of gaming today, the stereotype of gamers being anti-social loners is fading away. Gaming, especially thanks to the Internet, is now being seen as a social activity that connects people from diverse walks of life all around the world. Even mobile games, those ones you play glued to your screen, are social as well, or at least highly competitive. It seems that Google is finally taking note and will add some social features to its Android gaming platform, including a rather odd one.

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SLING TV launches free tier to get people to “Stay in & SLING”

SLING TV launches free tier to get people to “Stay in & SLING”

Quarantines and shelter-in-place orders are no longer just a way to stay away from virus threats. It is also becoming a new venue for content makers and distributors to push their services forward. Some of those services, however, do require some form of paid subscription so what better way to both show solidarity and also advertise their product than by offering a new free tier, which is exactly what SLING TV is doing to give its streaming service a bit of good publicity.

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Galaxy Tab S7 or Tab S20 reportedly already in the works

Galaxy Tab S7 or Tab S20 reportedly already in the works

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced uncertainty regarding product launch schedules but that doesn't mean manufacturers are going to stop to a grinding halt. Things are still going as planned, even if delayed or in smaller steps, and it seems that Samsung is already starting the engines for its next high-end tablet, which may be called either the Galaxy Tab S7 or the Galaxy Tab S20. That despite the rumored Galaxy Tab S6 Lite still nowhere to be seen.

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Galaxy S20 GPS lock issue joins growing list of problems

Galaxy S20 GPS lock issue joins growing list of problems

Samsung's early 2020 flagship is shaping up to be quite a controversial handset and not because it's easily scratchable or breakable. While the phone's durability isn't in question, its internal reliability is. From day one, people have been reporting a growing number of issues with the phone, ranging from wireless charging to its much-boasted cameras. The latest to join those complaints is the Galaxy S20's GPS which is reportedly having difficulty locking into a user's location.

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Samsung is closing all US stores due to COVID-19

Samsung is closing all US stores due to COVID-19

We often hear about tech stores being closed in countries like China and Italy because of the widespread cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections there. It was really only a matter of time before such scenarios reach the US and it finally has happened. Samsung has announced the immediate and temporary shutdown of all its stores in the US, a much-needed move but at a very inopportune time for the company.

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Galaxy S20 sales slump isn’t just because of COVID-19

Galaxy S20 sales slump isn’t just because of COVID-19

The Galaxy S20 is already experiencing a rather disappointing turnout as far as sales are concerned. Given the global situation, it's almost too easy to point to the COVID-19 coronavirus as the cause. To some extent, that has indeed affected sales but it isn't the only reason. Industry sources are now predicting that the Galaxy S20 will actually sell fewer units compared to the Galaxy S10 from the same period last year and part of it may also be Samsung's fault.

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