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.

Motorola early 2021 flagship might be a 2019 holdover

Motorola early 2021 flagship might be a 2019 holdover

The Motorola that we have today seems to be but a shadow of its former self, even the Motorola that was briefly under Google. Aside from the foldable new Razr, the company rarely makes notable phones these days, preferring to flood the entry-level and mid-range market with a dizzying number of similar-sounding phones. It does still try to make high-end ones, like the Verizon-exclusive Motorola Edge+ pictured above. It will try to make yet another one early next year but, at least based on a rumor, it might not be the premium flagship Motorola fans may have been wishing for.

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OPPO Rollable phone concept won’t be available any time soon

OPPO Rollable phone concept won’t be available any time soon

Manufacturers reveal concept designs and working prototypes for a variety of reasons. It could be for bragging rights, being established as a pioneer, or proof that the company can indeed make such a product. Not all of these concepts get turned into actual commercial products but some of them surprisingly do. Unfortunately for those hoping OPPO would be the first in the market with a rollable phone, the company is simply saying no, at least not for the immediate future.

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Twitter Fleets bug let some scrape videos even after expiration

Twitter Fleets bug let some scrape videos even after expiration

Compared to the likes of Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook owns, Twitter's big changes are relatively more sporadic. It took years for it to extend its 140-character limit and, to this day, still won't let users edit their tweets. When it does push out changes, though, they're often big, controversial, and rarely gets reverted. Its latest feature, an unabashed Snapchat and Instagram Stories clone, is the latest proof of that and so far it has been a disastrous launch, including a potential privacy-violating bug.

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Microsoft Edge is now a victim of fraudulent add-ons as well

Microsoft Edge is now a victim of fraudulent add-ons as well

Microsoft has been aggressively pushing its new Chromium-based Edge web browser to people, sometimes in ways that don't sit well with users. It has been promoting how fully-featured it is or how it is able to compete with the big boys like Google Chrome. It may have actually truly become big, enough that it is now a viable and perhaps lucrative target of less conscientious agents on the Internet as the number of fake copies of popular add-ons of Edge is starting to rise, just like with the big boys.

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iPhone 12 Pro Max iFixit teardown puts size into perspective

iPhone 12 Pro Max iFixit teardown puts size into perspective

Apple's yearly selection of iPhone models has somewhat become complicated, starting with just one until the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in 2014. This year, it has no less than four models to choose from but it's pretty clear which one is the best if you have money to burn. The iPhone 12 Pro Max packs everything that Apple could cram into a phone and iFixit takes a good look inside to see if size does matter in the end.

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Apple Silicon M1 eGPU support might still be coming

Apple Silicon M1 eGPU support might still be coming

The new M1 Macs have taken over the Web with news about their astounding performance, an admirable feat for Apple's first stab at an ARM-based desktop chip. The Apple Silicon ran circles around their Intel counterparts and even bested NVIDIA's and AMD's older desktop GPUs. Despite that, the MacBooks could probably still do even better if paired with an external graphics card or eGPU. Sadly, that was officially not the case but it might actually only be a matter of time before eGPU support for macOS Big Sur on M1 Macs returns.

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iOS 15 might bid farewell to iPhone 6s and original iPhone SE

iOS 15 might bid farewell to iPhone 6s and original iPhone SE

Apple is often praised for its software update practices, particularly for iOS and iPadOS. Compared to Android, even with the new three-year commitments from some manufacturers, Apple often rolls out new iOS versions even to models that are more than three years old. As they say, however, that all good things must come to an end and iOS 15 might finally be bringing the curtains down on Apple's five-year-old iPhones.

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Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 now put Google Assistant on your wrist

Fitbit Sense, Versa 3 now put Google Assistant on your wrist

The acquisition deal might still be incomplete but Google and Fitbit are already bridging the gap between the two's distinct wearable platforms. No, Fitbit still has its own operating system but this latest update to version 5.1 puts at least two of its smartwatches closer to Google's Wear OS. Going beyond Amazon Alexa, Fitbit is now opening the Sense's and Versa 3's doors to Google Assistant while also adding more health monitoring features that make the smartwatches even better than before.

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GO SMS Pro on Android has been leaking users’ shared files for months

GO SMS Pro on Android has been leaking users’ shared files for months

Google made a big splash about the completion of the global rollout of RCS and its next steps to ensure its security on Android via end-to-end encryption. Coincidentally, this latest bit of security news highlights why this development is critical in a post-SMS world. A once-popular alternative SMS app on Android has apparently been exposing any photo, video, or file that its users have been sharing and its developers have conveniently gone silent when notified of the security lapse.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 could have Samsung’s first under-display camera

Galaxy Z Fold 3 could have Samsung’s first under-display camera

In its quest to banish bezels without resorting to something like popup cameras, Samsung has long been rumored to do be working on various technologies. Some of those already came to pass, like the belated under-display fingerprint sensor. One, however, still remains unrealized but we might not see Samsung's first implementation of an under-display imaging sensor until the latter half of 2021 in what could be it most expensive smartphone yet.

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Apple Silicon M1 MacBook Air runs The Witcher 3 using CrossOver

Apple Silicon M1 MacBook Air runs The Witcher 3 using CrossOver

Despite the benchmarks showing how Apple's first-ever Silicon beat 2016 desktop graphics cards, some might still unconvinced about the late 2020 Macs' ability to play games. After all, even the Intel-based Macs had compatibility issues with games that were designed with Windows PCs in mind. It's still too early to make a judgment call, of course, but if CodeWeaver's experience running "emulated" PC games is any indicator, it could be a mind-blowing experience just as well.

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iPhone 12 screen problems might have a software fix soon

iPhone 12 screen problems might have a software fix soon

Reports about this or that problem with the newly-launched iPhone 12 phones are starting to surface, which isn't surprising given it's a new product. Of course, being an Apple product means that it's held to a higher standard than others, which means flaws get more coverage than usual, too. Fortunately, it seems that Apple is already on top of at least one complaint regarding unusual behavior from iPhone 12 screens. Even better, it could be something that can be fixed by an iOS update down the line.

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