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.

Adobe Creative Cloud is turning into a big legal mess

Adobe Creative Cloud is turning into a big legal mess

The cloud is supposed to be a big win-win for all parties involved. Consumers always have access to the latest and supposedly most bug-free version of software while service and software providers are assured of a steady stream of revenue to further develop their product. Reality, however, is sometimes harsher and always stranger than fiction and now subscribers to Adobe's Create Cloud Suite are finding themselves the subject of potential legal threats from third-parties suing Adobe itself.

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Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Twitter accidentally shared iOS users’ location data to a partner

Often times you only hear of bugs or even "features" that violate users' privacy after someone reports it on the Internet. Often times the companies involved have to deal with the PR mess and backlash involved after the fact. Perhaps learning from its peers, Twitter has decided to beat others to the news and own up to its own privacy blunder. While it doesn't exactly excuse them from making such a simple misstep, it has to at least be complemented for not waiting until the last minute to come clean.

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Pixel 3a headphone jack was a heavily debated decision

Pixel 3a headphone jack was a heavily debated decision

By now, the Pixel 3a has sunk into most mobile-focused people's consciousness. It has been praised for a lot of things but one understated feature is perhaps the return of the headphone jack. If you were hoping that Google has finally reconsidered its decision to banish the venerable port. Not exactly and product manager Soniya Jobanputra briefly explains the thinking behind that decision. Suffice it to say, it's not going to sit well with some people.

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WhatsApp bug allowed Israeli spyware to infiltrate phones

WhatsApp bug allowed Israeli spyware to infiltrate phones

There are currently quite a number of messaging services, a handful of them from Google itself, but few have withstood the test of time and of the market. WhatsApp, even before its acquisition by Facebook, was already making waves but its popularity and notoriety rose after being snatched up by the social networking giant. It prided itself for its end-to-end encryption, one of the few mainstream platforms to advertise such a feature, but that turned out to be pretty useless if a vulnerability allowed certain actors to inject spyware into phones by simply ringing up the phone.

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DJI OSMO Action cam leaked specs and images build up the hype

DJI OSMO Action cam leaked specs and images build up the hype

Once upon a time, GoPro was the household name in the young action camera market. While it's still the most well-known brand, a lot of upstarts have tried to claim their small piece of that pie, especially with the giant seemingly losing its footing. One of those new challengers is, strangely enough, drone king DJI. Its rumored DJI OSMO Action camera is expected to arrive in a few days and this info dump could set a favorable tone for its debut.

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SpaceX Starlink satellites shown crammed on a Falcon ready for launch

SpaceX Starlink satellites shown crammed on a Falcon ready for launch

Economic space travel and Mars colonization aren't the only ambitions Elon Musk has for SpaceX. Launching a constellation of Internet-bearing satellites is another and it seems that the company is ready to get that journey started. Not that it has much time left if it wants to stay in the FCC's good graces. The CEO shared on Twitter a view of 60 such Starlink satellites loaded snugly inside a Falcon 9 nosecone, ready for its test launch on Wednesday.

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Louis Vuitton OLED screen bags are sure to grab all kinds of attention

Louis Vuitton OLED screen bags are sure to grab all kinds of attention

If you thought that wearables like smartwatches and bracelets were the pinnacle of fashion and technology, Louis Vuitton would beg to disagree. The luxury fashion brand has just revealed a fusion that will leave you in awe and bewilderment, in both good and bad ways. Presented as part of its 2020 Cruise Collection, this "Canvas of the Future" adds real OLED screens on a duffle bag and a bucket bag which are sure to attract the attention of everyone, including less savory individuals.

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Apple Card shows up in the flesh with its minimalist design

Apple Card shows up in the flesh with its minimalist design

Although Apple has long been expected to make its own physical card, the timing of its arrival was still a bit of a surprise. Announced last March, the company showed off a titanium credit card that unmistakably bore Apple's aesthetics. Now we're getting a view of what the real card looks in person, or at least based on someone's brave photos of the card.

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Android Q desktop mode silently prepared for a multi-screen future

Android Q desktop mode silently prepared for a multi-screen future

Android is getting into form factors that, during its birth were probably never envisioned. That's not only smartwatches and smart TVs but even things like set-top boxes, laptops and Chromebooks, and, of course, foldable phones. Google, however, is also preparing another relatively new territory for Android: Android desktop from your phone.

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Galaxy Note 10 might not get Samsung’s new 64MP camera

Galaxy Note 10 might not get Samsung’s new 64MP camera

Samsung just recently announced two new camera sensors from its rather young ISOCELL brand. One of them was a 64 megapixel image sensor that seemed to be clearly aimed to one-up Sony's 48 megapixel IMX586. Naturally, it seemed to be a perfect fit for the premium flagship that Samsung still has to announce later this year. According to one leak source, however, that will not be the case, putting Samsung's commitment to mobile photography into question.

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Pixel 3a vs Galaxy S10e: the better Android for your wallet

Pixel 3a vs Galaxy S10e: the better Android for your wallet

For the first time, Google has offered a more affordable version of its flagship smartphone. Of course, it's somewhat late to that trend. Last year, Apple launched the iPhone XR and just a few months ago Samsung did a similar thing with the Galaxy S10e. Naturally, the Google Pixel 3a is being compared with the Galaxy S10e but which "cheaper" flagship should Android users gravitate towards? Here's a short guide to help you make that decision.

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Nike Fit app uses AI to determine your exact shoe size

Nike Fit app uses AI to determine your exact shoe size

Buying shoes is often shown on TV and movies as a very addicting and enjoyable activity. Reality is that picking the right size, especially for someone else, can be a stressful ordeal. Shoe sizes and measurements are anything but standard. Fortunately, Nike, one of the biggest names in the shoe industry has decided to use that special AI and machine learning sauces to make that process a little less tedious.

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