Author Archives: JC Torres


reMarkable e-paper tablet is a doodler’s dream come true

reMarkable e-paper tablet is a doodler’s dream come true

We live in a somewhat schizophrenic digital age. On the one hand, the pull of the paperless workplace or classroom is irresistible. On the other hand, the psychological and practical benefits of writing with pen and paper are hard to dispute. For years, modern users have been torn between this digital and analogue dichotomy. The answer, however, might be upon us, if reMarkable is to believed. Putting out digital device of the same name, the reMarkable tablet is, in a nutshell, an e-ink reader you can write on. And it is as conflicted as the problem it tries to solve.

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Apple acknowledges iOS calendar spam: here’s what you can do

Apple acknowledges iOS calendar spam: here’s what you can do

If you haven’t yet experienced receiving unwanted even invitations, a.k.a. spam, on your iPhone or iPad’s Calendar app, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. iOS users have reported suddenly being plagued by numerous such invites on their devices, and declining them seems to make it actually worse. After days of silence, Apple has finally but unofficially acknowledge the situation and is promising to take action. But as spam filtering only happens on Apple’s end (for now), all that users can do is wait and use these workarounds to get rid of those notifications (for now).

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Comma.ai self-driving agent open sourced after Comma One fail

Comma.ai self-driving agent open sourced after Comma One fail

Try and try until you die, is not what most people would advice. In this case, however, startup Comma.ai is probably close to calling it quits. After being hit by questions and blocks from both the US NHTSA and the California DMV, Comma.ai decide to ax its Comma One device plans. That driver assistance system, however, could live on as the company has just made the software and robotics platform that powered its plug-in system for others to test on their own. Whether that will prove the agencies’ safety concerns to be well-founded remains to be seen.

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Plex Media Player goes free, Kodi plug-in announced

Plex Media Player goes free, Kodi plug-in announced

Of the many home media center solutions, Plex is perhaps one of the most popular. But like many such solutions, not everything is free to use. As of today, however, at least one more thing that’s available for free. The Plex Media Player, once available only to paying Plex Pass users, has been liberated from the confines of pay wall. But more than that, Plex gave the app a makeover to make it usable on a desktop or laptop with a keyboard and mouse.

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Nokia D1C tipped to come in two configurations

Nokia D1C tipped to come in two configurations

Nokia might no longer be the mobile giant that it was once was, but its name still sparks some loyalty, or at least curiosity, among those who still fondly remember the brand. Come 2017, both fans and onlookers will have something to look forward to, or some things rather, as Nokia is now rumored to have not one but two kinds of smartphones, both under the same D1C models. Neither, however, will be a flagship killer of any sort.

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Fitbit tipped to be close to buying Pebble

Fitbit tipped to be close to buying Pebble

Perhaps in a year or two, maybe sooner, we will be looking at a time when there were nearly if not already a dozen or so brands competing in the fitness wearable market. As early as now, however, some of those have already been gobbled up by other companies. Fossil bought Misfit and Nokia, of all companies, bought Withings. And according to the quintessential people familiar with the matter, the next will be Fitbit buying Pebble. Yes, the household name in fitness trackers is eying Pebble, but not for its hardware, which Fitbit already has tons of, but for its IP, specifically Pebble OS.

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OnePlus 3 finally gets Nougat-based beta preview

OnePlus 3 finally gets Nougat-based beta preview

OnePlus ruffled not a few feathers when it put out the OnePlus 3T just 6 months after the OnePlus 3. The startup, however, assured owners that the OnePlus 3 remains a priority and, in fact, will get Android 7.0 Nougat even before the 3T. True to its word, the latest Oxygen OS Open Beta 8 for the OnePlus 3 is now based on Nougat. And the timing couldn’t be more timely has users have started reporting problems with touch latency on both the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T.

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Gooligan malware infects 1m Google accounts: here’s what to do

Gooligan malware infects 1m Google accounts: here’s what to do

The year is about to end but one of the most potentially harmful Android malware has just started to take flight. If 2015 had its Stagefright exploit, 2016 might be remembered for the Gooligan malware, a portmanteau of “Google” and “hooligan”. The malware attacks may have already been in operation since summer and has already installed 30,000 infected apps per day, compromising 13,000 devices daily, and putting more than 1 million Google accounts in danger of being hijacked and their data stolen.

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Five To-Do apps that got a lot smarter this month

Five To-Do apps that got a lot smarter this month

The holiday season doesn’t just usher in the shopping season, it also signals the count down to a new year. Which means that, in addition to trying to work off all that holiday food, people will obsess over resolutions, plans, and goals. Yes, it’s the perfect time to be a todo list app or a productivity app. And as if warming up the engines for the holidays, a handful of such apps and services have stepped up their game to deliver just a bit more smartness to their list of features. Here are five of the best known todo apps that have just made your productivity even more productive.

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iOS 10.2 beta 4 delivers more emojis, new TV app

iOS 10.2 beta 4 delivers more emojis, new TV app

iOS 10.2 is just around the corner! You know that because Apple has just rolled out its fourth beta preview for the next version of its mobile OS. Available initially to developers, the beta is also trickling out to brave iPhone and iPad owners who opted into Apple’s Beta Software program. Those that did are now enjoying a whole new set of emojis from Unicode 9.0. And if they own an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, they also get three new wallpapers to delight.

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DroneShield’s DroneGun takes down UAVs without harming them

DroneShield’s DroneGun takes down UAVs without harming them

Consumer drones have become such a problem and legal grey area that people have started taking matters into their own hands. Some go as far as shooting them down and ending up in trouble themselves. While there are a few products or experiments that try to deal with drones, many of them result in damaging the drone. DroneShield proposes a better, less violent solution, though you probably wouldn’t guess it from the way it looks. The DroneGun unabashedly looks like some heavy duty rifle, but it can safely make a drone land or retreat, without firing an actual explosive shot.

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HP’s “consumer” Elite x3 counterpart might not be as beefy

HP’s “consumer” Elite x3 counterpart might not be as beefy

If you’ve had your hopes up that HP’s next Windows 10 Mobile will be as good as the Elite x3 though not as pricey, it’s perhaps time to temper those expectations. Don’t worry, it might not be as bad as the Moly X1. According to sources, HP’s consumer-level smartphone will instead be a mid-range device, sporting a processor from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 series. While not as powerful as an 820, it will still be enough to comply with Continuum’s requirements.

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