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.

Galaxy A21s to follow on the heels of the last month’s Galaxy A21

Galaxy A21s to follow on the heels of the last month’s Galaxy A21

You'd be forgiven if you're unable to keep up with Samsung's phones below its Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines. Contrary to its previous goal of streamlining its branding, Samsung has instead flooded the market with almost indistinguishable model after indistinguishable model. Case in point is the Galaxy A21s that has started to pick up steam in the rumor mill, following the Galaxy A21 that was just announced last month and has yet to be available in stores.

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Intel 10th-gen vPro now available for business customers

Intel 10th-gen vPro now available for business customers

We mostly cover consumer technology and products here because those are the things that are most accessible to people. That, however, doesn't discount the innovation and progress that happens in the enterprise and businesses which, more often than not, are what keeps the world churning behind the scenes. In fact, Intel might argue that those businesses may be more profitable but also more sensitive. With its newest fleet of vPro-branded processors, Intel isn't just focusing on performance but also on leveling up its security game to protect these customers.

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Huawei’s US problem just got extended for another year

Huawei’s US problem just got extended for another year

Given everything that has happened in the past four months, it almost feels like Huawei's battle with the US government was so long ago. In reality, however, it was exactly last year that US President Donald Trump invoked a new law that empowered his government to ban US companies from doing business with Huawei. Given present circumstances, it's not surprising that the US is extending that ban for yet another year, putting Huawei's business as well as its customers in limbo yet again.

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Marvel’s Iron Man VR finally has a new release date again

Marvel’s Iron Man VR finally has a new release date again

Many things have been postponed or canceled outright due to the COVID-19 pandemic but some things have already been delayed even before the coronavirus hit the global scene. Games, in particular, have been pushed back earlier this year or even late last year for many reasons, including quality of life for developers as well as polishing the game to their satisfaction. Fortunately, it seems that at least one game will finally make its way to players' hands, one way or the other, as Sony Interactive Entertainment just announced when PS VR owners can finally take to the skies as their favorite armored superhero.

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Stadia adds DOOM 64 to roster, puts NBA 2K20 on sale with a catch

Stadia adds DOOM 64 to roster, puts NBA 2K20 on sale with a catch

Perhaps to assure subscribers and industry watchers, Google Stadia has seemingly doubled its efforts to bring new titles and features to the game streaming platform exactly when people need virtual worlds to escape into even for a short while. Its list of supported titles is slowly growing as is its list of supported devices and features across those devices. Stadia's report this week brings some good news to different kinds of gamers with the addition of yet another incarnation of DOOM. But while it is putting some games on sale, at least one title is sparking a small bit of controversy over the price.

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Twitter on iOS now separates retweets with comments and those without

Twitter on iOS now separates retweets with comments and those without

For better or worse, social media has quickly risen up to be an alternate or even major source of information for many people. Unfortunately, these networks have not been able to quickly adapt to their newfound power, much less the responsibility they now bear as channels of news, information, and, sometimes, disinformation. Twitter, in particular, has been slowly changing to the times to give users more control over their tweets and the discussions that form around them. Its latest new trick, to let users see retweets with comments in a single place.

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nubia Red Magic 5G teardown reveals an insane cooling system

nubia Red Magic 5G teardown reveals an insane cooling system

While all high-end phones are technically capable of playing even the most demanding mobile games but gaming phones have one or two things that set it apart. There is, of course, the RGB lighting that seems to almost be synonymous with any gaming device or accessory. There are, however, some like the nubia Red Magic 5G that boast of some innovative cooling system and, based on a teardown, the tiny fan inside is actually just one part of it.

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One GX 7-inch gaming laptop to have RGB lighting, detachable controllers

One GX 7-inch gaming laptop to have RGB lighting, detachable controllers

PC gamers would probably love to take their games and play anywhere if not for the hardware they need to power even the simplest 3D PC titles. There have been attempts to cram powers in portable sizes, like the Razer Edge from 2013 and, just this year, Alienware's Concept UFO Nintendo Switch lookalike. Mainstream gaming PC makers might not be so invested in that vision, which is why Chinese brands like One Netbook are taking up the cause and its 7-inch One GX might be the most elaborate of this upcoming breed of small gaming laptops.

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Google Meet now free for anyone with an email address

Google Meet now free for anyone with an email address

After fighting over the team and office chat space, the next arena has quickly become video conferencing. Although Zoom unfortunately still seems to be the buzzword, others have risen up to take advantage of its ongoing privacy and security scandals. Google is now taking the biggest bite out of that Zoom pie by announcing that anyone can now use its own Google Meet video conferencing service absolutely free and you can use any email account, not just Gmail.

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Motorola Edge+ will get two Android updates as if that was extraordinary

Motorola Edge+ will get two Android updates as if that was extraordinary

On the surface, or at least based on its specs, the Motorola Edge+ definitely qualifies as Motorola's first true premium flagship in a long while. Not only does it have the guts to show for it but it also has the premium price (more on that later). What it doesn't have, among other things, is the same level of commitment that its competitors have with their latest and greatest. The company has suddenly changed its tune and is promising two Android updates for the Motorola Edge+ as if it was going out of its way to generously provide something it should have right from the start.

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Moog Music Subharmonicon synthesizer leverages the past to make music

Moog Music Subharmonicon synthesizer leverages the past to make music

While the present global situation has forced many to resort to all kinds of pastimes and distractions, it has also given rise to a newfound desire to create. From the physical to the digital, people around the world are finding ways to tap into their talents and their dreams to produce or try out things they have never done before. It is almost fate, then, that Moog Music, one of the world's biggest names in analog synthesizers, is now launching its latest product, the Subharmonicon. Whether by itself or with other synths, the box promises to open a new world of organic and fluid beats and patterns, with a little help from the past.

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Instagram Lite pulled out at an inopportune time, new version planned

Instagram Lite pulled out at an inopportune time, new version planned

There was a short time when "lite" mobile apps were al the rage, marketed at emerging markets where both phone space and mobile data are at a premium. Those investments may now be paying off as users everywhere have become more reliant on their mobile devices and use up more space and data in the process. Given that situation, it's rather baffling that Facebook has silently decided to take down its Instagram Lite app exactly at a time when some users might have been using it the most.

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