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.

Windows 7 extended support extend to small, midsize businesses

Windows 7 extended support extend to small, midsize businesses

Microsoft bills Windows 10 as its most secure Windows ever given how it is able to quickly roll out security patches as they come. It might also be its most unstable Windows ever given how often those updates break something in return. Considering those factors, it was probably no surprise to Microsoft that not everyone is ready to jump to it yet, even those on the nearly ancient Windows 7. Rather than lose those customers to, say, Linux, Microsoft is offering business using Windows 7 with extended life support but, unsurprisingly, it won't come cheap.

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Huawei Mate 30 loses sketchy workaround to install Google Play

Huawei Mate 30 loses sketchy workaround to install Google Play

The Mate 30 series might be Huawei's best smartphone yet but it might also be its most pointless as far as the market outside of China goes. That's mostly because those markets rely on Google Play services for their Android experience, whether or not they actually use Google's mobile apps and Internet services. While there were a few glimpses of hope in the past days, it seems that the Huawei Mate 30 is back to square one and is once again unable to install Google Play Services even unofficially.

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iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

iOS 13 should not be Apple’s Windows 10

On September 19, 2019, Apple released iOS 13, perhaps one of the biggest releases of its mobile platform. Since then in the span of ten days, iOS has gone from iOS 13 to iOS 13.1 to iOS 13.1 to, now, iOS 13.1.2. The rapid rate of releases isn't exactly good news as only one (13.1) actually brought new features. In fact, having two maintenance releases within just three days may be cause for concern for iOS and perhaps even macOS users.

iOS 13 has started out on the wrong foot but Apple has hopefully watched Microsoft long enough to know what steps to take to prevent it from becoming its version of Windows 10.

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Pixel 4 Car Crash Detection is a feature you hopefully won’t have to use

Pixel 4 Car Crash Detection is a feature you hopefully won’t have to use

They say that the best tool is the one that you always or often have on hand and, these days, that is probably people's smartphones. While often portrayed as a corrupting influence, these smartphones can also be used to promote well-being. Accessibility features open up a new world for those with handicaps while health and safety apps try to keep people in one piece, like a new car crash detection and alert system that users will hopefully never have to use in the foreseeable future.

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iPhone 11 durability isn’t its weak point

iPhone 11 durability isn’t its weak point

This year, Apple has finally checked off some of the boxes that iPhone users have been begging for for years while still managing to be typical Apple in others. It has a triple camera system now, at least on its iPhone 11 Pro models, and supports a very fast wired, still not wireless, charging even if it didn't ship the matching charger in the box. Despite the advancements, there is still some part of Apple that seems to refuse to move forward, as seen in the iPhone 11. Fortunately, despite being its cheapest this year, buyers won't be complaining about its durability at least.

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Android 10 Live Caption is coming with the Pixel 4

Android 10 Live Caption is coming with the Pixel 4

At I/O 2019 a few months back, Google announced two impressive features that not only improve the accessibility of the Android platform but also offered users more ways to interact with the world around them as well as with digital content. Live Transcribe, as the name says, transcribed sounds the phone picks up around it into text while Live Caption did the same for audio playing on the device itself. The former already rolled out with Android 10 as promised but Live Caption has still to see the light of day. That may be coming in two weeks and it could be a very impressive headlining feature for the phone.

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Mac Pros might be a more expensive as Apple tariff relief gets denied

Mac Pros might be a more expensive as Apple tariff relief gets denied

The US government's blacklists and tariffs were meant to send a strong statement to China and pressure the latter in its ongoing trade and political spat. Unfortunately, it won't just be the Chinese economy that will get affected as even the US tech market will soon feel the aftermath. The Mac Pros, already one of the more expensive computers in the market, might become even pricier now that Apple will have to pay 25% more for certain parts coming from China.

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Pixel 4 apps and live wallpapers let you experience the future today

Pixel 4 apps and live wallpapers let you experience the future today

The Pixel 4 announcement is still two weeks away but, thanks to the Interwebs, there is almost no mystery left to solve. In fact, even the Pixel 4's supposed apps have started leaking and is getting distributed around. While not everyone will be able to buy a Pixel 4 or is even interested in getting one, a few might be able to enjoy some of what Google's smartphone will bring, provided you at least have an up-to-date phone running the latest Android version.

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Samsung Chromebook 4+ goes big with 15-inch screen and not much else

Samsung Chromebook 4+ goes big with 15-inch screen and not much else

It may be the Pixel 4's time on stage in two weeks' time but it will be sharing the attention with Chromebooks. In addition to Google's own Pixelbook 2, there might be a few new Chrome OS laptops coming around that time as well. Perhaps trying to beat the rush or trying to go under the radar, two new Samsung Chromebooks have popped up. And while the Samsung Chromebook 4+ is notable for embracing a new larger size, it seems to have just put a giant body on a middling soul.

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Nintendo Switch Lite not safe from Joy-Con drift and its lawsuit

Nintendo Switch Lite not safe from Joy-Con drift and its lawsuit

Nintendo just launched its oddest Switch barely a little over a week ago and it's already in a bit of a bind. Depending on who you ask, it's either the perfect Switch on the go or a total waste of time. But market opinions and sales numbers may have nothing on the technical and legal problems the smaller handheld might have. Confirming fears, the Switch Lite may indeed be plagued by the notorious Joy-Con drift and it is joining the class action lawsuit its larger sibling is involved in.

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Surface 7 with ARM chip could finally rival the iPad Pro

Surface 7 with ARM chip could finally rival the iPad Pro

In terms of themes, the Surface Pro and the iPad Pro have been nearly equal, both advertising the ultimate computing portability. The similarities end there, however, with Apple's slate taking the lead in battery life, connectivity, and even weight and thickness. At the mercy of Intel's chips, Microsoft has never been able to scale the Surface line to an iPad-like size and experience. That may very well change with the rumored ARM-based Surface 7 but it remains to be seen if Microsoft can pull it off after a third try.

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Chrome OS 77 brings virtual desktops, media notifications, and more

Chrome OS 77 brings virtual desktops, media notifications, and more

Google is expected to launch a new Pixel-branded Chromebook in just a few weeks and those vying for that device will have a shiny new Chrome OS release waiting for them. Of course, all Chromebook owners will be able to enjoy the new stable release of Chrome OS 77, though some might have features unavailable to older devices. With the latest release, Chrome OS is delivering features that makes the honestly odd operating system not only more accessible but also more productive.

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