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.

Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

Boeing 737 Max will have two computers because one is not enough

When one computer can't solve a problem, why not try to throw more computers at it? That is probably not the reasoning behind Boeing's rumored fix for its problematic 737 Max aircraft but it will probably one of the things that will come to people's minds. The plane's return was yet again delayed because of an apparent software flaw that could still pose problems for the plane's automated system. Now according to anonymous sources, Boeing's new software will be making two computers to make sure just one won't take the plane down.

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Tesla Model S, Model X get free unlimited charging, only for new buyers

Tesla Model S, Model X get free unlimited charging, only for new buyers

Despite their popularity in media, Tesla has been having some difficulty not just in production but also in sales. In the past months, the carmaker has been having problems reaching targets, especially as far as their more expensive models are concerned. Now the company is trying to entice would-be buyers into the fold with the promise of unlimited charging but, while tempting at first glance, current Tesla customers are painting a cautionary tale of such gift horses.

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Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera leak preempts Galaxy Note 10 launch

Huawei Mate 30 Pro camera leak preempts Galaxy Note 10 launch

In just three days, Samsung will be formally announcing the Galaxy Note 10. Like it or not, and some will definitely not, it represents Samsung's next big step forward in design and features. One of the things that seem to be disappointing fans is the less than astounding specs for the main camera. To add insult to injury, a leak is now painting a picture of a Huawei Mate 30 Pro that will outshine the Galaxy Note 10 even before either phone is able to launch.

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Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Windows 10 S Mode bug blocks users from unlocking regular Windows 10

Compared to iOS, Chrome OS, and even Android, Windows is a powerful platform that lets users install almost anything and do anything they need to get things done. Microsoft, however, has had the ironic problem that it has trouble locking Windows down and selling it that way to businesses and schools. Not that it didn't try but it has repeatedly failed before finally reaching a compromise in Windows 10 in S Mode. Given that history and the company's flip-flopping policy, users may have started panicking when they couldn't get out of S Mode. The good news is that it's apparently just a bug. The bad news: Microsoft still hasn't fixed it yet.

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Chuwi HiPad LTE Review: budget tablet for work and play

Chuwi HiPad LTE Review: budget tablet for work and play

Android tablets are dead, at least as far as Google and most Android OEMs are concerned. The few holdouts include Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, and Amazon. If you want to see movement and signs of life, you'll have to think out of the box and look to other markets were Android tablets remain and even thrive in an almost underground ecosystem populated by lesser-known players. One of those is Chuwi, a smaller yet long-time competitor in the Android and Windows devices market in China. It has recently launched the HiPad LTE tablet with one premise: you don't need to break your bank account to have quality, productivity, and entertainment all in one tablet. We take the Chuwi HiPad LTE for a spin to see if that promise matches reality.

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Apple Siri, Google Assistant pause audio “grading” amidst privacy concerns

Apple Siri, Google Assistant pause audio “grading” amidst privacy concerns

It may have been a running joke that Google and other companies are hearing your embarrassing conversations or expressions said in the presence of smart speakers and smart assistants but little did we know that reality was far stranger than fiction. It turned out, strangers are actually privy to some, but not all, of those audio clips for the usual sake of improving the service. Governments and regulators, however, are putting that process under a microscope, causing Apple and Google to halt such systems in Europe while they try to evaluate privacy implications and, if possible, work around the legal requirements.

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Intel 10th gen “Ice Lake” start with 11 processors for laptops, 2-in-1s

Intel 10th gen “Ice Lake” start with 11 processors for laptops, 2-in-1s

Intel has definitely seen better days. While it is arguably still the king of x86/x64 CPUs, it is losing ground in other markets and segments. It has yielded the mobile market to the ARM architecture and has recently sold off its modem business to Apple. While that may be seen as a sign of weakness, it could also free Intel to do what it does best. The true test of that will be the launch of its "Ice Lake" tenth generation processors which will power mobile computers later this year.

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Pixels, some Android phones will be able to make automated emergency calls

Pixels, some Android phones will be able to make automated emergency calls

Emergency calls can be literal life savers but their effectiveness largely depends on the operator getting clear information from the caller. That, in turn, depends on the caller's ability to speak out that information. There are times, however, when the caller isn't even able to speak. For that reason, Google is implementing a new feature in its phone apps for Pixel phones and some Android phones that could automatically speak those details.

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Galaxy Note 10 price could offer buyers a small reprieve

Galaxy Note 10 price could offer buyers a small reprieve

In less than a week, Samsung will finally and formally announce its next big Galaxy phone. Much of its features have already been leaked and there's little else for Samsung to surprise the crowd. Actually, there is one detail that's still up in the air, one that interested buyers are still hoping to have a positive outcome. Thanks to a new leak, that may indeed be the case and that the Galaxy Note 10 might have a slightly lower price tag than earlier believed.

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RODE Lavalier GO mic is designed to go with the RODE Wireless GO system

RODE Lavalier GO mic is designed to go with the RODE Wireless GO system

A few months ago, RØDE launched what it claimed to be the world's smallest mic system, the RØDE Wireless GO. While that transmitter was designed to record audio and send it to a connected smartphone, it can either work as a mic on its own or connect with a dedicated microphone. So that RØDE customers won't have to look elsewhere, the company is launching such a dedicated Lavalier GO mic you can discreetly clip to any shirt and plug into the Wireless GO.

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Samsung Pay Touch turns some phones into PoS machines

Samsung Pay Touch turns some phones into PoS machines

Although it was late to the game, Samsung had a distinct advantage with Samsung Pay. Its MST technology allowed its mobile payment system to be compatible with both the newer NFC-based terminals as well as the traditional swipe-based machines. Despite that, it doesn't get as much attention or news coverage compared to the likes of Apple Pay or even Google Pay. It seems that Samsung is now trying to change that by turning the tables, turning any compatible phone into a Samsung Pay point of sale terminal.

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Nokia 9 PureView teardown reveals phone’s excesses

Nokia 9 PureView teardown reveals phone’s excesses

HMD Global's Nokia phones are best known for their affordability and pure Android experience but seldom can they be considered exciting or exceptional in features or design. The Nokia 9 PureView is an outlier in that regard because of the five cameras on its back. It turns out it has more secrets to share and, thanks to JerryRigEverything, we're finding out what those are. Unfortunately, they're nothing to go crazy over.

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