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.

HTC Android 9 Pie update expected next quarter

HTC Android 9 Pie update expected next quarter

Despite its somewhat close relationship with Google and near vanilla Android experience, HTC is practically on the same boat as LG. Both OEMs have become notorious for the snail-paced rollout of their Android updates to the point that they have unseated previous title holder Samsung. HTC has, in fact, been largely silent for the past months since the launch of Android 9 Pie last August. Now it is breaking that silence to deliver the good news that its update may arrive sometime within the next three months.

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Vivo APEX 2019 concept phone hands-on – A look into Vivo’s future devices

Vivo APEX 2019 concept phone hands-on – A look into Vivo’s future devices

While Samsung and Huawei argue over who has the better folding phone, Vivo is taking a shot at turning heads with its new Vivo APEX 2019 Concept phone. Throwing away all buttons and holes, the seamless unibody design practically changes the way we interact with smartphones. At an exclusive press event, however, the Chinese OEM explains how it isn't only changing the way phones look, it's also changing how they are made.

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How to use the One Hand Operation + Good Lock app from Samsung

How to use the One Hand Operation + Good Lock app from Samsung

Samsung is often criticized for overloading its TouchWiz now One UI experience with too many features. Funnily enough, it actually has a lot more in mind for users of its Galaxy phones. Fortunately, it has opted to separate those into distinct apps that aren't installed by default. Unfortunately, for some strange reason, Samsung has decided that its Good Lock apps aren't fit for markets other than the US and Korea. Good thing, then, that Samsung has released one part of that suite on Google Play Store and now you can use the One Hand Operation + (yes, there's a blank space there) to make large phones a bit more usable.

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Recording laser tattoo removal damages digital cameras

Recording laser tattoo removal damages digital cameras

We live in an age where almost every event is recorded on smartphones for posterity's sake. Some, however, still resort to their trusty professional digital cameras for capturing memorable events. And perhaps no event is more memorable than removing the semi-permanent mark of a tattoo. Well, maybe the destruction of an expensive camera sensor while recording such a removal will probably top that, not to mention make for a traumatic and unforgettable learning experience.

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Android Q Beta program will include more phones than last year

Android Q Beta program will include more phones than last year

There might be a subtle change afoot in the Android world. In the past, developer previews of upcoming Android releases were limited to Google's Nexus devices. While there's still an exclusive period for Pixel and still-supported Nexus phones, Google has started a beta testing phase for seven OEMs last year. This year, we might be seeing even more phones accepted into that program, hopefully reducing the waiting period for OEMs to roll out Android Q to phones later this year.

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YouTube tags Brie Larson search results as news, pushes trolls down

YouTube tags Brie Larson search results as news, pushes trolls down

Just like its parent company, YouTube has taken no small amount of flack for how it surfaced videos that some consider to be fake news, inappropriate, or even downright trolling. Often, YouTube has hidden behind its automated but not always perfect algorithms almost as an excuse. It turns out, however, it might have a rather simple solution to at least some of those cases. It has silently labeled "Brie Larson" as news and, lo and behold, trolling videos have been buried by actual authoritative news on the actress.

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Apple dangles 10% bonus for adding funds to Apple ID account

Apple dangles 10% bonus for adding funds to Apple ID account

Almost everyone is a sucker for bonuses. After all, who would refuse getting more for less, especially if there are no strings attached? That's pretty the proposition that Apple is making to its customers and fans when they add funds to their Apple ID account. Whatever you add, Apple will give you 10% more so you can buy more apps, more music, and more videos to your library.

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Google patent reveals Project Stream controller

Google patent reveals Project Stream controller

Google is about to embark on one of its biggest web-based experiences since Chrome OS. Later this month, it is, along with Microsoft, expected to go into deeper details about Project Stream, its own brand of game streaming technology that it tested with Assassin's Creed Odyssey October last year. Now a new piece of the Stream dream falls into place thanks to a patent that shows how Google's own game controller could look like.

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Galaxy S10 face unlock isn’t only pointless, it’s also a liability

Galaxy S10 face unlock isn’t only pointless, it’s also a liability

When Samsung was rumored to be going with an Infinity-O hole-in display, there was one consequence that wasn't talked about as much. The shift to a more constrained design meant that Samsung could no longer offer the face and iris recognition systems it had been working on for years, something it officially confirmed at Unpacked 2019 last month. Instead, Samsung is defaulting to a more basic Face Unlock functionality that, judging by reports, is perhaps better left disabled anyway.

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Entry-level Surface Book 2 to get a quad-core refresh

Entry-level Surface Book 2 to get a quad-core refresh

It has been over a year since Microsoft launched the successor to its first ever laptop but it doesn't seem to be coming out with a new one just yet. Instead, it seems to be preparing a very small refresh to the least expensive of the line, the entry-level 13.5-inch Surface Book 2. If true, then Microsoft's Surface Book will finally be saying goodbye to the old dual-core Kaby Lake generation and hello to a quad-core Kaby Lake Refresh.

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Galaxy S10 global launch kicks off with crazy third-party wallpapers

Galaxy S10 global launch kicks off with crazy third-party wallpapers

It is finally happening and for consumers in about 70 markets around the world, the Galaxy 10 and its two siblings are finally landing in stores and in users' hands. On paper, the phones have everything going for them, especially if you temporarily ignore the price tag and the low chances of repairs. The one thing that seems to have people split is its Infinity-O hole-in display. That's why a creative bunch of Galaxy S10 user, present and future have come up with wallpapers that turn that oddity into something beautiful or at least hilarious.

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Xiaomi Black Shark 2 and its 12GB RAM coming in this month

Xiaomi Black Shark 2 and its 12GB RAM coming in this month

Microsoft founder Bill Gates was once quoted to have said you'll never need more than 640 KB of RAM. It's almost tempting to apply that same line of thinking today as smartphone RAM continues to increase every year. At one point, aside from the inherent advantage brought by the move to 64-bit CPUs, it was probably thought that 4 to 6 GB RAM would be enough for more phones. In less than two weeks, however, Xiaomi's Black Shark brand will take RAM to ridiculous amounts packing 12GB inside.

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