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.

Chrome Remote Desktop on the Web pushes desktop app out

Chrome Remote Desktop on the Web pushes desktop app out

There will always come a time when you wished you could access a computer without actually touching it. And, no, we're not talking about Minority Report. Remote computer access has always been tricky business, requiring some third-party apps, complicated setups, and new account sign-ups. Google's Chrome Remote Desktop has tried to simplify that process and is now making it even simpler by removing the need for any program other than your trusty Chrome browser.

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HTC will surprisingly announce a new phone next week

HTC will surprisingly announce a new phone next week

Of the few major brands in the smartphone market, few are probably seen as hopeless as HTC and Sony. Neither company is, of course, willing to concede what remains of their respective market shares. While Sony has a clear vision of what its smartphones are for, HTC seems to simply be clinging for the sake of still having a phone under its name. Aside from the extremely niche Exodus blockchain phone, few know what HTC has in mind for its mobile future. It might finally reveal that next week as it apparently has plans to announce a new phone that we have barely heard about.

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Nokia 2.2 tries to sell the idea of affordable AI for everyone

Nokia 2.2 tries to sell the idea of affordable AI for everyone

A large portion of today's mobile experience is being driven by AI and machine learning, or at least that's what manufacturers and platform-makers advertise. But while those AI-driven features do sound delectable, unless you're using a moderately powerful and moderately expensive phone, you'd be out of luck. Not quite, argues HMD Global as it launches its latest Nokia-branded phone. Because with the Nokia 2.2, it promises to deliver the latest Android and AI trends in an affordable package. That is if you keep your expectations low.

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Garmin DriveSmart 65 navigator makes Alexa your car co-pilot

Garmin DriveSmart 65 navigator makes Alexa your car co-pilot

When Amazon first announced the Amazon Echo smart speaker and its Alexa assistant, there were some jokes about putting it inside cars somehow. With the Echo Dot and third-party batteries, that almost became possible. Now they won't have to resort to hacks and workarounds thanks to the new Garmin DriveSmart 65 that not only gets drivers and their passengers to their destination, they can also make their shopping list on the go, all hands-free.

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Galaxy S10 Cardinal Red color breaks cover in some markets

Galaxy S10 Cardinal Red color breaks cover in some markets

While Samsung does offer its flagship phones in a variety of colors, it seems to have a preference for dark or muted tones. Yes, it did break the mold with a yellow color but that was for the Galaxy S10e only. Now it's giving would-be owners of the more premium Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 phones a chance to have something a bit more eye-catching. Presuming they live in Switzerland, at least.

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Google Maps on-screen speedometer will warn you if you’re speeding

Google Maps on-screen speedometer will warn you if you’re speeding

Google Maps has changed the way we navigate the world but, for some, Waze was the one that changed the way we drive around. Of course, Google owns Waze so it's no surprise that some driving-related features have eventually come to the main Maps app. The latest is the inclusion of a speedometer right at the corner of Google Maps screen which could help drivers, or their passengers, notice how fast they might be going.

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Huawei EMUI 9 with Android 9 Pie rolls out to Huawei P10, Mate9

Huawei EMUI 9 with Android 9 Pie rolls out to Huawei P10, Mate9

There's a lot of uncertainty swirling around Huawei at the moment and it goes beyond whether it'll be able to make new phones in the future. Even now, owners of its existing phones are worried about the company's capabilities to continue supporting existing phones. As if to reassure its customers, Huawei is now boasting how its EMUI 9 Android Pie experience is now on more than 80 million devices. What's more, it'll be rolling out to the Huawei P10 and even the Huawei Mate 9.

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Apple’s new “Find My” feature is more secure but also more expensive

Apple’s new “Find My” feature is more secure but also more expensive

Apple is turning privacy from a marketing thrust to a service it "sells" to its customers. Although it denies taking shots at anyone, its stronger stance on privacy, not to mention the new features it announced at WWDC this week, clearly distances itself from the likes of Facebook and Google. It doesn't come without a price, though it might not immediately be evident. Like the new "Find My" location tracking that is promised to be better and more secure but will require you to have two Apple devices under your name.

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Destiny 2 could be Google Stadia’s big test, cross-saves also coming

Destiny 2 could be Google Stadia’s big test, cross-saves also coming

Back when it was still called Project Stream, Google's cloud-based gaming service lured in testers with Assassin's Creed Odyssey. In the coming days, the company is expected to announce final details about its Stadia service and perhaps some of the games that will be available on it. Bungie, however, might be dropping some big news before that, revealing two ground-breaking changes coming to Destiny 2 in its next major expansion.

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Xbox Lynx body spray will have you smelling like a pro gamer

Xbox Lynx body spray will have you smelling like a pro gamer

No, we haven't traveled back in time to April 1. We are, instead, looking to the future of gaming. E3 2019 is coming next week and gaming companies are revving up the marketing engine ahead of the big gaming event. Microsoft will probably take the cake for this partnership with Lynx, known as Axe in other markets. And if that name has you thinking of body sprays and body washes, then you're in for a scented treat with Xbox-branded products of that exact kind.

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Nintendo Switch Online welcomes three NES classics to its roster

Nintendo Switch Online welcomes three NES classics to its roster

Some may argue that the features hidden by Nintendo behind a Switch Online subscription should actually be available for all but the company does offer something to make it worth their while. As part of that subscription, it gives access to a library of NES games they can play on their Switch and, at least for now, that library is growing every month with no signs of shrinking yet.

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Skype screen sharing officially lands on mobile along with cleaner UI

Skype screen sharing officially lands on mobile along with cleaner UI

With the proliferation of video chat services, the former king Skype has almost completely lost its share of the pie. It has recently attempted to appeal to a broader range of users with hip and trendy features. That continues with the latest features coming today to Android and iOS users that is reinforcing the image of Skype as a tool isn't just for serious business but for group online shopping as well.

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