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.

Huawei P30 Pro New Edition comes with a brief offer of freebies

Huawei P30 Pro New Edition comes with a brief offer of freebies

What is old is new again, as the saying goes, but Huawei is taking that too literally it seems. As leaked before, the Chinese manufacturer has planned yet another phone that sneaks around US bans and that has finally and officially surfaced. The Huawei P30 Pro New Edition is now available for purchase in Germany, offering a few freebies to make investing in an early 2019 Huawei flagship worth your while and your money.

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LG Wing phone will rotate its screen to reveal a second display below

LG Wing phone will rotate its screen to reveal a second display below

LG has more or less given up on its old number-based naming scheme, or at least it has started using more descriptive names for its new line of mass premium phones. The first of its kind is the LG Velvet, so named for its supposedly velvet-smooth design. Its next phone doesn't have a formal name yet but it's leaked to be codenamed "Wing". Whether that's because this T-shaped phone looks like a plane or whether because it's second display is like a wingman, we can only guess based on the odd idea that's supposed to solve a not so common problem.

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Newton Mail is finally back along with its old subscription pricing

Newton Mail is finally back along with its old subscription pricing

With so many free email apps to choose from, it's almost hard to imagine that something like Newton Mail would exist. More than just a one-off paid app, the email client formerly known as CloudMagic actually made you pay a yearly fee for its business-focused features. Surprisingly, it actually earned Newton Mail no small amount of fame enough for an already struggling startup to bring it back from the dead, including that $50 annual price tag.

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Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition is the first with a Snapdragon 768G

Redmi K30 5G Racing Edition is the first with a Snapdragon 768G

Qualcomm's latest small announcement may have you thinking that the chipmaker is diversifying its catalog to address more markets. In reality, it's is just tweaking its existing products to make it look that way. The new Snapdragon 768G, for example, is boosted gaming-centric version of the already gaming-centric Snapdragon 765G and its first customer is Xiaomi who just launched a "Racing Edition" of its popular Redmi K30 5G exactly with that gaming purpose in mind.

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Galaxy S20+ DxOMark verdict is an unsurprising bag of compromises

Galaxy S20+ DxOMark verdict is an unsurprising bag of compromises

The Galaxy S20 Ultra's high price tag may have forced many buyers to consider the Galaxy S20+ as a more affordable alternative. In many cases, the two Samsung flagship phones are basically identical. Their biggest difference lies in their cameras with the Galaxy S20 Ultra carrying everything that Samsung could cram into it. Many reviewers, including DxOMark, found that to be quite excessive and it has taken a look a the slightly smaller Galaxy S20+ to see if it offers a better balance.

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Spot robot dog used to implement social distancing in Singapore parks

Spot robot dog used to implement social distancing in Singapore parks

While there are many that heed warnings to keep their distance or even stay indoors unless absolutely necessary, there are definitely those that may not be so diligent, especially if there's no one around to catch them. Given the lack of manpower to enforce social distancing regulations, Singapore is turning to robotics to keep an eye out and remind people about the risks they may be putting themselves and others in. The question, however, is whether their use of Boston Dynamic's popular yet unpopular four-legged robot will be an effective tool or will ironically only draw more people to it instead.

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Microsoft is giving Chromium a dual-screen emulator

Microsoft is giving Chromium a dual-screen emulator

It was expected but nonetheless disappointing that Microsoft has decided to delay not just the Surface Neo but the dual-screen flavor of its upcoming Windows 10X. It hasn't however, completely given up hope on the dual-screen promise even as it focuses on a single-screen Windows 10X first. Not only is the Surface Duo reportedly still on schedule, whatever that schedule may be, the company is now pushing an emulation mode in Chromium that will let web app developers test their software not just for Microsoft's dual-screen devices but even for something like the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

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Galaxy Note 20 punch-hole camera could have a status indicator around it

Galaxy Note 20 punch-hole camera could have a status indicator around it

The urge to banish all bezels around the screen has resulted in a few casualties while manufacturers try to figure out how to best put back what they have kicked out. We're still waiting for the day that under-display cameras finally become a thing but, until then, we'll have to settle for notches and cutouts. The latter, unfortunately, has led to even less hardware, like LED indicators. Samsung may have a solution for the latter and it's something that third-party apps have already tried implementing quite a while back.

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iPhone 12 Pro might finally get a 120Hz screen, even better cameras

iPhone 12 Pro might finally get a 120Hz screen, even better cameras

There are rumors that Apple's next iPhones might be a tad late or in limited supply due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If these latest batch of leaks are on the mark, however, it might be worth the wait, at least for those that can afford Apple's latest and greatest. According to this new information, the Pro models of the iPhone 12 will be gaining ProMotion features that, along with earlier rumors of a LIDAR sensor, narrows the gap between the larger iPhones and the iPad Pro.

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POCO F2 Pro coming next week, next-gen cooling teased

POCO F2 Pro coming next week, next-gen cooling teased

Xiaomi's newest sub-brand POCO surprised the mobile world when it launched the POCO F1 or Pocophone F1 that almost undercut OnePlus with its blend of premium features and ridiculously low price. It didn't happen without cutting corners, of course, but it garnered enough fans and sales to warrant a successor. The POCO X2, however, may have rubbed some of those fans in the wrong way and the POCO F2 Pro might debut next week amid similar cautious optimism.

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Google Search new AR content lets kids learn while having fun

Google Search new AR content lets kids learn while having fun

Faced with a new reality, the world seems to have gone into a development and creation spree to make new experiences that could be safely done inside the house. Many of those involved the passive consumption of content but a few have also been crafted to foster creativity and learning. Naturally, kids are one of the biggest audiences of these new experiences and, fortunately, Google is finally putting its previously dormant AR chops to good news to let kids learn new things without them even noticing they're actually studying rather than playing.

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Verizon and Stadia partnership extended to 5G Home customers

Verizon and Stadia partnership extended to 5G Home customers

For all the promised benefits of game streaming services, it really only makes sense if you have a stable, reliable, and fast Internet connection. That's why Google partnered with some network operators earlier this year to package Stadia together with some ISP plan that would, in theory, be optimized for game streaming. That campaign period may be coming to a close so Verizon is expanding its Stadia perks beyond its Fios service and into its 5G Home Internet subscriptions.

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