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.

Honor 9X coming with 7nm Kirin 810 chip

Honor 9X coming with 7nm Kirin 810 chip

Huawei’s problems are, of course, also Honor’s. The latter is even more affected by the US ban considering it happened just as it was launching the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro. But just like Huawei, Honor isn’t backing down and, in fact, will be launching a new phone in a matter of weeks. The Honor 9X will be a rather ambitious phone as it will be the company’s first phone to run on Huawei’s shiny new 7nm Kirin 810.

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Samsung NPU promises on-device AI with lower power consumption

Samsung NPU promises on-device AI with lower power consumption

AI is the big thing in tech these days, permeating everything from the Web to homes to mobile devices. Much of that commercial AI, however, lives in the cloud, which has security, privacy, and performance impacts. In the mobile industry, there is a movement to relocate some of that AI processing inside smartphones and Samsung is one of those pushing that trend. Its latest efforts focus on delivering that on-device AI processing with a smaller power footprint, ironically by shrinking the grouping of data compared to conventional deep learning models.

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Sony RX100 III Video Creation Kit bundles everything beginners need

Sony RX100 III Video Creation Kit bundles everything beginners need

Even with the rise of smartphones and their increasingly sophisticated cameras, digital cameras haven’t completely gone out fashion. In fact, some would say it has encouraged avid mobile photographers to “graduated” to dedicated cameras. The transition, however, isn’t always smooth. Not only is the operation different, it is often the case that you will need more than just a camera to survive as a photographer. That’s why Sony has launched the RX100 III Video Creation Kit to bundle all the parts budding vloggers and video creators to get started.

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Linux’s success in servers could pose problems for the Linux desktop

Linux’s success in servers could pose problems for the Linux desktop

The cat is out of the bag and Steve Ballmer’s worst nightmare has just come true. Microsoft, once the most outspoken enemy of Linux and open source software, not only loves it but may have just become dependent on it. Its cloud computing platform Azure has long offered customers the choice between Linux and Windows virtual machines.

Now a Microsoft engineer has just admitted that Azure customers have preferred using Linux instead of Windows servers. But what is a clear win for Linux in this market could also negatively affect other aspects of the operating system, most especially “The Linux Desktop” everyone loves talking about.

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Next Windows 10 feature update promised to be less disruptive

Next Windows 10 feature update promised to be less disruptive

On paper, Windows 10 would have been one of Microsoft’s best attempt at modernizing an almost ancient platform. It had all the elements of a modern operating system while still keeping compatibility with the thousands of software available for Windows. But, as they say, theory and practice aren’t always the same and Windows 10 became notorious for its updates, both the incessant nagging as well as the broken feature updates. For the next major Windows 10 update, Microsoft is promising it won’t break anything and it will be doing that by making that update less features.

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LG G8S ThinQ bring Z Camera, Hand ID, and Air Motion to more markets

LG G8S ThinQ bring Z Camera, Hand ID, and Air Motion to more markets

It isn’t unusual for LG to milk everything it can out of a new flagship every year but it seems to have ramped down that practice of late. That doesn’t mean, however, that it has completely stopped. Just three months after it launched the LG G8 ThinQ comes its first “spin-off”’ the LG G8S ThinQ. While LG markets the G8S ThinQ as a more affordable version for the rest of the world, it bears most of the high-end flagship’s most important, and most eccentric, features.

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Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked 2019 invite teases tiny punch hole camera

Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked 2019 invite teases tiny punch hole camera

Given how it has been widely discussed and leaked already, Samsung probably has had little choice but to just tease the Galaxy Note 10 at this point. It isn’t exactly calling it that but the materials pretty much say it all. Samsung has also now announced when it will reveal the “Next Galaxy” and it’s exactly as what leaks have claimed. More interesting, the company itself seems to be teasing how big, or small rather, that controversial front camera will be.

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Jony Ive’s departure shows the dangers of a rockstar company culture

Jony Ive’s departure shows the dangers of a rockstar company culture

Forget iPhone sales, the #bendgate, or butterfly keyboards. Apple's biggest crisis since the death of Steve Jobs happened last week. The company announced that Jony Ive was departing after 23 years in the company. The Internet erupted into debate about the man’s legacy and his role in both the rise and fall of Apple. But whether you see him as the hero or villain, one thing is clear. Apple has too long put the responsibility of designing the company’s hit products on the shoulders of one man and now the Apple will be reaping what it sowed.

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Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III leak could give fans a reason to upgrade

Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III leak could give fans a reason to upgrade

Different camera makers have different strategies for upgrading their product lines. Some prefer to win over hearts by pushing out software updates that make old cameras feel brand new with new features. Others prefer to launch cameras with incremental improvements in the hopes that some customers would upgrade after every other generation. That strategy is especially true for "beginner-friendly" cameras that aim to sell by the numbers. At first glance, the PowerShot G7 X Mark III seems to be like that but Canon may actually have an ace up its sleeve.

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Fuchsia developer website makes Google’s new OS even more real

Fuchsia developer website makes Google’s new OS even more real

For years, Google has been rumored to be working internally on a third operating system. Traces of this OS started to pop up in Google's official source code repositories but third-party developers had to piece the clues together themselves. It was only at I/O 2019 last May that Google even acknowledged Fuchsia's existence. Now the development engine may be picking up steam with the silent launch of a dedicates website for Fuchsia developers.

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Fast Share to finally give Android an AirDrop feature

Fast Share to finally give Android an AirDrop feature

There are some features on Android that iOS users would have loved to be on their platform but there is one persistent iOS feature that has yet to take flesh on Google's mobile OS. Sharing images and sometimes files to other apps and contacts within those apps are relatively easy on Android but doing the same between Android devices isn't. That will hopefully be changing as an AirDrop-like feature called "Fast Share" may be coming to Google Play services really soon.

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Some 2018 MacBook Airs with logic board problems get free repairs

Some 2018 MacBook Airs with logic board problems get free repairs

Apple has just started its recall of a number of MacBook Pros yet here comes another problem ailing another set of Apple notebooks. Fortunately, it's nothing dangerous to deserve a recall but probably still aggravating for owners. A number of MacBook Airs hailing from 2018 have been specifically marked as having issues with their logic board. And while Apple has yet to publicly explain what those are, it is at least telling authorized service centers to repair those units at no cost to the owner.

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