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.

iOS checkm8 exploit promises unpatchable jailbreaks with some caveats

iOS checkm8 exploit promises unpatchable jailbreaks with some caveats

The mobile tech world, and especially the Apple corner of that world, was flooded by news over the weekend about what could have been Apple's worst nightmare come to life. Just like what happened on the Switch and the Fusée Gelée exploit, a security researcher discovered a similar vulnerability that lay deep in the most inaccessible part of an iPhone's hardware. On paper, this exploit dubbed "checkm8" could offer a permanent way to jailbreak iPhones older than the iPhone Xs. In practice, regular users who want nothing to do with the jailbreaking scene have nothing to worry about unless they hand over their iPhones to an unauthorized person.

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Windows 10 20H1 could be another disaster unless Microsoft takes this step

Windows 10 20H1 could be another disaster unless Microsoft takes this step

Taking a breather from Samsung, Apple, and Huawei, the tech world will be focusing its eyes on Microsoft when it launches new Surfaces devices. The company has proven that it can make great hardware to go along with Windows 10. Unfortunately, the tech giant most popular for its software now has an ironic problem of being unable to maintain the quality of its software. That's especially true for Windows 10 updates that seem to break twice a year or sometimes even every month. The Windows 10 20H1, a.k.a. the May 2020 update, could prove to be another hair-pulling experience unless Microsoft makes this important change.

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Apple Watch 5 40mm battery bodes well for repairs and safety

Apple Watch 5 40mm battery bodes well for repairs and safety

The larger 44 mm series 5 Apple Watch may have not changed that much from its predecessor but, almost ironically, the smaller 40 mm model has a better story to tell. While the innards remain the same, the battery has changed considerably in more than appearance. While the exact reason and effects are still officially unknown, the new aluminum-encased battery in the smaller Apple Watch 5 could be good news for repairing the advanced wearable or at least keeping its safe.

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Nokia phones be first to get Android 10 Go Edition update

Nokia phones be first to get Android 10 Go Edition update

Google has always clarified that Android Go isn't a distinct version of Android but is just a special configuration, an "edition", designed for low-spec entry-level phones. Despite its lean nature, Android Go doesn't come with the same promise as the Android One program, leaving OEMs to style their experiences as they see fit or, worse, update them as they see fit. Distancing itself yet again from its peers, HMD Global is now promising it would be the first to roll out Android 10 Go Edition to its phones.

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macOS Catalina might be out as early as next week

macOS Catalina might be out as early as next week

iOS 13 already rolled out but, unlike the betas and Apple's announcements, it launched alone. The much-hyped iPadOS came a few days later but the matching macOS Catalina, a.k.a. macOS 10.15 was still nowhere in sight. Apple said it would start rolling out some time in October but didn't give a date users could pin on their calendar. But thanks to Apple's own Danish site, early adopters can look forward to next week to start their journey towards the latest macOS release.

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DISH bags J.D. Power customer satisfaction award for innovation and tech

DISH bags J.D. Power customer satisfaction award for innovation and tech

Cord-cutting has become a trend in the past years as more and more tech-savvy users flock to their mobile devices for content. In response to the growing number of streaming services, cable and TV providers have stepped up their game to match what the likes of Netflix and Hulu offer in terms of features and innovations. That strategy has worked well for DISH who has, for the second year in a row, won J.D. Power's top spot in Customer Satisfaction.

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DoorDash food delivery company data breach affected 4.9 million users

DoorDash food delivery company data breach affected 4.9 million users

Data breaches have become common these days, with many large companies, including Sony, affected. Given the high-profile and high-risk reports, you'd think companies would be even more careful with the user data they possess. Some, unfortunately, haven't learned their lesson yet until the same thing happens to them, like what just happened to DoorDash who reported a data breach that affects millions of their users.

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Galaxy Fold gets a user guide like it was 2000 all over again

Galaxy Fold gets a user guide like it was 2000 all over again

In the fashion world, the old becoming new again is, well, nothing new and it seems that Samsung is doing the same for mobile. Smartphones have become so common and so universal that almost everyone below 50 have few problems acclimating to the device for the first time. The Galaxy Fold, however, is so novel and strange that Samsung has released not just a video on how to take care of the device but, now, even how to use it in the first place.

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Huawei Mate X 5G foldable phone is still coming next month

Huawei Mate X 5G foldable phone is still coming next month

The outlook for the Huawei Mate 30 is a tad bleak. It arguably has some of the best smartphone award this half of the year but all that might be lost on most markets because of the absence of Google Play Store and its related apps and services. It is definitely a trying period for the company as the impact of the US blacklist has finally become real as far as its Android smartphones go. Despite that, it seems that Huawei is still willing to test fate by launching what could be both its first and last foldable phone in a few weeks.

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Apple Music is now a better rival to Android music apps

Apple Music is now a better rival to Android music apps

There was a point in time when Apple seemed to be completely ignoring Android users completely. Its first Android app, after all, threw shade at the rival platform by assisting users to migrate to iOS. But in order to truly spread its Apple Music service, it needed to also cater to the other half of the mobile world. That finally happened with the Apple Music Android app which, after a lackluster first launch, may now be considered a proper competitor on Android.

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Galaxy S11 to get 5x zoom camera, larger area for fingerprint on display

Galaxy S11 to get 5x zoom camera, larger area for fingerprint on display

With the Galaxy Note 10 safely on its way to becoming Samsung's best selling smartphone yet, at least based on some sources, attention among the company's fans and observers are unsurprisingly turning to its next big flagship. Unless it makes a big change, that will be the Galaxy S11 that will be coming in early 2020. And if industry sources are correct, it will finally be catching up to the smartphone trends that have been rising up around it.

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Android Go steps up to Android 10, brings Adiantum encryption

Android Go steps up to Android 10, brings Adiantum encryption

For all the performance and efficiency that iOS brings to iPhones year after year, there is one thing Apple can't do that Android has been doing for years. It can't scale devices or even the platform down to budget, entry-level phones, especially ones that cost less than $80. For that class of phones, Google has created the Android Go experience and it is now proving that it's committed to that direction by upgrading the lightweight configuration. Not only has it upgraded the Edition to Android 10 but also brought Google's promise of encryption for all.

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