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.

iPad Pro Magic Keyboard iFixit X-Ray reveals a very busy accessory

iPad Pro Magic Keyboard iFixit X-Ray reveals a very busy accessory

What goes into a keyboard cover accessory? Most will probably think just the keycaps, membranes for the keys, and electronics needed to power up and connect the keyboard. That may be true for simple external keyboards but, even in appearance, the new Magic Keyboard for the latest iPad Pros is anything but simple. And thanks to the wonders of modern technologies like X-Ray, we can also see that it is true even inside.

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Next Nintendo Switch could be powered by Samsung Exynos, AMD RDNA

Next Nintendo Switch could be powered by Samsung Exynos, AMD RDNA

The Nintendo Switch has quickly become one of the most popular consoles in just three years but it probably isn't because of its raw power. Of the three big gaming consoles, the Switch can easily be singled out as the weakest and that might not be changing drastically even with a Nintendo Switch 2. It may, however, finally ditch the aging NVIDIA Tegra X1 for something that comes from the fruit of Samsung's and AMD's recent partnership.

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Xbox Insider will find it easier to look for things this May

Xbox Insider will find it easier to look for things this May

Gone are the days when gaming consoles were single-purpose machines that simply booted up and loaded the game you put in. Today, these gaming devices are veritable computers that offer experiences that go beyond just playing games. Naturally, the plethora of features could sometimes lead to a plethora of menu options that you have to dig for to find. With the latest update for its Insiders, Xbox is continuing its mission to simplify its Guide and make it easier for users to know where things are or where they come from.

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Samsung Pay to get a physical debit card soon

Samsung Pay to get a physical debit card soon

Mobile payment systems have more or less dropped out of the tech news headlines but that doesn't mean they've dropped out of the market. Once in a while, you'll hear about Apple Pay and Google Pay expanding to cover more banks and territories. They aren't the only options around, of course, and Samsung Pay has apparently been around for five years now. To celebrate that rather surprising length of operating time, the company is proudly announcing its next big step, which ironically goes back to giving you a plastic card.

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Google Lens updates make learning at home a bit easier

Google Lens updates make learning at home a bit easier

Google Assistant may take the lion's share of Google's AI exploits but Google Lens are eyes through which it sees. Deeply integrated with Google Search and its knowledge graph, Google Lens has long allowed users to search with their phone's eyes rather than with their thumbs. During this period of lockdowns and quarantines, Google is taking those features up a notch to almost literally bring text to digital life.

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ASRock Z490 AQUA is a limited-edition water-cooled motherboard for gamers

ASRock Z490 AQUA is a limited-edition water-cooled motherboard for gamers

Nothing shouts "gamer" or "PC modder" than an LED light show of a desktop PC tower, or at least that seems to be the line of thinking that ASRock wants to convey. Of course, that's pretty much the stereotypical image most people have of PC gamers and users who love to customize their desktops. Of course, those aren't just for show and often allude to the power that lies inside. That may exactly be the case with ASRock's latest flagship motherboard whose futuristic design matches the advanced water-cooling technology inside.

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Facebook Discover offers free basic web browsing with plenty of catches

Facebook Discover offers free basic web browsing with plenty of catches

Connecting to the Internet these days has become even more critical but it has also revealed just how wide the digital divide really is in many parts of the world. While many people do have phones, smartphones, or otherwise, not all of them have the capacity to stay online for prolonged periods. That is usually because of the prohibitive costs for using cellular data in some countries and Facebook's new Discover app and service wants to address that with a serving for free but limited data just for browsing the Web.

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Surface Duo still on track for 2020 launch

Surface Duo still on track for 2020 launch

Fans of dual-screen devices, take heart. Microsoft has not yet abandoned its lofty dreams. The Surface Neo, along with the host of dual-screen Windows 10X devices may have been delayed to 2021 or even indefinitely but it seems that its other novel device may still happen this year. That is, of course, the Surface Duo phone that is reportedly still happening. Whether it will still have the same impact in the market is now in question even more than before and will mostly depend on how much interest Microsoft has gotten from Android app developers.

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NFC wireless charging is finally here but don’t get your hopes up too high

NFC wireless charging is finally here but don’t get your hopes up too high

Wireless charging has finally become more known and accepted in the mobile market but it's still far from the universally-available convenience we imagine it to be. There's definitely a lot of room for improvement and competition but most of those focus on high-wattage technologies on high-end phones. That, unfortunately, leaves a lot of phones, accessories, and consumers out of the party, something that the curators of NFC technology are trying to change with its new Wireless Charging Specification or NFC WLC.

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iOS apps suddenly crashing blamed on Facebook SDK server change

iOS apps suddenly crashing blamed on Facebook SDK server change

Given today's circumstances, people are even more dependent on their computers and smartphones, particularly the apps that let them work at home or communicate with friends and family or even just keep themselves from going insane. The stability of these apps has become even more important these days, which is why some developers have opted to pause rolling out huge changes that could risk breaking things. Unfortunately, it may take just a single change not in the app but on a remote server that could bring several apps down, like this very odd case related to Facebook's SDK.

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Twitter to indent replies, ask you to double-check a heated reply

Twitter to indent replies, ask you to double-check a heated reply

Twitter was initially envisioned as a simple way for people to broadcast short bursts of information or sentiments, using text messages even, with very little back and forth between followers. That was only true for the beginning and Twitter exploded into a social network giant that often involved "tweetstorms" and almost epic-length threads of discussion. Of course, that's great for Twitter so instead of curbing that habit, it is testing new features that could at least make users' lives a bit easier.

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Tom Cruise, SpaceX to shoot a film on the International Space Station

Tom Cruise, SpaceX to shoot a film on the International Space Station

There have been countless movies that have been set in outer space but not all of them can make a claim to be really based on reality. For that to happen, one will have to actually be in space or at least shoot some scenes there. Considering the logistics, not to mention legal and regulatory requirements, of that stunt, it's no surprise that almost no one has even bothered to do so. Tom Cruise and SpaceX, however, want to change that and they have their eyes on the ISS from the get-go.

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