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’s decline will affect more than just China study warns

Huawei’s decline will affect more than just China study warns

If the US pushes through with its sanctions against Huawei, there is no doubt that the company’s smartphone production will be negatively affected. The US government may actually be counting on that in the hopes of convincing China to strike a deal. A new study, however, shows that while it will indeed have a big impact on China, Huawei’s decreased smartphone production will actually hurt other countries more, including some of the US’ own allies.

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Final Fantasy XIV is getting a live-action TV series

Final Fantasy XIV is getting a live-action TV series

It almost became Square Enix most spectacular flop and the worst game to be bear the title Final Fantasy. The game publisher, however, refused to let go of the name and Final Fantasy XIV was not only reborn but now boasts of being one of the few big MMORPGs left standing. In the six years it has been operating (nine if you count the first flop), the game raked in millions in profits and players and will soon have its own live-action series, something very few games can dream of.

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Bixby Marketplace launched to convince people it’s still alive

Bixby Marketplace launched to convince people it’s still alive

Samsung has had quite a few missteps in the mobile industry but none will probably be remembered with such revulsion and ridicule as Bixby and its button. Just two years in the market and it has already been all but forgotten save for the few users who do find it superior to anything else in the market. Now Samsung is trying to prove that there is indeed a market for Bixby by launching the Bixby Marketplace to showcase whatever skills and features it has to offer.

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McLaren 720S Ride-On gives young supercar fans an authentic ride

McLaren 720S Ride-On gives young supercar fans an authentic ride

There are saying about “starting them young” but no parent will probably get kids driving even before they can properly understand driving laws. They can, however, instill the love of car brands at a young age, attuning their minds to the intricacies of supercar designs and sounds. That may be the kind of thinking behind McLaren Automotive’s latest car toy, the 720S Ride-On, that tries to deliver a look and feel that these kids will remember as distinctly McLaren.

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Google Images makes it easier to share the GIF to express yourself

Google Images makes it easier to share the GIF to express yourself

Once the bane of the Web and proper web design, GIFs, specifically animated GIFs, have not only returned but also became the Internet’s darling. These short, looping animated clips are often used to comically express sentiments and reactions in ways emojis and even stickers could not. Unless you keep a library of such GIFs categorized by emotion or reaction, searching for the right one can be a hassle. Fortunately, Google Image Search is coming to the rescue.

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Samsung foldable “outie” design now rumored to be ready as well

Samsung foldable “outie” design now rumored to be ready as well

Given how it ended up with egg on its face on its first try, you’d think Samsung would take it easy with the foldable phones. Of course, you could expect it to feverishly fix the Galaxy Fold but not that it would have three, yes three, successors in the works. Of course, given budget and marketing restraints, only one of these three could become the Galaxy Fold 2. And if rumors that it will be trying to beat Huawei to the punch again, that could be its own “outie” foldable phone like the Huawei Mate X pictured above.

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Galaxy Tab Active Pro hints at one of Android’s tablet problems

Galaxy Tab Active Pro hints at one of Android’s tablet problems

Despite the renewed popularity enjoyed by the iPads and especially the iPad Pros, the Android tablet market seems pretty dead as always. Google halting work on its own Pixel tablets doesn’t bode well either. Of the major device makers, Samsung seems to be the only one still making such slates and now there are signs that it has another one in the works that isn’t the Galaxy Tab S5. Instead, it’s a rugged tablet that might be a bit “Pro” when it comes to size.

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LG W smartphone series shows it isn’t ready to call it quits just yet

LG W smartphone series shows it isn’t ready to call it quits just yet

It’s probably not a good sign when once small-time players from China are getting more attention and especially more sales than former industry giants. That, unfortunately, is the position that LG has found itself in, even after the dual launch of the LG G8 ThinQ and the LG V50 ThinQ. Some have considered the phones dead on arrival in face of high-profile launches from Samsung, Huawei, and even OnePlus. There might be even those that think LG is down for the count. In India, however, it launched a new “W” series of smartphone that begs to differ.

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Opera Touch on iOS gains Crypto Wallet and Web 3 support

Opera Touch on iOS gains Crypto Wallet and Web 3 support

For some people, the browser wars have mostly been reduced to a fight between Chrome and everyone else. That “everyone else” fortunately has a lot of room for all sorts of browsers with priorities beyond becoming the world’s #1. Opera might still dream of eventually dominating the browser market but it is doing so via a rather unconventional route. Instead of trying to appeal to the masses, it is pushing its resources towards supporting the Web users of the future. That mostly means supporting blockchains and distributed systems, features that have finally landed on its iOS app.

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Google auto-delete for Location History goes live on Android and iOS

Google auto-delete for Location History goes live on Android and iOS

Before Facebook grabbed the unwanted spotlight, Google was the one always on the hot seat over privacy concerns. To its credit, the company has made it easier for users to control what data Google gathers from them, even if it continues to collect that data. Its latest attempt at simplifying those controls is to automatically delete the location data it gathered from your Web activities. That is, if you remember to set it in the first place.

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PlayStation Plus makes PES 2019 and Horizon Chase Turbo free in July

PlayStation Plus makes PES 2019 and Horizon Chase Turbo free in July

With the growing number of games getting added to console libraries, it has become customary for console makers to offer a few titles for free on a rotational basis. For a subscription fee, of course. For July, Sony is adding two games to its PlayStation Plus portfolio and while the two couldn’t be farther apart in genres they are bound by a common theme: the need for speed.

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Moto Z2 Force won’t get Android 9 Pie on most US models

Moto Z2 Force won’t get Android 9 Pie on most US models

Motorola may soon be down for the count. The recently launched Moto Z4 suggests it may be winding down its flagship line, though it does seem to be ramping up the Motorola One brand instead. The biggest evidence that it might be losing its ability to support its phones comes from a recent announcement over at the Lenovo forums. It has just revealed that the Moto Z2 Force won’t be getting its Android 9 Pie update as promised, raising concern whether the company is still committed to the smartphone market, not to mention its customers, at all.

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