Author Archives: JC Torres


Google promises it doesn’t read your email without your consent

Google promises it doesn’t read your email without your consent

Your email might not be safe from prying eyes, whether you’re using Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, or Outlook. And especially if you’re using third-party email clients. A recent report revealed how some developers have no qualms about letting their employees read emails that pass through their apps. Google has responded with a blog post that explains how it has mechanisms in place to prevent such abuse. Except said mechanism doesn’t seem to protect users from such third-parties and, maybe, even from Google itself.

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Netflix is shaking up its tiers with new Ultra plan

Netflix is shaking up its tiers with new Ultra plan

It seems to be a time for streaming services to raise prices higher. Contrary to its promises, AT&T has been adding figures after its acquisition of Comcast. Sony, too, has increased the subscription cost of PlayStation Vue. Now it seems that even the streaming giant is doing so but with a different and somewhat confusing twist. Netflix customers in Italy and other parts of Europe are reporting not only a new “Ultra” plan but also a significant change to its other tiers as well.

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Surface Lite details: OG Surface returns with Pentium inside

Surface Lite details: OG Surface returns with Pentium inside

Microsoft may have nixed the Surface Phone right at the bud, but it’s not done with the Surface brand yet. Almost out of the blue, rumors of a smaller and cheaper Surface 2-in-1 tablet have begun going round, perhaps to diffuse the tension around the stillborn foldable device. But if you were expecting an iPad killer, you may want to keep on waiting because this is definitely not yet it.

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Galaxy Note 9 colors leaked, Bluetooth S Pen confirmed

Galaxy Note 9 colors leaked, Bluetooth S Pen confirmed

It seems that the Galaxy Note 9 turned from boring Galaxy Note 8+1 into an overnight sensation thanks to rumors about its S Pen and, more recently, its larger than usual (for Samsung) battery. And, indeed, the S Pen keeps on giving. New details, that is. Thanks to the stylus, we might now know what colors the Galaxy Note 9 will come in and, thanks to the FCC, we now also know that the stylus will indeed have Bluetooth functionality.

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The Galaxy Note S Pen has plateaued and that’s perfect

The Galaxy Note S Pen has plateaued and that’s perfect

At first, the Galaxy Note 9 sounded like it was going to be yet another unexciting 2018 flagship like the Galaxy S9 earlier this year. Then came the rumors of a new S Pen feature that did stir up interest in next month’s phablet. It is definitely quite an improvement, considering there hasn’t been any significant change in the S Pen for years (the spring-loaded ejector doesn’t count). Suffice it to say, the S Pen may have reached its peak maturity, which makes it the perfect time to transform it into a more refined and more serious tool.

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Why HTC smartphones continue to fail [UPDATE]

Why HTC smartphones continue to fail [UPDATE]

HTC is getting smaller and smaller every year. That’s true not just for its bottom line but its workforce as well. Every year it puts out smartphones that receive glowing reviews and high customer ratings. And every year it also fails to break even. Why has HTC, the first smartphone maker to believe in Android, have had such rotten luck in the market it once dominated? Sadly, there is no single answer but is, instead, a series of unfortunate events.

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Microsoft Surface Phone, Andromeda: what went wrong (again)

Microsoft Surface Phone, Andromeda: what went wrong (again)

It doesn’t seem to be a good year for Microsoft fans, especially fans waiting for the Windows-powered mobile device to show them all who’s boss. Actually, it has never been a good few years for Windows Phone/Windows Mobile believers and, at least for now, it sounds like they never will have a good year. The Surface Phone and Andromeda OS have been shelved indefinitely and considering this isn’t the first time something like it happened, it is perhaps worthwhile to look into Microsoft’s pattern of dashing its own fans’ hopes and dreams.

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HoloSuit makes Ready Player One’s haptic suit a reality

HoloSuit makes Ready Player One’s haptic suit a reality

Thanks to the well-timed and successful film adaptation of “Ready Player One”, virtual reality has gained even more mainstream attention. Ironically, it has also set up somewhat unreal expectations of what VR is and can do. Fortunately, there are some that are rising up to the challenge to actually make fiction real. Like startup Kaaya Tech whose HoloSuit could herald the way we control and feel in virtual reality.

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Google might not be scanning your emails but third-parties are

Google might not be scanning your emails but third-parties are

Email is one of the oldest and most sacred Internet services still in use. Despite attempts to kill it, it remains the backbone of communication over the Internet and, as such, is a treasure trove of personal data. Exactly because of that, and the threat of lawsuits and fines, Google has stopped its practice of letting its employees read emails. But while the search giant has promised to be good, it doesn’t seem to enforce that same standard on third-party apps and developers who surprisingly admit letting their employees read those precious emails.

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2018 iPhones will trump Android in these two ways

2018 iPhones will trump Android in these two ways

The Android market has been pretty eventful these past months, with curious innovations like Vivo’s and Oppo’s elevating cameras and ASUS ROG’s gaming phone. That’s not to say, of course, that the iPhone is missing out on new features. It just so happens that Apple tends to focus more on practical innovation rather than fanciful ones. Take, for example, the upcoming iPhones which, based on new leaks, could one-up Android in two areas: dual SIM support and CPU performance.

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Facebook says goodbye to Hello, tbh, Moves apps

Facebook says goodbye to Hello, tbh, Moves apps

Apps and services come and go so fast these days that it’s almost foolhardy to invest to much time, effort, and emotion in them. Even big, popular companies aren’t exempt from fast turnovers. Case in point is Facebook shutting down three web apps, namely Hello, tbh, and Moves, citing low usage. Considering the ordeal the social networking giant is going through, limiting its sources of personal data might, indeed, be for the best.

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Motorola One in white leaks out

Motorola One in white leaks out

There seem to be two “limited edition” colors en vogue these days. First is red, as seen by the recently announced OnePlus 6 not-Lava Red. And given how smartphones these days mostly come in anything but white, White is also becoming more of a special edition. That may be the case for the still unannounced Moto One, which brings Motorola’s Android One lineup to three models.

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