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.

15-inch Surface Laptop 3 with AMD CPUs could be powerful beasts

15-inch Surface Laptop 3 with AMD CPUs could be powerful beasts

Microsoft's Surface event may have just become more exciting even if it doesn't announce a dual screen Surface device. At least as far as pushing the boundaries of its products go, Microsoft may already have something that will make Surface fans happy. The company is expected to launch its first 15-inch laptop but, according to a new source, it will have more to offer than just a new and larger size.

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Android apps and games ecosystem needs fixing: here’s how

Android apps and games ecosystem needs fixing: here’s how

While Android still exists on tablets and Android tablets do still exist, the launch of iPadOS and the new iPads only served to highlight what has been the platform's problem for years. Apple then launched its Apple Arcade with exclusive titles that made Google Play Pass' selection seem almost outdated and paltry in comparison.

The Android platform boasts of thousands if not millions of apps, from both Google Play Store and other sources, and yet few can perhaps be considered as the most noteworthy on the platform. More than 10 years later, Android still has a problem with apps and games but there's still some ways Google and its allies can turn the platform into a haven for apps.

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Mario Kart Tour is now playable but it has a critical requirement

Mario Kart Tour is now playable but it has a critical requirement

Nintendo was initially doubtful of the mobile gaming market but, after seeing its profitability, finally tried to carve its own place in that crowded market. In typical Nintendo fashion, it did things on its own terms and at its own pace. Sadly, that hasn't always worked in the gaming giant's favor, even with its popular properties. It's trying again with the new Mario Kart Tour for Android and iOS but, immediately, the game is meeting some criticism.

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OnePlus 7T will be the first to ship Android 10 out of the box

OnePlus 7T will be the first to ship Android 10 out of the box

In a little over 24 hours, OnePlus will try to show the smartphone market again how to do Android flagships. At least as far as mixing high-end features and accessible prices go. While the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro may not be big jumps over their earlier 2019 counterparts, they do give Android users another option from expensive products, especially smartphones that don't regularly update their phones' software. As if to really emphasize that point, OnePlus is now proud to reveal that its phone will launch with the latest Android version right off the bat.

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Purism Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone has started shipping

Purism Librem 5 privacy-focused Linux phone has started shipping

There is a lot of buzz going on around smartphone displays and cameras in the past few months but, for all the advancements in mobile technology, there is one issue that the market has not yet fully resolved. Perhaps except for Apple, user privacy is often just an afterthought among the major manufacturers and platform developers in the consumer tech market. That's why its up to smaller players like Purism, whose Librem 5 Linux phone has started shipping to backers, to make privacy the number one bullet point on its feature list.

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iPhone 11 Pro Max may be the most durable iPhone yet

iPhone 11 Pro Max may be the most durable iPhone yet

JerryRigEverything's Zach Nelson wasn't a big fan of Apple's iPhones. The removal of the headphone jack, the claims of sapphire material, and the glass back raised red flags for the YouTuber whose business revolves around testing those claims. But with the market moving towards exactly those trends, there's almost no use but to accept the upcoming reality. And when you get over those disappointments, you might realize that the iPhone 11 Pro Max might be one of the most durable phones in the market, iPhone or otherwise.

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Samsung ISOCELL Slim GH1 crams 43.7MP in a tiny 0.7μm pixel image sensor

Samsung ISOCELL Slim GH1 crams 43.7MP in a tiny 0.7μm pixel image sensor

Smartphone cameras are getting ridiculously big as far as pixel counts go. One problem with the increase in megapixels is often the increase in sensor size as well. Trying to prove that it doesn't have to be the case, Samsung is announcing the ISOCELL Slim GH1 sensor. Just by megapixel count, the 43.7 megapixels might sound almost normal, even disappointing compared to the 108 MP ISOCELL Bright HMX. The clincher here is that all those megapixels are made to fit in a 0.7μm sensor, the smallest in the industry.

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Yahoo Mail mobile apps get updated to prove it’s still alive

Yahoo Mail mobile apps get updated to prove it’s still alive

Once the darling of the young Web, Yahoo has now become a sort of a joke. Owning a Yahoo email address, while not uncommon, is sometimes a point of ridicule among younger netizens. Trying to salvage the sinking ship, Verizon, under its OATH (now Verizon Media) subsidiary, acquired Yahoo and its assets, including Tumblr. Now Verizon is trying to prove that Yahoo, particularly Yahoo Mail, can keep up with the times with an update to its Android and iOS apps that try to provide features needed by today's modern email users.

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Essential’s mysterious second mobile product leaks new details

Essential’s mysterious second mobile product leaks new details

Essential is one of the unfortunate tragedies of the Android smartphone market. It may have been too ambitious and too confident on Andy Rubin's legacy and overestimated its capability to sell the Essential PH-1. Its attitude towards updates, however, will make Android users jealous of the company's track record. The good news is that Essential has practically confirmed that it is working on its second mobile product. The bad news is it may be quite far from the phone that made it the talk of town.

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Bowers & Wilkins wireless headphones promise hi-fi soundstage with aptX

Bowers & Wilkins wireless headphones promise hi-fi soundstage with aptX

Thanks to Apple's retirement of the headphone jack, the wireless headphone market has seen a significant boost in interest, sales, and especially development. Once regarded to be far inferior to wired accessories in terms of quality, wireless headphones have quickly stepped up to the challenge of a future where 3.5 mm ports are but a fading memory. The latest to make that jump is famed speaker maker Bowers & Wilkins whose new line of cable-free headphones promise to deliver audio as if it were being played in a studio.

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Galaxy Fold finally hits US stores this weekend

Galaxy Fold finally hits US stores this weekend

It's a little over four months overdue but the alternative could have been worse. Samsung could have completely scrapped the Galaxy Fold and along with it a potentially interesting but still nascent market. For better or for worse, and we're hoping for the better, Samsung pushed through with its first foldable phone, with a bit of refinement but with nearly the same weaknesses. And after months of delays, the Galaxy Fold will now be available in the US for those who still want a very expensive piece of mobile history.

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Fortnite celebrates Batman Day with skins, special challenge

Fortnite celebrates Batman Day with skins, special challenge

You know your brand is huge when it gets its own day in a year. For Star Wars, that's May the Fourth. For Batman, that usually on the third Sunday of September or September 15. This year's Batman Day is, however, very special because it celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Caped Crusader, a.k.a. the Dark Knight. Knowing that many of its gamers may also be comics lovers, Fortnite is getting into the spirit with new Batman-related skins and weapons and, of course, a new map that looks like home for the billionaire crime fighter in dark tights.

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