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.

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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GPD P2 Max wants to redefine Ultrabook laptops

GPD P2 Max wants to redefine Ultrabook laptops

Shenzen-based manufacturer GPD has really come a long way from its relatively obscure origins. Its name originally stood for “GamePad Digital” and it made a living out of making Android gaming handhelds. It has since then moved on to cater to an equally niche market of handheld PC and UMPC computers. Having filled the market with such five to seven-inch devices, GPD has returned to Indiegogo to “crowdfund” its latest product, the GPD P2 Max “Ultrabook”.

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Facebook will finally let you get rid of some annoying red dots

Facebook will finally let you get rid of some annoying red dots

It’s probably not a dirty secret that companies use no small amount of psychological tactics to get users hooked on their products. Sometimes, the simplest form of addiction can be a single red dot. That’s the stuff that most notifications are made of and they have been a long—standing cause of distraction and anxiety for people, especially mobile users. As part of its mission to do better, Facebook is playing around with the option to turn off some but not all of its notifications dots, but not without some confusion.

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The C64 brings the Commodore 64 back to life in full size

The C64 brings the Commodore 64 back to life in full size

There’s a saying in the fashion world that what’s old will eventually become new again. While not exactly the norm in the gaming industry, we’re seeing a revival not just of classic games but classic consoles as well. The NES and especially the PSX, however, has nothing on the Commodore 64 and Atari VCS in terms of antiquity and both of the latter have gotten their own retro revival. Not satisfied with a Mini version, however, Retro Games is returning with a full-sized recreation of the beloved computer, simply called “The C64”.

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Next Surface Pro could have custom-made Snapdragon 8cx chip

Next Surface Pro could have custom-made Snapdragon 8cx chip

One of Intel’s staunchest allies may be partially leaving it behind, striking it a blow just when it’s on the verge of making its biggest jump in processor architecture and design. Although Microsoft isn’t completely jumping ship away for its next generation of Surface products, it is reportedly working towards adopting a more diverse strategy when it comes to processors. That includes a Surface Laptop with a 12 nm AMD Picasso chip and, perhaps more interesting, a Surface Pro running on a custom Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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Nokia 1 Android Pie update has Android users dreaming of better days

Nokia 1 Android Pie update has Android users dreaming of better days

You may have not heard of HMD Global before but it has certainly made waves in the mobile market when it acquired Nokia’s name to continue the Finnish brand’s mobile legacy. HMD Global has also risen among the ranks by providing a pure Android experience and keeping up with its commitment to push out regular updates. The latest proof of that is the Nokia 1, its first Android Go phone that is now receiving Android 9 Pie.

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Mikme Pocket promises to change the way you record with your phone

Mikme Pocket promises to change the way you record with your phone

Most in the mobile industry today are obsessed with cameras and picture quality. That's fine when you're taking stills or even for barely audible videos. But when you need quality audio to go with your video, many resort to ginormous contraptions many times bigger than their smartphones. Mikme (pronounced as "mic me") has been trying to revolutionize the audio landscape in the mobile market for years and their latest Mikme Pocket may be their most ambitious one yet.

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Amazon Prime Day 2019 will last not one but two days

Amazon Prime Day 2019 will last not one but two days

Amazon has undoubtedly changed the way we shop today, if not directly then indirectly by pushing the idea of online shopping to the masses. For better or for worse, Amazon has become as indispensable a brand as Google. And to celebrate its influence in our lives, Amazon has confirmed its fifth and biggest Prime Day shopping craze that will span 48 hours of retail heaven or hell, depending on who you ask.

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Pixel 4 could finally have support for P3 wide-color image capture

Pixel 4 could finally have support for P3 wide-color image capture

For a couple of generations now, Android phones have dominated camera benchmarks like DxOMark. Google's Pixel phones, in particular, have been praised for what they can pull off with just one camera and software where others require two or more. Despite those advancements, Apple's iPhones have had one distinct advantage since 2016. That, however, may be a thing of the past if the Pixel 4's Google Camera will indeed start supporting wide-color photo capture later this year.

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postmarketOS now supports 139 abandoned phones and tablets

postmarketOS now supports 139 abandoned phones and tablets

Android has the lion's share of the smartphone market partly because of the wide variety of devices available and the wide range of prices they carry. There may also be one other factor influencing those numbers: early obsolescence of devices. Android phones are guaranteed two to three years of software updates and that is if they're lucky. If you have a five-year-old or older phone that's still working, you can only hope there's an Android ROM for that or, if you're more adventurous, support from Linux-based postmarketOS.

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Leica M-E (Typ 240) launched as a budget-friendly rangefinder

Leica M-E (Typ 240) launched as a budget-friendly rangefinder

Contrary to popular notion, cameras haven't gone extinct thanks to smartphones. Many have become cheaper while others have started to offer more features at the starting level. Others, however, continue to bank on their reputation and the quality expected from it and keep prices high, even for entry-level cameras. The new Leica M-E (Typ 240) tries to buck the latter trend by offering a relatively more affordable rangefinder camera. That said, it's still going to burn a hole in your wallet.

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OPPO teases in-screen front camera for this week’s big event

OPPO teases in-screen front camera for this week’s big event

"How can front cameras evolve when the full screen era comes?" That is the question that OPPO asked no one in particular over on Weibo. Over the years, it has tried different ways of answering that, from rotating cameras to elevating ones. This week, the Chinese OEM is going to attempt what is probably the most daring and riskiest design of all: putting the camera in the display without any hole.

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