Author Archives: JC Torres


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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Edge Screen gives any Android phone an edge over Samsung

Edge Screen gives any Android phone an edge over Samsung

Some might not be convinced that Samsung’s curved edge screens are anything but a gimmick, but there is one thing the design did bring to the table: Samsung Edge. The always accessible hidden panel gives users the ability to access functions and apps from any screen at any time. Presuming, of course, you own one of the latest and expensive Samsung flagship phones. Not anymore, thanks to this alternative Edge Screen app that delivers the same functionality without the burden of using a Galaxy.

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Chinese “laser rifle” makes science fiction frighteningly real

Chinese “laser rifle” makes science fiction frighteningly real

Lasers, by their very nature, have the potential for harm but most of the dangerous applications of the technology has been limited to science fiction until recently. But while companies like Lockheed Martin are scrambling to weaponize lasers, their Chines counterparts may have just one-upped them. According to a recent report, a Chinese tech firm has successfully developed a laser rifle no heavier than an AK-47 but has the ability to pierce through glass and metal undetected and set clothes, and humans, on fire.

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HTC U12+ durability test reveals hidden problems

HTC U12+ durability test reveals hidden problems

Like it or not, phones this days are almost designed not to last, which ultimately makes more money for manufacturers in the long run. Of course, users will cling to their expensive smartphones as long as they can, so durability is still an important factor. Last year’s HTC U11 was rated by JerryRigEverything as a complete and utter failure. And while this year’s HTC U12+ does address that critical flaw, it seems to have opened up a whole different can of worms instead.

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OnePlus 6 Red launched to exude burden-less power

OnePlus 6 Red launched to exude burden-less power

That didn’t take long. As it itself teased, it has come out with a new limited edition color in that oh so bold hue of red. And, as expected, it’s sparing no expense to explain how the OnePlus 6 Red is not like any other red phone you may have seen. Whether you buy the eloquent marketing or not, you will be able to at least buy this new color option. Because despite how elegant it is, it’s not going to cost you extra.

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iPhone X Plus, LCD iPhone dummies show what’s coming next

iPhone X Plus, LCD iPhone dummies show what’s coming next

It’s one thing to see 3D renders of upcoming smartphones but it’s quite a different experience to see them in the flesh, so to speak. Especially when you put them side by side with existing phones. Fortunately, there are a few enterprising individuals, not to mention accessory makers, who are more than capable of producing even just dummy units to fondle and gawk at. Such is the case with the 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus and 6.1-inch LCD “iPhone 9” whose models give us and our hands a hint at what’s to come.

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ZTE nubia Z18S trades front camera for a second screen

ZTE nubia Z18S trades front camera for a second screen

OEMs and proponents can rationalize it all they want but there’s no denying the historical fact that the notch, a.k.a. the screen cutout, would have not existed if not for the bezel-less display trend. Since it debuted on the iPhone X and dozens of phones later, other manufacturers, curiously all Chinese ones, have tried their hands at solving the design problem in a different way. According to a new leak, ZTE might actually have the solution that makes the most practical sense but also the most expensive.

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OnePlus 6 Red edition is coming

OnePlus 6 Red edition is coming

The problem with today’s glass and metal unibody designs is that, while pretty, they’re forever stuck with the color you purchased them in. Sure, you can slap on a skin or case, but that’s just a layer of temporary covering. It is, on the other hand, also an opportunity for OEMs to generate hype over certain colors, especially limited editions. OnePlus definitely seems to have gotten that strategy down to a T, with a OnePlus 6 in Red being teased to land in less than 24 hours.

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