Author Archives: JC Torres


YouTube Miniplayer now on the Web

YouTube Miniplayer now on the Web

While some like to be completely immersed in what they are watching, there are those who might need to navigate away from their YouTube vid and look for something at the same time. That's somewhat ironically easier on the limited screens of phones and tablets but not on web browsers where you'll have to make do with opening tabs instead. Those days of YouTube tabs juggling finally comes to an end with the general availability of the YouTube Miniplayer on web browsers.

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iPhone XS LTE benchmarks proves it’s better but not the best

iPhone XS LTE benchmarks proves it’s better but not the best

One of Apple's biggest spiels about the iPhone XS and XS Max is their improved LTE performance. That's thanks to its overdue adoption of 4x4 MIMO technology. In theory, that should shut Samsung up over its claims of download superiority. But how does it perform in practice? Separate benchmarks apparently show how much the iPhone XS improved over its predecessor. Unfortunately, they also show how Qualcomm may still have a bargaining chip over its new enemy.

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Smart TV Kit is Google’s next Home Mini, Chromecast bundle

Smart TV Kit is Google’s next Home Mini, Chromecast bundle

With just a week left before Google's big hardware event of the year, all the leaks and even official teasers are falling into place. Unless there is actually no notch on the Pixel 3 XL, there might be nothing to surprise us when the actual reveals come. Especially thanks to leaks like this that leave no stone unturned, even product bundles that seem to offer nothing new until you take a closer look.

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BlackBerry KEY2 LE pre-orders begin in the US

BlackBerry KEY2 LE pre-orders begin in the US

Some OEMs are rushing to put out new phones in the coming days and weeks but TCL is just being chill and rolling out what it announced just over a month ago. After all, its BlackBerry-branded QWERTY phones don't exactly have universal appeal. It does have its fair share of fans, some of whom might have wished to get their hands on a BlackBerry KEY2 if they could afford it. Fortunately, there is the KEY2 LE which is now available for those in the US to pre-order.

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OnePlus 6T renders confirm waterdrop notch, colors

OnePlus 6T renders confirm waterdrop notch, colors

In about two weeks, we will finally hear from OnePlus why it thinks it's such a hot idea to release a second flagship this year. While the OnePlus 6T may have some differences from the OnePlus 6, it might not be enough to make the latter's owners fume and cringe with regret. Surely, OnePlus believes the OnePlus 6T warrants its own release now rather than wait for a OnePlus 7. And while we already know what those reasons are, these fresh set of leaked renders drive those points home.

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Google Store now has its own in-house mail-in Repair Center

Google Store now has its own in-house mail-in Repair Center

Accidents do happen and, unlike the phones of yesteryears, are smartphones today are as fragile as they are expensive. OEMs often frown upon third-party or even self-repairs but the likes of Google have little choice but to outsource repairs to the likes of uBreakiFix. That is, until now. Still unannounced but already live, Google silently added what it has simply dubbed as the "Repair Center" so that you can send in your Pixel phones directly to Google to be repaired by, well, hopefully Google.

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iPhone XS drop test checks if Apple was serious

iPhone XS drop test checks if Apple was serious

Almost all of today's high-end, and even some mid-range, smartphones have glass backs. While those make for visually fantastic designs, they also come with the risk of breaking and, therefore, expensive repairs. That's why smartphone and component manufacturers spend a lot of resources on creating less breakable glass. But glass is glass and glass will break when dropped from a certain height. That is the principle that JerryRigEverything puts to the test by subjecting the iPhone XS to multiple drops from multiple heights.

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LG V40 ThinQ’s five cameras will work like this

LG V40 ThinQ’s five cameras will work like this

Huawei can probably have a few laughs in the next few days, seeing how its rivals are trying to catch up with it this time. Samsung has just revealed its first smartphone with three cameras on its back but LG is about to do one better. The V40 ThinQ is already confirmed, by LG itself, to have three cameras rear side. It will also have two cameras on the front, and all of them will determine how close you want to get or how much of the background you want to capture.

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Huawei Watch GT leaked with ambitious battery life

Huawei Watch GT leaked with ambitious battery life

Huawei will undoubtedly put the focus of its October 16th even on the Mate 20 and especially the Mate 20 Pro. Those, however, are unlikely to be its only star. Thanks to some last minute leaks, we're getting a dose of Huawei wearables, including a much-anticipated successor to the Huawei Watch 2. And that smartwatch, allegedly codenamed "Fortuna", might promise something very few touch-enabled smartwatches can promise: week-long battery life.

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iPhone XS aggressive “beauty filter” might just be a bug

iPhone XS aggressive “beauty filter” might just be a bug

Apple has made a lot of concessions lately to woo the Chinese market, still considered the biggest and fastest-growing smartphone market, with India a very close second. Its latest change is dual SIM support in the iPhone XS, after years of ignoring trends and market demand. Now it seems it's delivering another popular Chinese market feature in the iPhone XS, one that heavily modifies selfies to make users almost look like they had a face lift.

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Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet might dual boot Windows 10

Google Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet might dual boot Windows 10

While majority of the interest for Google's event next week naturally revolves around the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, the event will most likely go beyond that. There's the already leaked Google Home Hub and the recently leaked new Chromecast. And then there's the Google Pixel Slate, the Chromebook believed to be internally called "Nocturne". This tablet-like device is going to be a lot of firsts for Google, including the first time it concedes space with another and rivaling operating system.

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BrainNet can have three brains “talk” to each other

BrainNet can have three brains “talk” to each other

We're probably still centuries away from the evolutionary leap that would awaken our latent psychic abilities, but scientists are tirelessly working on making use of the technology we do have now to make a fraction of science fiction a reality. Researchers from the University of Washington have been working on a brain-to-brain interface since for quite a few years now and they have just announced their new network, BrainNet, which could form the basis of a "social network" of connected brains.

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