Author Archives: JC Torres

Juan Carlos is a senior editor for SlashGear, covering mobile and computing since 2013. He is an open-source contributor, a mobile app creator, and actively involved in the KDE Projects as a developer and documentation maintainer. He holds two degrees in Philosophy and Computer Science. Email

iOS 14.8 closes FORCEDENTRY zero-click exploit linked to Pegasus spyware

iOS 14.8 closes FORCEDENTRY zero-click exploit linked to Pegasus spyware

Apple's privacy stance, even in the face of government pressure, may have endeared it to many activists and people of interest, but that also means its devices have become even bigger hacking targets. Several high-profile organizations and companies have made it their business to circumvent Apple's strong protections and pilfer data from compromised iPhones and Macs, often owned by people in danger of state-sponsored espionage. That seems to be the case with a new exploit discovered this year that has been traced to the notorious NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, and all that it takes to trigger the exploit is a seemingly innocuous GIF sent through iMessage.

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Galaxy S21 One UI 4 Android 12 Beta is now open

Galaxy S21 One UI 4 Android 12 Beta is now open

Samsung today is definitely not the Samsung from just four or five years ago, at least when it comes to software updates. After being the most notorious, the company has now become the champion of Android updates, rivaling even Google itself. Unlike in the past, it is also now one of the earliest to let the public test upcoming Android upgrades and is sometimes even one of the first to make it available. That track record was almost broken with the news of the One UI 4 Beta's delay or even cancellation, but, as luck would have it, that's not the case for Galaxy S21 owners.

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Galaxy S22+ benchmark scores are not what they seem

Galaxy S22+ benchmark scores are not what they seem

Although it's hard to take them at face value, benchmark sightings, especially on Geekbench, have often become indirect sources of information for upcoming phones and computers. They mostly reveal information about the device's processor and RAM, but they might also hold clues about other specs. At the very least, they can give an idea of how powerful or weak an upcoming device might be. That seems to be the case with this Geekbench entry for what is believed to be the Samsung Galaxy S22+, provided you take the numbers with a grain of salt.

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Xiaomi starts blocking phones in export-restricted territories

Xiaomi starts blocking phones in export-restricted territories

Not all smartphones are available in all markets, but it isn't exactly difficult to purchase those via online retailers these days. Network compatibility and local regulations aside, it's definitely possible to get phones working in unsupported territories. That goes the same for territories where there might be legal restrictions in where certain companies can export to. Xiaomi, however, might be taking a more proactive stance on that front by blocking phones that have been activated in markets where it has an export ban.

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Galaxy Note 22 might still happen next year after all

Galaxy Note 22 might still happen next year after all

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 has received rather mixed reviews, but the majority of them leaned more towards the positive side. At the very least, many are hopeful about the direction that Samsung is taking and are looking forward to a more refined execution in next year's Galaxy Z Fold 4. Most reviewers, however, agree that the foldable phone isn't a Galaxy Note killer, no matter how good it is. Samsung might have taken those comments to heart and may have a next-gen Galaxy Note in the pipeline.

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Galaxy A52s 5G RAM Plus update adds 4GB more RAM

Galaxy A52s 5G RAM Plus update adds 4GB more RAM

The power and versatility of smartphones have probably made people take for granted the fact that, unlike even laptops, they are stuck with the hardware they bought for as long as the phone lasts. With OEMs slowly phasing out microSD card slots on higher-end phones, even data storage is no longer expandable. That said, those same manufacturers are now coming up with ways to expand a phone's RAM, and Samsung is the latest to join that train by quietly pushed a new feature that adds 4GB more RAM to a 6GB RAM mid-range phone.

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Galaxy S22 camera specs leak, sales predictions cautiously optimistic

Galaxy S22 camera specs leak, sales predictions cautiously optimistic

The Galaxy S22 has been going around the rumor mill for quite some time, and the impressions seem to be a bit mixed. Aside from the Exynos 2200 processor expected to be available in a select few markets only, not much about the upcoming Samsung flagships sound incredibly exciting. The latest word on the phones' cameras seems to emphasize that point by showing how it's pretty much the same deal as the Galaxy S21 series earlier this year, albeit with some small differences.

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iPhone 13 Pro dummy claims to show the final design

iPhone 13 Pro dummy claims to show the final design

Apple fans are just counting down the days before the company's big annual event, and it's expected to be quite big on many accounts. It's expected to announce a number of new products, but the highlight is, of course, the iPhone 13 series. Apple's next flagship phones have been leaked to death by now, to the point that iPhone 14 rumors have started to pop up and sound more interesting. That said, one last-minute leak has just appeared, joining the growing number of "proofs" of the iPhone 13's slightly new design.

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Vivo X70 series puts the focus on photography yet again

Vivo X70 series puts the focus on photography yet again

Like any other big player in the smartphone market, Vivo has quite a number of device families catering to different audiences. Since last year, the Vivo X series has been making headlines in mobile photography, particularly with its unique yet odd miniature gimbal system. Just less than a year after it launched the Vivo X60 series, one of the world's top five smartphone brands is coming with a new Vivo X70 with some new photography tricks up its sleeve while maintaining one important marketing detail.

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Google Assistant faces EU antitrust investigation

Google Assistant faces EU antitrust investigation

Google is no stranger to inquiries, investigations, and even lawsuits regarding its businesses and products, especially when it comes to anti-competitive behavior. From Search to shopping to news to even Chrome, Google has faced numerous legal challenges, especially within the European Union. Even while it faces the latest set of challenges over the Google Play Store, the European Commission is reportedly preparing to slap it another one, this time over how it may be forcing Google Assistant to be the default voice assistant on smart devices, particularly those running Android.

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Galaxy Watch 4 touch bezel fix lands in time for new slideshow app

Galaxy Watch 4 touch bezel fix lands in time for new slideshow app

For quite some time, Samsung's smartwatches were defined by a unique physical control that some regarded as more useful than the Apple Watch's digital crown. Recently, however, the Galaxy Watch's signature rotating bezel faded into the background, appearing only in some "Classic" models. For most models, Samsung opted to use a "virtual" touch bezel that relied on touch-sensitive areas around the edge of the screen. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Watch 4's implementation was apparently buggy, but, fortunately, Samsung just pushed a fix in time for the arrival of a new app that could utilize this feature.

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Xbox Insiders test Controller firmware update, upgraded TV integration

Xbox Insiders test Controller firmware update, upgraded TV integration

Although they look like they just play games, gaming consoles today are as complicated as PCs. They even share almost the same as desktop computers while functioning as an entertainment hub for games and other digital content. Likewise, game controllers have become more sophisticated, more complex, and a bit more general-purpose. It's not surprising, then, that Xbox is lining up a few updates that will upgrade players' experiences when using first-party Xbox controllers and when using an Xbox in tandem with a TV.

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