Author Archives: JC Torres


There’s a Coca-Cola Selfie Bottle because why not

There’s a Coca-Cola Selfie Bottle because why not

Like it or not, and some definitely don’t, selfies are here to stay. It has become almost second nature to some people, particularly millennials, who, for better or for worse, want to document and share their personal involvement, or at least presence, in some of life’s most important and fleeting events. Like chugging down some Coca-Cola. But taking a selfie while drinking something isn’t exactly the most comfortable thing to do. Luckily, someone actually thought of a Coca-Cola Selfie Bottle just for that very purpose.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app can now scan docs, receipts

Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app can now scan docs, receipts

When you mention the name Adobe to most computer users, they will most likely thing of Photoshop and its kin of creative and graphics software. The company, however, has also made a mark in the productivity and office market with products like Acrobat and its more recent Document Cloud suite. Today it is taking another shot at it, threatening the likes of Microsoft and Evernote in the process. Its Acrobat Reader app on iOS and Android has just gotten a new Scan feature that lets users scan anything and convert them into PDFs, all for free.

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Apple offers iPhone 6 Plus repairs for “Touch Disease”

Apple offers iPhone 6 Plus repairs for “Touch Disease”

Back in August, reports came in of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units suddenly exhibiting problems in touch sensitivity, leading to a practically useless smartphone. Nicknamed the “Touch Disease”, this particular problem was attributed to rather poor quality in the soldering of the smartphone’s touch controller component. Now three months later, Apple has finally spoken up about the matter and is offering repairs for any iPhone 6 Plus experiencing the issue. And, of course, Apple is placing the blame solely on the user.

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Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

Google Pixel encryption promised to be stronger, faster

One of the biggest criticisms of Google’s open mobile platform is security. For some, especially those looking from the iOS camp, Android’s security framework is a joke. That’s not to say that Google hasn’t been working on improving the situation significantly. Especially in its first ever “by Google” smartphone, the Pixel. Now Google briefly explains some of the added security measures implemented for the device, specifically on the rather contentious topic of encryption.

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Wacom Cintiq Pro hits back at Surface Studio with better pens

Wacom Cintiq Pro hits back at Surface Studio with better pens

Microsoft’s unveiling of the Surface Studio undoubtedly made an impression on Wacom, and maybe not in a good way. Microsoft has clearly been aiming at Wacom’s target audience ever since the Surface Pro tablets, but using N-Trig, a rival technology that Microsoft now owns. Still, Wacom has had a long head start in this market and is the household name when it comes to creativity devices. Now it wants to remind everyone about that with its new Cintiq Pro line, bringing pen and display in a somewhat more portable package.

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SteamVR coming to macOS, Linux in a few months

SteamVR coming to macOS, Linux in a few months

Despite serving the biggest user base of PC gamers, Valve’s Gabe Newell has never been a big fan of putting all his eggs in the Windows basket. After all, that’s how the Steam OS and Steam Machines were born. So it isn’t exactly surprising to hear that Valve is working on making its SteamVR available on macOS and Linux as well. At least according to Valve developer Joe Ludwig, who says that such support might be due in just a few months. At least in beta form.

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Huawei MediaPad M3, other tablets finally come to the US

Huawei MediaPad M3, other tablets finally come to the US

Slowly but surely, Huawei is bringing its brand to the US, and not just through its honor sub-brand. It has had a few of its phones, including the Nexus 6P, sold in this major market, but its tablets are nowhere to be seen. That changes this month, however, as the Chinese manufacture brings not one, not even two, but three of its Android tablets to the country, with the MediaPad M3, T1 7.0 and T1 10.0 coming this week. And it doesn’t end there, as Huawei is also bringing the MediaPad M2 in December, with a rather perplexing proposition.

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Google Allo is smart enough to pick the right emoji for you

Google Allo is smart enough to pick the right emoji for you

Google Assistant it ain’t, but Google’s latest chat app has some smarts of its own. Don’t know if a particular emoji exists? Not sure which emoji packs the best punch for the occasion? Don’t worry if you can’t figure it out because Allo can and will. The Smart Smiley button will suggest the best smileys, emojis, and even stickers for your conversation or message so you won’t have to worry about expressing yourself better. Plus, it also has new stickers to mark the premiere of newest Harry Potter-esque film.

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Google Play Newsstand update adds a web app to its team

Google Play Newsstand update adds a web app to its team

Google has had an “interesting” history with news readers. In 2013, it shut down Google Reader, perhaps the most used RSS/feed reader platforms in recent times. But while it did have something like Google Play Newsstand for both news and magazines, it hasn’t exactly been shown as much love as its other Google Play siblings. That changes today with perhaps the biggest update Google has ever announced for the service. In addition to a redesign of Newsstand’s mobile apps, Google is also bringing Newsstand to browsers at long last.

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Sony Xperia Ear is finally arriving this week

Sony Xperia Ear is finally arriving this week

If having a virtual personal assistant on your phone or in you computer wasn’t enough, Sony is more than happy to put one in your ear. Yes, we’re referring to the somewhat curious, somewhat odd Xperia Ear, which, after nearly 8 months since its unveiling, is finally landing in store shelves worldwide. And while Sony’s invisible assistant doesn’t exactly have a name, it promises to be just as intelligent as others, without getting in your face. Although it will, of course, always be in your ear instead.

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OnePlus 3 sales halted, software updates promised to go on

OnePlus 3 sales halted, software updates promised to go on

By its lonesome self, the newly unveiled OnePlus 3T is a formidable late 2016 flagship, perhaps aside from the still 1080p screen. It’s announcement, however, is marred by the fact that, barely four months ago, the OnePlus 3 was launched, which is near identical to the OnePlus 3T, except the latter is, of course, better. To make matters worse, OnePlus is ceasing the sales of the OnePlus 3. To calm OnePlus 3 owners, OnePlus assures that software development and updates isn’t going to suffer the same fate.

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ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

ZapBox brings room-scale mixed reality to the masses

As fantastic as technologies like augmented and mixed reality may be, experiencing them, much less creating them, requires a sizable investment, financially speaking. It is just beyond to reach of consumers as well as your garage-type indie developer. AR and VR startup Zappar, however, wants to smash that perception. With ZapBox, you can grab a kit for less than a triple-A video game to start your journey towards mixed reality fun and fame. It’s Magic Leap meets Google Cardboard. Or as Zappar itself says, making Magic Leap, magic cheap!

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