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Huawei to put its best foot forward in the US with Mate 8 launch

Huawei might not be so insane after all. Initial rumors have hinted that Huawei will make a big announcement next month at CES 2016 where it will outline its plans for a US expansion. At the same time, it will launch the mid-range Honor 5X, the first from its Honor brand to go to the US. Now others sources are saying that Huawei will have another smartphone to woo US consumers next year, the high end Mate 8, the metal-clad flagship the company just unveiled last month.

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Huawei to bring its Honor brand to the US at CES 2016

It seems that Huawei is finally ready to strike it big and make its formal entry into the US market. At lesat that's what the hints and rumors are saying about the company upcoming big announcement at CES 2016 in just a few weeks. Honor president George Zhao hinted as much, saying that it has something big to reveal about its US plans at the week-long event. What those plans will be are, of course, still a mystery, though there are some whispers that it will start with a certain Honor 5X.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro sighted at FCC, possible US launch

While Xiaomi has expressed interest in the US market, it hasn't exactly been wholehearted in entering it as far as smartphones go. Its first products in the country try to test the waters by selling accessories and toys instead. The company recently re-affirmed that it is indeed considering formally joining the smartphone game and it seems that it might actually be further along than anticipated. One of its phones, the Redmi 2 Pro, has just made its way through the FCC, hinting perhaps at an eventual launch.

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Senate approves controversial CISA bill in 74-21 vote

In an overwhelming number of votes, the US Senate has given the thumbs up to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, more popularly known as CISA, though it definitely has less flattering nicknames. While the bill will still have to go through a joint committee of House and Senate, the show of majority support is already quite telling. Naturally, privacy interest groups are raising their voices high in continued opposition, calling the bill a huge step backwards in the fight for privacy rights and an ineffective weapon against cybercrimes.

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Bring it! Japan accepts giant robot fight challenge

Oh it's definitely on! Since MegaBots Inc. appealed to nationalism, without anyone asking them to, challenged Suidobashi Heavy Industries to the world's first ever giant robot fight. Of course, the Japanese robotics company had no choice but to accept, also in the name of Japan. Especially after the country's defeat in the Women's World Cup yesterday at the hands of who else but the US. That said, Suidobashi isn't going to simply play into MegaBots' hands and is dictating its own requirements for the battle.

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Xiaomi isn’t in a hurry to brings its phones to the US

It seems that it will be some time before we see Xiaomi perform its sales and marketing magic in the US. Perhaps disappointing fans, Hugo Barra, former Google exec and now Xiaomi's VP for its international thrust was, somewhat ironically, the bearer of sad international news. Barra hinted that, while the company is of course interested in leaving its mark in the US, it doesn't have an aggressive schedule to do so, content to make its presence felt through accessories and toys while waiting for the US market to become ripe for the picking.

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US Navy caught soliciting for 0-day security bugs

The US government seems to really have a thing about backdoors, which doesn't sound good whether or not you have an overactive mind. It is almost understandable that the CIA and the NSA and the FBI would want such kind of access to software, but now even the Navy seems to be in on the scheme. Advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF discovered that the Navy posted, and later took down, an online solication that, in essence, was trying to buy zero or N day security bugs from widely used software.

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TSA put to the DHS undercover test, fails 67 out of 70

Some posit that the events of 9/11 has made America paranoid, and that the security measures applied at airports are over the top, invasive, and excessive. Now, they might be adding "ineffective" to that litany. The US' own Department of Homeland Security went undercover to put these airport security checkpoints to the test, seeing if they can beat the system that the government has put in place. The results might be shocking for some while expected for others, but worrying nonetheless. Out of 70 undercover tests, the TSA failed 67.

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NASA White House budget up (and down)

Even with a $500-million-dollar boost compared to last year's total, NASA is only being provided with a potential 0.46% of the Federal Budget. While you'll hear many hearty claps and hoorays at the targets for this budget, this would be another in a long line of drops in percentage-of-total for the federal budget for NASA. The last time NASA received any amount over 1% of the total federal budget was back in 1993. Not that NASA could use the money for anything important like saving humans from an extinction level event, or anything like that.

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US Postal Service employee, customer details hacked

If you thought only retail chains like Home Depot and Target or commercial services like Apple's iCloud are the only victims of data breaches, better thinking again and rethink your outlook on personal information security. The US Postal Service has just disclosed that it was the target of a cybercrime that compromised personal information stored in its databases. But unlike other data breaches, this one actually didn't affect customers as much as it did the USPS' own employees, with attackers able to run off with critical pieces of information.

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VIN Lookup makes it easier to search for recalled cars

With millions of vehicles, motorcycles included, recalled in the US alone every year, owners sometimes have a hard time trying to keep updated. In order to give owners the weapon of knowledge, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has introduced a new search tool on their SaferCar.gov website that makes checking such kind of information easier.

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