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White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

White House bans government use of Huawei and ZTE hardware [Update]

The White House has officially banned the government use of hardware made by Chinese companies ZTE and Huawei, including smartphones, routers, and similar devices. The move follows years of debate over the two companies and the potential national security risk their hardware may present. The ban is part of a $716 billion defense policy bill newly signed by President Trump.

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Facebook Messenger Kids update lets kids add their own friends

Facebook Messenger Kids update lets kids add their own friends

Facebook is updating its Messenger Kids apps with a new feature that enables kids to add their own friends...with permission, that is. The app is a variation of Facebook Messenger designed for children, enabling parents to control every aspect of the experience. Until now, only parents could add friends for kids, but now there's a second option.

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Michael Kors Runway Wear OS smartwatch offers NFC, heart rate tracking

Michael Kors Runway Wear OS smartwatch offers NFC, heart rate tracking

Fossil Group has released a new Wear OS smartwatch, the Michael Kors Runway, featuring Qualcomm's Snapdragon Wear 2100 alongside a classy design and heart rate tracking. This is a smartwatch version of the classic Michael Kors Runway watch, adding new silicone band options while retaining the same generally small size.

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iOS 12 beta 7 temporarily pulled after performance complaints

iOS 12 beta 7 temporarily pulled after performance complaints

Early feedback from users has apparently prompted Apple to temporarily pull the iOS 12 beta 7 update. Users reported slow performance, including a delay in unlocking the device and when launching apps, among other things. Based on user reports, the performance issues eventually smoothed out, but Apple has removed the update regardless to fix the problems.

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Pixel XL users say Android Pie bug broke fast charging

Pixel XL users say Android Pie bug broke fast charging

Owners of the Pixel XL, the larger of the original Pixel models, are complaining about issues with fast charging following the Android Pie update. According to reports from impacted device owners, the update broke the device's ability to fast charge, an issue that isn't present on the smaller Pixel model. Not all users are experiencing the problem, however.

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Halo arcade game now available at Dave & Buster’s in North America

Halo arcade game now available at Dave & Buster’s in North America

During E3 2018, Microsoft revealed Halo: Fireteam Raven, an arcade game based on the popular video game franchise. The arcade game is exactly what it sounds like: a physical gaming device that can be installed in arcades, giving players the chance to experience Halo in a new way. The first of those arcade units are now available to play in the US and Canada, and they'll be arriving in other countries soon.

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Construction workers find mammoth fossil in Cape Coral, Florida

Construction workers find mammoth fossil in Cape Coral, Florida

Construction workers in Cape Coral, Florida, made a surprise discovery while digging a deep trench: a fossilized bone likely belonging to either a woolly mammoth or a mastodon. The fossil was spotted in June as workers dug down to a depth of 17ft; they, believing it to possibly be a fossil, passed the bone on to archaeologists, who have confirmed the discovery.

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ThinkPad P72 workstation is a powerhouse laptop for pros

ThinkPad P72 workstation is a powerhouse laptop for pros

Joining the newly announced ThinkPad P1 mobile workstation is Lenovo's new P72, a workstation laptop offering massive storage capacity options alongside top-tier hardware. Though this model isn't as light or thin as the svelte P1 model, the new ThinkPad P72 offers a huge 17.3-inch 4K display, as well as a full keyboard with a numpad and a slew of ISV certifications.

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ThinkPad P1 is Lenovo’s thinnest mobile workstation ever

ThinkPad P1 is Lenovo’s thinnest mobile workstation ever

Lenovo has introduced two new workstation PCs for creatives, engineers, and others in need of powerful hardware. One of them, the ThinkPad P1, is the maker's lightest and thinnest mobile workstation with a profile measuring only 18.4mm and a weight under 4lbs. Lenovo brings its iconic ThinkPad style to the P1, as well as a roster of high-end hardware including 8th-gen Intel Xeon processors.

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Tattoos may no longer impact employment potential: study

Tattoos may no longer impact employment potential: study

In Western society, tattoos have long been viewed as a negative when it comes to employment potential, but a new study reveals a change in public opinion. Nearly half of millennials have at least one tattoo and companies may put themselves at a competitive disadvantage if they dismiss any applicant with ink. The study found that tattooed individuals don't suffer financially due to the markings, and may even benefit from them.

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Panasonic has a clever device to de-stink smelly shoes

Panasonic has a clever device to de-stink smelly shoes

Great shoes can be ruined by bad odors, but Panasonic says it has the solution. The company has introduced a new shoe deodorizing gadget that it says can remove smells from shoes in a few hours, restoring them to their non-smelly state. The model, MS-DS100, utilizes "nanoe X" and other technology to strip away the odors.

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Watch NASA’s historic Sun probe mission launch: here’s how

Watch NASA’s historic Sun probe mission launch: here’s how

NASA is preparing to launch its Parker Solar Probe in the early hours on Saturday morning. This historic event will send the probe "to touch the Sun," the space agency says, which anticipates setting a new "fastest spacecraft" speed record. Among other things, the spacecraft will carry a microchip with more than a million names on it.

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