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Huawei CEO praises Trump, will fight Chinese government data request

Huawei CEO praises Trump, will fight Chinese government data request

Richard Yu, Huawei CEO of its consumer division, may have become notorious for his public outbursts about the US government treatment of the company, but Huawei’s highest executive might not share the same exact same sentiment. Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO, gave a rare interview with international media and while his defense of the company’s independence from government control is not surprising, his praise of US President Trump might have come as a shock to those following the drama between the US and China, with Huawei caught squarely in between.

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Amazon Alexa, The Sims 4 collide in new skill, in-game assistant

Amazon Alexa, The Sims 4 collide in new skill, in-game assistant

It seems that Amazon has found a new niche market for Alexa that goes beyond smart home automation. Last October, it collaborated with Ubisoft in order to bring Alexios, a new Alexa skill designed specifically for the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey game. This time, it has worked with Electronic Arts not for a new game but for an expansion that is smashing the real world and the virtual world together. Unfortunately, there’s now funny The Sims incarnation of the real-world Alexa even if there is an incomprehensible one in-game.

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Wiliot Bluetooth sticker sensor tag requires no batteries

Wiliot Bluetooth sticker sensor tag requires no batteries

Bluetooth-enabled tags and trackers aren’t exactly new but they all have one limitation in common. Aside from the range limit of Bluetooth itself, of course. Because of the electronics required to make them work, they require energy sources, often the thinnest and smallest of batteries. But if semiconductor startup Wiliot successfully proves its new tech, they won’t have to. Bluetooth trackers can be as small and as thin as a postage stamp and get what little power they need almost from the air.

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EA Star Wars open world game canceled

EA Star Wars open world game canceled

Fans of any franchise, be it sci-fi or fantasy, would probably drool over the thought of living in an open world version of that fictional world. Even if said world is purely digital. Indeed, there have been no shortage of plans and sometimes even low-budget attempts to have open world games based on The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Star Trek, and, of course, Star Wars, few of which have come to pass. One that almost seemed close to becoming reality might sadly no longer happen as EA Games has reportedly canned the open world Star Wars games it has been working on for the past year or so.

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Galaxy Note 8 Android 9 Pie One UI beta begins

Galaxy Note 8 Android 9 Pie One UI beta begins

Even as Samsung has seemingly pushed back the rollout of the One UI update for the Galaxy Note 9 to February, it seems to have opened the door for an older model. Unlike with the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9, it seems that Samsung is starting with the Galaxy Note 8 when it comes to the beta program. Now a select few owners of the phablet in select markets can sign up to experience Samsung One UI, both the new features and potential problems it may bring.

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Twitter on Android finally gets the timeline right again

Twitter on Android finally gets the timeline right again

The word “timeline” itself suggests something chronological in nature. Back when social networks were simpler and less assuming, that was definitely the case. These days, however, they have redefined timelines to be anything but chronological, forcing you to see something that may have happened days ago just because it’s trending. Twitter is, fortunately, giving users back the ability to decide what they want to see first, but its wording makes it clear what its preference really is.

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Apple wins against Qualcomm in second German patent lawsuit

Apple wins against Qualcomm in second German patent lawsuit

You win some, you lose some, as they say. Though in the court of law, even a single loss can be devastating. But Apple can breathe a bit easier now that at least the regional court in Mannheim, Germany has verbally declared that it doesn’t infringe on the patents that Qualcomm insists it does. While that doesn’t immediately affect an earlier ban imposed in Munich, it could at least give Apple some legal leverage to have that decision reversed soon.

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Google dropping Android apps who have no business reading SMS, call logs

Google dropping Android apps who have no business reading SMS, call logs

As open as the Android platform may be, it is also criticized for being just as open to abuse. Google has been trying to plug up holes that it may have left open in the past, though sometimes it accidentally also shuts the door on well-meaning developers’ faces. One recent example of that is its new policy on SMS and Call Log permissions which almost spelled trouble for Tasker. While the popular automation framework managed to dodge that bullet, Google is now reminding other developers that the hammer will be falling soon.

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iPhone XR price cuts in China are far from over, says analyst

iPhone XR price cuts in China are far from over, says analyst

Even Apple itself practically admitted that troubles are brewing at Cupertino. It warned investors that it earnings might be lower than expected. A lot lower, in fact. Although the company won’t say it, analysts believe that it has a lot to do with the weaker than anticipated sales of the 2018 iPhones, especially the iPhone XR. And at least one such analyst believes that far from being the last, the smartphone’s price cut in Japan and China are just the start.

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Purism Librem privacy laptops get a minor upgrade

Purism Librem privacy laptops get a minor upgrade

There is no shortage of calls for electronic devices that respect and protect users’ privacy but there are extremely few that bet their money on it. One such company is Purism, a social purpose corporation (SPC) based in the US that has made a name for itself with its brand of privacy-focused open source laptops three years ago. Knowing that such laptops need not only be open but also functional, the company is announcing version 4 of the Purism Librem laptops with slightly upgraded hardware at the same price tag.

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iPod touch 7th gen, USB-C iPhones coming very soon

iPod touch 7th gen, USB-C iPhones coming very soon

Apple might finally be learning how to give oldies but goodies some love. Late last year, it finally updated the Mac mini, turning the little computer that could into a “mini PC” to reckon with. This year, if not the next, it might be giving the venerable iPod touch a refresh as well. That’s according to supply chain sources who also say that the iPhone will finally ditch Lightning in favor of USB-C though can’t really say when.

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Galaxy M20 with Samsung’s first notch leaks out completely

Galaxy M20 with Samsung’s first notch leaks out completely

With Samsung basically putting a date on its Galaxy S10 and foldable phone, all attention might be on the company’s next flagships. But almost as if to remind the market that those aren’t its only offerings, Samsung has also launched teasers for its upcoming budget-friendly line, the Galaxy M. But whether it intended to or not, the Galaxy M20, one of the first of that new breed, has now all but known thanks to a few well-timed leaks.

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