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Galaxy S21 5G teardown is relatively easy except for some parts

Galaxy S21 5G teardown is relatively easy except for some parts

Samsung put a hard line down between the Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Galaxy S21 and its larger S21+ sibling. That's true not just for the features but even for the materials used, especially for the backplate. That potentially makes repairs or replacement easier and, as PBK Reviews found out, that was really just the beginning for a mostly uneventful first teardown of the based Galaxy S21 5G model.

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ASUS ROG Phone 4 or 5 design could have some big changes

ASUS ROG Phone 4 or 5 design could have some big changes

Samsung kicked off 2021 with the powerhouse that is the Galaxy S21 Ultra but, truth be told, it still doesn't represent the pinnacle of smartphone performance. To see those, you'd have to look towards high-end gaming smartphones that try to push mobile hardware to their limits without burning your hands or your house down. We might not have long to wait as there might be not one but two such gaming smartphones coming in a month or two, including one from ASUS that seems to be mixing things up a bit.

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Galaxy Fold One UI 3.0 Android 11 update starts rolling out

Galaxy Fold One UI 3.0 Android 11 update starts rolling out

Samsung has been rather quick with the Android 11 updates that were packaged with One UI 3.0, far better than its past performance. Of course, not all Galaxy phones are created equal and some less conventional phones might have required more work and testing to get the update right. Naturally, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 got the update first but now even the Z-less first foldable phone is finally getting One UI 3.0 and Android 11 in one go.

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Pokemon GO Eevee evolution most updated Leaveon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon names

Pokemon GO Eevee evolution most updated Leaveon, Glaceon, Umbreon, Espeon names

The latest way to play Pokemon GO with Eevee has a set of names and ways in which to pick your evolutionary result. Since the start of the game Pokemon GO, Eevee's several ways of evolving and choosing the way in which it evolves has changed. The first and most simple way to choose which Pokemon your Eevee evolves into is changing its name - this will only work ONCE for each of the names on the list.

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Xperia 1, Xperia 5 get Android 11 update a month early

Xperia 1, Xperia 5 get Android 11 update a month early

With very few smartphones released each year, you'd think that Sony would have a handle on getting Android updates out fast. Its reported timetable for Android 11 rollout, however, didn't give that much hope. Now it seems that Sony is picking up the pace and has just started pushing the latest Android version to its nearly two-year-old smartphone, perhaps sparking hope that the company is indeed turning over a new leaf.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max: The flagship battle

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max: The flagship battle

The two heavyweights of flagship smartphones – Samsung and Apple - are in for another blockbuster bout as the Korean smartphone maker just announced the S21 series at the Galaxy Unpacked event. This comes after the release of the Apple iPhone 12 series a couple of months ago. While the iPhone’s latest and greatest iPhone 12 Pro Max has already proved its substance, Samsung is here to spoil the party and take the laurels away.

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Simple $40 wiretap planted in iPhone of Russian activist

Simple $40 wiretap planted in iPhone of Russian activist

An interesting little device was discovered planted in the iPhone of Russian anti-corruption activist Lyubov Sobol's campaign manager over the new year. On December 21, 2020, Sobol's campaign manager Olga Klyuchnikova was taken into custody by the Russian FSB. She spent a week in jail on "administrative charges" and was released - but something was amiss.

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Galaxy S21 heralds Samsung Pay MST demise, S Pen expansion

Galaxy S21 heralds Samsung Pay MST demise, S Pen expansion

There's a lot to talk about the Galaxy S21 series, mostly because of how much Samsung packed into the phones. That includes price tags that are almost too good to be true if you know Samsung. That said, there are also things that Samsung removed, the most notorious of them being the charger in the box as well as the microSD card slot. That's not the end of the story, of course, and Samsung still had a lot to reveal off-stage.

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Xiaomi blacklisted by DoD as “Communist Chinese military company”

Xiaomi blacklisted by DoD as “Communist Chinese military company”

The United States Department of Defense expanded their list of companies with alleged connections to the Chinese military today with Xiaomi and 8 other groups. A June 12, 2020 version of the list added Huawei to the same list (alongside 19 other China-based or China-associated companies). Entities on the list are effectively blacklisted from business with companies in the United States as authorized by Section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (Public Law 105-261). The Department of Defense says the list names "Communist Chinese military companies."

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Shiny Pokemon GO list released for Hoenn Event – Sparkly Aron!

Shiny Pokemon GO list released for Hoenn Event – Sparkly Aron!

Pokemon GO has a Hoenn Region event coming up, and we've got the list of Pokemon that'll be out in force. The Shiny Pokemon that'll be in the mix are numerous - but noy all common. The difference between a Shiny Pokemon released here and Shiny Pokemon released on a special event for it, specifically, is the likelihood that you'll find one.

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Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

A Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) was created for the near future in which COVID-19 vaccination checks are imperative. The VCI is a coalition of public and private partners that include Evernorth, Mitre, SAFE, SalesForce, Change Healthcare, CARIN, The Commons Project, Epic, Mayo Clinic, Oracle, and Microsoft. Cards will allow individuals to access and display their vaccination records "based on open, inoperable standards."

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Pokemon GO subscription and search features leaked in teardown

Pokemon GO subscription and search features leaked in teardown

This week the folks at Niantic released a new update for Pokemon GO. Beyond what we were able to see in the game's live code, a whole bunch of new and not-quite-active features appeared in the game's build. Items like a new Ditto Extensions Library (maybe for Shiny Ditto?) and Promise Library appeared in the mix before they're ready to roll in the game proper - let's take a peek!

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