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Google artificial intelligence lab opened in China: AI experts wanted

Google artificial intelligence lab opened in China: AI experts wanted

Google has launched a new artificial intelligence lab in Beijing, and it is called the "AI China Center." This lab will be used by researchers to conduct "basic research," according to the announcement. The company is seeking experts in AI fields like natural language processing and deep learning; it has already hired some individuals and is planning to bring in more experts to expand upon its efforts.

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This iPhone X clone has some odd origins

This iPhone X clone has some odd origins

The company is called Leagoo, and their business is copying the look and feel of popular smartphones. Leagoo took the opportunity this month to create a copy of the iPhone X, taking into consideration the notch at the top of the front display. The price of this device is almost certainly comparable to the rest of the phones the company has in stock: just over a couple hundred dollars (converted to USD.)

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Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has 6-inch FHD+ display for $150

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus has 6-inch FHD+ display for $150

The Redmi 5 Plus suggests that Xiaomi continue to lead the pack when it comes to high-value, low-cost smartphones. Both the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and 5 Plus, actually, roll with surprisingly high-end specs - not the best in the market, but certainly good for the cash. Both devices will be released at the same time and will quite easily be amongst the most sought-after devices in the low-cost market right out the gate.

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Nintendo games coming to NVIDIA SHIELD, but there’s a catch

Nintendo games coming to NVIDIA SHIELD, but there’s a catch

NVIDIA and Nintendo's partnership with the Switch is one that will more than likely prove lucrative for both, so it naturally follows that the two would want to team up in other areas. The NVIDIA SHIELD is launching in China today, and it's bringing some Nintendo games along for the ride. Yes, you heard that right: Nintendo games on a third-party machine.

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Honor View 10 release date, specs, USA aim

Honor View 10 release date, specs, USA aim

This morning the Huawei Honor V10 was revealed with a set of specifications that sets it in an odd place. It's made to be released internationally - that includes the USA - with a look that's relatively familiar. This device has a 5.99-inch display with 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution and Android 8.0 onboard with Honor's own EMUI8.

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Samsung W2018 flip phone packs a dual-aperture camera

Samsung W2018 flip phone packs a dual-aperture camera

Samsung has unveiled a fancy new flip phone (yes, a flip phone) with a design unlike what you're probably imagining. The W2018, which was unveiled in China recently, is a dual-display flip phone that takes modern handset elements and packs them into the clamshell arrangement that was popular for so many years. Unlike those old flip phones, though, the W2018 has two screens, a dual-aperture camera, and other crazy features.

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DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

DJI accused of spying for China in leaked ICE memo [Update: DJI responds]

A leaked ICE bulletin warns of possible spying by drone maker DJI on behalf of the Chinese government, raising new concerns about security and privacy. The memo warns that DJI is very likely targeting certain government and private entities "to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data." That is just a sliver of the long report, though, which warns that DJI's mobile apps are allegedly sending a bunch of data back to systems in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting an official mobile port (yes, really)

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is getting an official mobile port (yes, really)

If there's one game that took the world by storm this year, it has to be PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Though 2017 was a great year for gaming in general, few would have been able to predict PUBG's meteoric rise to quickly become one of the most played games on Steam. In short, PUBG has become a sensation, so it should come as no surprise that its developer, Bluehole, is looking to roll it out in as many markets as possible.

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Apple visiting Foxconn as iPhone X production strains

Apple visiting Foxconn as iPhone X production strains

Foxconn chairman Terry Gou was tipped to host a visit from Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams in Taiwan later this week. Williams is reportedly visiting Taiwan for the 30th anniversary of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), with an event taking place on October 23rd. It is likely Foxconn's assembly of the iPhone X and potential supply constraints will be on the table during the chat between the company executives.

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You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

You don’t need an expensive phone, so don’t buy one

This year is the first in smartphone hardware in a long time in which I felt like no game-changing changes came from any company. The smartphones revealed by HTC, Samsung, Apple, and the rest - they were all solid. But we've reached a point in the history of the smartphone where only the very rich should consider buying a new device every single year. Let me tell you why.

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WhatsApp blocked in China

WhatsApp blocked in China

It would appear that WhatsApp has caused China enough trouble that the government has blocked the app's usage entirely. This comes after weeks of smaller blocks within the app, including voice chats, the sending of photographs and other files, and video chats. Now Nadim Kobeissi, an applied cryptographer at Symbolic Software, suggests that China's blocked all communication with WhatsApp entirely, starting this week.

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A robot in China performed dental surgery on a living person

A robot in China performed dental surgery on a living person

Going to the dentist is a scary experience for many, but obviously not for the brave person who volunteered to undergo oral surgery performed by a robot. The procedure took place in China, where the robotic dentist successfully implanted a pair of teeth into patient's mouth. No human took an active role in the surgery, according to a local report.

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