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Huawei returns to Microsoft Store [UPDATE]

Huawei returns to Microsoft Store [UPDATE]

Laptops made by Huawei were removed from the online Microsoft Store on May 21st, 2019, and they're back. Now the lot has returned to the online store as if they'd never left, without explanation on the part of Microsoft or Huawei proper. The disappearing and return of these machines is quite likely due to the recent mess Huawei's found itself in here in the United States gadget market.

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China deploys robots in schools for daily health inspections

China deploys robots in schools for daily health inspections

More than 2,000 preschools in China have introduced robots used for daily health inspections, according to a new report. The robots, which feature fun designs that won't frighten children, utilize tech to detect signs of a potential illness. If a robot finds evidence that a child may be sick, it alerts human operators who can then do their own evaluation and decide whether the student should be sent home.

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Meizu 16Xs released with 6.2-inch display for $245 USD

Meizu 16Xs released with 6.2-inch display for $245 USD

There's a new phone from Meizu out this week with a 6.2-inch Samsung-made AMOLED display for $245 USD. This device has a 4000mAh battery inside, 48MP triple lens camera system on its back with "super wide angle" and a ship date within two weeks of now. The only real drawback here is the lack of a US-specific release, as it'll be directed first at Europe, then to India and Asia-based countries in July.

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Amazon adds 20,000 Traditional Chinese language books on Kindle

Amazon adds 20,000 Traditional Chinese language books on Kindle

Amazon has announced the launch of support for Traditional Chinese language books on Kindle. The collection includes more than 20,000 books in Traditional Chinese available across the Kindle platform, including on the Kindle mobile apps, Kindle Fire, and Kindle eReader devices. The selection includes translated bestsellers and works from popular authors like Liu Cixin and Qiong Yao.

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The reality of Trump’s Huawei ban keeps unfolding

The reality of Trump’s Huawei ban keeps unfolding

The reality of Huawei's uphill struggle is becoming clear, the implications of the US ban on American companies working with the Chinese telecoms firm exposing its dependence on the West - even as President Trump undermines his own argument for it. What began with Huawei being blocked from using key Android apps, services, and technologies has snowballed into a potentially business-shattering firewall that leaves the Chinese company out in the cold.

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Huawei ban list and timeline: Google, Microsoft, Android fallout

Huawei ban list and timeline: Google, Microsoft, Android fallout

Today we're going to run down the effective Huawei ban list, the basics in China-based spy fears, and the fallout. This has a little to do with ZTE, a lot to do with China's government, and what might be the worst bout of luck a company ever had (with regard to their native country's timing for a trade war with the United States). But most importantly, we're going to list all the places Huawei's been banned, rejected, or removed in the recent past. SEE: Updates at the end of this text.

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Huawei’s woes continues as Qualcomm, Intel, Broadcom cut off supplies

Huawei’s woes continues as Qualcomm, Intel, Broadcom cut off supplies

When the US imposed a trade ban on ZTE last year, it almost caused the Chinese company to go bankrupt. While Huawei may last longer than its compatriot, it might not take long before the company is also brought to its knees. Google has already been reported to stop licensing its proprietary Google Play components for future Huawei phones. Now silicon makers like Qualcomm and Intel are also temporarily cutting ties with China's biggest tech company and the world's second largest phone maker.

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PUBG replaced in China by gov-approved ‘Game for Peace’

PUBG replaced in China by gov-approved ‘Game for Peace’

Today is a pretty strange day for the millions of PUBG mobile players in China. Tencent, which handled publishing duties for the game in the country, has decided to pull the game after unsuccessfully trying to net approval for monetization from Chinese regulators. A game that can't be monetized obviously isn't something that a monolithic publisher like Tencent would want to continue supporting, so away PUBG mobile went.

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Trump’s China tariffs land Tesla in an Autopilot nightmare

Trump’s China tariffs land Tesla in an Autopilot nightmare

Tesla faces a tough Autopilot decision, after the US government denied requests to exempt its Full Self-Driving Computer from China tariffs, potentially forcing the automaker to raise prices or dramatically change its supply chain. The EV-maker detailed the Autopilot-enabling hardware at an event earlier this month, as it tried to convince analysts and investors that a truly autonomous Tesla was not only a possibility, but an imminent one.

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China reveals ‘Marine Lizard’ amphibious autonomous landing vehicle

China reveals ‘Marine Lizard’ amphibious autonomous landing vehicle

Chinese state media has revealed 'Marine Lizard,' an autonomous amphibious landing vehicle designed for the nation's military. The 'drone boat' can launch anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, and also features a pair of machine guns. The company behind the vehicle, China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), revealed its new military vessel on Chinese social media this week.

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Leica censored in China over unauthorized Tiananmen Square video

Leica censored in China over unauthorized Tiananmen Square video

German camera company Leica has been censored in China following the publication of an unauthorized, dramatic advertisement set during the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square Massacre. The ad, which is simply called 'The Hunt,' features a Western journalist in a Beijing hotel when suppression of the pro-democracy protests began. In response, Chinese social media website Weibo has banned users from publishing anything containing the word 'Leica.'

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Nintendo Switch is about to get a huge new launch

Nintendo Switch is about to get a huge new launch

Though the Nintendo Switch has been selling well in many parts of the world, there's one major market where it hasn't officially launched yet: China. It looks like that'll be changing soon, as Nintendo has confirmed a partnership with Tencent to distribute the console in the country. Beyond that, it seems Tencent has been given permission to distribute a test version of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, which launched in other parts of the world earlier this year.

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