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New iMac release with Apple chip may change your next buy plan

New iMac release with Apple chip may change your next buy plan

Apple Silicon MacBooks are only the first MacOS computers to roll with the company's own-designed processors. Tips from supply chain sources this week suggest Apple is hard at work on its first desktop computer processor as well. This could change the way MacOS computers work (and play). Will this change your plans to buy a new computer in the near future?

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Nintendo Switch Pro release may change your plans for gifting

Nintendo Switch Pro release may change your plans for gifting

The Nintendo Switch Pro - as it's rumored to be called - had a few more details spill today before its release date inside 2021. The Nintendo Switch saw a major upswing in sales once the COVID-19 global pandemic took hold in 2020. Now, due in part to the extreme success of the Nintendo Switch in 2020, Nintendo will apparently release the Nintendo Switch Pro in early 2021 with new Mini LED display tech.

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TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

TikTok argues user content has “no economic value at all”

A legal document released this week showed TikTok argue in court that "a wide swath" of the content on their platform has "no economic value at all." This was part of a request for injunction VS Donald Trump and the US government's order to stop TikTok operations in the United States. The executive order signed by Trump called upon IEEPA - which they pointed out cannot regulate or prohibit (directly or indirectly) any personal communication "which does not involve a transfer of anything of value."

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TikTok is not banned in America yet, but November is near

TikTok is not banned in America yet, but November is near

Donald Trump signed a Presidential Executive Order last week to ban TikTok from operating in the USA. On Sunday night, Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court for DC issued an injunction on the matter. With this injunction in place, TikTok is not banned from your phone or any app store for several reasons. One of these reasons was: Donald Trump didn't have the authority to ban this app in the first place.

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US restricts exports to China’s biggest chipmaker

US restricts exports to China’s biggest chipmaker

Local and international media have been focused on covering the US government's moves against popular social media TikTok but what's happening outside of the spotlight could have even bigger economic repercussions globally. Although not exactly the blacklisting that was earlier feared, the US Commerce Department has just placed restrictions on the export of American products to SMIC, China's largest semiconductor company, which affects not only the already embattled Huawei but potentially even US companies like Qualcomm as well.

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First lunar surface radiation measurements reveal long-term mission risk

First lunar surface radiation measurements reveal long-term mission risk

A small German instrument sent to the Moon on China's Chang'e 4 robotic spacecraft has taken the very first measurements of space radiation as it exists on the lunar surface. The findings come from the DRL German Aerospace Center, which reports that the human body will struggle to deal with this surface radiation over any long duration without adequate protection. Compared to being on the ground, the cosmic radiation on the Moon's surface is around 200 times greater, according to the measurements.

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WeChat US ban has been blocked for now

WeChat US ban has been blocked for now

There might be a small reprieve for embattled Chinese social media companies that would have been removed from the US market this month. Although there's still some confusion over the exact fate that awaits TikTok and its deal with Oracle and Walmart, there is less ambiguity with what will happen with WeChat. A US judge ruled that the US Commerce Department cannot order Google or Apple to remove the instant messaging app from their app stores but this victory for owner Tencent is by no means final.

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TikTok Oracle deal will still leave ByteDance as owner

TikTok Oracle deal will still leave ByteDance as owner

The clock is ticking for TikTok, or has already run out if you got just as confused as the US President himself. Either way, it seems that the social media sensation is close to finding a way out of its predicament, that is if its strategy with Oracle actually works. That deal hasn't even been approved yet and there is already a growing pushback against a structure that practically changes nothing in terms of who has control over TikTok.

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US ban on chipmaker giant SMIC could put Huawei in dire straits

US ban on chipmaker giant SMIC could put Huawei in dire straits

The US government has hundreds of companies on its so-called Entity List and a good number of them come from China. One of the highest-profile names on that list in recent years has been, of course, Huawei. But if you thought the US was done with China's biggest phone and network manufacturer, it seems to be moving to squeeze out any remaining life from Huawei. Its rumored next move, however, could provoke China to finally retaliate and throw the global economy further into chaos.

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ZTE Axon 20 5G revealed with under-display tech: camera, fingerprint reader, speakers

ZTE Axon 20 5G revealed with under-display tech: camera, fingerprint reader, speakers

Today we're taking a peek at the newly-revealed ZTE Axon 20 5G, otherwise known as the "world's first under-display camera smartphone." This device might not look particularly extraordinary at first - it's not really meant to be particularly striking in outward appearance. Instead, it's meant to do what any other smartphone does, without the drawback of having a space up front for a camera - be it a wide bezel, a notch, or a hole in the phone's display.

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Galaxy Z Fold 2 shares Note 20 Ultra’s worst design feature regulator confirms

Galaxy Z Fold 2 shares Note 20 Ultra’s worst design feature regulator confirms

Today we're taking a peek at the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, complete with front, back, and side photos. This device is very similar to its predecessor in many ways - in the MAIN ways, anyway. The biggest difference (in outward appearance) is in the massive lump that sits on the back of the phone. Where the first version does, indeed, have a bump full of cameras, it's far more understated than the sizable island included in this 2nd-gen device.

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Huawei license expiration puts network operators, Android phones in limbo

Huawei license expiration puts network operators, Android phones in limbo

They say all good things come to an end and that's especially true with reprieves. Recent events, both related to the COVID-19 pandemic and TikTok, may have shoved Huawei out of the spotlight but the beleaguered Chinese company has once again come into focus and not in a good way. Huawei's license extension in the US has expired as of Thursday night and its customers both in the telecommunications and mobile markets are at a loss on how to proceed.

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