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AT&T urged to cut Huawei ties by US officials over national security: report

AT&T urged to cut Huawei ties by US officials over national security: report

AT&T is being pressured to cut commercial ties with Chinese company Huawei, according to sources who say US lawmakers are behind the issue. The reason reportedly revolves around national security concerns, with officials fearing that Huawei could be a company compromised by the Chinese government. The news follows a recent bill proposal that seeks to ban US government agencies from contracting with firms that use Huawei hardware.

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Chinese city builds 328ft air purifier tower to tackle smog problem

Chinese city builds 328ft air purifier tower to tackle smog problem

A city in Northern China has built what it calls the world's largest air purifier in a bid to reduce smog levels. Measuring 100m / 328ft high, the tower resembles a huge concrete cylinder, but it is said to be far more than that. According to a local publication, researchers from the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are testing the air purifier tower.

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China space lasers proposal offers futuristic way to take out space debris

China space lasers proposal offers futuristic way to take out space debris

Various concepts for cleaning up space junk have been created, but a new one from Chinese scientists is by far the most futuristic. In a recently published paper, the team details a space-based laser station concept that uses lasers to eliminate space junk. The proposal was introduced at a time when space junk has been highlighted as a serious concern, potentially impacting future space missions.

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US Army base removes Chinese cameras, but not over security risk

US Army base removes Chinese cameras, but not over security risk

In a somewhat unusual move, the U.S. Army has confirmed that one of its bases have removed five security cameras made in China. One would presume the move was due to security concerns, but that's not the case. The Army confirmed the move, saying the removal was due to "negative perception" about the cameras' presence on the base.

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US bill proposal seeks fed ban on working with firms using ZTE and Huawei tech

US bill proposal seeks fed ban on working with firms using ZTE and Huawei tech

Huawei and ZTE, both Chinese companies, are once again receiving negative attention from the US government, which a new bill proposal wants to ban from working with firms that use equipment from either company. Though both ZTE and Huawei are popularly known for their mobile phone equipment, both offer hardware outside of that category, such as Huawei with its enterprise routers. The bill is called the "Defending US Government Communications Act."

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Huawei beats Samsung in lawsuit over wireless patent

Huawei beats Samsung in lawsuit over wireless patent

Back in 2016, Huawei sued Samsung for allegedly violating several of its patents. Lawsuits were filed in both California and China, the latter of which has proven fruitful for the company. A judge in Shenzhen ruled yesterday that Samsung has infringed upon one of Huawei's wireless communications patents. As a result, Samsung has been ordered to stop selling products that utilize the technology (in China, that is).

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China’s first space station is about to crash back down to Earth

China’s first space station is about to crash back down to Earth

China's first space station, the Tiangong-1, was launched in late September 2011 with a massive weight of about 19,000lbs. The space station was pushed past its usable lifespan, and in 2016 it became clear that Chinese officials had lost contact with it...and, therefore, control of it. That triggered a process that will end this upcoming March, when the vessel will fall back to Earth with pieces of it likely surviving the reentry.

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30 fossilized dinosaur eggs found on Christmas day in China

30 fossilized dinosaur eggs found on Christmas day in China

Construction workers in China discovered a cache of fossilized dinosaur eggs on Christmas day. The eggs, which were found in what appears to be a dinosaur nest, are described as being in great condition, a fortunate reality considering the use of explosives in the area during the construction process. The preserved nest and egg cache is located on a site that will ultimately be a middle school.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro hits US carriers next year: CES 2018 details teased

Huawei Mate 10 Pro hits US carriers next year: CES 2018 details teased

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will be available through US carriers starting next year, the company has announced. Confirmation comes from Huawei's president of consumer business Richard Yu, who said in an interview that the Mate 10 Pro will be offered to US customers through carriers in the nation next year. Many details were left out, with Yu saying that the company will have more information about this at CES 2018. However, there were a couple of early revelations.

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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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