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Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is back to take the battery crown

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 is back to take the battery crown

This week the folks at Xiaomi seem to have let some details slip on their next big, huge, gigantic smartphone. This is the Xiaomi Mi Max 3, and it's coming with not only a big body, but a big display and a big battery, too. Much like the first two Mi Max devices, this handset's most major asset will be its relatively low price coupled with high-end performance and size - and, again, one big battery.

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Google expands its shopping clout with JD.com partnership

Google expands its shopping clout with JD.com partnership

Still don’t think Google is out to get Amazon? Just take a look at its most recent “strategic partnership”. The search giant has just inked a deal with one of China’s biggest e-commerce companies, JD.com. While most of what ‘s involved with the transaction is buried in marketing-speak, one thing is clear: Google wants in on JD.com’s empire, which practically means penetrating markets still free from Amazon’s grasp.

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Xiaomi Redmi 6 detailed: A new $150 hero phone

Xiaomi Redmi 6 detailed: A new $150 hero phone

Those Xiaomi smartphone fans looking for the next newest low-cost hero phone can now rest easy, the Xiaomi Redmi 6 is here. The latest in the Redmi series, there should be little doubt that this device will find a whole lot of customers wherever there are users looking to spend as little money as possible for as much phone as possible. This device has a 5.45-inch display and MIUI 9 inside.

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US ZTE sanctions lifted for relatively piddly fee

US ZTE sanctions lifted for relatively piddly fee

ZTE was just handed a deal by Wilbur Ross, Trump casino investor** and current Trump-appointed Secretary of Commerce. In the year 2012, ZTE broke US embargo with Iran and North Korea. ZTE pled guilty in a US court, and agreed to several penalties - only to one of which it actually complied. Having broken agreement to NOT deal ship products to Iran and North Korea, then broken agreement to penalties for breaking the first agreement, the US government delivered a 7-year ban on US companies exporting ANY products to ZTE's businesses.

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China wants to land probe on the far side of the moon this year

China wants to land probe on the far side of the moon this year

China has been saying for at least three years now that it plans to land on the far side of the moon, something that'll go down as a historic achievement if it manages to pull it off successfully. We heard about such ambitions in 2015 and again in 2016, but now the nation is back with a hard launch date: by the end of this year.

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Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple pulls CallKit apps from Chinese App Store following new law

Apple has taken new action against app developers in order to comply with new cybersecurity laws in China. The company has begun warning iOS developers that any apps using Apple's CallKit will be pulled from the Chinese App Store unless they remove the framework's integration. This comes after China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has started to enforce regulations that see CallKit as a way to help bypass censorship and surveillance.

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President Trump wants ZTE back in business ASAP

President Trump wants ZTE back in business ASAP

Bad cop, good cop strategies are nothing new, but it's rare to see both roles being played by the same person. Some might see it as a change of heart, mercy, or even forgiveness. Others might pin it down on multiple personality disorder. Either way, US President Donald Trump has tweeted that he instructed the country's Commerce Department to quickly find a way to get ZTE up and running again just weeks after the same government signed its death sentence.

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ZTE says it has stopped major operations following US export ban

ZTE says it has stopped major operations following US export ban

Chinese telecommunications company ZTE has stopped major business operations, it has revealed, as a consequence on the US ban on selling components to the maker. The company mentioned the change in a document published today, stating that "major operating activities...have ceased" without additional details on what, exactly, that means.

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Huawei developing its own OS as possible Android replacement

Huawei developing its own OS as possible Android replacement

Huawei has been having a hard time trying to make it in the US over the last several months, and it doesn't look like the situation will be improving anytime soon. While the company isn't quite as doomed as fellow Chinese phone manufacture ZTE, which has essentially been blacklisted in the US after trade violations, resulting in an export ban that cost it its Android license, Huawei is likely taking precautions should it find itself in the same crosshairs.

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China mobile market proves Apple and Samsung don’t always win

China mobile market proves Apple and Samsung don’t always win

Apple and Samsung are not counted amongst the top 5 brands in the smartphone market in China in the first quarter of 2018. This might come as a shock to Samsung Galaxy smartphone and iPhone users in the United States, where Samsung and Apple all but dominate the world of mobile phones. In China, two major moves happened in the last several months. One of them was Apple's move from 4th place in overall sales in mobile phones to 5th - the other was a major shipment fall for the market as a whole.

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OnePlus 6 coming in multiple flavors

OnePlus 6 coming in multiple flavors

OnePlus 6 will have "the speed you need" if along with a wild assortment of release materials. If what we've gathered is true, we've got one long-shot of an awesome piece of hardware that could have been just another OnePlus, but isn't. Instead, OnePlus 6 might well launch in several editions, each one more appealing than the last.

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Why is this Red Magic phone so compelling? Showmanship.

Why is this Red Magic phone so compelling? Showmanship.

This morning I received an email from "Red Magic Team" about a new smartphone. This group of creators works with Nubia, a smartphone company most haven't heard of - part of the brand ZTE, a brand you've most likely heard of, especially very recently. The most important part of this situation isn't the wild contents of this phone, it's the presentation which surround them.

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