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Blizzard did not just apologize for Hong Kong

Blizzard did not just apologize for Hong Kong

China was watching as Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack walked onstage today at BlizzCon. Knowing full well that this event might be overshadowed by the biggest Blizzard-related news of the latter half of the year, Brack began the first major presentation of the event with what might've appeared to be an apology. He did use the word "sorry", but he did not use the words "China" or "Hong Kong" whatsoever.

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US DOI grounds 800 drones and launches probe over espionage risk

US DOI grounds 800 drones and launches probe over espionage risk

The US Department of Interior, the agency that oversees federal land and natural resources, has grounded its fleet of more than 800 drones over concerns that they may be a security vulnerability. According to recent reports, officials have cited worries over drones made in China, as well as drones that feature components manufactured in the nation. The decision is the latest in a long line of security worries over Chinese gadgets.

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BBK Group may soon beat Apple and Samsung, but how?

BBK Group may soon beat Apple and Samsung, but how?

There's a company by the name BBK Group that you should get to know, if you don't know already. Where Apple made their mark in the smartphone world with a single brand, iPhone, BBK Group (aka BBK Electronics Corporation, or BBK) went completely the opposite direction, creating not only a wide variety of different smartphone models, but running a set of different smartphone companies that, to the average consumer, look like completely separate entities. If one combines the various brands owned by BBK into a single count, they ship more phones than any other single brand.

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Huawei’s shipping so many phones, the global market is growing again

Huawei’s shipping so many phones, the global market is growing again

Huawei keeps shipping more phones every year, growing said shipments by percentages that leave all other companies in the dust. For example their year-over-year growth for Q3 of the year 2019 for unit shipments was a positive 29%. The next largest - and only other major positive percentage - was Samsung's comparatively meager 8%. Because of Huawei's monstrous growth, global smartphone vendor shipments this quarter (compared to this same quarter last year) are up 2%.

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iPhone shipments in China take a nosedive while Huawei soars

iPhone shipments in China take a nosedive while Huawei soars

Much of the coverage around Huawei's fate revolves around the negative effects of the US ban on its business, both in mobile and networking equipment. Despite almost all the predictions of doom, however, Huawei released almost unbelievably good numbers when it came to smartphone shipments. One reason may have been that the full effects of Google's absence from its phones have yet to be felt. Another is that, as market analysis company Canalys reports, Huawei's numbers skyrocketed in China last quarter, mostly at the expense of Xiaomi and Apple.

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OPPO Reno 2 Review: full-screen display, 4x camera power, and a trade-off

OPPO Reno 2 Review: full-screen display, 4x camera power, and a trade-off

The OPPO Reno 2 (or OPPO Reno2 if you like) is an interesting piece of hardware. It's a smartphone thats part of a very, very similar set of associated handsets, all under the same "Reno" branding name. OPPO's not failed to deliver impressive smartphone hardware to our review bench since we first started reviewing their devices. But here's the thing - if a phone has good hardware but less-than-great software, is the overall experience still good enough for the price?

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New Huawei Mate X 5G foldable phone release date and price official

New Huawei Mate X 5G foldable phone release date and price official

Today we're looking at how affordable it'll be to own one of two of the world's first major-label foldable display-toting smartphones. Samsung released one earlier this year - sorta - and Huawei revealed today that they'll have theirs ready for launch on mid-November, 2019. The Huawei Mate X, as it's called, will be released in limited numbers for right around $2,400 USD.

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iOS 13 Safari’s Safe Browsing reportedly sending some data to Tencent

iOS 13 Safari’s Safe Browsing reportedly sending some data to Tencent

The Web has become a bigger place and, at the same time, has also become more dangerous. Seeing that most users are unlikely to change bad habits, browser makers are taking up the cause to implement secure and private features that are eventually enabled by default. One such feature is called Safe Browsing and has become enabled by default in iOS 13 with every little warning beforehand. Now it turns out that this feature is sending some information, particularly IP addresses to Google and to Chinese Internet giant Tencent.

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Blizzard, NBA find China’s most powerful weapon is consumer potential

Blizzard, NBA find China’s most powerful weapon is consumer potential

Blizzard is one of several companies to fall into the trap that is state-run media in the nation of China in the year 2019. Blizzard hosts gaming tournaments in China - it's big business, and has the potential for big growth. China and Hong Kong are in the midst of political upheaval via a protest in Hong Kong that's been in play since June of 2019. Because China wants to stop the protest, they're pressuring all media (including Blizzard) to do away with any form of public protest on their network, lest they remove said media from China altogether.

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Samsung stops making phones in China

Samsung stops making phones in China

This week Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced that they'd ended mobile telephone manufacturing in the nation of China. Cited as reasons for this move were rising labor costs and an "economic slowdown" of sorts. This marks the first time in many years that no Samsung phone factory exists inside China.

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Mac Pros might be a more expensive as Apple tariff relief gets denied

Mac Pros might be a more expensive as Apple tariff relief gets denied

The US government's blacklists and tariffs were meant to send a strong statement to China and pressure the latter in its ongoing trade and political spat. Unfortunately, it won't just be the Chinese economy that will get affected as even the US tech market will soon feel the aftermath. The Mac Pros, already one of the more expensive computers in the market, might become even pricier now that Apple will have to pay 25% more for certain parts coming from China.

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Mi Mix Alpha phone has a bonkers wrap-around screen

Mi Mix Alpha phone has a bonkers wrap-around screen

There's a Xiaomi-made smartphone out there in the world called Mi Mix Alpha, and it's got a wrap-around display. This device's introduction to the world included the word "concept" more than once, but it'll apparently be produced for consumer sale nonetheless. The Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha has a screen-to-body ratio of 180.6 percent - which is, of course, completely bonkers.

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