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San Francisco declared coronavirus state of emergency as a precaution

San Francisco declared coronavirus state of emergency as a precaution

San Francisco has declared a state of emergency over the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, but that doesn't mean quite what you think it does. The declaration was made in anticipation of future troubles related to the virus, not due to a present outbreak in the region, the city's mayor noted during a press conference on Tuesday. San Francisco is the latest region in California to declare a state of emergency over this outbreak.

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Google tipped appealing to Trump for Huawei business

Google tipped appealing to Trump for Huawei business

A pair of tips from Germany and Spain seem to be pointing toward a significant political move from Google toward the White House in the USA. Reports suggest that Google's attempted to speak with government officials, intending to "ask for permission" to work with Huawei. It would seem that Google's aim is to continue allowing Huawei to work inside the GMS system - instead of their own.

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Novel coronavirus vaccine has shipped, but you can’t get it yet

Novel coronavirus vaccine has shipped, but you can’t get it yet

Biotech company Moderna has announced the release of its mRNA-1273 vaccine against the novel coronavirus behind the outbreak in China and multiple other countries. This vaccine is released for human use, according to Moderna, which says that it has shipped some vials of the product to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a part of the NIH.

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Redmi K30 Pro 5G sports Snapdragon 865, looks like K20 Pro

Redmi K30 Pro 5G sports Snapdragon 865, looks like K20 Pro

The next Redmi smartphone (from the Xiaomi spin-off Redmi) is officially called the Redmi K30 Pro. This device was teased a couple of times by the official Redmi account on Weibo, a major microblogging service where many China-centric brands provide insight to fans and potential users alike. There, Redmi’s Lu Weibing showed a bit of the next big 5G smartphone this week.

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Overwatch League cancels more matches over coronavirus outbreak

Overwatch League cancels more matches over coronavirus outbreak

In recent days, Overwatch League announced that it had rescheduled certain matches that had originally been set to take place in China, but that had to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The makeup matches were rescheduled to take place in South Korea, but now the league has been forced to cancel those matches, too, as the virus spreads into the nation.

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Honor View30 Pro released with V30 specs, without Google

Honor View30 Pro released with V30 specs, without Google

The device called Honor V30 Pro was shown in a different iteration this week for the world outside of China with the name Honor View30 Pro. This device is the first major smartphone released by Huawei / Honor with HMS, Huawei Mobile Services, the Huawei-made alternative to GMS, or Google Mobile Services. This device works with essentially the same hardware as its V30 Pro brethren.

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HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

HMS and Huawei app store target Google, Apple: When it all changed

The year 2020 will prove to the world just how ready Huawei is to live in a world without Google on Android. Huawei was blocked last year from working with Google directly, leading them to seek an alternative to GMS: Google Mobile Services, aka official license from Google to include Google apps and the Google Play digital content store on Android devices. Here in 2020, Huawei's about to release their first phone with both the Huawei app store and HMS: Huawei Mobile Services, and it won't be the last.

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Overwatch League moves matches to South Korea over coronavirus

Overwatch League moves matches to South Korea over coronavirus

Overwatch League, the professional esports league that was forced to cancel a number of matches in China over the novel coronavirus outbreak, has announced that it will hold makeup matches for those events in South Korea. The decision to hold these matches in Seoul was made 'in order to protect the health and safety of our fans, players, and staff,' according to the league.

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China coronavirus “surge” was a change in counting method [UPDATE]

China coronavirus “surge” was a change in counting method [UPDATE]

Yesterday reports suggested that there was a relative "surge" of cases of infection and death at the hands of novel coronavirus COVID-19. This news originated in the Hubei province of China, where government health authorities made the mistake of announcing new cases and deaths without taking proper care to specify why their numbers appeared to explode compared to their otherwise most recent report. It's not so much an explosion of cases, but a modification of the way in which said cases are counted.

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iPhone 12 could be in short supply at launch

iPhone 12 could be in short supply at launch

It is frightening how a virus can threaten the entire world in more ways than just claiming lives. The novel coronavirus has already altered many businesses and events, including the annual MWC trade show. Things are, of course, harsher in China, where companies continue to be in lockdown. Companies that the rest of the world rely on especially in terms of production. The situation has rippling effects in the consumer electronics industry, including Apple who might be forced to launch its next iPhone even if the supply will be extremely low at first.

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Coronavirus test starts shipping – but there’s a big catch

Coronavirus test starts shipping – but there’s a big catch

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that it is ready to ship its coronavirus testing kit, which will enable health officials to determine if someone has contracted the virus within four hours. The test will drastically speed up the time it takes to make a diagnosis and will reduce the testing burden; however, it won't be available widely, at least to start with.

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Huawei may join Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo in GDSA to battle Google, Apple

Huawei may join Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo in GDSA to battle Google, Apple

The most massive mobile smartphone brands in China are meeting to join forces to take on Google and Apple's global dominance of the smartphone industry. To make this happen, Huawei is in talks with a group that already involves Xiaomi, OPPO, and Vivo, in what they call their Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA). The GDSA is a platform that aims to present a new app store (for starters) in a world that'd otherwise have them dependent on Google Play and the Google Services package for Android - and, of course, unable to use iOS or the Apple app/content ecosystem for their devices whatsoever.

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