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Mystery China coronavirus may have just hit an ominous milestone

Mystery China coronavirus may have just hit an ominous milestone

An update on the new coronavirus causing an outbreak of pneumonia in China indicates that the condition may be transmittable from one person to another, according to a new report. Officials say that until now, almost all of the outbreak cases have been linked to a fish market in Wuhan, China. A new case, however, has appeared in a woman who never visited the market, indicating she may have been infected directly from someone who was already ill.

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First case of mysterious coronavirus confirmed outside of China

First case of mysterious coronavirus confirmed outside of China

Officials have confirmed the first case involving a mysterious coronavirus that has appeared outside of China. The report comes only days after public health officials in China reported an outbreak that involves a new type of coronavirus causing a pneumonia-like illness that, in some cases, has proven severe. The coronavirus is the same class of viruses behind conditions like SARS.

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US-funded Android phone comes with free malware you can’t remove

US-funded Android phone comes with free malware you can’t remove

The US government has painted the image of a Chinese government that will use every trick in the book to spy both on its own citizens as well as other countries. The latter can come in the form of smartphones with spyware, which is one of the accusations it hurled at Huawei. It is almost ironic, then, that smartphones that the US government itself has funded to sell at an affordable price do exactly that and, unfortunately, there is no way to get rid of these malware.

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Mystery SARS-like virus outbreak in China raises travel concerns

Mystery SARS-like virus outbreak in China raises travel concerns

Chinese state media has announced the outbreak of a new type of coronavirus that is causing cases of pneumonia in the nation's Wuhan province. The scientist who led an investigation into the condition, Xu Jianguo, claims the outbreak is resulting from a new version of the virus that differs from the ones behind MERS and SARS, both of which are severe and often deadly conditions.

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New in 2020 smartphones? More punches!

New in 2020 smartphones? More punches!

A new listing in the National Intellectual Property Administration in China showed the next big thing from the smartphone company Vivo. In the mix is a variety of new designs for smartphones that may well be released inside the next 12 months. In the collection of drawings in documents submitted to the NIPA, Vivo shows how they'd like to release smartphones with two or four punches, allowing more than a couple options for front-facing cameras, sensors, and odd combinations therein!

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China GPS alternative will be completed by mid-2020

China GPS alternative will be completed by mid-2020

The US and China may be butting heads over 5G dominance among other things but that isn't the only technology that two giants are fighting over. Far older and years in the making, China has been working to create its own navigation satellite system independent of the popular US-owned GPS. While it might still take more than a decade before it goes fully online, China is close to completing its Beidou constellation with the launch of the final two satellites by June 2020.

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China heavy rocket launch a success: Roadmap to Moon & beyond continues

China heavy rocket launch a success: Roadmap to Moon & beyond continues

China has successfully launched its Long March 5 rocket, a homegrown design that could eventually be tasked with taking the country's astronauts to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. While the Long March 5 has only a few a small number of flights to its name, that hasn't stopped the Chinese space agency from developing an ambitious roadmap for its activities beyond Earth.

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OPPO rolls up Q3 best-selling phone list after Apple, Samsung

OPPO rolls up Q3 best-selling phone list after Apple, Samsung

The top-selling phones for the third quarter of the year, 2019, includes a short list of top brands. A couple of these brands you'll expect - Apple and Samsung have been the biggest smartphone brands for unit sales for quite a few years. But after Apple's iPhone XR, and a couple of Samsung Galaxy A models, the brand up next is one about which you might not've heard a whole lot: OPPO!

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OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G revealed as herald of 2020’s greatest phones

OPPO Reno3 Pro 5G revealed as herald of 2020’s greatest phones

Both the OPPO Reno3 and the OPPO Reno3 Pro were revealed on the 26th of December, 2019. Both of these masterpieces have the look and the feel of a transitioning collection of top-end smartphones from a company that sells top-end smartphones for prices well below their competition.

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Huawei Mate Xs foldable phone release date and Kirin 990-led details

Huawei Mate Xs foldable phone release date and Kirin 990-led details

The smart foldable phone Huawei Mate Xs was revealed by the company today with a planned release in March 2020. This new version of the Huawei Mate X foldable display-toting smartphone first revealed in February of 2019. That'd make a 1-year birthday party seem obvious - though the exact timing of the event at which we'll see this new Huawei Mate Xs was not pinpointed. We're expecting we'll see Huawei Mate Xs at a Huawei presentation at Mobile World Congress 2020.

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Nintendo Switch in China will have only one game at launch next week

Nintendo Switch in China will have only one game at launch next week

At long last, Nintendo's highly-rated gaming console is coming to China. But when the Nintendo Switch does land in stores there next week, it might barely even make a ripple. But while getting approved to officially start sales in the country is newsworthy in itself, it will probably make very little difference in global sales numbers, especially considering there will be only one game available for sale for the console when it launches.

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China now requires face scans of anyone signing up for mobile plans

China now requires face scans of anyone signing up for mobile plans

Our face is the most revealing and most telling part of our body, which is why it is the focus of many security systems. It is, however, also the center of controversy when it comes to privacy issues. Face recognition can be a convenient and powerful tool when used properly but it can also be a dangerous weapon depending on who wields it. That may be one of the concerns even among China's citizens now that their government is requiring them to submit face scans when they're simply trying to get a new phone line.

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