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Apple plans major boost for iPhone in 1H 2021

Apple plans major boost for iPhone in 1H 2021

It would appear that the lull in smartphone sales for 2020 was just that - a temporary situation. A report from Nikkei Asia suggests that the first half of 2021 will see Apple increase production by 30% year-on-year. A combination of demand for the first 5G-enabled iPhone and COVID-19 vaccination distribution worldwide appear to be paving the way for a monstrous year for Apple.

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Chang’e 5 performs its first moon-Earth transfer injection maneuver

Chang’e 5 performs its first moon-Earth transfer injection maneuver

So far, the Chinese Chang'e 5 mission has gone off without a hitch. China has announced the orbiter-reentry capsule of the probe has performed its first moon-Earth transfer injection maneuver. The maneuver was conducted Saturday morning, placing the probe into an elliptical lunar orbit and preparing it to return to Earth.

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Mount Everest is officially taller now

Mount Everest is officially taller now

The most official calculation of the height of the world's highest mountain has been updated. Nepal and China jointly announced an adjustment - or rather an agreement of a calculation - of the official height of the mountain. Before this announcement, China's government marked the mountain's height at 8,844.43 meters. That's nearly four meters lower than the surveyed height counted by Nepal.

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LG out-sourcing some phones after losing money for 5+ years

LG out-sourcing some phones after losing money for 5+ years

This week LG announced that they'd be reorganizing a bit of their mobile phone business, at long last. They'll be increasing outsourcing of designs for low end and mid-end smartphones, according to a spokesperson for LG. This would create a model similar to that of several major players in the smartphone market, particularly those speedily growing brands that've expanded beyond China over the past half-decade.

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TikTok’s fate in the US is now even more uncertain

TikTok’s fate in the US is now even more uncertain

Social networks have repeatedly come under scrutiny by the US government but few are in danger of going out of business as TikTok is. Granted, the popular short video sharing platform would be able to continue its operations outside of the US in the worst-case scenario but losing such a large market could be fatal to the fledgling company. Thrice it has escaped a complete ban in the US but even as the final deadline lapses, TikTok remains in limbo even more than before.

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China now has the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

China now has the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope had another cable snap recently, resulting in the complete collapse and destruction of the telescope. It was the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, but with its demise, China now lays claim to that title. The Chinese Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is now the largest and last massive single-dish radio telescope globally.

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China’s Chang’e 5 probe is heading back to Earth with Moon rocks

China’s Chang’e 5 probe is heading back to Earth with Moon rocks

Several days after launching the lunar probe, officials in Beijing have announced that the Chang'e 5 vessel is on its way back to Earth carrying Moon rocks for study. Assuming the lander arrives intact, this will represent the first time lunar rock samples have been brought to Earth since the 1970s. Chang'e 5 took off from the Moon around 11 AM EST on Thursday.

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Chinese Chang’e 5 lender touches down on the moon

Chinese Chang’e 5 lender touches down on the moon

China announced yesterday that it's Chang'e-5 probe had successfully touched down on the lunar surface. The probe completed its drilling, sampling, and sealing process for its lunar soil samples at 04:53 BJT on Wednesday. The successfully gathered samples marked the first automatic sampling to take place on the moon.

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China lands on the moon again – here’s what comes next

China lands on the moon again – here’s what comes next

It would appear that China has landed on our moon, once again. The Chang'e-5 mission (嫦娥五号) works with China's mission module ready to bring back samples from the surface of our nearest space neighbor. The landing was expected to take place near the mountain Mons Rumker, in the Oceanus Porocellarum region on our moon. The announcement was made in a statement from state-run CGTN news this morning.

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Chinese Chang’e 5 spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon

Chinese Chang’e 5 spacecraft has entered orbit around the moon

Less than a week ago, we mentioned China had launched its Chang'e 5 mission to the moon. The goal of the mission is to gather lunar samples and return them to Earth for study. China has announced that the spacecraft has now entered orbit around the moon.

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OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Edition unboxing – a packaging design masterpiece

OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 Edition unboxing – a packaging design masterpiece

This week I unboxed the OnePlus 8T Cyberpunk 2077 edition, and I was shocked. The phone, the bits I'd seen in the preview several weeks ago, those weren't shocking. They did not disappoint! But it was the detail in every element I wasn't able to see in the preview that surprised me. I was surprised to see such quality and extreme attention to detail in every aspect of the design of this device, from the outermost packaging to the materials used throughout.

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ZTE is still a security threat according to FCC decision

ZTE is still a security threat according to FCC decision

Some might presume that recent political changes in the US government might weaken the campaign against certain US companies but it is far too early to count those eggs. The current government still holds the power and, as far as the Trump administration is concerned, nothing has really changed. Huawei is still on its entity list and TikTok still risks getting banned next month. And according to a recent FCC order, ZTE remains a national security threat because of its potential to be used for state-sanctioned espionage.

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