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EU recommends Signal messaging app to staff for privacy

EU recommends Signal messaging app to staff for privacy

This week, leadership at the European Commission (executive branch of the European Union) sent a staff-wide message pushing the secure messaging app Signal. This end-to-end encrypted messaging app was recommended on an EU internal discussion board for all staff. The message included, in part: "Signal has been selected as the recommended application for public instant messaging." Why would the EU do this?

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Realme X2 Pro Review : Proof a great phone need not be expensive in 2020

Realme X2 Pro Review : Proof a great phone need not be expensive in 2020

The Realme X2 Pro was first announced in October of 2019 and features a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED 1080 x 2400 pixel display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ SoC, and a price starting at around $330 USD. They key to understanding how a device of this combination of prices and features could exist lies in the aim of the company and the range of prices at which the device is offered. For its base price, this phone is surprisingly great.

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Europe’s war on chargers could give Apple an iPhone problem – or an opportunity

Europe’s war on chargers could give Apple an iPhone problem – or an opportunity

European rules demanding a universal charger could force Apple to ditch its Lightning cable - or hasten its transition to an entirely wireless world for the iPhone that many believe has been the Cupertino firm's goal all along. Proposed laws being considered by the European Union would compel all electronics-makers to standardize on a single connector, in the name of avoiding unnecessary waste.

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Google’s Android search picks in Europe are bad news for Microsoft

Google’s Android search picks in Europe are bad news for Microsoft

Beginning on March 1st, new Android users in Europe will be greeted by something new when opening Chrome for the first time. Instead of simply seeing the Google search bar, they'll be asked to make one of four search providers their default for Chrome. Google today revealed which search engines will appear alongside its own, and each country will have its own selection.

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Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro has flat display, extra battery potential

Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro has flat display, extra battery potential

Samsung revealed a new Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro smartphone for the 2020 generation. This is the 5th-generation "XCover" smartphone in the Galaxy line, one whose predecessor was first launched all the way back in 2017. This is a phone made for the sort of people who don't often replace their smartphone because they've got a phone that lasts for a long, long time. The XCover Pro works with a 6.3-inch FLAT LCD display and a removable battery.

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Ebola vaccine approved by WHO for first time ever

Ebola vaccine approved by WHO for first time ever

Ebola is now officially preventable and treatable. Today the World Health Organization (WHO) prequalified an Ebola vaccine for the first time in the history of the world. The Ervebo vaccine is now recommended by the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) as a key tool in treating Ebola, as it's been officially shown to be effective in protecting humans from the Ebola Zaire virus.

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Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Over a thousand years of history in physical paper documents were in the process of being digitized by a state project called the Venice Time Machine Project. These state archives of Venice would have collected massive numbers of documents through the most modern means, allowing waves of ancient data to be interpreted with machine learning algorithms and utilized by data scientists aplenty. Unfortunately, a few mistakes were made between the start of the project and now. That's effectively a half-decade of scanning data that might be dead in the water.

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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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Galaxy Note 10 Lite is a variant away from USA, for now

Galaxy Note 10 Lite is a variant away from USA, for now

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite was revealed in a leak today as a slightly lesser relative to the already on-sale Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus. The newest version of the Galaxy Note 10 will be sold in a tier lower than that of the Galaxy Note 10+ with its 6.8-inch display, and lower than that of the 6.3-inch display-toting Galaxy Note 10. This newest Galaxy Note 10 Lite will apparently bring the S Pen to a whole new audience.

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Google’s European Android search default process will make it money

Google’s European Android search default process will make it money

Android users in Europe will get to pick their search engine of choice, as Google complies with the antitrust ruling from the European Commission, though in doing so the company will be lining its own pockets. Google was found guilty last year of creating a monopoly situation in Europe, insisting that Android smartphones have the Chrome browser pre-installed, and its own search engine set as the default.

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Europe to develop reusable rockets to fend off SpaceX dominance

Europe to develop reusable rockets to fend off SpaceX dominance

No one country can claim monopoly or sovereignty of the vastness of outer space. They can, however, claim superiority in the technologies that will take equipment and humans there. For the past years, space tech news has mostly revolved around SpaceX and, to a lesser extent, Blue Origin, both US companies. Other countries like China and even Russia aren’t sitting still and now the European Commission is making a move as well. It has just greenlit a three-year project to develop its own reusable rockets.

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Nokia offers Europe a 5G solution as Huawei faces uncertain future

Nokia offers Europe a 5G solution as Huawei faces uncertain future

Europe faces billions in additional cost if telecoms are banned from buying Chinese hardware, a leaked industry analysis claims. In addition to increasing costs by approximately $62 billion, the analysis allegedly states, the delay would also put Europe around 18 months behind on its 5G network plans. Nokia has challenged parts of the leaked analysis as it prepares to fill the space Huawei occupied.

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