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Google’s Fitbit buy sees serious advocacy resistance

Google’s Fitbit buy sees serious advocacy resistance

Advocacy groups in the United States and the European Union issued a statement on Wednesday rallying against Google's acquisition of Fitbit. The statement was signed by twenty advocacy groups from countries around the world, primarily in the USA and Europe. Google currently has a bid in place to acquire the fitness wearable company Fitbit - but the deal's not quite done just yet.

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Honor 9A takes a stab at the European market without Google

Honor 9A takes a stab at the European market without Google

Although Huawei is naturally in the spotlight when it comes to restrictions imposed by the US government, the effects also ripple out to its subsidiaries. Recently, even Kirin chip maker HiSilicon has become embroiled in the controversy and these two incidents will ultimately hit Honor hard. Just like its parent company, Honor is putting up a strong and brave face, pushing through with the global launch of its latest mid-range phone in Europe, bringing the Honor 9A's massive battery to a market still heavily dependent on Google apps and services.

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CERN approves 62-mile super-collider: now it just needs $23bn to pay for it

CERN approves 62-mile super-collider: now it just needs $23bn to pay for it

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, more commonly known as CERN, has approved an ambitious plan to build a 62-mile super-collider in the pursuit of expanding humanity's knowledge of physics. The endorsement came from the CERN Council today, June 19, with costs expected to hit a minimum of €21 billion (approx. $23.5 billion). CERN, of course, is best known for its work involving the Large Hadron Collider.

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Cowboy 3 e-bike arrives with new transmission and smart app features

Cowboy 3 e-bike arrives with new transmission and smart app features

Belgian company Cowboy has announced Cowboy 3, the third-generation version of its electric bicycle. The Cowboy 3 brings a number of improvements over the previous generation and launches alongside an updated companion app that packs new smart features. The company promises a more comfortable ride from its new model, one that includes more durability, faster climbing, and more.

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PlayStation Network warns about slow downloads in Europe

PlayStation Network warns about slow downloads in Europe

It seems that Internet services promoting this period of forced or voluntary quarantine as a perfect opportunity to catch up on videos and games may have been a tad premature. In Europe, the Internet is groaning under the sudden strain coming from significantly increased use both for work and especially for play. That has prompted many streaming services to throttle their quality to give way to more important uses and Sony's PlayStation Network is no exception.

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Facebook joins Netflix, Disney+ in reducing streaming quality in Europe

Facebook joins Netflix, Disney+ in reducing streaming quality in Europe

A lot of people are now talking about how the work you thought couldn't be done or even taken home has now proven to be otherwise out of necessity. Working from home has suddenly become more than a luxury but an essential way to stay in employment even during lockdowns and quarantines. Unfortunately, our Internet infrastructure and services might not have been prepared for a sudden flood of users, forcing many video streaming services, now including Facebook, to throttle their quality to prevent taking down Europe's Internet because of congestion.

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EU Circular Economy “right to repair” might include software updates

EU Circular Economy “right to repair” might include software updates

Analysts and manufacturers love citing smartphone sales and shipment figures but the unspoken implication is that the number of devices out in the wild is rapidly increasing. Not all of those devices are actually in use, which suggests that the number of devices, parts, and accessories that are being thrown out is also rapidly increasing. The European Union has been striving to curb that e-waste, leading to the controversial "USB-C only" proposal, and its latest proposal could ruffle the feathers of some manufacturers in terms of opening up their phones for extended support.

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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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