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Xbox Series X mini fridge price and pre-order release date revealed

Xbox Series X mini fridge price and pre-order release date revealed

A surprisingly decent proposal appeared this year as Microsoft revealed the Xbox Series X refrigerator. At first, this entire situation seemed like an out-of-season April Fools' Joke back in October of 2020, as a sort of giveaway deal with Snoop Dogg. Then it appeared chilling Dwayne Johnson's energy drink. Then it started to get... real.

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Europe just banned a common food dye over DNA damage concerns

Europe just banned a common food dye over DNA damage concerns

The European Union has banned the use of a common food additive commonly used to produce white colors. The decision follows years of contention over whether titanium dioxide represents a health risk when used as a food additive. Though officials still have not concluded whether titanium dioxide is genotoxic when used in food, the "evidence along with all of the uncertainties" fueled the decision to ban its use.

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EU proposes USB-C charging standard and Apple isn’t happy

EU proposes USB-C charging standard and Apple isn’t happy

The European Commission today took a big step toward making USB-C the charging standard for many devices sold in Europe. The Commission states that this proposed legislation would make USB-C the standard charging port on "all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers, and handheld videogame consoles." The Commission is also looking to unbundle the sale of chargers from devices once USB-C becomes standard to cut down on waste.

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2022 Ford Fiesta gets mild styling updates; Fiesta ST has more torque

2022 Ford Fiesta gets mild styling updates; Fiesta ST has more torque

The 2022 Ford Fiesta arrives in Europe with a few styling updates and a mild power upgrade for the hotter Fiesta ST version. Ford has discontinued the Fiesta (and other cars except for the Mustang) in America beginning a few years back. But in Europe, the Fiesta remains a strong competitor against other superminis like the Vauxhall Corsa, VW Polo, and Seat Ibiza.

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Google Assistant faces EU antitrust investigation

Google Assistant faces EU antitrust investigation

Google is no stranger to inquiries, investigations, and even lawsuits regarding its businesses and products, especially when it comes to anti-competitive behavior. From Search to shopping to news to even Chrome, Google has faced numerous legal challenges, especially within the European Union. Even while it faces the latest set of challenges over the Google Play Store, the European Commission is reportedly preparing to slap it another one, this time over how it may be forcing Google Assistant to be the default voice assistant on smart devices, particularly those running Android.

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Germany wants smartphones to get seven years of support

Germany wants smartphones to get seven years of support

The software update situation on Android has gotten better in the last year or two, with some manufacturers boasting at least three years of support. While that is definitely better than before, many users and some regulators think companies can do a lot better, almost to Apple levels. There are some efforts in the European Union to actually enforce longer periods of support for smartphones, but it seems that Germany really wants to go all out on that thrust by trying to push seven years as the legally required minimum for software updates and spare parts.

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2022 Mercedes C-Class Estate All-Terrain is packing rugged genes and mild-hybrid technology

2022 Mercedes C-Class Estate All-Terrain is packing rugged genes and mild-hybrid technology

The 2022 Mercedes C-Class Estate All-Terrain is another reason why Americans are missing out on the station wagon craze. The latest C-Class All-Terrain is debuting at this year’s German Auto Show and will start rolling into European showrooms later in 2021, just in time for winter. The 2022 Mercedes C-Class Estate All-Terrain will never make it to the USA (at least not yet), but it’s a solid alternative to generic-looking crossovers while having the off-road chops to match.

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iPhone’s most unique feature could be axed if EU has its way

iPhone’s most unique feature could be axed if EU has its way

A new law could be put in place soon that'd effectively force Apple to change the way the iPhone connects to computers physically. This might be a non-issue if Apple ever decides to move away from the physical connector cord in favor of an all-wireless system, but for now - all eyes are on Lightning. The European Commission is expected next month to present their newest attempt at legislation that'd make one common cord the law for smartphones across the board.

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Motorola Edge S Pro signals Moto finally be ready to compete in USA again

Motorola Edge S Pro signals Moto finally be ready to compete in USA again

It's been just over a year since we got our hands on the Motorola Edge+, a device that we described as "beauty nearly to a fault." Now Motorola has a new set of devices with "Edge" in the name, but without so much emphasis on the idea that the display needs to cascade off the left and right of the machine. Motorola has not yet released equivalents to the "Motorola Edge S Pro" and "Edge Light Luxury Edition" here in the USA, but this week's push to China could very well be the tease we've been waiting for.

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Xiaomi beat Samsung in Europe for the first time

Xiaomi beat Samsung in Europe for the first time

The past 18 months have thrown the smartphone market royalty into disarray. It was no surprise that Huawei was dethroned from its coveted spot but getting booted out of the world's Top 5 was still painful. Samsung barely maintains a lead in the global market after a decrease in shipments, while Apple remains stable against all odds. Amidst this reshuffling, Xiaomi is emerging as the strongest contender, having surpassed even Samsung last quarter, at least in Europe.

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Europe’s aggressive new emissions rules put gas engines on notice

Europe’s aggressive new emissions rules put gas engines on notice

The European Union has revealed tough new emissions standards, aiming for a 55-percent cut this decade in a move that could all but sign the death warrant for combustion engines. The European Green Deal, revealed in Brussels today, sees the EU's existing fossil fuel goals made even more aggressive as it cranks up the cost of emitting CO2.

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A digital euro is being developed – and faces big questions

A digital euro is being developed – and faces big questions

A digital euro is being developed, with the European Central Bank confirming that it's working on its own cross-border online currency, though not committing to actually launch the new virtual coin. The digital euro would be safer, more private, and more flexible, the organization insists, aiming to do for online transactions what the physical euro has done across the European Union.

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