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Razer GDPR update: Old software wont work anymore

Razer GDPR update: Old software wont work anymore

This morning Razer began rolling out an update for the Razer Phone, an update that'll change just a couple things. The most important part of the update is a series of upgrades that'll bring the Razer Phone up to full GDPR standards. "Razer highly values its users’ privacy, and therefore we are adding the highest standards of GDPR requirements from the across the globe to the Razer Phone," said a Razer representative. "We welcome the implementation of GDPR as it is an important step to enabling and empowering individual privacy rights."

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EU bans popular pesticides from fields to save bee populations

EU bans popular pesticides from fields to save bee populations

The European Union is taking drastic steps to help protect the world's bee population and will ban the most commonly used pesticides by the end of the year. The ban applies to open fields, but not closed greenhouses. The move follows many studies indicating that these pesticides are contributing to a drastic decrease in bee populations, an issue that threatens the world's crops.

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Apple’s deal to buy Shazam is under European investigation

Apple’s deal to buy Shazam is under European investigation

Apple's acquisition of Shazam has caught the attention of the European Commission, and not in a good way, with an in-depth investigation being opened over whether it harmfully impacts user choice. The proposed deal had been announced back in December last year, though without confirmation of just how much it would cost the Cupertino firm.

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Huawei P20 Pro detail round-up just before the event

Huawei P20 Pro detail round-up just before the event

For the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro we've been watching the rumor mill for weeks, and today we're having a peek at the details. The round-up you're about to see captures both the Huawei P20 and the Huawei P20 Pro, both of these smartphones the high-end beasts Huawei wishes the world to behold. Both of these devices will quite likely be revealed tomorrow at the Huawei event in Paris at 1PM GMT (Tuesday, the 26th of March.)

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Google Right to be Forgotten’s first 3 years center on social media

Google Right to be Forgotten’s first 3 years center on social media

Today Google released a research paper called "Three years of the Right to be Forgotten" for peer review. It's been nearly four since Google's "Right to be Forgotten" tool went live in the aftermath of an Euro-centric Google listing legal ruling. This Right to be Forgotten service was launched by Google at the tail end of May, 2014, and it began its life in a wildly popular manner, finding 12,000 requests inside its first 24 hours.

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Huawei Honor 9 Lite’s four-camera Android gets wider launch

Huawei Honor 9 Lite’s four-camera Android gets wider launch

The Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro might be the Huawei phones that are currently getting the lion's share of the attention, but today we're being reminded of the Honor line. Specifically, the Honor 9 Lite is bring catapulted into the spotlight again today, after launching in China toward the end of December. Think of the Honor 9 Lite as a budget-friendly device that stands in contrast to the premium focus Huawei tends to take with the Mate and standard Honor lines.

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Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Remember how Apple just got in trouble for deliberately slowing down old iPhones? Samsung was just called out for the same thing. Antitrust authorities are now investigating both Samsung and Apple for their part in "unfair commercial practices." More specifically, Samsung and Apple now part of two separate proceedings for "exploiting the shortcomings of some components to reduce the performance of their products over time and induce consumers to purchase new versions of the same."

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Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

Germany issues ban on children’s smartwatches, urges parents to destroy them

The sale of kids' smartwatches have just been banned in Germany, as the country's telecommunications regulator has labelled them as essentially "spying devices." While the wearables, designed for kids aged 5 to 12, often look like toys, they're designed to allow parents to remotely listen in on the child's environment via the watches' microphone, all without notice, in turn offering the same functionality as a wiretap.

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BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW form Ionity for European EV charging network

BMW, Ford, Daimler, and VW form Ionity for European EV charging network

When it comes to the future of the electric car market and its growth, one of the biggest difficulties is the need for a wide range of charging stations that will support vehicles from different manufacturers. Well, four of the biggest automakers are now working together to form a solution — for Europe, at least. BMW, Daimler, Ford, and the Volkswagen Group have announced a joint partnership in Ionity, a venture that aims to build a huge network of fast chargers across Europe.

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Pokemon Go events delayed in Europe after Fest disaster in Chicago

Pokemon Go events delayed in Europe after Fest disaster in Chicago

Both Pokemon Go players and developer Niantic Labs suffered a huge disappointment last weekend when the real-world Pokemon Go Fest event turned into a disaster. Held in Chicago, the event was designed to be a celebration of the game and its community on its one-year anniversary, but severe technical issues including overloaded servers and cellular network congestion left players unable to login and participate.

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You will finally be able to buy an LG V30 if you’re in Europe

You will finally be able to buy an LG V30 if you’re in Europe

Not all smartphones are created equal, moreso smartphone markets. Some countries get the top of the line models while others have to settle for mid-range ones. If you are living in Europe and have been itching to get LG’s V series, you were pretty much out of luck. Times are changing, it seems. According to a tip, LG will be bringing it soon to be unveiled V30 to Europe, making it the first of its line to make it into the region.

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Android could net Google another antitrust fine from EU

Android could net Google another antitrust fine from EU

Last week, The European Commission slapped Google with a fairly massive fine. The Commission ordered Google to pay €2.4 billion over the violation of antitrust laws related to the way it placed its own Google Shopping results in search. Now, Google could be facing an even bigger antitrust fine from The European Commission, and this time the Commission's point of contention is Android.

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