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PUBG Mobile’s India odyssey isn’t over yet

PUBG Mobile’s India odyssey isn’t over yet

It's been a rough couple of months for PUBG Mobile. Back in September, the government of India announced that it was banning a grand total of 118 apps - PUBG Mobile among them - because of their ties to China. PUBG Mobile, as many people are aware, was published by Chinese company Tencent in India, putting it square in the government's crosshairs. While PUBG Corp said that it would look for a new way to offer PUBG Mobile in India following this announcement, the ban went into effect on October 30th, wiping out a huge market for the game in one fell swoop.

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PUBG Mobile loses huge market as ban goes into effect

PUBG Mobile loses huge market as ban goes into effect

It looks like we've reached the end of the road for PUBG Mobile in India - at least for the time being. Back in September, the Indian government banned more than 100 apps due to connections to China. Since PUBG Mobile was published in India by Tencent, a Chinese company, it was included in that ban, which left PUBG Corp scrambling to come up with a way to keep the app live in India.

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Largest COVID-19 CT study says children, travel the keys to spread

Largest COVID-19 CT study says children, travel the keys to spread

The largest contact-tracing study ever conducted in the history of the world was done this year for COVID-19. In said study, whose results were posted today, "children and young adults were found to be potentially much more important to transmitting the virus" than previous studies have identified. Research was published this morning in the journal Science and results are available for viewing now.

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Motorola Moto G9 released for $154: Why not USA?

Motorola Moto G9 released for $154: Why not USA?

India seems to be the place where companies like Motorola are really fighting fiercely for the market with smartphones that go to the extreme. In this case, that means a Motorola Moto G9 was released in India for ₹11,499 (approximately $154) with a set of specifications that are more than powerful enough for most consumers. Why can't the United States get a value proposition like that?

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OPPO Reno 4 Pro Review – Killer charging

OPPO Reno 4 Pro Review – Killer charging

The availability of components like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 700 series and Sony's IMX586 has become a double-edged sword for phone makers. On the one hand, these have made often high-end functionality available on mid-range phones. On the other hand, the sudden explosion of these mid-range phones has also made it harder for devices to differentiate. Often it takes some design gimmick or marketing stunt to stand out from one another but the OPPO Reno 4 Pro goes beyond the surface to deliver something more substantial. But is it enough to truly rise above the rest? We take a deep drive to find out.

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OnePlus Nord Review: At what cost simplicity?

OnePlus Nord Review: At what cost simplicity?

OnePlus Nord was released in the Summer of 2020 in just about every global smartphone market but North America. If you're living in Europe or India, you're in luck, this is a surprisingly high-quality phone for a very reasonable price. If you live in the United States, this smartphone is a very big, but very promising, tease indeed.

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OnePlus Nord launch hands-on and first impressions: Flat enough?

OnePlus Nord launch hands-on and first impressions: Flat enough?

OnePlus Nord was revealed on the 21st of July, 2020, as a new sort of value proposition from the brand that started with the OnePlus One. This device is very similar to its predecessors in many respects - it runs much of the same software as the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro - but it's a different beast. OnePlus Nord is meant to be the most affordable iteration of the OnePlus smartphone experience.

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OnePlus Nord pre-orders up for 24 hours: How they’ll convince you

OnePlus Nord pre-orders up for 24 hours: How they’ll convince you

If you've been following the OnePlus Nord release story for the last few months, you might be interested in owning the device. It's a low-cost smartphone with features that seem to be far more elite than the phone's price would imply. It's a simple proposition, and the OnePlus method for enticing your cash in advance of the device's full "reveal" event is... shockingly efficient.

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Equillium COVID-19 clinical trial shows “significantly reduced mortality”

Equillium COVID-19 clinical trial shows “significantly reduced mortality”

Today the company Equillium reported that clinical trials of their drug itoizamub "significantly reduced mortality" in patients with COVID-19. Equillium is a clinical-stage biotechnology company whose focus is largely COVID-19-related - like many companies of this sort at the moment. They reported today that a Biocon, India clinical trial with itolizumab "significantly reduced mortality in patients hospitalized with COVID-19."

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Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro Review : Budget cost, shockingly good macro camera

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro Review : Budget cost, shockingly good macro camera

The POCO F2 Pro, or Pocophone F2 Pro, is a highly decent smartphone. It was released in May of 2020 running Android 10 with MIUI 11 inside. This device has a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen up front with no camera to interrupt its rounded-corner rectangle face. This is one of the few smartphones to have ever been released with a mechanically operated pop-up front-facing camera module - and it comes in several colors, both wild and decent.

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OnePlus Nord is the name, leaking budget phone is the game

OnePlus Nord is the name, leaking budget phone is the game

OnePlus Nord is the name of the budget-friendly smartphone the brand OnePlus has releasing next. This next-generation smartphone line will start with a single model that's not quite revealed in full just yet, but should be soon. Today was a big day in the history of the phone line as the OnePlus crew revealed that it was, indeed, called OnePlus Nord, officially.

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Android app that removes Chinese apps gets massive support in India

Android app that removes Chinese apps gets massive support in India

If the US government is bent on bringing Huawei to its knees through trade laws, India's citizens are taking a different route to show their protest against China. A new app has landed on Google Play Store that singles out apps that originate from China as a response to a call for Indians to boycott software made by Chinese citizens. That call seems to have resounded strongly as the app gathered now over 5 million downloads in just two weeks.

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