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How Huawei coped with the U.S. ban so far

How Huawei coped with the U.S. ban so far

Huawei users have had a nerve-racking couple of months since being blacklisted by the Trump administration. Part of the escalating trade war with China, the ban would mean U.S. companies would no longer be able to trade with Huawei. Google, Intel and Microsoft would all have to stop selling software and parts to them, which would be highly detrimental to any technological giant.

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This is Verizon’s 2019 basic cellphone

This is Verizon’s 2019 basic cellphone

The Orbic Journey V is Verizon's newest "basic, simple phone" with no smartphone, Android, or iPhone features of which to speak. This is the phone which the average young person, or more likely their dad, will buy in defiance of smartphone trends, and will use for many years to come. Assuming this phone lasts longer than its 2-year monthly payment period, there's a good chance owners will continue making use of this hardware until it's completely worn out.

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It’s Galaxy Note 10 release day: The deals (and the reasons to wait)

It’s Galaxy Note 10 release day: The deals (and the reasons to wait)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is available for purchase (general availability) starting today, August 23, 2019. Today we're looking at the Galaxy Note 10 price, the price of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus (Galaxy Note 10+, if you prefer), and how and where people will get deals. We've also got a short list of reasons why someone might want to reconsider buying a Note 10 right this minute, including the fact that the Galaxy Note 10 Plus doesn't arrive until September.

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Rocketbook Fusion Review: adding structure to the hybrid notebook

Rocketbook Fusion Review: adding structure to the hybrid notebook

The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 may have sparked questions on the long-term viability of the product line. The Galaxy Note is largely defined by its S Pen stylus, which may have already peaked at this point. Some, however, are not completely sold on that particular use case and would prefer the more traditional pen and paper method.

For years, the folks over at Rocketbook have been offering a rather unorthodox way to bridge the digital and analog worlds together and with the latest Rocketbook Fusion notebook, it is attempting to appeal to one of the most passionate users of paper notebooks around: organizers and planners.

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Samsung Android 10 One UI 2.0 leak shows massive changes

Samsung Android 10 One UI 2.0 leak shows massive changes

Samsung isn't exactly known for its speed when it comes to Android updates so hearing that it has an Android 10 update ready is almost too good to be true. Of course, Samsung has had access to the upcoming Android release just like other OEMs but, given its track record, it's a bit of surprise that it seems almost ready for next month's release. Perhaps even more surprising is that Samsung may have finally yielded and will fall in line with Android 10's still controversial navigation gestures.

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Huawei’s Harmony OS phone won’t be showing up this year

Huawei’s Harmony OS phone won’t be showing up this year

Huawei may have yet dodged the bullet, if only for a short while. The reprieve that it may receive will allow it to continue supporting existing customers of existing products. That, at least, gives it more time to prepare its options, especially when it comes to smartphone software. Despite analyses and theories in the past few months, Huawei is publicly saying it isn't looking to putting out a phone running its homegrown Harmony OS. At least not this year and not unless its forced by US sanctions.

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Nokia Android 10 roadmap includes affordable 5G phone

Nokia Android 10 roadmap includes affordable 5G phone

The big news in the Android world today has been the switch of release branding from letters and desserts to plain numbers. While it might not matter much just yet to actual phones, HMD Global is, perhaps unsurprisingly, jumping on the opportunity to layout its plans for updating its phones to the new Android 10. But while it has concretely shared its roadmap to updating existing phones, it has also dropped hints about its intention to launch a 5G 5G Nokia phone at half the price of current 5G handsets.

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Galaxy A50s and A30s revealed as Samsung’s release cycles quicken

Galaxy A50s and A30s revealed as Samsung’s release cycles quicken

The Samsung Galaxy A50s and A30s were announced today as 's' upgrades to devices in the Galaxy A series: A50 and A30. These devices were released with surprisingly few details on pricing or release - almost as if Samsung's push for the popularity of this lineup is more about the feeling than it is about the nitty gritty bits like... how they can be purchased.

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OtterBox reveals wireless charging system with stackable batteries

OtterBox reveals wireless charging system with stackable batteries

OtterBox, the company best known for its durable phone cases, has introduced its new OtterSpot Wireless Charging System with stackable, highly portable wireless charging pucks. The device opens the door for portable wireless charging, meaning there are no wires involved thanks to the OtterSpot Wireless Charging Batteries.

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Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

This week the folks at Google enabled PDF edits for mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, and the like) in the Google Drive app. Users will need the official Google Drive app for iOS or Android to make this work, but the feature will be turned ON by default - so no worries about searching for settings before you hit the ground running. Users will be able to enter text in text fields, tap checkboxes, tap radio buttons, and select options from a dropdown menu. UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: This feature will be available to G Suite users soon, and Google has not announced a release for non-G Suite consumers.

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Android gaming gets a boost with Honor GamePad, Xbox USB controller support

Android gaming gets a boost with Honor GamePad, Xbox USB controller support

Before game streaming services like Google Stadia and Microsoft Project xCloud stole the spotlight, mobile gaming was the big thing in the tech industry, where anyone and everyone tries to make a big or at least quick buck from anyone will to pay for IAPs. Despite the proliferation of titles, mobile gaming, unlike their desktop or console counterparts, mobile gaming hasn't been big on accessories, especially controllers. That situation may be improving soon with Honor's launch of its own GamePad and upcoming support for Xbox's latest Elite controller.

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Samsung DeX is going into Chicago police cars

Samsung DeX is going into Chicago police cars

While it has become more common these days to connect smartphones to cars, the idea of putting your entire computer on the dashboard is still alien, almost laughable. Yet that is exactly the idea that Samsung is selling with its DeX In Vehicle program which, naturally, puts a Samsung Galaxy at the center of the action. It won't be in regular vehicles, though, as Samsung is focusing on putting the power of Android and an Android desktop in the cars of Chicago's Police Department.

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