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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max: The flagship battle

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra vs. iPhone 12 Pro Max: The flagship battle

The two heavyweights of flagship smartphones – Samsung and Apple - are in for another blockbuster bout as the Korean smartphone maker just announced the S21 series at the Galaxy Unpacked event. This comes after the release of the Apple iPhone 12 series a couple of months ago. While the iPhone’s latest and greatest iPhone 12 Pro Max has already proved its substance, Samsung is here to spoil the party and take the laurels away.

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2021 iPhone in-screen Touch ID tipped as Apple tests foldables

2021 iPhone in-screen Touch ID tipped as Apple tests foldables

A new leak has dropped a number of details on Apple's alleged upcoming plans for its iPhone and iPad products, not the least of which is a possible folding handset. That's a more distant look at the future, one that may not become a reality, but the leaks also include alleged changes in this year's models.

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Simple $40 wiretap planted in iPhone of Russian activist

Simple $40 wiretap planted in iPhone of Russian activist

An interesting little device was discovered planted in the iPhone of Russian anti-corruption activist Lyubov Sobol's campaign manager over the new year. On December 21, 2020, Sobol's campaign manager Olga Klyuchnikova was taken into custody by the Russian FSB. She spent a week in jail on "administrative charges" and was released - but something was amiss.

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Xiaomi blacklisted by DoD as “Communist Chinese military company”

Xiaomi blacklisted by DoD as “Communist Chinese military company”

The United States Department of Defense expanded their list of companies with alleged connections to the Chinese military today with Xiaomi and 8 other groups. A June 12, 2020 version of the list added Huawei to the same list (alongside 19 other China-based or China-associated companies). Entities on the list are effectively blacklisted from business with companies in the United States as authorized by Section 1237 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1999 (Public Law 105-261). The Department of Defense says the list names "Communist Chinese military companies."

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Shiny Pokemon GO list released for Hoenn Event – Sparkly Aron!

Shiny Pokemon GO list released for Hoenn Event – Sparkly Aron!

Pokemon GO has a Hoenn Region event coming up, and we've got the list of Pokemon that'll be out in force. The Shiny Pokemon that'll be in the mix are numerous - but noy all common. The difference between a Shiny Pokemon released here and Shiny Pokemon released on a special event for it, specifically, is the likelihood that you'll find one.

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Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

A Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) was created for the near future in which COVID-19 vaccination checks are imperative. The VCI is a coalition of public and private partners that include Evernorth, Mitre, SAFE, SalesForce, Change Healthcare, CARIN, The Commons Project, Epic, Mayo Clinic, Oracle, and Microsoft. Cards will allow individuals to access and display their vaccination records "based on open, inoperable standards."

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Pokemon GO subscription and search features leaked in teardown

Pokemon GO subscription and search features leaked in teardown

This week the folks at Niantic released a new update for Pokemon GO. Beyond what we were able to see in the game's live code, a whole bunch of new and not-quite-active features appeared in the game's build. Items like a new Ditto Extensions Library (maybe for Shiny Ditto?) and Promise Library appeared in the mix before they're ready to roll in the game proper - let's take a peek!

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Samsung promises Galaxy Digital Key support for four big automakers

Samsung promises Galaxy Digital Key support for four big automakers

Samsung is working with four major automakers to turn its Galaxy S21 smartphones into digital car keys, as the company chases Apple and its already-launched iPhone as Key tech. The Android phone-maker announced the collaborations with Audi, BMW, Ford, and Genesis during its Galaxy Unpacked 2021 event today, where it unveiled three new smartphones.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra hands on – Heavy Hitter

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra hands on – Heavy Hitter

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy S21 are here, and Samsung had to make some tough decisions to keep its flagship smartphones relevant in 2021. If last year demonstrated anything, it's that things can change rapidly and so, too, can buyers' priorities. If you want them to dig deep and splash out on a four-figure smartphone, you need to offer them something special - and different.

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Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ expands with UWB tracking

Samsung Galaxy SmartTag+ expands with UWB tracking

Today Samsung revealed their Galaxy SmartTag series, with Bluetooth for the standard version and UWB tracking with the Galaxy SmartTag+. Each Samsung Galaxy SmartTag will be able to be viewed in an app on your smartphone, tracked in real time, and pinged at a moment's notice with UWB (with the SmartTag+) or with the last known location using Bluetooth (with the standard SmartTag).

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Samsung adds S Pen to Galaxy S21 Ultra – but prepare to be confused

Samsung adds S Pen to Galaxy S21 Ultra – but prepare to be confused

Samsung has brought the S Pen to the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but you'd be forgiven for being confused as to just how stylus and smartphone work together. Familiar from the Galaxy Note series, the S Pen isn't being bundled with the new S21 Ultra, and nor indeed is it the same stylus we're familiar with. In fact, if you're coming from a recent Note, there may be some features you miss.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, S21+ and S21 make brave choices for 2021

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, S21+ and S21 make brave choices for 2021

Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 are here, but 2021's flagship Android phones find the smartphone market - like the rest of the world - isn't what it once was. On the one hand, Samsung says, there are those who insist on a high-end device, won't compromise on features or design, and are willing to pay handsomely to get it.

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