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Google Tensor is a strike for independence

Google Tensor is a strike for independence

Google may have given us the first official glimpse of the new Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, but it's the Google Tensor chipset inside the upcoming Android 12 phones that's arguably more exciting. The company's first homegrown SoC, or system-on-chip, for smartphones, it sees Google take a long-rumored step down a path Apple has already followed.

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Zoom agrees $85m settlement over Zoombombing and privacy lawsuit

Zoom agrees $85m settlement over Zoombombing and privacy lawsuit

Zoom may have been the darling of pandemic video calling, but a "Zoombombing" lawsuit has cost the company $85 million after users complained that their data wasn't being sufficiently safeguarded. While video conferencing saw a huge uptick as people worked remotely and schools shifted to online learning, so too did cases of Zoom calls being accessed unofficially and disrupted.

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Google 2FA adds Chrome for Android to key options

Google 2FA adds Chrome for Android to key options

The Google two-factor authentication (2FA) security system was updated with a new security key. This system is also called 2SV, or 2-Step Verification. Before now, users were given the option to use a physical security key (USB), or via a Google Prompt notification (via the Google or Gmail app)*. Now Google also allows users to use a smartphone with Android running the Chrome web browser app.

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Pixel 6 revealed: Google previews its first custom Tensor Android chip

Pixel 6 revealed: Google previews its first custom Tensor Android chip

Google has revealed the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, spilling some early details about the upcoming Android flagships and the new Google Tensor chip that will power them. The two phones won't be released until later in 2021, but after plenty of leaks and speculation, Google has clearly decided it's better to join the discussion rather than watch its secrets get spilled early.

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Mac Pro tipped to give Apple Silicon switch its big finale – with a catch

Mac Pro tipped to give Apple Silicon switch its big finale – with a catch

Apple's two year Apple Silicon transition will be down to the wire, according to new leaks, with the most hotly-anticipated new Mac models potentially closing out the Cupertino firm's switchover from Intel. Begun in November 2020, the complete platform overhaul saw Apple undertake its biggest Mac evolution since the changeover from PowerPC.

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YouTube Premium Lite goes back to basics for one big advantage

YouTube Premium Lite goes back to basics for one big advantage

As it stands, subscribers to YouTube Premium get quite a bit for the $11.99 they pay each month. The main draw of YouTube Premium is obviously the fact that it gets rid of ads, but a Premium subscription also allows users to download videos for offline viewing, play videos in the background, and nets them access to YouTube Music. Now YouTube is testing a new "Premium Lite" subscription tier that eliminates most of those perks in exchange for a lower monthly cost.

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IKEA STARKVIND hides a smart air purifier in a handy side table

IKEA STARKVIND hides a smart air purifier in a handy side table

IKEA has a new air purifier, though at first glance you might assume STARKVIND is actually a side-table, since the Scandinavian design company has integrated the two. Connected to IKEA's TRÅDFRI smart home platform, the STARKVIND air purifier aims to tackle not only air quality but one of the big challenges purifiers face.

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Intel executive leaks Thunderbolt 5 details

Intel executive leaks Thunderbolt 5 details

Intel has lots of people working for it, considering it's a massive corporation. Recently, an Intel executive named Gregory M Bryant traveled to Israel to meet with an Intel team located there. Bryant posted a series of seemingly benign photos in a tweet that initially had four photos attached. However, followers of the account quickly realized that one of the photos leaked some proprietary data on a new technology that Intel certainly didn't want in the wild just yet.

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OnePlus Nord 2 owner claims new phone burst into flames

OnePlus Nord 2 owner claims new phone burst into flames

Ankur Sharma took to Twitter, claiming his wife had just bought a OnePlus Nord 2, and it caught on fire. According to the Twitter post by Sharma, which has now been removed from the social network, the smartphone was only five days old when it caught fire in a sling she was wearing while cycling. Sharma claimed in the Twitter post that the fire caused an accident.

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New Mobvoi TicWatches won’t run Wear OS 3 at launch, upgrade in 2022

New Mobvoi TicWatches won’t run Wear OS 3 at launch, upgrade in 2022

Google turned the excitement around its next major update to its Wear OS platform and doused it with the cold water of uncertainty. After teasing the improvements that Wear OS 3 would bring to the table, Google left people hanging on whether existing smartwatches, especially those released within the past year and a half, would even get the upgrade. Mobvoi is one of the few that has publicly committed to Wear OS 3, but it seems that there's a small catch to its promise.

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Windows Your Phone Apps feature could be expanding to more phones

Windows Your Phone Apps feature could be expanding to more phones

After giving up on its own attempts at creating its own mobile platform, Microsoft switched to integrating Windows better with Android and iOS. Not all phones or mobile platforms are created equal, of course, and Microsoft has struck a sweet deal with Samsung for even deeper integration that's exclusive to a select number of Galaxy phones. One of those features includes the ability to run an Android app from the phone in its own window, a feature that might soon be expanding to other phones or at least other Samsung phones.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 price leak could dash hopes

Galaxy Z Fold 3 price leak could dash hopes

Based on leaks so far, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 sounds like the pinnacle of Samsung's foldable device dreams. In addition to high-end specs by normal smartphone standards, the foldable phone is expected to showcase the latest and greatest Samsung mobile technologies. One naturally expects this phone will cost more than its predecessors, but consistent insider tips give hope that Samsung would find a way to give it a more affordable price tag. A new leak revealing the Galaxy Z Fold 3's European price, however, begs to differ.

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