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The Nokia 8.3 5G and a couple of affordable handsets are official and coming to the US

After months of leaks and teasers, the Nokia 8.3 5G is finally official and coming to the US and Europe sporting the ever-popular Snapdragon 765G processor, quadruple rear cameras, 5G, and Android 10. Priced at $ 699 in the States and €649 in Europe for the 8GB/128GB variant, the Nokia 8.3 5G will launch in 6GB/64GB […]

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Google server problems took out Gmail and other services briefly

It feels unusual to see internet problems that aren’t related to someone trying to pre-order gaming equipment, but this evening users on the East and West coasts of the US experienced issues accessing Google services like Gmail, Google Docs, and even…
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iOS 14 update fixes a bug that reset your browser and mail defaults

One of the notable changes in iOS 14 is that it finally allowed users to set new default apps for their web browser and email. Chrome, Firefox, Gmail and others are already taking advantage of the setting, but after the update rolled out last week, m…
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British retailers reveal black and white 128GB Google Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 models

British retailers’ websites were showing listings for the 128GB Google Pixel 4a 5G last week, with one also showing the 128GB Google Pixel 5 – both available in black and white. The retailer websites – More Computers and BT – revealed the model numbers for those devices destined for the UK market. These are GA01986-UK […]

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OnePlus 8T is confirmed to feature ‘Ultra-Smooth’ 120Hz Fluid Display

The official launch is around 3 weeks away but that has never stopped OnePlus from starting the hype machine early, as we saw with the OnePlus Nord back in July. This time around, it’s the turn of the OnePlus 8T which is launching on its lonesome instead of a pair, and while that’s a little […]

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The Galaxy S20 FE is official and could be Samsung’s most desirable phone of 2020

After many, many leaks and rumors, Samsung has finally unveiled the Galaxy S20 FE, an affordable flagship that just might prove to be the best non-folding phone of 2020 for the Korean company. Coming in 4G and 5G variants which are powered by the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 chipsets respectively, the Galaxy S20 FE […]

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[Deal] Save at least 20% on these Aukey accessories

With savings ranging from 20-50% on accessories such as USB-C Hubs, car mounts, power banks, and USB-C cables, there’s a whole lot of value on offer with today’s batch of deals from Aukey. All the deals are available from Amazon, with discount codes and/or applying coupons on the product listing page. Audio [35% OFF] AUKEY EP-B40P […]

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Android 11 TV released, along with privacy, performance improvements and new features

Android 11 TV is arriving on the Android TV platform, enabling many features showcased during Google’s #11weeksofsummer virtual event. The update to Android TV closely follows the release of Android 11 for phones and tablets. It includes the same core enhancements to performance and privacy, such as how the platform now supports allowing application permissions […]

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1Password team-up with Privacy.com lets you create burner cards

1Password has announced its partnership with Privacy.com, which is a service you can use to create virtual credit cards to make shopping online a lot safer. The team-up integrates Privacy.com’s capabilities into 1Password, giving you a way to generat…
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SXSW will host an online festival in 2021

As part of its 2021 plans, SXSW will host an online festival that will attempt to replicate the best features of its annual conference in Austin, Texas. SXSW Online will run from March 16th to March 20th, 2021. SXSW's organizers say the event will al…
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Microsoft’s Surface Duo undergoes the traditional torture test by JerryRigEverything

Microsoft’s $ 1,400 Surface Duo is out and being delivered to consumers, and it’s also made its way into the hands of a certain tormentor of smart devices, Zack Nelson, or JerryRigEverything as you might know him. This time, it’s the turn of Microsoft’s dual-screened foldable to be bent, scratched, scraped, and burned as part of […]

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Here’s your new Google Chromecast with Android TV (in white)

We’ve heard rumors about a refreshed Google Chromecast that bakes in Android TV and offers a remote, and now it looks more real than ever. Some pretty official renders showcase the device from a few different angles and give us our best look at the remote yet. New Google Chromecast This new Chromecast tries to […]

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Here’s how to stream games from your own Xbox One to an Android phone

Microsoft has been testing out the ability to stream games from your Xbox to your smartphone, which is slightly different from the newly expanded Game Pass streaming; this relies on hardware you own at home instead of streaming from the cloud. That Console Streaming is expanding today with the newly updated Android app which should […]

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Microsoft’s Bethesda deal: Great for Game Pass, troubling for exclusives

Microsoft’s $ 7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media is huge news in many ways. It brings renowned studios like Bethesda, id and Arkane into the Xbox family, along with popular franchises including Doom, The Elder Scrolls and Fallout. It makes the X…
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NBC’s Peacock is finally live on Roku after tense negotiations

When NBC Universal's streaming service Peacock launched on July 15th, it was available to just about every bit of streaming hardware out there — except Roku devices. That changes today. After prolonged negotiations, and even a bit of public acrimony…
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Nikola founder resigns following SEC probe into electric truck business

Following a fraud accusation by a short firm and potential probe by the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Nikola founder Trevor Milton is stepping down as executive chairman. “Nikola is truly in my blood and always will be, and the focus shoul…
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Sony’s Xperia 5 II is official a 120Hz OLED display, 4,000mAh battery, and 5G everywhere except the US

Carrying on the week of tech launches is Sony with its latest flagship, the Xperia 5 II that sports a Snapdragon 865 processor and the tall 21:9 aspect ratio that the brand is known for in recent times. 5G is present, as is a notchless 120Hz OLED display, and a trio of rear cameras. The […]

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Everything you need to know about Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE ahead of its September 23rd launch

We’ve been hearing good things about Samsung’s soon-to-be-released Galaxy S20 FE, a phone that is more intriguing with every single leak, of which there have been a ton. From spec sheets to images of the phone being handled in the wild to retail listings, the Galaxy S20 FE is all but official already ahead of […]

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Six people face charges for allegedly bribing Amazon staff to help sellers

The US is cracking down on an elaborate scheme to boost some third-party Amazon sellers at the expense of others. A Grand Jury in Washington has indicted six people (via The Verge) for allegedly bribing Amazon staff and contractors to gain an edge in…
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Verizon’s $30 Unlimited Plus tablet plan offers 5G access

Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) has introduced a new plan for tablets, hotspots, smartwatches and laptops that’ll give you access to its 5G Ultra Wideband network, provided you have a device that supports it. The Unlimited Plus plan expands upon…
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It looks like the OnePlus 8T will launch on October 14th

In a change from its usual strategy of launching two phones twice a year, it seems that this time around we will only see a OnePlus 8T announced, with the Pro model being jettisoned. The move comes as OnePlus tries to reconnect with its fans and return to what made its reputation – great hardware […]

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Microsoft releases a final preview for Windows 10’s October update

The Windows 10 20H2 update will arrive next month with a few new features, like a visually refreshed Start menu, improved notifications, preinstalled Chromium Edge browser and the ability to Alt+Tab through Edge tabs. It’s also bringing more of the f…
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NBCU’s new deal with Roku will bring Peacock to the streaming platform

Just a few hours ago it looked like the fight between NBCUniversal and Roku would get ugly, and even see the Comcast-owned network’s other channels disappear from streaming boxes and sticks. But now the two have patched things up, and announced that…
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The US ban on TikTok and WeChat from app stores begins September 20th

As per the Executive Order signed by the US President on August 6th, September 20th will see the TikTok and WeChat apps banned from app stores in the United States. The move will prevent users from downloading or updating the two apps from Google’s and Apple’s respective app stores from Sunday onwards. According to the […]

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[Deal] Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G (512GB) is down to $1050 on Amazon right now

It only launched on August 5th but Samsung’s top-specced flagship, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G with 512GB storage is now available with a $ 400 discount on Amazon. The Mystic Black Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is down from $ 1449 to a reasonable $ 1049 for the time being, and is sold and fulfilled by Amazon […]

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You can now buy individual TicPods ANC earbuds and charger cases from Mobvoi

Earbuds are great until you step off the underground tube and one falls out of your ear on to the tracks where it’s pretty much lost forever. You are then faced with the choice of soldiering on with a single earbud, buying the same set in its entirety, or perhaps switching to a different brand […]

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‘Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition’ will have a 120fps mode

Capcom has officially unveiled Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition during Sony’s PlayStation 5 event, where it revealed that the game will launch on the same day the console becomes available. The upgraded version of DMC5, which was originally released i…
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Qualcomm lost 3% of global smartphone chip market share in Q2 2020, against a backdrop of falling sales

Qualcomm lost 3% of global smartphone chip market share in Q2 2020 in a difficult market, which fell by 26%, according to the latest market share data. The report, by Counterpoint Research, explained that the main reason for the decline in smartphone chips is because of sharply reduced smartphone sales, due to the global pandemic. […]

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Google takes on TikTok with YouTube Shorts

TikTok has gained popularity and seemingly notoriety in recent months with the US government using it as a new weapon in its trade war with China. While it seems that Oracle is set to do a deal with TikTok so that it can continue operating in the US, Google has taken the opportunity to launch […]

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Microsoft’s xCloud has officially launched with over 150 titles for Android gamers

When Microsoft first announced that its Project xCloud would launch on Android phones and tablets on September 15th, I posed the question that debuting with over 100 titles would represent a clear and present danger to Google’s Stadia streaming service. Now that the day has come, and ‘Xbox Cloud Gaming’ has actually got more than […]

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These are all the gaming titles available on Microsoft’s xCloud gaming service

Microsoft’s Project xCloud is official with a rebranding to Xbox Cloud Gaming which sounds just a tad on the clunky side. That is not something that can be said for the product’s launch line-up of gaming titles nor the sheer value for money that the Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service offers in conjunction with the […]

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‘The Mandalorian’ season two trailer is here

We’re just over a month away until the second season of The Mandalorian drops onto Disney+ and, to whet our appetites even more, Disney has just dropped a full trailer. The new series, which begins on October 30th, will see Mando and The Child tasked…
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Check out the next batch of OnePlus 8T details, including fast charging and camera specs

It’s time to seriously start thinking about the OnePlus 8T. We’ll see a return to flagship form to complement the newly released but midrange OnePlus Nord, and it’s sure to bring better camera performance and other cutting edge features. Looks like we might get another slick color option out of it, too. OnePlus 8T renders […]

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Bloomberg: PS5 Digital Edition pricing could dip below $400

We’re only a day or so away from Sony’s next PlayStation 5 event where we hope to get a confirmed price / launch date for the new console, but the rumors are still coming in. After reporting in July that Sony would respond to the coronavirus pandemic…
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Razer data leak may have exposed info of over 100,000 customers

If you recently bought something from Razer, you'll want to keep an eye on your email inbox for suspicious links. According to security researcher Bob Diachenko, the company recently misconfigured one of its Elasticsearch servers, leaving the sensiti…
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Fitbit gets FDA clearance for its Sense smartwatch and ECG app

Fitbit’s $ 329 Sense smartwatch just earned clearance from the FDA (and the EU’s regulatory body) for its electrocardiogram (ECG) app. When the “advanced health” wearable arrives this October, it will be able to assess heart rhythms for atrial fibrill…
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IKEA Sonos Symfonisk speakers get colorful new covers

IKEA’s Symfonisk speakers are a great bargain: Sonos-compatible speakers but priced like any other piece of IKEA stuff. The downside in this instance was that you could only get them in a utilitarian white-and-grey or black-and-dark-grey color scheme…
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NVIDIA is officially buying Arm for $40 billion

Just as we expected, NVIDIA just announced that it’s buying the semiconductor design company Arm for $ 40 billion. The deal will make NVIDIA into an even larger presence in mobile computing, especially when it comes to bringing its AI technology into…
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Huawei says that phones running EMUI 11 will be able to ‘upgrade’ to HarmonyOS

Huawei held its annual Developer Conference yesterday and besides announcing some very interesting laptops, smartwatches, and earphones, also revealed that its HarmonyOS will debut on smartphones during 2021, which is big news in itself. Today brought another intriguing factoid with Huawei saying that devices running on EMUI 11, which is only just beginning to roll […]

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Google’s Android dongle may be called ‘Chromecast with Google TV’

Over the past few months, leaked renders and internal listings pretty much confirmed that Google is working on an Android TV dongle codenamed “Sabrina.” Now, Artem Russakovskii of Android Police has discovered a listing on Target’s retail system that…
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Amazon Prime Day will reportedly be held on October 5th

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing on a global scale, one of the events that made way for it back in July was the now annual Amazon Prime Week Day, with the retailer giving a somewhat vague inkling of when it might actually take place. If wondering exactly when Prime Day might be held is […]

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Space startup Astra’s first orbital rocket launch ends prematurely

The relatively small private rocket industry just got a little larger, if not quite in the way its new entrant hoped. The American startup Astra conducted a brief first orbital launch attempt (via TechCrunch) late on September 11th, with a successful…
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Android 11 has 117 new emojis so you don’t have to type out a message

Emojis are something that I never really notice unless I can’t find one that matches what I want to say, and then it’s a case of seeing where I can find a suitable example online. Yes, I know that I could choose to express my sentiment in actual words, but that would be half the […]

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Microsoft Surface Duo teardown reveals ‘refreshingly simple hinge design’

iFixit has pulled apart a Microsoft Surface Duo, giving us a look at what’s inside the dual-screen device. One of the team’s most notable findings is that the Duo has a “refreshingly simple hinge design” compared to the ones found in foldable devices…
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Microsoft says Apple’s game streaming policy will lead to ‘a bad experience’

Earlier today, Apple revised its App Store guidelines to give companies such as Microsoft and Google a way to offer their video game streaming platforms on iOS, but did so with a major caveat. Apple said those companies could release catalog-style ap…
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Chinese government reportedly would rather TikTok shut down than be sold

China could throw yet another wrench in TikTok’s attempts to secure its future in the US. Officials in the country are opposed to a sale and would rather see the app be banned than sold to an American company, Reuters reports.The report, which cites…
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[Deal] Mpow’s M7 Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds are down to less than $20

It was just the other day that I returned from IFA 2020 and only realized that I’d forgotten my favorite pair of earphones on the flight home, and so I am left with looking for a replacement pair. If you are forgetful like me and are also in the market for some new earbuds, then […]

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Apple will let Epic Games users ‘sign in with Apple’ for a bit longer

A day before Apple was set to shut down the “sign in with Apple” prompt for Epic Games users, the company has retreated on its threat. Apple issued an indefinite extension on the matter, meaning for now, Epic Games players can still use “sign in with…
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You’ll need to travel to an arcade to play ‘Far Cry VR’

Ubisoft is returning to one of its most popular Far Cry games, but probably not in the way fans were expecting. Ahead of its Ubisoft Forward showcase later today, the company detailed Far Cry VR: Dive Into Insanity, a new VR spinoff of Far Cry 3 you’…
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