Turkey orders Google to change its online ad strategy

Google is facing yet another fine for allegedly abusing its search ad clout, although the financial punishment this time is less serious than its implications. Arab News reports that Turkey’s Competition Board has given Google six months to change it…
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After Math: Apple debuts devices running on its own silicon

The world tuned in on Tuesday to watch Apple CEO Tim Cook unveil the company’s latest technological advancement, the M1 chipset, as well as the brand new devices that will be running on it. But that was far from all the news from last week, here are…
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UK might ban sales of fossil fuel cars as early as 2030

The UK might soon move up its ban on sales of combustion engine cars — yes, again. The Financial Times and the BBC both claim Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce a ban on fossil fuel car sales by 2030, five years ahead of the most recent targe…
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iPhone 12 mini owners report unresponsive lock screens

Some early iPhone 12 mini buyers are having a rough experience with their diminutive new handset. Users on MacRumors, Apple’s forum and Reddit report that the 12 mini’s touchscreen is partly unresponsive at the lock screen. They’ll not only have trou…
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GM recalls 68,000 Chevy Bolt EVs after reports of battery fires

You might need to take your Chevy Bolt in for major service. Detroit News and The Verge report that GM is recalling 68,677 Bolt EVs (50,900 in the US) to help it identify the causes of five battery fires between 2017 and 2019. The car maker has found…
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OnePlus 8T review: Slow and steady wins the race

The OnePlus 8T rolled out this year, refining the already-fantastic OnePlus 8 from earlier in 2020. Last time around really showed OnePlus taking that next step into premium territory, polishing off their rough edges and rolling everything into a package that’s frankly still hard to top. So now we have the iterative improvement in the […]

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OnePlus Nord is set for a sequel named ‘Denniz’

Having pivoted to focus on affordable smartphones offering value and a good blend of hardware, OnePlus scored a winner with the launch of the original Nord handset. The range may have been watered down by the subsequent release of the Nord N100 and Nord N10 5G, but the original Nord, with its 90Hz AMOLED display, […]

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The Galaxy S21/S30 Ultra 5G will reportedly support the S Pen

As we near mid-November the Galaxy S21/S30 hype machine is upon us with rumors that Samsung will launch its new flagship earlier than ever in January, and also a recurring message that it could support the S Pen. Considering that the S Pen has previously been the exclusive feature of the Galaxy Note range, this […]

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Vanish Mode brings disappearing messages to Messenger and Instagram chat

There is no love lost in the messaging app world when it comes to taking ‘inspiration’ from a competitor’s app, and with Facebook owning a few of the most popular options, it tends to bring its new features to a bunch at a time. Take Messenger and Instagram, for example, which now share the same […]

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Twitter has labeled 300,000 tweets for election misinformation

A little more than a week after the election, Twitter is giving some additional insight into the effectiveness of its efforts to curb the spread of election misinformation. Between October 27, and November 11, the company labeled about 300,000 tweets…
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And there’s even more bad news for Google Photos as Google rips the silver lining from future Pixel buyers

Remember when Google announced yesterday that it was pulling the free unlimited high-quality tier from Google Photos on June 1st, 2021? And current and future Pixel owners were like, well that’s one more reason to buy a Pixel? Well, they may have been both right and wrong at the same time. Anyone who buys a […]

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Apple HomePod mini review: An acceptable Echo alternative

Apple’s HomePod was a bit of a tough sell when it launched in 2018. The $ 350 speaker (now selling for $ 300) was far more expensive than the Amazon Echo or Google Home, and Siri was less capable and intelligent than Alexa or Google Assistant. One thin…
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OnePlus Nord SE will upgrade the midrange smartphone in a big way

Turns out the OnePlus Nord SE is on the way sometime in 2021, and OnePlus has some pretty big plans for its midrange device in its next iteration. Even faster charging headlines these features, but I’m sure the naming similarities to Apple’s middle-of-the-road phones is going to make the rounds, too. OnePlus Nord SE The […]

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There’s a new One UI 3.0 beta firmware rolling out to the Galaxy S20 with bugfixes galore

Samsung’s One UI 3.0 beta program for the Galaxy S20 (and other models) is currently on the go and new improved firmware has just begun rolling out with bug fixes galore. The latest One UI 3.0 firmware, based on Android 11 of course, carries build number G98xxKSU1ZTK7 and is now being sent out via OTA. […]

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Ring recalls some second-gen video doorbells due to fire risk

If you purchased Ring’s new entry-level doorbell over the past few months, you may want to check its serial number. The Amazon-owned company has issued a recall for its second-generation smart video doorbell with the model number 5UM5E5. Its battery…
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MediaTek’s new ‘Premium Platform’ processor will launch before 2021 to take the fight to Qualcomm

MediaTek held its Online Summit earlier where it announced its new Dimensity 700 chipset that aims to bring 5G connectivity to affordable smartphones. In the process, the company revealed that it plans to re-enter the flagship processor arena with an as-yet-unnamed chip that will launch before the end of 2020. The Premium Platform, as the […]

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Leaked images show a curvy Nokia 8000 4G is on the way

It was just last week that a serial leakster revealed that HMD Global was in the process of resurrecting two more of its iconic handsets from yesteryear in the form of the Nokia 6300 and the Nokia 8000. Today, a different serial leaker has brought us a slew of images of the handset called Nokia […]

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Samsung tries and mostly fails for the third time as it attempts to fix the Galaxy S20 FE’s touchscreen issues

We’ve reported on the touchscreen issues that Galaxy S20 FE owners are experiencing with the displays on their new handsets which Samsung is fully aware of. So much so, that the Korean smartphone company issued yet another software update to fix the issues on the Galaxy S20 FE which seems to have yet again resulted […]

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It’s time to vote for 2020’s Google Play Users’ Choice awards

It’s that time of year again where Google asks you, the app user, the game player, the movie and TV show watcher, and you in the corner, the book reader, to pick your favorites from a shortlist that the search giant has drawn up. These Users’ Choice winners will be announced on December 1st, along […]

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Rumors point to Samsung announcing a Fan Edition of the Galaxy Note 20, would you buy one?

With a plastic rear panel, a 60Hz display with lower resolution, inferior rear cameras, and costing $ 999, the regular Galaxy Note 20 was always going to be found wanting in comparison to its more capable sibling, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. What’s worse, is that the Galaxy Note 20 doesn’t offer much over its Galaxy […]

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Magnetic FreeBOT orbs work together to climb large obstacles

We’ve seen both companies and research teams attempt to make modular robots an everyday reality, but, more often than not, they all run into the same problem: the mechanism that allows those devices to connect to each other is complicated and fragile…
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T-Mobile expands LTE home internet to over 130 more cities

T-Mobile’s home internet trial has come a long way from 2019, or even earlier this year. The carrier has rolled out the LTE-based service to over 130 extra cities spread around the states of Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylv…
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LG’s next weird phone could be called the Rollable or Slide

As Samsung cements its grip on the foldable smartphone segment, LG has taken an alternate route to differentiate its handsets with the Wing that sports a swiveling secondary display. It’s a polarising design that is either exciting reviewers or flat-out confusing them, and as Jared gets to grips with our review unit, a new report […]

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Company made to change name that could be used for website hacks

Companies have jokingly given themselves code-based names in the past (you can thank XKCD for that), but one of them was just forced to mend its ways. The Guardian reports that UK business registrar Companies House has forced a software consultant to…
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Microsoft might bring resizable Android apps to Windows 10 from your phone

Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone, but lately we’ve seen a hard pivot into turning Android as the mobile companion to Windows 10. Every couple months it seems like we get a new feature teased that makes your smartphone and computer sync up a little bit better. Windows 10 Android apps The latest tease comes […]

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Virgin Galactic’s first spaceflight from Spaceport America will launch soon

Virgin Galactic started preparing for the first spaceflight out of its new Spaceport America HQ in New Mexico last month. Back then, the aerospace company only said that its flight planning window will open on October 22nd, but it didn’t give a more…
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The FTC may sue Facebook over antitrust violations by late November

The FTC may have narrowed down the time frame for an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. Politico sources claim the Commission is “likely” to sue Facebook before November is over. It might not be the quick, public legal battle some would hope for, th…
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You’ve never heard the Windows XP startup music sound like this

Windows XP, aka the operating system that people and corporations just won’t let go of even though they really should, has more to contribute to the world than occasional malware outbreaks. While so far it hasn’t been as celebrated as, say, Windows 9…
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Mpow is holding a blowout sale on a range of wireless earbuds for one-day-only

Mpow is kicking the weekend off by holding a blowout sale on a selection of wireless earbuds, with savings of at least 30% to be had. The deals include the X3 Wireless Earbuds that Jared reviewed a while back, and are available on Amazon’s Deal of the Day promotion that runs for one-day-only on November […]

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[Update: Now on sale at AT&T and Verizon] The LG Wing goes on sale at T-Mobile on November 6 with BOGO offer

LG stirred up the pot with its dual-screened, swiveling Wing smartphone that shows the Korean handset maker is still passionate about making intriguing phones, as it did with the modular G5 and the self-healing Flex from yesteryear. As Jared gets to grips with our review unit, T-Mobile has announced that the LG Wing will be […]

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This week’s best deals: AirPods for only $100, plus more early Black Friday sales

The holiday shopping season is in full swing — and yes, we know it’s only early November. Retailers like Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy have already kicked off the first rounds of their big sale events, and there will be more to come in the lead-up to…
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Samsung rolls out the October Security Patch to the Galaxy Tab S2 in what can only be described as ‘Peak 2020’

This isn’t an incorrectly scheduled post, nor is it a hoax, Samsung really has begun rolling out the October Security Patch to the five-year-old Galaxy Tab S2. And yes, it’s the October 2020 patch. For a company that sometimes forgot to update its tablets more than once in the past, it’s an incredible example of […]

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Tesla Tequila goes from April Fools joke to $250-per-bottle reality

With an awkward meeting of cars and alcohol consumption, Tesla is actually going to release branded liquor. Tesla Tequila is available to order now on its site, offering “an exclusive, small-batch premium 100% de agave tequila añejo” for $ 250.As with…
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Google One Subscribers will soon get three months of Stadia Pro as a freebie

It looks like Google One subscribers could soon be getting their hands on a freebie from the search giant in the form of a three-month trial for Stadia Pro, which brings it into alignment with Chromebooks and Pixel handsets. There hasn’t been much in the way of benefits for Google One subscribers of late, so […]

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OnePlus 7 and 7T pick up a new OxygenOS Open Beta with the October security patch (in November)

Okay, sure, it’s a little late in the year to talk about October security patches, but OnePlus is still trying to keep its older OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T phones updated with monthly security patches. The latest comes in the form of a brand new OxygenOS open beta, which includes a new build of OnePlus’s […]

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Google Pay drastically expands to almost 90 more US banks

Google Pay is officially compatible with 89 more banks in the US from the last month and a half of updates, keeping up the trend of filling out its support for tons of financial institutions across the country. This brings the total amount of institutions supported to nearly 3000 for the Google Pay service, making […]

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DJI’s Mavic Mini 2 brings 4K video, RAW photos and double the range

DJI’s been on a bit of a tear of late, with a slew of new products in its handheld line. Today it’s back to what we know the company for best: drones. The latest offering is the Mavic Mini 2, which, as the name suggests, is the sequel to DJI’s smalle…
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[Deal] The Mpow M12 Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds are down to just $17.54 on Amazon

It’s one thing to buy a pair of cheap wireless earbuds but it’s another thing to buy a pair that offer Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, 25-hour playing time, and a charging case you can recharge wirelessly, all for under $ 20. Mpow’s M12 Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless earbuds are just that and more and are now reduced down […]

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(Updated Nov. 4th) The November 2020 Security Patch has rolled out to these Samsung Galaxy devices so far

It’#s November which means that it’s time to forget about the October Security Patch and start taking note of which Samsung handsets are receiving the November patch. The first phones to receive the patch are Samsung’s most recent flagships, and since the brand is busy prepping its One UI 3.0 update, it’s unlikely that the […]

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California votes to strip employee protections from Uber and Lyft drivers

Uber and other ride-hailing and delivery companies in California have prevailed in a $ 220 million dollar gambit to keep workers as independent contractors. Proposition 22, a side ballot to overturn a California law that made drivers full employees, p…
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‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ will get one last update before its servers shut down

After a three year run, the latest chapter in the Jason Voorhees story is coming to something of an end (via IGN). Publisher Gun Media says it will release one final update for Friday the 13th: The Game before shutting the multiplayer slasher fest’s…
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Twitch plans streaming GlitchCon event for November 14th

With TwitchCon cancelled due to the pandemic, Twitch said it would find ways to “join forces in an alternate dimension” and now it has. The streaming video service posted a tweet with a quick video preview and the message “Because no fun was ever had…
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Police used facial recognition to identify a Lafayette Square protester

In the aftermath of the Lafayette Square protests in June, police in Washington DC used facial recognition technology to identify a protestor who had allegedly punched an officer in the face. They found the man after feeding an image of him they foun…
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BMW will unveil its iNext electric SUV on November 11th

BMW will at last show off the production design of its iNext electric vehicle on November 11th. The automaker, which announced the SUV in 2018, is hosting a digital version of its NextGen event next week.As if BMW hasn't teased the EV enough, a six-e…
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[Deal] Tribit’s palm-sized StormBox Micro Bluetooth Speaker is down to just $32.49

Jared recently reviewed Tribit’s StormBox Micro Bluetooth speaker and was impressed by its sturdy construction and most importantly, the quality of sound. For a device with an RRP of $ 50, the StormBox Micro features mod-cons such as USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, and IP67 waterproof certification. Best of all, you can now buy the speaker for just […]

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Samsung unveils the next chip for mid-range Galaxy phones on November 12th

Samsung’s next big wave of Galaxy phones is still a ways off, but that isn’t stopping the company from drumming up hype — even for the chips that will power those phones. SamMobile reports that Samsung’s Chinese branch has teased a launch event for i…
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iCloud outage takes down backups and photos for some users

If you’ve been having problems syncing data across your Apple devices, you’re not alone. Apple is reporting (via 9to5Mac) outages across several of its iCloud services, including backups, calendars, Find My, photos and even sign-ins. The company only…
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The Roomba i7+ robot vacuum returns to its all-time low price

The holiday shopping season has already begun, but Wellbots is kicking off November with a couple of deals on iRobot Roombas. Of note is the Roomba i7+ for $ 699, which is $ 100 off its normal price. The standard Roomba i7, which does not come with a C…
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Verizon’s 5G Home is available in these cities

If you are looking at upgrading your home internet connection or ditching your cable company, Verizon’s 5G Home could be the solution you need. Powered by the carrier’s 5G mmW (5G UW) network, it’s capable of up to 1Gbps download speeds although you’ll probably average out at around 300Mbps. Verizon’s 5G Home service is slowly […]

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[Deal] Save at least 50% on Lenovo’s Smart Clock and Smart Clock Essential

If you are looking for a smart clock for your bedside table or the office desk, you can’t go far wrong than buying the Smart Clock or Smart Clock Essential from Lenovo. Both come with the Google Assistant built-in and are now discounted by a minimum of 50% at Best Buy. Don’t forget to check […]

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