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OPPO invigorates power adapter arms race with 125W charging tech

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Huawei announces a phone that can take your temperature

The Honor Play 4 and Play 4 Pro are your typical high-octane Huawei smartphones at greatly reduced prices that won't be sold far beyond China. Both phones have 5G, the Play 4 has four rear cameras and vapor cooling while the Play 4 Pro has two in-display selfie cameras and 40W charging. But the newest attraction we can pick out here is that there's a special version of the Play 4 Pro that has an IR temperature sensor.

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Here's what the Pixel 4 looks like in matte gray — too bad we didn't get it

A recent listing on Chinese online flea market has some Pixel 4 owners jealous for all the wrong reasons — those reasons are mostly attributed to this phone actually being a testing unit. There are warning stickers all over the place warning whoever comes across it that the phone has not been approved by the FCC for use and that it has dangerous autofocus lasers. But it's the color that's got everyone talking... and it's gray.

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Huawei cut off from chip suppliers as US adds new trade restrictions

The U.S. Department of Commerce has moved on its intent to divide Huawei from its semiconductor suppliers, announcing international manufacturers will need to obtain a license if they trade Huawei-designed chipsets as well as those designs with the company.

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WeChat monitors foreigners' chats to feed its Chinese censorship machine, investigation finds

The internet in China is different from the internet in the rest of the world. Services are heavily censored by the state, making it impossible to discuss unsanctioned political topics on the web openly. WeChat, in particular, is known to monitor and censor its platform in China. However, an investigation by The Citizen Lab shows that WeChat doesn't only monitor Chinese citizens, but also extends this activity to people all over the world using the app. It does that to feed its censorship algorithms, which helps filter out certain content proactively. WeChat essentially crowd-sources international users' data.

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Lenovo's first gaming phone leaks with a pop-up camera... on the side

Lenovo is mostly known for its PCs and laptops, and the company even has a gaming subdivision for that market going by Lenovo Legion. It looks like the manufacturer wants to capitalize on that name for its first gaming smartphone. As XDA Developers reports, Lenovo is working on a handset called "Legion Gaming Phone" with high-end hardware, improved thermals, two USB-C ports, and a pop-up camera on the side.

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Google Gboard may be blocking 'Chinese virus,' similar terms from appearing in autocomplete results

Gboard, like many keyboard apps, provides users with suggestions on how to complete their words, phrases, or even sentences. It recently adopted federated learning, sampling anonymous user data to serve up-to-date autocomplete results featuring very new terms in our fast-moving human culture. Of course, some phrases aren't particularly suited for a wide audience or are just plain offensive. And with active, constant discourse surrounding the novel coronavirus, Google is reportedly rushing to ban some words and phrases from appearing in the Gboard autocomplete bar.

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OnePlus launches its own mobile payment system

Fans of OnePlus will be glad to hear that the company has pushed out is own new payment system, but they'll be sad to note that it's only available in China for the time being. The new OnePlus Pay works over NFC and is available for OnePlus 7T and 7T Pros running HydrogenOS.

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Xiaomi reveals Black Shark 3 and 3 Pro, the first mainstream 5G gaming phones

Xiaomi's mobile gaming spin-off, Black Shark, has come out with a pair of new phones — the third generation in the series and the first to sport 5G radios. It's also come out with some gaming earbuds as well. And if you're outside of China and want any of them for yourself, you'll be able to acquire a Black Shark 3, Black Shark 3 Pro, and/or the Ophidian Bluetooth earbuds soon enough.

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We'll probably see phone launch delays and shortages this year because of coronavirus

Thanks to COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, we've already seen major events in the mobile tech news space canceled. Factories across China have also been closing, seriously affecting supply chains, and manufacturers outside of the country are being affected. As fears of the virus and its impact continue to wreak havoc on the world economy, I think there's a good chance we'll see phone delays and shortages later this year.

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