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Nokia has a bunch of new phones you'll probably forget exist next week

Nokia has a bunch of new phones you'll probably forget exist next week

Nokia is preparing a fresh batch of entry-level phones — including those with 5G — for 2021. But in the E.U. and U.K., where the six devices and some wireless earbuds will arrive first, there's more to this announcement than just hardware and new names.

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Signal wants to replace your Venmo and Cash apps with private crypto payments

Signal wants to replace your Venmo and Cash apps with private crypto payments

Signal was being really secretive about its open-source server code over the last year, and now we know why: the nonprofit has been working on a payments feature and didn't want to spill the beans ahead of the announcement. Starting now, people living in the United Kingdom can send and receive a cryptocurrency using Signal beta builds.

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Samsung's small, cheap, and rugged Galaxy XCover5 is now official and landing this month

Samsung's small, cheap, and rugged Galaxy XCover5 is now official and landing this month

Yesterday we saw a couple of leaks for a new Samsung rugged phone, and whaddya know, here it is. The Galaxy XCover 5 is a smaller, cheaper entry in the tough-as-nails series, a fraction of the cost of the XCover FieldPro. And crucially, it's actually running a current version of Android.

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Samsung's watches now support ECG monitoring in 32 more countries

Samsung's watches now support ECG monitoring in 32 more countries

Samsung's Galaxy Watch3 and Watch Active2 both have hardware support for ECG monitoring, but it is taking a long time to show up for everyone, since the feature has to be approved by each country's health agencies. It was exclusive to South Korea until September of last year, when it was enabled for use in the United States, and now it's coming to 32 more countries.

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Microsoft sets the date for the Surface Duo's international debut

Microsoft sets the date for the Surface Duo's international debut

Microsoft released its first Android phone back in 2020, the Surface Duo. It's the only modern Android device with two side-by-side displays (not counting the add-on cases for various LG phone), and even though it's still a questionable buy at its new $999 retail price, Microsoft plans to sell it in more regions this year, starting with Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany on February 18.

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Galaxy Watch3 owners in Europe can now access blood pressure and ECG data

Galaxy Watch3 owners in Europe can now access blood pressure and ECG data

More governments are giving their mark of approval to Samsung's ability to read and monitor your blood pressure and electrocardiogram. The company has announced that its Samsung Health Monitor app — where those tracking features can be found — will be available in 31 new countries.

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UK government to ban installation of Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021

UK government to ban installation of Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021

After recent rumors about further sanctions, the UK government has outlined its plans to remove Huawei completely from its 5G network by the end of 2027. The purchase of new equipment made by the Chinese company will also be banned from December 31, 2020. Existing 2G, 3G, and 5G network equipment made by Huawei will remain until it is no longer needed, however, as it's deemed too difficult and costly to replace any sooner.

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Samsung One UI 3.0 beta ending for Note20, starting up for Galaxy S10 series

Samsung One UI 3.0 beta ending for Note20, starting up for Galaxy S10 series

Samsung's One UI 3.0 on top of Android 11 edges closer to a stable release with news that beta testing has ended for some Galaxy Note20 devices. But with that end comes a new beginning: Galaxy S10 series devices are entering their own beta.

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Qualcomm can now sell chips to Huawei again, but not any with 5G

Qualcomm can now sell chips to Huawei again, but not any with 5G

The trade ban on Huawei by the United States finally took full effect in September, forcing Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony, LG, and other hardware suppliers to stop selling to Huawei. Qualcomm has been pushing for an exemption to sell chips to Huawei, and now the company has been granted a limited license to do just that.

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YouTube Premium comes with free channel memberships until December 31

YouTube Premium comes with free channel memberships until December 31

Last year, YouTube launched channel memberships as a bid to woo creators away from other platform-building sites such as Patreon and drive more revenue. But memberships can't be worth anything if there aren't any members, so for the second time this year, the Google-owned video sharing site is now offering free membership to YouTube Premium subscribers in several countries.

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