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TCL announced a bunch of new phones

TCL announced a bunch of new phones

TCL's presence in the mobile world may be understated compared to the Samsungs or Xiaomis, but having only put out phones under its own name for the past couple of years, the company has definitely has its foot on the gas pedal. Today, three new phones are joining the TCL 20 series, bringing this year's catalogue up to five devices.

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The latest heat-vision-equipped smartphone is making its way to the US

The latest heat-vision-equipped smartphone is making its way to the US

Have the need or in the mood for a thermal-seeking camera on a ruggedized smartphone. The Cat S62 Pro — made as with most Cat-branded phones by U.K.-based Bullitt Group — is about to come online to retailers in the United States for a slightly better price than was first quoted.

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Spotify is bringing full, live lyrics to music streaming in the US

Spotify is bringing full, live lyrics to music streaming in the US

Those who listen to music on Spotify may have wanted to look at lyrics at one point or another. For many of them, Genius's "Behind the Lyrics" experience, which only gave some lyrics alongside a big dose of trivia for some songs, hasn't cut the mustard. But after years of demand, the streaming company has relented, confirming that it is testing a full lyrics experience in the U.S.

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Trump administration issues one more middle finger to Huawei and its US suppliers

Trump administration issues one more middle finger to Huawei and its US suppliers

One of the President Donald Trump's choicest adversaries during his term has been China. He considers the country to be a trade scofflaw while politicians in intelligence circles have pegged it as a digital security threat. Huawei has been targeted to be the biggest casualty from multiple sanctions that have blocked it from acquiring American goods and services. Now, as the current administration makes way for another, we're learning of one of its final moves symbolizing a door slam.

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Xiaomi responds to being blacklisted by the US government

Xiaomi responds to being blacklisted by the US government

The Trump administration is dubbing Xiaomi a national security threat in a fashion similar to how it did Huawei and ZTE. However, the "Communist Chinese military company" label has a greater effect to this particular tech manufacturer than the others.

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DJI banned from importing US goods as Trump administration exits

DJI banned from importing US goods as Trump administration exits

More Chinese tech manufacturers are under the gun from President Trump's Commerce Department. Semiconductors firm Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation and DJI, known best for its drones, have been added to the Entity List which prohibits them from U.S. imports. But while the White House rattles SMIC's closely-knit integrations to the military, the case for DJI is less clear.

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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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T-Mobile now supports 988 calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

T-Mobile now supports 988 calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

T-Mobile customers can now dial 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the carrier announced today. It's the first major telephony service to program the newly classified shortcode after President Trump signed bipartisan legislation in October.

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United States military has been purchasing user location data from apps with millions of downloads

United States military has been purchasing user location data from apps with millions of downloads

The lack of strong data protection across most of the world, combined with the need for free smartphone apps and services to create some amount of revenue, has often led to private user data being shared with third parties. This time around, several high-profile Android apps have been sending location data to data brokers, which in turn are selling them to defense contractors working for the US military.

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Ring recall reminds owners to install 2nd-gen Video Doorbell correctly

Ring recall reminds owners to install 2nd-gen Video Doorbell correctly

If you own a second-generation Ring Video Doorbell and haven't installed it yet, check to see if you've got the right screws for it: the Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with Health Canada are recalling a total of more than 350,000 units. But unlike a lot of recalls, customers won't need to return their bells to the store.

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