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Trump administration will soon begin blocking Huawei’s global chip supply

TSMC and other chipmakers will no longer be able to supply chips to Huawei without first obtaining a license from the U.S.

What you need to know U.S. will soon begin blocking shipments to Huawei from global chipmakers. The announcement comes just a day after President Donald Trump extended the ban on Huawei and ZTE for another year. Huawei could soon lose access to all semiconductors made using U.S. software and technology.

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Facebook and India’s Jio begin testing a WhatsApp-based e-commerce platform

A pilot program is now live in three Indian cities.

What you need to know Reliance has begun testing its WhatsApp-backed JioMart online shopping portal in India. The e-commerce portal is now serving consumers in three cities around Mumbai. Consumers in the three cities can place an order by texting “Hi” to JioMart’s WhatsApp number 8850008000.

Last week, Facebook announced an investment of $ 5.7 billion in India’s Jio to bring millions of small businesses across the  [Read More…]

Samsung is the first to begin mass production of 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM

1.3 times faster than Samsung’s LPDDR4X memory chipsets.

What you need to know Samsung has begun mass production on the industry’s first 16GB LPDDR5 DRAM with a transfer rate of 5,500Mb/s. The chips will be used in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra as well as high-end laptops and gaming PCs. Compared to the 8GB LPDDR4X chipsets, the new 16GB LPDDR5 chips will offer double the capacity while providing more than 20% in energy savings.

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Minecraft Earth will begin its global early access period in October

Microsoft will begin rolling the game out to Android and iOS devices in October, country by country, to be global by the end of 2019.

Minecraft Earth is an upcoming game from Microsoft and Mojang, bringing the blocky create ’em up to augmented reality for Android and iOS devices. Microsoft has been testing the game in closed beta in a few countries around the world, but as revealed today during Minecon 2019, the game will begin a  [Read More…]

ASUS ZenFone 6 pre-orders begin in the U.S. on July 31

Available in 64GB and 128GB storage options.

What you need to know The ASUS ZenFone 6 will be available for pre-order in the U.S. starting July 31. It’s available in Midnight Black and Twilight Silver with 64GB or 128GB of storage. You can buy an international model of the phone on Amazon right now.

ASUS’s ZenFone series has been pretty ho-hum for the last few years, but for 2019, ASUS went back to the drawing board and  [Read More…]

Qualcomm will begin certifying Quick Charge wireless charging pads

New program will improve average wireless charging speeds and provide peace of mind that chargers are safe.

Two common refrains with wireless charging are that it’s too slow and extremely inconsistent depending on the combination of phone and charging pad you’re working with. Qualcomm is aiming to fix these problems with the announcement that it is going all-in on Qi wireless charging, and will begin certifying wireless charging pads that adhere to the Quick Charge standard.

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Begin automating home electronics with two TP-Link Smart Plugs for just $20

This two-pack of TP-Link smart plugs can be controlled from anywhere in the world via the free Kasa app on iOS or Android devices.

Today only, B&H Photo is offering a two-pack of TP-Link HS100 Wi-Fi Smart Plugs for just $ 19.99. Separately, a single HS100 plug would cost you $ 17 on its own at Amazon so this deal gives you a second plug for just a few bucks extra.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact U.S. pre-orders begin April 13

Available for $ 799 and $ 649, respectively.

Sony’s Xperia phones don’t get much love here in the States, and depending on who you ask, that’s either a shame or well-deserved. As such, you’ll either feel indifferent or ecstatic to learn that the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact will be available for pre-order in the U.S. on April 13.

These are the two Android phones that Sony showed off at MWC in February, and they’re some of  [Read More…]

Vivo Apex confirmed for public release, production to begin mid-2018

The phone of tomorrow will be here a lot sooner than we thought.

During MWC 2018, one of the gadgets that caught our attention the most was Vivo’s Apex concept phone. If you don’t recall the device by name, you probably remember it for its 91% screen-to-body ratio and front-facing camera that pops out of the top frame. Vivo was originally marketing the Apex as just a concept device, but now it’s been confirmed that the phone will actually  [Read More…]

Verizon will begin locking phones to its network this spring

You’ll soon have to wait a hot minute before taking your Verizon phone to another carrier.

In the United States, most all carriers require you wait a certain amount of time after buying a phone before you can use it on another network. It’s a process called “locking”, and it’s something that’s instituted by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Beginning at some point this spring, Verizon will follow suit.

With Verizon’s current policy of selling unlocked phones, you  [Read More…]