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Google responds to recent anti-competitive lawsuit

Last night, a lawsuit was filed that was drafted by several US State Attorneys General calling out Google for its anti-competitive conduct and dominance in the search service industry. Google replied in a blog post, responding to some of the claims that the lawsuit set forth. Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is deeply flawed. People use Google because they choose to, not because they’re forced to, or because they can’t find alternatives.…
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Netflix will give users in India free access for a weekend

Netflix’s user growth has been slowing down recently, and the company is now looking for ways to make more people interested in subscribing. As part of a test, it is said to be offering free access to users in India for a weekend. This should somehow help expand its reach in the country, according to a top company executive. Netflix recently stopped offering a free one month trial to those interested in subscribing to its online streaming service, so this free weekend in India test would at least in part aim to make up for that.…
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Entry-level Oppo A33 launches in India with 90 Hz screen

Back in September, Oppo first unveiled the A33 in Indonesia, as a lower-end sibling of the A53. While the A53 has been official in India for a while, it’s only today that the A33 has joined it in the spotlight in the subcontinent. The Oppo A33 is definitely an entry-level model, with its Snapdragon 460 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage.…
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French iPhone 12 comes in two boxes to accommodate EarPods

In 2020 Apple took a stand against unnecessary carbon emissions (and spending money on accessory production) and took away the charger and earbuds from the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro retail package, as well as from that of the iPhone 11, SE (2020) and XR. But France requires manufacturers to ship headphones with phones by law, so Apple had to accommodate the EarPods with its iPhones.…
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OnePlus Nord N10 sketch leaks, shows off 8T-looking back

Rumors about the next OnePlus Nord smartphone have been swirling for a while now with the Nord N10 5G being touted to launch soon with a sub-$400 price tag. Well known tipster Max J once again took to Twitter to confirm the upcoming phone through a cryptic image of the device. 📷 / 🔵 pic.twitter.com/RnFOB239y8— Max J. (@MaxJmb) October 21, 2020 It features a curved back with a OnePlus 8T-resembling camera cutout at the top right corner.…
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Two new Huawei Mate 40 teasers hint at fast wireless charging and 5G connectivity

The Mate 40 series will be officially unveiled tomorrow and Huawei is building up anticipation with a steady stream of teasers. The two latest clips focus on power and speed, specifically wireless charging power and 5G data transfers. While a major leak painted an almost complete picture of the Huawei Mate 40 Pro and its siblings, these two areas still have question marks on them.…
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Xiaomi teases Redmi K30S, rumor has it that it will be cheaper than the K30 Ultra

Redmi’s General Manager posted a teaser on Weibo and the President of Xiaomi’s Mobile division responded to the post – this increased activity is building up to the unveiling of the Redmi K30S. Which will happen on October 27, according to one tipster, who adds that the phone will go on sale on November 1, days before the shopping spree on 11/11 (Singles’ Day).…
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Apple enables the Intercom feature on HomePod, improves Siri with latest update

With the introduction of the HomePod mini Apple also announced a new feature – Intercom. It does as the name suggests, allowing you to send voice messages between HomePods, either to a specific room or multiple rooms at once. But unlike the intercoms of old, this will work with most Apple products – you will be able to send voice messages to iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, AirPods and even CarPlay.…
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iPhone 12 and 12 Pro get 20% shorter battery life when on 5G

It was already clear that the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro would lose battery faster when hooked to 5G networks compared to 4G ones, but we didn’t know how much. Well now we sort of do, thanks to Tom’s Guide and their battery test – running a browser script at 150 nits and loading a new web page at 30 second intervals.…
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Huawei Mate 40 Pro goes up on Amazon Germany, will cost €1,200

Not yet, Amazon – the German branch of the retail giant published the Huawei Mate 40 Pro page a day early. It has since taken down the price and release date, €1,200 and November 9, specifically. We know because the eagle-eyed Roland Quandt spotted the slip up and captured a screenshot before Amazon removed the info. And notice that the phone is sold by Amazon itself, this is not some random third-party retailer posting a fake listing to stir things up.…