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U.S. Senate rebukes Trump, reimposes sanctions on ZTE

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

ZTE's woes continue as the U.S. Senate rolls out a new bill that prohibits the manufacturer from doing business with U.S. firms.

It's a turbulent time for ZTE. The U.S. government issued a Denial Order against the company back in April, essentially prohibiting the Chinese manufacturer from buying hardware components from the likes of Qualcomm or Intel. The order effectively killed ZTE's smartphone business as it prevented Google from certifying the manufacturer's phones.

It looked like there may be a resolution a few weeks ago, as Donald Trump revealed that he was working with China's president Xi Jinping to revoke the ban. Last week, ZTE finalized a deal with the Commerce Department that would see the Chinese company pay a $1 billion fine in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

The U.S. Senate has now taken matters into its own hands, and has included an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act that once again places sanctions on ZTE. The bill passed the Senate floor with an overwhelming majority, but it still has to go through the House before it ends up on Trump's desk to be signed into law.

Notably, the House version of the bill doesn't include the amendments prohibiting ZTE from doing business in the U.S., so it remains to be seen whether the final bill will have those provisions intact.

U.S. Senate rebukes Trump, reimposes sanctions on ZTE

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

ZTE's woes continue as the U.S. Senate rolls out a new bill that prohibits the manufacturer from doing business with U.S. firms.

It's a turbulent time for ZTE. The U.S. government issued a Denial Order against the company back in April, essentially prohibiting the Chinese manufacturer from buying hardware components from the likes of Qualcomm or Intel. The order effectively killed ZTE's smartphone business as it prevented Google from certifying the manufacturer's phones.

It looked like there may be a resolution a few weeks ago, as Donald Trump revealed that he was working with China's president Xi Jinping to revoke the ban. Last week, ZTE finalized a deal with the Commerce Department that would see the Chinese company pay a $1 billion fine in exchange for the lifting of sanctions.

The U.S. Senate has now taken matters into its own hands, and has included an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act that once again places sanctions on ZTE. The bill passed the Senate floor with an overwhelming majority, but it still has to go through the House before it ends up on Trump's desk to be signed into law.

Notably, the House version of the bill doesn't include the amendments prohibiting ZTE from doing business in the U.S., so it remains to be seen whether the final bill will have those provisions intact.

U.S. Senate passes ZTE sanctions, bill now goes to committee

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

The decision by President Trump and the Department of Commerce to lift ZTE's ban on importing U.S. components drew plenty of criticism, but it seemed to mark the end of the ongoing ZTE drama. Unfortunately for the company, the ban now has a real chance of being reinstated.

Earlier this month, a group of U.S. senators (including both Democrats and Republicans) announced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would definitively block ZTE from importing U.S.

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U.S. Senate passes ZTE sanctions, bill now goes to committee was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Does it really make sense to buy the Galaxy S9?

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

If you're thinking about purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S9 in 2018, you should read this article first to find out whether or not it's worth waiting for the S10 to arrive!

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Smartphone World Cup, Round 1: iPhone X vs. Huawei P20 Pro

Monday, June 18th, 2018

The Huawei P20 Pro and the Apple iPhone X meet for a camera comparison in the first round of our Smartphone World Cup. You decide which of the two smartphones shoots the better daylight photos!

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How to sign up for YouTube Premium

Monday, June 18th, 2018

YouTube's $12/month subscription gets you a lot for your money.

YouTube Premium is finally here, and if you've got $12/month to spend, it's absolutely worth the cash.

For that monthly fee, YouTube Premium grants you access to ad-free videos across all of YouTube, offline downloads, YouTube Original content, and all of the perks that come with YouTube Music.

Signing up for YouTube Premium is as easy as can be, and to get started, here's what you need to do.

  1. Open the YouTube app and tap the profile icon at the very top right.
  2. Tap on Get YouTube Premium.
  3. Tap Try It Free.

After selecting your payment method and completing the transaction, you'll then see a splash screen welcoming you to YouTube Premium. Tap the red Let's Go button, and you'll see that your subscription is now live thanks to the Premium tag at the upper-left corner of the app.

Now, start exploring

If you made it to this part of the article, that means you're now a YouTube Premium subscriber! Google's currently giving all new members a 3-month free trial of the service, so you won't be charged that $12/month fee until your first three months are up.

Now, stop reading this and start enjoying all of the benefits that come with your YouTube Premium subscription!

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[Deal Alert] Anker just released the Nebula Mars II portable projector, and we have a $100 discount code

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Corbin reviewed the Nebula Capsule back in April, saying that no other Android-powered powered projector came close to its build quality and software experience for the same price, and that it was "almost certainly the best portable projector you can buy." Anker does manufacture the larger and more powerful Nebule Mars, but the Capsule's bigger brother does have some downsides, like the ancient version Android it uses (KitKat 4.4.4), the lack of Play Store support, and the higher price tag.

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[Deal Alert] Anker just released the Nebula Mars II portable projector, and we have a $100 discount code was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

ARCore v1.3 appears to add support for OnePlus 5T, Android One, several Sony Xperia and Huawei phones, and more [APK Teardown]

Monday, June 18th, 2018

The team behind AR at Google is working hard to bring support to an ever-growing number of phones. While the initial launch was limited to Pixel and S8 phones, it quickly grew beyond that number. Still, most of the early phones were flagships or at least on the higher end of mid-range. With the latest update, we're now seeing ARCore expanding to some budget handsets.

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Disclaimer: Teardowns are based on evidence found inside of apks (Android's application package) and are necessarily speculative and usually based on incomplete information.
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ARCore v1.3 appears to add support for OnePlus 5T, Android One, several Sony Xperia and Huawei phones, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home and Chromecast can leak your location, but a fix is on the way

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Google Homes and Chromecasts around the world will be quietly updated in the coming weeks with a patch for a rather serious issue. According to security researcher Craig Young from Tripwire, these devices have a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to find your geographic location if you have a Home or Chromecast on your network. That's a big problem, and Google almost didn't believe Young's bug report.

The issue is that Home and Chromecasts don't require authentication for commands that come over your local network.

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Google Home and Chromecast can leak your location, but a fix is on the way was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home and Chromecast can leak your location, but a fix is on the way

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Google Homes and Chromecasts around the world will be quietly updated in the coming weeks with a patch for a rather serious issue. According to security researcher Craig Young from Tripwire, these devices have a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to find your geographic location if you have a Home or Chromecast on your network. That's a big problem, and Google almost didn't believe Young's bug report.

The issue is that Home and Chromecasts don't require authentication for commands that come over your local network.

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Google Home and Chromecast can leak your location, but a fix is on the way was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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