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Prototype Google Pixel phone found in China

Prototype Google Pixel phone found in China

This week an eBay seller in China revealed what they're calling a Google Pixel Muskie Prototype (Original, Unreleased). This device appears to be the fabled mirror device that matched the HTC U11 Plus, a device that ended up being released by HTC proper. If you look at the Google Pixel 2 XL that actually did see release, it becomes clear that this device was, and remains, a real-deal original.

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Huawei P50 Series revealed: Striking design and ominous forecast

Huawei P50 Series revealed: Striking design and ominous forecast

Huawei has revealed its new flagship smartphone, teasing the Huawei P50 Series but conceding that right now the Chinese company isn't sure when, exactly, the handset will actually launch. The original plan had been to release the Leica-co-branded phone this spring, Huawei said today, but global politics has undermined that roadmap.

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Google Pixel 6 could stabilize the camera game

Google Pixel 6 could stabilize the camera game

The next Pixel smartphone from Google was tipped this week to get a camera system complete with next-level stabilization. Given Google's effective changing of the game with the first Google Pixel smartphone and computational photography, the device maker's work with cameras in each new Pixel device is worth paying attention to. While this is not the first time a gimbal system has been included with a smartphone's built-in camera setup, it could be the first time we get access to said feature on a smartphone here in the United States.

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Verizon promises free 5G phones as lure to carrier jumpers

Verizon promises free 5G phones as lure to carrier jumpers

Verizon is promising free 5G phones and borrowing T-Mobile's strategy of covering network switching costs, as it tries to lure new subscribers to its unlimited cellular plans. The promotion also covers existing Verizon subscribers who may not have a 5G phone, and allows for trade-ins of even broken handsets or those with cracked screens.

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Pokemon GO Season of Discovery starts on June 1

Pokemon GO Season of Discovery starts on June 1

The Pokemon GO Season of Discovery begins on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, and it's going to get weird. This event has hemisphere-exclusive Pokemon, an odd assortment of wild spawn Pokemon, Adventure Sync Reward eggs with odd monsters, and 5-star raids with Regirock, Regice, and Registeel.

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Pokemon GO Mega Gyarados and the weird month of June

Pokemon GO Mega Gyarados and the weird month of June

Today we're taking a peek at the month of June in the game Pokemon GO, and the star is clear: Mega Gyarados! Starting on June 1, 2021, Pokemon GO will feature just ONE Mega Raid Pokemon at a time. It's not clear at this time if this will be the way of things forever, but for the foreseeable future - just one!

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Samsung tablets leak with monster iPad implications

Samsung tablets leak with monster iPad implications

Samsung seems to have gained a foothold in the tablet computer universe with their latest batch of Galaxy Tab devices in 2020 and 2021. Earlier this week, Samsung announced two new Android tablets, both of them slight iterations on devices they'd released in the recent past. Here on Friday, a leaked documentation of Samsung tablet plans seems to aim for the stars, showing multiple massive tablets that out-shine even the most extravagant Galaxy tablets released in the past year.

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Shiny Pokemon Spotlight Hours go Psychic in June

Shiny Pokemon Spotlight Hours go Psychic in June

The Pokemon GO Spotlight Hour for Pokemon of several sorts appearing in June of 2021 are here. They include Aipom, Slowpoke, Dwebble, Abra, and Swinub. Each of these Pokemon will appear with availability of a Shiny version, which, combined with their far-more-common availability during said event, means you'll have a far greater chance of filling up your Shiny Pokedex.

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US court blocks all DoD restrictions VS Xiaomi

US court blocks all DoD restrictions VS Xiaomi

Today Xiaomi announced that they'd received word from the United States Department of Defense that they're no longer considered a CCMC. A CCMC is a Communist Chinese Military Company. Along with the removal of this designation comes restrictions on business dealings inside the United States and with U.S. persons' ability to purchase or hold securities of the company. Those restrictions have been lifted.

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Huawei’s HarmonyOS Android clone launches in June, but questions remain

Huawei’s HarmonyOS Android clone launches in June, but questions remain

Chinese company Huawei plans to launch its Harmony operating system early next month, kicking off its effort to move beyond the former Trump administration's sanctions. Huawei revealed its plans in a newly published video, but the company doesn't have much else to say at this point, leaving some questions about how HarmonyOS will roll out to the public.

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Android 12’s biggest visual change may be emoji

Android 12’s biggest visual change may be emoji

One of the biggest visual changes to Android with Android 12 appears to be in emoji. While the emoji system itself will not change, Android 12 Beta 1 alone introduced a whopping 389+ updated emoji designs! Designs are refined in several key ways, including smoothing, flattening, and a conglomerating of color pallet. If we look at the collected changes made in Android 12, the otherwise most recent set of emoji look positively mish-mashed and Web 1.0 in style.

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Royole revealed a micro-LED stretchable display with 3D free form shaping

Royole revealed a micro-LED stretchable display with 3D free form shaping

Royole has revealed a new display that it says is the world's first micro-LED-based stretchable display that is designed using technology compatible with current industrial manufacturing processes. The company has presented its new display technology details at the 2021 Society for Information Display, Display Week Symposium. Royole says the technology marks another significant industry milestone in flexible electronics to its credit.

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