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Huawei MateBook X Pro is a MacBook Pro copy that's better than the original

Huawei has finally done it. With the MateBook X Pro, the company has created a laptop that's a shameless copy of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro, but …

Gear & Gadgets

Huawei says it isn't quitting US despite 'groundless suspicions'

The CEO of Huawei's consumer business tells CNET that it's maintaining its US operations despite the government's national security concern.<p>You'd think that after launching the Huawei P20 Pro, a high-end phone with muscular specs that challenge the Galaxy S9, the world's third-largest phone maker …

IHS Markit

Huawei’s P20 Pro takes even better night pictures than the Pixel 2 XL

Huawei’s night mode is spectacular<p>Roughly half of Huawei’s P20 Pro launch event this week was dedicated to the new device’s camera capabilities, reflecting the great deal of time and attention the company has dedicated to mobile photography. And the results, now that I’ve had a few days to try out …

Mobile Photography

Xiaomi Mi A2 revealed with 5.99-inch display and dual cameras

Last September, Xiaomi took its Mi 5X, loaded it with stock Android One, and sold it globally as the Xiaomi Mi A1. It quickly proved itself to be one …

Mobile Technology

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ review: Still dirt cheap and now faster than ever

The Raspberry Pi 3 gets a speed boost in both CPU and the Wi-Fi departments<p>The Raspberry Pi is a quirky thing. When first released in 2012, it was …

Galaxy S9 Plus vs. Pixel 2 XL: a new low-light photo champion?

Samsung’s 2018 flagship phone, the Galaxy S9, is the first in the world with an f/1.5 lens aperture. But set aside all the hype about it being part of a dual-aperture system. What I really wanted to know about this change is how it might improve Samsung’s low-light imaging. Having the widest …

Mobile Photography

Apple to talk AR/VR, display technologies at Display Week in May

Several Apple engineers are scheduled to talk augmented and virtual reality, and other display technologies at Display Week coming up in May. More interestingly, there are several sessions focused on microLED.<p>While Apple engineers are unlikely going to talk about future products, it will be …

Honor View10 launches in the US on March 22nd for $499 unlocked, pre-orders open today

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has had a presence in the US for the past few years with quite a few solid Android devices. Earlier this year, the Honor 7X made it to the US as an excellent option for $199, and now after announcing it would come to the US at CES, Honor is giving us more details on the …

Chinese messaging app WeChat banned by Australia's Defence Force

Last month, U.S. intelligence agencies weren't so into the idea of people using Chinese phones.<p>The heads of the CIA, FBI and NSA told a Senate …

Huawei’s P20 Pro could have one of the best phone colors in years

It seemed like pretty much every detail had leaked about Huawei’s forthcoming P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro — but some new images published today by <i>WinFuture</i>’s Roland Quandt reveal something new: the colors they’ll come in. And there are some real surprises among the photos.<p>First up, just look at …

Huawei

OPPO F7 is the latest Android phone to sport the notch

ASUS demoed the ZenFone 5 late last month, and the main thing that stood out about the phone is the iPhone X-like notch. It was only a matter of time …

Qualcomm faces a challenging future despite dodging Broadcom’s bullet

After months of listening to Broadcom say flattering things during its hostile takeover bid, it’s tempting to see Qualcomm as a prized jewel bursting with potential. But now that Broadcom’s pursuit has been permanently blocked due to national security things, it’s worth remembering that Qualcomm is …

OnePlus 5T picks up Android 8.1 in beta w/ updated gestures and February security patch

The state of updates in the Android world seems to be getting worse and worse, but OnePlus is admittedly <i>almost</i> an exception. This week, OnePlus is rolling out a new beta update to its current flagship, the OnePlus 5T, with Android 8.1 in tow.<p>The number of Android flagships running Oreo at all is …

Six Mobile Tech Trends to Watch in 2018

We're a few weeks into 2018, MWC is now behind us, and we're starting to get a good look at the trends in mobile technology that will dominate …

Snap confirms it will lay off 'just over 120' employees

Snap confirmed on Thursday "just over 120" layoffs from the engineering department, saying the streamlined team will help keep a "high technical bar."<p>…

Employment

Rumors abound that Motorola is laying off half its Chicago workforce

• An anonymous post on the internet alleges that Motorola has laid off half its Chicago Motorola Mobility workforce.<br>• While one anonymous post is not enough to seriously believe, the information seems to be corroborated by an independent Moto Mod developer.<br>• Right now, with the evidence at hand, it seems …

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 2s might have a camera notch in the top-right corner

Better than putting it in the bottom bezel<p>Phone manufacturers are still figuring out the best way to give consumers edge-to-edge screens while also leaving space for the front-facing camera. But in leaked images and videos purportedly showing Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Mix 2s, the Chinese company seems …

Mobile Technology

Microsoft confirms Windows 10 is getting a new ‘S Mode’ in 2019

Windows 10 S will no longer be a dedicated version next year<p>Microsoft says its plans to move Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special “S Mode” for versions of Windows 10 next year. While news leaked of the plans last month, Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore confirmed them on Twitter …

Software

This company made a $150 iPhone X ripoff and called it the S9

So you can’t afford the iPhone X – or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9; welcome to the club. Or, you know what, screw that. Just get the best of both worlds for $150, from Leagoo.<p>The oddball Chinese gadget maker unveiled its S9 handset at MWC 2018, complete with narrow bezels, a familiar name, and an …

Create your own AI-powered voice assistant with Matrix Voice

The Matrix Voice development board is a Raspberry Pi add-on you can use to build your own voice assistant. I got my hands on a review unit to see if someone who is “code illiterate” could make something out of it.<p>Some people have an affinity for programming and development. I’m not one of them. …

How to Cook Ribs in the Oven for Meaty Satisfaction All Year Long

<b>1. Oven-Braised Short Ribs with Pasilla-Tomato Mole</b><br>Chef Hugo Ortega uses smoky pasilla chiles, tomatoes and spices to make a rich, tangy mole sauce …

BBQ

Nokia might give up on wearables (updated)

Less than two years after spending millions repositioning itself in the consumer health market, Nokia has announced a strategic review of its digital health business which comes after news that the company could shed up to 425 jobs in its home country of Finland. Nokia acquired French fitness …

Magic Leap’s cheapest headsets will cost as much as a high-end phone, says CEO

Magic Leap is planning multiple editions of its augmented reality glasses for different levels of consumers and professionals, with the cheapest starting at the price of a “higher-end mobile phone to higher-end tablet,” says company president and CEO Rony Abovitz. “I think we’re trying to establish …

Augmented Reality

Huawei trades Mate 10 Pros for reviews that shouldn't exist

The phone has over 100 positive reviews on Best Buy's website -- despite it not launching in the US until Sunday.<p>Huawei's Mate 10 Pro goes on sale in the US this Sunday, and it's already getting rave reviews from customers over on Best Buy's site. Wait, what?<p>The company in a private Facebook group …

Beta Testing

Hacker group manages to run Linux on a Nintendo Switch

Hacker group fail0verflow shared a photo of a Nintendo Switch running Debian, a distribution of Linux (via Nintendo Life). The group claims that Nintendo can’t fix the vulnerability with future firmware patches.<p>According to fail0verflow, there’s a flaw in the boot ROM in Nvidia’s Tegra X1 …

Linux

Beak is a new smart home hub armed with an IR blaster to control air conditioners and more

Adding smartphone control to all of the devices in our home doesn’t require replacing everything, at least not according to a new smart hub called Beak. Armed with an IR blaster, Z-Wave and a long list of compatible gadgets, the hub can turn just about any home appliance from air conditioners to …

Google’s acquisition of HTC’s design team is all about making the Pixel more like the iPhone

Google’s parent company Alphabet has closed the HTC purchase. Technically, Alphabet only bought most of HTC’s mobile division, some 2,000 engineers …

Verizon reportedly halts ‘all plans’ to sell Huawei smartphones, including Mate 10 Pro

China’s top smartphone-making export and the global mobile industry’s fast-growing number three vendor is seeing its US expansion ambitions …

US Mate 10 Pro may feature single-SIM slot, VoLTE support on AT&T and T-Mobile

• Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Mate 10 Porsche Design rumored to feature single-SIM slot in US.<br>• VoLTE support expected for AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as VoWifi exclusively through AT&T.<br>• US models set for release on February 18th.<p>In the aftermath of CES 2018, all of the focus on Huawei has centered on how its …

China criticizes US moves on intellectual property, telecoms

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday criticized recent moves by the U.S. targeting the sale of fake goods and Chinese telecoms equipment, saying Washington lacks "objectivity" in its approach to Chinese businesses.<p>Separately, the foreign ministry sought to deflect accusations that China is requiring …

China