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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 780G brings 5nm tech to affordable phones

Over the last year, Qualcomm’s 7-series chips have enabled some of the best value phones. You wouldn’t have devices like the Pixel 4a and OnePlus Nord without the Snapdragon 730G and 765G. But for all their strengths, those chips weren’t without their flaws. They tend to buckle under more processor-intensive tasks and, outside of the …

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The repairable Fairphone 2 gets an Android update five years after launch

Despite the best efforts of the right to repair movement, most popular smartphones are still notoriously hard to fix through DIY means. In 2013, ethical phone company Fairphone set out to change that, starting with its eponymous handset free of conflict materials, later adding a modular design to its successor and more recycled plastics to …

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Amazon begins selling NFL merch after securing Thursday Night Football deal

Amazon is partnering with the NFL to plug a gap in its online store by making the vast majority of the league’s fan gear available to purchase. It’s hard to ignore the timing of the tie-up, which arrives on the heels of Amazon’s exclusive grab of Thursday Night Football rights for its Prime Video service. …

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Google’s ‘Memory’ feature could turn Assistant into an Android organizer

Google is working on a new feature for Assistant on Android called “Memory” that could transform it into into a handy organizer, according to a recent APK spotted by 9to5Google. The idea is that you can save screen content, images, reminders, ideas and more in one place, then find it again through a smart search …

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Samsung’s 512GB DDR5 module is a showcase for the future of RAM

Samsung has unveiled a new RAM module that shows the potential of DDR5 memory in terms of speed and capacity. The 512GB DDR5 module is the first to use High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) tech, delivering 7,200 Mbps speeds — over double that of DDR4, Samsung said. Right now, it’s aimed at data-hungry supercomputing, AI and …

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Dodge’s 2FA security update for muscle cars will slow thieves to a crawl

Earlier this week a man driving a stolen Dodge Charger passed a Michigan State Trooper while traveling over 120 MPH just before he lost control and crashed into two other vehicles. It’s the kind of incredible video that’s perhaps a bit too common, and now Dodge is releasing a software update that might cut down …

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Playdate’s mirror app links the handheld to a PC for streaming and control

Panic’s hand crank-equipped Playdate console is a big reason why 2021 may be a great year for “alternative” consoles, and its developers showed off a new feature on Twitter that they said is “perfect” for streamers. What they’re showing is a PC app that allows you to plug in the small yellow device and mirror …

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Facebook caught a Chinese hacker group targeting Uyghur activists

On Wednesday, Facebook disclosed that a group of Chinese hackers had tried to use its platform to target people in the Uyghur community. The company says the collective, which is known as Earth Empusa or Evil Eye, went after about 500 individuals, many of whom were activists, journalists and dissidents living abroad in countries like …

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