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Global Gadget News for 19 Nov 2019

Samsung outsourcing Galaxy AIn an ideal world, smartphone makers have full control over all aspects of the product, from software to hardware to production. Not even Apple has achieved 100% control and companies like Samsung are... even less likely to. Now it seems that the world’s largest phone maker will be giving up even more control as it will reportedly tap Chinese companies …
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DOJ Antitrust Chief Says He'llThe Department of Justice is working to rescind the Paramount consent decrees, a set of 1940s legal rules limiting studios' power over theaters that helped usher in the end of the notorious old... Hollywood system, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
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16-inch MacBook Pro stillApple’s mythical 16-inch MacBook Pro almost remained just that, late and elusive. But when it did finally debut, it checked almost every item on the rumor list, including the new-old scissor switch... “Magic Keyboard”. But we all know that looks can be deceiving and what lies beneath is just as important, especially when it comes to repairs. That’s why iFixit …
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Half-Life: Alyx is Valve'sValve is perhaps best known for the Steam PC gaming store and platform but it is perhaps a lesser known fact that it has also developed and published a few games, including the famous Half-Life... franchise. It is, however, also infamous for being unable to follow up on its ow promises of sequels, particularly in completing trilogies. The company is …
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Sony PS5 controller patentSony is the recipient of a newly published patent in Japan showing multiple illustrations of what may be the upcoming PlayStation 5 controller’s design. As previously leaked, the patent indicates... the new controller will feature a built-in microphone (possibly two); there are also some small changes to the overall design compared to the DualShock 4, though the two look very …
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Amazon free music streamingEarlier this year, Amazon announced that its Amazon Music service was now free (with advertisements) for anyone who owned a smart speaker featuring its Alexa personal assistant. Amazon has expanded... that perk to its wider ecosystem, namely the Fire TV platform, as well as on Android and iOS using the Amazon Music app. Users aren’t required to have an Amazon …
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Huawei 90-day licenseThe rumors were only partially correct. The US Commerce Department has indeed thrown Huawei a lifeline by granting it another Temporary General License extension but not the short 14-day period... earlier believed. In fact, for the third time, Huawei is being given another 90 days to do business with US companies. Despite what looks like a generous reprieve, however, the …
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After Apple unveiled the 16-inch MacBook Pro last week, iFixit quickly pried off a few keys to give us a look at the return of the scissor switch mechanism, but what about the rest of the laptop? Now... they've completed a full teardown of the latest ma...
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Less than two weeks after the last iOS 13 update, Apple is back with another minor tweak, this time raising the version number to iOS 13.2.3. iOS 13.2 was the most recent major update, when it added... support for Deep Fusion photography and the AirPods...
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Vin Diesel's Daughter Is AmongMonths after the Fast and Furious franchise finally said "screw it" and went straight sci-fi, it's changing lanes once again.
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The FCC's ongoing 5G push might set up a conflict with the satellite industry. Chairman Ajit Pai is pressing for a public auction of wireless frequencies in the C-band spectrum (the 4GHz to 8GHz range... often used by satellite companies) for the sake...
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Google Maps test lets usersGoogle is making it easier for Google Maps users to find interesting places by allowing them to follow popular Local Guides, the company has announced. The new feature is described as a pilot that... will take place in a number of major cities around the world, including Osaka, Mexico City, New York City, Bangkok, London, and more. The new pilot …
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No, your eyes aren't deceiving you: after 12 years, Valve has announced a new Half-Life game. The company has confirmed swirling rumors with word that it will reveal Half-Life: Alyx, its "flagship VR... game," on November 21st at 1PM Eastern. It didn't...
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A Man Developed 'Feather DuvetA UK man's innocent decision to change his bedding caused him to develop a strange, rare condition that left him gasping for air, his doctors say. In a new case study out Monday, they detail how the... man came down with a rare form of allergy to the bird feathers that filled his new duvet and pillows.
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California Is Suing Juul forJuul is staring down yet another lawsuit.
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The State of the Art in ToiletResearchers have developed a new method of lowering toilet water waste and preventing poo buildup--a special coating that purportedly makes feces slide down a toilet bowl like a child on a greased-up... Slip 'N Slide.
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Democrats Press for MajorDozens of Senate Democrats on Monday signed a letter urging a significant increase in election security funding that's necessary, they say, for election officials to combat potential meddling in the... 2020 presidential election, among other security concerns.
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Ricoh Theta SC2 sphericalRicoh has unveiled its new Theta SC2, a 360-degree camera targeting the entry-level market with both video and still image capabilities. The model features a simple rectangular design and is capable... of capturing spherical images and video at up to 4K/30fps resolution. The company has packed multiple modes into the new Theta SC2, as well as an OLED screen and …
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The 10 Best Deals of November 18, 2019

Gizmodo - 19 Nov 2019 00:35
The 10 Best Deals of NovemberWe see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.
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We've only just gotten used to the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, so what might Apple have up its sleeve for one more event in 2019? An invite has gone out requesting that the press "Join us for an Apple... special event honoring our favorite apps and games o...
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The Future of Apple InnovationThe big iFixit teardown is done, and the results are in. The new 16-inch MacBook Pro is a heck of a lot like the old 15-inch MacBook Pro, save for a few meaningful throwback features. Yes, I mean... throwback as in retro--as in Apple actually took retired features from old MacBooks and reintroduced them as new features....
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Disney+ accounts hacked:If you’ve already had your Disney+ account hacked in the short time since the service first launched, you’ve likely already been in contact with Disney officials. If you’ve not yet been the... victim of the wide-ranging scheme in the first few days since launch of the Disney+ streaming content system, now’s the time to change your password, yet again. Even …
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Hey Roku, Maybe User-CreatedHumans can be wonderful. We can also be gross, horny, and prone to abusing any type of power given to us. Like, for instance, the ability to create Roku screensavers.
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Amazon's free, ad-supported music tier is no longer confined to Alexa devices. The service is now available through the Amazon Music app on Android, iOS and Fire TV for listeners in the US, UK and... Germany. You're still limited to listening to playl...
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iFixit's 16-inch MacBook ProThe product still got a 1 out of 10 repairability score, though.
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