Trump’s Taiwan phone call will stun Beijing

The US president-elect’s decision to turn his back on four decades of US protocol on Taiwan and speak directly to a president of Taiwan will stun policymakers in Beijing. Since his election last month, they have struggled to understand who is advising Donald Trump on Asia and what his China policy will look like. This move will turn concern into alarm and anger. Beijing sees Taiwan as a province. Denying it any of the trappings of an independent state is one of the key priorities of Chinese foreign policy. For…

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Google Pixel Phone Users Report Screenshot

After being plagued by Bluetooth pairing and LTE connectivity issues, Pixel phone users are now reporting another bug. According to user reports, screenshots sent from an iPhone 7 Plus to a Google Pixel or Google Pixel XL phone are getting distorted automatically. The distorted screenshot issue is being discussed on a Google Product forums page extensively, and users are reporting that only a screenshot received from an iPhone 7 Plus is affected. The iPhone 7 Plus is Apple’s latest most expensive iPhone offering in the market. The issue appears when…

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Samsung seeks redemption with AI-infused Galaxy S8 phone

Samsung Electronics Co plans to equip its next Galaxy S smartphones with a Siri-like digital assistant, seeking to make a comeback after the global debacle that precipitated the death of its flawed Note 7 lineup. Samsung, which last month acquired US-based artificial-intelligence software company Viv Labs Inc, said the Galaxy S8 slated for next year will come with AI-enabled features “significantly differentiated” from those of Apple Inc’s Siri or Google, executive vice president  Rhee In-jong told reporters. Those services now offer up potentially useful information from the weather to flight times based on user…

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Huawei takes jab at Samsung with ‘no explosion’ phone

Chinese electronics firm Huawei yesterday unveiled its latest Mate 9 smartphone in Munich, designed to challenge global market leaders Apple and Samsung with features including a high-quality camera and higher-capacity battery. As Korea’s Samsung struggles with negative publicity following the high-profile recall of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 smartphone in response to reports of it catching fire and exploding, Huawei has scented an opportunity. Standing in front of a graphic comparing how hot the new phone gets while charging compared with a Samsung handset, Huawei consumer electronics chief Richard Yu…

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Kodak’s Ektra could just be the ultimate camera phone

Kodak, the company which once revolutionized photography is making a big comeback by bringing back the Ektra – its once-famous flagship camera. Although this time around, it’s reintroducing the Ektra as asmartphone. Ironic, because it was the smartphone camera that dealt the American company its final death blow. But will the Ektra reverse its fortunes? Outdated Android Marshmallow, bulky body, a par-for-the-course processor – there are many reasons to write this one off. But just one to turn and take notice. The Ektra features a powerhouse camera. With a 21 mp beast on the back and…

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