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No Huawei; Making Facebook Secure; Gaming Phone; Apple Says Nope
 

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October 22 · Issue #103 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

No Huawei; Making Facebook Secure; Gaming Phone; Apple Says Nope

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Lock out. The second-most-popular smartphone manufacturer in the world Huawei has a pair of edge-to-edge screen phones with under-the-screen fingerprint sensors, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, that you will not be seeing in the U.S. any time soon. The company is essentially locked out of the US over unspecified concerns about Chinese technology being used to spy on the U.S. On the other hand, you may be able to buy Huawei’s new smartwatch, someday.
Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro won't be sold in the US - Business Insider Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro won't be sold in the US - Business Insider
Serious security. With over 2 billion global users, it’s shocking that Facebook hasn’t gotten more serious about user security sooner. But this latest breach, which at first didn’t sound so bad, but is now considered one of Facebook’s worst data breaches, exposing the private details of some 30 million users, is forcing Facebook’s hand. The company is reportedly about to buy a huge security software company. If it happens, it’ll probably help harden the social network against future attacks, but there’s no software acquisition that can help rebuild trust.
Facebook wants to acquire a big cybersecurity firm - Business Insider Facebook wants to acquire a big cybersecurity firm - Business Insider
Game phone. The Razer 2 smartphone, not to be confused with Motorola’s Razr line, might be considered the ultimate gaming phone. Made by the same people who make powerful gaming laptops, the Razer 2 has a special gaming mode, vibrant screen, glowing back, and huge speakers. From where I stand, it’s not the most elegant phone. It’s too blocky, those speaker grills take up a lot of space and The Verge isn’t impressed with the cameras. So how much would you give up for an awesome mobile gaming experience? If it were me, I’d probably just buy a Switch.
Razer Phone 2 review: it glows, but it doesn’t shine - The Verge Razer Phone 2 review: it glows, but it doesn’t shine - The Verge
Cook vs. Bloomberg. Remember that blockbuster Chinese spying chip story I told you about weeks ago? It was a huge investigation by Bloomberg News. The reporting was solid and I was so concerned I wrote about it. However, Apple has long denied the implication that the Chinese government or people working for the government are somehow surreptitiously slipping spy chips onto server motherboards used by Apple, Amazon, and others. Now Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken the unprecedented step of demanding a retraction from Bloomberg. I’m thinking you haven’t heard the last of this.
Tim Cook wants retraction of Supermicro China spy-chip story Tim Cook wants retraction of Supermicro China spy-chip story
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