Shortage in smartphone microchips cuts into phone manufacturing

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The global deficiency in the chips is hard on the cell phone, personal computer and car makers. A worldwide shortage in smartphone microchips is plaguing manufacturers of cell phones, in addition to personal computer makers and automakers. The global shortage is exacerbated by the supply chain hurdles put in place by the COVID-19 pandemic. Beyond the pandemic, manufacturers and experts have pointed the finger at the impact of the US’s trade war and its heated arms race. Moreover, the shortage of smartphone microchips isn’t likely to end for several more…

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Sony unveils new PS5 VR headset for updated platform

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The electronics giant took nearly half a decade to add a next generation to its virtual reality experience. Customers have waited just over four years, but a new and long awaited PS5 VR headset has finally been announced as Sony brings its first virtual platform upgrade. This next generation headset was designed specifically for the new PlayStation 5. Of course, this doesn’t mean that gamers will be able to get their hands on the PS5 VR headset right away. Though it has been officially announced, there is still quite a…

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Doorbell cameras boost security and deter porch pirates while spiking privacy risks

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While they may reduce package theft, experts caution that these gadgets come with serious concerns. Porch piracy – the theft of packages off people’s doorsteps – have led to a rapid rise in the popularity of doorbell cameras. However, while they may help in the case of package theft, experts are warning that they also come with a spectrum of security concerns. These devices are internet-connected and aren’t nearly as secure as many users believe. As is the case with all smart devices, when doorbell cameras are used without enhanced…

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Fitbit acquisition by Google is now complete, despite controversy

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Following considerable regulatory scrutiny, Alphabet now owns the fitness tracking company. After having undergone regulatory scrutiny both in the United States and by the European Union, the Fitbit acquisition by Google’s parent company Alphabet has become official. Among the primary concerns voiced about this deal is that Google would receive massive data quantities. The Fitbit acquisition gives Google access to a substantial amount of logged user health data. This was among the primary regulatory concerns for the deal. The reason is that targeted advertising is central to Google’s revenue. Therefore,…

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LG Rollable smartphone will be available in 2021

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The electronics firm used CES to tease viewers with its new device with an expanding display. The LG Rollable smartphone was the subject of the brand’s CES press conference. That said, the device isn’t just a concept, but is a gadget that will be available for purchase in 2021. The Korean company teased about the smartphone to draw attention to the expandable display. The glimpse of the LG Rollable wasn’t a long one. That said, it did reveal a smartphone with a display that rolls open and upward to create…

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