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HTC plans to release its first 5G phone in 2020

Sponsored Links REUTERS/Tyrone Siu HTC may be pouring most of its energy into VR headsets, but it hasn’t forgotten about its (frankly languishing) smartphone range. Company chief Yves Maitre said in an interview that HTC’s first 5G phone launches sometime in 2020. He didn’t provide any clues as to the specs, although high-end models may …

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Lyft buys a startup that runs ads on top of ridesharing cars

Sponsored Links Halo Cars Lyft might have another way to generate revenue from trips. The company has acquired Halo Cars, a startup that lets drivers for app-based car services run taxi-style ads on top of their vehicles. A spokesperson for the ridesharing giant didn’t outline the intentions for the deal, but Axios speculated that Halo’s …

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KidKraft’s Alexa-powered toy kitchen sizzles and tells dad jokes

Kids love to cook — or at least to pretend to. They enjoy emulating their parents, especially when it comes to making delicious things to eat. However, our kitchen routines have changed a lot thanks to voice control technology, which isn’t easily replicated in a basic wood or plastic playset. So KidKraft’s new toy kitchen …

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Porsche opens Europe’s most powerful EV charging park

Sponsored Links Porsche Porsche just unveiled what might be your dream EV charging park — if you happen to be swinging through eastern Germany, anyway. The automaker has opened Europe’s most powerful fast-charging park in Leipzig, giving visitors a dozen 350kW stations to rapidly charge your Taycan (or any compatible EV, thankfully) and another four …

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Ninja’s Twitter account was hijacked

Sponsored Links Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images Tech giants and sports organizations aren’t the only ones wrestling with high-profile Twitter account hijacks. An intruder compromised the account of well-known streamer Ninja (aka Tyler Blevins) in mid-day on February 22nd, trying to use opportunity to rack up followers, start a beef with Fortnite star Tfue and …

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Ford hopes you’ll trade some privacy for discounted car insurance

Sponsored Links Ford Ford thinks it has a way to make car insurance more appealing: taking advantage of the data available from connected cars. It’s teaming up with Nationwide to introduce its own take on usage-based insurance. If you have one of several 2020 Ford or Lincoln models (like the Mustang you see above), you …

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Google fully explains why its apps aren’t on new Huawei phones

Sponsored Links Engadget Since last spring, the government’s entity list ban against Huawei (and ZTE) has largely prevented US companies from working with them. Despite legal wrangling and trade negotiations between the two countries the ban is still in place, and in the case of Google, it means that while there are still updates and …

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WSJ: Comcast’s NBCUniversal is in advanced talks to acquire Vudu

Sponsored Links fizkes via Getty Images Comcast-owned media company NBCUniversal is in “advanced talks” to acquire Vudu from Walmart, according to The Wall Street Journal. We’re just a couple of months away from the launch of NBCUniversal’s new streaming platform called Peacock, so the company’s interest in another streaming service may seem curious. However, the …

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Hot Wheels brings its NFC-enabled stat-tracker to even more toys this year

For stats-obsessed kids, last year’s release of Hot Wheels ID was a godsend. The NFC-based system let you scan your cars into the app to keep tabs on how fast and how far the cars in your collection had traveled. And it definitely solved the problem of figuring out who won a race. But it …

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Pre-order the Galaxy S20 from Amazon and get free Galaxy Buds+

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Now that Samsung has officially detailed the new Galaxy S20 series and the phones are two weeks away from hitting store shelves, retailers like Amazon are trying to entice consumers to buy the devices ahead of time with pre-order promotions. As has become something of an annual tradition for Samsung, the …

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