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US bans ZTE from buying Qualcomm chipsets for seven years

ZTE can't buy Qualcomm chips anymore, following a decision by the US Department of Commerce. It punishes the Chinese company for violating the terms of a sanctions violation case, by banning all US companies from selling prohibited goods such as chipsets to ZTE. The ban will be in force for seven years. ZTE pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to violate US sanctions by illegally shipping US-made goods and technology to Iran. As part of the ensuing settlement, ZTE promised to fire four senior employees and discipline 35 others by either reducing their bonuses or reprimanding...



Verizon’s new Galaxy S8 ad sets a humorous tone for the company’s “Network Superhero” series

US carrier are wasting no time when it comes to marketing the new Galaxy S8 pair. Many of the on-contract deals are already up, while SIM-free offers are still stuck on pre-order. T-Mobile and Verizon units, even received their first update today (we guess, you could call it a zero-day one), so carrier definitely have a head start in the US. In an effort to "strike the iron while it's hot", Verizon has come up with a new ad campaign with the quite enthusiastic "Network Superhero" title. An unlisted video on Verizon's official YouTube channel has been brought to our attention and is...



Canalys: Chinese brands challenge Samsung in Africa

A quarterly report from Canalys shows pretty strong Samsung position in African smartphone market and a huge 42% growth in year-over-year but Chinese brands under the Transsion umbrella take a big market share as well in Q1 2018. Collectively, Tecno, iTel and Infinix, which are all sub-brands of Transsion Holdings, overtake Samsung with 38% market share in Q1 2018,compared to the 23% slice for the Korean giant. Anyway, from the top 5 list we see another familiar Chinese brand - Huawei. It seems that its performance in Q1 this year is pretty much on par with the first quarter of...



Nokia 1 is the first Android Go smartphone by HMD Global

HMD Global announced the Nokia 1 as its cheapest smartphone up to date with a price tag of $85 that translates to €75. The most prominent feature of the phone is its Android Oreo (Go Edition), made specifically for low-powered devices. Google already launched plenty of apps under its Go program, but the Nokia 1 is the first phone explicitly created for this project. Android Oreo (Go Edition), as introduced back in June 2017, reinvents popular Google apps for developing markets where low-powered phones are more prevalent. YouTube Go, for example, allows downloading videos for watching...



Carmageddon: Crashers is a deadly game of chicken with a splash of drag racing

Carmageddon is a classic game that involves equal amounts of racing and running over defenseless pedestrians. A new game in the series, Carmageddon: Crashers, pits you against someone your own size - imagine if playing chicken and drag racing had a violent baby. You build and upgrade your car to go head to head (literally) against equally mean cars. Don't worry, you can still shoot down the occasional bystander with your zappers. But to win the game, you need a car that impacts as much force as possible - especially when going up against the Zone Bosses. As you can imagine,...