Consumer Electronics
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2/20/2020

The cryptic "1 1" message that popped up on Samsung Galaxy phones around the world was a glitch related to internal testing, the company says. The fact that it came from the preinstalled Find My Mobile app, which allows remote locking of phones, made some Galaxy owners anxious, but other than possible battery drain, the notification had no effect.

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2/20/2020

Verizon has dismissed a report that it will no longer sell Google's Pixel phones, saying it is "look[ing] forward to the new portfolio of devices." Google has not commented on the matter.

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CNET
2/20/2020

Trouble connecting, playing music and syncing with other devices are among the issues Google Nest Mini users encounter. Tech writer Tyler Lacoma offers solutions to those problems and others.

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Digital Trends
2/20/2020

The use of special glasses with flickering lights can stimulate the release of brain chemicals that could help fight Alzheimer's disease, say researchers at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. "The idea that you could use an entirely non-invasive method to change how the brain's immune system works, to potentially to move it back toward a healthy state in these diseases, would be revolutionary," says Georgia Institute of Technology assistant professor Levi Wood, who is part of the research team.

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Digital Trends
2/19/2020

TikTok is putting the power back in the hands of parents with Family Safety Mode, a feature that allows parents to link their accounts to their teens' accounts and set time limits. The safety mode, which is available in the UK and will be expanded to other areas, also allows parents to manage direct messages and content.

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Engadget
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TikTok
2/19/2020

Smart routers, security cameras without Wi-Fi access and light fixtures are among the smart systems that can remotely monitor home safety, Chris Smith writes.

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KnowTechie
2/19/2020

Facebook's News Feed may be getting a makeover with tabs designed to organize content into Seen, Relevant and Recent categories. The company is testing the feature internally.

2/19/2020

Apple's loss might be Samsung's gain where production issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak are concerned, Reuters reports, saying the South Korean company will benefit from having built some of its smartphone factories in Vietnam rather than in China. Samsung had also largely abandoned the Chinese smartphone market in the last few years, so the country's lower demand hasn't affected it.

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Reuters
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Samsung, Reuters
2/19/2020

Leaked photos of TCL's prototype smartphone show a slide-out display that extends the screen, making it tablet-size. Jessica Dolcourt writes that such a configuration would solve the problem of the crease that occurs in foldable phones.

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CNET
2/19/2020

Federated Wireless is offering businesses a managed option for connecting to networks running on Citizens Band Radio Service frequencies to help them deploy private 5G and 4G networks under a partnership with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. The new connectivity-as-a-service system is aimed at making it easier for enterprises to use internet of things tools without interfering with their Wi-Fi networks.

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ZDNet