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Five trends at Mobile World Congress

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | The phone industry’s largest annual trade fair, the Mobile World Congress which wrapped up in Barcelona on Thursday, was dominated by fast-charging phone batteries, virtual reality and connected objects, from toothbrushes to cars. LONGER LASTING BATTERIES AND FAST CHARGING Several phonemakers unveiled new smartphones with …

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Snap: messages vanish, young billionaires appear

San Francisco, United States | AFP | The mobile application Snapchat became a social media star with messages that vanish after viewing, making co-founders Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy among the youngest billionaires on the planet. The history of the company, recently re-branded just Snap in an effort to be …

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Russian jets mistakenly bomb US-backed forces in Syria

Washington, United States | AFP | Russian warplanes bombed US-backed fighters in several small villages in northern Syria after they mistakenly thought Islamic State forces were in the area, a US general said Wednesday. Army Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said Russian and Syrian regime aircraft attacked the villages to the …

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Trump eyes increase in defense spending

Washington, United States | AFP | President Donald Trump teased a budget plan Monday that includes a nearly 10 percent increase in defense spending and a “large reduction” in foreign aid. Previewing measures aimed at backing up campaign promises with dollars and cents, Trump promised a “public safety and national …

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TECH: Used parts you should never buy

Choosing whether to buy a new or used motor vehicle replacement part has never been easy. But it has gotten tougher recently due to what I hear are tough times economically. While new car parts were never the automatic choice previously, due to an avalanche of fakes on the market, …

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In South Korea, the race is on for Olympics 5G next year

Barcelona, Spain | AFP | Tech-savvy sports enthusiasts will get their money’s worth at next year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics where South Korea’s KT mobile operator wants to give spectators what it hopes will be their first 5G experience. Telecom firms have long been racing to develop this new, fifth generation …

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Nokia relaunches iconic 3310 mobile model

Barcelona, Spain | AFP |  Finnish brand Nokia, a former mobile star, on Sunday launched three new Android smartphones and unveiled a revamped version of its iconic 3310 model more than a decade after it was phased out. Unlike the original, which was known for its sturdiness, the new Nokia …

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Stargazers applaud as moon eclipses sun

Sarmiento, Argentina | AFP | Stargazers applauded as they were plunged into darkness Sunday when the moon passed in front of the sun in a spectacular “ring of fire” eclipse. Astronomers and enthusiasts in Argentina were among the first to see the so-called annular eclipse as it crossed South America …

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Trump promises massive buildup of entire US military

Washington, United States | AFP |  President Donald Trump on Friday promised a historic buildup of America’s already vast military, but said he hoped he would never need to use it. We are “putting in a massive budget request for our beloved military and we will be substantially upgrading all …

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