Microsoft and Samsung partner on Xbox cloud-based game streaming

From The Verge: Samsung launched its new Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip smartphones yesterday, but the company also broadened its Microsoft partnership at the same time. Samsung and Microsoft are teaming up on a cloud-based game streaming service, and it’s likely this will involve xCloud appearing on Samsung devices in the future.

US Officials Say Huawei Can Access Government Backdoors

From PC Mag: Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei can apparently access telecom networks through backdoors “designed for use by law enforcement,” according to US officials.

Companies manufacturing telecom equipment are required by US law to build backdoors for government authorities to tap into the networks. These backdoors are not accessible themselves to the companies without approval given by the network operator, and only law-enforcement officials or officials authorized by the carriers are allowed access, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Lyft's fourth-quarter earnings show $1 billion in revenue

From CNET: Lyft faced an uncertain fourth quarter in 2019 but still managed to beat analysts' expectations for revenue. The ride-hailing company reported its highest quarterly revenue to date, coming in at more than $1 billion.

The company focused on slimming down during the quarter that ended in December, scaling back its bike and scooter initiatives and laying off employees. Lyft pulled its scooter operations in six cities across the US, saying ridership wasn't what it expected and laid off about 20 people on that team.

Cooler Master Launches the MasterBox MB311L ARGB and MasterBox MB320L ARGB Desktop Computer Cases

From Cooler Master Press Release: Cooler Master today announces two mATX ARGB Towers: the MasterBox MB311L ARGB (Mesh Front Panel) and MasterBox MB320L ARGB (Acrylic Front Panel). Following in the principles of the award-winning MB Series, versatility is paired with presentation to ensure that any gaming system built inside the MB300 series looks as good as it performs.

Intel and Vivo join Sony and Amazon withdrawals from Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus risk

From The Verge: Intel, Vivo, and NTT Docomo are joining Sony, Amazon, and others who have cancelled their presence at Mobile World Congress 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. LG, ZTE, Nvidia, and Ericsson have already cancelled various events that were set to take place at MWC in Barcelona, which is the biggest mobile technology trade show on the annual calendar. TCL also announced it would not be holding a press conference at the show, but the company still plans to attend.

Malwarebytes Report: Mac Threats Up 400 Percent

From PC Mag: Ready to get scared? Today is the day that Malwarebytes, the now-venerable provider of anti-malware programs for all major operating systems at home or work, releases its 2020 State of Malware Report. It takes into account all the threats and attacks the company tracked in the year 2019 (specifically those made in real time and detected by its software and other sources).

T-Mobile gets green light from judge on Sprint deal

From CNET: T-Mobile's deal with Sprint is almost across the finish line as a New York judge has ruled to let the pending $26.5 billion transaction go ahead. First reported Monday night from The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, US District Judge Victor Marrero formally ruled in favor of the deal Tuesday.

Fourteen attorneys general, led by New York and California, had opposed the deal, arguing that combining the companies into one would dramatically reduce competition and push up prices.

G.SKILL Announces High-Performance DDR4-3600 C16 256GB Memory Kit

From G.Skill Press Release: G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd. is thrilled to announce an all-new high capacity, low-latency memory kit, Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 CL16-20-20 256GB (32GBx8) 1.35V, for the latest AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X processor. Built with the latest high-density 16Gb components, this new DDR4 memory specification offers a perfect choice for those pursuing ultimate memory performance or attempting to build a powerful workstation for heavy content creation workloads.

Samsung’s Galaxy Home Mini caught on video ahead of rumored Wednesday release

From The Verge: A whole host of images, videos, and screenshots of Samsung’s Galaxy Home Mini have been posted online by XDA-Developers’ Max Weinbach, giving us our most detailed look yet at Samsung’s unreleased smart speaker. In a page that was subsequently taken down, Samsung previously said the device will be released on February 12th, one day after its Galaxy S20 launch event.

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