How Trump’s WeChat ban could devastate Apple’s Chinese business

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President Trump’s executive order banning WeChat could have far-reaching consequences for almost the entire technology industry, thanks to the app’s parent company, Tencent, having investments in companies like Riot Games and other US-based brands. But the ban could also have a big impact on Apple, which is deeply entrenched in China.

Apple has a significant Chinese customer base, and nearly all of its critical manufacturing and assembly partners are based there. Trump’s ban might not only force Apple to remove WeChat from its App Store — which would destroy Apple’s Chinese smartphone business — it could existentially change how Apple is able to build and sell new products in the future.

It’s hard to emphasize the prominence of WeChat…

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The HyperJuice 100W GaN USB-C charger is now available for $99

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HyperJuice’s 100W gallium nitride (GaN) USB-C charger — which the company says is the first of its kind — is now available to buy for $99.99, following a successful Kickstarter campaign last fall.

The new charger is only about the size of a deck of cards (the brick itself measures 3.36 x 2.39 x 1.14 inches), thanks to the gallium nitride technology that’s far more energy-efficient than traditional silicon, allowing for smaller chargers that waste less energy.

Hyper’s new brick offers a total of four ports: two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports. The USB-C ports support the USB-C PD 3.0 specification and can output the full 100W between them. (For example, you can change a USB-C laptop at the full 100W with a single plug or divide it…

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Apple News just lost The New York Times

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The New York Times has announced that, as of today, it will no longer be distributing articles in the Apple News app, making it one of the largest publishers to end its association with Apple’s publishing platform.

In a memo announcing the change, Meredith Kopit Levien, chief operating officer at the Times, said the company wants “a direct path for sending those readers back into our environments, where we control the presentation of our report, the relationships with our readers, and the nature of our business rules.” She added that the paper’s “relationship with Apple News does not fit within these parameters.”

While Apple has had a tougher time getting publishers (including the Times) to sign on for its monthly News Plus subscription…

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Watch two new gameplay trailers for Cyberpunk 2077

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CD Projekt Red has debuted two new gameplay trailers for the highly anticipated (and recently delayed again) Cyberpunk 2077. One trailer, “The Gig” shows off some of the game’s prologue, which sees player character V caught up in a heist for a bio-chip, which kicks off the rest of the game.

The trailer also shows off new aspects of the game, including the open-world “Badlands” region and Adam Smasher, a hulking cyborg character that fans of the pen-and-paper RPG might recognize.

A second trailer shows off a look at “braindance” gameplay, where players use the futuristic technology of Cyberpunk 2077 to enter another character’s memories, where you can freely look around to analyze past events and look for clues or information. In-game,…

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