OnePlus co-founder reportedly leaving phone maker for own venture

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OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei


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The co-founder of Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has seemingly left the company, according to a report Monday. Carl Pei was absent from an internal memo listing OnePlus’ leadership, Android Police reported citing a screenshot by a Reddit user who suggested that Pei had either stepped down or was removed from the position.

The reported departure comes just ahead of the OnePlus 8T event, which is scheduled for Wednesday. Pei’s is departing OnePlus to start his own venture, according to TechCrunch, although no details about that venture were immediately available.

OnePlus didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

In 2019, OnePlus ranked eighth in the US market with just 0.6% market share, according to Counterpoint Research, but its phone sales more than tripled last year

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All four of Apple’s new iPhone 12 models were just leaked by a case maker



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  • iPhone 12 cases are already on sale ahead of the official announcement from Apple.
  • Smartphone accessory brand Totallee has begun selling cases for the iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which are expected to be revealed next week.
  • Apple has confirmed that its next event from Apple Park will be streamed on October 13th.

On Tuesday, October 13th, Apple will finally reveal its 2020 iPhone models. Traditionally, Apple not only would have announced a new flagship phone by this point in the year, but those phones would already be shipping to customers. Of course, 2020 isn’t a traditional year, and Apple confirmed months ago that the iPhone 12 wouldn’t be ready in late September. But even though we finally have an official date for the iPhone 12 event, the phones are still leaking, and on Thursday,

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Trump Administration Whacks China Again With New Restrictions on Its Biggest Chip Maker

The Trump administration has another Chinese technology company on its radar: the Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, the country’s biggest chip maker. And as you all can imagine if you’ve been following the recent news cycle, that is not good for SMIC.



a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Targeting China’s tech companies is now the norm.


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Targeting China’s tech companies is now the norm.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce informed American companies in the chip industry of new restrictions on exports to SMIC, the Financial Times reported. Now, American companies must obtain licenses from the government in order to sell products, such as software and chip-making equipment, to SMIC.

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In a letter communicating the new restrictions to U.S. companies, the Commerce Department said that it had taken action because exports to SMIC posed an “unacceptable risk” of potentially being used for military purposes.

According to U.S. government sources quoted by the Times, the Pentagon made

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U.S. Places Restrictions on China’s Leading Chip Maker

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has placed new restrictions on exports to Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation, China’s most advanced maker of computer chips, a measure that could deepen the technology conflict between China and the United States.

In a letter on Friday, the Department of Commerce told American companies in the chip industry that they must first acquire a license to sell technology to SMIC and its subsidiaries. The department said it was taking the action after a review in which it determined that the Chinese company “may pose an unacceptable risk of diversion to a military end use in the People’s Republic of China.”

The measure, which could cut SMIC off from the American software and other technology it needs to make its products, comes as the Trump administration takes a harsher stance against Chinese technology companies that it has deemed a national security threat. The administration has clamped

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Tesla says embattled electric truck maker Nikola itself stole truck design

The electric truck wars are getting even more charged. In a court document filed this week, Tesla accused rival Nikola of stealing the design for Nikola’s electric truck from Croatian car company Rimac Automobili. 

Tesla made the claim in a filing responding to a lawsuit in which Nikola alleges that Tesla stole Nikola’s design of its electric truck— the Nikola One — for the Tesla Semi, which was unveiled in 2017.

Nikola introduced its electric truck in 2016. The Nikola One and the Tesla Semi resemble each other, sporting a curved windshield, bullet-like aerodynamic front and silver finish. Nikola is suing Tesla for $2 billion for infringing on its design, which Nikola claims it patented. Both companies are named after Nikola Tesla, whose technological inventions defined much of the 20th century.

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Tesla’s lawsuit includes pictures of a number of electric trucks that came out before Nikola’s model.

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Popular PC Maker Has Opinions About Nvidia’s New RTX 30 Design

Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 3080 Founder’s Edition graphics card ditches the “reference” style, single blower-style fan for a push/pull cooling solution. That much you already know. What you may find fascinating is that without any kind of thermal solution directly attached, a GPU like this would reach in excess of 750 degrees Celsius — about 100 degrees hotter than the melting point of aluminum.

So, cooling: it’s kind of important!

You may also find it interesting that a GPU’s cooling design can directly impact the types of systems or options your favorite PC builds like Origin, Alienware, Maingear and Falcon Northwest might offer.

In fact, Kelt Reeves of Falcon Northwest — the company largely responsible for the birth of gaming PCs — is an outspoken perfectionist when it comes to what he’ll allow in his systems. Of course,

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Micosoft will buy video game maker ZeniMax for $7.5 billion

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FILE – A man wearing a mask looks at this phone outside the Microsoft office in Beijing, China in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo. Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout. The software giant said Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks.

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Microsoft is buying the company behind popular video games The Elder Scrolls, Doom and Fallout.

The software giant said Monday that it is paying $7.5 billion for ZeniMax Media, the parent company of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks.

Microsoft said it is buying Bethesda in part to beef up its Xbox Game Pass game subscription service, which it says has over 15 million subscribers.

Bethesda games, such as Starfield, which is currently in development, will launch on

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Microsoft Buys Elder Scrolls Game Maker Zenimax For $7.5 Bln

Microsoft Corp.  (MSFT) – Get Report said Monday that it has agreed the takeover of video game publisher Bethesda Softworks that values the maker of Fallout and The Elder Scrolls at around $7.5 billion.

Under terms of the deal, Microsoft will purchase Zenimax, the parent company of Washington, D.C.-based Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion in cash. The tech giant said the purchase won’t likely impact its non-GAAP earnings for this year or next, but said new game launches would be added to its XBox Game Pass system on the same day they’re launched. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2021, Microsoft said.

“Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. “Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of

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