Georgia shows why November’s election could be chaos

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Enlarge / People wait to vote in Georgia’s primary election on June 9 in Atlanta.

There’s broad agreement that last week’s primary election in Georgia was a fiasco, with voters reportedly waiting as long as five hours to cast a ballot.

Democrats accused Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger of bungling the statewide rollout of new election technology. Some went further, suggesting that the problems—which were most severe in Democratic areas—were a deliberate Republican strategy.

“What happened in Georgia yesterday was by design,” former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted last Wednesday. “Voter suppression is a threat to our democracy.”

EU opens Apple antitrust investigations into App Store and Apple Pay practices

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The European Commission is opening two antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store and Apple Pay practices today.

The first investigation will probe whether Apple has broken EU competition rules with its App Store policies, following complaints by Spotify and Rakuten over Apple’s 30 percent cut on subscriptions and sales of ebooks through its App Store.

“We need to ensure that Apple’s rules do not distort competition in markets where Apple is competing with other app developers, for example with its music streaming service Apple Music or with Apple Books,” says Margrethe Vestager, the head of the EU’s antitrust division.

Realme Watch review: An unpolished experience

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Now that both Xiaomi and Realme have cornered the affordable fitness tracker market, a smartwatch is the next logical progression. Enter the Realme Watch, the company’s first attempt at a large-screen smartwatch at an affordable price point.

The Realme Watch isn’t a full-blown Wear OS smartwatch; instead, it is positioned as a step up

Android app development for complete beginners

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Android Studio

Learning Android app development may seem like a daunting task, but it can open up a huge world of possibilities. You could create the next “hit app” that changes the way we work or interact with each other. Maybe you’ll develop a tool that you can use yourself to improve your workflow. Or perhaps you’ll just gain a new skill that lands you a great job!

Also read: Making an app with no programming experience: What are your options?

Whatever the case, learning Android app development might not be as tough as you think, as long as you understand what

Mi Notebook 14 Horizon Edition review: A design-focused machine with drawbacks

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After spinning off Poco and Redmi, Xiaomi has been working hard to reinvent itself as a premium ecosystem player. From televisions to robot vacuum cleaners, the next frontier for the brand is laptops.

Xiaomi is going for a clear-cut strategy not far removed from its smartphone range. Taking all the learnings from selling phones, Xiaomi has just five laptop options with the principal difference being the amount of storage and one of two processor options.

The company is betting on a clean, simple design that should make the machines even more appealing to a younger demographic. However, the

Android 11 Beta for developers

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Android 11 beta for developers

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After a brief delay, Android 11 Beta is now available. You can grab it here.

This means it’s well and truly “go time” for developers who need to ensure that their apps are in tip-top shape to support the new operating system before the full roll-out. And with this update coming hot off the heels of Android Studio 4.0, the new Google Play Console beta, and Google Play Asset delivery, it looks as though we’re going to have

So what do you need to know? What’s new from the previous developer previews? As

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