Proposal would give EU power to boot tech giants out of European market

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The EU wants to arm itself with new powers to take on big technology companies, including the ability to force them to break up or sell some of their European operations if their market dominance is deemed to threaten the interests of customers and smaller rivals.

EU Commissioner Thierry Breton told the Financial Times that the proposed remedies, which he said would only be used in extreme circumstances, also include the ability to exclude large tech groups from the single market altogether.

In addition, Brussels is considering a

Zhiyun Smooth XS review: You get what you pay for

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Zhiyun Smooth XS on Beach Rock

A cursory search through Amazon for smartphone gimbals will bring up over a hundred options. Among all those choices, Chinese company Zhiyun has carved out a niche for itself as the budget brand-of-choice. Unsurprisingly, its latest release — the Zhiyun Smooth XS — is priced to move.

However, as with most things in life, you tend to get what you pay for with smartphone gimbals. In our Zhiyun Smooth XS review, we’re going to tell you what features you’ll be missing out on — and what hoops you’ll need to jump through — if you decide to buy the Smooth

Unannounced Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition gets detailed on video

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Samsung’s unannounced Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (FE) has appeared in a pair of new videos. The first is a hands-on video from YouTuber Jimmy Is Promo which shows off the device from every angle and details its key specs. Meanwhile, the second video appears to be a leaked promo video for the 5G version of the device posted to Twitter by @yabhishekhd. Jimmy Is Promo says the phone should retail for between $699 and $750.

According to Jimmy is Promo, whose previous videos include a hands-on look at the Note 20 ahead of its official announcement, the Galaxy S20

What is Azure? Microsoft Azure certification for pros

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What is Azure

Cloud platforms, also referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), are used by a wide variety of businesses to store data, handle machine-learning, and more. IT professionals looking to enhance their resume should therefore consider certification for these tools. As one of the biggest options on the market, that includes Microsoft Azure.

See also: What is AWS certification?

But just what is Azure? What services are included? In this post, we will explore the platform in detail from the perspective of the IT services provider or developer.

What is Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a cloud platform that offers a

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 review: Overpriced and underbaked

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Samsung’s premium smartphone strategy is in flux. Between its ever-expanding foldable phone portfolio and obscenely specced devices under the “Ultra” branding, it’s easy to forget about the Galaxy Note family and in particular 2020’s standard Note model — the Galaxy Note 20.

2019 marked the first year where Samsung offered two Note series phones at the same time. Rather than settle into a pattern, the South Korean giant has switched things up again in 2020. We’ve already reviewed the Note 20 Ultra — a monstrous phone with a monstrous price tag – which usurped the short-lived Note “Plus” line.

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