Verizon adds 8-inch TCL Tab to its Android tablet lineup

TCL Tab 8

You might recognize the TCL brand from its value-priced Roku TVs sold through Amazon, Best Buy and the like, but it’s been a player in the mobile space through its manufacturing of phones for the likes of Alcatel and BlackBerry. In 2020, the Chinese company has moved to release Android phones under its own moniker, which have been well-reviewed by ZDNet’s own reviewers (here and here). Next up: launching into the tablet market through a partnership with Verizon.

Whereas it’s selling its TCL 10 Pro and 10L smartphones unlocked in the U.S., it’s taking a different approach with its Tab 8 tablet by hooking up with a wireless carrier. At $199.99, or $8.33 per month for 24 months, the 8-inch slate is Verizon’s cheapest tablet offering, about three dollars per month cheaper than an 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Though the Galaxy Tab has a

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PC, dead? Shipments just hit a new high – and you can guess why

The second wave of COVID-19 hitting many countries together with companies preparing for longer-term remote-working environments have pushed PC shipments to levels not seen since 2011, according to analyst firm Canalys. 

Worldwide notebook and mobile workstation shipments in the third quarter were 28.3% higher than a year ago, helping push overall PC shipments up 12.7% year on year to 79.2 million units. 

According to Canalys,  the industry shipped 64.6 million notebooks. Canalys’ notebook figures include Chromebooks but not tablets or detachables. 

However, the shift to remote working pushed desktop shipments down by 26% compared with a year ago. 

This quarter’s growth in PC shipments surpassed the 9% year-on-year growth in Q2 2020 PC shipments.   

The pandemic has brought mixed results for Microsoft, which reported slowing demand from smaller businesses but bigger spending from large companies in Q4 FY20

Stalled smaller companies and business closures resulted in Windows OEM

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Five Eyes spy group again demands access to private messages

The members of the Five Eyes surveillance group – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US – with the addition of the Indian and Japanese governments, have once again called for the tech industry to break end-to-end encryption and enable law enforcement to access private messages through backdoors in their services, while insisting they still support the concept of encryption.

The joint statement was signed for the UK by home secretary Priti Patel – who was forced to resign as international development secretary in 2018 for holding unsanctioned meetings with the Israeli government without Westminster’s knowledge.

The group said that strong encryption played a “crucial role” in safeguarding personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security, as well as serving a vital purpose in protecting journalists, human rights activists and other groups at risk of targeted repression by governments.

However, it said, “particular implementations” of encryption

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A coalition of tech companies, including Microsoft and Symantec, orchestrate a takedown of the TrickBot malware botnet, which had infected 1M+ computers (Catalin Cimpanu/ZDNet)

Catalin Cimpanu / ZDNet:

A coalition of tech companies, including Microsoft and Symantec, orchestrate a takedown of the TrickBot malware botnet, which had infected 1M+ computers  —  FS-ISAC, ESET, Lumen’s Black Lotus Labs, NTT, Symantec, and the Microsoft Defender team participated in the takedown.… Read More