Day: August 4, 2020

TikTok Saga Continues With Microsoft Talks. Now What?

The latest twist in the TikTok saga is an especially strange turn in a tale filled with strange turns. Suddenly, Microsoft — known primarily for work software like Windows and Office — is in talks to buy the popular Chinese-owned video app, which has raised national-security concerns for US officials.

The US government is effectively forcing ByteDance, TikTok’s owner, to sell so it can salvage the app in the US, a huge and valuable market. President Donald Trump has threatened a “ban” on TikTok and other administration officials and US lawmakers of both parties have said the app’s Chinese ownership is a concern.

It’s unclear what shape such a ban would take or whether the sale will go through. TikTok’s users are posting videos saying they are upset and angry. Here’s what’s at stake.

Q. What is TikTok again?

A. The app is a home for fun, goofy

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Google Pixel 4A: Cheat sheet

Google’s Pixel 4A smartphone is a budget model priced at $349 with enough important features for pro users to make it an ideal company-issue device.

Image: Angela Lang/CNET

Google’s latest smartphone isn’t a new flagship device: It’s the Pixel 4A, the budget version of last year’s Pixel 4. Owners of flagship smartphones won’t be wowed by its features (which are minimal) or its design (which is simple), but the Pixel 4A isn’t designed with flagship device users in mind. The Pixel 4A is geared toward people who are budget conscious or don’t need or want all the bells and whistles, or companies that want a fleet of basic, yet modern, business smartphones. 

At only $349, the Pixel 4A is priced to compete with other mid-tier smartphones from major manufacturers, but with the added benefit of having “…one of the best cameras you can get on a smartphone,” according

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