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Jon Porter

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Jon Porter is a news reporter, video presenter, and Capricorn. Part of The Verge's UK-based team, his primary focuses are European consumer tech releases, EU tech policy, online platforms, and video games. Oh, and mechanical keyboards. Lots of mechanical keyboards.

Porter started his career covering audio and TV equipment for TechRadar and has also written for Gizmodo UK, Kotaku UK, T3, Trusted Reviews, and Real Homes. He has been interviewed on national and international TV and radio, including on BBC World News, the BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4, ABC, CBC, and more. He currently lives in South London.

Honor’s affordable Pad 9 tablet gets a global launch.

A couple of months after releasing in China, Honor’s latest tablet is coming to international markets like the UK, where it’ll cost ?299.99 (around $380) or ?349.99 (~$443) with an included keyboard. The 12.1-inch tablet comes with a 2560x1600 120Hz display, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, a 8300mAh battery, and a lower mid-range Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 processor. It’ll go on sale in the UK on February 25th.


Honor Pad 9 tablet with keyboard attached.
Honor’s 21.1-inch Pad 9 tablet with keyboard attached.
Image: Honor
Corsair’s new 75-percent keyboard is the confusingly-named K65 Plus Wireless.

Following Razer and Asus, Corsair is releasing a keyboard in the popular compact laptop-style layout, complete with a volume knob on the top right that brings to mind enthusiast keyboards like the Keychron Q1 and GMMK Pro. Hot-swap switches, Bluetooth and 2.4GHz wireless, PBT dye-sub keycaps, and up to 266 hours of battery life round out the K65 Plus Wireless’ specs.


K65 Plus Wireless on a desk surrounded by Corsair accessories.

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The K65 Plus Wireless has a familiar enthusiast layout.
Image: Corsair
One official and one unofficial peek inside Nothing’s Phone 2A.

Nothing has confirmed that its next phone will be powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro processor, a custom version of the Dimensity 7200 made specifically for the device. The announcement comes on the same day SmartPrix and OnLeaks published a series of unofficial renders of the Phone 2A showing its potential design. Other rumored specs include dual 50-megapixel cameras, and an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance.


Phone 2A from the front and back.

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Renders suggest the phone will have a centrally-oriented pair of cameras.
Image: SmartPrix / OnLeaks
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First X, now the EU is opening formal proceedings against TikTok.

In what Reuters says is the second formal proceedings under the Digital Services Act, EU regulators are looking into whether TikTok has broken rules about safeguarding children and advertising transparency. If found guilty, TikTok could be fined up to 6 percent of its global turnover.

It comes after the EU opened formal proceedings against X over its handling of illegal content surrounding the Israel-Hamas war.


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Xiaomi teases a new flagship smartphone for MWC.

As well as bringing its currently China-exclusive 14 smartphone to a global audience, Xiaomi is announcing a completely new device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this week. CEO Lei Jun has teased the design of the Xiaomi 14 Ultra phone on X, and announced its telephoto camera specs. It’ll also be Xiaomi’s latest device to use a massive 1-inch-type sensor for its main camera.


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The BBC explores pushing further into the fediverse.

Six months after kicking off an initial Mastodon trial that saw it launch its own instance on the federated platform, the UK’s public broadcaster is not just extending the experiment by another six months, it’s also “planning to start some technical work into investigating ways to publish BBC content more widely using ActivityPub.”

It feels like a promising sign for the future of the fediverse.


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