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All you need to know about vaccine passports

Travelers may need to use vaccine passports to enter certain countries or to be exempt from strict testing and quarantine requirements in a post-pandemic world. Currently, the only way to confirm vaccine status in the United States is a card from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Getting COVID-19 test results for travel is a little easier as many facilities put them online, but we’re not yet close to a standardized system used worldwide. Still, with more than 50 million people in the United States having been fully vaccinated, travelers are naturally curious about their vaccine passport options.

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Xiaomi launches 3 new smartphones to compete with Apple and Samsung

Xiaomi launched a slew of new smartphones on Monday, with one high-end device aimed at international markets as it looks to push into the premium segment and fill the void left by rival Huawei’s troubles. The Mi 11 Ultra is the smartphone aimed at international markets in the premium segment. It will start at 5,999 yuan ($914) and go up to 6,999 yuan ($1,066) for a higher spec version. Xiaomi has not yet said what markets it will be available in outside of China.

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California allowing theme parks and outdoor stadiums

California health officials on Friday gave Walt Disney’s Disneyland and other theme parks the go-ahead to reopen at limited capacity from April 1, after a closure of almost a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Capacity will be limited to between 15% and 35%, the California Department of Health said in an update. Masks and other safety measures will be required and the parks initially will be open only to state residents.

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Apple takes global smartphone lead

Apple shipped more smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2020 than any other company, according market research firm Gartner. Apple shipped nearly 80 million units in the quarter, surpassing all other smartphone makers including Samsung. It’s the first time Apple has been on top since 2016, according to the report released Monday.

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Ford and Google partner for in-car connectivity

Ford and Google are entering a six-year deal that will make the tech giant responsible for much of the automaker’s growing in-vehicle connectivity. Google will also provide cloud computing and other technology services. The partnership announced Monday is designed to streamline Ford’s operations and accelerate an ongoing $11 billion restructuring plan. It marks a major shift for the automaker, which has spent hundreds of millions of dollars annually in recent years to develop and maintain such systems.

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