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The first Galaxy Note 20 update brings the August security patch and system improvements.
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Amidst the flood of Samsung-related news and some bits and pieces of information about Google’s own Pixel phones, Google almost silently announced the availability of Android 11 Beta 3. That near-silence belies the importance of this release as it is the final beta release before Android 11 finally goes gold this quarter. More importantly, this final beta also brings an … Continue reading
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A now-deleted sentence from a Google France blog post suggests that the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G will be available to preorder on October 8th. The two phones were announced this week alongside the Pixel 4A (which is available to preorder now) but Google has yet to share official preorder dates for the handsets, only saying they’re “coming this fall.” The inadvertent leak was reported by 9to5Google, after a reader spotted the preorder date for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G mentioned in the official Pixel 4A announcement post from Google France. That mention has since been deleted from the post (though can be seen in the cached page), with Google offering 9to5Google no further comment on the issue. Image: 9to5Google T... Continue reading…
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Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verg A leaked internal Google document suggests that the company has earmarked the fourth quarter of next year for the release of a foldable Google Pixel phone, 9to5Google reports. The device, codenamed “Passport,” is said to be explicitly referred to as being “foldable,” and is included alongside a list of all Pixel devices going back to 2017’s Pixel 2. As well as the foldable Pixel, the document also mentions a “lower end mid year device” called the Pixel 5A with a “Q2 2021” release date, and two other devices codenamed “Raven” and “Oriole” for “Q4 2021.” 9to5Google speculates these could be Pixel 6 models. Finally there’s the Pixel 4A 5G and Pixel 5, which Google pre-announced alongside the Pixel 4A earlier this week. Officially these... Continue reading…
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At this point, it seems safe to say that Fall Guys is something of a phenomenon. After a closed beta period where the game drew in a large audience on Twitch, Fall Guys launched yesterday to immediate success – or at least enough success to cripple the multiplayer servers. Today, we’re learning just how popular Fall Guys is. Over on … Continue reading
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From October onwards, you’ll no longer be able to use or stream music from the Google Play Music app.
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Hands up who wants better internet instead of subsidising sodding Wetherspoons?
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Microsoft is in talks to purchase TikTok, the massively popular video app that's owned and operated by the Chinese company ByteDance. The purchase talks come amid threats from President Donald Trump to ban the app in the United States. Trump says the app funnels user information to the Chinese government, and must be operated by an American company to ensure the safety of user information. The cost to purchase TikTok could be as high as $50 billion, according to a recent valuation reported by Reuters. Anywhere near that number would make it one of the biggest tech acquisitions of all time. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Microsoft is in talks to buy wildly popular video sharing platform TikTok from Chinese owner ByteDance, and the deal could go as high as $50 billion — the latest valuation given to TikTok by its investors, according to a recent Reuters report. That would make it the second-highest tech acquisition price of all time, well above the prices paid in dozens of major acquisitions. Here's a look at the history of tech's most expensive acquisitions, from Apple's measly $3 billion purchase of Beats all the way to Dell's notoriously expensive acquisition of EMC Corporation for a whopping $67 billion:SEE ALSO: Microsoft to continue talks to acquire TikTok's US operations after Trump threatened to ban the app in the US 27. Apple bought Beats in 2014 for $3 billion. Apple's purchase of Beats in 2014 was a two-part play: For the Beats headphone lineup, and for foundational software that would eventually lead to Apple Music. It also led to a notorious (and hilarious) video of Dr. Dre celebrating the sale with his friend Tyrese that reportedly caused Apple to "freak out." 26. Google bought Nest in 2014 for $3.2 billion. Google's purchase of Nest in 2014 was a strategic pickup in Google's ongoing battle with Amazon in the smart home market. Nest's widely used thermostat was an early hit in the smart home business, and the Google division has only expanded out its offerings since being acquired. 25. Walmart bought Jet.com in 2016 for $3.3 billion. Through the acquisition of Jet.com in 2016, Walmart bolstered its online storefront and has become a major player in the ecommerce market. Though Jet.com itself has since shuttered, the talent and technology that came with it live on through Walmart's online presence. 24. Cisco bought AppDynamics in 2017 for $3.7 billion. Just as AppDynamics was set to go public, the company was purchased at the eleventh hour by Cisco for $3.7 billion — an effort from Cisco to push further away from its hardware roots into the software and services business. Adobe bought Marketo in 2018 for $4.75 billion. Adobe's purchase of Marketo added the company's services to its "Adobe Experience Cloud," a business software suite sold by Adobe. Marketo's software added several marketing services to the AEC. Microsoft bought aQuantive in 2007 for $6.3 billion. In 2007, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer led an acquisition of a company named aQuantive worth over $6 billion. Though the purchase was intended to get Microsoft more deeply involved in the online advertising business, it ultimately led to a massive $6.2 billion writedown. Salesforce bought MuleSoft in 2018 for $6.5 billion. Relatively unknown prior to being purchased by Salesforce, MuleSoft has become a major part of the cloud giant's portfolio. The standout service provided by MuleSoft is named Anypoint, and it enables Salesforce developers to make disparate app work together. It was the first of two major acquisitions Salesforce made in the last few years. Microsoft bought Nokia in 2014 for $7.2 billion. Among the many acquisitions made under the leadership of former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the purchase of Nokia for $7.2 billion was among the least successful. Less than two years after the purchase, Microsoft's new CEO Satya Nadella took a $7.6 billion writedown in financials and laid off nearly 8,000 Nokia employees. Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in 2009 for $7.4 billion. Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems was very specific: To own the rights to the Java programming language. Those rights would eventually lead to an ongoing legal battle with Google. For Sun Microsystems, which was in decline and saddled with loads of debt at the time, an acquisition was a lifeline. Microsoft bought GitHub in 2019 for $7.5 billion. For Microsoft, a company founded by computer programmers, the acquisition of GitHub makes a lot of sense: It offers a direct path for the massive network of computer-minded GitHub users into Microsoft's large ecosystem. It also offers a potential pipeline for some of the world's most computer savvy folks to work at Microsoft. Microsoft bought Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion. For years, before Google Hangouts and Zoom chats offered other options, Microsoft-owned Skype was the de fact video chat software. Things have changed over time, of course, but Microsoft's 2011 purchase of Skype was a strategic move into consumer communications software that has continued to pay off: The video chat software is always a marquee example of how a new Microsoft device might work Oracle bought PeopleSoft in 2004 for $10.3 billion. Oracle's acquisition of PeopleSoft is a notoriously contentious story. "It was an 18-month hostile takeover," senior executive Aneel Bhusri told Business Insider back in 2011. PeopleSoft offered software-based human resources solutions for companies and schools, and its products are still offered by its current parent company, Oracle. NXP bought Freescale in 2015 for $11.8 billion. When NXP, one of the lesser-known computer chip manufacturers, purchased Freescale in 2015, the deal cemented NXP as a dominant force in the silicon market. Google bought Motorola Mobility in 2011 for $12.5 billion. Though Google continues to produce and sell smartphones under its Pixel line, the company used to make smartphones in collaboration with Motorola (and other handset makers). That relationship eventually turned into an outright acquisition, though another critical aspect of the purchase wasn't said out loud: Patents. Symantec bought Veritas Software in 2004 for $13.5 billion. Symantec's purchase of Veritas Technologies, like so many tech acquisitions, was a measure of expansion and solidification. Veritas offered information management solutions. Symantec and Veritas split in 2014, and it is a private company once again. Amazon bought Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.7 billion. Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods was the first major push into bricks-and-mortar retail from the ecommerce giant and was largely intended as an expansion of Amazon's annual subscription service Amazon Prime. Prime users get discounts in the store, and Amazon products like the Echo are advertised alongside apples and bananas. Intel bought MobileEye in 2017 for $15 billion. As technology companies jockey for position in the race to create self-driving software, companies like Intel are paying billions for startups like MobileEye with proven tech. In the case of Intel's MobileEye, the goal is a "robo-taxi" rather than implementing the tech in consumer cars. Salesforce bought Tableau in 2019 for $15.7 billion. In another major Salesforce acquisition, the tech giant purchased Tableau last year for nearly $16 billion. It's the latest purchase in Salesforce's ongoing plan to strategically acquire companies that can help Salesforce grow. In the case of Tableau, Salesforce got a data analytics and visualization platform with over 86,000 customers. Walmart bought Flipkart in 2018 for $16 billion. Walmart's big bet on Flipkart is all about international expansion: Flipkart serves the Indian market, and with the acquisition, Walmart now has a major foothold in the region. It's also a critical step in Walmart's ongoing push into ecommerce, as Flipkart is an online-based retailer. Nokia bought Alcatel-Lucent in 2015 for $16.6 billion. Nokia's purchase of Alcatel-Lucent was positioned as a means of expanding its network technology business in the wake of its mobile phone business being sold to Microsoft. The purchase has enabled Nokia to become one of several major players in the move to 5G wireless networks. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $22 billion. Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp in 2014, though wildly expensive, enabled Facebook to instantly expand its reach by tens of millions of people. Despite its connection to Facebook, like Instagram, WhatsApp remains popular around the world.  Hewlett-Packard bought Compaq in 2001 for $25 billion. In a piece published in 2016 by ZDNet titled "Worst tech mergers and acquisitions," the $25 billion purchase of Compaq by Hewlett-Packard is ranked number one on that list. Why? Not only did it eventually lead to a massive downturn at the company, but its failure was forewarned by several major stakeholders — including the son of the company's cofounder, Walter Hewlett. Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016 for $26.2 billion. The acquisition of LinkedIn is part of the new era of Microsoft acquisitions, where companies are intentionally left to operate relatively autonomously. To that end, LinkedIn has remained relatively unchanged since its purchase back in 2016 for $26.2 billion.  Of note: LinkedIn is Microsoft's most expensive acquisition of all time, and anything above that paid for TikTok would instantly make it the new most expensive purchase. SoftBank bought ARM in 2016 for $31 billion. SoftBank's purchase of ARM could become an investment — the latest news is that NVIDIA is reportedly looking at a purchase of ARM from SoftBank which would assuredly be north of the $31 billion SoftBank paid back in 2016. IBM bought Red Hat in 2018 for $34 billion. IBM's purchase of Red Hat took a variety of popular software and instantly collected it under IBM's umbrella: From Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Red Hat Virtualization. As part of the $32 billion deal, Red Hat products are now a part of IBM Cloud. Avago bought Broadcom in 2015 for $37 billion. Never heard of Avago? How about Broadcom? Though both companies are massive, they're also both relatively unknown. That's because they're responsible for the infrastructure and technology inside of many products made by other companies, from cable modems to the chips powering Ethernet switches. Dell bought EMC Corporation in 2015 for $67 billion. By far the most expensive acquisition of all time continues to be Dell's $67 billion purchase of EMC Corporation in 2015.  "We're continuing to evolve the company into the most relevant areas where I.T. is moving," Dell president Michael Dell told the New York Times in a 2015 interview. "This deal just accelerates that." Combining Dell's offerings with EMC allowed Dell to push further into corporate computing services, and it allowed EMC to escape pressure from investors to stem ongoing business declines.  Got a tip? Contact Business Insider senior correspondent Ben Gilbert via email ([email protected]), or Twitter DM (@realbengilbert). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by email only, please.
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Normal People star Paul Mescal is back in a new Channel 5 UK exclusive. Here's how to watch the Deceived online and stream every episode - no matter where you are.
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We’re barely a week away from Samsung’s big event that will dump no less than five devices, not counting their variants. Of course, almost everything about those has already been leaked by this time but we’re still waiting for one important detail: price. Of the five, we’re of course expecting Samsung’s third foldable phone to take the crown and a … Continue reading
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The PS5 will feature a custom AMD Zen 2 processor | Image: Sony AMD CEO Lisa Su shared during the company’s second-quarter earnings call that its many anticipated product launches are still on schedule to release in 2020. This includes its 7nm processors based on Zen 3 architecture, and its RDNA 2 (or “Big Navi”) graphics cards. Su also shared that AMD began initial production and shipment of next-gen console chips, including for the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. Both consoles are set for release this holiday. This is all good news for people hoping to upgrade their PCs with upcoming AMD parts, or those interested in buying a new console later this year. But it’s unfortunate for Intel, which recently suffered a few big product roadmap setbacks. Intel announced that it’s pushing back its already-delayed... Continue reading…
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As much as the entire world, China, which was the origin of the COVID-19, is still reeling from the pandemic with infections fluctuating every now ... The post Chinese smartphone market to shrink by double digits in 2H20 appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Last year, Google introduced its affordable range of phones with its Pixel 3a lineup. Following the same, everyone expected a successor to the lineup i.e. ... The post Google Pixel 4a to launch on August 3 – this time it might ACTUALLY happen! appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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AT&T has apologised for issuing an email warning customers their 3G phones will stop working. According to Statista, around 80 percent of connections in North America are now 4G. With the number of 3G connections being ebbed away by 4G and even 5G, it makes sense that AT&T is thinking about when to switch off... Read more » The post AT&T apologises for email about ending support for 3G phones appeared first on Telecoms Tech News.
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(Texas A&M University) In a new study, researchers from Texas A&M University and industry have designed a smart technology that can help utility companies better serve communities affected by blackouts. The researchers said their single device works by improving energy delivery between home solar-power systems and the electrical grid.
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Check out our top five stinkers and let us know which year you think was the worst for the smartphone industry!
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Switching to a new phone model is an inevitable circle of life and it sometimes carries pretty annoying hurdles. If you are staying on the ... The post How to transfer contacts from Android to iPhone with ease appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Battery swelling is among the potential causes of the issue.
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(Newcastle University) An international research team, involving Newcastle University experts, developed visible light communication (VLC) setup capable of a data rate of 2.2?Mb/s by employing a new type of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
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It’s official: Samsung’s next big product launch is happening on August 5th at 10AM ET, and it’ll be a virtual event as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The main product reveal is almost certainly going to be the next phone in Samsung’s Galaxy Note series, its top-of-the-range smartphone lineup that pairs some of the most powerful phone hardware around with a big, beautiful screen and its signature S Pen stylus. Alongside it, however, there are rumors that we might see anything from new earbuds to wearables and even foldables. Specifically, the current rumors floating around suggest that Samsung could unveil a 5G version of its recent Galaxy Z Flip handset. There have also been a bunch of leaks pointing toward the imminent... Continue reading…
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SoftBank is considering selling chip design company Arm Holdings or taking it public, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday citing unnamed sources. Arm Holdings, which Softbank acquired four years ago for $32 billion, became a dominant player in the chip market with a power-efficient architecture embraced by many mobile device manufacturers. The British company recently scored a big win after Apple announced that it will transition away from Intel chips for its Mac computers and will instead use Arm-based architecture. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories SoftBank Group is looking to sell Arm Holdings or taking the trailblazing British chip design company public, a report said Monday. SoftBank is considering different options for the semiconductor design firm which it acquired four years ago for $32 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported citing unnamed sources. The news comes as SoftBank continues to shore up its shaky finances, as it reels from the fallout from WeWork's infamous aborted IPO plans. The company also recently sold off some of its stake in wireless carrier T-Mobile. The Japanese conglomerate has hired Goldman Sachs helping SoftBank review its options for Arm, the report said. Arm emerged as a technology powerhouse by introducing a power-efficient chip architecture that became widely used in the mobile market, outpacing semiconductor giant Intel.  Arm scored a big win last month when Apple announced that it will transition away from Intel chips for its Mac computers and will instead start using Arm-based architecture.  Got a tip about Arm Holdings or another tech company? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected], message him on Twitter @benpimentel or send him a secure message through Signal at (510) 731-8429. You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop. Claim your 20% discount on an annual subscription to BI Prime by clicking here. SEE ALSO: The CTO of $6.8 billion AI startup Automation Anywhere explains why the hot startup is hiring despite the pandemic, including jobs that pay more than $200,000 a year SEE ALSO: The 10 hottest startups attracting 'hidden investors' who are buying vested stock options from employees during the COVID-19 crisis SEE ALSO: 16 top tech leaders who came to the US from around the world explain their forceful opposition to Trump's freeze on immigrant work visas: 'It's only going to make America less competitive' Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
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If you've got one of Fitbit's latest fitness trackers wrapped around your wrist, these are the new features you're getting.
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Prepare to be amazed by the difference a flash can make.
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Editor's note: This story does not include details about Firefox version 77, which was released June 2. That update offered few changes from version 76.Mozilla last week upgraded Firefox to version 78, patching a baker's dozen of security flaws and starting the annual process of retiring last year's Extended Support Release (ESR) and offering customers the latest enterprise-designed build.Company engineers patched 13 vulnerabilities, seven labeled "High," Firefox's second-most-serious label. Unlike most Firefox refreshes, version 78 did not fix any bugs marked "Critical."To read this article in full, please click here
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Using silicon-based transistors that emit electrical charges, researchers were able to make a highly efficient Spiking Neural Network (SNN)
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A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help Portland State provide better information to agencies that manage wildfires, water quality and biodiversity conservation.The grant will pay to conduct user needs assessments and develop prototype technologies to support an "open knowledge network," which builds the framework behind search engines and online platforms.Companies like Google, Apple and Amazon use these systems to provide search results that are more tailored to the search question.For example, the system can help identify the difference between the noun "building" and the verb "building" and provides additional related levels of information based on the search.Sean Gordon, a research assistant professor with PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions, will lead a team of 13 researchers and practitioners from 10 different institutions and organizations collectively focused on spatial decision support systems.Spatial decision support systems combine computer mapping and algorithms to help people make decisions.
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The Japanese space agency has declared an end to the exploratory phase of the Hayabusa2 mission.Beginning tomorrow, the overachieving spacecraft will leave Ryugu and head back to Earth, bringing – hopefully – its asteroid samples along with it.After a year and a half of exploratory work around the Ryugu asteroid, the time has finally come for JAXA’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft to return home.At 10:05 am today Japan time, the probe received its instructions to leave the Ryugu system, according to the AFP.Hayabusa2 should break free of the asteroid’s gravity on 18 November, after which time it will fire its main thrusters and begin its journey toward Earth.Along for the ride will be the all-important asteroid samples.
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Researchers from the University of Rochester have created a new laser-etched metal that was inspired by diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants.The team has created a metallic structure that is so water repellent that it won’t sink no matter how it is forced under the water or how much it is damaged.The new material has the potential to change many products.The team thinks that the metal might one day lead to unsinkable ships, flotation devices that float no matter if they are punctured, and monitoring devices that can survive in the ocean long term.To create the metallic structure, the team used femtosecond bursts of lasers to etch the surface of metals with intricate micro and nanoscale patterns.These patterns trap air and make the surface of the metal superhydrophobic.
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