Google will turn some offices into vaccination sites while Maps will help find one

In a bid to lend support to the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Google has today announced that it will open some of its buildings, open spaces, and parking lots to be used as vaccination sites. The company is joining hands with health care provider One Medical and public health authorities for turning some of its sites into vaccination spots, starting with Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area in California, Kirkland in Washington and New York City, with plans of expanding the initiative to a national scale. 

Google is pledging $150 million towards vaccine education and equitable distribution

Google CEO Satya Nadella mentioned in a blog post that the company is setting aside an amount of $150 million that will go towards promoting vaccine education and ensuring equitable distribution. “Today, we’re announcing an additional $100 million in ad grants for the CDC Foundation, the World Health Organization, and nonprofits around the globe. We’ll invest another $50 million in partnership with public health agencies to reach underserved communities with vaccine-related content and information,” Nadella wrote.

Google Maps and Search will help with the vaccination drive

The search giant has also announced that in the coming weeks, Google Maps will show COVID-19 vaccination locations, and the same will be available via Search as well. Vaccination spots will first start appearing on Google Maps for Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with additional states set to join the list soon. Following is an image that shows how vital information about COVID-19 vaccination will be accessible on Search as well as Google Maps: 

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Users will also get information such as the requirement for an appointment prior to getting vaccinated, if they qualify to be in the group that is eligible for vaccination in that phase, and more. Furthermore, the company plans to launch a “Get The Facts” initiative that will help users get access to authoritative information from reliable sources about vaccination across its Search platform as well as YouTube. 

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Pocketnow Daily: New M1X MacBook Pro Leaked: FINALLY New Design! (video)

Apple’s latest M1 MacBook Pro and several monitors are on sale today

OnePlus 8T, The Moto RAZR 5G, and tons of Samsung Galaxy devices are on sale today

Alright, can I just say that no company is doing deals better than Samsung right now. Yesterday we got their Galaxy Unpacked, and that pre-order deal is just too sweet to pass out. Just to recap, the Galaxy S21, S21+, S21 Ultra and all the products announced today are already available for pre-orders, giving you some nice perks if you do. In the case of the Galaxy S21, you can get it for as low as $75 if you have the right device to trade-in and you also get $200 in instant credit for accessories, like the new Galaxy Buds Pro. The S21+ is available for as low as $200, with the same credits. Now in the Case of the Ultra, you can get it for as low as $400 if you have the right device to trade-in, and if you don’t trade-in, you can still get the $200 and the free Smart Tag as a gift. Now speaking of deals that are too good, the trade-in deals for devices like the Z Fold 2 for $1000 are still there so, make sure to check out the links in the description. And of course, we have more deals in the description on other products like the latest M1 MacBook Pro which is still $60 off, starting at $1239. And yes, we have partnered with SUPCASE to give away a Galaxy S21 and a Galaxy S21 Ultra. Follow the second link in the description and enter promocode POCKETNOWGALAXY to increase your chances to win.

 

Netflix might soon add support for Spatial Audio feature on AirPods Max and Pro

One of the best features to come out of True Wireless Earbuds and Headphones like the AirPods Pro and the AirPods Max has to be Spatial Audio. It basically tracks your head to offer a cinema-like surround audio experience, while you’re listening to music or watching a movie. The problem: It doesn’t work with every service. Well, according to a French website citing the Netflix development team, Netflix has been working on adding Spatial Audio to the platform since December of 2020. According to them, if everything goes as planned Netflix’s library will enable Spatial Audio support on the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max by Spring this year. Now, we know that Netflix already offers Dolby Atmos but with a few select titles, so we wonder how many titles will support this feature. Also, we’re wondering if they plan to make this available for other Earbuds supporting this type of technology, like the Galaxy Buds Pro we got yesterday. We’ll keep you posted once Netflix actually pushes the update out, and let’s hope it’s not limited to only Netflix titles, like seriously.

OnePlus 9 Lite might not be that “lite” in terms of prowess

Let’s move on to OnePlus as, last year they launched a crazy amount of products and it looks like they don’t plan to stop any time soon. We’ve heard multiple leaks claiming that we’ll be getting a Lite variant for the OnePlus 9 Series and now we have some new leaks about the specs we should expect. According to a tipster on Twitter there’s two different models and he also showed the model numbers, but sadly these will be exclusive to China and India at launch, probably expanding to Europe and the US later. In the tweet he also claims that this phone will powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which, is kind of impressive considering this is a Lite variant. Other leaks claim that we should expect this phone with an AMOLED display running at 120Hz, Android 11 and support for 30W fast charging out of the box. As for the rest of the OnePlus 9 Series, we’re reportedly getting an earlier launch than usual and the company is focused on bringing a better camera, with many rumors pointing to some 48MP sensors tuned by Leica. If that early launch is true, we should start getting more leaks very soon.

Samsung will remove the bundled charger for more smartphones in the future

Samsung says S Pen support will come to more device categories after Galaxy S debut

 And yes, yesterday was Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked but, as with every event we have a couple of extra tidbits of information of what we got and what the company’s doing in the future. Let’s start with the elephant in the room, the charger. A Samsung spokesperson mentioned in a Q&A, that they “believe that the gradual removal of the charger plugs and earphones from their in-box packaging can help address sustainable consumption issues and remove any pressure that the consumer may feels towards continually receiving unnecessary charger accessories with their new phones.” So yeah, it looks like Samsung is going green but at least, they have lowered the price of their 25W charger from $35 to $19. And, they will also be removing them from other line ups in the future. Now, let’s move on to the S Pen as, the Galaxy S21 Series is the first non-Note line up to support the stylus. On a statement from Samsung they’re also claiming that they “plan to expand the S Pen across additional devices in the future”. Hopefully they’re talking about the Z Fold line as, that’s what we all want to see. So yeah, it looks like we have to get used to S Pens on other phones and no chargers in our boxes. Also, keep in mind that the S Pen or the special case is not bundled in the box, so I’d take advantage of those pre-order perks to get one, cause they’re actually not stupid expensive.

Apple might add a vapor chamber cooling system to future iPhones: Kuo

Let’s move on to Apple and Ming Chi Kuo for the next couple of segments as his latest research note reveals a lot. For now, let’s focus on iPhones as, Kuo claims that Cupertino is highly likely to include new vapor chamber tech into an upcoming iPhone. Vapor Chamber technology basically involves the evaporation of a liquid within a specialized heat pipe and then it snakes its way through the device’s chassis. This means that the heat from the processor and other high load components causes the liquid to evaporate into a vapor that spreads through areas of low pressure. Apple has reportedly been working on these for quite some time but, the solutions haven’t matched their standards. Kuo claims that Apple is very optimistic about the improvement schedule in this technology and he expects that at least the high-end iPhone models will bring the technology in the near future. Vapor Chamber tech will help the adoption of 5G as the thermal loads for CPUs just keep increasing, especially now that we have 5G. The thing about it is, we don’t know if this technology will be ready for iPhone 13 but, we hope it is as better cooling allows for more features while ensuring a better battery life.

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Next MacBook Pros: Much faster processors, MagSafe, upgraded displays, and no Touch Bar

Apple working on redesigned iMacs and a smaller Mac Pro with in-house silicon

And finally, for the hottest news today, let’s talk about Apple Silicon Macs, as I’m sure you didn’t think that Apple’s M1 was gonna be it. Yeah that was just the tip of the iceberg. Mark Gurman and Ming Chi Kuo have a lot of common ground on today’s reports. According to them, Apple is working on refreshing the 14in and 16in variants for the MacBook Pro. Both of these devices will be moving away from Intel processors and will be powered by next generation Apple Silicon chips which will be upgraded with more cores and enhanced graphics. According to other reports, Apple is testing chips with 16 and 32 cores even when it comes to GPUs as, these will also power the upcoming iMacs and probably a Mac Pro model. Now, when it comes to the display, Cupertino will finally make the jump to mini-LEDs, meaning you’ll get brighter panels with higher contrast. Both of the reports also claim that MagSafe is making a comeback allowing the computers to charge faster but, the computers will still bring multiple USB-C ports, they just won’t be used for power, or I’m sure it’ll remain optional. Finally, and probably one of our favorite updates, the report claims that Apple will be getting rid of the Touch Bar which was introduced back in 2016. Now, when it comes to the design, they will look similar to the ones we currently have with some minor design changes and hopefully some smaller bezels with the new display technology. We could be getting these by the middle of the year but, they could come out at any point this year.. I’m looking at you March Event.

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Amazon launches mobile-only Prime Video for just over a dollar in India

Netflix launched a mobile-only subscription for its Indian user base back in 2019, and later revealed that its gamble actually reaped encouraging results. Now, Amazon is following in the footsteps of Netflix by launching mobile-only subscription plans for its Prime Video service in India. The e-commerce giant is calling it the Prime Video Mobile Edition plan, and has launched it in partnership with Indian telecom giant Airtel.

28 days of Prime Video on mobile for just over a dollar

Prime Video Mobile Edition is a single-user mobile-only plan that is tied to the mobile number of subscribers and will limit the content streaming output to SD (Standard Definition) quality. In partnership with Airtel, Amazon is also offering a 30-day free trial for all users with a pre-paid plan who sign up for the service via the Airtel Thanks app. Once the trial period expires, Airtel will offer Prime Video access for an introductory price of Rs. 89 (~ $1.22) for a period of 28 days, with 6GB of high-speed data thrown into the mix as well.

Airtel will also offer Prime Video Mobile Edition with its Rs. 299 (~ $4.09) plan that provides 1.5GB of data per day and comes with a validity of 28 days. There is also a Rs. 349 (~ $4.77) prepaid plan on the table that offers full Amazon Prime benefits (multi-user access, streaming across devices including Smart TV in HD/UHD quality on Prime video, Prime Music, free fast delivery, Prime Reading, etc.) and 2 gigs of data per day with a validity of 28-days.

“India is one of our fastest growing territories in the world with very high engagement rates. Buoyed by this response, we want to double-down by offering our much-loved entertainment content to an even larger base of Indian customers. Given high mobile broadband penetration in the country, the mobile phone has become one of the most widely used streaming devices. With the launch of Prime Video Mobile Edition we look forward to entertaining every Indian with our Exclusive and Original content.”
– Jay Marine, Vice President, Amazon Prime Video Worldwide

Amazon is emulating Netflix to conquer mobile streaming in India

The new Prime Video mobile-only plans will directly take on Netflix, which has also taken a similar approach to lure the Indian masses towards its service. With data prices in India being among the cheapest in the world, access to the internet – especially streaming services – has skyrocketed among Indian smartphone users in the past few years. Both the streaming giants have lately doubled down on local content targeted at the Indian masses, and the mobile-only plans will surely act as a major driver when it comes to subscriber growth.

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Pocketnow Daily: iPhone 13 Display Leaks: FINALLY Catching Up? (video)

Samsung Galaxy S20+, Alienware monitors and more on sale today

M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, the latest iPad Air and more deals are live

A perfect moment to grab an Intel powered MacBook Air

The official news today begin with deals and since we’re so close to Samsung’s Unpacked event, can you believe you can already reserve your Galaxy S21 and get credit for it? Yes, you’ll receive up to $60 in credit for other accessories, so make sure you follow the first link in the description, if you’re planning to buy or even to see if the offer is right for you. Also, staying with Samsung, the company’s trade-in deals from last year are still going, leaving devices like the Z Fold 2 for just $1000. You can also get the Note 20 Ultra for $700 or the S20 Ultra for $600 but, you need an eligible device to qualify. Moving on, if you want the latest iPad Air, it is currently $50 off, leaving it at $699 for the 256GB variant. The 12.9in iPad Pro is $100 off, laving it at $1349 for the LTE, 512GB of storage model. We have more deals on other Samsung products, Macs and more in the links in the description.

 

Samsung announces new MicroLED TVs, Neo QLED, and The Frame ahead of CES 2021

Now let’s continue talking Samsung as today was the company’s First Look event, which usually takes over much of the CES spotlight. As usual this was the company’s showcase of their latest TV technology and let’s just say they went all out. Let’s start with an update to The Wall, which is Samsung’s new 110-inch MicroLED display in 4K. It also marks the start of modular options for MicroLED in order to have the technology adopt different shapes going forward. We also got to see the company’s new New QLED 8K and 4K TVs with a nearly bezel-less design, and that continue to use a separate box to handle all connectivity. Now one of the most interesting updates is how Samsung TVs are now going to support Samsung Health so that you can get personalized fitness classes at home, given the new normal we’re in. We also got to see ways to help you turn your TV into a work of art, updates to the Sero, and more. Guys, honestly the list is so vast I’d rather you follow the link in the description for a full list of details.

WhatsApp now shares data with FB companies: Accept the changes or lose access

Let’s talk about WhatsApp which is sadly owned by Facebook and their latest updates which make me wonder how long this mess will last. Apparently the company is updating their privacy policy and their terms of service, and oh boy. This would allow for better integration with Facebook products and services. It also provides information on how the app plans to collect and handle your data, including new sections like Location, Transactions and Payments and more, to let you know the details on the exact data collection by the app. Probably, the most notable change is how they will share information with Facebook and their subsidiaries. To quote their statement, they claim that “The information that they share with Facebook include your registration account (phone number), transaction data, service-related information, information on how you interact with others even sharing things like your IP address and your device information. Now, where it gets worse is when you learn that you can no longer choose whether you want your information shared to Facebook, if you don’t accept these changes, you will lose access to the app. So I guess it’s time to leave Whatsapp, and seriously if we were able to survive moving away from BBM, I’m sure we’re gonna figure this out to

Apple’s AR glasses have entered the second phase of prototype development: Report

Let’s shift the focus on to Apple and their AR *Glasses*.. Get it? Damn Diego’s puns man.. Apparently the company is taking these very seriously. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Cupertino is about to enter the “Second Phase” of development for these AR Glasses. The report claims that following the second phase, the glasses will move on to the third phase a few months later. After the prototype design is completed, the device is expected to go through a 6-9 month period for engineering verification. Cupertino is apparently focused on improving the weight and battery life, as Mark Gurman claims that these glasses will be lightweight. Gurman has also claimed in the past that the glasses will be able to overlay information such as texts and maps in front of your eyes, allowing you to control the glasses with Siri. Now, as you can tell from the DigiTimes report, there’s still a long way to go when it comes to production, with reports claiming that they will launch in 2023 the earliest. But, it looks like it will happen after all as, Cupertino has been showing a lot of interest in AR technology. So, if this won’t happen until 2023, what Apple AR device do you think we’ll be getting this year according to the Ming Chi Kuo Leaks?

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro appear in a hands-on video ahead of January 14 launch

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra could support 120Hz at QHD+ resolution

Samsung continues to tease the Galaxy S21 with a rundown of Galaxy S-series history

Let’s move back to Samsung and the Galaxy S21 Series as, the rumors, leaks and even official developments just continue to sky rocket as we get closer. Let’s begin with the official part of it all, the company just posted a new teaser on their twitter. The teaser shows the cube we got before but this time it hints to high zoom capabilities and even a 3D camera, by closing up on a 3D modeled surfer inside the cube and snapping a picture of him. It also reads “You’re going to want all the details.” Moving on to some new leaks, a new tweet from Ice Universe shows a screenshot of the settings tab, confirming that the S21 Ultra will be able to hold WQHD+ resolution and 120Hz adaptive refresh rate at the same time, allowing you take actually take full advantage of that display.. Finally! Let’s move on from the S21 for a bit but sticking to Unpacked, a YouTuber that goes by the name of Digital Slang managed to get a pair of Galaxy Buds Pro and posted a full blown 17 minute hands on video. He showed everything from the unboxing, to a previous mic test and audio test so yeah, no secrets left here. We’re just 10 days away from Unpacked so, everything we get from now on should be like bonus leaks. And again a reminder, you can actually reserve your Galaxy S21 pre-order which will get you an additional $50 in credit for accessories, if you’re planning to buy, check out the first link in the description.

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iPhone 13 Pro’s 120Hz displays would be powered by Samsung’s LTPO technology

Finally, for the hottest news today, let’s change things up a bit and talk about the iPhone 13. Yes, we know that it’s still pretty early but, rumors haven’t exactly been quiet. According to a new report from The Elec, Apple is finally moving on to LTPO OLED Displays for the iPhone 13 line and Samsung will be the exclusive supplier for these panels. For those of you who don’t know what LTPO is, it basically allows a much more power-efficient backplane, which is the part responsible for turning individual pixels on and off on the display, allowing for longer battery life. We currently see it on Apple Watch Series 5 and 6. To quote the report “Samsung Display will be the exclusive supplier for the OLED panels used in the two highest tier models of the next iPhone. Both models of the iPhone 13 will use LTPO thin-film transistors made by Samsung. Apple will have four models, all of them with OLEDs, but only the two top models will use LTPO that can support 120Hz refresh rate”. Now, previous reports hinted to both LG and Samsung supplying this technology for Apple but, it looks like LG wants to focus on supplying them for next year, where apparently all models will bring the technology. So far we don’t have too many rumors on the iPhone 13 but sticking to the display, we are supposed to be getting a smaller notch for the first time so, it looks like the display will be one of Apple’s major concerns for the iPhone 13 line.

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T-Mobile details security breach that exposed phone numbers and call records

Earlier this week, T-Mobile started alerting its customers about a data breach that exposed details associated with their user account. While details about the scope of this security breach have so far been thin, the carrier has finally decided to shed some light on the incident after shutting down the malicious operations behind it. The company says that information related to customers’ T-Mobile account was exposed, which includes phone number, the number of lines on an account, and call-related information.

Approximately 200,000 customers affected by the incident

Specifically, T-Mobile says that the Customer proprietary network information (CPNI) was accessed as part of the security breach. But aside from phone number, the number of connections and call logs, no other customer data was exposed, claims the company. “The data accessed did not include names on the account, physical or email addresses, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, tax ID, passwords, or PINs,” T-Mobile said in an official statement.

T-Mobile’s official notice does not reveal the number of customers that were affected. However, in a statement given to BleepingCustomer, T-Mobile mentioned that less than 0.2% of its subscribers were affected. If you take into account the roughly 100 million-strong customer base of the carrier, almost 200,000 users may have been had their information accessed by malicious actors.

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Phone number, the number of connections on an account and call logs were accessed

“We are currently notifying a small number of customers (less than 0.2%) that some information related to their account may have been illegally accessed. The data accessed did NOT include any names associated with the account, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, passwords, PINs or physical or email addresses.” the company was BleepingComputer.

Not the first T-Mobile security mishap in 2020

However, this is not the first time that T-Mobile has been at the receiving end of a cybersecurity attack in 2020. Back in November, the company admitted that “name and billing address, phone number, account number, rate plan and features, such as whether you added an international calling feature” were accessed during a security breach. However, banking details, social security numbers, or passwords were not exposed in the breach.

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Pocketnow Daily: Galaxy S21+ Hands On Leaks: THIS Is It? (video)

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Samsung Galaxy S20+, Alienware monitors and more on sale today 

M1 13-inch MacBook Pro, the latest iPad Air and more deals are live

As expected, let’s begin today with deals, beginning with some devices that are about to get a refresh. Yes, they’re still the Samsung trade-in deals but don’t act like they’re still not crazy. Starting with the Galaxy S20 Series as, you can currently get the S20+ at $500 and the S20 Ultra for $600. The Z Fold 2 is still available for $1000 bucks, and the Note 20 Series still start at $450. Then again, you still need an eligible device to trade-in so keep that in mind. Staying with Samsung but moving ion to Amazon, the Galaxy Watch 3 is currently $130 off, leaving it at $350 and the Galaxy Buds are $51 off, leaving those at $79. The M1 MacBook Pro is $60 off, leaving the 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage model for $1240. Finally, the Platinum Surface Pro 7 and a Black Type Cover is $230 off, meaning you can get it for $800 at the Microsoft Store. We have more deals on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, other Surfaces and more Samsung products, in the links in the description.

Amazon buys podcast maker Wondery as battle against Spotify and Apple heats up

Let’s stay on Amazon for another segment and we know you want more deals but that’s not the case. It seems podcasts are the new major bet from giants like Spotify and Amazon wasn’t gonna trail behind. Back in September, Amazon Music introduced a new Podcasts feature for the US, the UK, Germany and Japan. Well, less than three months later, the company just announced that they are acquiring Wondery, which is a podcast network that launched back in 2016 backed by 20th Century Fox. The statement says that “when this deal closes, nothing will change for the listeners and they’ll continue to access Wondery podcasts through a variety of provers. With Amazon Music, Wondery will be able to provide more high-quality, innovative content and continue their mission of bringing knowledge and entertainment to their listeners”. The deal is reportedly valued at $300M and is Amazon’s way of letting Apple and Spotify know that they’re taking podcasts seriously.

3, 2, 1, and sold! A prototype OnePlus 9 5G has exchanged hands for $3,000 on eBay

Let’s talk about OnePlus for a second as, something very interesting just went down when it comes to all the leaks plaguing it. We’re currently gearing up for the OnePlus 9 Series and if you remember, about a month ago we got some hands on images revealing the design. Well, apparently that was a prototype and that same prototype was just sold on eBay for $3000. It was originally listed last week for $6000 as a OnePlus 9 5G prototype, unlocked for all GSM carriers. This device is running a test build of Oxygen OS, meaning it probably has a crazy amount of bugs and it’ll most likely not get a software update. So yeah, so far we’ve gotten multiple leaks, including some specifications that show the Snapdragon 888 5G, a 120Hz display, 65W wired charging and 30W wireless charging. We’ll most likely get around 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and a triple camera array at the back, we just hope that even the regular model brings that rumored Leica sensor. If OnePlus finally takes the leap to a trusted brand like Leica, this could change everything, though that includes the price.

Apple’s second-generation AirPods Pro might arrive in two sizes

We’ve been covering a good amount of rumors of the upcoming AirPods and AirPods Pro and it looks like we’re getting more than what we expected. According to some new leaks from Mr. White, we might be getting the second-gen AirPods Pro in 2 different sizes. He tweeted some pictures of the flat connection relays for them, showing that there are two sizes for them. However, there is a possibility that one of them might be for the “AirPods Pro Lite” which will simply be dubbed as the 3rd generation AirPods and it makes sense as all of the rumors hint to these adopting the current AirPods Pro design language. The tweet also mentions that they will be using W2 chips which will be a successor to the W1 chip we get in AirPods and some Beats headphones, that’s what enables the seamless pairing and it apparently also plays a role in conserving battery life. We’ll see if at the end we end up getting two different sizes for the AirPods Pro which would be pretty cool or, if these are just the 3rd Gen AirPods and the 2nd Gen AirPods Pro. Whatever the case may be, let’s just hope they don’t bring AirPods Max prices.

iPhones dominate US smartphone activations on Christmas Day 2020

Now how about if we discuss statistics. Take a whild guess over which was the phone that was most activated this holiday season?. Well, we have some new numbers from Flurry Analytics on the Top 10 US Smartphone Activations that happened on Christmas Day. Believe it or not, the graph shows that 9 out of the 10 phones were iPhones, with the LG K30 at number 10, doing some Michael Jordan-like Numbers for LG and the whole Android market for that matter. What’s crazy is that the iPhone 11 and the XR keep being Apple’s top drivers at number 1 and number 2, followed by the iPhone 12 Pro Max and the 12. The iPhone SE also made the cut at number 6, with the other phones being the 12 Pro, 11 Pro Max, the 8 and the 8 Plus. Now, according to them, this is a normal trend as, the newer higher end devices generally surge around to the early adopters, with the rest of the consumers adopting it later. They also mentioned that it doesn’t mean they sold more, it was just a more popular phone at this time. Now an interesting tidbit is that smartphone activations also went down 23% when compared to last year for obvious reasons, this has been a really tough year. We just wonder what demographics bought less this year, and hope 2021 sees a more even distribution.

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Samsung Galaxy S21+ looks hot in new leaked images

Here’s your first look at the official protective cases for Samsung Galaxy S21 series

And finally, when it comes to the hottest news today, don’t act like you weren’t expecting the Galaxy S21 Leaks, because they’re here. Like we mentioned on the previous Daily, most of the leaks have been focused around the Ultra but, now the other devices are getting some love from tipsters. Back on Monday, we got a full list of specs for the S21 and the S21+ and now, we have some IRL hands on images for the S21+. These images come from a tipster on Twitter showing almost everything you need to see. This is the lilac variant for the phone which brings a rose goldish triple camera array, and we also get to see the flat display with the punch hole that still comes in the center. We also have the usual dose of case leaks from MySmartPrice that confirm all of the design elements we’ve seen for the past couple of months, from the colors to the camera arrays. As a recap of the specs, the S21+ is expected to bring a 6.7in AMOLED display running at 120Hz, it’ll be powered by the Snapdragon 888 or the Exynos 2100, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a 4800 mAh battery. At the back you should expect three cameras which consist of a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra wide and a 64MP telephoto. We just wonder what Samsung’s new design language is gonna be called this year

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Pocketnow Daily: Galaxy S21 Ultra Certification: Here’s What It REVEALS! (video)

Latest AirPad Air, Samsung Galaxy S20 and more devices, on sale today

Let’s begin today with deals as those of you still looking for Holiday gifts, you might still be in time. The latest iPad Air which is $50 off, that leaves the 256GB of storage model for $699. If you want the entry-level iPad, that one is $30 off, leaving the 128GB of storage one for $395 but you can also find discounts on the 32GB model. We know you’re still loving the Samsung deals so, if you have a device to trade-in, you can still get the Galaxy Note 20 Series for as low as $450 or the S20 Series for as low as $415. And yes, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 is still available for $1000 but you need the eligible device to be able to get it. Moving on, the LG G8X ThinQ is available for just $400 on both Amazon and B&H. And finally, the Google Pixel 4a is also on sale, meaning it starts at $349. We have more deals on iMacs, Samsung monitors, AirPods and more in the links below.

OnePlus 9 Lite rocking the Snapdragon 865 SoC to debut alongside the OnePlus 9 duo: Report

For a couple of years now, we’ve been hearing that OnePlus might be working on a “Lite” variant with watered down specs to go along with their flagships but, all we’ve gotten is the Nord Series, which is kind of its own separate lineup. Well, according to a new Android Central report, OnePlus will be debuting a OnePlus 9 Lite along with the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, making this the second major shift in their core strategy. The report claims that the 9 Lite will be powered by the Snapdragon 865, unlike the flagship variants which will most likely pack an 888 5G. Sadly, this is the only information we have at the moment as the design elements and the rest of the specs are still under wraps, however, the report does mention that it will pack 3-4 cameras in the back. We’ll see what we get as, this will most likely be a competitor to phones like the Galaxy S20 FE, at least when it comes to price… and let’s be real, Snapdragon 865 is no lite smartphone.

In ‘Privacy vs Business’ war with Apple, Facebook faces criticism from within

For the hilarious news today, let’s talk about Facebook and their latest privacy debacle as they’ve been attacking Apple on news papers cause it seems that not even Facebook trusts the impact of their own social network. In case you missed it, Facebook has put out a set of ads on big newspapers saying they’re Apple is the bad guy in blocking them from tracking your information and that they are the good guys trying to protect small business. Wait, it gets more ridiculous. Buzzfeed News just recovered multiple comments from Facebook employees that actually feel like we feel about the campaign. Just to mention a couple, one employee said: “it feels like we’re trying to justify doing a bad thing by hiding behind people with a sympathetic message”. Someone else said that people at the top might as well say something like “People are better off if they don’t know what we’re doing, if we don’t have to explain ourselves, people don’t get to opt out”. Of course we’re not trying to take things out of context but, it’s just crazy and funny how your own employees are calling out your hypocritical practices. We’ll see what eventually happens as, if Facebook doesn’t agree to Apple’s practices they will be taken out of the App Store.

Apple could give us a gaming-focused Apple TV in 2021

Let’s move on to Apple for a couple of segments, starting with one of the products that we kind of thought we were getting this year, a new Apple TV. According to a new Bloomberg report, Apple has a new Apple TV coming in 2021 with some changes. Mark Gurman claims that Apple is planning an “upgraded box” with a stronger gaming focus, with an updated remote and a new processor. Some of the changes will fix the 2015 Apple TV box issues, but Apple wants to take another big leap to keep the Apple TV competitive in the long haul. Some of the changes which were previously reported by Bloomberg include integration for the Find My app, for you to find the remote easily in case you lose it often. Other reports claim that it will be powered by the A14, allowing you to run Apple Arcade games that wouldn’t be available on the current Apple TVs. So yeah, we’re expecting it to drop some time next year, let us know if you’re excited for it in the comments.

Apple might finally start building its own car in 2024, claims bombshell Reuters report

Let’s talk about Apple again and.. Cars, yeah. For years, and I mean years, we’ve been hearing that Apple is working on a car, maybe a self-driving one but, these new rumors make it sound like this thing will actually happen. According to a new report form Reuters, Apple’s car plans are back on track and the company is actually targeting “2024 to produce a passenger vehicle that could include their own breakthrough battery technology”. Just to expand on that, this new battery design claims to be more space-efficient, offering an increase in vehicle change, and it’s also apparently “radically” cheap. Cupertino is actually experimenting with other battery technologies that companies like Tesla are exploring as well. As a fun fact, Elon Musk actually chipped in saying how their battery technology is going, and adding that he actually offered to sell Tesla to Tim Cook when they were struggling but Tim wouldn’t take the meeting. However, none of this is set in stone just yet, Reuters does mention that due to pandemic-related issues, production could be pushed until 2025 or beyond. Apple still has a long way to go until production even though they have reportedly got in touch with suppliers for different source parts. There’s also the chance that they might scrap this “passenger” vehicle again and focus on a self-driving system. So yeah, this thing has been trending a lot but, let us know if you guys are interested in an Apple Car?

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra will offer S Pen stylus support, confirms FCC listing

And finally for the hottest news today, yes, once again, let’s talk Galaxy S21 as it’s clearly the hottest topic as of yet. This year has been weird for Galaxy S leaks as, we were hearing that the Galaxy Note could disappear to focus on foldables and that the S Pen is coming to the S Line. Well, the Galaxy S21 Ultra just went through an FCC certification which means we’re actually very close to the launch, and it reveals some interesting things. First off, we get the official model number but, the certification mentions that “The EUT can also be used with a stylus device (S Pen) and that it also operates with the S Pen in two different inductive coupling modes of S Pen motion detection. This most likely means that you can use it as a regular stylus and of course with Samsung’s motion features. The database also reveals support for Wi-Fi 6E, as well as UWB technology. The leaks for the S21 Ultra also include the Snapdragon 888 5G or the Exynos 2100, up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. We’re also supposed to be getting 4 cameras at the back that include a 108MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra wide, a 10MP telephoto with 3x zoom and another 10MP telephoto with 10x optical zoom. With a rumored starting price at around $1250 that might actually be higher but, back to the S Pen.

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Apple could give us a gaming-focused Apple TV in 2021

We have been expecting an Apple TV update for quite a while now. The current gen-5 device launched back in 2017, and rumors claim that we may soon get a refresh. Some say that the new device will feature more storage space, and even a U1 chip to transform it into a new Ultra Wideband base-station, but rumors don’t end there. Now, rumors also suggest that the new Apple TV would also be a great buy for anyone who loves gaming.

According to a report from Bloomberg, we may finally get an Apple TV refresh next year. The new device is expected to feature an upgraded remote, and improved feature that would include a new processor and up to 128GB of storage space. However, Mark Gurman also claims that this new Apple TV will focus on gaming.

“For next year, Apple is planning an upgraded box with a stronger gaming focus, an updated remote, and a new processor. Those changes will fix some of the Apple TV box’s issues, but the product will need to take another big leap—akin to its 2015 changes—to remain competitive in the long term.”

We also get information suggesting that the new Apple TV remote will come with the Find My application. This means that it will be easier to find if it ever goes missing, just like you can easily track a lost iPhone or iPad. Rumors also suggest that we may get a new A14 processor powering the show. However, the most relevant would come hand in hand with Apple Arcade, as the new Apple TV would be able to run exclusive games that wouldn’t be available on the existing models.

However, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for the new Apple TV, as we have been waiting for the upgraded version to arrive since the first half of 2021 when Jon Prosser said that the new 4K version with 64/128GB versions with the A12 processor was ready to ship. But unfortunately, here we are, still waiting.

Source 9to5Mac

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Google announces a slew of features targeted at Indian language users

Google hosted its L10n event in India where it announced a list of features targeted at Indian language users. The company has added support for four new Indian languages in its Mobile Search. You now have the ability to toggle search results on mobile devices between English and Tamil, Telugu, Bangla, and Marathi. Users already have the option to switch search results between English and Hindi. Moreover, the search engine will now start showing content in supported Indian languages even if the query was typed in English. Another addition comes to Google Maps where users can see results in nine Indian languages on the app without changing their system language. 

Google first introduced the ability to switch between English and Hindi results in June 2016. There’s a tab that users can tap on to see results in their preferred language. Now, it is rolling out support for four new Indian languages, namely, Tamil, Telugu, Bangla, and Marathi. The company says it saw Hindi queries in India increased more than 10 times after the addition of language switch toggle in its search results.

Furthermore, the California-based tech giant is adding the ability to understand which language content to surface even when a local language query is typed in English. It will support five Indian languages including Bangla, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu, and will roll out over the next month. With this feature, Google aims to help people get relevant content in supported Indian languages.

You can now choose your language in Google Maps, which could be different from the system language. It will allow users to search for places, get directions and navigation, and understand different settings in their preferred local language. You can access the new feature by going through Settings and tapping App language.

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New legislation in EU would promote competition and protect users from big tech companies

It seems that being a big tech company isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. These companies include Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook, and they could be the main target of new regulations in the European Union that wish to change how they operate.

The European Union is working to introduce new legislation that would limit the influence of big tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook have in the market, which would also allow smaller companies to have a chance to compete in the European market. These new changes would come as part of the Digital Makers act, which includes the prohibition of self-preferencing.

“One of the potential changes is putting an end to self-preferencing — when, for instance, app search results in an Apple product display options developed by the tech giant. The idea is to give smaller app developers the same chance of being found and chosen by consumers.”

This would also give users the freedom to uninstall any unwanted app, including all pre-installed apps on their devices, and performance metrics would also be shared for free with advertisers and publishers. Now, these new changes wouldn’t be so hard to follow by companies like Apple, since its users have been able to uninstall pre-installed apps since iOS 10. Cupertino has also changed its Apple Store search algorithm to show less of its own apps at the top of the search options.

“The remedies could ultimately include forcing companies to divest if they breach the rules systematically. The same official said that selling parts of the business would only happen “if no other remedy is available.”

What’s more interesting is that companies that don’t comply with these new laws would have to pay up to 10 percent of the company’s worldwide annual turnover. Another measure would include forced disinvestment, which means that big companies would have to sell parts of their business if they breach the rules systematically. Whatever the case, European governments must first approve the two pieces of legislation before taking action.

Source CNBC

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HBO Max will stream 2021 slate of Warner Bros. movies on the same day as theatrical release

Just a couple of weeks ago, it was announced that the hotly-anticipated (and much delayed) Wonder Woman 1984 will release on HBO Max simultaneously with its theatrical debut in the US market. It was a landmark move and a clear sign of how badly the pandemic has affected the film business. Today, Warner Bros. has dropped another bombshell by announcing that a total of 17 movies released by the studio in 2021 will debut on HBO Max the same day as they hit the theaters. The movies will stay exclusively on the HBO platform for a month, and after that, they will exit the streaming platform to continue their domestic theatrical run as well as in overseas markets.

Wonder Woman 1984 hits HBO Max on December 25

“Today, the Warner Bros. Pictures Group announced that it has committed to releasing its 2021 film slate via a unique, consumer-focused distribution model in which Warner Bros. will continue to exhibit the films theatrically worldwide, while adding an exclusive one month access period on the HBO Max streaming platform in the U.S. concurrent with the film’s domestic release,’ said the statement.

The shock announcement will bode well for HBO Max in its bid to get more subscribers as it lures viewers with the exclusive debut of some high-profile and heavily-anticipated flicks such as Godzilla vs Kong, Dune, Matrix, The Suicide Squad, and of course, Wonder Woman 1984. Following is the entire 2021 slate of Warner Bros. movies that will hit HBO Max on the same day as their theatrical release:

WARNER BROS. FILMS COMING TO HBO MAX
The Little ThingsJudas and the Black MessiahTom & Jerry
Godzilla vs. KongGodzilla vs. KongThose Who Wish Me Dead
Matrix 4In The HeightsSpace Jam: A New Legacy
The Suicide SquadReminiscenceMalignant
DuneThe Many Saints of NewarkKing Richard
Cry MachoThe Conjuring: The Devil
Made Me Do It

A big win for HBO Max!

At this point in time, it would be too early to call it a recipe of unchecked subscriber growth for HBO Max, but it will definitely be a strong catalyst that drives users to at least consider giving it a try for the big-budget flicks they can now enjoy from their couch for a whole month. Plus, it is a great incentive for existing subscribers who can enjoy the films at no additional cost. With theaters operating at a drastically reduced capacity or remaining shut in many regions due to safety reasons, filmmakers were running out of options with no immediate respite in sight from the global pandemic.

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Pocketnow Daily: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 5G: More Than We Expected! (video)

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Apple’s previous-gen MacBook Air, M1 MacBook Pro and more on sale

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, iPad Pro, Apple Watch Series 6 and more on sale

As per usual, let’s kick today off with some M1 MacBook deals because why not? The latest M1 MacBook Pro is currently $50 off, that leaves the 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD model in Space Gray for $1249. Sadly we don’t have any deals for the Air at the moment but what we do have deals on is Samsung products! Believe it or not the company is making the trade-in deals even better, starting once again with the Z Fold 2 which is $925 and you get $120 in Samsung Credit for other purchases. You can get the Galaxy Note 20 line for as low as $225, and the S20 line for as low as $365. Those Note deals sound like if they’re probably planning something. Probably the craziest deal is the S20 FE, which goes for $115, you get the $120 in Samsung Credit and you also get a $30 eCertificate. Again all of these are trade-in deals and you need an eligible device. But alright, moving on, the Google Pixel 4 is $281 off, that leaves the entry level model for $518 shipped.

Salesforce acquires Slack for a cool $27.7 billion, calls it a match made in heaven

Sticking to the official news, let’s talk about Slack. Right about now I seriously wish I was a software developer. Last week some rumors sparked up, hinting that Salesforce was planning to buy the company. Well, they just made it official through a press release, Salesforce just acquired Slack for $27.7B and it will now be integrated into their Salesforce Cloud. Now, for those of you that use Slack that are probably wondering what’s going to happen to yours, current CEO Stewart Butterfield will continue to lead the company and the transaction is expected to conclude on the second fiscal quarter of 2022. Once this is complete, Slack will become a full operating unit of Salesforce, allowing them to offer a unified platform for connecting employees and partners to customers, as they will be “integrating slack to their workflow”. I just find it shocking that my least favorite way to communicate is worth so much, but yeah, I also wonder if you’ll still be able to use it once the takeover is completed.

Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Buds Pro earbuds appear in leaked renders

Let’s move on to Samsung and accessories, particularly with their upcoming Galaxy Buds Pro. We showed you how these were already certified by the FCC and that the “Pro” feature would be Active Noise Cancelling. Well, now we have some new renders from Evan Blass that show us both the design and the case. And, as the previous leaks claimed, they pretty much bring the same design as the Galaxy Buds+ but the case looks like the one on the Buds Live, if that makes sense. Speaking of this case, it looks like it will bring a 472 mAh battery but we still have no details on play-time or how many charges it actually provides. Again we should expect these with the Galaxy S21 Series and their main features will be Active Noise Cancellation, a better Ambient Mode and a richer listening experience. Of course we hope that Samsung adds other features along the way just to sweeten the pot, but I feel keeping the price aggressive will be the best strategy.

Apple to launch two MacBook Pro models with fresh design and mini LED display in 2021: Kuo

Moving on to Apple and their Apple Silicon and miniLED roadmaps, we have a new report from Ming Chi Kuo with new devices that we should expect. According to his latest research Note, Kuo reiterates that we should expect two new MacBook Pro models equipped with an all-new form factor design and they will launch in 2021. Now, he also mentions that we should expect a new and “affordable” MacBook Air in 2022. Of course, all of them will bring Apple Silicon chips and a miniLED display. Kuo also claims that Apple will be able to offset the increased costs of miniLEDs in the Macs, thanks to their Apple Silicon chips being significantly cheaper than Intel’s solutions. miniLED displays are also projected to see pretty high shipments with MacBooks being the main driver here, probably because the iPad is rumored to move on to OLED next year. Apparently MacBook shipments could grow by 100% with up to 35M units per year. If the M1 MacBooks are any indication, this is definitely something we’re looking forward to, and a logical reason why the 16-inch MacBook Pro didn’t see a refresh.

Samsung Galaxy S21+ appears online in a sleek mirror silver finish. Take a gander!

We’re already getting pretty close to the Galaxy S21 Series so, the leaks should just keep coming right? Well, about a month ago we got the first CAD renders from OnLeaks and now we get some from a different source. Now, these renders are for the Galaxy S21 Plus showing off the new design. We see the flat display with the punch hole at the front with the slimmer bezels of course. At the back you get to see the new triple camera array which reportedly consist of a 12MP main sensor, a 12MP ultra wide and a 64MP telephoto. Now, these renders show a silver variant which we hadn’t exactly seen before and they got a pretty glossy finish. To recap, we’re expecting the S21 Line in mid-to-late January, rocking the Snapdragon 888 or the latest Exynos, up to 16GB of RAM and all the bells and whistles you could expect. I guess the only question left is if you like the design, which I’m just liking for the fact that it’s unique.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platform details are here

And finally, the hottest news today have to do with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. First of all, thank you Qualcomm for sponsoring this video and let’s get right to it. Yesterday, the company pretty much teased the launch of the Snapdragon 888 5G at their Tech Summit. Well, today was day 2 and now we have everything you need to know about this chip. It is built on a 5nm process, implementing 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 for enhanced mobile experiences. It brings the 3rd Gen Snapdragon X60 5G Modem which enables all 5G flavors with speeds of up to 7.5Gbps. It supports Global 5G Multi-SIM for international roaming, and again it delivers industry leading power efficiency at 26 Tera Operations per second. The New Kryo 680 CPU delivers a 25% boost in CPU performance while the Adreno 660 GPU gives you 35% faster graphics when compared to the previous generation. The new Spectra 580 ISP is a Triple ISP which brings a new low light architecture for brighter pictures. It supports Rec. 2020 color gamut photo and video capture, up to 10-bit color depth for photo and video as well as HDR HEIF. You now have 8K video at 30fps and Slow-mo 720p video at a crazy 960 fps. It also supports Dolby Vision 4K video at 120fps and HDR 4K video with Portrait Mode which sounds pretty slick. Snapdragon Elite Gaming also brings way more responsiveness and game rendering at up to 30% thanks to Variable rate shading. Again, 14 OEMs were announced to use the platform with Xiaomi, OPPO and Realme being some the first.

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HUAWEI brings its HMS Connect services kit to developers and businesses in Europe

HUAWEI is currently hosting its annual Web Summit technology conference and has so far made a couple of major announcements. First, the company will hold online masterclasses for developers and businesses, enlightening them about the HMS ecosystem of products and services, the strides made so far, and how they can leverage it for maximum growth. It will bring together experts from the fields of app development and cross-border expansion from various industries. The second, and the more important announcement, was that HUAWEI is expanding its HMS Connect suite of tools and services to its partners in Europe

The HMS Connect suite consists of four core services that include AppGallery Connect, Business Connect, Content Connect, HUAWEI Ability Gallery, collectively targeted at app developers, content and service providers, enterprises as well as SMBs. Regarding the HMS Connect suite, HUAWEI mentioned that it will help connect global partners and developers with millions of HUAWEI device users through multiple touch-points, for a high-quality digital experience.

“As of today, more than 700 million HUAWEI users globally, including more than 80 million in Europe, have access to a comprehensive digital ecosystem through HMS apps such as AppGallery, Browser, Mobile Cloud, Petal Search, Petal Maps, Assistant, Video and Themes, etc,” HUAWEI Consumer Business Group’s Vice President of Mobile Services, Jervis Su, was quoted as saying.

More affordable cost strategy, cross platform operation, and app quality enhancement solutions for developers.

Delving a bit deeper into each component of the HMS Connect suite of tools and services, the key component is AppGallery Connect – which as the name suggests – is targeted at app development. The HMS Core Kits, which are a part of the  AppGallery Connect suite, will not only ease the process of app development, but also makes it easier to maintain with a more affordable cost strategy, cross platform operation, and enhance the quality of apps.

Business Connect, on the other hand, is a unified business management platform that enables enterprises to boost their cross-platform presence via integration into HUAWEI’s Petal Maps and Petal Search applications, as well as services powered by them. The aforementioned integration has been made even easier with the new ‘Unibox’ platform that was announced at the Web Summit conference. The Content Connect toolkit focuses on video content creation and subsequent monetization efforts, while the Ability Connect part is all about traffic aggregation from multiple touch-points to provide developers a universal integration and distribution solution. 

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Pocketnow Daily: Apple CUTS 30% App Store Tax: Sorry Epic Games.. (video)

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Samsung Galaxy S20+, latest M1 13-inch MacBook Pro and more devices on sale

You already know how this goes so as per usual, let’s begin today’s show with deals. Starting off with the Samsung Galaxy S20+ which is $250 off, leaving the entry level variant for $950 shipped which is actually cheaper than what you would pay for the regular S20. The Galaxy Note 10+ is also $250 off, leaving the 256GB of storage variant for $850. The latest M1, 13in MacBook Pro is $49 off, that leaves the entry-level variant for $1250 and trust me, that thing is worth it. We also have discounts on Logitech Peripherals, like in the case of the G903 gaming mouse, which is $22 off, leaving it at $128 shipped. Finally, the Galaxy S10 Lite is $145 off, leaving that at $500 shipped. We have more deals on other Logitech products, Samsung Gaming monitors and more, in the links in the description.

OPPO Find X3 series to come with system-wide 10-bit color support

OPPO got on the spotlight yesterday thanks to their new concept smartphone and the other things we got at their INNO Day Conference. Well, Day 2 just happened in China and, they just confirmed that they are working on the Find X3 Series. Now, we don’t have much information on what we’re getting here but, one thing they did say is that we will be getting a native 10-bit display on this phone. OPPO says that they’re R&D team is preparing new algorithms in areas like distortion-correction, multi-frame noise reduction and extreme super-resolution. It will support Digital Overlap HDR mode. Check out the links in the description for other technical details they mentioned but, the Find X2 Pro already had probably my favorite display of the year, so we’re not going to complain about it getting better.

Google Pay app gets a redesign and some new features

Now let’s talk about Google as the company has just unveiled a revamp to their Google Pay app through a livestream today. Basically it delivers a complete redesign. It now shows you friends and family to which you can pay directly and nearby businesses that accept Google Pay as well in the top right corner. You also get other features like payment history at certain establishments as well as a new Explore Tab and a new Insights Tab. Google’s objective is for you to manage your money better with a budget feature in the Insights tab and they are also adding support for Plaid which lets you connect your bank or credit card. Another cool feature is letting you import pictures of receipts from Google Photos, that is if you’re still using it after the dilemma. There’s a ton of other features coming to the app so, check out the links below and FYI, the update is currently rolling out in the US to both Google Play and iOS.

Google offers an optimized version of Chrome for Macs with Apple’s M1 chip

Chrome gets a huge performance boost and a useful tab search tool

And since we started with Google, Let’s talk about Google Chrome as, the company is bringing some very interesting and welcome changes. Yesterday they announced v87, which is currently rolling out, and it gives Chrome its biggest boost in performance in years. You get upgrades like it opening 25% faster and page loading speed is going up by 7%, all while using less RAM and cutting down on the power consumption. They’re also adding other things like tab search, action buttons for better productivity and more. Something else we just got is an optimized version of Chrome for the new M1 Macs which we are testing as, the regular Chrome app quits pretty often if you’re not on the optimized version. Now, if you go to their website, you might not see the optimized one so if you’re rocking one, make sure to check out the link in our description to get it. So yeah, we hope Chrome works out all of their resource issues as they have been working on it for quite some time now.

Samsung might be working on a cheaper foldable phone called Galaxy Z Flip Lite

Samsung has really shifted their strategy towards foldables as of late and with those rumors of the Galaxy Note disappearing it makes a lot of sense. Well, a couple of days ago we covered a list of Samsung flagships that we should expect next year and a couple of them were cheaper foldables, one of them being a Z Fold FE and a a Z Flip Lite. Well, according to a new tweet from Ross Young, they are no longer hearing about a Z Fold Lite or FE anymore but apparently the Z Flip Lite is still on the table. What’s kind of impressive here is that Samsung will still be using their UTG technology on this phone, despite it being a cheaper device. This means that it won’t be as fragile as the original Galaxy Fold and it ensures some longevity. Of course this is still a rumor though, we are somewhat close to the Spring already which is when we got the original Z Flip. The thing about it is, we know that a lot of you guys are interested on foldables but the price tag is simply a deal breaker so, would you guys like a Z Flip Lite?

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Apple is halving its commission rate to 15% for most developers

And finally for the hottest news today, we have something that’s oddly for the ban section which Diego still hasn’t made graphics for. Well not really but, almost part of the ban section let’s move on to Apple. If you remember, the whole Apple vs Epic situation started because of Apple’s infamous 30% tax, which Epic Games wanted them to waive for customers to pay the actual value at which they sell their cosmetics. Well, you already know how that went but, it seems like Apple is doing something for smaller developers through their new “Small Business Program”. Cupertino just announced that they are lowering their commission to 15% but, it is strictly for developers that earned $1M or less in the previous calendar year. Apple mentions that this will benefit the vast majority of developers that sell digital goods and other services on the App Store, with this new Business Program launching on January 1st, 2021. They also said how small businesses are the backbone of the global economy and the beating heart of innovation and opportunity in communities around the world. For developers who surpass the $1M threshold, they will still get the 30% commission but, if somehow they fall below that $1M mark by the end of the year, they will be able to apply and get the 15% through the program. So, it looks like what Epic Games was doing did work, just not for them.

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