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Samsung’s UV sterilizer and wireless charger officially announced globally

However, even after the UV lights have turned off, the wireless charger will continue to supply 10W of power.

Image: Samsung Samsung says its dual UV lights take 10 minutes to sterilize your items from the top and bottom, after which they automatically turn off to avoid damaging your device.

News of the charger first emerged last week from Samsung Thailand, but now the company has announced the product globally.

Samsung has announced a new 10W wireless charger that tops up your phone’s battery while sterilizing the device using UV-C light.

If you’re not into the idea of paying money to clean your phone, then SamMobile reports that Samsung also offers a free sanitizing service through its service centers and Experience Stores in select countries worldwide, which also rely on using UV light to clean your device.

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The United Kingdom will remove Huawei equipment from its 5G networks by the end of 2020

The U.K.’s original plans to rely (at least in part) on Huawei-made equipment to flesh out its 5G network did not sit well with the U.S. Considering America’s ongoing trade war with China and continued efforts to stymie business dealings with Huawei, the U.K. may have felt pressured to rethink its roadmap for a 5G rollout.

In a surprising shift, reports from the United Kingdom state that the country will strip Huawei equipment from its 5G networks by the end of the year.

The shift in policy is based on a new report from British cybersecurity experts that fear Huawei may be forced to use untrusted technology as a result of recent sanctions put on the company by the United States.

Despite its 20-year reliance on Huawei-made telecom hardware, the United Kingdom has now decided to remove Huawei from its 5G infrastructure by the end of 2020.

Details on the plan are scant as of press time, but the U.K. now seems dead set on removing Huawei from its 5G telecom infrastructure over the next 6 months.

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Volkswagen Using Computer Vision To Increase Production Efficiency

“The first two Computer Vision solutions from Porsche and Audi are currently being prepared for Group-wide rollout and connection to the Volkswagen Industrial Cloud,” the company notes.

Volkswagen expects its “Industrial Computer Vision” image recognition and processing technology to lead to a 30% productivity improvement in its production processes from 2016 to 2025.

Volkswagen, as the title notes, is using “Computer Vision” to increase manufacturing efficiency at its factories.

We’ve also spent some time in the Volkswagen factory that will first produce the ID.3, as well as a few other electric vehicle models, but that was mostly a superficial visit and press photo op.

No doubt, as Volkswagen transitions a factory that just built its last fossil fuel vehicle after 116 years into a fully electric vehicle factory, and then completed the transition for several other factories around the globe, Volkswagen is looking for every opportunity it can to bring manufacturing up to a 2020s level to utilizes the best tech, whether it be basic tech like a smartphone and an app or new manufacturing robots for the factory floor.

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NSW government makes statewide computer drop off to HSC students

The New Sales Wales government has delivered more than 10,000 computers to year 12 students across the state over the past week to ensure they have access to the new HSC Hub during the school holidays until the end of their exams.

The spokesperson added how the department worked closely with schools to identify students who needed access to a device.

Importantly, students provided with devices and dongles will be allowed to keep them until the completion of their HSC exams," NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said.

"We have provided more than 10,000 additional devices to schools, prioritising HSC students, and we have over 1,000 more devices ready for distribution should the need arise.

"We're making sure no child misses out on learning during this period -- providing a device to every child that needs one as well as internet access to thousands of Victorian students," said Victoria Minister for Education James Merlino.

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Breathtaking South Korean coronavirus drone show encourages everyone to ‘cheer up

In terms of a global coronavirus update, there’s not that much good news to go around at the moment — though there are exceptions, such as in South Korea which has done a better job than most countries at getting a handle on the virus and tamping down outbreaks.

Accordingly, the government there in recent days hosted a massive drone display that served to both honor the country’s health care workers, but also to give reminders to do things like keep wearing face masks and wash your hands so that the chance of a new COVID-19 wave is diminished in the country.

One country that’s been pretty stellar in its fight against the coronavirus, on the other hand, is South Korea, which the latest stats from Johns Hopkins University show has only seen a little more than 13,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic and 284 reported deaths.

VIDEO At one point during the display, you can see the drones arrange themselves in illuminated patterns that remind people to still wear face masks, wash your hands, and socially distance — and, finally, to “cheer up” and not let this global pandemic dampen your spirits more than is necessary.

All of which are valuable reminders, since just because South Korea is much farther along in their victory over the virus than we are, that’s not to suggest they aren’t worried about letting their guard down and dealing with an all-new wave of the coronavirus.

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The design of the OnePlus Nord retail box has been revealed

OnePlus is preparing a mid-range smartphone called OnePlus Nord, which will be a “new beginning” for the company.

It is worth to mention that recently, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei confirmed that the upcoming mid-range phone OnePlus Nord will be equipped with a ‘flagship camera’.

But according to rumors, the OnePlus Nord will sport a 64-megapixel main camera sensor.

The OnePlus executive said that OnePlus Nord will bring flagship cameras to mid-range phones.

Carl Pei also stated that the OnePlusNord ‘has three major selling points’: the first is the camera; the second is the user experience; the third is the OnePlus quality.

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DJI's Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo hits new all-time low at $869 (Reg. $988

It only records in 2.7K, not 4K like today’s lead deal, and boasts 30-minutes of flight time.

Plus, the 3-axis gimbal ensures your photos or video are perfectly stable.

DJI’s Mavic Air 2 offers 4K video and 48MP photos with a bird’s eye view.

B&H is offering the DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly More Drone Combo for $869 shipped .

A midrange drone with flagship features, the DJI Mavic Air 2 Fly More Combo combines a foldable and portable frame, high-end camera system, and a host of accessories to get you flying quickly.

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Apple TV+ signs multi-year deal with Maurice Sendak Foundation to produce new children's content

Apple has signed a new multi-year deal with the Maurice Sendak Foundation to produce new children’s content for Apple TV+.

Sendak is the creator of the popular book Where the Wild Things Are, which will be used to develop new shows for Apple’s streaming platform.

According to a Deadline report, Apple will work with longtime Sendak writer and collaborator Arthur Yorinks to adapt these stories for TV.

The deal is expected to bring even more children’s content to Apple TV+, which already features shows from Sesame Workshop, Peanuts, and The Jim Henson Company.

Last week, Apple signed a new deal with screenwriter Mark Bomback, which is the showrunner behind Defending Jacob — one of the shows available on Apple TV+.

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Samsung Failed To Present A Threat To TSMC Q2 5G Chip Figures

Samsung does not present a threat to TSMC when it comes to 5G chip sales.

In fact, despite Samsung's best efforts, TSMC managed to corner 51-percent of the global foundry market.

Samsung, for its part, is not waiting idly by while TSMC continues to dominate the market.

In 2019, Samsung was poised to take the crown from TSMC and, at the very least, arrive at the 5nm chipset level first.

TSMC plans to launch its own 4nm chip process as early as 2022 or 2023.

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Disney Plus Gains 4th of July Victory Via Meteoric Rise In Downloads Courtesy of Hamilton

Apptopia's data also reveals that in the four weekends of last month, roughly 154,341 users downloaded the Disney Plus application, and during the same time period roughly 350,152 users downloaded the application (estimates derived through Wcctech's calculations and are not mentioned in Vanity Fair's coverage).

Disney Plus Breaks Records Through Dramatic Spur In Downloads Courtesy of 4th of July Musical As per the details, over the course of the independence day weekend, the Disney Plus application was downloaded on 513,323 devices all over the globe, with downloads from the United States alone representing 52% of this figure, through 266,084 downloads.

Now, as the company has recovered some of this lost value, analytics firm Apptopia (courtesy of Vanity Fair) is reporting that the Disney Plus application witnessed a 72% jump in downloads over the weekend, due to the historical musical Hamilton premiering on the streaming service.

The musical that premiered on Disney Plus on the weekend is based around the United States of America's first secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, famous for his many quotes such as “Those who stand for nothing fall for everything.”

The news of Hamilton's popularity on Disney Plus comes at a time when the service is competing with Netflix for user eyeballs.

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Rapper Kanye West declares late run for US Presidency

Hewing to that possibility, Kanye West , the 43-year old African-American musician and entrepreneur, declared an unexpected run for the US Presidency on Saturday, setting political circles and social media alight about the seriousness or otherwise of his candidacy at this late stage.

His wife Kim Kardashian , like Trump also a reality tv personality and social media star, is also seen as Trump supporter having worked with the President on criminal justice reform aimed at freeing blacks who are incarcerated on minor charges.

In a narrow election where a few thousand votes could make the difference in winning a state (Trump won Michigan by only around 10,000 votes, getting all its 16 electoral votes in the winner-takes-all system), this could jeopardize Biden support among Blacks.

The immediate speculation though was West was throwing in his MAGA cap – which he wore for a meeting with President Trump in the Oval Office – to queer the path for Democratic nominee Joe Biden , who has established a commanding lead in polls leading up to the election.

#Vision2020" the rapper, who is seen as a Trump supporter, said in an Independence Day tweet that was taken seriously by news outlets, considering how a reality star became President in the last election.

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Android Users Blessed With Dark Mode Support for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides

Because beginning this week, Android users will officially have access to a beautiful dark mode in Docs, Sheets, and Slides—apps many of us use regularly, if not constantly.

Google announced the rollout in a blog post on Monday, noting that dark mode can be enabled both manually in the Docs, Sheets, or Slides apps as well as automatically when Android system-wide dark mode is switched on.

To turn the function on for the individual apps, head to the Menu within the app, select Settings, click on Theme, and choose Dark.

For this theme, settings and navigation menus are a lovely slate gray, while white documents converted to a dark theme will be a little closer to a true black.

The theme can be switched while working on a document as well, with the app adjusting any content and themes for the user automatically.

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How to fix slow Xbox One download speeds

Close all games and apps Source: Windows Central Did you know that playing Xbox One games can impact your download speeds?

How to speed up Xbox One downloads Restart your Xbox One console Source: Matt Brown / Windows Central This classic trick also applies to Xbox One downloads, with a simple restart sometimes all that's required to get your speeds back to normal.

Before attempting to address any issues with Xbox One download speeds, we first recommend checking your console's internet connection.

How to test your Xbox One network connection Source: Windows Central Problems with your Xbox One downloads can be the result of countless factors, including your console, your home network, your internet service provider (ISP), or even Microsoft itself.

The pros and cons Source: Matt Brown / Windows Central The right networking hardware also plays a fundamental role in Xbox One download speeds, but you don't need to be an expert to eliminate the common bottlenecks.

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Can AI convincingly answer existential questions

His quotes were favored by 51.7% of respondents on average, compared to 37% for CTRL.

Almost two-thirds (65%) of them preferred this AI-generated answer to the musings of Muhammad, Stephen Hawking, and God: The goal of human life is not merely to be born into the world, but also to grow up in it.

[Read: New AI project captures Jane Austen’s thoughts on social media] They were particularly taken by CTRL’s answer to “What is the goal of humanity?”

Researchers from the University of New South Wales first fed a series of moral questions to Salesforce’s CTRL system, a text generator trained on millions of documents and websites, including all of Wikipedia.

A new study has explored whether AI can provide more attractive answers to humanity’s most profound questions than history’s most influential thinkers.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note20 could go on sale on August 21

The unofficial date for the next Samsung Unpacked event is August 5 – it will be a busy event that will see the new Galaxy Note20 phones share the spotlight with two foldables (Galaxy Fold 2 and Z Flip 5G).

The latest info coming from Korea’s ETNews (again, unofficial) is that the Galaxy Note20 and Note20+ will become available on August 21.

Samsung Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Z Flip 5G in Bronze This is the availability date for the South Korean market, but chances are that Samsung will launch the new flagship in all key markets on that day.

South Korea will only receive the 5G versions of these Galaxy phones (that was the case with the Note10 duo last year as well).

At the same time Samsung may introduce a more affordable Galaxy S20 Lite Source (in Korean)

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Galaxy Z Flip 5G leaks with familiar next-gen look

At the same time, using 5G in the name sort of flies in the face of Samsung’s current efforts to simplify their portfolio by making their foldable devices all fall into the “Z” category.

The first Galaxy Z Flip had a 6.7-inch foldable display inside – and the 5G version shown here seems to have that same display, per Tenaa via TechnoSports.

The first Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was part of Samsung’s (rather sizable) test run for foldable displays.

The next Samsung Galaxy Z Flip foldable (foldable display) smartphone was leaked today from several angles.

The 2020 Galaxy Fold device will be called Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, rather than just Galaxy Fold 2.

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Facebook and Instagram will now remind you to wear your mask

Facebook’s new Covid-19 alert will remind you to wear a mask in public whenever you open its Facebook or Instagram apps.

The banner, which reads “When in public, cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering”, began appearing at the top of users’ Facebook News Feeds and Instagram feeds last week.

Both alerts include a link that takes users to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website, while the News Feed banner also features a link to Facebook’s Covid-19 Information Center for more prevention tips.

Related: How to change your Facebook password and keep your account secure “With the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US, we’re putting an alert at the top of Facebook and Instagram to remind everyone to wear face coverings and find more prevention tips from the CDC in our COVID-19 Information Center”, announced Facebook Head of Health Kang-Xing Jin on Thursday.

Related: How to change your Instagram password: Tips for recovering and protecting your account The new mask alert isn’t the only action Facebook has taken to support users during the pandemic.

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Buy this today: a wireless number pad for compact keyboards

Whether you’re working in Excel, writing down a list of contact phone numbers, or simply entering your card details for your next TKL mechanical keyboard purchase, a number pad can make things a lot quicker and easier.

Luckily, with this wireless numpad you can keep your compact keyboard and still have a number pad at hand for when you most need it.

For all of our product recommendations follow Buy This Today on Twitter… This is a portable wireless number pad that connects to your computer over Bluetooth.

If you think there’s a chance you might need to type medium or long strings of numbers, or will need to perform some calculations on your PC, and if you don’t already have one attached to your keyboard, this wireless numpad can come in handy.

Buying a wireless number pad means you can have a lovely, dainty TKL or 60% keyboard and still have the option of using a number pad when you really need it – and you can always pop it in a drawer to keep your desk clear until you do.

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8Bitdo's Sn30 Pro Is A Pint-Sized Controller For xCloud Game Streaming

Xbox gamers know that Microsoft is working on its Project xCloud game streaming service that's expected to launch later this year as part of the Xbox Game Pass.

One such controller is this 8Bitdo Sn30 Pro designed for the xCloud game streaming service on Android devices.

The controller also has an integrated Xbox button and what appears to be a button for switching apps on Android devices along with a menu button.

Now that controllers for the Xbox Game Pass xCloud game streaming service are available, gamers should be more excited than ever about the streaming service launching.

Xbox's Phil Spencer confirmed in April that the xCloud game streaming service would launch later this year.

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OK, Sure, Let’s Just Add Some Bubonic Plague to the Mix

As the New York Times reports, this incident follows two reports of pneumonic plague, also in Inner Mongolia, from November, and two deaths last May due to bubonic plague.

Another case of bubonic plague, reported today in the country of Mongolia, appears to be related to a marmot that had been hunted by a dog.

In the first case, a shepherd who became ill with bubonic plague is stable and being treated in isolation at Wulat Zhongqi People’s Hospital.

On Sunday, officials in Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China, recorded a case of bubonic plague, otherwise known as the Black Death, while another case was reportedly detected in neighboring Mongolia.

While cases of the Black Death cropping up in 2020 sounds alarming (and for the people contracting them, they most certainly are), bubonic plague can be treated with antibiotics if it’s detected early in its course.

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Nintendo condemns alleged abuse among its gamers

In the space of a week, dozens of allegations of inappropriate behaviour have been made against competitors in Nintendo's Super Smash Bros fighting game series.

The allegations surrounding the Super Smash Bros competitive community are wide-ranging, from inappropriate sexual messages to sexual relationships with minors on the sidelines of tournament events, and even accusations of rape.

In a statement provided to the media, Nintendo said: "We are deeply disturbed by the allegations raised against certain members of the competitive gaming community.

Evo knocked out Separately, the largest fighting game tournament of the summer, EVO Online, did not go ahead as planned over the 4 July weekend, amid wider concerns of abuse in the fighting game community.

The current wave of allegations is not just confined to the fighting game community.

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Tribit launches wireless headphones with hybrid noise cancellation for $69.99

The headphones are available now for $69.99 TribitAudio.com and Amazon.com.

The headphones weigh a little over half a pound and come with a foldable compact design.

It comes with Clear Voice Capture noise reduction technology that drowns out background noise while enhancing voice clarity.

Moreover, it comes with integrated hybrid noise cancellation technology that can block sounds up to 30 decibels.

Tribit has launched its new over-the-ear headphones, Tribit QuietPlus 72.

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Galaxy Note 20 price leak is a huge blow for Samsung fans

As always, these prices won't be a straight conversion, but compared to last year's Galaxy Note 10 which launched with a price tag of $949 / £869, we're definitely in for a pretty sizeable price bump.

Their guess for the Note 20 Ultra price is $1,500.

Ice Universe confirmed the August 5 reveal date that's been doing the rounds, and predicted that that the price for the handset will start at $999 for the Note 20, and $1,299 for the Note 20 Ultra.

Prices for the various devices have also leaked along the way, and it looks like the Galaxy Note 20 is going to be eye-wateringly high, making it the most expensive Note smartphone ever!

We'll have to see if they win people over with the tech, while coming in with reasonable price - otherwise it could just be die-hard Note and Samsung fans only who will be reaching for their wallets.

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