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Twitter fixes security issue affecting some Android devices

Twitter fixes security issue affecting some Android devices

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it has fixed a security issue that could allow hackers to access private Twitter data of some Android users, including messages.

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  • Last Updated: August 5, 2020, 10:04 PM IST

Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it has fixed a security issue that could allow hackers to access private Twitter data of some Android users, including messages.

The microblogging site said it was not aware if the security issue was exploited by attackers, adding it had updated Twitter’s Android app so that other apps cannot access its data. (https://bit.ly/2Ptw5Al)

Hackers accessed the social media company’s internal systems on July 15 to hijack some of the platform’s top voices including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, former U.S. President Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk and used them to solicit digital currency.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy Note 20 Go Official With a Starting Price of $999

At its Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has announced a total of five new devices, which is very unlikely of the company. The main highlight of the show was obviously the new Note 20 series, which just like last year, comes in two variants.

The new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra feature practically a similar design and look and along with the new S-Pen stylus. The Note 20 comes with a flat 6.7-inch 1080p AMOLED panel with a regular 60Hz refresh rate while the Note 20 Ultra comes with an edged (curved) 6.9-inch 1440p Dynamic AMOLED 2X with a 120Hz refresh rate. As every year, the company claims that these are one of the brightest panels available on a smartphone, and we kind of believe them. Samsung has also pulled the latency of the S-Pen down to just 9ms, which is impressive considering the Note 10 had a latency of 59ms.

Both come with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865+ processor but consumers in India will get the Exynos 990 chipset. As for the memory configurations, the Note 20 and the Note 20 5G come with a maximum of 8GB of RAM with up to 256GB of storage. The Note 20 Ultra also comes with 8GB of RAM but the Note 20 Ultra 5G comes with 12GB of RAM with storage options of up to 512GB.

The bigger Note 20 Ultra packs a 4,500mAh battery while the Note 20 comes with a 4,300mAh unit. Both come with 25W fast charging, which isn’t as fast as the Note 10 from last year, but there is also support for USB PD 3.0 which means consumers get a wider choice when picking a charger. You also get wireless charging with support for Qi as well as reverse wireless charging to charge your watch or earbuds.

As for cameras, both come with triple cameras at the back and a single camera in the front inside the punch hole. The Note 20 Ultra comes with a primary 108-megapixel sensor with two 12-megapixel cameras, while the Note 20 has a 12-megapixel primary sensor but with a 64-megapixel telephoto camera and another 12-megapixel camera for ultra-wide shots. Both can shoot up to 8K videos while the front camera comes with a 10-megapixel sensor. Samsung is following a bronze colour scheme for all its devices this year and apart from that, these phones will come in Black, Green, White and Grey colour options

The Galaxy Note 20 5G starts at $999.99 (~Rs 76,000) for the base 128GB storage in the US while the Note 20 Ultra comes with a starting price tag of $1,299.99 (~Rs 98,000) for the base 128GB storage variant. The new handsets are going to ship starting August 21 and should arrive in India around the same time, although we need to get a confirmation on that.


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Dell XPS 15 (9500) Review: At This Price, You Will Consider Gaming Laptops & The Apple MacBook Pro

Dell’s XPS notebook lineup has often been considered one of the better options if you are looking to splurge on a premium Windows 10 laptop. Over the years, the XPS 13 in particular caught the attention for its modern designs, the slim build and well, carbon fibre. Carbon fibre looks good on pretty much anything. In a way, the Dell XPS machines provided a competent alternative to someone who didn’t want to buy the Apple MacBook Pro 13, for instance. Yet, the Dell XPS line did compete against some pretty solid rivals too, including the HP Spectre x360 line. The XPS 13 has been my favourite machine almost every year. However the company has finally brought some new changes to the larger XPS 15, which is finally gaining my interest. That being said, it will cost you a lot of money. The new XPS 15 prices start at Rs 1,86,073.

You see, the new XPS 15 was carrying the same design for years. Not that it’s a bad thing, but unlike its smaller sibling, it has pretty much looked the same. This year, Dell has gone for a universal approach, and the new XPS 15 9500 now looks a lot like the 13-inch version. It is slimmer thanks to the omission of USB Type-A ports, and the display now extends all the way down making it way more immersive. It is more modern.

SLEEK AND UNDERSTATED

Who wouldn’t mind a large screen laptop in an ever smaller footprint? The Dell XPS 15 notebook still continues to be a 15-inch laptop with a 14-inch footprint featuring an aluminum chassis, with a carbon fiber finish on the keyboard deck. The bottom chassis is said to be made from a single block of CNC machined aluminum. It just screams of premium-ness and Dell has given a lot of attention to the smallest of details. The one thing that I did however notice is that it is more on the heavy side, despite having a sleek design. I believe there are two reasons for it, first is all of that metal on the lid and bottom chassis, the second being the use of a larger battery rated at 86Whr.

Moving to the display, the lid opens nicely with just one hand and you are greeted with this large chunk of Gorilla Glass. Tucked underneath is a bright and colour rich 4K Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) resolution panel with 500-nits of peak brightness. According to Dell it is 40 times brighter and blacks are up to 10 times darker which I can totally vouch for. It is also a VESA certified DisplayHDR 400 display with over 16 million colors, 100% Adobe RGB and 94% DCI-P3 color gamut, and a 1650:1 contrast ratio. Most of these are for the high-end 4K panel which is what I tested and honestly, it is the best display panel I’ve seen on any notebook. The display looks immersive and I was impressed by how good HDR content looked on the panel. I am no creative professional, but I am pretty positive that if you are one, then you are going to love it. Now you do lose out a few features if you opt for the Full-HD+ version, but it still looks gorgeous.

OLED NO MORE?

What Dell doesn’t tell you is that it no longer offers a 4K OLED panel option which was available on the last-gen model. That’s because this year Dell has cut down on the bottom bezel. By doing so the display now offers a 16:10 aspect ratio and a 92.9% screen to body ratio. While that sounds good, standard OLED panels are only available in 16:9 ratio hence the move to a standard IPS panel. Also, despite the super slim bezels, Dell has managed to add an infrared camera with Windows Hello recognition, which in my opinion is the best way to unlock your notebook.

QUALITY SPEAKERS FOR YOUR EARS

Flanking on either side of the keyboard are the stereo speakers and they are just absolutely worth listening to. They fall just short of the speakers on the MacBook, which is obviously the gold standard, but honestly I haven’t heard anything this good on a Windows laptop. There is a nice thump of bass, vocals are crisp and they are loud enough to fill up an entire bedroom. This has been made possible by using a quad-speaker design with two 2.5W woofers and two 1.5W tweeters producing 8W of total peak output. These speakers have been tuned by Waves MaxxAudio Pro and Waves Nx 3D audio.

POWERHORSE FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS

Dell has loaded the new XPS with the latest 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H processor which is a six-core 5GHz chip, enough to match most desktop PCs. Notably, this is the only processor option you get whether you go for the 1080p non-touch variant or the 4K touch version. There is 16GB of DDR4-2933MHz RAM or 32GB for the high-end variant with either 512GB or 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD. For graphics, there is an Nvidia’s GeForce 1650 with 4GB memory.

I was pretty impressed with the machine’s ability to handle most of my daily workflow with ease which includes 10-15 Chrome tabs, a bit of Photoshop and some media consumption including YouTube videos and music on Spotify. Also, the included graphics processor is more than enough for some casual gaming and I would like to stress on the word ‘casual’ as this is strictly not a gaming machine. The GPU makes more sense when you are editing videos which helps the CPU to reduce rendering times.

By making the XPS 15 slimmer, Dell has sacrificed on the ports. You get a total of three USB-C ports all of which support power delivery and display out. Two of these also offer support for Thunderbolt 3.0. There is also a headphone jack combo and a SD card slot, which makes sense if you are a creative professional. Dell also ships a USB-C to USB-A and HDMI v2.0 adapter in the box. There is Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.1 for wireless connectivity as well. Apart from face recognition, there is a fingerprint scanner as well which is oddly a black key on the top right corner. For some reason Dell didn’t even bother to put a power or a fingerprint scanner logo on the key.

The keyboard looks very XPS with a black finish and low-profile keys. Surprisingly the key travel is pretty good and I actually had a good time typing on it. The only thing that bugged me a little was the fact that the layout felt very centered, and I think I have a habit of tipping slightly to the left of my keyboard. But that’s just me. Also, there is a humongous trackpad, almost as big as the one on the MacBook Pro 16. It felt way too big to me but I am sure creative professionals and people who love using gestures are going to love this one.

AVERAGE BATTERY LIFE

As for battery life, Dell claims that one can get up to 8 hours and 27 minutes of Netflix streaming on the UHD+ panel with its 86Whr battery. I was able to get about 7 hours of battery life while video streaming and close to 6.5 hours with a mix of my daily work. If you pull down the resolution to 1080p or in this case 1200p, you could squeeze in at least a couple of more hours. Overall the battery is just about average and yes, you will need to charge this at the end of the day.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The new XPS 15 starts at Rs 1,86,073 and the one I reviewed costs Rs 2,14,048. That is a lot of money and honestly this is the most expensive XPS model we’ve seen in years. This puts it in direct competition with the MacBook Pro 16. And Apple offers you an Intel Core i9 option besides the six-core Core i7 processor.

This brings me to my second concern. I think it would have made sense if Dell introduced the Core i5 variant in India as well. I mean, I don’t mind running on a quad-core with a 1080p display if I could save some money. That way, they could have competed in a wider spectrum, but right now offering a single processor option, in just two variants is kind of putting the XPS 15 in a slightly uncomfortable place. Dell also has the larger XPS 17 in its arsenal which comes with a Core i9 option and could definitely make the MacBook Pro 16 run for its money. But, as of now, Dell hasn’t confirmed if or when they will bring it to India.

In my opinion, if someone needs a powerful portable workhorse, they might as well just invest in a slim gaming notebook or go for the Apple MacBook. Those choices make sense. Yet, somehow, nothing comes close if you need a pure premium feel for your Windows 10 usage experience.


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Factbox: Facebook and TikTok's fraught history

SAN FRANCISCO Facebook’s escalated a bruising fight with TikTok with the launch on Wednesday of its new short-video feature Reels, a look-alike service embedded within its popular Instagram app.

The debut arrived at a fraught moment for TikTok, which has come under threat of a ban by the White House, prompting China’s ByteDance to weigh a sale of the app’s U.S. operations to Microsoft .

Here is a look at the tense tangle between heavyweight Facebook and upstart TikTok.

* Before China’s ByteDance acquired Shanghai-based startup Musical.ly in 2017 and turned it into TikTok, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg tried to buy the app, BuzzFeed has reported. A source familiar with the effort confirmed the talks to Reuters. Discussions ultimately stalled, and by 2018 Facebook executives believed TikTok was not retaining U.S. users long-term, another source said.

* In mid-2018, ByteDance began an aggressive push aimed at growing TikTok’s U.S. footprint, surging app-install ads on Facebook’s ad network. At the peak, it was responsible for nearly 22% of all such ads on U.S. Apple devices, according to data from Sensor Tower. It cut back drastically in 2019 once TikTok gained a teenage following and shifted to building an ads business to compete against Facebook.

* As Facebook came under pressure in Washington, it pushed back on calls to regulate U.S. tech companies by invoking the specter of an internet dominated by Chinese firms. Zuckerberg warned in a speech last year that China was “exporting their vision of the internet to other countries.” The U.S. government initiated a national security review of Utterance’s Musical.ly acquisition late last year, after lawmakers expressed concerns around data security and censorship.

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* With the launch of Reels, Facebook is offering similar functionality to TikTok from within Instagram, which already boasts vast user numbers. The company recruited young TikTok stars to use the new service ahead of its launch, offering to cover production costs. In a blog post, TikTok’s chief executive dismissed Reels as a “copycat product” and slammed Facebook for its “maligning attacks … disguised as patriotism.”

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live True Wireless Earphones Come With ANC & Bixby Assistant

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. (Image: Samsung)

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live. (Image: Samsung)

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live TWS earbuds are priced at $170 (~ Rs 12,716) and will be sold in Bronze, White, and Black colour options.

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  • Last Updated: August 5, 2020, 9:36 PM IST

Samsung has announced the launch of its latest true wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live, at its Galaxy Unpacked Event 2020. Samsung’s latest offering in the true wireless earphones category was seen in a number of leaks in a number of times in the past and the live event showcased an impressive pair of earbuds with some noteworthy features. The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live earbuds will go on sale from August 6 and will be available in Bronze, White and Black colour options.

Priced at $170 (~ Rs 12,716), the earbuds sport a bean-shaped design and comes with 12mm driver that are larger than those found on Samsung Galaxy Buds+ earphones. The Buds Live comes with three onboard microphones, which Samsung says, will reduce the background noise and keeps an emphasis on the user’s voice. However, the most notable feature of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Live has to be the addition of the Active Noise Cancelling. The company says that the Galaxy Buds Live are also equipped to cut down on “very low, constant frequencies like the sound of an airplane cabin or the rumble of a train.” Another interesting feature of the Galaxy Buds Live earbuds is its always-on Bixby support. According to Samsung, users won’t have to press a button to summon the virtual assistant instead they only have to speak their commands to get their jobs done.

In terms of battery life, the Galaxy Buds Live promises eight hours of battery life with both ANC and always-on Bixby turned off. However, with ANC, there is an assured six and a half hours of battery life, and with Bixby turned on, it’s reduced to six hours. Samsung says that Galaxy Buds Live’s quick charge feature will give users an hour of listening time in just five minutes. Furthermore, the Galaxy Buds Live case is also equipped with wireless charging with Qi-certified accessories. Finally, the Galaxy Buds Live are IPX2 rated, which according to Samsung, can handle a few splashes and a little sweat as well.


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Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2020: Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Tab S7, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and More

The day is here. Samsung has finally unraveled its new devices for 2020. Back in February we saw the Galaxy S20 lineup, along with its folding smartphone the Galaxy Z Flip. It is now time for the new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra smartphones as well as the new Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Buds Live, Galaxy Watch 3, and the new Galaxy Tab S7 tablet series.

Let’s have a look at everything that Samsung announced:

Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra

Much like last year, Samsung has announced two new Galaxy Note devices. Samsung is following a bronze colour scheme for all its devices this year. Apart from the ‘Mystic Bronze’ these phones will come in Black, Green, White and Grey colour options. The new Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra both have sort of a similar design and look and of course come with the S-Pen stylus. The regular Note 20 comes with a flat 6.7-inch 1080p AMOLED panel with a regular 60Hz refresh rate while the Note 20 Ultra comes with an edged (curved) 6.9-inch 1440p Dynamic AMOLED 2X with a 120Hz refresh rate. Samsung has also pulled the latency of the S-Pen down to just 9ms.

Both come with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 865+ processor but consumers in India will get the Exynos 990 chipset. Now the memory configurations are a bit confusing. The Note 20 and the Note 20 5G comes with a maximum of 8GB of RAM with up to 256GB of storage. The Note 20 Ultra also comes with 8GB of RAM but the Note 20 Ultra 5G comes with 12GB of RAM with storage options of up to 512GB.

In terms of batteries, the bigger Note 20 Ultra packs a 4,500mAh battery while the Note 20 comes with a 4,300mAh unit. Both come with 25W fast charging, which isn’t as fast as the Note 10 from last year, but there is also support for USB PD 3.0 which means consumers get a wider choice when picking a charger. You also get wireless charging with support for Qi as well as reverse wireless charging to charge your watch or earbuds.

As for cameras, both come with triple cameras at the back and a single camera in the front inside the punch hole. The Note 20 Ultra comes with a primary 108-megapixel sensor with two 12-megapixel cameras, and the Note 20 has a 12-megapixel primary sensor but with a 64-megapixel telephoto camera and another 12-megapixel camera for ultra-wide shots. Both can shoot up to 8K videos while the front camera comes with a 10-megapixel sensor.

Galaxy Tab S7 and Tab S7+

Before we tell about the new tablets, for some reason Samsung is using a ‘+’ instead of ‘Ultra’ for the bigger variant. Come on Samsung, can we have some uniformity here? Anyway, the new Tab S7 and Tab S7+ are the company’s answer to Apple’s iPad Pro range. They come with the S-pen as well which you can slap on the back using magnets. It is pretty much like the Tab S6 from last year. You also get the option two-piece keyboard accessory which is said to be improved for better typing and productivity.

Both the Tab S7 and Tab S7+ feature 120Hz HDR10+ panels. While the larger one features a 12.4-inch AMOLED panel, the smaller one comes with an 11-inch LCD panel. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865+ processor provides the performance juice and you can get it with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage with the option of adding a microSD card. The batteries are rated at 8,000mAh on the Tab S7+ and a massive 10,090mAh on the bigger tablet. You also get 45W fast charging on these. If you care for cameras on a tablet, both come with 13-megapixel and 5-megapixel dual cameras at the back and at the front you get an 8-megapixel camera.

Galaxy Buds Live

Samsung’s newest true wireless earphones, the Galaxy Buds Live are tiny little bean-shaped earbuds that go inside your ears offering active noise cancellation. These feature 12mm drivers that have been tuned by AKG and three microphones for improved voice calling. There’s Bluetooth v5.0 along with 60mAh batteries in each earbuds and a 472mAh battery in the case. Samsung claims up to a total of 29 hours of battery life and up to 8 hours per on the buds itself. These are IPX2 rated for water resistance along with touch controls, and a bunch of customisation through the bundled app. Other features include support for Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant and the charging case offers fast charging via the USB Type-C as well as Qi wireless charging.

Galaxy Watch 3

The newest smartwatch from Samsung, the new Galaxy Watch 3 continues to feature a round dial with a rotating bezel and of course, the Mystic Bronze colour scheme. It features a 41mm variant with a 1.2-inch 360 x 360 pixels Super AMOLED display and a larger 1.4-inch display on the 45mm variant having a similar resolution and protection by Corning Gorilla Glass DX. There’s a dual-core Exynos 9110 CPU, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It is compliant with MIL-STD-810G standards along with IP68 water resistance. Apart from various fitness tracking features and a heart rate sensor, the new Galaxy Watch 3 comes with a Blood oxygen (SpO2) sensor and support for blood pressure (BP) monitoring and electrocardiogram (ECG) readings. Samsung has also added a mic and speaker so you can now take calls directly from the watch.

The 41mm variant features a 247mAh battery and the bigger 45mm variant comes with a 340mAh battery. Rest of the features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v5.0 and there is an LTE model as well that offers eSIM support. Lastly Samsung has also included a new Trip Detection feature similar to the Apple Watch that can send a custom SOS alert to emergency contacts.

Galaxy Z Fold 2

Last, but not the least, the new Galaxy Z Fold 2. This is Samsung’s third foldable device and proper successor to the original Galaxy Fold. You get a similar tall design that opens to unveil larger display on the inside. This time Samsung has made some well-needed enhancements to make the displays sturdier and more durable as well as making the hinge more reliable. The outer display now measures at 6.2-inches while the inner display is now 7.6-inches and features 120Hz refresh rate, which is something to applaud here. The inner display now makes use of a folding, super-thin layer of glass instead of plastic and the device is overall slimmer and more robust. There is a new ‘Flex Mode’ that we saw on the Z Flip, while the hinge has also been reworked to offer better durability as well as includes a self cleaning mechanism that makes use of elastic fibers to keep the hinge clean.


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Samsung launches new Note, foldable phone as pandemic shrinks market

SEOUL Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy Note smartphone and new version of its foldable phone, the Z Fold 2, on Wednesday, hoping to regain ground against rivals Huawei [HWT.UL] and Apple Inc as the smartphone market begins to recover from its COVID-19 slump.

Samsung launched its previous premium model, the S20, in February at the start of the pandemic but since then has ceded its top ranking in the smartphone market to China’s Huawei, as people opt for cheaper models in tough times.

The Z Fold 2 has a 6.2-inch (15.75-cm) screen when folded to provide a full smartphone experience even when it is closed, Samsung announced during a livestreamed event. Its unfolded display measures 7.6 inches (19.3 cm).

The new iteration is thinner than the first Fold, and the hinge is improved to be more resilent, Samsung said.

Samsung did not disclose the phone’s price, but said more details and preorders will be available on Sept. 1.

The new Note 20 boasts a larger screen at 6.7 inches (17 cm), 5G connectivity, enhanced writing features with its S-Pen stylus, and access to more than 100 console and PC games via a tie-up with Microsoft Corp’s Xbox cloud service.

It will go on sale on Aug. 21 in about 70 countries, including the United States, where the basic version will retail for $999, compared with its predecessor’s $949.

“It is an uncertain time to launch a new premium device given the challenging competitive and economic environments,” said Paolo Pescatore, an analyst at PP Foresight Tech, adding that the “eye-watering price” could deter some buyers.

Apple fans are unlikely to jump ship to the new Samsung model as the 5G iPhone is likely to be launched later this year, analysts say.

Samsung posted a 29% on-year drop in shipments in the June quarter, the biggest fall among top vendors, according to researcher IDC. Apple, which launched the budget-friendly SE during the period, remained resilient with 11% on-year shipment growth, while Huawei posted only a 5% fall.

The global smartphone market shrank about 16% on-year in the April-June quarter due to COVID-19 lockdowns and consumer caution, a larger contraction than in the first quarter, and is expected to improve only slightly in the second half, IDC said.

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“Before the Covid-19 existed, Samsung’s flagship launch usually had a big splash. … Even if things are recovering, the splash is not going to be as big as it was before,” said Nabila Popal, research director at data provider IDC.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Launched at $999, Galaxy Tab S7 From $649; Galaxy Z Fold2 Coming on Sep 1, and More

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is finally set to launch around the world, alongside a number of other Samsung devices. At tonight’s Galaxy Unpacked 2020, Samsung’s host of devices to be launched seemingly include the Galaxy Note 20 flagship smartphone, a second generation foldable phone (that reports suggest may be called Galaxy Z Fold 2), the Galaxy Watch 3 smartwatch, Galaxy Buds Live true wireless earbuds, and also its latest generation flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S7.

The event is one of the two big launch events that Samsung hosts each year, and is the first major event that Samsung is hosting online. The Galaxy Note 20 is expected to feature most of the flagship grade features that the Galaxy S20 series of smartphones came with, alongside bringing the productivity of the Samsung S-Pen. The next generation foldable phone is also expected to be more durable than its predecessors, and it will be interesting to see if Samsung manages to transition its foldable phone idea into more mainstream market segments. The smartwatch and the true wireless earbuds may be incremental improvements, while the new Galaxy Tab S7 will look to directly rival Apple’s top of the line iPad Pro devices.

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Apple's Schiller steps down from marketing role but retains App Store

Apple Inc on Tuesday said Phil Schiller, one of its most publicly visible executives, is leaving his post as senior vice president of worldwide marketing to become an “Apple Fellow” but will retain leadership of the App Store.

Greg Joswiak, who previously oversaw marketing of Apple’s products, will take over for Schiller as senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Apple said.

In addition to overseeing the App Store, Schiller, who is known for his on-stage appearances to introduce new Apple products, will continue to oversee Apple’s events.

Schiller joined Apple in 1987 at age 27, experiencing both the company’s struggles in the mid-1990s and its ascendance after the return of co-founder Steve Jobs in 1996.

“I’ll keep working here as long as they will have me. I bleed six colors, but I also want to make some time in the years ahead for my family, friends, and a few personal projects I care deeply about,” Schiller said in statement.

In addition to overseeing all of Apple’s marketing, Schiller guided the company’s products and served as one of the few public faces authorized to speak freely for the company.

In recent years, that has included defending Apple’s App Store, the centerpiece of its $46.3 billion-per-year services business. It has come under criticism from developers who say its fees and rules create an uneven playing field to compete with the iPhone maker. Schiller has overseen the App Store since 2015, after taking it over from Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services, who had run it since 2011.

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Joswiak is also an Apple veteran who has been with the company for more than 20 years. He oversaw marketing for the original iPod and iPad. In recent years, has taken on an increasing role in Apple’s public events and media interviews. He will report to Chief Executive Tim Cook.

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Levandowski gets 18 months in prison for stealing Google files

OAKLAND, Calif. A U.S. judge on Tuesday sentenced former Google engineer Anthony Levandowski to 18 months in prison for stealing a trade secret from Google related to self-driving cars months before becoming the head of Uber Technologies Inc’s rival unit.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco said Levandowski, who was convicted on Tuesday following a March plea agreement, said Levandowski could enter custody once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided.

Alsup said a sentence short of imprisonment would have given “a green light to every future brilliant engineer to steal trade secrets,” comparing what Levandowski took to a “competitor’s game plan.”

The 75-year-old judge, who has been involved in Silicon Valley litigation for nearly five decades, described Levandowski’s conviction as the “biggest trade secret crime I have ever seen.”

“Billions [of dollars] in the future were at play, and when those kind of financial incentives are there good people will do terrible things, and that’s what happened here,” Alsup said.

Prosecutors sought a 27-month prison sentence.

Levandowski requested one-year confinement at his Marin County home, contending that bouts with pneumonia in recent years would make him susceptible to death from the novel coronavirus while in prison. His attorneys asked the judge to consider that investigators found no evidence that “Levandowski used any of Google’s trade secrets after leaving Google’s employment.”

Levandowski transferred more than 14,000 Google files including development schedules and product designs to his personal laptop before leaving the company and while negotiating a deal with Uber, where he briefly led its self-driving car unit.

Uber fired Levandowski in 2017 and then settled a lawsuit from Alphabet over the misuse of trade secrets, setting back the ride-hailing company’s self-driving project.

The dispute between the companies is ongoing. Levandowski filed for bankruptcy in March because he owes $179 million (136.95 million pounds) to Alphabet Inc’s Google for his actions before resigning in January 2016.

Google last week asked the bankruptcy judge to reject Uber’s argument that it is not responsible for paying the $179 million under his old employment agreement.

Levandowski, who now runs self-driving truck company Pronto, apologized to Google and said he plans to share his story of regret with others in the tech industry.

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“Today marks the end of three and a half long years and the beginning of another long road ahead,” he said in a statement.

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