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Samsung lowers prices of Galaxy S10 series ahead of Huawei P30 launch – TechRadar

Samsung lowers prices of Galaxy S10 series ahead of Huawei P30 launch – TechRadar

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. The Huawei P30 Pro and the Huawei P30 are hitting store shelves today and to welcome these phones to the market, Samsung has reduced the pricing its Galaxy S10 series.Huawei has priced the P30 Pro at AED 3,399 which is 200 Dirhams cheaper compared to the AED 3,599 launch price of Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. However, Samsung has now dropped the pricing of its flagship phone by 315 Dirhams to AED 3,284 making it cheaper than the Huawei P30 Pro. Keep in mind that the Galaxy S10 Plus comes with 128GB storage vs 256GB storage you get on the Huawei P30 Pro.Samsung has also cut down the price of the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10e by 315 Dirhams and 210 Dirhams respectively. The new price for the Galaxy S10 is AED 2,884 while the Galaxy S10e now retails for AED 2,489. Both of these are equipped with ...
Some GeForce GTX graphics cards now support ray tracing – TechRadar

Some GeForce GTX graphics cards now support ray tracing – TechRadar

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. Nvidia has released a new set of drivers that allow owners of GTX graphics cards to enjoy ray tracing with games that support these added visual bells and whistles.Previously, this was exclusively the domain of RTX cards, but in March, Nvidia promised us broader support for ray tracing to include GTX cards, and not just Turing models (like the GTX 1660) but previous-generation 10-series cards.Indeed, the new 425.31 GeForce Game Ready Drivers support ray tracing via DirectX Raytracing (DXR) on the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1660, along with the GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080, GTX 1070 Ti, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060 (6GB).The Titan X and Titan Xp are also supported.Naturally, you have to bear in mind that the performance hit on GTX cards may be a tough blow to take, given that they don’t have ...
Apple faces antitrust investigation in Europe over Apple Music and Apple News – 9to5Mac

Apple faces antitrust investigation in Europe over Apple Music and Apple News – 9to5Mac

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. Apple is facing a Dutch antitrust investigation into whether it favors its own apps over those of rival developers. It looks likely to have an initial focus on Apple Music and Apple News, but will probably extend to other app categories, and may also include Google’s Play store. Spotify has already filed a complaint with the European Commission, alleging that Apple Music has an unfair advantage over Spotify, and today’s report references that and says that ‘apps for news media’ is another focus … NordVPN Bloomberg reports. The Netherlands’ Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) will examine whether Apple abuses a dominant market position “by giving preferential treatment to its own apps,” it said in a statement on Thursday. T...
You can reserve your chance to preorder the Samsung Galaxy Fold tomorrow – The Verge

You can reserve your chance to preorder the Samsung Galaxy Fold tomorrow – The Verge

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. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold won’t be released until April 26th, but Samsung is taking reservations for preorders (pre-preorders, if you will) starting tomorrow. To earn yourself a place in line to preorder an unlocked version of Samsung’s anticipated foldable phone, you’ll need to visit Samsung’s website early tomorrow morning. You won’t need to put money down to reserve your preorder, which means that you have a little more time to save up for its $1,980 price tag. Aside from having two screens and being one of the first foldable phones available, part of the Galaxy Fold’s extra cost can be attributed to the truly wireless Samsung Galaxy Buds headphones that are included in the box. But even without them included, it’s still really expensive. ...
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10 5G go up for pre-order tomorrow – Engadget

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Galaxy S10 5G go up for pre-order tomorrow – Engadget

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. There's not much new to say about the Galaxy Fold at this point. It's a phone. That folds. It's expensive. And it may or may not have a significant design flaw, depending on how you look at it. The only remaining question was: When can people buy one? The answer is tomorrow. Samsung just issued a brief saying that customers in the US can pre-order the Fold starting Friday. The 5G version of the ...
Apple persuades Foxconn and TSMC to use only renewable energy when making iPhones – The Verge

Apple persuades Foxconn and TSMC to use only renewable energy when making iPhones – The Verge

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. Apple has persuaded 15 more of its suppliers, including Foxconn and TSMC, to manufacture Apple products using 100 percent clean energy. The additions bring the total number of suppliers in the program up to 44. Apple says it now expects to exceed its goal of using four gigawatts of renewable energy in its supply chain by 2020 by an additional gigawatt. In April last year Apple announced that its facilities now run entirely on renewable energy, and in October the company added that it had achieved the same goal for its retail locations. But, as CNBC notes, Apple’s own facilities only account for just over a quarter of its carbon footprint. The other 74 percent comes from its factory partners. Today’s announcement says that these suppliers have committed to the renewable go...
Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans – BBC News

Smart speaker recordings reviewed by humans – BBC News

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. Amazon, Apple and Google all employ staff who listen to customer voice recordings from their smart speakers and voice assistant apps.News site Bloomberg highlighted the topic after speaking to Amazon staff who "reviewed" Alexa recordings.All three companies say voice recordings are occasionally reviewed by humans to improve speech recognition. But the reaction to the Bloomberg article suggests many customers are unaware that humans may be listening.The news site said it had spoken to seven people who reviewed audio from Amazon Echo smart speakers and the Alexa service.Reviewers typically transcribed and annotated voice clips to help improve Amazon's speech recognition systems.Amazon's voice recordings are associated with an account number, the custome...
Apple tops clean energy goal with new supplier commitments – Apple Newsroom

Apple tops clean energy goal with new supplier commitments – Apple Newsroom

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. The company also announced major progress to address environmental solutions by allocating all $2.5 billion in green bonds it previously announced, the largest of any US corporation. Through its now-completed $2.5 billion Green Bond allocations, the company has contributed to 40 environmental initiatives around the world. That includes projects Apple has created to cover its entire electricity load — as of January 2019, approximately 66 percent of the renewable energy Apple uses comes from such endeavors. Apple’s Green Bonds are also notable for the number of areas of environmental research and innovation they support. Projects include solar rooftops in Japan, an aquifer to conserve water in Oregon and the creation of a custom alloy mad...