Xbox Series X pre-orders begin, and gamers are eager to buy
It's Microsoft's turn to feed the Xbox Series X shopping frenzy, after retailers opened up Sony's PlayStation 5 preorders last week. Demand for the video game systems is off-the-charts, but ordering either console has been a difficult experience for many gamers.
Facebook removes Chinese accounts active in Philippines and US politics
Philippines|Americas|Companies|: Facebook Inc said Tuesday it had removed a network of inauthentic Chinese accounts that were interfering in Asian and American politics, including some that posted material supporting and opposing US President Donald Trump. The social networking company said it suspended 155 accounts on its main platform along with six Instagram accounts. The most widely followed accounts and pages were in the Philippines, where they shared content supporting China’s actions in the contested South China Sea and President Rodrigo Duterte. See more What's happening in India, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Philippines, Europe? News in pictures from East to West today India-China app war, US marine in Philippines jail, Thai royal consort, Pliscova out of US Open, Facebook grilled – top news in pictures today Suicide bombers strike in Southern Philippines : Aftermath of the attack in Sulu province The US accounts had fewer followers and posted content fueling both sides of the American election that will be held on November 3, the company said. Facebook cybersecurity policy chief Nathaniel Gleicher said that the takedown was the company’s first of Chinese-based accounts on foreign-interference grounds with any engagement in U.S. politics. But he said the American accounts and groups seemed aimed mainly at building an audience. “The volume of content is so low, it’s very hard to assess what their goal is,” Gleicher said. Trump and his intelligence officials have said China was favoring Democratic challenger Joe Biden, while Democrats in Congress have said Russia is being more aggressive. The Chinese embassy in Washington did not respond immediately to an email seeking comment. The network of accounts, pages and groups used virtual private networks and other tools to make it appear they were operated from somewhere other than China, Facebook said. Fewer than 3,000 people followed the fake American pages, while more than 100,000 accounts tracked those in Philippines. The operation’s US assets, added between May and August, included a group called Biden Harris 2020 that had around 1,400 members and one called Trump KAG 2020 that said it supported Trump’s re-election and had just three members, according to analysis firm Graphika, which studied material from Facebook. In Philippines, accounts supported both Duterte and his daughter, who might run to succeed him in 2022. They also criticized Rappler, an independent media group that is a frequent target of the Duterte government.
HMD Global brings 3 new value-for-money Nokia smartphones to the UAE
Technology|: Over the past few years, if someone came to me for a recommendation on a budget or mid-range smartphone, I’ve always recommended Nokia. Their devices are simple yet functional and most importantly get enough updates to last you at least 2 years (a factor extremely crucial in the Android smartphone space). Most Android powered brands barely concentrate on their flagships with updates for a year, the fact that Nokia updates their phones across the range for 2 years (minimum) is amazing. Today HMD Global launches two new budget offerings for customers looking for a wide range of features at a price point affordable to most. Today also brings around the beginning of the global sale of the Nokia 8.3 5G, a flagship 5G smartphone at an affordable price-point. Nokia 2.4 The Nokia 2.4 comes powered by the MediaTek Helio P22 processor and is supported by 2GB/3GB of RAM and has 32/64GB of internal storage. The 2.4 will be available in the UAE for Dh419 (2/32GB) and Dh469 (3/64GB) starting the second week of October this year. For people who need more storage the device will feature a micro-SD slot which can support storage up to 512GB. Nokia guarantees 2 years of OS updates and 3 years of security updates even at this price range Image Credit: Supplied The Nokia 2.4 also comes with a large 6.5” (1600x720) HD+ screen and a 4500mAh battery capable of providing 2 days of battery-life thanks to the phone’s AI Assisted Battery technology. The phone comes running Android 10 and is ready to be upgraded to Android 11. Like all Nokia phones, the 2.4 will also receive two years of OS updates and three years of security updates. The phone comes with a dual camera (13MP f/2.2 5P lens + 2M depth sensing) on the back and a single camera (5MP FF f/2.4 3P lens) on the front. Even at this price range, Nokia provides ‘AI Imaging’ to customers with features such as Night mode and Portrait Editor. Also, on the back of the device is the fingerprint reader for security. The Nokia 2.4 will only come with a single SIM slot and unfortunately doesn’t come with USB type-C or fast charging. Nokia 3.4 Coming with a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, the Nokia 3.4 offers a 70% more performance (compared to previous generations) to customers at a slightly higher price. The 3.4 will be available in Fjord, Dusk and Charcoal colour options in the UAE for Dh529 starting the end of October this year. A dual camera with AI imaging comes on the Nokia 3.4 Image Credit: Supplied The Nokia 3.4 will come with a 6.39” HD+ punch-hole display with a max brightness of 400 nits. In the hole-punch sits the device’s 8MP front camera. On the back of the smartphone we find a better triple camera setup with a 13MP (wide), 2MP (depth) and 5MP (ultra-wide) camera. Here too thanks to ‘AI Imaging’, the camera provides modes such as Night mode and Portrait Editor. The phone comes running Android 10 and is ready to be upgraded to Android 11. Like the Nokia 2.4, the 3.4 will also receive two years of OS updates and three years of security updates. With a 4000mAh battery and AI Assisted Battery technology, the 3.4 too has the capability to run for two days but like the 2.4 comes without fast charging. Nokia 8.3 5G By far Nokia’s most interesting and celebrated device this year, the 8.3 5G, goes on global sale today. Available in the UAE in the Polar Night edition for Dh2099, Nokia aims to make the 8.3 5G one of the most affordable and functional 5G phones on the market right now. The Nokia 8.3 5G will also be featured in the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, premiering this November. The Nokia 8.3 5G, an extremely attractive 5G value-for-money smartphone, makes its way to the UAE next month Image Credit: Supplied The Nokia 8.3 5G will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G supported by 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (micro SD expansion up to 512GB). The display on the 8.3 5G is a 6.81” 20:9 FHD+ PureDisplay with a 1080x2400 resolution. On the back of the phone we find the quad camera setup with a Zeiss Optics 64MP (f/1.89), 12MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth sensor and 2MP macro lens. The camera will be able to shoot 4K as well as supports Night mode. Nokia Power Earbuds Lite . Image Credit: Supplied Last but not least, Nokia is also jumping into the audio category with their latest ear buds, the Power Earbuds Lite. The earbuds will provide users with 35h of play time, come with touch controls on the body and have 6mm graphene speaker drivers on the inside. They are also IPX7 certification, so sweat or a bit of rain won’t affect the earbuds during use. The Nokia will be available in the UAE by mid-October and will come in Charcoal, Fjord and Snow colour options starting at a retail price of Dh399.
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2,500-year-old sarcophagi unearthed at Egypt's oldest pyramids
News/Technology & Science: Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered 27 coffins at the ancient necropolis of Saqqara, a burial ground that is also home to one of the world's oldest pyramids, the ministry of tourism and antiquities said.
India's Ambani prepares for a $50 handset and domination of country's telecom market
Retail|Technology|: Mumbai: Reliance Industries Ltd. has asked local suppliers to ramp up production capacity in India so they can make as many as 200 million smartphones over the next two years - a potentially enormous boost for the country's technology ambitions and a warning shot to rivals such as Xiaomi Corp. India's most valuable company is in talks with domestic assemblers to make a version of its Jio phone that would run on Google's Android and cost about 4,000 rupees ($54). The inexpensive phones will be marketed with low-cost wireless plans from Reliance Jio. See More Photos: Schools reopen in parts of India after 6 months In Pictures: Pandemic dampens Kashmiri weddings, lavish feasts From the editors: Dubai Safari all set to throw open its doors Photos: Rescue under way to save 180 stranded whales in Australia Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani is aiming to remake the country's smartphone industry much like he did in wireless services, where his aggressive prices and simple plans quickly made him the dominant force. The billionaire is also aligning himself with the Indian government's plans to build more domestic manufacturing, a possible boost for local assemblers like Dixon Technologies India, Lava International and Karbonn Mobiles. Can make it happen "We are of course trying to build our domestic companies. We have a sweet spot in entry level phones," said Pankaj Mohindroo, chairman of the India Cellular & Electronic Association, said. "The world has realized that India is a great place to do business and a great place to do manufacturing also." Reliance's target of selling 150 million to 200 million phones over two years would represent a massive boost for local factories. India assembled an estimated 165 million smartphones in the year ended March, and about an equal number of basic feature phones, according to Mohindroo's association. About a fifth of the smartphones cost less than 7,000 rupees, or about $100. Reliance rival Bharti Airtel is also in talks with assemblers to build its own 4G device, local media has reported. The Business Standard reported earlier that Ambani was considering outsourcing phone-making. What Ambani is aiming for If Reliance succeeds in popularizing the new gadget, it could lift the prospects for Jio Platforms, accelerating Mukesh Ambani's efforts to build an empire spanning e-commerce, social media and games. Many of Jio's nearly 400 million users use no-frills second-generation devices, paying $2 monthly for voice and data - a large potential market for the new device. It could eventually erode the market share of Chinese phonemakers such as Xiaomi. "Jio has an opportunity to target more than half billion Indians who don't own a smartphone and trigger a blue ocean market opportunity," said Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint Research. "With Reliance expected to work with Indian vendors, Chinese brands will lose out on a potential opportunity and market share."
All of UAE's inhabited areas will have 5G coverage by end 2025
Business|Technology|: Dubai: All inhabited areas of the UAE will come under 5G network coverage by end 2025, benefiting from the recent allocation of additional frequency. “The introduction of this category of frequencies will enhance the country's position among the indicators related to the readiness of the telecom sector and provide necessary resources for international mobile communications application,” said Tariq Al-Awadi, Executive Director at Telecommunications Regulatory Authority’s Frequency Spectrum Department. See More Midas touch: Singapore exchange touts gold to the masses Photos: As Rome boosts micro-mobility, some complain of electric scooters gone wild Assembling a solar powered future in China Why Dubai is a ‘rising giant’ of global hotel industry The frequencies will allow operators and device manufacturers to experiment with other capabilities provided by 5G technology compared to the previously assigned bands. These frequencies in the millimeter wave range between 24.25-27.5 GHz, and the UAE was the first in the Middle East and North Africa to allocate this range. How different is 5G? In addition to reducing the response time to less than 10 times the time spent in 4G, the new frequencies will allow communication between the largest possible number of devices for the highest possible period of time within this wide frequency range. The frequencies will also enable a large number of interconnected devices, allowing apps such as those for smart cities and the Internet of Things (IoT), which require thousands of devices to communicate with each other. The second phase of the plan will start in the third-quarter of 2021, through which 1 GHz will be allocated per operator in the (25.5-27.5 GHz) range.
Already battered, Alberta braces for the energy transition — can it also embrace it?
News/Canada/Calgary: What does a low-carbon future look like? Making the transition won't be easy for a fossil-fuel-producing region like Alberta, but various groups are sketching out a rough map of the terrain the province will have to navigate.