News

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leaked in hands-on video

Some big changes from the Note 10

Published

on

Image source: Jimmy is Promo

Everyone wants to get their hands on the Galaxy Note 20. Despite the overwhelming rush of rumors, more and more leaks are still coming out in anticipation of the launch on August 5. Today, a new source has leaked a hands-on video of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Now, if you’re caught up with the latest rumors, you’ll know that the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the more premium of the two entries in the upcoming series. More than its littler sibling, the Note 20 Ultra has received more fanfare from leakers and reporters. Still, the new video is a welcome addition to the growing list of leaks.

Leaked by YouTuber Jimmy is Promo, the one-minute video shows some new information about the new phone. For one, the Note 20 Ultra will come with Android 10 and One UI 2.5 out of the box. Unfortunately, not much else can be extracted from the short video. The leaker took pains to obscure the device’s specific identity. However, the biggest reveals are about the phone’s hardware.

Most notably, the S Pen and speaker locations have switched over to the left side, compared to the traditional right-side placement. If you have a current generation Note right now, you might find it hard to get used to the new placement at first. However, the leaker claims that the current S Pen will also work with the upcoming device. Samsung has not elucidated on additional stylus features yet.

Also, the new camera bump is a lot more prominent. The triple rear camera setup rises above the rear panel, necessitating a phone case to even out the addition.

With the latest video, it’s getting harder and harder to wait for the official launch. As revealed yesterday, the Note 20 series will officially launch online on August 5.

SEE ALSO: Samsung accidentally leaked Galaxy Note 20 Ultra images

Enterprise

Apple’s Tim Cook is now worth a billion dollars

Officially a billionaire

Published

on

A few years ago, Apple earned the highly distinguished status of becoming a trillion-dollar company. Without pausing to catch its breath, the company is already barreling towards the 2-trillion mark. Coinciding with his company’s success, Apple’s Tim Cook is now worth a billion dollars.

According to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, Cook’s net worth has just passed the US$ 1 billion mark just as Apple’s shares substantially grew last week. Just recently, the company announced a 4-in-1 split for its stocks due to the success.

The Apple CEO’s new position in the success column is an interesting one. Unlike his peers in the industry, Cook is one of the few CEOs who did not found his own company. The current leader took over the reins from the late Steve Jobs back in 2011. Since then, Apple’s success skyrocketed to its current status today. Back in 2015, amidst all the riches he acquired, Cook promised to give away most of his money to philanthropic endeavors.

Apple’s recent success is a stroke of good news compared to other big tech companies in the US. Last week, the biggest tech CEOs faced an onslaught of antitrust issues surrounding the tech industry. For example, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg failed to defend his bullying and acquiring tactics to stomp competitors down. Though surviving this barrage, Apple is currently facing its own set of issues worldwide, including antitrust issues in the EU and a strange branding lawsuit in Canada.

If the current trend continues, Apple is set to ascend even further up the ranks of tech companies in the near future.

SEE ALSO:

Continue Reading

Enterprise

WeChat ban can sink iPhone sales worldwide

Sinks by up to 30 percent

Published

on

Last week, President Donald Trump signed an official executive order banning TikTok and WeChat starting September 15. Though the spotlight is on TikTok, the pending WeChat ban can also impact the technology industry quite heavily. According to an analyst’s report, the WeChat ban can sink iPhone sales worldwide.

According to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), the impending ban will determine the iPhone’s fate in the Chinese market. WeChat, a platform owned by Tencent, is a popular messaging app in China. While the app’s presence is drastically lesser in other territories, Chinese immigrants also use the platform to stay in touch with relatives back in China.

If the ban passes, Apple’s App Store can potentially remove the app for all users around the world. Currently, the executive order’s wording is still vague. No one knows if a ban will remove WeChat from American iPhones or all iPhones all over the world.

In the best-case scenario wherein it’s only the US, global iPhone sales will likely drop by up to only 6 percent. This likely pertains to Chinese immigrants in the US. However, in the worst-case scenario wherein iPhones everywhere lose the app, Apple’s sales will sink by up to a whopping 30 percent.

Despite the overwhelming dominance of Chinese brands in China, Apple still retains a sizable share in the country’s market. Compared to last year, the American brand’s market share actually grew in size. If Kuo’s more pessimistic scenario comes to pass, Trump’s orders might have inadvertently doomed Apple’s business in China.

SEE ALSO: Apple is not interested in TikTok

Continue Reading

Laptops

Huawei is working on a bezel-less laptop

Coming on August 19

Published

on

Removing bezels on a smartphone is now an almost perfect art. Bezel-less phones are so ubiquitous that it’s almost expected today. Though smartphone displays are getting bigger, laptops are falling behind. Compared to their more portable companions, laptops and notebooks still have relatively larger bezels around the screen. Apparently, this might soon change. According to a new report, Huawei is working on a bezel-less laptop.

Reported by a few Weibo sources, the Chinese company is developing a new laptop with minuscule, practically invisible bezels. In fact, Huawei is calling it a “floating full-screen,” echoing the same branding exuded by the television industry like in Samsung’s The Wall. Additionally, the laptop will supposedly put out images in 3K resolution.

Compared to their struggling smartphone business, Huawei is still chugging along in the laptop industry — in terms of component availability, at least. Huawei’s laptops regularly come out in a more assured schedule. According to the leak, the bezel-less laptop will launch on August 19.

Of course, a laptop’s display is only one aspect of the device. Though the device has already leaked its most touted feature, no one knows what else is in store. Further, no one knows how durable the screen is. With a potentially revolutionary form factor, we have to wonder if that makes it more fragile than other laptops in the market.

SEE ALSO: Huawei MateBook D14, 13 arrive in the Philippines

Continue Reading

Trending