New iPhones: Why upgrading to a 5G phone is probably a waste of money

As we look at this week’s big Apple announcement, all expectations are that Apple will join Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and others with 5G-capable phones. It seems exciting. After all, if 4G was good, 5G has to be better. Right?

Right?

But here’s the thing: While 5G has long-term potential for overall telecommunications infrastructure, it doesn’t appear to have many near-term advantages for smartphones. In fact, it would seem that if you’re paying just to upgrade your phone to 5G, you’re probably wasting money.

In this article, I’ll explore five reasons it’s hard to get happy about 5G – at least for this generation of smartphones.

1. Not available in most areas

Sure, 5G will be built out tower-by-tower across the United States. But right now, it’s pretty unimpressive. Here’s what CNET wrote in June about connectivity:

On availability, T-Mobile users were connected to its 5G network 22.5% of the time,

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Big Money, Day Traders Both Love Japan Tech Darling Mercari

(Bloomberg) — Mercari Inc., the online flea-market operator that has become one of Japan’s most closely watched tech ventures, is closing in on new highs as the stock has drawn both big and small money.

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The company has already grown to command the largest weighting on Japan’s startup-focused Mothers index as individual investors buy in — of some 230 of the largest Japanese companies with market value of over $5 billion, Mercari has the third-highest percentage of individual shareholders. Then on Oct. 7, Los Angeles-based money manager Capital Group declared it had taken a 5% stake in Mercari.

That’s helping propel the stock to near the 6,000 yen mark it hit just once, on the day it listed to great fanfare in 2018. After a rapid decline, the stock has worked its way back up this year, fueled by its first quarterly operating profit. That’s been helped by

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COVID-19 survives on phones, money for 28 days in lab setting: Study

  • Research from Australia’s national science agency suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive on smooth surfaces for 28 days at room temperature.
  • The study tested the virus on glass mobile phone screens, plastic and paper banknotes, and stainless steel.
  • Researchers kept these surfaces in the dark during the study. UV light has been shown to kill COVID-19.
  • Previous studies have suggested the virus lingers on these surfaces for seven days or less.
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The COVID-19 virus can survive on phone screens for 28 days under laboratory conditions, longer than previously thought, new research from the Australian government’s science agency has found. 

Researchers tested the virus on smooth surfaces such as glass phone screens and paper banknotes. They kept them in the dark at room temperature, around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).

They found the virus could survive for just under a month in

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Uganda banks, MTN, Airtel hacked by mobile money fraudsters



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A major hack that compromised Uganda’s mobile money network has plunged the country’s telecoms and banking sectors into crisis.

The Oct. 3 hack was a result of a security breach on a consumer finance aggregator, Pegasus Technologies, which mainly affected bank to mobile wallet transfers, according to an Oct. 8 statement by MTN Uganda, the country’s largest mobile phone company. Kampala-based Pegasus Technologies provides financial and billing solutions for various companies including all the affected entities.

At least $3.2 million is estimated to have been stolen in this latest incident with some reports quoting a much higher figure. The hackers used around 2,000 mobile SIM cards to gain access to the mobile money payment system, according to local papers. They then instructed the banks to transfer millions of dollars to telecommunication companies who then paid out mobile money to these different SIM cards across the country.

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OpenRF consortium could save time, money for smartphone industry

Major chipset and RF front-end suppliers have joined to form the Open RF Association (OpenRF) consortium, aiming to reduce some of the complexity, time, and costs of building a smartphone.

The group, whose founding members include Broadcom, Intel, MediaTek, Murata, Qorvo, and Samsung, plan to develop a framework to standardize hardware and software across RF front end and modem platforms.  

Qualcomm, a leader in the wireless chipset space that has targeted RF front end (RFFE) as its next big business, is notably absent from the list. In July, the chip giant said it expected to take over the number one position in RFFE by the end of the year and was on track to capture more than 20% of the market by the end of 2022.   

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Instagram head Adam Mosseri explains top ways influencers make money

  • On October 6, Instagram hosted a virtual conference to celebrate the app’s 10th anniversary and discuss new features, trends, and usage tips.
  • Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, outlined the six main ways that creators make money through Instagram, including brand partnerships, affiliate marketing, and ad revenue.
  • He also touched on how Instagram wants to improve monetization moving forward.
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Instagram hosted on Tuesday a digital convention to mark the app’s 10th anniversary and look forward to what’s next.

The event was held on Zoom and kicked off with a conversation between Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, and content creator Lilly Singh. After the two shared questions and talking points about some of Instagram’s newest features, trends, and areas for improvement (like fake engagement and cyber-bullying), the audience asked Mosseri questions. 

“Do you plan on sharing ad revenue or any other revenue

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Nine in 10 adults think buying latest smartphone is ‘waste of money’, report shows

Nearly nine in 10 adults think buying the latest smartphone is a “waste of money”.

Research polling 2,000 Britons revealed more than half are “bored” of trying to keep up-to-date with the latest tech.

And three in four are no longer willing to pay a fortune to get it.

As a result, almost a third intend to spend less on smartphones and other gadgets over the next two years.

Almost three quarters also claimed they are content with buying cheaper, older models, while half will purchase refurbished or second-hand tech in order to save money.

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Liam Howley, from musicMagpie, said: “With mounting prices and an increasing number of new releases, it’s become really challenging

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‘Stay focused’ on China’s new tech ETFs even if you can’t invest yet, money manager says

Investors just got four new ways to buy into China’s stock market “stars.”

Investors are getting new ways to invest in Chinese tech stocks

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Four exchange-traded funds launched in China this week tracking the Shanghai stock market’s Star 50 Index, a collection of the 50 largest stocks on the tech-heavy Star Market. The Star 50 Index is up nearly 50% this year.

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While U.S. investors don’t yet have access to the funds — issued by China Asset Management, Huatai-PineBridge Fund Management, ICBC Credit Suisse Asset Management and E Fund Management — there are many reasons for them to be watching this move, one top money manager told CNBC this week.

These ETFs could be some of the first to access the highly anticipated Ant Group IPO, Tim Seymour, the founder and chief investment officer of Seymour Asset Management, told CNBC’s “ETF Edge” on

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Juniper Research Recognizes Boku with two ‘Future Digital Awards’ | Money

Jon Prideaux, CEO Boku, commented, “Boku are thrilled to be recognized in both focus areas of our business. Our customers rely on us to develop solutions and connectivity that enable them to seamlessly and securely transact with their customers in every corner of the globe. These awards highlight the value we have and will continue to deliver to the global brands that make up our customer base.”

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Boku Inc. (AIM: BOKU) is the world’s leading provider of mobile payment and mobile identity solutions. Boku’s technology platform, which is linked to more than 200 mobile wallets and network operators worldwide, verifies user identity, executes payments, and provisions new services, simplifying daily mobile interactions between consumers

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Understanding the secretive networks used to move money offshore

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In 2016, the world’s largest ever data leak dubbed “The Panama Papers” exposed a scandal, uncovering a vast global network of people—including celebrities and world leaders, who used offshore tax havens, anonymous transactions through intermediaries and shell corporations to hide their wealth, grow their fortunes and avoid taxes.


Researchers at USC Viterbi School of Engineering have now conducted a deep analysis of the entities and their interrelationships that were originally revealed in the 11.5 million files leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The academic researchers have made some discoveries about how this network and transactions operate, uncovering uniquely fragmented network behavior, vastly different from more traditional social or organizational networks, demonstrating why these systems of transactions and associations are so robust and difficult to infiltrate or take down. The work has been published in Applied Network Science.

Lead author Mayank Kejriwal is an

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