The iPhone 12 Pro Max could be Apple’s biggest camera jump in years

Apple has announced its iPhone 12 lineup, and as ever, the phones’ camera systems were the focus of much of the company’s presentation. This year, though, there’s more to differentiate each model than ever before. The iPhone range is getting improvements across the board, but Apple appears to be reserving the biggest advances for its biggest phone. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max has some serious hardware improvements that set its camera apart from every other iPhone.


Hardware-wise, there doesn’t appear to be much difference between the iPhone 12, 12 mini, and 12 Pro when compared to the 11 and 11 Pro. All of these phones use the same-sized 12 megapixel sensors for wide, ultrawide, and the Pro model’s telephoto cameras, and the shape and size of the camera bump remains essentially the same.


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The biggest hardware change is a new seven-element f/1.6 lens for the primary wide

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Samsung Electronics Flags 58.1% Jump In Q3 Operating Profit

Samsung Electronics flagged a nearly 60 percent rise in third-quarter operating profits Thursday, largely driven by strong smartphone sales boosted by US sanctions against its rival Huawei.

The South Korean tech giant said in an earnings estimate that it expected operating profit to be 12.3 trillion won ($10.6 billion) for July to September, up from 7.8 trillion won in the same period last year.

The prediction was in line with analyst forecasts.

Samsung was projected to post around 10.3 trillion won ($8.9 billion) in third-quarter operating profit, according to market researcher FnGuide.

Samsung Electronics is crucial to South Korea’s economic health. It is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Samsung group, by far the largest of the family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebols that dominate business in the world’s 12th-largest economy.

Its overall turnover is equivalent to a fifth of the country’s gross domestic product.

Analysts say the firm’s strong third-quarter

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New Simulation Technology Helps Get the Jump on Wildfires

The Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (LNU) wildfires in California burned nearly 200,000 acres before finally being contained. But in the process, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) was able to deploy a simulation technology that helps firefighters predict the actions of a wildfire and deploy resources more quickly where needed. 

The data has always been available, but only within silos and compiling that data traditionally took hours or days. The technology, developed by Technosylva, was partially deployed by CAL FIRE in July during the LNU fires and showed a rapid spread of the wildfire. 

“We’re rolling it out over a three-phased implementation period,” said Christine McMorrow, CAL FIRE resource management communications officer. “Our first phase went live July 31 in four fire units at our training centers and regional and Sacramento command centers.”

Phase two was scheduled to go live Oct. 1 in half of the CAL FIRE

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Datadog Shares Jump on Partnership With Microsoft

Shares of Datadog  (DDOG) – Get Report jumped on Wednesday after the provider of a security platform for cloud applications said it partnered with software titan Microsoft’s  (MSFT) – Get Report Azure cloud unit.

“Datadog will now be available in the Azure console as a first-class service,” the New York company said in a statement. 

“This means that Azure customers will be able to implement Datadog as a monitoring solution for their cloud workloads through new streamlined workflows that cover everything from procurement to configuration.”

The statement didn’t disclose terms of the deal.

Datadog shares recently traded at $103, up 13%. They have well more than doubled year to date. 

Microsoft recently traded at $211.74, up 2.2%. Shares of the Redmond, Wash., software and tech giant have climbed 34% year to date.

“The improved onboarding experience makes Datadog setup automatic, so new users can start monitoring

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Switch’s Free Jump Rope Game Isn’t Leaving The eShop Anymore [Update]

Update: Nintendo’s free Switch fitness game, Jump Rope Challenge, was originally slated to be delisted from the Switch eShop on September 30, but that’s no longer the case. As announced on Twitter, the game will now remain available to download “until further notice.”

The original story follows.

Earlier this year, Nintendo released a small fitness game on the Switch eShop called Jump Rope Challenge–a free app that keeps track of how many times you virtually jump rope. If you’ve yet to download it, however, your time to do so is quickly running out, as the game will only be available on the digital storefront until the end of this month.

As the company previously announced, Jump Rope Challenge is being removed from the eShop this Wednesday, September 30. It’s unclear if it will be offered again in the future, so if you’re interested in grabbing it, you should do so

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New Research Shows Big Jump In Sophisticated Online Shoppers

The pandemic caused drastic travel restrictions and non-essential business closures, driving seismic shifts in how and where consumers spend their money. Consumers had no choice but to turn to the digital channel as brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants closed during the height of outbreaks. These shifts brought several consumers online for the first time and caused existing e-commerce users to increase their online shopping frequency.

In order to understand the degree to which connected consumers have shifted toward the digital channel during the COVID-19 pandemic, Euromonitor International analyzed results from two global consumer surveys* with a fielding difference of nine weeks between early January to late March.

Nearly every category highlighted in the chart below recorded a double-digit increase in the percentage of connected consumers making digital purchases between the two fielding timeframes.

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