iPhone 12 event live blog: Last-minute leaks and all the news

The most anticipated tech event of the year is finally upon us. Kicking off today (October 13) at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET, Apple’s “Hi, Speed” showcase will finally see the reveal of the iPhone 12 as well as a handful of other long-awaited Apple gadgets.

Now that last month’s Time Flies event has taken the wraps off of the Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air 4, we’re expecting Apple’s fleet of 5G phones to take center stage today. And it could be joined by exciting new audio and smart home products. Here’s a quick look at what to expect:

iPhone 12: Apple’s new phone is expected to come in four variations, each complete with OLED screens and 5G support. While the iPhone 12 mini will likely be a popular pick for many, we could also see an iPhone 12 Pro range with 120Hz displays and advanced LiDAR sensors.

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Wall Street Adds More Gains to Last Week’s Rally; Tech Leads | Business News

By STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writers

Stocks are pushing higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Monday and tacking more gains onto last week’s market rally, its best in three months.

The S&P 500 was 1.8% higher, following up on strengthening in stock markets around the world. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 308 points, or 1.1%, at 28,895, as of 12:35 p.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 2.6% higher.

The gains are being driven mostly by Big Tech stocks, whose businesses have proven to be practically impervious to the pandemic, rather than companies that would benefit from a strengthening economy.

Apple climbed 5.4% and alone accounted for nearly a quarter of the S&P 500’s rise. Amazon gained 5.1%. Both companies have events coming up this week, with Apple expected to unveil its latest batch of iPhones on Tuesday and Amazon holding its Prime

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Northwestern Mutual to Host First-of-its-Kind Virtual Women in Tech Conference | News

MILWAUKEE, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Northwestern Mutual today announced the company will host its first Women in Tech Conference on December 3. This virtual conference will gather top companies nationwide, women technologists, and their allies for a full-day event focused on professional development, empowerment and collaboration with the ultimate goal of fostering a more diverse and inclusive tech industry and community.

The free event will begin with an inspiring keynote from world-class athlete, fitness and wellness expert Laila Ali and will be followed by concurrent breakout sessions packed with diverse perspectives and industry insights on a range of topics, including DevOps, CICD (continuous integration/continuous design), innovation, cloud computing, event driven architecture, data and more. Networking opportunities to connect with other event attendees will be available throughout the day.

“Gender equity is important for our teams, businesses and society to thrive, and with technology at the center of

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Why Samsung and Xiaomi are talking UWB, and more tech news you need to know today

Your tech news digest, by way of the DGiT Daily tech newsletter, for Monday, 12 October 2020.

1. UWB is ultra, it’s wideband, and Apple’s announcing it tomorrow?

Here’s a little preview of the future via Samsung, which said today in a blog post that says it expects UWB to be one of the “next big wireless technologies”.

What’s UWB?

  • UWB, or ultra-wideband, looks like the next big thing as it allows for fast data transfer over longer ranges, with precision location services baked in.
  • UWB chips are now present in several new smartphones, like the iPhone 11 series and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
  • And the reason is that the technology looks intensely useful. Better Bluetooth is a simple mostly right answer, but another example would be much better NFC, as well, given accuracies can be down to centimeters.
  • So, what does it mean? Samsung’s examples of using
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ACCC code sees Google pause Australian rollout of News Showcase

Google has paused the Australian rollout of News Showcase, which is a news-based service pitched by the company as benefiting both publishers and readers.

News Showcase was only announced earlier this month, and when it was initially launched in Germany and Brazil, CEO Sundar Pichai explained the platform was aimed at paying publishers to “create and curate high-quality content for a different kind of online news experience”.

Although Google said it signed several agreements with Australian publishers for News Showcase in June, it has decided to pause its Australian plans as it is not sure if the product would be viable under the impending media bargaining code of practice published by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Google has held firm that it is against the News Media Bargaining Code, saying previously it would force the tech giant to provide users with a “dramatically worse Google Search and YouTube”,

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Exclusive: TikTok Rival Triller Explores Deal to Go Public – Sources | Top News

By Joshua Franklin and Echo Wang

(Reuters) – Triller Inc, a budding competitor to popular short-video app TikTok, is in discussions with blank-check acquisition companies about a merger which would take the U.S. social media company public, according to people familiar with the matter.

The deal would come as Triller seeks to capitalize on TikTok’s woes. U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has ordered TikTok’s Chinese parent ByteDance to divest the app, citing concerns that the data of U.S. citizens could be accessible to China’s Communist Party government. TikTok has sued the U.S. government to stave off a ban from U.S. app stores while deal negotiations continue.

Triller, which was launched in 2015 and only has a fraction of the 100 million users that TikTok boasts in the United States, has said it hopes that the uncertainty over its rival’s future will drive more influencers and users to its platform.

Triller

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EASI: Bringing science and tech to students and teachers | Local News Stories

For over a decade local science teachers have banded together to form the Eastern Arizona Science Initiative. Together, these educators put on annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Math summer camps and provide teacher support.

Paul Anger is the EASI chairperson and one of the creators of the non-profit group in 2008. Anger is also the director for the Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park campus, where the group holds their meetings and multiple youth summer camp activities.

“Teachers meet once a month to go over planning activities to help each other as teachers. A big factor is the extracurricular activities during the summer for the youth,” Anger said. “The idea is Discovery Park will be the hub of science and STEM activity of Graham and Greenlee County.”

Anger said over the years the initiative’s summer STEM camps have grown in popularity. While the cost of attending the three to four-day camps

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Google Pauses Plans for ‘News Showcase’ Product in Australia

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text: A sign featuring Google Inc.'s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London.


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A sign featuring Google Inc.’s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London.

Google has halted plans to launch its ‘News Showcase’ product in Australia as the tech company isn’t clear if it will be viable under the nation’s draft News Media Bargaining code.

The company doesn’t oppose a code, but the arbitration system outlined in the draft is “unworkable,” Mel Silva, Google’s vice president in Australia and New Zealand, said in a blog on SundayConcerns include “unfair payment conditions and unclear definitions and obligations”Earlier, Google said it would start


text: A sign featuring Google Inc.'s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London.


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A sign featuring Google Inc.’s logo stands inside the entrance to their U.K. headquarters at Six St Pancras Square in London.


paying select media outlets to display curated content

Video: Why one educational initiative gave every member of Congress $50 in Bitcoin

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AT&T responds to Public Service Commission concerns over federal broadband program | Local News

TUPELO • In communications with federal officials, AT&T has responded to recent concerns raised by the Mississippi Public Service Commission about the telecommunications company’s deployment of federal money to construct rural internet infrastructure.

In an October 7 letter to the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T senior legal counsel Cathy Carpino acknowledged that the company will need to revise some information about locations where internet service has been made available with public dollars.

However, she objected to some previous assertions made by Mississippi’s utility regulatory body as “unfounded” and insisted that only a very small number of addresses will have to be revised.

The PSC – with Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley taking an especially vocal stance on the issue – sent its own letter to the FCC on Sept. 29 claiming AT&T has exhibited a “pattern of submitting false data” to federal authorities.

The issues stems from public dollars AT&T received

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U.S. Sanctions Turn up Heat but Huawei Serving European 5G Clients, Executive Says | Top News

ZURICH (Reuters) – Chinese telecom giant Huawei is finding it harder to counter U.S. sanctions designed to choke off its access to semiconductors but can continue to serve European 5G network clients, a senior European executive told an Austrian newspaper.

The world’s biggest maker of mobile telecommunications equipment and smartphones was still “looking for a solution” to help millions of Huawei phone users after Google

was banned from providing technical support for new Huawei phone models using mobile operating system Android.

“Since the U.S. sanctions last year, U.S. manufacturers of semiconductors are no longer allowed to supply us so our previous U.S. partners can no longer work with us. Since August it has become even more difficult,” Abraham Liu, Huwaei’s vice-president for Europe, told the Kurier paper.

He said Washington was “blackmailing” chipmakers into shunning ties with Huawei, which denies U.S. allegations that Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing

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