Apple unveils its flagship 5G phones, the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max

At Apple’s iPhone event on Tuesday, the company introduced a range of new phones, led by the just-announced flagships: the iPhone 12 Pro, starting at $999, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, starting at $1099. The new 5G-ready devices sport an all-screen Super Retina XDR display, the A14 Bionic chip, a Ceramic Shield front cover, LiDAR Scanner, and of course, the iPhone line’s best camera system.

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available in 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB configurations and four stainless steel finishes, including graphite, silver, gold, and pacific blue.

5G, of course, will be one of the bigger selling points for the devices as the new technology will boost speeds, meaning faster downloads and uploads, higher quality streaming, more responsive gaming and faster responses in apps, among other things.

Of course, some of the immediate demand for new 5G phones may be tempered by the

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Apple Officially Unveils iPhone 12 5G-Enabled Phones

Apple took the wraps off the iPhone 12, the tech giant’s first smartphones that support 5G wireless technology.

Apple said it has tested the 5G iPhone 12 phones with 100 carriers in 30 regions — and claims it obtained speeds up to 4 Gbps under ideal conditions on networks that use higher-frequency millimeter wave 5G. That said, Apple cautioned that real-world speeds will vary.

“5G just got real,” Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said at Apple’s virtual product launch event Tuesday from its Cupertino headquarters. Vestberg announced that the telco was activating 5G across the U.S., available to more than 200 million people in 1,800 cities nationwide. Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband service (which uses millimeter wave spectrum) is now available in 55 cities, 43 stadiums and arenas, and seven airports.

Apple announced four models of the new smartphone: the iPhone 12 with a 6.1-inch screen (starting at $799); the iPhone 12

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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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Half-price phones, easy exchanges, and hassle-free service make Flipkart THE destination for all your smartphone needs



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It’s October a.k.a Techtober, and you know what that means! Not friends, not family, not even Diwali — which is just around the corner. No, October means smartphones!

October hasn’t been dubbed Techtober without reason. It’s also the month for epic sales, like Flipkart’s Big Billion Days Sale, which will be kicking off on the 16th of this month.

The stage is set. The year is drawing to a close. Everyone’s in a celebratory mood. New smartphones are launching left and right, and we have an itch to upgrade to that brand-new phone that just popped up on Flipkart Big Billion Days. Sadly, with phones getting more and

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The best smartphone deals we expect on Amazon Prime Day 2020, and how to shop for unlocked phones

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You’re not the only one to notice that high-end smartphones have been getting incredibly pricey over the last couple years. Luckily, Amazon Prime Day 2020 is just two days away, and we usually see excellent discounts on great smartphones during the deal event.

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Indeed, no one should be paying full price for a smartphone these days when opportunities like Prime Day can shave off some of the price tag. And if Prime Day 2020 doesn’t offer a deal on a phone you like, rest assured that you can probably find a deal somewhere else throughout the year.

If you’re not an Amazon Prime member yet and you’re interested in checking it out, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial with full benefits before

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New Nationwide Program Offering Phones to Millions of Low-Income Americans

Millions of Americans on low-income, including those receiving unemployment benefits amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, may qualify to receive a free smartphone, in addition to free cell service, under a new government partnership with TruConnect, a nationwide wireless service provider.

TruConnect has partnered with Lifeline, a government program offering affordable wireless service to low-income customers launched by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, which most Americans don’t know about, according to the co-founder and chief executive officer of TruConnect, Matthew Johnson.

TruConnect’s free service includes “talk, text, and 3GB of data each month plus free international calling to select countries. You may even qualify for a free 5″ LTE Android smartphone,” the company website states.

Johnson told California’s KTLA: “Currently, there are roughly 30 to 40 million people who don’t have access to high-speed internet and that’s only increased recently with the issues due to COVID-19.

“Across the U.S., the

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Will iPhone 12 have Touch ID so we can unlock our phones with masks on? Probably not

Apple’s new iPad Air integrates Touch ID into a button on the side of the iPad.


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One of the best new Apple features introduced during our unusual times may not appear in the iPhone 12. It may not arrive on any iPhone until next year — if at all. Apple’s new iPad Air, unveiled in mid-September and hitting the market later this month, relocates Touch ID to a button on the edge of the device. The company’s upcoming iPhone 12 lineup should do something similar, giving users an option between unlocking their iPhone using their face or unlocking it with their fingerprint as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic

Apple’s updated $599 (£579, AU$899) iPad Air integrates Touch ID into the power button on top of the tablet.

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Google Expands Smartphone Presence With New Pixel Phones

Alphabet’s GOOGL division Google is firing on all cylinders to expand presence in the world of electronic gadgets, backed by innovative skills and advanced technologies.

Google’s unveiling of the latest Pixel smartphones, Pixel 4a and Pixel 5, has intensified competition in the smartphone space. Both the models have 5G capabilities.

The latest move is in line with the company’s persistent focus on expansion of the portfolio of smartphones that comprises Pixel phones. The latest to join the queue is Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5.

Priced at $499, Pixel 4a comes with ultrawide lens, 6.2-inch Full HD and OLED display, 3.5mm headphone jack and a Snapdragon 765G processor. The Pixel 4a offers 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, along with 612MP dual pixel and 16MP ultrawide rear camera.

On the contrary, Pixel 5 comes in a 100% recycled aluminum body and is priced at $699. It offers 8GB

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The new trick to know when your phone’s camera or mic is being used

At dinner, I mentioned that I would like to go hiking in Patagonia. I never searched for these trips or anything like it. Yet, an hour later, I started getting ads on my phone about hiking adventures in Patagonia.

While there’s been no concrete evidence that your device’s microphone is always listening, many Americans believe apps and sites routinely collect their voice data and use it for marketing purposes. Your smart speaker with its virtual assistant is always listening. On my site, you’ll find the exact steps to disable the camera and microphone in your digital life from your Amazon Echo to Facebook.

Your smart TV is smart because it’s also collected valuable data on your use. Tracking happens on the pixel level that can identify every ad,

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NHS COVID-19 app: which iPhone and Android phones do NOT work?

The software is designed to help contain the spread of Covid-19 by alerting users whenever they’ve been in close contact with someone who later tests positive for the virus. Until now, the UK Track and Trace system has relied on people handing over their contact information, including name and mobile number, when booking tables in restaurants, taking part in gym classes, or ordering in their local pub.

With the app installed, smartphone owners will be automatically sent a notification and issued with further guidance if they’ve been in the same venue, public transport, or in close proximity outside, without someone who tested positive for the infection.

NHS COVID-19, which is available to people in England and Wales (with separate apps for Scotland and Northern Ireland), will send you a message whenever you’ve been close to someone who has tested positive. When that happens, the NHS will employ a “risk-assessment” algorithm

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