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8/7/2020

President Donald Trump has issued two executive orders, which take effect in 45 days, that could ban TikTok and WeChat from the Apple and Google app stores in the US on the grounds of security concerns. The vague ban targets ByteDance, the apps' Chinese parent company, which says it has 100 million US users.

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8/7/2020

Intellectual property is part of 20 GB of data belonging to chipmaker Intel that is now posted online. The data, which does not appear to include information about employees or customers, was posted by Swiss researcher Till Kottmann, who said an anonymous hacker sent it to him.

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8/7/2020

Researchers participating in an online security conference described how they were able to remotely open the doors and start the engine of a Mercedes-Benz E-Class car by gaining access to a root shell of the telematics control unit. The 19 vulnerabilities cited by the Sky-Go Team researchers have been fixed.

8/7/2020

Tech writer Patrick Hearn outlines the pros and cons of three smart assistant platforms: Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and Apple's HomeKit. The areas examined include product support, user friendliness and complexity of installation.

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Digital Trends
8/7/2020

Lori Bajorek, president of the National Esports Association, gave the keynote address at the 2020 AV/IT Summit yesterday. Watch her presentation, in which she shares how digitized youth can be motivated to learn in the classroom and beyond through the power of esports.

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AV Network
8/7/2020

Swytch is an enhancement to Logitech room solutions including Microsoft Teams Rooms and Zoom Rooms that enables users to join meetings for other videoconferencing systems from a laptop.

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8/7/2020

Community first, competition second. That's the philosophy driving the inclusive esports and gaming initiatives at DreamYard, a Bronx, New York, organization that partners with local schools to help students achieve success through the arts. In November the organization launched "BX Start," a 4,000-square-foot gaming center in Foxhurst designed to be an inclusive gaming space that fosters students from diverse backgrounds interested in developing gaming careers.

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Tech & Learning
8/7/2020

I'll preface this by saying I'm not sure how many people will be willing to drop hundreds of dollars or pounds on a new console, but given the level of interest we're seeing for the PS5 and Xbox Series X I'm going to guess that the number will be 'quite a lot'.

I've told regular readers that I'm a lapsed gamer, but having the newest gaming behemoth in the house always tugs at my wallet - but the thing we still don't know is exactly how many hundreds these next-generation consoles will cost.

We're likely to find out this month, apparently, and French retailer Carrefour leaked the price at €499, which lines up with the $499 / £449 pricing we've heard. We always take such leaks with a pinch of salt - and there are certainly reasons to be suspicious about this one - but as we move closer to launch, it's easier to believe the prices.

Is that too much? It's hard to say, but the early gameplay clips and advanced features that we've seen suggest you'll be getting a fair amount for your cash.

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8/7/2020

I'm not even going to bother with a pithy headline for this story - you're probably glad of that - but Apple confirming that you won't be able to get the iPhone 12 as soon as you'd expect is big news, with the coronavirus pandemic having held up the production process by a few weeks.

Just how late will it be? Apple CFO Luca Maestri said on an earnings call: "As you know, last year we started selling iPhones in late September. This year, we expect supply to be available a few weeks later."

That means the iPhone could launch in October, which seems rather late indeed. But remember, this isn't the first time it's happened: the iPhone X came out weeks after its announcement, the iPhone XR was inexplicably delayed, and even the white variant of the iPhone 4 took months to appear.

Apple could well spin this into a good thing, whipping up hype for a couple of its four iPhone 12 models by delaying them longer than the others, but it's a big call to make, and one I'll be watching closely to see what effect, if any, it has on consumer interest.

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8/7/2020

Going back to the Samsung Note 20 launch we mentioned at the start of this newsletter, and I'll be honest: I'm a little mad about what Samsung has done here, not because the Note 20 is a bad phone, but because Samsung has launched something that's incredibly expensive ($999), but without any of the top technology it could have included.

That tech - arguably the best in any Android phone - has been saved for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. For example, where the Note 20 has a Full HD screen with 'standard' 60Hz scrolling, the Ultra has advanced resolution and 120Hz, which does make a difference.

Yes, the battery life and camera of the cheaper Note 20 model are good, and the S Pen improved - but I'd have expected to see all of Samsung's best tech in the $1,000 'base' model, not just in the extraordinarily expensive $1,300 Ultra.

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