With no March media event in the works, Apple this week rolled out a number of product updates including updated iPad Pro models with dual cameras, a LiDAR scanner, and a Magic Keyboard accessory with trackpad.
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Apple supplier Foxconn's sales down 7.7% in March – Cape Breton Post
HONG KONG (Reuters) – Sales at Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, a key supplier of Apple Inc’s products known by its trade name Foxconn, were down by 7.7% in March.
The world’s largest contract electronics maker reported revenues of T$347.7 billion dollar ($11.51 billion) in March, falling from T$376.6 billion from a year earlier, it said in a filing to the Taiwan stock exchange on Monday.
January-March revenue totalled T$929.7 billion, down by 12.0% from the previous year, the filing showed.
Last month, Foxconn reported a 23.7% fall in profit in the last three months of 2019 as it braced for the impact from the coronavirus pandemic that hit demand from key customers.
(Reporting by Twinnie Siu; Editing by Alison Williams)
A $1,000 Samsung phone with a removable battery just went on sale in US – Android Authority
A not-so-new Samsung Galaxy phone with a removable battery just went on sale in the US. With internals that somewhat match those of the Galaxy S9, the Galaxy XCover FieldPro is a $1,100 phone that’s now up for grabs through AT&T.
The device was first introduced in October 2019 but its availability at the time was limited to enterprise customers.
The rugged phone has a removable battery and is designed for people like law enforcement officers, emergency workers, hikers, trekkers, technicians, and other users who basically need a rough and tough device for extreme conditions.
The phone carries US military standard certification (MIL-STD-810G) for durability and ruggedness. This gives it the ability to survive extreme temperatures, shocks, vibrations, and drops. It’s also IP68 rated for water and dust resistance.
Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro specs
As far as the specs of the phone are concerned, it features 2018’s flagship Exynos 9810 chipset. It also gets a 5.1-inch QHD display, 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 4,500mAh removable battery.
In terms of cameras, the Galaxy XCover FieldPro houses a 12MP dual aperture primary shooter and an 8MP selfie snapper. The camera setup is exactly the same as the one found on the Galaxy S9.
There’s a fingerprint sensor at the back of the device and it uses a pogo pin connector for charging or attaching peripherals.
Just like the XCover Pro, the FieldPro also gets a dedicated push-to-talk button that facilitates two-way communication during emergencies.
You get a USB-C cable, a travel adapter, a pogo pin charger, a push-to-talk earphone, an an extra battery in the box.
This rugged smartphone doesn’t come cheap. In fact, the retail price listed on AT&T’s website is a whopping $1,104.99. This brings it in the same league as the Samsung Galaxy S20 series as far as premium pricing is concerned.
However, if you are looking to buy the device on the cheap, you can also pick it up with a 30-month AT&T instalment plan for $36.84/month. The carrier will start shipping the phone between April 13 and April 15. There’s also an option to pick it up from an AT&T retail outlet.
Like the idea of a rugged Samsung phone with a removable battery? Then you can check out the phone on AT&T’s website via the button below.
Samsung Galaxy XCover FieldPro A rugged phone with removable battery
Who says smartphones with removable batteries are dead? Certainly not Samsung, as its Galaxy XCover FieldPro is now available to purchase. You’re essentially getting a Galaxy S9 with a 4,500mAh removable battery and more rugged design.
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Cooking Mama dev shuts down rumours of Switch version mining crytocurrency – GamesIndustry.biz
The developer of Cooking Mama: Cookstar has assured that the Switch game does not utilise Nintendo’s hardware to mine for Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency.
Responding to various queries on Twitter, New York-based studio 1st Playable said “Those are all rumours.”
“As the developers, we can say with certainty there is no cryptocurrency or data collection or blockchain or anything else shady in the code,” the developer tweeted. “The Nintendo Switch is a very safe platform, with none of the data and privacy issues associated with some mobile and PC games.”
The rumours appear to centre around confusion over the game’s release. IGN has a detailed breakdown of the many oddities.
At the heart is the fact that Cooking Mama: Cookstar is — according to its own website — supposed to be available now. But it does not appear listed on Nintendo’s online store, Amazon is only selling copies through two third-party sellers, and Walmart is listing it as out of stock.
There are also reports that the game appeared briefly on the US eShop before being delisted and does not appear anywhere on the European eShop.
But some Twitter users appear to have received physical copies.
In another tweet, 1st Playable said it was “frustrated as everyone with the distribution situation,” although offered no further clarification.
This confusion, combined with a 2019 press release announcing Cooking Mama would feature blockchain functionality, led to the rumours that the game would be used for mining Bitcoin.
When presented with this press release, 1st Playable clarified that it was released back in February 2019, adding: “We presume [it was] hypothetical like most releases around blockchain are.”
The studio continued: “Blockchain was never brought up to us developers, and we were entertainment to hear about [it] in late 2019. Not happening anytime soon.”
Oddly, these tweets are the only activity from 1st Playable’s account since Novembr 2017.
GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Nintendo and publisher Planet Entertainment via its PR agency Sandbox Strategies for clarification.
Distributor Koch Media responded but was unable to offer any clarification.
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