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Leaker suggest Samsung Galaxy S11 will actually be the S20 – but we're not convinced – TechRadar India



The Samsung Galaxy S11 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2020, but one of the most respected names in mobile phone leaks has cast aspersions on whether it’ll even use the Galaxy S11 name.

That person is @UniverseIce, a prolific leaker who’s correct frequently enough to be taken seriously. Ice Universe posted a simple tweet saying ‘Galaxy S20’, and then followed that up by saying ‘Next year is 2020, and 20 is a new beginning’ – the message is clear: they’re stating the Galaxy S11 is possibly in line to be called the S20.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that the ‘Galaxy S11’ moniker might be dropped, as in mid-September 2019 a rumor surfaced that in 2020 the Galaxy S, and Galaxy Note, series would be merged into the Galaxy One series. Since then, however, we haven’t heard anything to that regard.

So, should you stop frantically searching ‘Samsung Galaxy S11’ for the latest news, and instead look out for the ‘Samsung Galaxy S20’? Well, we’re not totally convinced yet that this information is accurate.

Evidence in defence of S11

So far, we’ve seen no evidence of Samsung having some vendetta against teen numbers, at least to the extent that it’d skip them.

Sure, the Galaxy A series went from the Galaxy A9 in 2018 to the A10, A20, A30 (and so on) in 2019, but Samsung has already started to release the successors to those devices, and it seems the latter digit is the thing changing. That means in 2020 we’ll see the A11, A21, A31 and so on, and slowly it’ll use the teen numbers too.

While it’s true some other companies have skipped the teens when it comes to phone naming (such as Huawei, which went straight from the P10 to the P20) it doesn’t mean Samsung will.

The only real logic  that this could happen is the iPhone 11 series – Samsung might want to miss being seen as launching an ’11 phone’ a few months after its bitter rival, so a higher number could play well in marketing.

But the real clincher to suggest the S11 name is staying? Since posting the S20 tweet, UniverseIce has referred to the device as the Galaxy S11 again, when sharing images of the protective screen films for each.

Still, there’s no way to be totally certain what companies will end up doing, and Samsung isn’t beholden to any kind of naming convention. We’re going to continue to refer to the upcoming phone as the Samsung Galaxy S11 for now, but that could change if enough leaks contradict that. 

We’ll know for sure what happens come February 2020, which is when we’re expecting Samsung to release its new range of Galaxy S phones, but stay tuned to TechRadar before then to see what name future leaks refer to the device as.

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Facebook says remote working move could slow jobs growth in Ireland



Facebook still plans to “aggressively” grow staff numbers in its European headquarters in Ireland but a company-wide policy allowing permanent remote work from other countries could slow that growth over time, its Irish chief said on Friday.

Ireland’s economy is hugely reliant on multinational firms that employ around one in eight Irish workers and any move to facilitate remote working abroad would add to the challenge already posed by a planned global corporate tax overhaul.

Facebook, which is one of Ireland’s largest such employers with around 3,000 full-time staff and another 3,000 contractors, will allow some workers to permanently relocate after more than a year of many working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible employees in Facebook offices in Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom will be able to move to another one of those locations. U.S.-based staff can also move to Canada, it added.

Facebook Ireland’s Gareth Lambe said it was still working out how many Irish-based employees would be eligible to take advantage of the policy. Fewer than half of its staff are Irish nationals.

“We’re going to continue to grow aggressively,” he told national broadcaster RTE, citing a move in the next year or two to a new 57,000 square metre campus in Dublin that it intends to fill with 7,000 employees.

“This won’t have on balance a material impact on the growth of employment for Facebook in Ireland,” he said, referring to the remote working policy. “We have a target this year of adding about an additional 700 employees and we’re going to continue to do that and we’re going to continue to grow,”

“But this is a significant evolution and in the future over the coming years and decades, it is possible that the growth of jobs and numbers may not be as fast in Ireland as it would have been before it.”

Lambe said Facebook’s main Europe, Middle East and Africa decision makers will continue to be based in Dublin, meaning its corporate tax status will not change. However those permanently relocating abroad would no longer pay income tax in Ireland.

Responding to the move, Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said one of the consequences of the pandemic will be a lot more mobility of workers across national borders but that foreign direct investment will remain “an indispensable part” of Ireland’s economic model.


(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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Apple hires former BMW executive for car project



Apple Inc has hired Ulrich Kranz, a former senior executive at BMW AG’s electric car division, to help its vehicle initiatives, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Kranz will report to Apple veteran Doug Field, who led development of Tesla Inc’s mass-market Model 3 and now runs Apple’s car project, the report said.

Apple did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment.

The iPhone maker’s automotive efforts, known as Project Titan, have proceeded unevenly since 2014 when Apple first started designing its own vehicle from scratch.

In December, Apple said it was moving forward with its self-driving car technology and targeting to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology by 2024.


(Reporting by Mrinalika Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

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Amazon SideWalk in Canada



Amazon is ready to initiate the sidewalk throughout the world including Canada. So many people are concerned about what exactly is a sidewalk and should you be concerned in any way?

Well to put it simply amazon sidewalk is a new way of communication where amazon creates a network by using its echo devices and other devices. What is going to happen is that these devices would be using your home’s internet connection and creating a small network for communication. Using the ring and echo devices this will be executed where they would be forming a bridge (as the company calls it) between the two devices. While these various bridges would be used to create networks.

Amazon said this is done for easier connections and simpler setups even when your wifi goes out. Which would allow you to use title trackers and find pets easily. You would not have to spend 500 dollars on those devices but rather just use this to get updated information on your belongings. This is going to get a lot of people hooked on the devices. Using your ring and echo devices without your own internet connection sounds pretty good but is there a hidden reason for amazon to become an ISP on its own well that is something only time will tell.

So now the question is should you be concerned about this?

Well if you own an amazon echo device you will have to ask Alexa to opt you out of it because this is going to come in as activated by default. This means that you will need to put in some effort to change this if for any reason you don’t want to be a part of this program.

There are tutorials online that would help you to opt-out of this by using your Alexa app on your phone.

Another concern is that this is not the first time a company has done something like this. Apple has enhanced the find my network in a similar manner with the introduction of air tags and have responsibility for finding phones, and things using other users devices that might not know that their device is being used in the process.

Well most common people that are using the internet nowadays are more concerned about the data that is being used by these huge corporations and who are they gathering and using the data for their personal and private benefits. Additionally are data sharing policies being used and met with proper standards. Creating a rule is one thing and following it is completely another.

What bodies are placing a check on whether the huge tech giants are following these steps or not? These are the big questions with few answers and to think that now the internet is being owned by one of these giants. I mean the real question everyone should be asking is how big can these giants become and what kind of influence they hold onto our lives in the future?

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