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Microsoft is to replace dozens of contract journalists on its MSN website and use automated systems to select news stories, US and UK media report.
The curating of stories from news organisations and selection of headlines and pictures for the MSN site is currently done by journalists.
Artificial intelligence will perform these news production tasks, sources told the
Microsoft said it was part of an evaluation of its business.
The US tech giant said in a statement: “Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This can result in increased investment in some places and, from time to time, redeployment in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic.”
Microsoft, like some other tech companies, pays news organisations to use their content on its website.
But it employs journalists to decide which stories to display and how they are presented.
Around 50 contract news producers will lose their jobs at the end of June, the Seattle Times reports, but a team of full-time journalists will remain.
“It’s demoralising to think machines can replace us but there you go,” one of those facing redundancy told the paper.
Some sacked journalists warned that artificial intelligence may not be fully familiar with strict editorial guidelines, and could end up letting through inappropriate stories.
Twenty-seven of those losing their jobs are employed by the UK’s PA Media,
the Guardian reports
One journalist quoted in the paper said: “I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI is going to take all our jobs – now it’s taken mine.”
Microsoft is one of many tech companies experimenting with forms of so-called robot journalism to cut costs. Google is also investing in projects to understand how it might work.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra leaks with first real-world images – MobileSyrup
We’ve seen renders, CAD mock-ups and several case leaks, but this is the first time Samsung’s often-rumoured Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has leaked with real-world images courtesy of YouTuber ‘Jimmy is Promo.’
Though it’s impossible to verify the accuracy of the photograph and Jimmy is Promo’s subsequent tweets regarding the device, the images look very similar to previous leaks we’ve seen over the last few weeks related to the Note 20.
— Jimmy Is Promo (@jimmyispromo) July 6, 2020
The real-world photos give us a glimpse of the Note 20 Ultra’s triple-rear camera bump that looks very similar to the S20 Ultra’s. There appears also to be a 3D time-of-flight sensor on the back of the smartphone as well. Finally, there’s another photo of the front of the smartphone showing off its centred hole-punch front-facing camera at the top of the display.
Another thing worth noting from the images is the location of the volume rocker and power button on the right side of the device, just like the S20. With the Note 10, these buttons were located on the left side of the display.
Jimmy is Promo goes on to say the handset’s S Pen and bottom speaker are shifting to the left of the smartphone’s charging port.
— Jimmy Is Promo (@jimmyispromo) July 7, 2020
Regarding specs, the Note 20 is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ processor — a processor that hasn’t been released yet — an S Pen with additional features, new camera functionality that includes 100x zoom, and a QHD+ 120Hz screen.
Though these images seem to be of the Note 20 Ultra, there are also rumours circulating that Samsung plans to release the smartphone in two sizes, including a standard 6.42 inch Note 20 and a larger 6.97-inch Note 20 Ultra.
OnePlus Nord will come with 48MP primary camera with OIS – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
The OnePlus Nord is coming on July 21 and we’re starting to get a clearer picture of its key specs. The latest report comes from an interview with the brand’s co-founder Carl Pei who detailed the phone’s quad-camera setup. The main shooter will have a 48MP sensor and will offer OIS. Alongside it will be an 8MP ultrawide lens, 5MP macro module and a 2MP depth helper.
The front cameras housed in the pill-shaped cutout are expected to come in at 32MP and 8MP. We also know the device will ship with the Snapdragon 765G chipset, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage on the base version and a 4,300 mAh battery.
The OnePlus Nord will have an Augmented Reality (AR) launch event where the audience will be able to interact with an AR model of the device live during the keynote.
Pricing is expected to start at under $500 (€445) but will likely vary between Europe and India. OnePlus is also hosting a second round of pre-orders in Europe which starts tomorrow at 8AM UTC time.
Huawei reportedly working on 'Mate V' foldable that looks like Galaxy Z Flip – MobileSyrup
It looks like Huawei could be working on a new foldable to take on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip.
According to details from leaker and concept designer Ben Geskin on Twitter, the China-based telecom equipment maker is working on a vertical folding device. Geskin says the phone will allegedly be called the ‘Mate V.’
Further, Geskin tweeted that the Mate V will have a notch on the display and support “3D face recognition,” which Geskin suggests is similar to the face unlock system Huawei included on its Mate 30 Pro phone. That system relies on 3D technologies like a time of flight (TOF) sensor to recognize users and authenticate them.
Finally, Geskin explained in his tweet that the Mate V will look like the Galaxy Z Flip, but will include more cameras.
New foldable from Huawei allegedly called ‘Mate V’ is coming 👀 Looks similar to Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, but with more cameras and a notch with 3D face recognition pic.twitter.com/kpwQhIHVId
— Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin) July 7, 2020
Included renders show notch display and vertical camera array
Geskin included two images with his tweet that show renders of what the Mate V could look like. The first shows the front and back of the Mate V both while folded and unfolded. The top half of the phone’s rear includes a vertical camera array, although it isn’t clear how many cameras the phone will have.
Additionally, it appears there will be a space below the camera bump. It’s not immediately clear why, but some users replied to Geskin’s tweet saying the space was likely for a small display. The Galaxy Z Flip, for example, has a small external display for checking the time and notifications without opening the device.
Additionally, the render shows a thin rectangle with rounded corners next to the camera array. This will probably be where the phone’s flash and other sensors will reside.
The inside of the phone features a nearly edge-to-edge display and a boxy notch. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely a foldable phone like this will have bezels as small as the render.
The second image shows several side profiles of the device while folded and unfolded. You can see the power and volume buttons on the right side as well as the SIM slot, charging port and speaker grill along the bottom. The hinge looks just like the one on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip.
All in all, it’s an interesting rumour. Huawei already has one foldable, the Mate X, so it isn’t surprising that the company is working on other ones. Considering the positive response to the Galaxy Z Flip, it also doesn’t come as a surprise that Huawei is working on a vertical foldable. It remains to be seen what the finished product looks like, however. These renders — which should be taken with a grain of salt — make the alleged Mate V look just like the Z Flip. While I imagine there will be similarities, there will likely be some major differentiators with the finished product as well.
Source: Ben Geskin (@BenGeskin)
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