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Which Is The Best Budget 5G Phone?

KEY POINTS

  • Samsung has announced the new Galaxy A42 5G, a budget smartphone with support for 5G
  • The device is cheaper than the OnePlus Nord
  • The Galaxy A42 5G’s specs aren’t top-tier, but its price won’t hurt the wallet

South Korean tech giant Samsung has announced a new 5G smartphone that’s more affordable than the newly-released Galaxy S20 FE – and is even cheaper than the OnePlus Nord.

Samsung has announced the new Galaxy A42 5G, its first budget smartphone offering support for 5G connectivity. The device will be sold for £349 (about $455) in the U.K. and is cheaper than the OnePlus Nord by about £30 since the latter currently sells for £379 apiece. It is the latest in Samsung’s attempts to win a bigger share in the smartphone market, particularly in the budget device category.

The new Galaxy A42 5G boasts midrange specs that are comparable to the

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Technology as a catalyst for budget transparency and accountability

As the country ushers in the dawn of the new normal, its leader’s actions in anticipation of health, economic, and social concerns will be essential to advancing fast and equitable solutions. With the 2021 national budget in mind, transparent and inclusive fiscal management will be crucial for our nation’s recovery moving forward.

Inasmuch as the budget process directly illustrates which sectors in society get the funding for their programs and projects, it is inherently political. For this reason, Filipinos must have access to reliable information on how public funds are allocated and spent and have ample opportunity to contribute to policy decisions that affect their future.

In this respect, digitalization is vital in making the process less political insofar as it can increase transparency and accountability.

The Stratbase ADR Institute, in partnership with the International Budget Partnership (IBP) and the La Salle Institute of Governance, recently hosted a virtual

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Here’s why Amazon pulled the plug on its first big budget video game ‘Crucible’ shortly after launch

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Amazon Game Studios and Relentless Studios’ online third-person shooter Crucible will be taken offline. An entry labeled as a “final update” on its official development blog went up late on Friday afternoon to inform fans and beta testers that work on the game would be discontinued.

Crucible had been in development since 2014 when it launched on May 20, and was heralded as Amazon’s big attempt to break into the video game market. It was initially free to play and download, with a number of in-game purchases that offered new character costumes, additional currency, and other extras.

However, Crucible quickly ran into a host of problems, including server issues, lukewarm reviews, and criticism over its “freemium” pricing model. A little over a month later, on June 30, Amazon yanked Crucible from digital storefronts and returned it to a closed beta.

Since then, Crucible‘s primary developers at Seattle-based

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Australian science and technology sectors talk of ‘revival’ as Federal Government splashes the cash in Budget

It was 2013 and the Coalition, under the leadership of Tony Abbott, had just taken power.

The new prime minister unveiled his cabinet, what he called one of the most experienced in Australian history.

But one portfolio was missing.

For the first time since 1931, there was no minister for science.

The CSIRO, and the country’s climate science body was significantly watered down.

A year later, the science portfolio would be reinstated, but for many in the science community, the damage was done.

Fast forward to today and it’s a different story: the Morrison Government is winning widespread praise from the science and technology sectors.

As soon as the Budget landed this week the praise started flowing from science bodies across the country.

The Budget would spur a “research revival”, according to Science & Technology Australia, Australia’s peak body for science and tech industries.

It said it was a “shot

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HISD approves $41 million budget change

HISD will use the money on special education, PPE, more cleaning services and supplies as well as computer devices and hotspots.

HOUSTON — The Houston Independent School District Board of Education voted to approve a $41 million budget amendment to fund additional supports for special education, pay for personal protective equipment (PPE), enhanced cleaning services and supplies, and computer devices and hotspots, according to the district.

Here’s the rest of the district’s announcement on the budget amendment:

“The extra funding for special education amounts to $17 million and has been under consideration since August of 2020. The funding will pay primarily for assigning speech-language pathologists to campuses where students in need have been identified and allow for expansion of the number of existing Intensive Intervention Teams. The funding will also pay for the addition of mental health specialists to address students’ emotional and behavioral challenges. The district will also use

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Budget 2020: Everything within Canberra’s AU$796.5 million Digital Business Plan

The federal government had already promised AU$796.5 million over four years from 2020-21 through its Digital Business Plan to further drive progress towards Australia becoming a leading digital economy by 2030.

In its Budget 2020-21, the government detailed the plan that’s aimed at improving productivity, income growth, and jobs by supporting the adoption of digital technologies by Australian businesses.

“There is no economic recovery without a jobs recovery,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in delivering his Budget speech on Tuesday night. “There is no budget recovery without a jobs recovery.

“This Budget is all about jobs.”

The measures under the JobMaker Plan — Digital Business Plan label cover: Modern digital infrastructure, reduced regulatory barriers, small and medium enterprise (SME) support and capability, and a digital government that is easier to do business with.

The near-AU$800 million will be shared over four years by 16 government departments, with Services Australia receiving the

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Australian Treasurer Says Budget Assumes Virus Vaccine Next Year

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a row of computer equipment on a table: Glass vials move along a conveyor at the Gerresheimer AG medical glassware factory in Buende, Germany, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Gerresheimer has built up capacity and most of its factories are operating around the clock as the company holds talks with pharma companies, working on a coronavirus vaccine.


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Glass vials move along a conveyor at the Gerresheimer AG medical glassware factory in Buende, Germany, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Gerresheimer has built up capacity and most of its factories are operating around the clock as the company holds talks with pharma companies, working on a coronavirus vaccine.

Australia’s budget forecasts will assume a coronavirus vaccine will be developed in the next year, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says.

“The budget takes into account the possibility that is the case,” Frydenberg told Sky News Australia in a segment from an interview to be broadcast Monday”. “We have factored in those issues related to the vaccine and those will be available on budget night.”

Assuming a vaccine is available in 2021 will be a positive for the economic outlook, as it may signal a return to international travel and foreign tourist spending. Frydenberg is set to use

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Schools Facing Budget Woes, Shortages Of Technology And Teachers

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‘Fox & Friends’ Hosts Look On in Horror as Rudy Giuliani Blurts Out Biden Dementia Conspiracy Theory

Everyone knows that live television isn’t easy. Anything can go wrong—from a faulty connection, a verbal slip-up, or, as was the case on Tuesday morning’s Fox & Friends, Rudy Giuliani bellowing insane conspiracy theories at the nation with no obvious way to stop him.It’s always a risk to allow Giuliani to share his wildly unpredictable stream of consciousness live. The man who was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2001 has long since been reduced to sharing the latest Trumpist conspiracy theories on any cable news channel that has the budget to cover any possible subsequent defamation lawsuits.This time, his F&F hosts looked on with visible horror in their eyes as Giuliani shared his completely baseless belief that Joe Biden is suffering from dementia. If you have the

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Digital identity checks to be expanded under $800m new-technology budget package



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The Morrison government will expand the use of digital identity checks when businesses and individuals access services online, as part of an $800m package in next week’s budget to increase the take-up of new technologies.

As the government puts the finishing touches on its delayed budget, which is expected to foreshadow a deficit north of $200bn and ongoing high unemployment, the Coalition is rolling out a series of announcements that it says are designed to get the economy moving again.

But the government is coming under pressure for reducing the rate of jobkeeper and jobseeker payments over the past few days, with Labor accusing Scott Morrison of “mishandling this worst recession in almost a century” by cutting economic support “without a proper jobs plan to replace it”.



a circuit board: Digital identity scanner


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Digital identity scanner

The biggest chunk of new funding in the

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NASA wants a big budget increase for its Moon plans. Is Congress biting?

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Enlarge / NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine says that competition is good for the Artemis Moon program.

The odds of NASA sending humans back to the Moon by 2024 are long—not zero, but pretty close.

Probably the biggest near-term impediment the space agency faces is funding. Specifically, NASA requires an additional $3.2 billion in fiscal year 2021 to allow contractors to begin constructing one or more landers to take astronauts down to the Moon’s surface from a high lunar orbit. This is a 12 percent increase to NASA’s budget overall.

The 2021 fiscal year begins in a week, on October 1. The US Congress recently passed a “continuing resolution” that will keep the government funded through December 11. By that time, after the 2020 election, it is hoped that the House and Senate can agree on a budget that would fund priorities for the remainder of the fiscal year.

NASA Administrator

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