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Huawei discussing $3.7 billion sale of parts of Honor business: Report

  • Huawei is in talks with Digital China Group and other buyers to sell parts of its Honor smartphone business, Reuters reported.
  • The deal could be worth up $3.7 billion, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
  • The Chinese tech giant, facing heavy US sanctions, wants to concentrate on its high-end Huawei phones from now on, sources said.
  • Other potential buyers include smartphone maker Xiaomi and TCL Technology, the report said.
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Huawei is in talks to sell parts of its Honor smartphone business in a deal which could fetch up to 25 billion yuan ($3.7 billion), Reuters reported. 

Huawei, which faces heavy sanctions in the US, wants to step away from developing its low-cost Honor phones and instead concentrate on high-end Huawei devices, according to people familiar with the matter.

Digital China Group, the main distributor for Honor smartphones, is the frontrunner to

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Velodyne Lidar Announces World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology Agenda

Free Virtual Event Promotes How AVs and ADAS Advance Safety and Safe Communities

Velodyne Lidar, Inc. (Nasdaq: VLDR) today announced the agenda for the third annual World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology (WSS) that will address vehicle autonomy and advanced driver assistance systems on roadways and in communities. The summit aims to foster greater understanding about how autonomous technologies and automated safety systems can improve vehicle navigation and build smarter transportation infrastructure. By networking and sharing various points of view, Velodyne seeks to accelerate safety solutions for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and truck and vehicle occupants.

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Velodyne Lidar announced the agenda for the World Safety Summit on Autonomous Technology that will address vehicle autonomy and advanced driver assistance systems on roadways and in communities. (Photo: Velodyne Lidar, Inc.)

The free 2020 World Safety Summit brings together industry, government, journalism and

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iPhone 12 Lineup’s mmWave 5G Support Limited to the United States

As expected, the entire iPhone 12 lineup is compatible with faster 5G networks, but Apple’s website confirms that support for high-frequency mmWave bands is limited to models sold in the United States. This includes compatibility with Verizon’s new 5G Ultra Wideband network, which as of today is available in 55 cities across the country.


mmWave is supported on all iPhone 12 models sold in the United States, ranging from the iPhone 12 mini to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. iPhone 12 models sold in all other countries and regions are limited to sub-6GHz bands for 5G.

mmWave is a set of 5G frequencies that promise ultra-fast speeds at short distances, making it best suited for dense urban areas. By comparison, sub-6GHz 5G is generally slower than mmWave, but the signals travel further, better serving suburban and rural areas. In most countries that offer 5G, sub-6GHz networks are more common.

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Governments are using the pandemic to crack down on digital rights, report finds

In their fight against the coronavirus, some governments are introducing digital surveillance and data collection tools that could pose a lasting threat to citizens’ rights, according to a new report by research institute Freedom House.



People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) scan a QR code (C) with their smartphones to check their "Health Kit" to enter an area on a street in Beijing on October 13, 2020. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)


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People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) scan a QR code (C) with their smartphones to check their “Health Kit” to enter an area on a street in Beijing on October 13, 2020. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

The Freedom on the Net 2020 report, an assessment of 65 countries released Wednesday, found that the pandemic has accelerated a decline in free speech and privacy on the internet for the tenth consecutive year, and accused some governments of using the virus as a pretext to crack down on critical speech.

“The pandemic is accelerating society’s reliance

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‘Two Screens for Teachers’ to supply extra monitors in Seattle and puts out call for help in other cities

The two-screen setup of an elementary school teacher in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Two Screens for Teachers)

Remote teaching is about to get a little bit easier for thousands of teachers in Seattle Public Schools. The nonprofit organization “Two Screens for Teachers” announced Tuesday that it’s purchasing a second computer monitor for every teacher who needs one, and plans to deliver about 3,000 monitors at a value of around $430,000.

Started by a small group of Seattle startup veterans, Two Screens for Teachers aims to boost teacher productivity through added technology, helping to make remote instruction less stressful during the ongoing pandemic.

Matt Lerner and Mike Mathieu are behind the idea. They previously co-founded Walk Score, a Seattle startup that sold to Redfin in 2014. Their hope is that their latest cause will spread beyond Seattle and they can inspire techies in other cities to purchase monitors for the thousands

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Best Buy Early Black Friday Deals Are Live Now: Cheap Games, 4K TVs, Headsets, And More

The wait is over–Amazon Prime Day 2020 is officially live, but you don’t have to be a Prime subscriber or even shop at Amazon to get amazing deals today. That’s because this has effectively become a precursor to Black Friday, and competing retailers are getting in on the action with steep discounts on games and tech this week. Best Buy is one of those retailers running a big anti-Prime Day sale of its own, and it made the biggest move we’ve ever seen to compete with Amazon by announcing its first Black Friday deals will go live this week.

Select deals from Best Buy’s Black Friday ad have gone live today, and they feature fantastic discounts on laptops, tablets, and 4K smart TVs along with Arcade1Up cabinets. Notably, you can buy a Samsung 70-inch 4K smart TV for $530, down from its usual $750–just in time for next-gen gaming. There’s

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DroneDeploy teams with Boston Dynamics to deliver inside-outside view of job site

DroneDeploy, a cloud software company that uses drone footage to help industries like agriculture, oil and gas and construction get a bird’s-eye view of a site to build a 3D picture, announced a new initiative today that combines drone photos with cameras on the ground or even ground robots from a company like Boston Dynamics for what it is calling a 360 Walkthrough.

Up until today’s announcement, DroneDeploy could use drone footage from any drone to get a picture of what a site looked like outside, uploading those photos and stitching them together into a 3D model that is accurate within an inch, according to DroneDeploy CEO Mike Winn.

Winn says that while there is great value in getting this type of view of the outside of a job site, customers were hungry for a total picture that included inside and out, and the platform which is simply processing photos

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Boeing and General Atomics join forces on new laser weapon

WASHINGTON — General Atomics and Boeing are teaming up to build a new high-energy laser for air and missile defense, the companies announced Oct. 13.

Under the agreement, the companies will create a 100 kilowatt laser that will be scalable to 250 kilowatts, the companies stated in a news release. The weapon will be able to be employed as a standalone system or integrated onboard ground vehicles, ships and aircraft.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems will be responsible for the laser, batteries and thermal management system, while Boeing will create the beam director and software necessary for precision tracking and pointing the laser.

Although the companies did not specify whether the system is being built with a particular acquisition program in mind, the power levels that General Atomics and Boeing hope to achieve with their laser coincides with what the Army is aiming for in its High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle

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Pachama: Carbon-credit startup puts a price on trees, market opportunity

  • Backed by Amazon and a fund led by Bill Gates, Pachama runs a marketplace for forest carbon credits. 
  • Carbon credits are generated when a forest is conserved or restored. 
  • As more companies pledge to reduce or eliminate their emissions, the market for carbon credits is expected to surge.
  • Researchers challenge the efficacy of carbon credits for curbing deforestation and reducing global emissions.
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In August, a forest fire, set by lightning and emboldened by climate change, whipped across the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, ultimately burning more than 85,000 acres.

Diego Saez Gil’s home was among those destroyed.

It was in that home that Saez Gil dreamed up the idea for his startup Pachama. Founded in 2018, the company hopes to fight climate change — which makes wildfires more common and severe — by protecting forests.

“It is

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Epic, Apple argue over lack of discovery in ‘Fortnite’ pretrial period

A jointly-produced filing between Apple and Epic in its ongoing “Fortnite” courtroom saga reveals issues with discovery on both sides ahead of a case management conference, with each claiming the other isn’t providing the required documentation.

In the Joint Case Management Statement filed on Monday, in advance of the case management conference scheduled for October 19, Epic and Apple both have issues with how the other company is handling the discovery portion of the lawsuits. Each company accuses the other of being uncooperative in different ways.

In Epic’s portion of the statement, it accuses Apple of failing to provide all of the documentation it needs, namely that Apple’s list of custodians that documents are supplied about does not include two prominent figures in Apple’s history. Of the six people listed, Epic spotted that none of them are co-founder and late CEO Steve Jobs and current CEO Tim Cook.

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