The iPhone 12 Pro Max could be Apple’s biggest camera jump in years

Apple has announced its iPhone 12 lineup, and as ever, the phones’ camera systems were the focus of much of the company’s presentation. This year, though, there’s more to differentiate each model than ever before. The iPhone range is getting improvements across the board, but Apple appears to be reserving the biggest advances for its biggest phone. The 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max has some serious hardware improvements that set its camera apart from every other iPhone.



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Hardware-wise, there doesn’t appear to be much difference between the iPhone 12, 12 mini, and 12 Pro when compared to the 11 and 11 Pro. All of these phones use the same-sized 12 megapixel sensors for wide, ultrawide, and the Pro model’s telephoto cameras, and the shape and size of the camera bump remains essentially the same.

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The biggest hardware change is a new seven-element f/1.6 lens for the primary wide

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ASML signals double-digit annual growth as quarterly sales jump

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Semiconductor equipment maker ASML Holding NV ASML.AS on Wednesday posted a better-than-expected quarterly earnings and forecast a double-digit growth for next year on strong end-demand for electronics devices.

FILE PHOTO: ASML Holding logo is seen at company’s headquarters in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Januari 23, 2019. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

The company reported sales of 3.96 billion euros ($4.65 billion) in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, ahead of analyst estimates of 3.7 billion euros, and a net profit of 1.06 billion euros. In the third quarter of 2019, ASML reported net profit of 627 million euros and sales of 3 billion euros.

ASML Chief Financial Officer Roger Dassen forecast sales of 3.7 billion euros in the fourth quarter and said the company expected “low double digit” growth in 2021.

ASML has a near monopoly on lithography systems, enormous machines that can cost up to $200 million each and play a

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Samsung Flags Near-60% Operating Profit Jump After Huawei Boost

Samsung Electronics flagged a leap of nearly 60 percent in third-quarter operating profits Thursday, as its mobile and chip business were boosted by US sanctions against its Chinese rival Huawei.

The South Korean tech giant said in an earnings estimate that it expected operating profit to reach 12.3 trillion won ($10.6 billion) for July to September, up from 7.8 trillion won in the same period last year.

The prediction would represent the firm’s biggest operating profit of any quarter for two years and was also ahead of analyst forecasts.

Samsung Electronics is crucial to South Korea’s economic health. It is the flagship subsidiary of the giant Samsung group, by far the largest of the family-controlled conglomerates known as chaebols that dominate business in the world’s 12th-largest economy.

Its overall turnover is equivalent to a fifth of the country’s gross domestic product.

James Kang, senior analyst at Euromonitor International Korea, said

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McDonald’s will jump 12% as some consumers are ‘tired of their own cooking,’ BofA says

  • Bank of America raised its McDonald’s price target to $250 per share from $225 per share, citing consumers who are “tired of their own cooking” and flocking to fast food drive-thrus. 
  • In a note on Monday a team of BofA analysts also raised their McDonald’s earnings estimates for next year.
  • The analysts added that the fast food giant’s partnership with Travis Scott demonstrated its ability to launch well thought-out, minimally complex strategies.

Bank of America reiterated its “buy” rating for McDonald’s and raised its price objective to $250 per share from $225 on Monday. BofA also raised its 2021E earnings-per-share estimate for McDonald’s up to $8.30 from $8.20 on “better sales expectations.” 

“The quick service segment as a whole has seen greater demand during COVID-19 than pre-pandemic as consumers [grew] tired of their own cooking and leaned into drive-thru and off-premise for engagement with restaurants,” a team of BofA analysts

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New Simulation Technology Helps Get the Jump on Wildfires

The Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit (LNU) wildfires in California burned nearly 200,000 acres before finally being contained. But in the process, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) was able to deploy a simulation technology that helps firefighters predict the actions of a wildfire and deploy resources more quickly where needed. 

The data has always been available, but only within silos and compiling that data traditionally took hours or days. The technology, developed by Technosylva, was partially deployed by CAL FIRE in July during the LNU fires and showed a rapid spread of the wildfire. 

“We’re rolling it out over a three-phased implementation period,” said Christine McMorrow, CAL FIRE resource management communications officer. “Our first phase went live July 31 in four fire units at our training centers and regional and Sacramento command centers.”

Phase two was scheduled to go live Oct. 1 in half of the CAL FIRE

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Datadog Shares Jump on Partnership With Microsoft

Shares of Datadog  (DDOG) – Get Report jumped on Wednesday after the provider of a security platform for cloud applications said it partnered with software titan Microsoft’s  (MSFT) – Get Report Azure cloud unit.

“Datadog will now be available in the Azure console as a first-class service,” the New York company said in a statement. 

“This means that Azure customers will be able to implement Datadog as a monitoring solution for their cloud workloads through new streamlined workflows that cover everything from procurement to configuration.”

The statement didn’t disclose terms of the deal.

Datadog shares recently traded at $103, up 13%. They have well more than doubled year to date. 

Microsoft recently traded at $211.74, up 2.2%. Shares of the Redmond, Wash., software and tech giant have climbed 34% year to date.

“The improved onboarding experience makes Datadog setup automatic, so new users can start monitoring

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Last Chance To Grab Free Nintendo Switch Jump Rope Game

Back in June, Nintendo released a small, free fitness game on the Switch eShop called Jump Rope Challenge. If you’ve yet to download it, your time to do so is quickly running out, as the game will only be available on the digital storefront until the end of the month.

As the company previously announced, Jump Rope Challenge is being removed from the eShop on September 30. It’s unclear if it will be offered again in the future, so if you’re interested in grabbing it, you should do so before that date.

Jump Rope Challenge
Jump Rope Challenge
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Nintendo says Jump Rope Challenge was “created by a small group of Nintendo developers while working from home in Japan as a simple game to add some quick and fun movement into their daily lives.” The game uses Switch’s Joy-Con controllers to mimic jump rope handles and tracks how many times you’ve virtually jumped rope

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New Research Shows Big Jump In Sophisticated Online Shoppers

The pandemic caused drastic travel restrictions and non-essential business closures, driving seismic shifts in how and where consumers spend their money. Consumers had no choice but to turn to the digital channel as brick-and-mortar stores and restaurants closed during the height of outbreaks. These shifts brought several consumers online for the first time and caused existing e-commerce users to increase their online shopping frequency.

In order to understand the degree to which connected consumers have shifted toward the digital channel during the COVID-19 pandemic, Euromonitor International analyzed results from two global consumer surveys* with a fielding difference of nine weeks between early January to late March.

Nearly every category highlighted in the chart below recorded a double-digit increase in the percentage of connected consumers making digital purchases between the two fielding timeframes.

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Last Chance To Grab Nintendo Switch’s Free Jump Rope Game

Earlier this summer, Nintendo released a small, free fitness game on the Switch eShop called Jump Rope Challenge. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, however, your time to do so is quickly running out, as the game will only be available on the digital storefront until the end of this month.

As the company previously announced, Jump Rope Challenge is being removed from the eShop on September 30. It’s unclear if it will be offered again in the future, so if you’re interested in grabbing it, you should do so before that date.

Jump Rope Challenge
Jump Rope Challenge
Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

Nintendo says Jump Rope Challenge was “created by a small group of Nintendo developers while working from home in Japan as a simple game to add some quick and fun movement into their daily lives.” The game uses Switch’s Joy-Con controllers to mimic jump rope handles and tracks how many times you’ve virtually jumped

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Last Chance To Download Nintendo Switch’s Free Jump Rope Game

Earlier this summer, Nintendo released a small, free fitness game on the Switch eShop called Jump Rope Challenge. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, however, your time to do so is quickly running out, as the game will only be available until the end of this month.

As the company previously announced, Jump Rope Challenge is being removed from the eShop on September 30. It’s unclear if it will be offered again in the future, so if you’re interested in grabbing it, you should do so before that date.

Jump Rope Challenge
Jump Rope Challenge
Gallery image 1Gallery image 2Gallery image 3

Nintendo says Jump Rope Challenge was “created by a small group of Nintendo developers while working from home in Japan as a simple game to add some quick and fun movement into their daily lives.” The game uses Switch’s Joy-Con controllers to mimic jump rope handles and tracks how many times you’ve virtually jumped rope each day.

Since

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